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from India Insight:

Analysts remain positive on India’s IT stocks after 2013 rally

India's information technology services businesses will continue to benefit from improving client demand from developed countries in 2014, pushing stocks higher after a stellar performance last year, analysts told India Insight.

India’s No. 1 IT services exporter Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and its rival Infosys beat analysts’ expectations in their financial results that were released earlier this month. They also raised their sales growth forecasts on signs of improving economies in the United States and Europe.

"In Europe we are gaining market share; in U.S. things are looking up – that will drive discretionary and new technology spends," said Kuldeep Koul, IT-sector analyst at ICICI Securities. “What’s also helping the industry … is the fact that the rupee continues to remain at very benign levels.”

Global IT spending worldwide is expected to rise more than 5 percent this year, according to research firm International Data Corporation, while Gartner expects spending to grow 3.1 percent to $3.8 trillion.

from India Insight:

Markets this week: Coal India, ITC top Sensex losers

The BSE Sensex lost 3 percent in the week ending Aug. 2, extending its losses from the previous week and marking its biggest weekly fall since mid-March.

Markets remained on the edge on uncertainty over how long the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would continue measures to defend the rupee. The rupee fell 3.4 percent over the last five trading sessions and ended at a record closing low on Friday.

from Expert Zone:

India Markets Weekahead – Company results key for market direction

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

Infosys stumped Indian markets again but for a change -- positively. Recent management comments had built expectations of underperformance which led to cautious to negative views on the stock. Institutional investors were light on Infosys whereas the more adventurous speculators were short. And we were all caught on the wrong foot when the company declared a revenue growth as well as a net profit much better than consensus expectations.

from Chrystia Freeland:

The Sputnik moment and the zero-sum game

The best line in U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was his contention that “this is our generation’s Sputnik moment.”

It was smart because the essence of the idea is obviously true: Just as the Sputnik launching in 1957 terrified Americans with the prospect that they might lose their global scientific supremacy, the rise of the emerging markets, particularly China, has made them worry they could be losing their technological edge.

from Money on the markets:

Good day for technology counters

Technology shares rose on Wednesday as Indian firms cheered robust results and guidance from U.S. peer Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Cognizant on Tuesday reported a profit that topped market estimates for the sixth straight quarter, helped by a surge in discretionary projects, and also raised its 2010 revenue outlook.

from Money on the markets:

Wipro ends lower after results

Profit sales saw Wipro shares end 0.8 percent lower on Friday after the firm reported a forecast-beating, 31-percent rise in quarterly profit.

The firm said it was seeing strong business environment, which helped pull up sectoral stocks early in the day. The stock had risen as much as 4.2 percent in trade.

from Money on the markets:

Tech firms gain

TECH INDIA ACCENTURE

The BSE IT index ended 3.9 percent higher on Tuesday as the overall 30-share sensitive index ended 0.59 percent down.

Infosys Technologies raised its annual sales forecast as big financial services clients boost orders in an improving global economy, pointing to an industry recovery.

from Money on the markets:

Infosys, HDFC Bank touch 52-week highs

The BSE Sensex closed 52 points lower on Wenesday, but many top counters touched their 52-week highs in trade, Thomson Reuters data shows.

Top IT stocks Infosys, Wipro and TCS touched their 1-year highs as the BSE IT index closed 0.7 percent higher.

from Money on the markets:

Outsourcers slide on rising rupee

Shares in top IT firms plunged on concerns the rising rupee would squeeze margins in the export-driven sector.

IT bellwether Infosys dropped 2.5 percent, while Wipro and TCS fell 4.2 and 3.3 percent respectively.

from Breakingviews:

Tech services deals count on more with less

Xerox button

The U.S. computer services industry is back in favor, after a decade of struggling to cut costs and compete with offshore firms from India and elsewhere. At least that would be the obvious conclusion to draw from a recent string of multibillion-dollar deals.

Xerox has agreed to buy Affiliated Computer Services for $6.4 billion while Dell is paying $3.9 billion for Perot Systems. They are picking up where Hewlett-Packard left off when it paid $13.9 billion to buy Electronic Data Systems in 2008.

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