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Friday, January 9, 2009

Rupee turns stronger gains 52 paise v/s US $

The rupee had fallen to a one-month low of 49.28 against the dollar in early trade after the scandal in India's fourth-largest software exporter Satyam Computer sparked fears about capital outflows.

Resuming weaker at 49.20/21 a dollar from its previous close of 48.80/81 a dollar, the rupee later fluctuated between 48.28 and 49.28 during the day, partly influenced by movements in local stocks.

Dealers at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (forex) market said foreign and private sector banks heavily sold dollars in the latter part of the day amid reports that foreign investments may not be affected in the aftermath of the country's biggest corporate fraud. Leading fund managers reportedly ruled out the possibility of any capital outflow because of the Satyam scandal.

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Despite the dollar's firmness against major world currencies in global markets, they said a sudden bout of dollar sales led a strong recovery in the rupee, which was under pressure in early trade due to weakness in equity markets.

The rupee also drew support from the absence of any dollar demand from oil refiners during the day.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Indian Government gives green signal to 34 FDI proposals

The government has cleared 34 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) proposals worth about Rs 1,615 crore of firms like Mahindra and Mahindra, Sumitomo Corporation, and Barwah International from Qatar.

The largest investment proposals are in urban development, by HBS Realtors Mumbai, which intends to invest Rs 300 crore to convert the operating company into a operating-cum-holding company and Qatar-based Barwa International, which would invest Rs 400 crore.

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Besides, Sumitomo Corporation from Japan would invest Rs 160 crore, but its proposal would be subject to norms laid down in Press Note one, the government said.

Meanwhile, another proposal from Universal Biofuels for an investment of Rs 200 crore was cleared, and it would incorporate and make downstream investment
in subsidiaries and also issue and allot equity.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Indian Exports fell by 1.6% in December 2008

Exports fell for the third straight month, posting a negative growth of 1.6 per cent in December 2008 as demand from key markets
continued to remain sluggish.

Revenue from exports during the month under review stood at 11.2 bn from 11.3 bn in the year ago period, an official said.

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Exports had fallen over 12 per cent in October, the first decline in five years, and dropped 9.9 per cent in November.

Steel, textile, gems and jewellery and handicrafts were an area of concern and were the worse hit as global demand for steel, textile fell due to ongoing crises in major market for indian exports - US.

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Reserve Bank to cut Interest rates even more

Reserve Bank of India ( RBI) could cut interest rates by another 150 basis points by mid-2009 as authorities fight to prop up sagging growth, but the central Rates bank is unlikely to seek zero rates like the United States and Japan even as deflation rears its head.

The Reserve Bank of India cut interest rates on Friday for the fourth time since the global financial crisis blew up in September, taking the total reduction in its key lending rate or the repo rate to 350 points. It now stands at 5.50 percent.

Other central banks have slashed rates heavily too to fight off the deepest global financial crisis in decades. The US Federal Reserve and Japan have cut their rates close to zero, sparking debate on how far central banks will have to go to revive their economies.


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source- www.economictimes.com

Indian Economy - Most Optimistic Economy of World

India has regained top slot in optimism among privately held businesses for 2009. While optimism amongst privately held businesses (PHBs) around
the world slumped by 56% over the last 12 months, pushing the Grant Thornton International optimism/pessimism barometer to a record negative balance of -16% compared to +40%, this time last year.

Despite raging pessimism, the survey found that PHBs from 11 countries remained optimistic about the outlook for their economies, with India leading this group (+83%), and Botswana (+81%) with Brazil (+50%) also emerging on the top. Japan (-85%) and Spain (-65%) were the most pessimistic.

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It is the first time that pessimists have outweighed optimists about the outlook for their economy since the research began in the current form in 2003 but this year's International Business Report
, which surveyed senior executives from over 7,000 PHBs across 36 economies, also shows an overwhelming consensus that falling consumer demand is the biggest threat to PHB businesses.

There are also some startling differences in attitude towards the economic crisis between the mature and emerging economies. Of the four largest trading nations, PHBs in the United States and mainland China, who together contribute over 32% of global GDP1, scored their optimism at -34% in the United States and +30% in Mainland China.

Similarly, Japan and India (collectively contributing over 11% of global GDP) scored their optimism at -85% and +83% respectively.

"These polarised results suggest that despite the current slowdown, there are still pockets of hope in the global marketplace for PHBs," explained Vishesh Chandiok, National Managing Partner – Grant Thornton India.

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"Their macro view of the world economic stage explains the overall slump in optimism but there are still signs of optimism in some economies and also clear signs that PHBs, while preparing for the downturn, are also seeking to leverage on opportunities this could bring," Mr Chandiok added.

When asked to identify the most significant factors causing most concern for their business, PHBs in 33 out of the 36 economies cited a fall in consumer demand, while citing a shortage of business credit as a secondary concern.

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source - www.economictimes.com