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Time to get used to a weak rupee

July 22, 2013

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The fall of the rupee has become politically embarrassing. When the rupee crossed 60 to the dollar, the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) thought it was time to act. The RBI tried to suppress speculation that had exaggerated the rupee’s fall and the government sought to increase foreign resources to fund the current account deficit (CAD).

India Markets Weekahead: Prudent to hold cash

By Ambareesh Baliga
July 21, 2013

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Indian markets ended steady on Friday after rising to its highest intraday level in nearly two months. The Nifty closed up 0.33 percent at 6029, marking its fourth weekly gain.

Why the rupee is linked to jobs in the U.S.

July 10, 2013

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A blame game conundrum over Ranbaxy

By Ameet Hariani
July 9, 2013

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Ranbaxy Laboratories pleading guilty in a U.S. Department of Justice probe in May has led to fresh concerns about the company and its generic pharmaceutical peers. Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo Co, which owns Ranbaxy, has talked of possible legal action against the company’s former Indian owners.

India Markets Weekahead: Volatility to continue in results season

By Ambareesh Baliga
July 7, 2013

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After a spirited rally the previous week, the Nifty moved in a band of 150 points between 5750 and 5900, ending with modest gains of 0.53 percent at 5868. It may seem small but the extreme volatility within this band caught traders on the wrong foot.

Chinese general warns India even as Antony visits Beijing

By C. Uday Bhaskar
July 5, 2013

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India’s Defence Minister A. K. Antony is in Beijing on an official visit and a provocative curtain-raiser was provided by a retired major general of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) who cautioned India not to “provoke new problems and increase military deployments at the border area and stir up new trouble.”

Where the rupee is headed after 60

July 2, 2013

(Rajiv Deep Bajaj is the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Bajaj Capital Ltd. The views expressed in this column are his own and do not represent those of Reuters)

An Indian pivot in Afghanistan after troop drawdown

By S K Chatterji
July 1, 2013

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Notwithstanding Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s disinclination to participate in talks, the Taliban retain the ability to calibrate violence levels in large parts of the country. But even if an understanding is reached with the Taliban, it does not hold the promise of lasting peace. Breakaway factions will find support and funding to continue bloodletting.

India Markets Weekahead: A spirited rally may be a distant dream

By Ambareesh Baliga
June 23, 2013

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The week began with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) maintaining status quo on rates as expected at its mid-quarter monetary policy review. The trade deficit widened to $20.14 billion, a seven-month high and up 13.18 percent over the previous month. Gold seems to be the culprit again and government restrictions don’t seem to deter Indians from buying gold.

Making the most of a mini-crisis

By Hartmut Issel
June 20, 2013

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It all looked promising at the beginning of the year: the Indian rupee, like other Asia ex-Japan currencies, was appreciating against the dollar, to an extent on par with the Chinese yuan and just behind the Thai baht and Malaysian ringgit. Then came chatter in early May that the Federal Reserve was near gradually ending its money-printing program. The selloff in the rupee was rapid, and the currency lost more value than most of its Asian peers.