Morning News Call - India, July 27

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    11:00 am: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das interaction with industry body CII's
national council members in Mumbai.
5:00 pm: Kotak Mahindra Bank Joint managing Director Dipak Gupta at
first-quarter earnings web conference in Mumbai. 

    Mike Dolan, Reuters Editor at Large, Finance & Markets, looks at the major
market moving news for the upcoming week. To join the conversation at 3:30 pm
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    • Alibaba, Jack Ma summoned by Indian court on former employee's complaint
An Indian court has summoned Alibaba and its founder Jack Ma in a case in which
a former employee in India says he was wrongfully fired after objecting to what
he saw as censorship and fake news on company apps, documents seen by Reuters
• ICICI Bank quarterly profit misses estimates as provisions soar
ICICI Bank on Saturday reported a quarterly profit that missed analyst estimates
as its provisions for bad loans rose sharply to account for the impact of the
coronavirus pandemic.
• India June oil imports lowest in nearly 9 years; none from Venezuela
India's oil imports fell in June, hitting their lowest since October 2011, as
refiners curbed purchases due to maintenance turnarounds and weaker fuel demand,
data from industry sources showed.
    • U.S. consulate in Chengdu shuts after China orders closure
Beijing announced the U.S. consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu was
closed as of 10 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Monday, after it ordered the facility be shut
in retaliation for China being ousted from its consulate in Houston, Texas.

• Trump team, Senate Republicans agree on coronavirus aid offer to Democrats
Top aides to U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday they agreed in principle
with Senate Republicans on a $1 trillion coronavirus relief package -- the
party's opening offer in negotiations with Democrats less than a week before
enhanced unemployment benefits expire.
• China's industrial profit growth quickens, signals firming economic recovery
Profits at China's industrial firms rose for a second straight month and at the
fastest pace in over a year, adding to signs the country's economic recovery
from the coronavirus crisis is gaining momentum.
    (As reported by NewsRise)
    • SGX Nifty nearest-month futures were trading 0.4% higher at 11,218.20.
• The Indian rupee is expected to trade higher against the U.S. currency
tracking a further decline on the dollar index.
• Indian federal government bond yields are likely to trade little changed amid
a lack of fresh triggers, even as market participants await bond-supportive
measures from the central bank. The yield on the benchmark 5.79% bond maturing
in 2030 is likely to trade in a range of 5.80%-5.85%. 
    • Wall Street retreated on Friday, heading into the weekend with a broad
sell-off due to weak earnings, surging coronavirus cases and geopolitical
    • Gold hit an all-time high as tit-for-tat consulate closures in China and
the United States rattled investors, boosting the allure of safe haven assets,
although sentiment was mixed with tech gains supporting some Asian stocks.

    • The dollar began the week under pressure from all corners as intensifying
Sino-U.S. tensions added to worries that the coronavirus resurgence in United
States could undermine the recovery in the world's biggest economy.
    • U.S. Treasury yields were mixed on Friday as stocks fell and the market
looked ahead to developments next week on new fiscal stimulus steps, as well as
a Federal Reserve meeting.
    • Oil prices edged down as rising coronavirus cases and tensions between the
United States and China pushed investors toward safe-haven assets.
    • Gold prices extended gains, driven by U.S.-China tensions and a weaker
dollar, while expectations of more stimulus to revive pandemic-hit economies
lifted the metal's appeal as an inflation hedge.
                   CLOSE        FII INVESTMENTS  EQUITIES         DEBT
 PNDF spot         74.86/74.89  July 24          2,114.35 crores  257.34 crores
 10-yr bond yield  5.81%        Month-to-date    2,336 crores     (1,150) crores
                                Year-to-date     (16,177) crores  (1,08,109) crores
    (FII investment numbers are in Indian rupees. Source: National Securities
Depository Limited)
    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 = 74.76 Indian rupees)

 (Compiled by Siddharth Athreya V in Bengaluru)