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Walmart’s share price soars due to strong revenue gains

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New York, Aug 17 (IANS) Walmart’s share price soared on Thursday as investors focused on the retail giant’s strong quarterly revenue gains and shrugged off a net loss linked to the sale of a majority stake in its Brazilian unit.

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company posted a net loss of $861 million for the three months ended July 31, 2018, compared with net income of $2.9 billion for the same quarter of 2017, Efe reported.

The net loss was a direct consequence of the company’s sale of its majority stake in Walmart Brasil, a transaction for which the retailer recorded a $4.8 billion pre-tax loss.

But investors focused much more on the company’s total revenues between May and July of $128 billion, which were up from $123.4 billion in the same quarter of 2017 and higher than Wall Street’s expectations.

Walmart has begun reaping the benefits of a renewed focus on grocery sales in recent months and also has seen strong e-commerce sales growth since redesigning its Web site in a bid to compete with Amazon.

“Thanks to the hard work of our associates, we had a great quarter with strong results and momentum across the business. We’re pleased with how customers are responding to the way we’re leveraging stores and e-commerce to make shopping faster and more convenient,” Walmart President & CEO Doug McMillon was quoted as saying in a company press release.

Walmart’s share price was up by more than 10 percent shortly after 12.30 pm at $99.52 a share, making it by far the biggest gainer Thursday among the Dow 30.

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IL&FS probe: ED files case, raids 6 places, seizes foreign cash worth Rs 6 lakh

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New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday seized foreign currency worth Rs 6 lakh after it carried out searches at six places in different cities in connection with a case of money laundering it registered against the former Chairman and directors of the IL&FS, which is facing debt obligations to the tune of about Rs 91,000 crore, officials said.

A senior ED official said multiple teams of the agency carried out searches in Mumbai, Delhi and Gurugram at the residential premises of Ravi Parthasarathy, former Chairman of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) Ltd, Hari Sankaran, VC and MD of subsidiaries of IL&FS group, Ramesh Bawa and some of the other former directors of the company.

“The ED recovered foreign currency to the tune of Rs 6 lakh and also seized some documents related to property,” the official said.

However, the ED official refused to share details on whose residence the foreign currency was seized.

Searches were also conducted at the company’s Mumbai office.

The agency official said the ED has registered a money laundering case over the charges of alleged cheating and forgery on part of IL&FS group and its managing committee during 2010-2018.

The ED’s action is on the basis of a case filed with the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing under several sections of the Indian Penal Code for criminal conspiracy and forgery on the complaint of Ashish Begwani, director of New Delhi-based Enso Infrastructure.

Earlier this year, an interim report by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) also highlighted that the top executives of the IL&FS used the Employee Welfare Trust for personal gains at the cost of the company by carrying forward amendments in trust contracts without the approval of the Board of Directors.

The infrastructure lender’s crisis came to light last year following a series of defaults by its group companies on their debt obligations which accumulated to the tune of about Rs 91,000 crore.

The company has defaulted on repayment of loans to SIDBI and along with its subsidiaries.

The debt crisis at the infrastructure lender came to light following a series of defaults by its group companies beginning September last year.

Last year in October, the Central government superseded the management of the beleaguered company via an NCLT order and appointed a six-member board led by Uday Kotak, MD and CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank, to restore its financial solvency.

Key public sector lenders and undertakings such as the LIC and the SBI have a 25.34 per cent and 6.42 per cent stake, respectively, in the firm. The credit crunch has led to a few of the company’s subsidiaries to default in servicing some inter-corporate deposits.

Consequent to defaults, significant impact was felt in the capital market on account of the contagion effect of the IL&FS problem, prompting the government to replace the Board.

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Sensex ends losing streak, ends 403 points higher

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Mumbai, Feb 20: A slight ease in crude oil prices along with value buying and a strong rupee aided the benchmark Sensex to snap its longest consecutive sessions fall in the last eight years on Wednesday.

Accordingly, the benchmark index closed with handsome gains of over 400 points while the Nifty50 jumped past the 10,700 mark after struggling in the past sessions.

Adding to the positive momentum were the gains made by the rupee and healthy domestic investment which were supported by expectations that the US and China may resolve their trade tensions.

“Positive global markets lifted the domestic market sentiments after 2 weeks of under performance. Dovish minutes from US Fed and resumption of dialogue between US and China added positive vibes to the global market,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.

“Strong inflows from DIIs, appreciation of rupee and value buying in mid and small caps helped the domestic market.”

The S&P BSE Sensex closed 403.65 points or 1.14 per cent higher at 35,756.26 from its previous close of 35,352.61, while the NSE Nifty50 ended 131.10 points or 1.24 per cent higher at 10,735.45.

Among the top gainer were Vedanta, which inched up 4.67 per cent, followed by Tata Steel, up 4.13 per cent. ONGC, NTPC and Yes Bank came next.

Sensex saw only four stocks ending in the red led by Hero Moto Corp, Hindustan Uniliver, Bajaj Auto and IndusInd Bank.

“During the penultimate hour, we saw emergence of strong buying interest, reclaiming 10,700 convincingly by adding more than 130 points to the bulls’ kitty,” said Sameet Chavan, Chief Analyst, Technical and Derivatives, Angel Broking.

Historically, Chavan said it had been observed that whenever index corrects for eight straight sessions without surpassing the previous day’s high, the ninth day becomes a reversal day or a bounce back day.

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Ericsson Case: Supreme Court holds Anil Ambani guilty of contempt

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New Delhi, Feb 20: The Supreme Court on Wednesday held Reliance Communication chairman Anil Ambani guilty of contempt in a case filed by telecom equipment maker Ericsson India.

The complainant accused Anil Ambani and others of not clearing its dues of 550 crore.

The apex court directed Anil Ambani to pay Rs 453 crore to Ericsson India in four weeks failing which he will be sentenced to three-month jail term. An amount of 118 crore is already deposited with the registry. The court directed this amount to be released immediately.

The court observed that Reliance Communication had no intention to pay and had “willfully” not paid Ericsson the due amount. An apology by RCom was also rejected by the top court.

A bench of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Vineet Saran directed also imposed a fine of Rs 1 crore each on RCOM, Reliance Telecommunication and Reliance Infratel that would be deposited with the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee (SCLSC).

In case of default the Chairman of all three companies would have to undergo sentence of one month each.

The bench ordered this as it did not accept the “unconditional apology” tendered to the court by the RCOM Chairman.

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