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Morning News Call - India, April 15

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    FACTORS TO WATCH
    12:00 pm: Government to release March wholesale price inflation data in New
Delhi.

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    INDIA TOP NEWS
    • Jet Airways pilots defer strike before crunch creditors meeting -report
Pilots at Jet Airways have been told by their union to put off a planned strike
to give its management and key lender State Bank of India time to strike a deal
to keep the debt-laden airline flying, ANI reported on Sunday.

    • India says no link between Reliance tax relief in France and jet deal
India on Saturday said a French media report linking a tax exemption given to a
French subsidiary of Reliance Group and an $8.7 billion fighter jet deal between
the two countries was "totally inaccurate."
    
    • Software giants trumpet strong growth momentum
Indian technology duo Tata Consultancy Services and smaller rival Infosys expect
continued strong growth in the new financial year, they said on Friday after
posting strong fourth-quarter numbers.

    • SpiceJet to lease 16 Boeing 737s to fill gap as groundings push up fares
Budget airline SpiceJet said on Friday it planned to lease a "first lot" of 16
Boeing 737-800s to help fill a gap in aviation capacity that ratings agency ICRA
said has pushed up fares by 30 to 40 percent since September.

    • Supreme court halts ArcelorMittal payment to buy Essar Steel -lawyer
Supreme Court on Friday ordered ArcelorMittal to stop a payment to lenders to
buy Essar Steel, a lawyer involved in the case said, delaying billionaire
Lakshmi Mittal's entry into the country's fast-growing steel market.


    • Vedanta Resources raises $1 billion through bond issue
Miner Vedanta Resources said on Friday it had raised $1 billion through a bond
issue and would use the proceeds to repay existing debt.

    • Kotak Mutual Fund works with Essel Group for 'optimal recovery' of dues 
Kotak MF said on Friday it was working with the promoters of Essel Group to
ensure "optimal recovery" of dues owed by the conglomerate.

    • Supreme Court asks political parties to give details of funding through
bonds
Supreme Court on Friday asked political parties taking part in ongoing elections
to provide details of funds received through electoral bonds.
    
    
    GLOBAL TOP NEWS
   • EXCLUSIVE: U.S. waters down demand China ax subsidies in push for trade
deal -sources
U.S. negotiators have tempered demands that China curb industrial subsidies as a
condition for a trade deal after strong resistance from Beijing, according to
two sources briefed on discussions, marking a retreat on a core U.S. objective
for the trade talks.
    
   • Trump's re-election campaign raised more than $30 million in Q1 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump's re-election campaign raised more than $30 million
in the first quarter of 2019, his campaign said on Sunday, far outpacing the
total raised by individual Democratic candidates during that period.


   • Indonesians to vote in world's biggest single-day election
Tens of millions of Indonesians will vote in presidential and parliamentary
elections this week after campaigns focused on the economy, but with political
Islam looming ever larger in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation.


    
    LOCAL MARKETS OUTLOOK
    (As reported by NewsRise)
    • SGX Nifty nearest-month futures were little changed at 11,686.50 from its
previous close.

    • The Indian rupee is expected to open little changed against the dollar
after long-term U.S. yields climbed to three-week highs, offsetting upbeat
regional risk appetite on U.S.-China trade deal hopes. 

    • Indian bonds will likely open higher as domestic core inflation eased,
while expansion in retail inflation was largely in line with estimates. The
yield on the benchmark 7.26 percent bond maturing in 2029 is likely to trade in
a range of 7.38 percent-7.44 percent band today, a trader with a private bank
said.

        
    GLOBAL MARKETS
    • U.S. stocks closed near record highs on Friday after the largest U.S.
bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, soothed worries that the first-quarter earnings
season would dampen Wall Street's big rally back from last year's slump.
    • Asian shares neared nine-month highs after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven
Mnuchin said he hoped U.S.-China trade talks were approaching a final lap, while
strong Chinese export and bank loan data boosted confidence in the global
economy.
    • The yen hovered near its lowest level this year as more signs of
stabilisation in the Chinese economy and an upbeat start to the U.S. earnings
season prompted investors to abandon the safe-haven currency to seek higher
returns elsewhere.
    • U.S. Treasury yields rose to three-week highs on Friday as investors put
money into riskier assets after data showed Chinese exports rebounded in March,
easing concerns about global economic growth.
    • Oil prices edged lower after international benchmark Brent hit a fresh
five-month high in the previous session, but concerns over global supplies kept
prices well supported.
    • Gold prices fell to a more than one-week low, as stronger-than-expected
data from China and a robust start to the U.S. earnings season soothed concerns
about global economic slowdown, denting the appeal of bullion.
    
    
                   CLOSE        FII INVESTMENTS  EQUITIES     DEBT
 PNDF spot         69.11/69.14  April 12         $129.66 mln  -$146.81 mln
 10-yr bond yield  7.4 pct      Month-to-date    $1.92 bln    -$1.55 bln
                                Year-to-date     $8.77 bln    -$2 bln
    
    
    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 = 69.18 Indian rupees)

 (Compiled by Avina Ajit in Bengaluru)
  
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