Sensex up 64pts on reform hopes

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Sensex rose by almost 64 points in early trade today on sustained buying by funds and retailers.  (Reuters) Sensex rose by almost 64 points in early trade today on sustained buying by funds and retailers. (Reuters)
SummarySensex rose by almost 64 points in early trade today on sustained buying by funds and retailers.

The BSE benchmark Sensex rose by almost 64 points in early trade today on sustained buying by funds and retailers largely on hopes of more reform measures by the government in the Winter Session of Parliament.

The 30-share barometer that had gained 131.06 points yesterday, rose by 63.83 points, or 0.35 per cent, to 18,534.21.

All the sectoral indices, led by realty and banking, were trading in positive zone with gains of up to 0.61 per cent.

The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty moved up by 14.30 points, or 0.25 per cent, to 5,629.10.

Brokers said increased buying by funds and retail investors anticipating that the government might take more reform measures to support the economy in the Winter Session of Parliament beginning today buoyed the trading sentiments.

Besides, a firming trend in the Asian region fuelled by overnight gains on the US markets also boosted the sentiment.

In Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose by 0.33 per cent, while the Japan's Nikkei by 1.23 per cent in early trade today.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average had ended 0.38 per cent higher yesterday.

Meanwhile, the government yesterday said it will offload its four per cent share in Hindustan Copper Ltd on Friday, starting the Rs 30,000 crore disinvestment programme for the current fiscal.

GLOBAL MARKETS ROUNDUP

Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange rise 0.33 percent. The MSCI-Asia Pacific index excluding Japan is up 0.82 percent.

U.S. stocks finished modestly higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 up for a fourth session, although volume was one of the year's lowest on the day ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Asian shares rose on Thursday as China's manufacturing sector expanded for the first time in 13 months in November, adding to optimism that global growth slowdown may have turned a corner after firm U.S. factory data.

INDIAN STOCKS TO WATCH

TOP NEWS

India is to allow state-run Life Insurance Corp (LIC) to triple the maximum stake it can hold in other companies to 30 percent in a move seen as helping a government sell-off of its own holdings in a range of firms.

The government also said on Wednesday it would kick off sales by offloading a stake in Hindustan Copper on Friday and in miner NMDC Ltd and explorer Oil India before Dec. 20.

FINANCIAL/REGULATORY

India's central bank Governor Duvvuri Subbarao went against the suggestion of most external members of an advisory panel to keep the key repo rate steady on Oct. 30, minutes of the quarterly meeting released on Wednesday showed.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram has asked banks to lend a helping hand to builders, particularly those involved in construction of residential properties, in order to revive

faltering economic growth.

Remittance inflows into India is expected to increase to $70 billion in 2012, according to a World Bank report on global migration and remittances released on Wednesday.

ENERGY/COMMODITIES

The oil ministry said the government is not considering any proposal to revise price for natural gas produced from Reliance Industries' KG-D6 block before 2014.

Bharat Forge America, the U.S. subsidiary of Bharat Forge is in the final stage of either shutting down the operations or an imminent sale.

Reliance Infrastructure, Tata Power and Crompton Greaves have placed bids to partner with state-run NTPC in its foray into electricity distribution, a senior official at NTPC said.

The government will initiate action against nine companies that have been booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation for misrepresentation of facts to win coal mining licences, a senior ministry official said.

INFRASTRUCTURE/INDUSTRIAL

GMR Infrastructure is in talks with some large companies to sell 51-74 percent stake in three operating toll road projects as part of its plan to unlock value and lower its debt, according to a senior company official close to the development.

DuPont, the diversified US industrial group, is hoping to be a billion-dollar company by sales in India by the end of 2012, said Rajeev Vaidya, president of Dupon'ts South Asia operations.

PHARMA

A panel of ministers is understood to have finalized a fresh pricing mechanism, which will lead to a sharper reduction in drug prices.

Sources said that the new formula will take into account "the simple average method" for determining the ceiling price of all the molecules for drugs under a particular area versus the "weighted average" method cleared in September by a panel.

Cipla appointed Subhanu Saxena as Chief Executive Officer. Saxena has been with Novartis AG, where he led the Global Product Strategy and Commercialization function, a position he has held for three years.

TELECOMS

The government will shortly clear a three-way partnership between Russia's NIS Glonass, BSNL and MTNL to deliver satellite-based navigation services in India, top officials in the telecom department said.

RETAIL

The government, while clearing Swedish furniture and IKEA's application to set up shop in India, has disallowed it from selling food in its planned stores and offering financing to suppliers and customers.

AIRLINES

SpiceJet said it would issue convertible warrants to its promoter, which could fetch the budget airline nearly 2 billion rupees at the current price.

PROPERTY

Nitesh Estates Ltd is in advanced talks with private equity firms to raise 4 billion rupees for a clutch of residential projects-the real estate firm's first big fund-raising since it listed its shares on the bourses two years ago, chairman Nitesh Shetty said in an interview.

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