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Morning News Call - India, November 2

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    FACTORS TO WATCH
    9:45 am: Equitas Small Finance Bank virtual listing ceremony.
    11:00 am: Motilal Oswal Financial Services conference call post 2Q earnings.
    12:00 noon: Jindal Steel & Power analyst conference call post 2Q earnings.
    2:30 pm: Bandhan Bank Chief Executive and Managing Director Chandra Shekhar
Ghosh at a virtual press conference post 2Q earnings.
    3:00 pm: HDFC Chief Executive and Vice Chairman Keki Mistry at a virtual
press conference post 2Q earnings.
    4:00 pm: Edelweiss Financial Services conference call post 2Q earnings.
    5:00 pm: Escorts analyst conference call post 2Q earnings.
    6:00 pm: Just Dial conference call post 2Q earnings.
    6:15 pm: Cadila Healthcare analyst conference call post 2Q earnings.
    6:30 pm: Embassy Office Parks REIT conference call post 2Q earnings.
    
    PROMOTION
    LIVECHAT - REUTERS GLOBAL MARKETS FORUM
    Matthew Shaddick, Head of Political Betting, Ladbrokes Coral Group,
discusses betting market odds on the U.S. presidential and senatorial races a
day before the elections. To join the conversation at 1:30 pm IST, click here here
    
    
    INDIA TOP NEWS
    • Reliance profit slides as pandemic slams oil business
    Reliance Industries posted a 15% drop in September-quarter profit on Friday
as the coronavirus crisis hammered its oil business, although the Indian
conglomerate reaped double-digit revenue growth at its Jio telecom service.

    • Amazon tells India regulator its partner Future Retail is misleading
public
    Amazon.com has complained to India's market regulator that its local partner
Future Retail misled shareholders by incorrectly saying it was complying with
its contractual obligations to the U.S. e-commerce giant, a letter seen by
Reuters shows.
    • Future Retail says Amazon dispute order not binding on company
    Future Retail said on Sunday that a Singapore arbitrator's order in its
dispute with Amazon.com is not enforceable under Indian law and not binding on
the company.
    • India's largest carmakers report increase in monthly sales
    India's largest carmakers posted strong monthly sales numbers on Sunday,
signalling that demand could be returning to the country's ailing economy during
the festival period.
    • India's Oct gasoline, gasoil sales exceed pre-coronavirus levels
    India's gasoil consumption in October rose 6.6% from a year earlier, the
first such increase since COVID-19 restrictions were imposed in late March,
preliminary data showed on Sunday, signalling a pick-up in industrial activity.

    • India to offer production-linked incentives to more sectors -official
    India is working to offer production-linked incentives to more sectors to
boost domestic manufacturing, a top government official said on Friday,
bolstering efforts to attract new investments in its coronavirus-stricken
economy.
    • Bharat Biotech plans to launch vaccine candidate in second quarter of 2021
    Bharat Biotech is planning to launch its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the
second quarter of 2021 if it gets approval from Indian regulatory authorities, a
company executive said on Sunday.
    • Indian Oil profit beats estimates on inventory gains
    Indian Oil Corp, the country's top refiner, reported an eleven-fold rise in
second-quarter profit on Friday that beat analysts' estimates on higher
inventory gains and a jump in refinery margins.
   
    
    GLOBAL TOP NEWS
    • With two days to go, Trump casts doubt on integrity of prolonged vote
count
President Donald Trump cast doubt on the integrity of the U.S. election again on
Sunday, saying a vote count that stretched past Election Day would be a
"terrible thing" and suggesting his lawyers might get involved.
    • Lockdown in England could be extended, UK minister warns
The one-month lockdown for England announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson
this weekend could be extended as Britain struggles to contain a second wave of
the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior cabinet member said on Sunday.
    • U.S. will 'vigorously defend' TikTok executive order despite ruling
The U.S Commerce Department said on Sunday it would "vigorously defend" an
executive order that seeks to bar transactions with Chinese-owned short
video-sharing app TikTok after a federal judge halted the action.
    
    
    LOCAL MARKETS OUTLOOK
    (As reported by NewsRise)
    • SGX Nifty nearest-month futures were trading 0.6% higher at 11,657.00.
    • The Indian rupee is expected to weaken more against the U.S. currency,
tracking the dollar’s strength on the non-deliverable forward market.
    • Indian government bond yields will likely edge higher in early session
amid bearish sentiment on higher-than-expected cutoff yields at last week’s debt
auction. The yield on the benchmark 5.77% bond maturing in 2030 is likely to
trade in a 5.86%-5.92% band today.
    
    
    GLOBAL MARKETS
    • U.S. stock indexes closed lower on Friday to cap Wall Street's biggest
weekly sell-off since March, as losses in richly priced tech heavyweights, a
record rise in coronavirus cases and jitters over the presidential election
snuffed investor sentiment.
    • Asian shares bounced off one-month lows on solid data from China showing
factory activity expanded at its fastest pace in a decade while oil prices
skidded as many Western countries slid back into coronavirus-driven lockdowns.

    • The U.S. dollar held steady as investors readied for this week's U.S.
presidential election, while a surge in global coronavirus cases continued to
weigh on sentiment.
    • Longer-dated Treasury debt sold off on Friday afternoon, steepening the
yield curve to the widest since June, as investors anticipated the deluge of
supply that would come from a post-election stimulus package.
    • Oil prices fell more than 3% on worries a swathe of coronavirus lockdowns
across Europe will weaken fuel demand, while traders braced for turbulence
during the U.S. presidential election week.
    • Gold edged lower weighed down by a stronger dollar, while investors
awaited the outcome of Tuesday's hotly contested U.S presidential election.

    
                   CLOSE        FII INVESTMENTS  EQUITIES         DEBT
 PNDF spot         74.09/74.12  October 29       (872.11) crores  (640.33) crores
 10-yr bond yield  5.88%        Month-to-date    19,541 crores    1,641 crores
                                Year-to-date     47,888 crores    (1,07,146) 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 = 74.57 Indian rupees) 


 (Compiled by Pranay Prakash in Bengaluru)
  
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