Sensex marginally up 18 points

Nov 09 2012, 09:49 IST
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SummarySensex rose by over 18 points in early trade today, led by recovery in stocks of consumer durables.

billion takeover offer from Indian Hotels Co Ltd as too cheap and appointed a new chief executive, saying that it was confident of its prospects as an independent company.

ENERGY/COMMODITIES

Oil & Natural Gas Corp.'s quarterly profit dropped more than 30 percent because of a sharp rise in the discount it has to give state refiners even as crude prices fell.

Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) lagged expectations despite a 12 percent rise in quarterly profit, as lower sales and higher input costs capped gains.

India will pay 300 billion rupees ($5.5 billion) to state-owned fuel retailers forced to sell at cheaper government-set rates in the first half of the year, said three sources who saw the finance ministry's confirmation letter.

Tata Power has bought a 26 percent stake in Indonesian coal producer Baramulti Sukses Sarana, which owns about 1 billion tonnes of coal resources in the South East Asian country, as it seeks to secure fuel supplies.

FINANCIAL/REGULATORY

Future Group has signed a non-binding agreement with Industrial Investment Trust Ltd to sell a controlling stake in its life insurance joint venture Future Generali, two people familiar with the development said.

Magma Fincorp Ltd Limited bought certain affiliates of GE Capital India, the unite of General Electric said in a statement.

PHARMA

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd will pay about $230 million for U.S.-based Dusa Pharmaceuticals Inc to gain access to the skin treatment market in the United States and complement the dermatology business of its Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd subsidiary.

Separately, Sun Pharma said it has raised its sales growth guidance to 20-22 percent for the fiscal year ending March 2013.

The Supreme Court on Thursday put on hold a Delhi High Court order that restrained domestic manufacturer Cipla from producing Sunitinib, a drug used in the treatment of renal cancer.

TELECOM

Reliance Communications Ltd reported a larger-than-expected 60 percent drop in quarterly profit, dragged down by the cost of its debt.

The government will allow telecom firms to borrow from overseas markets for buying second generation (2G) spectrum when auctions come up next week, economic affairs secretary Arvind Mayaram said Thursday.

RETAIL

Private equity firm Actis has joined the race to buy Cinemax India Ltd, a multiplex chain put up for sale by its promoters, expecting a valuation of close to 7 billion rupees, including a debt of 1 billion rupees, said a source close to the development.

Aditya Birla Nuvo's July-September net

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