Morning News Call - India, October 19

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    11:00 am: Bajaj Consumer conference call post 2Q earnings.
    12:00 am: Shoppers Stop conference call post 2Q earnings.
    12:30 pm: Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations virtual press
    3:00 pm: CG Power & Industrial Solutions holds annual general meeting.  
    3:50 pm: HDFC Life Insurance Chief Executive and Managing Director Vibha
Padalkar at a conference call post 2Q earnings.
    5:45 pm: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Fifteenth Finance Commission
Chairman N.K. Singh, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani at a book launch
in New Delhi. 
    Mike Dolan, Reuters Editor at Large, Finance & Markets, takes a look at the
major themes and key events to watch in the week ahead. To join the conversation
at 3:30 pm IST, click on the link:
    • Amid tensions with China, India warns Amazon, Flipkart over country of
origin rule
    The Indian government has warned's local unit and Walmart's
Flipkart that sellers on their platforms are not complying with a rule requiring
that a product's country of origin be specified.
    • India's Jet Airways creditors agree to new owners after months of talks
    India's Jet Airways would be acquired by an investor consortium under a
multi-million dollar resolution plan approved by the carrier's creditors on
    • Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech to begin trial of intranasal COVID-19
vaccine soon - minister
    Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech are expected to pursue late
stage clinical trials of intranasal COVID-19 vaccines in the coming months once
they receive regulatory approval, India's health minister said on Sunday.

    • India begins selecting people for priority coronavirus vaccines
    India’s coronavirus infections rose by another 62,212 cases over the
previous day and a local media report said on Saturday that the government had
begun identifying about 300 million people who would be given the vaccine first
when it is ready.
    • India's car, motorbike sales surge as dealerships stock up ahead of
festive season
    Passenger vehicle and motorbike sales surged in September as companies
stocked up dealerships in anticipation of a surge in demand for personal
transport during the festival period starting later this month.
    • India's JK Tyre, other firms face antitrust scrutiny in bid-rigging case
    India's antitrust regulator is investigating JK Tyre & Industries after a
state government accused the company of bid rigging, and the probe has been
expanded to other firms, according to sources and legal filings seen by Reuters.

    • India's October diesel sales rise above pre-COVID levels
    India's gasoil sales rose in October for the first time since the nation
imposed COVID-19 restrictions in late March, preliminary data shows, signalling
a pick-up in industrial activity ahead of key festivals.
    • China's economic recovery quickens in Q3 but misses forecasts
    China stepped up its economic recovery in the third quarter from the
coronavirus shock but missed forecasts, pointing to continued challenges for one
of the few drivers of global growth this year.
    • Trump and Biden urge supporters to vote early as this week's final debate
showdown awaits
    President Donald Trump implored supporters in Nevada on Sunday to cast
ballots early in a state he narrowly lost in 2016, while Democrat Joe Biden
urged North Carolina residents to "go vote today," as the final presidential
debate looms later this week.
    • Ant Group gets Chinese nod for Hong Kong leg of $35 billion dual-listing
    China's Ant Group has received approval from the Chinese securities
regulator for the Hong Kong leg of its about $35 billion dual-listing, a person
with knowledge of the matter said.
    (As reported by NewsRise)
    • SGX Nifty nearest-month futures were 0.6% higher at 11,840.20.
    • The Indian rupee is expected to open little changed to the dollar to begin
the week that will hold the final U.S. presidential debate and that could
possibly see progress on the U.S. fiscal stimulus.
    • Indian government bond yields are expected to trade largely unchanged in
early session, ahead of a fresh supply of papers at a debt switch auction today.
The benchmark 5.77% bond maturing in 2030 is likely to trade in a 5.90%-5.95%

    • The S&P 500 posted a nominal gain on Friday as further clarity regarding
the timeline for the development of a coronavirus vaccine and much
better-than-expected retail sales data brought buyers back to the market.
    • Asian markets advanced toward a recent 2-1/2-year peak powered by hopes of
a U.S fiscal package and expectations of a coronavirus vaccine by the end of
this year, though weaker-than-expected Chinese data capped gains.
    • The dollar clung to gains, supported by investor worries about the looming
U.S. election and the fading prospects of any fiscal stimulus beforehand, while
the Chinese yuan held firm ahead of the release of quarterly growth data.
    • U.S. Treasury yields edged higher on Friday after data showed U.S. retail
sales increased more than expected in September and consumer confidence improved
in early October.
    • Oil prices edged up in early Asian trade ahead of China's economic growth
data, which is expected to show recovery in the top oil importer, offsetting
concerns of an impact from the virus' resurgence on consumption and rising

    • Gold prices were steady near the key $1,900 per ounce level in early Asian
trade supported by expectations of a new U.S. stimulus package before Election
                   CLOSE        FII INVESTMENTS  EQUITIES    DEBT
 PNDF spot         73.30/73.33  October 16       (293.08)    263.75 crores
 10-yr bond yield  5.935%       Month-to-date    8,489       (615) crores
                                Year-to-date     36,836      (1,09,402) 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= 73.44 Indian rupees)

 (Compiled by Nachiket Tekawade in Bengaluru)