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To join the conversation at 4:00 pm IST, click on the link: refini.tv/2P8N0Wp INDIA TOP NEWS • India's Infosys raises revenue forecast, says ready for visa challenge Indian software services firm Infosys raised its annual revenue growth forecast on Wednesday as it posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit, buoyed by growth in demand for its digital services during the pandemic. • U.S. apparel watchdog probes Jockey's Indian partner after human rights abuse allegations A top apparel industry watchdog has launched an investigation into underwear maker Jockey International's Indian partner Page Industries following allegations of human rights abuses at one of its factories, the watchdog told Reuters. • Tata Group pulls ad featuring Hindu-Muslim family after outcry A subsidiary of India's tea-to-telecoms Tata Group has withdrawn a jewellery advertisement featuring a Hindu-Muslim family celebrating a baby shower, following threats to one of its stores and wide criticism on social media. • India allows UAE's ADNOC to export oil from strategic reserve The Indian cabinet on Wednesday allowed Abu Dhabi National Oil to export oil from its Mangalore strategic petroleum reserve (SPR), a minister said, marking a policy shift that could enhance foreign participation as India seeks to expand its storage capacity. • Hindustan Zinc to set up smelter in Gujarat state Hindustan Zinc Limited plans to set up a smelter in the western state of Gujarat, it said on Wednesday, potentially increasing the company's zinc refining capacity by a third. • Coal minister wants Coal India units to set prices independently Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi said on Wednesday the units of Coal India should be allowed to independently set fuel prices in a bid to increase competition and reduce the price of coal in the country. GLOBAL TOP NEWS • Mnuchin says coronavirus aid deal unlikely before U.S. election, will keep trying U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi were "far apart" on another coronavirus economic relief package, and that a deal would be hard to reach before the Nov. 3 elections, but he would keep trying. • Trump administration to consider adding China's Ant Group to trade blacklist -sources The U.S. State Department has submitted a proposal for the Trump administration to add China's Ant Group to a trade blacklist, according to two people familiar with the matter, before the financial technology firm is slated to go public. • G20 pledges to do 'whatever it takes' to support global economy Financial leaders from the Group of 20 major economies on Wednesday underscored the urgent need to bring the spread of the coronavirus pandemic under control, and vowed to "do whatever it takes" to support the global economy and financial stability. LOCAL MARKETS OUTLOOK (As reported by NewsRise) • SGX Nifty nearest-month futures were almost flat at 11,986.50. • The Indian rupee is expected to open little changed to the dollar amid a quiet session for Asian currencies despite the risk-off mood. • India bond yields are likely to edge lower in early session, as traders expect the central bank to buy the entire quantum of notes at an open market operation today. The benchmark 5.77% bond maturing in 2030 is likely to trade in a 5.86%-5.92% band today. GLOBAL MARKETS • Wall Street finished weaker on Wednesday, led lower by Amazon and Microsoft, as investors lost hope that a U.S. fiscal stimulus would be approved before the presidential election in November. • Asian markets were off to a mixed start as hopes of U.S. fiscal stimulus before the presidential election faded and a record number of new coronavirus infections in parts of Europe propelled investors toward safe-havens. • The dollar and yen drew support as rising coronavirus cases and scant progress towards a U.S. stimulus deal unsettled investors, while the Australian dollar hit a one-week low after the central bank chief hinted at easing to come. • U.S. Treasury yields drifted mostly lower on Wednesday as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said a deal to combat the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic appeared unlikely before the Nov. 3 presidential election. • Oil prices rose slightly in early trade after data showed U.S. crude stockpiles fell last week, adding to 2% gains overnight, as OPEC and its allies were seen fully complying in September with their pact to curb output. • Gold prices fell, weighed by a steady dollar and fading chances of a new U.S. fiscal stimulus package being finalised before the November elections. CLOSE FII INVESTMENTS EQUITIES DEBT PNDF spot 73.26/73.29 October 14 1,876.03 198.45 crores crores 10-yr bond yield 5.9% Month-to-date 7,633 (875) crores crores Year-to-date 35,980 (1,09,662) 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= 73.33 Indian rupees) (Compiled by Nachiket Tekawade in Bengaluru)
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