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Morning News Call - India, May 5

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    LIVECHAT - CORONAVIRUS IMPACT: DECLINING CRUDE
    Konstantinos Venetis, senior economist at TS Lombard in London, focuses on the "oil storage
wars", analysing the fall in U.S. output, how long the demand-supply gap that is tearing the
market apart will persist and what a recovery from here could look like. To join the
conversation at 3:30 pm IST, click on the link: refini.tv/2P8N0Wp
    
    
    INDIA TOP NEWS
    • Police clash with crowds as India eases coronavirus curbs
    Indian police fired tear gas at a crowd of protesting migrant workers in Gujarat and
launched baton charges against hundreds of people queuing at liquor stores in New Delhi, even as
the first steps were being taken to relax a coronavirus lockdown.
    • India's factory activity slumped to record low in April -PMI
    India's manufacturing activity contracted at its sharpest pace on record in April as a
lockdown to combat the rapid spread of the coronavirus led to a slump in demand and massive
supply chain disruptions, a private sector survey showed on Monday.
    • ITC faces union backlash over coronavirus work warnings
    ITC has warned some workers of disciplinary action and pay cuts for missing work during the
coronavirus crisis, prompting a showdown with at least two unions, letters from both parties
show.
    • Reliance to sell $750 million stake in unit to Silver Lake, on track to cut debt
    Reliance Industries said on Monday private equity firm Silver Lake will invest nearly $750
million in its digital arm, days after securing a $5.7 billion investment from Facebook,
boosting its efforts to cut debt.
    • Indian fitness group cure.fit lays off employees, mulls all-digital move -sources
    Gym and wellness startup cure.fit has laid off as many as 800 of its staff across the
country and permanently closed a number of fitness centres to cut costs amid the world's biggest
coronavirus lockdown, sources familiar with the situation said.
    • India doubles down on solar, gas at coal's expense as electricity use falls
    India's solar and gas-fired electricity generation rose in April even as overall power
demand fell at the steepest monthly rate in at least thirteen years, a Reuters analysis of
provisional government data showed.
    • Xiaomi to roll out new e-commerce service in India to boost sales during lockdown
    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi said on Monday it will launch an e-commerce service in India
this week to enable customers stuck at home during a nationwide lockdown to buy its products
from their local retailer.
    • India's fuel demand shows signs of recovery, improves in April H2
    India's fuel demand is set to recover as authorities eased restrictions from Monday on
industrial activity and transport in areas that have contained the spread of coronavirus, Oil
Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on social media.
    
    
    GLOBAL TOP NEWS
    • Masked and standing apart, the world tiptoes out of lockdown
    Italy and the United States were among a slew of countries tentatively easing coronavirus
lockdowns on Monday to revive economies as global deaths surpassed a quarter of a million.

    • Internal Chinese report warns Beijing faces Tiananmen-like global backlash over
virus–sources
    An internal Chinese report warns that Beijing faces a rising wave of hostility in the wake
of the coronavirus outbreak that could tip relations with the United States into confrontation,
people familiar with the paper told Reuters.
    • WeWork co-founder Neumann sues SoftBank over failed tender offer
    WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann filed a lawsuit against Japan's SoftBank and its Vision Fund
on Monday for terminating a $3 billion tender offer to the office-sharing startup's
shareholders.
    
    
    INSIGHT
    • In city of India’s Taj Mahal, coronavirus resurgence carries warning signs
    On Feb. 25, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania posed for pictures
outside the Taj Mahal on an official visit to India, Sumit Kapoor returned to his nearby home
from a trip to Italy. Kapoor, a partner in a shoe manufacturing firm, tested positive a week
later for the new coronavirus, becoming the first confirmed case in Agra and the origin of the
country's first big cluster of the virus. By early April, the city thought it had the virus
beat, containing cases to under 50. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government lauded the "Agra
Model" as a template for the country's battle against COVID-19. Now, as the city and its
hospitals battle a second wave of infections, Agra is a model of a different kind, illustrating
how the coronavirus can roar back even after a swift lockdown and elaborate containment
measures.
    
    
    LOCAL MARKETS OUTLOOK
    (As reported by NewsRise)
    • SGX Nifty nearest-month futures were trading 1.2% higher at 9,395.00.
    • The Indian rupee is expected to edge higher against the dollar tracking a rebound in Asian
currencies and equities.
    • Indian government bonds are seen lower in early session, on fears of fiscal slippages in
the previous and this financial years, while traders still await a stimulus package to cushion
the coronavirus impact. The yield on the benchmark 6.45% bond maturing in 2029 is likely to
trade in a range of 6.06%-6.12%.
    
    
    GLOBAL MARKETS
    • U.S. stocks ended higher on Monday as increases in large tech and internet companies and
oil price gains outweighed concerns about the latest U.S.-China tensions and downbeat sentiment
from the annual meeting of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.
    • Oil continued to rise and Asian stocks ticked higher, after a late rally on Wall Street on
easing coronavirus restrictions and prospects of an economic recovery.
    • The dollar handed back a sliver of recent gains to commodity currencies as oil prices
bounced back, but hung on against the yuan as traders weighed optimism about a coronavirus
recovery in China against fears about rising Sino-U.S. tensions.
    • U.S. Treasury yields ended little changed on Monday, as heavy corporate debt issuance
weighed on prices and brought yields off session lows after an early round of safe-haven buying.

    • Oil prices climbed in early trade, adding to gains in the previous session, on
expectations that fuel demand will begin to pick up as some U.S. states and nations in Europe
and Asia start to ease coronavirus lockdown measures.
    • Gold prices slipped as risk sentiment was lifted by easing coronavirus restrictions, while
brewing tensions between the United States and China over the outbreak kept the safe-haven metal
near the key $1,700 per ounce level.
    
    
                   CLOSE        FII INVESTMENTS  EQUITIES        DEBT
 PNDF spot         75.72/75.75  May 4            2,772.65 crore  (2,281.51) crore
 10-yr bond yield  6.08 pct     Month-to-date    2,773 crore     (2,282) crore
                                Year-to-date     (52,141) crore  (84,761) crore
 
    
    (FII investment numbers are in Indian rupees. Source: National Securities Depository
Limited)
    
    For additional data:
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    Corporate debt stories               [IN CORPD]
    Local market closing/intraday levels [IN SNAPSHOT]
    Monthly inflows                      [INFLOWS RTRS TABLE IN]
    
    ($1 = 75.62 Indian rupees)
 
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