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Morning News Call - India, October 1

    (Morning News Call - India edition will not be published on Friday, October
2, as markets are closed for Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti)
    
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    FACTORS TO WATCH
    9:00 am: Computer Age Management Services Chief Executive Anuj Kumar at
listing ceremony in Mumbai.
    10:00 am: State Bank of India Chairman Rajnish Kumar, Hindustan Unilever
Chairman and Managing Director Sanjiv Mehta at a virtual press conference to
announce a strategic partnership.
    11:30 am: CRISIL Ratings webinar on a roundup of the rating actions during
1H FY21.
    4:00 pm: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the launch of Indian Banks’
Association’s uniform training module for public sector banks for newly
recruited officers.
    4:15 pm: Petroleum Secretary Tarun Kapoor, Indian Oil Corp Chairman S.M.
Vaidya among others at ETEnergyWorld’s web conference on "Realising the City-Gas
and LNG Dream in post-Covid India."
    
    PROMOTION
    LIVECHAT - REUTERS GLOBAL MARKETS FORUM 
    Elizabeth Howcroft, Reuters EMEA Finance and Markets correspondent joins the
forum to discuss what's happening in the world of European govvies. To join the
conversation at 4:00 pm IST, click on the link: refini.tv/2P8N0Wp
    
    
    INDIA TOP NEWS
    • India posts record current account surplus in June quarter
    India's current account surplus rose to a record $19.8 billion in April-June
as its trade deficit narrowed sharply, the Reserve Bank of India said on
Wednesday.
    • India faces ballooning fiscal deficit as pandemic hits taxes
    India is staring at a ballooning fiscal deficit against an initial estimate
of 3.5% of GDP in the current financial year as the coronavirus shrinks jobs and
hits tax collection, government data showed on Wednesday.
    • India retains full-year borrowing target, H2 borrowing 
    India will stick to its borrowing plan of 12 trillion rupees for the current
fiscal year, economic affairs secretary Tarun Bajaj said on Wednesday, even as
the government expects to fall short of its revenue targets.
    • Foreign firms shun Indian coal mine auctions, 40% of mines find no takers 
    India has received no bids for 15 of 38 coal mines it is auctioning to
attract private investment, reflecting little appetite for the sector clouded by
environmental concerns and low margins.
    • India allows states to reopen schools gradually amid rising coronavirus
cases
    India's federal government on Wednesday allowed states to reopen schools and
other educational institutions in a phased manner, as well as movie theatres,
even as the coronavirus cases continue to rise daily in the South Asian country.

    • Dhanlaxmi Bank shareholders vote to oust chief executive
    Shareholders of regional lender Dhanlaxmi Bank ousted its chief executive at
its annual general meeting on Wednesday, the bank said in a regulatory filing.

    • India extends deadline for initial bids to buy state-owned BPCL
    India said on Wednesday it has extended the deadline for submitting initial
bids to buy state-owned Bharat Petroleum to Nov. 16.

    
    
    GLOBAL TOP NEWS
    • Mnuchin reports movement on COVID-19 relief; House delays vote
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday said talks with House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi made progress on COVID-19 relief legislation, and the House
of Representatives postponed a vote on a $2.2 trillion Democratic coronavirus
plan to allow more time for a bipartisan deal to come together.
    • Japan business sentiment perks up as hit from pandemic begins to ease
    Japanese business sentiment improved in July-September from a 11-year low
hit three months ago, a key central bank survey showed, in a sign the economy is
gradually emerging from the devastating hit from the coronavirus pandemic.

    • Debate planners vow less chaos at next Trump-Biden face-off
    U.S. presidential debate organizers vowed on Wednesday to change the rules
to rein in unruly behavior after President Donald Trump repeatedly interrupted
rival Joe Biden and the moderator in the candidates' taunt-filled initial
prime-time encounter.

    
    
    LOCAL MARKETS OUTLOOK
    (As reported by NewsRise)
    • SGX Nifty nearest-month futures were 1% higher at 11,358.50. 
    • The Indian rupee is expected to open higher against the dollar tracking
buoyant risk appetite amid renewed hopes of more U.S. fiscal stimulus. 
    • Indian government bond yields are likely to plunge in early session after
the federal government did not increase its full-year borrowing target, allaying
fears of additional borrowing for the time being. The yield on the benchmark
5.77% bond maturing in 2030 is likely to trade in a 5.92%-5.98% range today.

    
    
    GLOBAL MARKETS
    • U.S. stocks closed solidly higher on Wednesday as government leaders
continued talks for a new pandemic relief package and positive economic data
helped the major indexes end the third quarter in positive territory.
    • Global shares tried to extend gains on Thursday on renewed hopes for fresh
U.S. stimulus measures, but mounting uncertainty ahead of America's presidential
election kept gains in check.
    • The dollar was on the defensive at a one-week low, as robust U.S. data and
fresh hopes for U.S. fiscal stimulus had investors confident enough about
economic recovery prospects to seek out riskier currencies.
    • Demand for safe-haven Treasury debt waned on Wednesday, driving yields up,
on some signs of progress in negotiations over a coronavirus stimulus bill,
which is expected to be voted on in Congress later in the day.
    • Oil prices were little changed in early trade after U.S. lawmakers
postponed a vote on a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package in hopes of
reaching a bipartisan deal, while rising infections fuelled demand fears.
    • Gold prices steadied in early trade as a softer dollar and progress on
another U.S. coronavirus relief package countered pressure from an upbeat U.S.
private payrolls data.
    
    
                   CLOSE        FII INVESTMENTS  EQUITIES     DEBT
 PNDF spot         73.75/73.78  September 30     (1,065.93)   (108.86) crores
                                                 crores       
 10-yr bond yield  6.015%       Month-to-date    (7,783)      3,958 crores
                                                 crores       
                                Year-to-date     28,347       (1,08,787) crores
                                                 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= 73.56 Indian rupees)
 

 (Compiled by Nachiket Tekawade in Bengaluru)
  
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