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Global Markets Ended on a Mixed Note

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Global stock markets ended the week on a mixed note. Stock markets in Germany and China were the biggest gainers, with gains of 1.7% and 1.6% respectively. Further, Indian stock markets were also up by 1.5%. However, the UK and Brazil share markets were marginally down by 0.6% and 0.5%, respectively. The US markets were up 0.9% for the week gone by.

As per the minutes of the Fed's last policy meeting, the US central bank may not be that keen to hike interest rate in its March policy review.

Many Federal Reserve policymakers said it may be appropriate to raise interest rates again fairly soon should jobs and inflation data come in line with expectations. The minutes showed the depth of uncertainty at the Fed because of a lack of clarity on the new Trump administration's economic program.

Fed policymakers noted both upside and downside risks to the US economy from Trump's policies. As per them, it will take some time for the economic outlook to become clearer and to raise interest rates.

All eyes are now set on the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meet which is scheduled on March 14-15. The meeting will decide Fed's stance on interest rates.

We doubt the strength and durability of the US economic recovery since it has been driven mainly by massive doses of money printing and artificial suppression of interest rates. Hence, we also doubt the Fed's capability to further raise interest rates.

Back home, the Indian indices ended their weekly session on a positive note. The BSE Sensex was up 1.5% for the week, while the NSE Nifty was up 1.3%. The market stood strong mainly on the news of consolidation in telecom sector and banking sector. Stock markets are expected to be volatile ahead of the results of the state elections and the outcome of the US Fed rate decision.

BSE Indices During the Week

On the sectoral indices front, oil & gas sector and metal sector stocks led the gainers this week. However, power stocks were down marginally.

Key World Markets During the Week

Now let us discuss some key economic and industry developments during the week gone by

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated India's notebandi drive may have a larger-than-anticipated negative impact on the economy. As per the IMF, the government's notebandi drive is set to bring near-term negative impact through weaker private consumption.

Going by the numbers, the IMF said India's economic growth is expected to slow about 6% in the second-half (October-March) of fiscal 2016-17, before gradually rebounding in the course of 2017-18.

According to a leading financial daily, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its annual report, has said that India's gross domestic product (GDP) is likely to slow to 6.6% in the financial year 2016-17, then rebound to 7.2% in FY 2017-18, due to transitory disruptions, mainly to private consumption, caused by the government's demonetisation drive.

In another development, domestic steel production was up to 8.4 mt in January 2017, showing a 12% growth over January 2016 when the country had reported crude steel production of 7.5 MT.

India's growth trend spurred by protectionist measures taken by the government against threat of cheaper imports, was in fact higher than the overall 7% increase in world crude steel production to 136.5 million mt in January 2017 compared to January 2016.

Out of the total global output, China which accounts for more than half of global steel output, saw a 7.4% increase in crude steel production for January 2017 at 67.2 mt, compared to January 2016.

As per an article in the Economic Times, private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) investments in India touched US$ 1.2 billion in January across 43 transactions. However, this was recorded as 6.3% lower in value terms over the year ago period.

In terms of volume too, the above investments saw a 6.5% decline. This was seen mainly due to a decline in number of growth or expansion funding and high value deals. As per the EY report, more than half of the deals were for less than US$ 10 million each.

The above declining trend in investments could be due to the absence of profitability in many e-commerce businesses that caught the fancy of many venture capitalists and private investors last year.

Presently, most of these e-commerce businesses are mired in losses.

If the above losses keep getting bigger, there will be a point when venture capitalists and private equity funds will further re-assess their investments and start thumbing down valuations of these firms. In fact, a valuation correction is underway in the domestic e-commerce segment right now.

No wonder Vivek Kaul calls these ecommerce companies Ponzi schemes, with individual investors...perhaps you...stuck at the end. And speculators who discount fundamentals will turn out to be the greatest fool in this greater fool theory at work in the Indian e-commerce space.

As per an article in the Economic Times, the yearly SBI Composite Index (YoY) for February 2017 improved to 49.5 compared to last month's index of 47.0. The data indicated some improvement in the manufacturing activity.

However, the index declined sequentially, thereby indicating that full-fledged recovery in output may take some more time. The monthly Index declined marginally to 49.2 in February 2017 from 50.9 in January 2017.

Much of the fall in manufacturing activity is seen on the back of government's notebandi move.

Last week, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel stated that India's growth will bounce back after a sharp notebandi-driven slowdown.

However, if one has to go by the ground realities, the economy is still facing troubles from notebandi. The government will continue with its lies and tell us that all is well on the notebandi front, but that doesn't make the situation any better for the common man.

Movers and Shakers During the Week
Company17-Feb-1724-Feb-17Change52-wk High/LowTop Gainers During the Week (BSE Group A)Jindal Steel & Power9311725.9%64/33Jet Airways36242216.6%94/58J&K Bank697712.3%31/20Reliance Ind1,0651,18311.0%195/59Idea Cellular10812011.0%79/30     Top Losers During the Week (BSE Group A)SJVN3634-6.0%673/402Bayer Cropscience4,0933,858-5.8%2,095/835Havells Ind432409-5.2%607/410The Ramco Cements682626-8.3%945/691Guj. State Petronet164157-4.1%1,033/788
Source: Equitymaster

Some of the key corporate developments in the week gone by

As per an article in a leading financial daily, Bharti Airtel has entered into a definitive agreement with Telenor South Asia Investments Pvt Ltd to acquire Telenor India Communications Private Ltd.

As the part of the agreement, Airtel will acquire Telenor India's running operation in seven circles, including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, UP East and West and Assam. These circles represent a high population concentration and therefore offer high potential for growth.

Moreover, the acquisition will include the transfer of all Telenor India's assets and customers, which will boost the company's customer case and network. Also, these seven markets will give an additional 43.4 MHz spectrum in the 1800 MHz band to Airtel, the reports noted.

The move comes at a time when new entrant Reliance Jio has acquired 100 million users and the market is awaiting response on a potential Vodafone-Idea merger.

Aurobindo Pharma's US arm announced the recall of 47,040 bottles of Venlafaxine Hydrochloride extended release capsules from the American market.

The drug was manufactured by Aurobindo Pharma Ltd, Hyderabad. The company stated the recall is a voluntary recall. As per the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) the recall is on account of "failed tablet/capsule specifications: some bottles contain punctured, and/or clumped /melted capsules".

The regulator added that the recall was a class II recall which is initiated a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.

NTPC Ltd, India's biggest power producer, announced that it has commissioned 115 MW (megawatt) capacity out of 260 MW of Bhadla Solar Power Project.

With this installation, the installed capacity of NTPC's solar power projects touches 475 MW. The total installed capacity of NTPC on standalone basis has become 41,177 MW and that of NTPC group has become 48,143 MW.

NTPC intends to become a 130 GW company by 2032 with a with diversified fuel mix and 600 billion units' company in terms of generation. The company wants share of renewable energy (including hydro) to be 28%.

On the company's renewable energy plans, NTPC said that it will add 500 MW solar capacity by the end of March 2017. NTPC plans to achieve this target through a 260 MW solar power plant in Rajasthan, and another 250 MW plant in Madhya Pradesh.

In addition to this, the company also plans to set up a 50 MW wind power plant in Gujarat this year.

This is in line with the government's plans to push power capacity addition from renewable energy sources.

As per an article in The Economic Times, Tata Motors and Volkswagen Group are at an advanced stage of finalising a partnership that can have a wide-ranging impact on India and other emerging markets.

Reportedly, the companies are looking at sharing modular platforms for India and emerging markets. It includes the advanced modular platform (AMP) being developed by Tata Motors. While, Volkswagen may offer technical knowhow on producing multiple models based on modular architecture.

The main idea is to share architectures and capacities and bring in quicker returns on investment through economies of scale.

Moreover, Both the companies are stretched financially (Subscription Required), yet they have no way out but to invest for the future, so partnership was the only way out. Further, with large auto makers already investing in these emerging technologies, it is clear that Tata Motors needs to make the move quickly to avoid losing out the race particularly when also technologically assisted driving can soon become a reality.

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd's (TCS) board has approved a share buyback plan of up to Rs 160 billion. The proposed shares represent 2.85% of the total paid up equity share capital at Rs 2850 per equity share.

The announcement comes at a time when some Indian IT companies are caught in controversies.

Earlier this month, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, announced that it would do share buybacks worth US$3.4 billion over two years. The announcement came even as Infosys squashed speculations that it was considering a Rs 120 billion share buyback program.

Main reasons behind a clamour for buybacks at the IT companies (Subscription Required) is that these companies have had only single-digit growth recently, leading to low shareholder returns. Shareholders can be rewarded through other means such as a buyback. Cash is idling at Indian IT companies as they are neither making acquisitions nor investing in growth, the reports noted.

According to an article in The Financial Express, Tata Steel is looking at building a distribution network and its brands in the Business to Consumer (B2C) markets in Bangladesh and Myanmar. Bangladesh and Myanmar are the two B2C markets which have a similar profile as India.

According to company's MD, the country's steel industry has been spending less towards research and development (R&D) compared to global standards. Indian steel industry is spending less than 0.5% of the revenue towards R&D.

The Managing Director also mentioned that steel processing facilities in India have not been keeping up with the high-end requirements of steel products in the automobile sector.

And here's an update from our friends at Daily Profit Hunter...

The Nifty 50 Index traded on a positive note for the week. On Monday, it opened its session lower but recovered immediately and closed with 57-point gains. The positive momentum continued throughout the week with the index closing consecutive sessions in the green and ending the weekly session with 1.34% gains. The index is still trading in an uptrend channel with near-term support at 8,850. It's now very close to its all-time high of 9,000. This could be a strong resistance level going forward. You can read the detailed market update here...

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Vapi firm becomes India's first to take on Abbott in biodegradeable stents

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Govt thrust on rural infra to fuel kitchenware sales: TTK

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Any infra project has its challenges, including clearance: GEECL MD & CEO

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Emami expects sales rebound in post-demonetisation period

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Coal India arm Northern Coalfields okays Rs 1,244-cr share buyback plan

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Tata Steel's Haldia coke plant gets environmental nod for expansion

Unit would be used to meet coal requirements of Kalinganagar & Jamshedpur plants Posted: Sat 25th of February, 2017

Funskool looks at expanding market to Latin America, other markets

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L&T arm bags Rs 1,100 cr contract from IOC

Larsen and Toubro Hydrocarbon Engineering today said it has bagged orders worth Rs 1,100 crore from IOC for its Bongaigaon refinery in Assam. The orders are for IOC's Indane Maximisation project, under which it will set up a fluidised cracking unit including LPG treatment facility. Larsen and Toubro Hydrocarbon Engineering Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of engineering major Larsen and Toubro (L&T). "The company has bagged an onshore EPC contract from IOC worth around Rs 1,100 crore for setting up a 0.740 MMTPA Fluidised Cracking Unit (FCU) including LPG treatment facility at their Bongaigaon refinery, Assam," it said in a BSE filing. The contract covers extended basic engineering, detailed engineering, procurement, supply, transportation and installation, among others. The process licensor for the Indane Maximisation (INDMAX) unit is Lummus Technology, the company said, adding that Merichem, US, is the the process licensor for the LPG treatment unit. The company said it . Posted: Sat 25th of February, 2017

Reliance has no plans to launch app-based taxi service, tweets official

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Vivek Chaand Sehgal is EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016

EY Lifetime Achievement Award for Nandan Nilekani, winners also announced in nine other categories Posted: Sat 25th of February, 2017

Firms play white knight to those given pink slips

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Paytm to MobiKwik: Firms play white knight to those given pink slips

Online companies offer jobs to employees sacked by Snapdeal, Stayzilla Posted: Sat 25th of February, 2017

Misplaced nationalism? US shooting of Indian techie flags safety concerns

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E-tailers' business models have not worked in India, says T V Mohandas Pai

Adds, good start-ups find fresh capital but those without differentiation finds it tough Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

Homestay aggregator Stayzilla shuts operations, plans alternate model

Says it will restart operations after fixing business model Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

Business Law & Taxation

Changing the laws that govern electoral funding

70% of political funding is from unknown sources; no ceiling on expenditure of political parties Posted: Sun 19th of February, 2017

UK keen to simplify governance-related regulations: Grant Thornton UK CEO

Romanovitch shared her insights on legal changes Indian businesses should expect in post-Brexit era Posted: Sun 19th of February, 2017

The unmaking of shell companies

Legal experts say revealing the identity of the real owners of such entities must be made mandatory Posted: Sun 19th of February, 2017

Brief case: Interim order can go beyond arbitration

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Will Sebi guidance improve board evaluation?

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India's IPR policy suggests no legislative changes are necessary: Kilbride

HC ruling in the DU photocopy case sends a message that it is at odds with IP Index, says Kilbride Posted: Sun 12th of February, 2017

When founders take on the board

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Brief case: Judges' dilemma in torts claims

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Anti-profiteering provision in GST law is retrograde

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Brief case: Rejecting highest bid to prevent 'plunder'

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Why tribunals are on the chopping block

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Five laws that the FM proposes to change

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Brief case: Service tax not to cover materials

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How India's political funding laws stack up to global peers

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A tale of two tax provisions

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Understanding the PoEM effect

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Why GAAR still makes corporate India jittery

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Brief case: Test to separate cosmetics and drugs

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Pre-Budget wish list 2017-18

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Economy & Policy

Non-fumigated wheat threat looms large

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Highway projects gain momentum as ministries meet

Nitin Gadkari met Manohar Parrikar to discuss issue of transfer of defence land for highways Posted: Sat 25th of February, 2017

AAI turns down Navy's request to cut down summer flights in Goa

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AAP govt okays 37% hike in minimum wages

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Demonetisation process is almost complete: Arun Jaitley

Jaitley was addressing a group of academics & students at the London School of Economics Posted: Sat 25th of February, 2017

Stents pricing: Govt asks hospitals to make refunds prompt

Prices of coronary stents were slashed by up to 85% last week following complaints of overcharghing Posted: Sat 25th of February, 2017

The Shah of Blah

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Coming soon: Air trains for travel between terminals at Delhi airport

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GST represents one tax, one market, one India, says Arvind Subramanian

Subramanian state that state govts need to impose stricter penalties on deferring tax payment Posted: Sat 25th of February, 2017

Three months on, Indian economy is still crippled by demonetisation

The policy was flawed in its conception and exacerbated by an equally dismal implementation Posted: Sat 25th of February, 2017

IFCI plans to sell stakes in four associates firms

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Complaints against two hospitals for stent overcharging: NPPA

NPPA said it had issued show-cause notices to some hospitals over pricing of stents Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

Rajasthan becomes 2nd state to prohibit dual MRP on packaged items

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UBI only after withdrawal of present schemes, says CEA

He said, advantage of UBI is interesting way of overcoming problem of governmental targeted spending Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

I&B simplifies process of uplinking channels from teleports

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PoEM rules will not apply to companies with sales below Rs 50 cr

The tax department has reiterated that the POEM rules that require foreign firms to pay taxes in India if the effective control is within the country will not apply to companies with a turnover of Rs 50 crore or less in a financial year.Last month, the tax department had come out with the long-awaited Place of Effective Management (POEM) rules that will require foreign companies in India and Indian firms with overseas subsidiaries to pay local taxes if their businesses were effectivcely controlled by Indians. That time, the rules did not set a threshold over which the rules will apply. However, accompanied press release did state that the rules will not apply to companies with turnover up to Rs 50 crore in a year. That gave rise to a confusion whether the threshold will indeed by adhered to.In a clarificatory circular, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said the provision "shall not apply to a company having turnover or gross receipts of Rs 50 crore or less in a financial ... Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

Demonetisation sucked in cash like vacuum cleaner: IMF official

IMF in its report urged the Indian Government to continue to enhance the supply of new banknotes Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

After solar, wind tariff at record low of Rs 3.5/unit

Bids received is extremely lower than current average Feed-in-tariff of Rs 5 per unit in wind sector Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017


Standard Chartered gets down to 'war-gaming' Trump trade battles

CEO Winters says bank planning in case 'things get very messy' Posted: Sat 25th of February, 2017

US regulators investigating our foreign hiring practices: Citi

Banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co and Goldman Sachs Group have disclosed similar investigations Posted: Sat 25th of February, 2017

A bad bank could work but only if govt infuses more capital: Fitch

Fitch said that similar mechanisms have been used to help clean up banking systems in the US Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

Credit Suisse rejigs Pvt Banking biz brass in India

Kunnambath would report to Alex Wade, Head of Developed and Emerging Asia Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

Icra cuts rating on IDBI Bank's bonds

Weak Q3 performance triggers rating review Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

Standard Chartered India reduces loss sharply

It had impairment losses on loans and other credit-risk provisions of Rs 6,251.52 cr in 2015 Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

Forex reserves down $57 mn to $363 bn due to dip in foreign currency assets

In the previous week, the reserves had fallen by $360.9 million to $362.78 billion Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

Face 'de-authorisation', govt to banks on non-acceptance of PMGKY tax

Post note ban, unaccounted cash can be deposited under PMGKY in banks till March 31 Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

LinTeractive bags digital mandate for HDFC ERGO's campaign on motor insurance

LinTeractive has been entrusted the task to create a digital engagement for HDFC Ergo Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

AIG sees uncertainty in 'too-big-to-fail' label for insurers-filing

In 2008, AIG nearly got collapsed and get $182 billion bailout by the US government Posted: Fri 24th of February, 2017

Canara Bank to raise Rs 716 cr from stake sale in Can Fin

Board has given approval for the sale of 13.45 per cent stake in the mortgage firm Posted: Thu 23rd of February, 2017

Rupee regains 14 paise to 66.82 against dollar

Gains were on the back of fresh dollar selling by banks and exporters Posted: Thu 23rd of February, 2017

Five associate banks to merge with SBI from April 1

SBI is expected to become a lender of global proportions with an asset base of over $555 billion Posted: Thu 23rd of February, 2017

Airtel Payments Bank to sell insurance, MF products

APB had already opened 2.5 lakh banking points across the country Posted: Thu 23rd of February, 2017

ICICI Bank acquires 81.44 cr shares in JPVL

Before the acquisition, the bank held 79,61,535 shares or 0.13% of equity in the company Posted: Thu 23rd of February, 2017

Bankers don't want a new NPA resolution plan

Implement the existing one properly to clean up the mess Posted: Wed 22nd of February, 2017

PAC summons four banks to find out big loan defaulters

Parliamentary panel to visit Chennai Feb 27 and Kolkata March 1 to discuss bank NPAs Posted: Wed 22nd of February, 2017

SBI Research pegs Q3 GDP growth at low 5.8%; FY17 at 6.6%

From next year growth could move up faster if demand comes back faster post-remonetisation Posted: Wed 22nd of February, 2017

NPCI starts pilot project to digitise MFI transactions

Process has been initiated to bring payments by digitising transactions of Svatantra Microfinance Posted: Wed 22nd of February, 2017

At 12%, banks in Odisha have higher NPA than national average

The non-performing assets (NPAs) of banks in Odisha is recorded at 11.95 per cent as on December 31, 2016 with maximum slippages noted in the loans advanced to the agriculture and education sectors.Though bad loans crisis is a nationwide phenomenon, the gross NPAs of banks operating in Odisha at 11.95 per cent is higher than the pan-India average of 9.3 per cent (as on December 2016) of both the public and private sector banks.In Odisha, out of the total outstanding advances of Rs 105109.84 crores to priority and non-priority sectors, the NPA stood at Rs 12557.10 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.A loan or advance for which the principal or interest payment remained overdue for a period of 90 days is classified an NPA.The NPA rate in the state is the highest in case of agriculture term loans and it is pegged at 17.83 per cent. For the overall agriculture sector, the rate stood at a whopping 13.48 per cent.The rate for MSMEs is 12.87 per cent while it is 14.45 per cent and . Posted: Wed 22nd of February, 2017