Morning News Call - India, November 13

(Morning News Call - India edition will not be published on Monday, November 16
as markets are closed for Diwali Balipratipada)
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    10:00 am: Max Healthcare analyst conference call post second-quarter
    11:00 am: Natco Pharma analyst conference call post second-quarter earnings.
    1:00 pm: Grasim Industries analyst conference call post second-quarter
    5:00 pm: RBI to release weekly foreign exchange data.
    Eduardo Suarez, Vice-President, Latin America Economics at Scotiabank, joins
the forum to discuss the impact of the U.S. elections on relations with LatAm
nations, the economic recovery from COVID-19, and how major issues such as debt
restructuring in Argentina and tax reform in Brazil are expected to play out. To
join the discussion at 9:30 pm IST, click here here
    • Indian government's latest stimulus to boost jobs, credit, farm sector 
The Indian government announced a fresh stimulus of $16.1 billion on Thursday to
be spent largely on creating jobs and boosting the nascent recovery visible in
various sectors even as it tries to keep a lid on the ballooning fiscal deficit.

    • India's October retail inflation remained over 7% for second straight
India's retail inflation remained above 7% in October for a second straight
month as vegetable prices stayed at elevated levels, worrying policymakers, who
are struggling to pull Asia's third largest economy from a deep slump.

    • India's October fuel demand marks first year-on-year gain in 8 months
India's fuel consumption in October registered its first year-on-year increase
since February, as slowing coronavirus cases and increased mobility accelerated
an economic recovery, data showed on Thursday.
    • India's Serum says made 40 milllion doses of AstraZeneca's COVID vaccine,
to make Novavax shot soon
Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine producer, said on Thursday
it has made 40 million doses of AstraZeneca's potential COVID-19 vaccine, and
would soon begin making Novavax's rival shot, as they both seek regulatory
    • India allocates extra $8.71 billion in fertilizer subsidy
India has earmarked an extra $8.71 billion in fertilizer subsidies for the
current fiscal year, begun in April, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on
    • India's top oil refiner runs at full capacity on demand rebound 
India's top refiner Indian Oil has been operating at 100% capacity since early
November as local fuel demand has recovered, its chairman S.M. Vaidya said.

    • Petronet has no plans to invest in LNG developers
India's Petronet LNG has no plans to invest in liquefied natural gas (LNG)
developers as the market is awash with cheaper fuel, its finance chief said,
indicating it may shelve plans to invest in Tellurian's U.S. project.

    • New Indian version of hit PUBG mobile game to be launched after
China-focused ban
PUBG, a subsidiary of a South Korean company, said on Thursday it will launch a
new PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) mobile game in India after the previous
incarnation from a Chinese publisher fell foul of national-security rules.

    • Republicans urge Trump to allow Biden briefings as U.S. election
challenges sputter
More Republican lawmakers said on Thursday the Trump administration should allow
Joe Biden to receive intelligence briefings, in a tacit acknowledgement the
Democrat will soon occupy the White House despite the president's refusal to
    • Fed, ECB heads cautious on economy despite COVID-19 vaccine hopes
The heads of the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank welcomed the
encouraging results in trials of a vaccine candidate for the novel coronavirus
but stressed that the economic outlook will remain uncertain.
    • Ethiopia claims big advance in Tigray, Amnesty reports mass killing
Ethiopia's military has defeated local forces in the west of Tigray state, Prime
Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Thursday, accusing his foes of atrocities during a
week of fighting that threatens to destabilise the Horn of Africa.
    (As reported by NewsRise)
    • SGX Nifty nearest-month futures were 0.9% lower at 12,631.50.
    • The Indian rupee is expected to trade lower to the dollar amid a pickup in
domestic inflation and a further pullback in regional equities. 
    • Indian federal government bond yields are expected to edge higher after
retail inflation quickened at a faster-than-expected pace in October and stayed
above the central bank’s upper tolerance ceiling. The yield on the benchmark
5.77% 2030 bond is likely to trade in a 5.90%-5.95% band today. 
    • Wall Street ended sharply lower on Thursday as U.S. coronavirus infections
surged and investors weighed the timeline for the mass rollout of an effective
    • Stocks in Asia fell, following on from selloffs in the United States and
Europe as investors feared the economic impact of an accelerating rise in
coronavirus infections.
    • The Japanese yen edged higher as investors crept back in to the safe-haven
currency on concerns that successful tests of a COVID-19 vaccine may not be
enough to offset the economic damage of a trying winter in Europe and the United
    • U.S. Treasury yields sank on Thursday, weighed down by the persistent rise
in coronavirus cases around the world and data showing inflation remained benign
in the world's largest economy.
    • Oil prices fell as a spike in the number of COVID-19 infections raised
fears for the global economy and near-term fuel demand, but remained on track
for a second straight weekly gain amid hopes for a vaccine.
    • Gold prices were little changed, as fears of an economic impact due to a
surge in global cases of COVID-19 countered optimism from the developments in a
potential vaccine.
                   CLOSE       FII INVESTMENTS  EQUITIES         DEBT
 PNDF spot         74.6/74.63  November 12      8,580.01 crores  79.29 crores
 10-yr bond yield  5.9%        Month-to-date    25,877 crores    1,888 crores
                               Year-to-date     73,765 crores    (1,05,258) 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 = 74.68 Indian rupees)

 (Compiled by Pathikrit Bandyopadhyay in Bengaluru)