Morning News Call - India, August 14

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    12:00 pm: Government to release July wholesale price inflation data in New Delhi
    • India's July retail inflation dims chances of rate cut
    India's retail inflation rose to 6.93% in July on higher food prices, remaining above the
RBI's medium-term target for a 10th straight month, according to government data released on
    • Biological E. to make substance used in J&J's potential COVID-19 vaccine
    Indian drugmaker Biological E. will begin making a drug substance used in Johnson &
Johnson's  COVID-19 vaccine candidate that is in early to mid-stage trials, the companies said
on Thursday.
    • Zydus Cadila launches India's cheapest remdesivir version at $37 per vial
    Zydus Cadila on Thursday launched the cheapest generic version of Gilead Sciences' antiviral
drug remdesivir in India to treat COVID-19 following reports of shortages at hospitals in the
world's third-worst hit nation.
    • ByteDance in talks with Reliance for investment in TikTok - TechCrunch
    China's ByteDance is in early talks with Reliance Industries for an investment in its
video-based app TikTok's business in India, TechCrunch reported on Thursday, citing sources.

    • India's exports of gems, jewellery slump 38% in July - trade council
    India's gems and jewellery exports fell 38% in July from a year ago to $1.36 billion as
shipments of cut and polished diamonds plunged because of the novel coronavirus, a trade
organisation said on Thursday.

    • Trump holds up coronavirus aid to block funding for mail-in voting
    President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was blocking Democrats' effort to include funds
for the U.S. Postal Service and election infrastructure in a new coronavirus relief bill, a bid
to block more Americans from voting by mail during the pandemic.
    • China's July retail sales unexpectedly slip, factory output growth steady
    China's retail sales unexpectedly fell in July from a year ago while the comeback in factory
output was slower than forecast amid signs the recovery in the world's second-largest economy
remains fragile.
    • Fortnite maker sues Apple, Google after removal of game from app stores
    Apple and Alphabet Inc's Google on Thursday removed popular video game "Fortnite" from their
app stores for violating the companies' in-app payment guidelines, prompting developer Epic
Games to file federal antitrust lawsuits challenging the two companies' rules.
    (As reported by NewsRise)
    • SGX Nifty nearest-month futures were little changed at 11,324.20.
    • The rupee will likely trade little changed to the dollar amid India’s
quicker-than-expected retail inflation and Treasury yields hovering near two-month highs. 
    • Indian government bond yields are likely to jump in early session, as faster-than-expected
July retail inflation print further intensified bets of another policy status quo in October
review. Moreover, fresh supply of debt at a weekly auction today and a debt switch on Monday,
wherein the benchmark bond will be issued, will further weigh on sentiment, traders said. The
yield on the benchmark 5.79% bond maturing in 2030 is likely to trade in a range of 5.90%-5.98%.
    • The S&P 500 ended slightly lower on Thursday after briefly trading above its record
closing high level for a second day, and the Dow also fell in the wake of a disappointing
forecast from Cisco Systems.
    • Asian shares fell after lacklustre Chinese economic data and worries about a delay in U.S.
fiscal stimulus discouraged some investors from taking on risk.
    • The dollar drifted higher, helped by strong U.S. jobs data as well as firmer global demand
for safe-havens amid concerns about the coronavirus recovery, setting the currency up to
potentially snap a seven-week losing streak.
    • Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields surged to seven-week highs on Thursday after the Treasury
sold a record amount of 30-year bonds to weak demand, the final sale of $112 billion in new
coupon-bearing supply this week.
    • Oil prices advanced and were heading for a second week of gains amid growing confidence
that demand for fuel is starting to pick up despite the coronavirus pandemic that has slammed
economies worldwide.
    • Gold prices rose for a third straight session, supported by a weaker U.S. dollar.
                   CLOSE        FII INVESTMENTS  EQUITIES         DEBT
 PNDF spot         74.82/74.85  August 13        3,458.56 crores  (690.09) crores
 10-yr bond yield  5.90%        Month-to-date    25,650 crores    305 crores
                                Year-to-date     14,700 crores    (1,09,130) crores
       (FII investment numbers are in Indian rupees. Source: National Securities Depository
    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 = 74.81 Indian rupees)

 (Compiled by Archak Sengupta in Bengaluru)