Morning News Call - India, December 17

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    9:45 am: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds pre-budget consultations
with groups of industry, services and trade in New Delhi.
    10:00 am: Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council Member Neelkanth
Mishra, SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar and IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath at
India Economic Conclave in Mumbai.
    2:45 pm: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds pre-budget consultations
with groups of agriculture and agro-processing industry in New Delhi.
Jakob Christensen, Dankse Bank's chief analyst and head of international macro
and EM research, discusses his 2020 outlook for emerging markets at 3:30 pm IST.
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    • RBI governor reiterates there is more scope to cut rates
    There is scope in India for cutting interest rates further and the central
bank will use it when required after studying growth and inflation data, the
Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) governor, Shaktikanta Das, said on Monday.

    • Reliance Industries to divest Jio's tower assets for $3.5 billion
    Reliance Industries on Monday said its unit had inked binding agreements
with Brookfield Infrastructure Partners for an investment of $3.51 billion.

    • Indian small-finance bank Equitas files to go public
    India's Equitas Small Finance Bank filed for an initial public offering
(IPO) on Monday, days after the listing of a fellow small-finance lender drew
strong interest from investors.
    • Vistara's chief commercial officer resigns
    Vistara's Chief Commercial Officer Sanjiv Kapoor has resigned after four
years with the company, citing personal reasons, and will step down on Dec. 31,
the Indian full-service airline said in a statement on Monday.
    • Kudlow: U.S.-China deal 'absolutely' done, U.S. exports to China will
The so-called Phase One trade deal between Washington and Beijing has been
"absolutely completed," a top White House adviser said on Monday, adding that
U.S. exports to China will double under the agreement.
    • Boeing crisis deepens as 737 production stops for first time in two
    Boeing bowed to a growing cash squeeze by suspending commercial 737
production from January for the first time in more than 20 years, as the
grounding of the planemaker's best-selling MAX after two fatal crashes drags
into 2020.
    • India citizenship law protests spread across campuses
    Protests over a new Indian citizenship law based on religion spread to
student campuses on Monday as critics said the Hindu nationalist government was
pushing a partisan agenda in conflict with the country's founding as a secular
    (As reported by NewsRise)
    • SGX Nifty nearest-month futures were trading 0.2% higher at 12,099.00.
    • The Indian rupee is expected to open higher against the dollar, boosted by
positive regional risk appetite after U.S. equities reached record highs on
trade optimism.
    • Indian government bonds will likely open largely unchanged amid lack of
fresh cues, while traders await clarity on the government’s fiscal situation.
The yield on the benchmark 6.45% bond maturing in 2029 is likely to trade in a
range of 6.78%-6.83% today.
    • Wall Street stocks notched record closing highs on Monday as cooling trade
tensions between Washington and Beijing and upbeat economic data from China
boosted investor sentiment.
    • Asian shares rose to their highest in eight months, as trade deal optimism
and Wall Street's streak to all-time highs supported sentiment, while familiar
fears of a hard Brexit knocked the pound.
    • The British pound fell after reports UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was
seeking a hard line on Britain's transition period after Brexit, effectively
creating a new cliff in its negotiations with Brussels.

    • U.S. Treasury yields rose on Monday as traders took an optimistic view of
a preliminary U.S.-China trade deal and drove stocks to new highs.
    • Oil prices trickled a fraction lower, but remained near a three-month high
as investors kept the faith with hopes that a fully fledged U.S.-China trade
deal is in the pipeline and set to stoke oil demand in the world's biggest
    • Gold prices were little changed as differing views of Chinese and U.S.
officials on the interim trade deal announced last week kept investors on the
                   CLOSE        FII INVESTMENTS  EQUITIES       DEBT
 PNDF spot         70.96/70.99  December 16      117.49 crore   (1,512.14) crore
 10-yr bond yield  6.8%         Month-to-date    (1,305) crore  (2,349) crore
                                Year-to-date     92,479 crore   28,149 crore
    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 = 71.77 Indian rupees)

 (Compiled by Swathi Nair in Bengaluru)