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Global markets, strong rupee propels indices; Sensex up 269 pts



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Mumbai, Dec 28 : Positive global markets coupled with a strengthened rupee and short-covering led the key equity indices to gain around 0.73 per cent on Friday.

Besides, healthy buying in finance stocks after reports of fresh capital infusion in public sector banks led the gains. This sectoral index has the highest weightage among all the sectors on the BSE. It rose 1.13 per cent.

“Markets were up on the news of fresh infusion of capital in public sector banks,” Anuj Gupta of Angel Broking told IANS.

Index-wise, the BSE Sensex settled 269.44 points or 0.75 per cent higher at 36,076.72 points after touching an intra-day high of 36,194.78 and a low of 35,911.99.

The NSE’s Nifty50 gained 78.65 points or 0.73 per cent to finish at 10,858.45 points.

According to Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services, market extended the rally by taking positive cues from global market.

“Investors remain focused on global growth momentum while easing tension between US government and US Fed provided an opportunity to accumulate stocks after recent consolidation,” Nair said.

On the currency front, the Indian rupee gained over 40 paise against the US dollar and settled at 69.94 from its previous close of 70.35.

“The rupee has appreciated smartly in recent sessions on account of sharp decline in the crude oil prices in the international market. This bodes well for the rupee as weak crude oil prices may lead to further decline in inflation and narrow current account deficit,” said Rushabh Maru – Research Analyst, Anand Rathi Shares and Stock Brokers.

“However, there is lot of uncertainty and volatility in the global markets. Concerns regarding slowdown in global economic growth, trade tension, tightening of monetary policy etc may create jitters in the global markets.”

According to the provisional figures from the stock exchanges, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold shares worth Rs 119.60 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought Rs 1,199.40-crore stocks.

“Technically, with the Nifty surging higher, the short-term trend for the Nifty remains positive. Further upsides are likely once the immediate resistance of 10,893 is taken out,” said Deepak Jasani, Head – HDFC Securities’ Retail Research.

“Crucial supports to watch for any weakness are at 10,820.”

Stock-wise, Sun Pharma gained close to 3 per cent on Friday. Bajaj Finance, Vedanta, HDFC and Yes Bank gained in the range of 1 to 2 per cent.

In contrast, IT major TCS lost the most among the 30-stock Sensex. Bajaj-Auto, Asian Paints, Bharti Airtel and Hero Moto Corp and Coal India were the only other laggards which lost up to 1 per cent.


Markets open on positive note



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Mumbai, Feb 20: The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) on Wednesday opened on a positive note during the morning session of the trade.

The BSE Sensex opened at 35,564.93 before touching a high of 35,581.14 and a low of 35,520.21.

It was trading at 35,528.69 up by 176.08 points or 0.50 per cent from its Tuesday’s close at 35,352.61.

On the other hand, the broader 50-scrip Nifty at the National Stock Exchange (NSE) opened at 10,655.45 after closing at 10,604.35.

The Nifty is trading at 10,656.25 in the morning.


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PF funds’ investment in IL&FS bonds have no government guarantee: Finance Ministry



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New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The provident and pension fund trusts that invested in the IL&FS bonds now fear loss of money as the debt-ridden company’s bonds are unsecured debt, and the Finance Ministry says superannuated bonds do not carry any government guarantee and all such instruments have to face all market-related risks.

“Since these are investments in bonds, the government does not ensure any guarantee on them as such and if these are invested in stock markets, they carry the market risks as applicable. It is between the bond issuer and bond holders…,” the Finance Ministry said in response to IANS queries.

Thousands of crores of money of more than 15 lakh employees of both public and private sector companies have exposure to IL&FS bonds.

However, queries sent to the EPFO Commissioner and Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar remained unanswered.

Over 50 funds that manage retirement benefits of over 15 lakh employees have exposure to IL&FS. PF trusts of state electricity boards, public sector undertakings (PSUs) and banks are among them. The provident and pension fund trusts have filed intervening applications in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) stating that they stand to lose all the money since the bonds are under unsecured debt.

Usually, retirement funds have a low-risk appetite and invest in “AAA” rated bonds (which IL&FS bonds used to be once upon a time) and get assured returns with low interest rates.

The worries of pension and provident fund trusts come from the classification of IL&FS profiling its companies as to which can meet the dues obligations. Many important trust managing funds of PSUs like MMTC, IOC, Hudco, SBI and IDBI are among those filing petitions. From private sector, HUL and Asian Paints are among the petitioners.

IL&FS is currently under resolution process at the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). The process will decide under Section 53 of the IBC the order of priority for distribution of proceeds of the process.

The beleaguered company has informed the NCLT that of the 302 entities in the group, 169 are Indian companies, out of which only 22 are emerging as those which can meet all obligations (green), while 10 firms can pay to only secured creditors (Amber). There are 38 companies of IL&FS (red) which cannot meet any obligations of payment, and 120 entities are still being assessed.

These PF and provident funds trusts are worried that if payment is limited to secured creditors, then only financial creditors like banks will receive the dues while unsecured bond-holders will be get any payments.

IL&FS bonds attracted investments by PF trusts as it had the shareholding of SBI and LIC giving its bonds the comfort factor.

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Sachin Bansal invests Rs 650 crore in Ola




Bengaluru, Feb 19 (IANS) Internet entrepreneur and Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal has invested Rs 650 crore, or about $92 million, in ride-hailing platform Ola in his personal capacity as investor, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

This investment is part of Ola’s larger Series J funding round. It is also the largest investment by an individual in Ola to date, it said.

“Ola is one of India’s most promising consumer businesses that is creating deep impact and lasting value for the ecosystem. On one hand, they have emerged as a global force in the mobility space and on the other, they continue to build deeper for various needs of a billion Indians through their platform, becoming a trusted household name today,” Bansal said.

He further said he has known Ola founder Bhavish Aggarwal as entrepreneur and friend over the years and that he has great respect for what he and the team at Ola have built in 8 years.

“We are extremely thrilled to have Sachin onboard Ola as an investor. Sachin is an icon of entrepreneurship and his experience of building one of India’s most respected businesses ground up, is unparalleled,” Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said.

Ola integrates city transportation for customers and drivers onto a mobile technology platform ensuring convenient, transparent, safe and quick service fulfilment, the statement added.

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