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Moody’s revises banking outlook in Asia Pacific

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Hong Kong, July 4: Credit rating agency Moody’s reported on Tuesday that it has revised the outlook for banks in the Asia Pacific from negative to stable.

A total of 77 per cent of bank rating outlooks in the region are now stable, up from 64 per cent at the end of last year, Efe news quoted the agency as saying.

It added that banks in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and Mongolia are mostly behind the increase in stable outlooks.

“Asset quality is stabilising in most banking systems, as the negative credit cycle in many of these systems has proven to be shallow with a moderate economic upturn now evident, while commodities prices are relatively stable,” Stephen Long, Moody’s Asia-Pacific Managing Director of financial institutions, said in a statement.

Capitalisation and profitability show good risk levels as well as financing and liquidity, while the flow of foreign funds has begun returning to Asia’s emerging economies, Moody’s said.

However, it warned that uncertainty generated by the fate of interest rates in banks in the US and the strength of the dollar may affect the return of foreign funds to the region.

The results were published in Moody’s mid-year update of its annual outlook report on banks in the Asia Pacific.

The report covers Australia, Bangladesh, China, South Korea, the Philippines, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam.

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Markets open on negative note

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Mumbai, Jan 24: The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) on Wednesday opened on a negative note during the morning session of the trade.

Later the Sensex move to a positive region.

The Sensex of the BSE after opening at 36,161.62 points touched a high of 36,163.68 and a low of 36,085.68 points.

On Tuesday the Sensex closed at 36,139.98 points.

The Sensex is trading at 36,165.75 points up by 25.77 points or 0.07 per cent.

On the other hand, the broader 51-scrip Nifty at the National Stock Exchange (NSE) opened at 11,069.65 points after closing at 11,083.70 points.

The Nifty is trading at 11,076.25 points in the morning.

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Enterprises now deploying AI technologies: Infosys

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Davos, Jan 23: Enterprises are moving beyond the experimentation phase with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and are now deploying AI technologies more broadly, said an Infosys survey on Tuesday.

There is a fundamental shift in how enterprises operate as AI takes hold, according to the “Leadership in the Age of AI” survey.

“AI, as the research shows, is becoming core to business strategy, and is compelling business leaders to alter the way they hire, train and inspire teams, and the way they compete and foster innovation. Industry disruption from AI is no longer imminent, it is here,” Mohit Joshi, President, Infosys, said in a statement.

“The organisations that embrace AI with a clearly-defined strategy and use AI to amplify their workforce rather than replace it, will take the lead, and those that don’t will fall behind or find themselves irrelevant,” Joshi added.

Seventy three per cent respondents strongly agreed that their AI deployments have already transformed the way they do business, and 90 per cent C-level executives reported measurable benefits from AI within their organisation.

Organisations are taking steps to prepare employees and business leaders for the future of work, with 53 per cent respondents indicating that their organisation has increased training in the job functions most affected by AI deployments.

More than 1,000 business and IT leaders with decision-making power over AI solutions or purchases at big organisations across seven countries were included in the survey.

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Market zooms: Sensex at 36K, Nifty50 at 11K

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Mumbai, Jan 23: Projection of India’s healthy economic growth outlook, along with bullish global cues lifted the key Indian equity indices to their new highs during the early morning trade session on Tuesday.

Accordingly, the S&P BSE Sensex and the NSE Nifty50 breached their previous respective intra-day high levels.

In the process, the barometer Sensex crossed the 36,000-points-mark and the NSE Nifty50 climbed above 11,000 points.

Market analysts pointed-out other factors such as positive Q3 results and buying support in oil and gas, banking, capital goods and consumer durables stocks aided in the key indices’ upward trajectory.

At 9.50 a.m., the 30-scrip S&P BSE Sensex, which had closed at 35,798.01 points on Monday, traded higher at 36,036.51 points, up by 238.50 points or 0.67 per cent.

At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader Nifty50 quoted at 11,039.75 points, up by 73.55 points or 0.67 per cent.

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