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HDFC Bank may focus on India for $2.3b share sale

HDFC Bank, the world’s most expensive major lender, is considering relying entirely on the Indian market for a share sale that could raise as much as Rs 155 billion ($2.3 billion), people with knowledge of the matter said.

Gujarat NRE may get a new lease of life

In a first such instance, Gujarat NRE Coke — which has been ordered to undergo liquidation proceedings by NCLT — is heading for a fresh lease of life through a new scheme proposed by the promoters. Earlier, the Kolkata bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), in an order dated January 11, directed how the company will be liquidated — as a going concern by slump sale to protect the 1,200 employees and others associated with them.

Market to remain choppy

The market had a decent showing last week but struggled towards the weekend. However, it managed to close with small gains. The Sensex gained 178.47 points, or 0.50 per cent, to close at 35,622.14 points while the Nifty gained 50.05 points, or 0.46 per cent, to close at 10,817.70 points. The market has not factored geopolitical moves happening between China and the US that would put global trade at the risk of war.

Borosil to raise solar glass production to meet rising demand

Encouraged by the growing demand for solar glass in India and abroad from panel makers, Gujarat Borosil plans to raise solar glass production by 6 per cent, or 10 tonne per day, in the current financial year, the company said during a plant visit organised for the media.

Gujarat Borosil manufactures consumer ware glass products, glass-based products used in laboratories. It plans to set up a solar glass sheet production facility by March 2019 for use in photo voltaic panels.

Fund raising through preferential allotment rises 39-fold in April

Companies garnered over Rs 72,000 crore through preferential share issues in April this year, recording a whopping 39-fold rise over the same month a year ago.

The firms had mopped up Rs 1,835 crore in April 2017.

The April 2018 mobilisation was even greater than what the comapnies had garnered during the entire 2017-18, when they could manage to get only Rs 59,472 crore.

The funds were mobilised for business expansion, refinancing of debt, working capital requirements and other general corporate purposes.

Jio soft-launches net services of 5G speed

Even as top US telcos are bracing up to launch commercial 5G services, Reliance Jio has upgraded its 4G IP network and started a pre-5G internet service to be a step ahead of its domestic rivals and possibly unleash a 4G-like disruption in the 5G market.

FinMin looks at options to check soaring bond yields

The finance ministry is looking at various options, including floating rate notes and buybacks, to rein in surging bond yields. Rising yields can disturb fiscal maths, wane investor interest in G-secs and raise the borrowing costs of the government.

Bears get the upper hand

The market snapped the three-day winning streak as selling emerged in IT, bank and consumer durables stocks on weak global cues. The sentiments were hit after the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the second time this year and hinted at two more hikes in 2018.  The Sensex fell 139.34 points, or 0.39 per cent, to settle at 35,599.82 while the Nifty 50 fell 48.65 points, or 0.45 per cent, to settle at 10,808.05. The BSE Mid-Cap index fell 0.08 per cent Small-Cap rose 0.07 per cent. Both these indices outperformed the Sensex.

HFCs bullish on future

Housing finance companies (HFCs) have been on the investors radar ever since the Narendra Modi government took office in 2014. The government’s massive housing construction plan under the Housing for All scheme was seen as a major positive for the sector. This, along with a host of enabling legislations and policies like RERA and liberal interest subsidy in a falling interest rate regime has helped many housing finance stocks to move up significantly.

Just 1% growth in premium for pvt insurers in Apr-May

For private life insurers, financial year 2018-19 started on a flat note as they recorded a mere one per cent growth in individual new business premium in the first couple of months.

Private life insurers underwrote an individual adjusted first year premium of Rs 3,458 crore in April and May this year compared to Rs 3,408 crore in corresponding period of last year, according to monthly data released by Life Insurance Council. The new business premium in the previous year had witnessed strong growth on account of demonetisation-related inflows.

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