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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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Equity indices close in red on weak global cues

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Mumbai, April 25: The key Indian equity indices on Wednesday provisionally closed in the negative territory following weak global cues, along with heavy selling pressure in the banking, consumer durables and capital goods stocks.

According to market observers, investors were cautious ahead of April derivatives expiry on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the wider Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange provisionally closed (at 3.30 p.m) at 10,570.55 points, down 43.80 points or 0.41 per cent from the previous close.

The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 34,593.17 points, closed at 34,501.27 points, down 115.37 points or 0.33 per cent.

The Sensex touched a high of 34,631.27 points and a low of 34,400.56 points during the day.

The BSE market breadth was bearish with 1,447 declines and 989 advances.

The major gainers on the BSE were Bharti Airtel, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M), Power Grid and Hindustan Unilever, while Tata Steel, ICICI Bank, ONGC, Tata Motors (DVR) and Axis Bank were among the major losers.

On the NSE, the top gainers were Bharti Airtel, TCS and M&M. The major losers were GAIL, Cipla and Hindalco.

On Tuesday, the indices closed with humble gains riding on broadly positive global markets, coupled with expectations of healthy quarterly corporate earnings.

The Nifty50 edged higher by 29.65 points or 0.28 per cent to close at 10,614.35 points, while the Sensex closed at 34,616.64 points, up 165.87 points or 0.48 per cent.

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61% Indian IT managers clueless how bandwidth is being consumed, claims Sophos

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New Delhi, April 25: Around  57 percent Indian IT managers can’t identify network traffic while 61 percent don’t know how their bandwidth is consumed, a new report revealed on Wednesday.

The report claimed also the majority of Indian IT managers have legal liabilities when it comes to unidentified traffic at their workplaces.

As per British IT security firm, Sophos’ global survey titled “The Dirty Secrets of Network Firewalls,” 89 percent of Indian software heads opined that halting malware threats have become harder over the last year.

“While 94 percent agree that stopping ransomware should be a top priority in organisations, a lack of effective application visibility is a serious security concern for 90 percent of Indian businesses,” news agency IANS reported citing the report.

The survey was conducted on more than 2,700 IT decision makers across medium-sized businesses in 10 countries worldwide, including India, the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, the UK, Australia, Japan and South Africa.

“Controlling network traffic is an essential role of every firewall yet, 61 per cent IT managers can’t tell you how their bandwidth is being consumed,” said Sunil Sharma, Managing Director Sales at Sophos India & Saarc.

“If you can’t see everything on your network, you can’t ever be confident that your organisation is protected from threats. IT professionals have been ‘flying blind’ for too long and cybercriminals take advantage of this,” Sharma pointed.

About 79 percent of IT heads witness security risks from unwanted or unnecessary applications.

“While 72 percent want to see applications by risk levels through their organisation’s firewall, 60 percent concerned on productivity loss due to unwanted apps and 52 percent had legal liability or compliance concerns due to potentially illegal content,” it added.

The survey further said that 61 percent would like to see better perimeter security in their organisation’s network firewall along with better threat visibility and better protection.

“Ineffective firewalls are costing you time and money. On an average, organisations are spending 7 working days to remediate infected machines,” assreted Sharma.

With just a single network breach multiple computers can be harmed, so keeping this in the mind faster you can stop the infection from spreading the more you limit the damage and time needed to clean it up.

“Companies are looking for the kind of next-generation, integrated network and endpoint protection that can stop advanced threats and prevent an isolated incident from turning into a widespread outbreak,” Sharma informed.

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Equity indices close higher, RIL top gainer

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Mumbai, April 24: Healthy buying in oil and gas, banking and auto stocks, coupled with broadly positive global cues, lifted the key Indian equity indices on Tuesday.

Index heavyweights like Reliance Industries (RIL), Yes Bank, Adani Ports, Mahindra, Larsen and Toubro were the top gainers on the BSE.

However, heavy selling pressure in metals, IT and consumer durables stocks trimmed some gains of the benchmark indices, market observers said.

The wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) rose by 34.05 points or 0.32 per cent to provisionally close (at 3.30 p.m.) at 10,618.75 points.

The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 34,491.38 points, closed at 34,616.64 points — up 165.87 points or 0.48 per cent from its previous session’s close.

The Sensex touched a high of 34,706.71 points and a low of 34,465.49 points during the intra-day trade.

In contrast, the BSE market breadth remained bearish with 1,479 declines and 1,191 advances.

On Monday, the equity indices closed a volatile trade session on a flat-to-positive note as healthy quarterly results drove investors’ sentiments.

The Nifty50 closed higher by 20.65 points or 0.20 per cent at 10,584.70 points, while the Sensex closed at 34,450.77 points — up 35.19 points or 0.10 per cent.

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