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from Expert Zone:

India Markets Weekahead: ‎Ride the election rally but skim the profits

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(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

The market began the week on a high note after an extended weekend but could not sustain the rally due to profit booking. The Nifty was at a high of 6570 on Tuesday but the rest of the trading days remained lackluster and it ended the week with a marginal loss - at 6495 after the extended trading session on Saturday.

Although the week was marked with heightened political activity as candidates for the general election were announced, the U.S Federal Reserve had a sobering effect on the markets. The Fed decision to continue with further tapering of $10 billion and focus on interest rates, which should start rising sooner than expected, saw corrections in most markets as the dollar strengthened.

The sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States and the European Union over its annexation of Crimea did not cause any upheaval. But one needs to see whether the sanctions will be escalated further and monitor its fallout on the world economy, especially in Europe.

In India, FIIs continued to be buyers in the pre-election rally and pumped in about $739 million last week. The rupee, which turned weak on news of the Fed decision, was quick to bounce back to 60.89 against the dollar, close to a six-month high.

from Expert Zone:

India Markets Weekahead: Markets move into pre-election rally

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A spectacular rally in the last few days has put the market in a pre-election mode, buoyant with hopes of a stable and reform-oriented government. Led by institutional buying and the resultant short squeeze, the markets rallied more than 3 percent in the last two trading sessions - closing the week at 6526, a record high for Nifty. The markets seemed to have moved into a new territory with metals, realty, banking, capital goods, infrastructure and energy sectors participating in the rally.

 Generally, the data points for a pre-election rally are the developments on political activities and opinion polls. The economic data takes a backseat in this “rally of hope” and markets take a keen interest in electoral analysis.

from India Insight:

Equity funds underperform Sensex for first time since 2008

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India’s diversified equity mutual funds rose in 2013 but underperformed the broader markets for the first time in five years, as returns were dampened by the losses in the mid- and small-cap shares as well as financial companies.

These funds gained 4.8 percent on average in 2013, according to data from fund tracker Lipper, delivering lesser annual returns than the benchmark BSE Sensex after 2008.  The Sensex touched life highs in 2013 and ended 9 percent higher, boosted by foreign inflows of more than $20 billion.

from India Insight:

Indian IT finds promise in Europe as continent looks at offshoring

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Europe's reluctance to send information technology and other business processing work to India might be changing, based on recent financial results from companies that specialize in handling "IT and business process outsourcing" work. It looks like this is a trend that will last more than a quarter.

from FaithWorld:

Sorry, Catholics can’t confess via the new iPhone app – Vatican

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(Religion apps for the iPhone, photographed in New York, July 21, 2010/Tom Heneghan)

Catholics cannot confess via iPhone and technology is not a substitute for being present when admitting sins to a priest, the Vatican spokesman said on Wednesday. The statement by Father Federico Lombardi follows the launch of an iPhone application aimed at helping Catholics through confession sanctioned by the Catholic Church in the United States.

from Money on the markets:

BSE IT index gains 3.15 pct

Bombay Stock Exchange buildingIT stocks posted smart gains on Wednesday as IT cos' stocks gained on expectations of strong quarterly earnings.

Oracle Financial Services Software ended 4.6 percent higher as the top gainer in the index.

from Money on the markets:

Infosys shares hit record high

Shares in Infosys Technologies, India's second-largest outsourcer, rose as much as nearly 2 percent to a record high of 2,882 rupees on Friday on optimism about quarterly earnings next week.

InfosysThe company unveils its quarterly earnings on June 13. Its earnings are often dubbed as a trendsetter for sectoral peers.

from Money on the markets:

IT counters post decent gains

The BSE IT Index gained 1.7 percent on Tuesday as expectations of revenue growth for the June quarter pushed up export-focused outsourcing firms.

Bombay Stock ExchangeAll stocks in the IT index, except Mphasis, closed in positive territory, with Rolta India leading the list of gainers with a jump of 4.1 percent.

from FaithWorld:

Q+A-Religious violence risks reputation of India’s Hyderabad

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Indian police patrol the southern Indian city of Hyderabad March 30, 2010/Krishnendu Halder

Indian police extended a curfew to several areas of the IT city of Hyderabad on Wednesday after four days of religious clashes between Hindus and Muslims left two dead and scores injured.  The religious strife has heightened tension and worried authorities in the southern city of Andhra Pradesh state, which houses major operations of such companies as Microsoft, Google and Mahindra Satyam.

from Money on the markets:

Strengthening rupee hurts IT counters

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Strengthening rupee hurts IT counters Hurt by an appreciating rupee, the BSE IT index slipped 1.7 percent on Monday and ended as the worst sectoral performer among indices. The benchmark Sensex however ended 66 points higher on hopes of good earnings. Top sectoral losers NIIT and Mphasis ended down 3.7 percent and nearly 3 percent respectively. Bigger players too had a bad day, with stocks like Infosys and TCS slipping 2.2 percent and 1.7 percent respectively. D H Pai Panandiker, president of RPG Foundation, is of the view that the rupee will harden further to 42 versus the dollar if the Reserve Bank does not intervene. http://in.reuters.com/article/economicNews/idINIndia-47287920100329 The BSE IT index has gained 4.7 percent this month. In the current scenario, will you buy or sell stocks in this sector?

callcentre1-222x300Hurt by an appreciating rupee, the BSE IT index slipped 1.7 percent on Monday and ended as the worst sectoral performer among indices. The benchmark Sensex however ended 66 points higher on hopes of good earnings.

Top sectoral losers NIIT and Mphasis ended down 3.7 percent and nearly 3 percent respectively.

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