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Morning News Call - India, September 28

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    FACTORS TO WATCH
    9:30 am: India Cements is scheduled to hold its annual general meeting.  
    10:00 am: BHEL is scheduled to hold its annual general meeting.  
    11:00 am: BPCL is scheduled to hold its annual general meeting.  
    11:00 am: SBI Cards and Payment Services is scheduled to hold its annual
general meeting.  
    11:00 am: Indiabulls Real Estate is scheduled to hold its annual general
meeting.  
    11:00 am: Dilip Buildcon is scheduled to hold its annual general meeting.  
    11:00 am: Housing Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra at ASSOCHAM’s webinar on
“Smart Cities.”
    11:30 am: Indraprastha Gas is scheduled to hold its annual general meeting. 
    12:00 am: Welspun Corp is scheduled to hold its annual general meeting.  
    2:00 pm: Motherson Sumi Systems is scheduled to hold its annual general
meeting.  
    3:00 pm: Director General, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons S C L Das,
Reliance Industries Chief Digital Officer - E&P Business K. Balasubramaniam and
other executives at FICCI's webinar on ‘Digital Transformation of the Indian E&P
Industry’.
    3:00 pm: LIC Housing Finance is scheduled to hold its annual general
meeting.  
    3:00 pm: KNR Constructions is scheduled to hold its annual general meeting. 
    3:00 pm: Kajaria Ceramics is scheduled to hold its annual general meeting.  
    3:30 pm: Oberoi Realty is scheduled to hold its annual general meeting.  
    6:00 pm: NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant at a webinar on “Impact of Aspirational
Districts Programme.”

    
    LIVECHAT - REUTERS GLOBAL MARKETS FORUM
    Wayne Cole, Reuters Chief Treasury Correspondent in Sydney, joins us to
discuss the themes to watch for markets in the week ahead. To join the
conversation at 9:30 am IST, click on the link: refini.tv/2P8N0Wp
    
    
    INDIA TOP NEWS
    • India’s controversial farm bills become law despite protests
    India's president on Sunday approved three controversial agricultural bills
amid nationwide protests by farmers who say the new laws will stunt their
bargaining power and instead allow large retailers to have control over pricing.

    • Modi pledges to use India vaccine-production capacity to help 'all
humanity' 
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged at the United Nations on
Saturday that his country's vaccine production capacity would be made available
globally to fight the COVID-19 crisis.
    • Vodafone wins international arbitration against India in $2 billion tax
case
    Vodafone said on Friday it had won an international arbitration case against
the Indian government, ending one of the most high-profile disputes in the
country involving a $2 billion tax claim.
    • India plans $4.6 billion in incentives for battery makers in electric
vehicle push -document
    India plans to offer $4.6 billion in incentives to companies setting up
advanced battery manufacturing facilities as it seeks to promote the use of
electric vehicles and cut down its dependence on oil, according to a government
proposal seen by Reuters.
    • India unlikely to revoke PUBG ban despite Tencent licence withdrawal -
source
    India is unlikely to revoke a ban on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)
following PUBG Corp's decision to withdraw the mobile game's publishing rights
in the country from China's Tencent, a senior government official said on
Friday.
    • S&P affirms India's long-term sovereign credit rating for second time in
four months
    Rating agency Standard and Poor's reaffirmed India's long-term sovereign
rating at the lowest investment grade for the second time in four months on
Friday, and it said it expects the economy to rebound from the impact of the
COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Harley close to deal with India's Hero after stopping local
manufacturing-sources
Harley-Davidson is in advanced talks with India's Hero MotoCorp for a
distribution deal which will allow the U.S. company's motorcycles to be sold in
India, after it stops local manufacturing there, three sources told Reuters.

    • NTPC seeks bids for biomass pellets to fuel thermal power plants
    India’s top power utility NTPC Ltd has sought bids for procuring biomass
pellets to fuel its thermal power plants, the government statement said on
Sunday, in an effort to cut down air pollution from burning of crop residue.


    
    GLOBAL TOP NEWS
    • U.S. judge blocks Trump administration's ban on new TikTok downloads
A U.S. judge has temporarily blocked a Trump administration order that was set
to bar Apple and Alphabet's Google from offering Chinese-owned short
video-sharing app TikTok for download at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.
    • China's industrial profits grow for fourth straight month
    Profits at China's industrial firms grew for the fourth straight month in
August, buoyed in part by a rebound in commodities prices and equipment
manufacturing, the statistics bureau said on Sunday.
    • Biden, fellow Democrats focus on healthcare in Supreme Court fight
    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and fellow Democrats made it
clear on Sunday that their opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court
nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, would focus on the possibility she could cast a
decisive vote to strike down the Obamacare health law.

    
    
    LOCAL MARKETS OUTLOOK
    (As reported by NewsRise)
    • SGX Nifty nearest-month futures were 0.8% higher at 11,119.20. 
    • The Indian rupee is expected to open little changed against the U.S.
currency as investors await the U.S. presidential debate tomorrow. 
    • Indian government bond yields will likely trade little changed in early
session as market participants await the borrowing calendar for October-March.
The yield on the benchmark 5.77% bond maturing in 2030 is expected to trade in a
6.02%-6.07% range today. 
    
    
    GLOBAL MARKETS
    • Technology stocks again rode to Wall Street's rescue on Friday, lifting
the main indexes more than 1%, but the Dow and the S&P 500 still posted their
longest weekly losing streaks in a year as fears of a slowing economy sparked an
almost month-long rout.
    • Chinese stocks drove Asian markets higher, though sentiment was still
cautious ahead of a U.S. Presidential debate and as a spike in new coronavirus
cases undermined global economic recovery hopes.
    • The dollar hovered near a two-month peak against at a basket of currencies
as investors look to a barrage of upcoming economic data and political
developments in the United States before making any fresh bets on the U.S.
currency.
    • U.S. Treasury yields moved off earlier lows on Friday in the wake of an
upbeat report on U.S. durable goods, while stocks shook off a weaker start to
turn higher.
    • Oil prices dipped again as rising coronavirus cases upset hopes for a
smooth recovery in fuel demand, with crude on track for its first monthly fall
in many months after slipping last week.
    • Gold steadied as the dollar rally took a pause, while traders were on
sidelines as political uncertainty built ahead of the first presidential
election debate between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe
Biden this week.
    
    
                   CLOSE        FII INVESTMENTS  EQUITIES     DEBT
 PNDF spot         73.61/73.64  September 25     (1,665.57)   (25.13) crores
                                                 crores       
 10-yr bond yield  6.038%       Month-to-date    (4,016)      3,242 crores
                                                 crores       
                                Year-to-date     32,114       (1,09,503) 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= 73.68 Indian rupees)
 

 (Compiled by Nachiket Tekawade in Bengaluru)
  
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