August 28, 2019 / 3:30 AM / 2 months ago

Morning News Call - India, August 28

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4:30 pm: Federal cabinet likely to meet in New Delhi.

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INDIA TOP NEWS

• India antitrust watchdog to assess media, broadcasting sector India’s antitrust watchdog plans to conduct an assessment of the country’s media and broadcasting sector to ensure that any competition concerns are identified and resolved swiftly, a government document seen by Reuters showed. • Maruti Suzuki cuts 3,000 contract jobs Maruti Suzuki Chairman R.C. Bhargava said on Tuesday the company had not renewed the contracts of 3,000 temporary employees, as the automaker battled rising inventory amid a slowdown in demand. • Zambian court suspends KCM wind-up hearing pending appeal ruling Zambia’s High Court on Tuesday suspended hearings on the winding up of Vedanta Resources’ local mining business until the Court of Appeal rules on the lower court’s refusal to let the matter go to arbitration, the provisional liquidator said. • Are coal exports to India an opportunity or lost cause?: Russell The Australian government thinks there are opportunities to boost coal exports to India. The Indian government wants to cut imports by half by boosting domestic output. Funny thing is, both could turn out to be correct. • Pakistan may close airspace to India - science minister Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering closing Pakistan’s airspace to India and blocking its eastern neighbour’s land trade route to Afghanistan, the science and technology minister in Islamabad said.

GLOBAL TOP NEWS

• Boeing CEO eyes major aircraft order under any U.S.-China trade deal Boeing said that an aircraft order from China could result from any deal to end a yearlong trade war between the world’s two largest economies. • After blacklisting, U.S. receives 130-plus license requests to sell to Huawei -sources The U.S. Commerce Department has received more than 130 applications from companies for licenses to sell U.S. goods to China’s Huawei, three sources said, nearly two months after President Donald Trump said some sales would be allowed. • ‘Now or never’: Hong Kong protesters say they have nothing to lose Exasperated with the government’s unflinching attitude to escalating civil unrest, Jason Tse quit his job in Australia and jumped on a plane to join what he believes is a do-or-die fight for Hong Kong’s future.

LOCAL MARKETS OUTLOOK

(As reported by NewsRise)

• SGX Nifty nearest-month futures were trading 0.1% higher at 11,122.50.

• The Indian rupee is expected to open lower against the dollar amid a decline in most regional currencies on worries over the U.S.-China trade dispute.

• The Indian government bonds are likely to edge higher tracking a fall in U.S. Treasury yields amid the ongoing U.S.-China trade standoff. The yield on the benchmark 7.26% bond maturing in 2029 is likely to trade in a range of 6.50%-6.55% today.

GLOBAL MARKETS

• Wall Street slipped on Tuesday, weighed down by financial stocks as a deepening of the Treasury yield curve inversion raised U.S. recession worries and uncertainty over any progress in trade negotiations between the United States and China took a toll.

• Asian shares eked out meagre gains, as higher Wall Street futures provided some relief for investors after an overnight U.S. selloff, though deeper worries about the global economy are likely to keep a lid on sentiment.

• Pressure was back on the dollar, as nagging fears the Sino-U.S. trade war will drag on and severely hurt economic growth led to yet another slide in U.S. bond yields.

• The U.S. yield curve inversion deepened on Tuesday to levels not seen since 2007, rekindling fears of a looming recession that spurred a sell-off on Wall Street and stoked even more safe-haven demand for government bonds.

• Oil prices rose, with U.S. crude gaining 1% after an inventory report showed U.S. stockpiles fell more than expected, helping ease worries about economic growth due to the Sino-U.S. trade war.

• Gold prices held steady, trading close to a more than six-year high on fears of an economic slowdown amid a protracted Sino-U.S. trade conflict, boosting appetite for the safe-haven metal.

For additional data:

India govt bond market volumes

Stock market reports

Non-deliverable forwards data

Corporate debt stories [IN CORPD]

Local market closing/intraday levels [IN SNAPSHOT]

Monthly inflows [INFLOWS RTRS TABLE IN]

$1 = 71.49 Indian rupees Compiled by Siddharth Athreya V in Bengaluru

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