Morning News Call - India, October 28

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    2:00 pm: Junior Commerce Minister Som Parkash, Hindustan Unilever Chairman
and Managing Director Sanjiv Mehta at FICCI “Massmerize 2020.”
    2:30 pm: Bharti Airtel virtual press conference post 2Q earnings.
    3:00 pm: Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs member Vivek Johri at
ASSOCHAM’s virtual summit on GST.
    3:15 pm: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories virtual press conference post 2Q earnings.
    4:00 pm: Titan conference call post 2Q earnings.
    4:00 pm: RBL Bank Chief Executive and Managing Director Vishwavir Ahuja at a
conference call post 2Q earnings.
    4:15 pm: Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Petroleum Secretary Tarun
Kapoor, Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani and
other oil-industry heads at India Energy Forum.
    5:00 pm: Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep
Singh Puri, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari at the launch of Niti Aayog’s
National Program and Project Management Policy Framework.
    5:00 pm: Axis Bank Chief Executive and Managing Director Amitabh Chaudhry at
a conference call post 2Q earnings.
    5:30 pm: Marico conference call post 2Q earnings.
    5:30 pm: ICICI Securities conference call post 2Q earnings.
    5:30 pm: Piramal Enterprises conference call post 2Q earnings.
    Luke McNamara, principal analyst at New York-based cybersecurity solutions
firm Mandiant Threat Intelligence, joins us to discuss hacks and lingering
threats which can disrupt the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential and senatorial elections.
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    • Bharti Airtel Q2 revenue jumps 22% on higher tariffs, 4G additions
    Telecom operator Bharti Airtel reported its highest-ever quarterly
consolidated revenue on Tuesday, helped by higher tariffs and additions to its
4G subscriber base.
    • Tata Motors sees better second half even as it prepares for hard Brexit
    Tata Motors forecast a stronger second half on Tuesday as sales of its
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) vehicles improved in key markets even as it continued to
grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainties over a hard Brexit.

    • India sees pick up in consumer demand during festival season - finance
    India's finance minister on Tuesday said that demand for consumer goods has
picked up during the festival season, which runs from October to March, and
could help revive the economy.
    • Facebook's top India lobbyist Das quits after content row
    Facebook's top India lobbyist Ankhi Das has quit, months after a newspaper
report suggested the way the social media network regulated political content in
its biggest market by users favoured Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling
    • India to up share of short-term LNG deals in gas use- GAIL chairman
India's biggest gas marketing firm GAIL expects the share of spot and short-term
liquefied natural gas (LNG) contracts in the nation's gas consumption to rise
after a slump in spot prices has made long-term deals less
    • Trump questions counting late ballots as Biden preaches unity in Georgia
    Republican President Donald Trump questioned the integrity of the U.S.
election again on Tuesday, saying it would be "inappropriate" to take extra time
to count the tens of millions of ballots cast by mail in his race against
Democrat Joe Biden.
    • Trump concedes no coronavirus economic relief deal before Election Day
    President Donald Trump acknowledged on Tuesday that a coronavirus economic
relief deal would likely come after the Nov. 3 election, with the White House
unable to bridge differences with fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate as well
as congressional Democrats.
    • Microsoft cloud business gathers steam as pandemic boosts growth
    Microsoft's cloud computing business slightly re-accelerated and its Teams
messaging and collaboration software won new users, as a pandemic-driven shift
to working from home and online learning drove quarterly results ahead of
investor targets.
    (As reported by NewsRise)
    • SGX Nifty nearest-month futures were trading 0.3% lower at 11,843.20.
    • The Indian rupee is expected to inch lower against the U.S. currency,
tracking broad dollar strength and weak equities on worries that the worsening
pandemic in the U.S. and Europe will hurt economic growth.
    • Indian government bond yields are likely to trade little changed, ahead of
the central bank’s open market operation and the weekly debt supply tomorrow.
The yield on the benchmark 5.77% bond maturing in 2030 is likely to trade in a
5.82%-5.88% band today.
    • Stocks on Wall Street closed little changed on Tuesday, with the Dow and
S&P 500 slipping on disappointing earnings and little hope for a U.S.
coronavirus stimulus before Election Day, though the Nasdaq rose ahead of big
technology company results.
    • Global shares slipped as coronavirus infections grew at an alarming pace
in the United States and Europe, while uncertainty over next week's U.S.
elections added to a "risk off" tone.
    • The dollar gave up early gains against other major currencies as sentiment
turned bearish due to uncertainty about the outcome of the U.S. presidential
election next week.
    • U.S. Treasury yields fell on Tuesday and the yield curve was flatter as
hopes faded for an imminent stimulus deal in Washington, while coronavirus
infections surged.
    • Oil prices slid more than 1 percent, paring the previous day's gains, as a
jump in U.S. crude inventories and surging COVID-19 cases raised fears of an
oversupply of oil and weak fuel demand.
    • Gold prices were subdued, as the dollar strengthened, after hopes of U.S.
stimulus faded following President Donald Trump's comment that a deal would
likely come after the November election.
                   CLOSE       FII INVESTMENTS  EQUITIES       DEBT
 PNDF spot         73.7/73.73  October 27       110.79 crores  (46.66) crores
 10-yr bond yield  5.84%       Month-to-date    16,824 crores  3,308 crores
                               Year-to-date     45,171 crores  (1,05,479) crores
    (FII investment numbers are in Indian rupees. Source: National Securities
Depository Limited)

    For additional data:
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    Monthly inflows                      [INFLOWS RTRS TABLE IN]
    ($1 = 73.94 Indian rupees) 

 (Compiled by Pranay Prakash in Bengaluru)