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Updated: Jan 18 2013, 08:05am hrs
Sebi bars secondary mkt purchases under ESOPs

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has amended the norms for employee stock option schemes (ESOPs) to put a stop on listed entities from framing any such scheme to acquire their own shares from the secondary market. It has come to the notice of Sebi that some listed entities have been framing their own employees benefit schemes, wherein trusts have been set up to deal in their own securities in the secondary market, which was not envisaged within the purview of Sebi (ESOS and ESPS) Guidelines 1999, Sebi said. The regulator has said companies that have already framed and implemented such schemes involving dealing in their own securities will have to inform the stock exchanges within a month. Further, the companies will have to realign their ESOP schemes with the new norms before June 30, 2013.

Sebi disposes inquiry against 2 companies

Sebi has disposed of enquiry proceedings against Temptation Foods and Venture Business Advisers, as both companies are in the process of being wound up. The market regulator had initiated enquiries against the two companies for their involvement for allegedly indulging in fraudulent and trading practises in the shares of Kohinoor Foods. The case relates to a matter way back in 2007. Sebi had found that the two entities had entered into synchronised and self trades thereby allegedly creating artificial volumes in Kohinoor Foods. Disposing of the case against the entities, Sebi, in two separate orders dated January 16, said the winding up orders had been passed by Bombay High Court and they had submitted documents regarding it to the regulator.

Motilal Oswal launches first advisory index

Motilal Oswal Private Wealth Managementon Thursday launched Indias first AdvisoryIndex and Dynamic Synthetic Index, which will be customised to individual clients based on their advisory mandate and help clients identify the effective value contributed by theadvisor. Advisory Index is a measure of the moving value of a clients portfolio, across asset classes that capture the impact of all the critical components of advisory that fulfills clients goals and objectives. Dynamic Synthetic Index is a dynamic benchmark to be created based on changes made in model portfolios at asset allocation level or based on changes in instrument level.

Deutshce sets Dec 2013 Sensex target at 22,500

Deutsche Equities India set its year-end target of 22,500 for the Sensex, implying a 13% return from the current levels and year to date increase of close to 16%. It expects governments policy measure to be the key catalyst for the market gains along with a recovery in the global economy and subsequent rise in the risk appetite.

Morgan Stanley initiates Asian Paints at overweight

Morgan Stanley initiated coverage of Asian Paints with an overweight rating and a target price of R5,220. The investment bank says the paint maker will enjoy strong revenue growth, with gross margins expected to expand by 300 bps in fiscal years 2012 to 2015. Asian Paints also deserves a premium in terms of valuations, Morgan Stanley said. We think competitors are unlikely to match its distribution reach and logistics strength over the next five years, the bank wrote in a note.