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Indian Stock Market near Lifetime High; Waiting Election Results

Indian stock market is trading near its lifetime high and investor community is waiting for results. While many market and technical analysts have downplayed the role of politics and have said that Indian economy is strong, there is growing concern over the next government in India.

The ongoing elections have created an uncertainty in the mind of investors. Markets are staying range-bound and waiting for election outcomes on 16 May.

The business community favors a stable government. There is growing consensus that the major opposition party BJP could make the next government. However, the AAP factor could spoil the BJP campaign. Many regional parties have also decided to keep BJP out of power. The future of the country will depend on the number of seats NDA combine will get in the elections.

Among Indian stocks, major gainers on Friday were Tata Power, Ambuja Cements, Lupin, BPCL and HCL Tech. Among major losers were Jindal Steel, Tata Steel, Larsen, Sesa Sterlite and Maruti Suzuki.

The earnings season has some positive surprises for investors. While automobile sector is suffering due to lower sales, Bajaj Auto has managed to increase its market share to 20 percent compared to 17 percent in December.

Indian Stock Market Gains Marginally; Dr Reddys Labs Touches 52-week High

Indian Stock Market gained in the last two hours of trading session. The market was helped by the buying witnessed in HDFC and ITC. BSE Sensex closed 51 points higher while NSE Nifty closed 13 points higher.

Pharmaceutical major Dr Reddys Labs touched 52-week high of Rs 1921 and the stock closed at Rs 1908. Idea Cellular also touched 52-week high of Rs 112. Other stocks touching 52-week high included ING Vysya Bank, K Sera Sera, Cipla, Bank of Maharashtra, Marico, Nahar Spinning, Pantaloon Retail, Oracle Financial, RS Software and SBI.

Indian Currency gained compared to US dollar and Euro. Gold price remained flat while Silver was up by 0.4%.

Fitch Ratings has again raised the alarm against the Indian economy and growth outlook. The rating agency has cited high fiscal deficit as a reason for upcoming downgrades for Indian economy.

Finance Minister was quick to respond to Fitch’s report of future downgrades for India. He added that India is not concerned about downgrade as he is confident of containing the fiscal deficit.

Indian Market Slips; European Indices Also Close Lower

Indian Stock market slipped on Monday after a very good start for the New Year 2013. Stock market experts are still positive about the movement of the Indian stock market. Goldman Sachs has given positive rating for Indian and Chinese markets.

BSE Sensex closed 93 points lower at 19691 and NSE Nifty closed 27 points lower at 5988. Among major losers in today’s trade were Larsen, Jaiprakash Associates, HDFC and HUL.

Goldman Sachs has given a strong guidance for Indian stock markets with 7000 as target for NSE Nifty by the year end. The brokerage house has upgraded the GDP growth for Asian region to 6.9 compared to earlier estimates of 6.2 per cent.

Bajaj Auto MD has expressed worries over lower sales in auto sector. He has pointed that Bajaj Auto expects flat sales in year 2013.

Major gainers in today’s session were BPCL, Maruti Suzuki, Cipla and Tata Steel.

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 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.

Congress Plays Cheap Political Trick with 9 LPG Cylinders in Congress Ruled States

Facing the pressure from opposition and UPA allies over the increase in diesel price, and FDI, Congress has played another card by increasing the number of subsidized LPG cylinders in a year from 6 to 9 in congress ruled states.

The decision comes after most political parties announced that 6 LPG cylinders per year are too low as common household consumption is more. Congress has directed the states where it has ruling to offer 3 additional cylinders at subsidy to consumers.

Mamata Banerjee has decided to withdraw support from UPA and their ministers will offer resignation on Friday. The Congress party leaders held meeting in New Delhi to discuss next course of action. The decision of Mamata Banerjee to quit the UPA government comes as her demands for rollback were not heard by Congress leadership.

Congress wants to push ahead with the reforms but its allies are not allowing it to move forward. Congress is also portraying itself as a victim to win public support, but with rising expenses, common man can not support the decisions of the government. Congress should have thought of other reforms, which could have allowed the government to reduce deficit rather than increasing diesel prices by Rs 5, which will surely impact budget of most of the people in the country.

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.