June 4, 2018 / 3:36 AM / a year ago

Morning News Call - India, June 4

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    • Indian manufacturing PMI growth slows in May, inflationary pressures pick
    Activity in India's manufacturing sector grew at a weaker pace in May from
the previous month, a business survey showed on Friday, while inflationary
pressures picked up again amid rising oil prices in another sign that an
interest rate hike is around the corner.
    • EXCLUSIVE-After deadly Indian smelter protests, arrests stoke tension
    Eleven days after police in southern India fired on protesters seeking the
shutdown of a copper smelter owned by London-listed Vedanta, killing 13,
residents say people suspected of involvement in the demonstrations are being
targeted in a wave of arrests.
    • Fortis weighs offers from Manipal, IHH in new bidding round 
    India's Fortis Healthcare FOHE.NS said on Friday its board would look at a
new round of bids from four local and international parties, after shareholders
opposed a previous board decision last month to accept an offer from a
    • Delhi's proposal to cap drug costs worries Indian hospitals industry
    Indian authorities have proposed capping medical costs at private hospitals
in the capital to help millions of people, but the plan would deal a blow to the
multi-billion-dollar healthcare sector already grappling with price control
    • India's ICICI Bank says CEO Kochhar on planned leave
    ICICI Bank Ltd said on Friday Chief Executive Officer Chanda Kochhar is on
planned annual leave and denied a media report that she was asked to go on leave
until an independent board enquiry is concluded.
    • ANALYSIS-With ports, ships and promises, India asserts role in SE Asia
    Almost lost in the din of the upcoming U.S-North Korea summit and fresh
tension between Washington and Beijing last week, India cemented its diplomatic
and security ties across Southeast Asia in a clear challenge to
    • India urges global planemakers to 'Make in India'
    India wants to encourage aircraft makers to manufacture in the country,
starting with components and moving eventually to complete aircraft, Aviation
Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Sunday.
    • INSIGHT-As election looms, Modi's popularity wanes in rural India 
Indian farmers voted overwhelmingly for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2014
general election that swept him to power. He cannot count on them doing so
again, as a crash in commodity prices and surging fuel costs stoke anger in the
    • Talks end with China warning trade benefits at risk if U.S. imposes
    China warned the United States on Sunday that any agreements reached on
trade and business between the two countries will be void if Washington
implements tariffs and other trade measures, as the two ended their latest round
of talks in Beijing.
    • N.Korea's top three military officials replaced, U.S. official says 
    North Korea's top three military officials have been removed from their
posts, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday, as U.S. President Donald Trump and
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepare to meet on June 12 in
    • Australia's CommBank accepts record penalty in money-laundering case
    Commonwealth Bank of Australia agreed to a record penalty of A$700 million
to settle explosive money laundering charges brought by Australia's financial
intelligence agency.

    (As reported by NewsRise)
    • The SGX Nifty nearest-month futures were trading at 10,721.50, up 0.4
percent from its previous close.
    • The Indian rupee will likely open higher against the dollar as a buoyant
U.S. jobs data spurs a rally in regional currencies and equities.
    • Indian government bonds are likely to fall tracking gains in U.S. Treasury
yields and on the central bank's unexpected auction of short term cash
management bills.Investors may remain on the sidelines as the Monetary Policy
Committee's three-day meeting starts today. The yield on the benchmark 7.17
percent bond maturing in 2028 is likely to trade in a 7.86 percent - 7.93
percent band today.

    • Wall Street stocks rose on Friday after the latest monthly jobs report
pointed to strength in the U.S. economy and geopolitical tensions eased.
    • Asian shares rose to their highest level in two-and-a-half-weeks as strong
U.S. jobs data offset worries that tariff wars between the United States and the
rest of the world could drag on global economic growth.
    • The dollar gained against the yen after the release of an upbeat U.S. jobs
report, although uncertainty over potential political risks kept the currency's
near-term outlook murky.
    • U.S. Treasury yields rose on Friday after data showed the world's largest
economy created more jobs than expected in May, fueling expectations that the
Federal Reserve could increase the pace of interest rate rises this year.
    • Brent crude oil futures dipped for a second session, with prices coming
under pressure from record U.S. output and expectations of higher OPEC supplies.

    • Gold prices steadied, after falling to the lowest in more than a week in
the previous session, as expectations of an interest rate hike this month offset
support from worries about a trade war.
                   CLOSE        FII INVESTMENTS  EQUITIES     DEBT
 PNDF spot         67.17/67.20  June 1           -$30.30 mln  -0.60 mln
 10-yr bond yield  8.05 pct     Month-to-date    -            -
                                Year-to-date     -            -$4.22 bln
    For additional data:
    India govt bond market volumes                 
    Stock market reports                
    Non-deliverable forwards data              
    Corporate debt stories               [IN CORPD]
    Local market closing/intraday levels [IN SNAPSHOT]
    Monthly inflows                      [INFLOWS RTRS TABLE IN]
    ($1 = 66.99 Indian rupees)

 (Compiled by Shradha Singh in Bengaluru)
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