Stocks | Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:01pm IST

MARKET EYE WEEKAHEAD-Earnings, reforms key for Indian stocks

* Earnings will continue to set the tone in Indian markets, with
Larsen & Toubro Ltd, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd 
 and Hindustan Unilever Ltd among the companies set to
post October-December results.
* The government's decision to allow diesel price hikes should
continue to help support shares although state-run oil stocks
such as Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd that rallied on
the news may be susceptible to profit-taking. 
* India's ruling Congress Party kicks off a three-day conference
in the state of Rajasthan, with all leaders, including party
chief Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and all top
ministers attending.
* The big event this month still remains the RBI's policy review
on Jan. 29, with most analysts expecting a 25 bps cut in
interest rates after RBI Governor Duvvuri Subbarao dented hopes
for a 50 bps cut this week after calling inflation "still quite
high." 
    
KEY FACTORS/EVENTS TO WATCH
Sat: India's ruling Congress party starts 3-day conference
Mon.: NTPC Ltd, Asian Paints Ltd, Cairn
India Ltd, Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd
 earnings
Tues.: Hindustan Unilever earnings
Wedns.: Reliance Communications Ltd, Zee Entertainment
Enterprises Ltd  earnings
Thurs.: Larsen & Toubro earnings
Fri.: Maruti Suzuki, Reliance Power Ltd 
earnings

 (abhishek.vishnoi@thomsonreuters.com;
abhishek.vishnoi.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)

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