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Indian Stock Market Gains; PSB Gains 10%

Indian Stock Market closed higher on Tuesday after US managed to escape the fiscal cliff for the moment. BSE Sensex closed 154 points higher at 19580 and NSE Nifty closed 46 points higher at 5950. Next major resistance for NSE Nifty is 6000.

Among European markets, CAC was up yesterday while FTSE and DAX closed lower. US Markets are expected to remain positive in the start of New Year 2013. Markets closed with decent gains with Dow Jones gaining 1.28% and Nasdaq closing 2 per cent higher.

Punjab & Sind Bank gained 10% in today’s session after the bank announced that the board has approved the plan to raise Rs 1000 crore. The stock touched intraday high of Rs 81.75 on NSE and closed Rs 8.10 higher.

Among other major gainers were Reliance Infra, Jindal Steel, Hindalco and PNB. Among banking counters ICICI Bank, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank closed positive.

Power Grid, NTPC, Infosys Technologies and Asian Paints were among major losers in today’s trade.

Indian currency gained smartly compared to USD. USD was down by 31 paisa at 54.68. Euro-INR was trading at 72.28.

Indian Stock Indices Trade Marginally Higher; Asian Stocks High

Indian Stock Markets opened marginally higher and banking stocks have continued from yesterday’s rally. Axis Bank and SBI were among major gainers in early trades. BSE Sensex was up by 15 points while NSE Nifty was higher by 3 points.

Among banking stocks, Federal Bank, Union Bank, Axis Bank and Bank of India were up by more than a per cent. PNB, Kotak Mahindra, IndusInd Bank, SBI, Bank of Baroda, Yes Bank and Canara Bank were trading higher.

Among sectoral indices, BSE Auto was up by 86 points. BSE HealthCare was up by 45 points and BSE Metals index was also positive. IT, Oil & Gas and Capital Goods stocks were trading lower.

Aashish Tater of Fortunewizard. com has suggested Omkar Speciality Chemicals as a multbagger stock during at interview with CNBC-TV18. He has also suggested investors to buy Lanco Infratech with a medium term view for decent gains.

Indian Market Closes Marginally Lower; Metal Stocks Shine

Indian Stock Market closed marginally lower after hovering in negative territory for the trading session. European markets closed marginally higher compared to previous closing. BSE Sensex was down by 22 points at 19453 during the closing bell.

USD gained further ground compared to Indian currency. USD-INR was trading at 54.85. Euro was also trading strong at 72.81. Euro is near its all time high compared to Indian currency.

Among major gainers in today’s session were metal stocks. Hindalco gained 2.35% to close at Rs 132. Jindal Steel gained 2.2%. Tata Steel was also higher by 1.77% at Rs 431.

Major losers included Ambuja Cements, Sun Pharma, BPCL and Jaiprakash Associates.

Among major companies, Reliance, ONGC, ITC and Coal India closed flat. TCS gained Rs 19.4 to close the day at Rs 1252.

The banking amendment bill received final approval in the parliament today. BJP has retained similar number of seats in Gujarat. Congress won 36 seats in Himachal Pradesh.

Indian Market Closes Higher; CAC Gains; FTSE Flat

Indian Stock Markets closed marginally higher on Tuesday. BSE Sensex closed 42 points higher at 19348 and NSE Nifty closed 5 points higher compared to yesterday’s close. Among European stocks, CAC was up by 0.8%. DAX and FTSE were marginally higher.

Jaiprakash Associates was among major gainers in today’s trade. The stock closed above Rs 100 after gaining 4.4%. Tata Power, Reliance and Ranbaxy Labs were among major gainers.

Top losers included Ambuja Cements, Mahindra & Mahindra, Wipro and TCS. The markets are looking at FDI in retail decision as various political parties have kept their cards hidden on the issue.

Rating agency Moody’s has maintained negative outlook for Indian banks. The financial services and banking sector is facing pressure on margins.

USD was trading at 54.68 compared to INR. Euro was strong compared to Indian currency at 71.52. Gold prices were down by 0.44% at Rs 31125 per 10 grams.

Indians Buying More Gold Even as Worldwide Demand Remains Low

Indians are buying more gold even when the yellow metal is ruling at its all time high prices. Many experts were expecting that the price rise in Gold could impact the consumption of the precious metal but Indians have proved them wrong.

More people are buying gold and many of them buy it as an investment for long term. Global gold demand registered a decline of 11 per cent during third quarter of 2012. China and India are among major consumers of Gold. The gold purchases in China witnessed decline of 8 per cent during the same period.

Indian gold consumption went by 9 per cent in third quarter. The price of gold has been ruling higher in India due to rise in value of US dollar compared to Indian currency.

However, investors are finding gold as a safer investment and this has pushed the demand for the yellow metal. The recent trends in real estate market have been bearish. Due to lower returns on real estate investments, some investors are churning their funds and investing in Gold.

The demand for Gold coins and bars in Germany has witnessed steep fall. In Indian market, the price of gold was trading at Rs 31,596 per 10 grams.

Indian Stock Market Gains; Ambit Capital Expects Sensex at 23000 in 12 Months

Ambit Capital has expressed bullish view about Indian stock market with 23000 as target for BSE Sensex in coming 12 months. Saurabh Mukherjea, Head Equities, Ambit Capital said during an interview to CNBC TV18 that he expects markets to move higher. The current results are an indication of bottoming out of the earnings for Indian majors. He expects Indian markets to outperform other emerging markets.

Indian stock market was trading higher on Monday. BSE Sensex was up by 92 points at 18774 and NSE Nifty was trading higher by 22 points at 12.02 PM IST.

Among majors gainers were TCS, ICICI Bank, Mahindra & Mahindra and NTPC. Bank of Baroda, Ambuja Cements, ITC and Jindal Steel were among major losers in today’s trading session.

TCS management has expressed satisfaction over the current market condition. The outlook for the upcoming quarters is positive and the stock has been performing well on the bourses.

If the government pushes forward with reforms agenda, the investment climate in India can improve. The country faced rating downgrade from major rating agencies including S&P. If the UPA government is successful in reducing the current account deficit, the markets may look up in medium term.

Will Indian Retailers Allow FDI?

There seems to be no end to the controversy surrounding FDI in retail for the Indian Government as mass protests across all the states are not soothing out. While parliament is not reaching at any consensus at all on the same, there are over 6,000 traders in Shimla who have closed their shops to oppose the decision.

Adding fuel to the fire in the joint opposition by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), which are hell bent to jolt the government. As of now, no reports of violence have been received.

“We have got very good response from across the country and 5 crore traders will not open their shops tomorrow. They will hold protest in their own markets. We will not hold demonstrations in front of foreign stores”, said Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary-General of the Confederation of All India Traders association. Backed by support from other states, there seems to be no early breather for the government.

Apparently, there are confirmed reports that several Bharti-Walmart stores would be shut down on Thursday to avoid any violence. Even security has been escalated at stores of World’s second largest retailer Carrefour in Delhi and Jaipur as a part of precautionary measures. Meanwhile, such similar shutter down operation was seen in Karnataka against the government’s decision to allow 51% the FDI in retail.

Nonetheless, the government has assured that there decision in favor of public interest, there are lingering fears in the minds of retailers that there would be threat to their presence in case such malls are being set up in their states.

There are countries like US where such decisions have affected many small stores, and that’s what has made retailers to put up strong opposition for the entry of foreign players in the retail market. While government would be putting up their best efforts, it would be interesting to see how they would seam through the fierce attack of retailers and opposition parties.

Asia Stocks, Won Jump on Central Bank’s Move

While countries across the world are grappling to combat the constraints triggered by the long running debt crisis in Europe, central bank’s intervention has certainly given the much needed boost to global market.

If reports are to be referred to, it has been seen that the MSCI Asia Pacific Index went up by 3.5% MSCI Asia Pacific Index, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures moved up by 0.2%. It was also told that South Korea’s won was seen moving up by 1.8% and the Dollar Index nosedived by 0.2%.

Market observers are of the view that this jump was all due to the steps taken by six central banks. It has been told that Federal Reserve has reduced the cost at which dollar is being given to others through swap agreements. This step would allow purchase of dollar easy for other countries. Even the People’s Bank of China has trim down the reserve requirements after 2008.

With such steps being taken, there is common belief that global monetary policy is making a transition towards good but how long it will take to negate the problem of debt crisis is yet not known.

There was rise of 2.8% in Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), and 14% in Evergrande Real Estate Group Ltd in Hong Kong. There has been Beige Book survey which has revealed that the economy has done well in recent times and that due to significant performance in manufacturing and consumer sector. This survey also made it clear that despite all the lingering fears about US recession, there are fair chances that Us economy would be able to seam through all challenges, however, unemployment rate would remain a concerning point for one and all.

It has been confirmed that the US Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, and the central banks of the UK, Canada, Japan and Switzerland would take some concrete decision on 5 December.

Kingfisher’s Position Declining Constantly

It seems tough time would not make an easy exit from the backyard of business tycoon Vijay Mallya, who has been struggling hard to help his Kingfisher Airlines to survive.

Recently, he announced that he has been in talks with India’s largest lender State Bank Of India and with other 14 banks, which have been managed by SBI only. It is quite possible that he would be able to strike a deal with them for 6 billion rupees.

With every passing month, the condition of Kingfisher is declining, not only financially but reputation has also been hit. In September, Kingfisher claimed its net loss to be more than double in comparison to last quarter. But it seems that little was done on the part of Mallya to do something worth for his aviation company.

Now, when things are getting out of his hands, he has started making efforts, and except trying to close a deal with SBI, he is also having daily meetings with some wealthy Indian individual, who would give him $250 million to save his cash-strapped carrier.

Commenting about his yet-to-be done deal with SBI, Mallya said he would soon finalize deal with the bank in which he has asked the banks to lower down their current interest rate for the loan they have taken for their airline.

There was a time when Kingfisher was India’s No 2 private carrier but due to losses, government’s new policies and economic downturn, their position went from top to bottom. Not only this, constant war between private airlines has also moved it down from among the top most airlines. Now every small airline is coming up with hundreds of aircraft, which would start their services from next year.

Shares of Kingfisher Airlines have been constantly declining and recently it fell by 18%, and not only its airline but it is also affecting his other companies as well.

India Pakistan Trade Talks

It has been recently revealed that there is soon going to be a deal struck between India and Pakistan. This is going to be a huge trade deal that is going to open ways for better relations between the two nations. Pakistan has promised that they shall grant Most Favored Nation status to New Delhi.

There were talks held between commerce secretaries from both the nations and there were discussions done over a number of important issues regarding the new deal. Pakistan has also promised to give the full normalization of the bilateral trade relations with the neighboring country. This would also suffice the legal needs of the agreement.

According to a joint statement that was given out after the meeting, it was revealed that the negative list of items is going to be removed by Pakistan by February 2012.

It was further added by Zafar Mahmood, the Commerce Secretary of Pakistan that the negative list shall be discussed further and phased out by the end of 2012. There is also going to be the enhancement of Preferential Trading Agreements between the two countries as per the South Asian Free Trade Agreement Process.

More interaction is going to be done between the two countries so that bilateral trade is benefitted. There is need for both the nations to open up to each other further and become close and friendly with each other in order to trust each other for trade purposes. It sa matter of time to see what turn the events take and how well is it to bring back arch rivals under the same trading roof. It will either bring the two nations closer in terms of trade and personal relations, or might tend to strain them further.