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• Indian stocks staged a strong intraday rebound as investors assessed the impact on monetary
stimulus for the US economy as US lawmakers wrangled over the debt limit and as a partial
US government shutdown entered a seventh day. The US Federal Reserve's bond-buying
program has been a source of liquidity for most Asian and emerging markets this year. Sensex
and the Nifty both, ended flat for the day after witnessing intraday volatility. The market
breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, once again turned positive from negative
in late trade. Nifty fell 0.02% to 5906.15 and Sensex fell 0.1% to 19895.10. Among the 30-
share Sensex pack, 17 stocks gained and rest of them declined.
• In the foreign exchange market, the rupee dropped against the dollar. The partially convertible
rupee was hovering at 61.85, weaker than its close of 61.43/44 on Friday, 4 October 2013. The
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will look at easing restrictions on the forex futures market once
the rupee stabilises, Deputy Governor H.R. Khan said on Monday, 7 October 2013. The RBI is
also in talks with stock market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on
making the dollar-rupee over-the-counter and futures market trades on a delivery basis, Khan
said on the sidelines of an event. The central bank will look at the "whole gamut of futures
market" once stability improves in the forex market, Khan added.
• RBI governor Raghuram Rajan on Friday, 4 October 2013, said that there is no reason to
dispute the government's estimate of 5-5.5 percent economic growth for the current fiscal year.
A pick-up in exports and strong agriculture growth would help the government meet its growth
estimate, said Rajan while speaking at Raipur after the Reserve Bank of India's board meeting.
He also said the RBI had so far received $5.6 billion through the two swap windows the bank
announced last month to attract foreign flows.
• On the political front, the Election Commission on Friday, 4 October 2013, announced the schedule for assembly elections in
five states. While Chhattisgarh will have a two-phase polling on 11 November and 19 November 2013, the remaining states
will have a single-phase poll. Delhi and Mizoram will go to polls on 4 December 2013, Madhya Pradesh on 25 November
2013 and Rajasthan on 1 December 2013. Counting of all assembly elections in all five states will be held on 8 December
• Securities & Exchange Board of India (Sebi) approved the draft Sebi (Foreign Portfolio Investors) Regulations, 2013. The
Sebi (Foreign Portfolio Investors) Regulations, 2013 have been framed keeping in view the provisions of Sebi (Foreign
Institutional Investors) Regulations, 1995, qualified foreign investors (QFIs) framework and the recommendations of the
"Committee on Rationalization of Investment Routes and Monitoring of Foreign Portfolio Investments".
• Sebi said that existing FIIs, sub accounts and qualified foreign investors (QFIs) shall be merged into a new investor class
termed as Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs). Sebi approved designated depository participants (DDPs) shall register FPIs on
behalf of Sebi subject to compliance with KYC requirements. The Sebi board also took note of the fact that instructions
regarding risk-based KYC for FPIs have already been issued by Sebi on 12 September 2013.
• Sebi said that FPIs shall be required to seek registration in any one of the categories viz. Category I Foreign Portfolio
Investor -- which shall include Government and Government related foreign investors etc; Category II Foreign Portfolio
Investor -0 which shall include appropriately regulated broad based funds, appropriately regulated entities, broad based funds
whose investment manager is appropriately regulated, university funds, university related endowments, pension funds etc;
and Category III Foreign Portfolio Investor -- which shall include all others not eligible under Category I and II foreign
• Sebi said that all existing FIIs and sub accounts may continue to buy, sell or otherwise deal in securities under the FPI
regime. Further, all existing Qualified Foreign Investors (QFIs) may continue to buy, sell or otherwise deal in securities till
the period of one year from the date of notification of this regulation. In the meantime, they may obtain FPI registration
through DDPs. The registration granted to FPIs by the DDPs on behalf of Sebi shall be permanent unless suspended or
cancelled by Sebi. FPIs shall be allowed to invest in all those securities, wherein Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) are
allowed to invest.
• The market regulator said Category I and Category II FPIs shall be allowed to issue, or otherwise deal in offshore derivative
instruments (ODIs), directly or indirectly. However, the FPI needs to be satisfied that such ODIs are issued only to persons
who are regulated by an appropriate foreign regulatory authority after ensuring compliance with know your client norms.
• The CII ASCON survey for July-September 2013 quarter indicates a scenario of subdued growth with green shoots of
recovery continuing to be elusive in the near future. The Survey reveals that the number of sectors reporting negative growth
in July-September 2013 quarter of the current year has increased significantly over the corresponding period of last year. This
is despite the fact that the government has introduced various economic reform measures to seize the declining growth. "This
continuous deterioration in the economy since the last fiscal is reflective of downbeat sentiment within industry. With
economic slowdown showing no signs of bottoming out in the near future, industry is cautious in moving ahead. This calls
for a concerted effort from policy makers to stay the course on reforms. No doubt, the government has reiterated its support
to industry in form of steps taken to accelerate rupee valuation, increase exports, rev up foreign investment, etc. However, the
focus has to be on clearing projects and ensuring that once cleared the investments do take place." said Mr Chandrajit
Banerjee, Director General, CII.
• The sluggish performance of both producer as well as consumer goods indicate subdued demand conditions
in the economy which going forward does not sound optimistic for revival of growth in the coming quarters
as well. The Survey respondents have raised concerns over the deteriorating macroeconomic conditions
owing to multiple factors, both domestic and global. On the external front, global economic uncertainties,
depreciation value of rupee, rising oil prices has contributed to the weak economic environment. These
concerns have further contributed to the weakening of domestic economy leading to lowering investments,
decline in exports, soaring inflation, stalled investments, and subdued consumption, among others.
Respondents have stressed on the need for reviving the investments in the economy to boost demand.
• Coal India dropped on reports that the government will offload its 5% stake in the company by way of
follow-on public offer (FPO) in December. Bank pivotals declined. Private sector bank Axis Bank fell after
two bulk deals. IT stocks gained as the rupee dropped against the dollar, with TCS and HCL Technologies
hitting record high and Tech Mahindra striking 52-week high.
• L&T said during market hours that it has secured two engineering, procurement and construction (EPC)
projects aggregating about Rs 1100 crore in the hydrocarbon segment in UAE and Qatar. These orders
reinforce L&T's strategic objective of enhancing its global footprints, and reflect its capability to execute
hydrocarbon projects in competitive international environment, L&T said in a statement.
• Grasim Industries rose after the company said work at greenfield viscose staple fibre project has been
hampered due to unexpected floods in Gujarat in the last week of September 2013
• Bombay Dyeing & Manufacturing Company surged 16.12% on a media report that three global private
equity firms are in talks to jointly acquire up to 24% stake in the company.
• Coal India fell on reports the government is likely to dilute 5% stake in the company via follow-on public
offer in December 2013.
• Ranbaxy Laboratories rose on a media report that the company is looking to buy a manufacturing facility in
India to secure its future launches and shift some of its blockbuster drug filings.
• Jubilant Life Sciences rose after the company's board approved a proposal to transfer its active
pharmaceutical ingredient and dosage form business to its Singapore-based subsidiary
• European stocks dropped on Monday as US House Speaker John Boehner ruled
out raising the US government's debt limit without setting preconditions. Asian
markets edged lower on Monday, 7 October 2013, as lawmakers in Washington
remain deadlocked over extending the nation's debt limit to avoid default.
Trading in US index futures indicated that the Dow could fall 135 points at the
opening bell on Monday, 7 October 2013.
• Republican House Speaker John Boehner vowed on Sunday not to raise the US
debt ceiling without a "serious conversation" about what is driving the debt,
while Democrats said it was irresponsible and reckless to raise the possibility of a
US default. Republicans and Democrats also traded blame for a shutdown that
has brought much of the government to a standstill for nearly a week.
Republicans are seeking concessions in exchange for raising the nation's $16.7
trillion debt limit. If the borrowing cap is not increased, the United States could
go into default.
• The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) holds a two-day policy meeting
on 29-30 October 2013. The lack of data may make it harder for the Federal
Reserve to assess the economy's strength as policy makers mull the timing of
reductions in bond buying. Government data from payrolls to retail sales will be
delayed as long as the shutdown continues. On 18 September 2013, the Fed
surprised economists and investors with its decision to delay scaling back its
stimulus amid concerns about the strength of the economic recovery
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