Friday, July 31, 2009

CELEBRATIONS and Bull Market for the Greedy Killer Money Machine

CELEBRATIONS  and Bull Market for the Greedy Killer Money Machine

Troubled Galaxy Destroyed Times, chapter 310

Palash Biswas

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China likely to emerge as serious handicap for Indian cos

Notwithstanding its rapidly growing importance , for most Indian companies, China remains a poorly-understood mystery and, as Wipro's Joint Chief Executive Girish Paranjpe noted recently to an American newspaper, "a hard nut to crack." Over the coming decade, an inability to crack the China market is likely to emerge as a serious handicap for any large Indian company.

The time to begin addressing this challenge is now, not five years from now.

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Zinc futures up by 1.12 pc on Asian cues, short-covering
31 Jul, 2009, 1404 hrs IST,

Zinc futures on Friday shot up by 1.22 per cent on the Multi Commodity Exchange, tracking steep rise in the metal prices at Shanghai amid covering-up of short positions by traders.

Inter-bank cash rates steady on reporting day
31 Jul, 2009, 1348 hrs IST,

Indian cash rates were little changed on the reporting Friday as most banks have already funded their fortnightly reserve needs amid easy cash conditions.

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Brokerages plan revised cost structure for MF distribution
31 Jul 2009, 1453 hrs IST, PTI
NEW DELHI: Distributors of mutual funds are planning to revise their transaction cost structure to attract investors as the charge for buying units
in a mutual fund goes from tomorrow, something they believe will increase sales.

Distributors are now waiting to see whether asset management companies (AMCs) announce distribution commission for various MF schemes and on that basis they would charge advisory commission from customers.

On June 18, market watchdog Securities and Exchange Board of India asked mutual funds not to deduct marketing and distribution charges from the investment made by subscribers.

"Days of easy and guaranteed money for distributors are gone. AMCs need to sacrifice their margins now and pay the distributors or they can mop up advisory commissions from investors linked to certain schemes. However, the business of big distributors is unlikely to be hurt," SMC Capitals Equity Head Jagannadham Thunuguntla said.

Distributors believe that although in the short term their revenue might be affected, in the medium to long term it would pick up as more investors come in.

"Volumes will pick up in the medium term as investors would start showing interest gradually. Though there would be some stress on revenue in the short term, in the medium term more buying interest would start pouring in from investors," ICICI Direct Executive Director Anup Bagchi said.

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Leading retail brokerage ICICI Direct has announced variable fee structures for high net-worth individuals (HNIs) and retail investors.

It has introduced a nominal fee of Rs 30 for systematic investment plans (SIP) and Rs 100 for investment below Rs eight lakh. If the cumulative MF holding with ICICI Direct is more than Rs eight lakh, the investors need not pay any commission, the brokerage said in a note to its clients.

"With the entry load removal, clients deserve a transparent rate cut. We are encouraging investors to consolidate their investments with ICICI Direct so that we can provide value-added services, which include research and portfolio analysis free of cost," Bagchi added.

An entry load of up to 2.25 per cent is a charge levied by an MF when an investor steps in to meet its marketing costs and distribution commissions.

Brokerages are now planning to break up their service portfolio and charge for that. "Maybe brokerages would charge for the transaction services separately for customers who want advisory or support services also. That would bring in clarity in the commission," Thunuguntla added.
Spending versus outcomes
31 Jul 2009, 0017 hrs IST, Samuel Paul & Kala Seetharam Sridhar,
Few other countries in the world hype the budget as much as India does. Part of the reason for this is that the budget contains the broad policy

thrust of the government. The spending envisaged also determines allocations — which sector gets what, hence its importance.

Understandably, given the global crisis and its impacts on our economy, the focus of this budget has been on stimulating the economy. It is important to remember, however, that when we step up spending without attention to outcomes, we may be getting less value for the spending envisaged. Attention to developmental outcomes and the efficiency with which resources are utilised, are necessary if our economy has to emerge out of the crisis.

Further, the economic liberalisation unleashed by the 1991 budget has reduced the degree of control exercised by the Centre in many areas, leaving much greater scope for state-level initiatives. So there is every reason for us to believe that some states are more efficient in their resource utilisation and outcomes than others.

In a recent study we have completed, we find that India's southern states have performed distinctly better than their northern counterparts. Taking the example of Tamil Nadu from the south and Uttar Pradesh from the north, we found a marked upward shift in per capita income and reduction in poverty which TN experienced when compared with that of UP since the mid-1980s. This is true even though a comparison on the poverty rate showed that during the 1970s until about 1985, TN was actually about the same as, or perhaps worse than, UP as far as the extent of poverty was concerned! Judged by per capita income, we found TN was always ahead of UP by a modest margin, but TN had moved far ahead of UP by 2005 (50% higher in 1960-61 vs 128% higher in 2005-06).

We attempted to find answers to the divergence in performance between the states. We considered many factors (monetary and non-monetary) of which the efficiency of resource utilisation is the most relevant here. The efficiency with which resources are utilised (not allocated) has an impact on economic growth. If resources are used in a manner which maximises the useful goods and services derived from those resources, then we may expect greater economic growth to occur. The 'doing more with less' idea indicates the focus on more output with fewer impacts (fewer resources).

In order to examine the efficiency of resource use, we examined expenditures on sectors (such as roads and primary education) which are inputs, and their outcomes such as the change in road length in TN and UP. Outcomes manifest themselves only with a lag after the initial expenditure/investment has been made. Hence, based on the data available, in the case of roads, we used the 1980-85 period for examining expenditure and with a 5-year lag, used the period 1985-90 for observing the outcome, i.e., road length. We found that TN spent a total of Rs 92,483 during 1980-85 for creating every additional kilometre (km) of road during 1985-90, whereas UP spent 3.5 times more than that of TN, Rs 328,788 over 1980-85 to create an additional km of road during 1985-90.

Markets to rise in the next three months: Poll

31 Jul 2009, 1130 hrs IST, REUTERS


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MUMBAI: Money managers may not raise their stock exposure significantly on valuation concerns but see the benchmark index rising in the next three
months given ample global liquidity, a Reuters poll shows.

Six out of the seven fund houses who responded to the Reuters Asset Allocation Poll conducted between July 22 and July 30 said they plan to either retain or cut equity stakes.

Three of them said Indian shares were overvalued after surging more than 90 percent from 2009-low hit in early March, while others found it fairly valued. All but one fund house expect the index to climb up to 10 percent in three months.

"It all depends on global liquidity," said Jayesh Shroff, a fund manager at SBI
Funds Management.

The "world is too volatile still. We are changing every three months," he added.

Foreign portfolio investors, key to India's share market performance, have invested about $7 billion in 2009, powering a near 60 percent surge in the benchmark 30-share index.

The re-election of a Congress lead UPA government with a decisive mandate and signs of economic recovery on back of government stimulus has helped sentiment.


But six firms said they will not cut cash levels in equity funds, given a sharp rally in shares, and rejig their portfolios in favour of relatively liquid large-cap shares from sectors such as auto, consumers, energy and
financial services.

"It's a period when we are not fully convinced that earnings are going to come through," said I.V. Subramaniam, chief investment officer of Quantum Advisors Pvt Ltd, adding he saw selective opportunities in the financial sector.

Five of the seven poll respondents said they would raise exposure to financials in three months, boosting exposure to the most preferred sector of Indian funds industry which controlled 18 percent of diversified funds equity
investments in June.

Four fund houses said they would raise bets on energy firms on hopes government might allow oil firms to charge market rates for their products and sell stakes in state-run firms.

A majority is also looking to buy auto and consumers shares given the resilience shown by them even in a slowing economy.

Motorcycle maker Hero Honda Motors beat forecasts with an 83 percent rise in June quarter profit, while top carmaker Maruti Suzuki reported an unexpected 25 percent jump in
net profit.

India's top cigarette maker ITC Ltd beat market forecasts with a 17.4 percent rise in net profit for the June quarter.

Bond fund managers are likely to maintain or cut their portfolio maturity fearing redemptions in longer-maturity fixed income funds on concerns a $90 billion government borrowing programme in 2009/10 will raise bond yields.

Stocks to open sharply high on strong global cues

31 Jul 2009, 0924 hrs IST, ET Bureau

MUMBAI: Stocks
are expected to open with a gap-up Friday tracking upbeat cues from global markets.

The July derivatives contracts

expired on Thursday. Benchmark stock index futures closed higher as sentiments were boosted by a global stocks rally and amidst a smooth rollover of positions to the next month.

US stocks rose on Thursday as solid corporate profit reports and a drop in the number of Americans on jobless benefits gave investors reasons to buy
equities following the
S&P 500's two days of losses.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 83.74 points, or 0.92 per cent, to close at 9,154.46. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index rose 11.60 points, or 1.19 per cent, to 986.75.

The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 16.54 points, or 0.84 per cent, to 1,984.30.

Stocks across Asia climbed Friday tracking a rally in
commodity prices and on the back of encouraging earnings reports. The Nikkei rose 1.37 per cent, Topix jumped 1.1 per cent, Hang Seng advanced 1.65 per cent and Straits Times picked up 0.39 per cent.

Back home, key stock indices surged to close higher on the July series F&O settlement day. The upmove was led by gains in IT, FMCG and banks while oil&gas and power stocks ended flat to negative.

National Stock Exchange's Nifty closed at 4571.45, up 57.95 points or 1.28 per cent. The index hit a high of 4582.35 and low of 4474.50.

Bombay Stock Exchange's Sensex ended at 15,387.96, up 214.50 points or 1.41 per cent. The index touched an intra-day high of 15409.91 and low of 15065.48. 
Approvals for overseas borrowings by Indian corporates have touched almost $2 billion in June this year, the highest in any month since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008.

Despite RECESSION Indian copanies ensured PROFIT Unbound thanks to Unlimited stimulus diverting the National Revenue bypassing Parliament as well as Constitution!

It is CELEBRATION Time and BULL Market for the Greedy Killer Money Machine!

They eat our Flesh and Blood! Chew our Ribs! What return we get?

Profit is Unlimited but thanks to JOB Loss at large scale!

Continuing its winning streak for the second straight session, the BSE Sensex surged by over 282 points to close at a 13-month high of 15,670.31 points on increased capital inflows from foreign funds, driven by strong corporate earnings and firming global markets.

The 30-share index, extending yesterday's 1.41 per cent gains, increased another 282.35 points, or 1.83 per cent, to close at 15,670.31 points, a level last seen on June 17, 2008. The barometer had touched an intra-session high of15,732.81.

Similarly, the 50-share National Stock Exchange index Nifty again went past 4,600 to close 65 points higher at 4,636.45 after touching an intra-day's high of 4,669.75.

Brokers said sentiment improved because of most companies posting impressive first-quarter net profits this earning season, beating analysts' estimates.

They said firming trends in global markets after positive data and corporate earnings raised hopes of an early economic recovery also boosted trading sentiment.

"Apart from better-than-expected corporate results, firming overseas markets also buoyed trading sentiment on the domestic bourses," said Manoj Choraria, a leading stockbroker in Delhi.

Oil and gas, FMCG, banking and IT stocks were major gainers, helping Sensex to hit the 13-month high.

On the other hand, what a Shame!Unemployment caused last year by the global recession has declined but some sectors like leather, transport and metals continue to be affected, Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge told the Lok Sabha.

He said the situation in India is better than many other countries and the four stimulus packages, including provisions in the Union Budget 2009-10, announced by the Government have helped "stop to some extent" the growth in unemployment.

Replying to a Calling Attention Motion, through which members wanted to know what the Government was doing in the wake of rise in unemployment, Kharge said some steps have been taken but the Government will have to 'do more'.

Citing a survey done by the Labour Ministry, he said five lakh people had been rendered jobless between October and December last year due to the impact of global recession.

He said another survey was conducted between January and March which showed that situation had improved in a number of sectors like mining, textiles and gems and jewellery.

Even in the IT sector, employment has increased and not decreased, he said replying to specific queries.

He, however, said sectors like leather, transport and metals continue to be affected.


What's more, even though only a handful of companies have accounted for the bulk of the approvals — apart from Nacil, DLF intends to raise $300 million and PepsiCo India, $130 million — the number of borrowers accessing the external commercial borrowing (ECB) market has gone up. For instance, while only 33 firms tapped the ECB market last June, the number went up to 50 in June this year. Typically, the number of firms seeking to tap overseas markets tends to be higher in March due to the year-end rush for financial closure.

Reserve Bank of India data released on Thursday show approvals for external commercial borrowings (ECBs) and foreign
currency convertible bonds (FCCBs) touched $1,919 million in June this year compared with $1,615 million in the year-earlier month. The data pertain only to approvals and not to actual overseas borrowings by
Indian companies.

While 37 companies sought to raise funds through the automatic route, 13 companies opted for the approval route. However, since the
stock market is still ruling low compared with the highs hit last year, none of the local corporates have accessed the FCCB market. Typically, FCCBs are issued during the bull market with the conversion (to shares) prices fixed at premium to the market price of shares.

Even after excluding the largest borrower Nacil ($830 million), the company created out of the
merger of Air India and Indian, which accounted for more than a third of the approvals for the month, the balance $1.1 billion is still on the higher side compared with approvals in recent months.

Though RBI has allowed corporates access to overseas funds through ECB and FCCB routes for paying back earlier loans, only two companies have together borrowed a total of $55 million to buy back their earlier FCCBs. "As credit markets are improving, many Indian corporates are trying to access overseas markets. And back home, sentiment has also improved post-elections as one expects a more stable economic environment," Indranil Sengupta, chief economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said.

Says Hemant Mishr, MD and head of global markets, Standard Chartered Bank, "There is renewed interest in Indian borrowers, which is reflected in the contraction of credit spreads in both the ECB spread and credit default swap (CDS) spread over Libor. This is a consequence of increased risk appetite and the liquidity situation being a lot better now."

RBI, in its latest report on macro and monetary developments, has noted there were net ECB repayments of Rs 1,504 crore by Indian companies during April-June this year compared with receipts amounting to Rs 6,111 crore in the year-ago period. On a quarterly basis too, approvals during April-June 2009 at $2.7 billion have been much lower against $4 billion a year ago. 


RBI warns public against fictitious fund offers
Cautioning public against fictitious offers of large funds from unknown entities, the Reserve Bank on Thursday advised them again to not get

carried away by such offers.

"The Reserve Bank of India, has today once again clarified that remittance in any form towards participation in lottery schemes is prohibited under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999," RBI said in a release.

Further, the RBI said that restrictions are also applicable on remittances for participation in lottery-like schemes functioning under different names.

The central bank clarified that it neither maintains any account in the name of individuals, companies or trusts in India to hold funds for disbursal nor does it allow individuals to open an account to deposit money with the Reserve Bank.

"The Reserve Bank has advised the public not to remit or deposit money in such accounts in response to fictitious offers/ representations. The public may immediately bring the details of such offers to the notice of local police authorities for booking the culprits," the release added.

The warning comes in the wake of many people falling prey to such tempting offers and losing money in the recent past.

The central bank has also cautioned the public in the past asking them not to make any remittance towards participation in such schemes or offers from unknown entities.

The Reserve Bank further said that in addition to making offers through letters, e-mails, mobile phones, the fraudsters have now resorted to issuing certificates, letters, circulars on letter head that looks like that of the RBI's.

"The fraudsters also convince the victims by impersonating as senior officials of the Reserve Bank," it said.

The central bank said that many fraudsters have even opened accounts with banks in India and advised public to deposit money in these accounts.

"Once the money is deposited in their account, people mailing such offers withdraw the money and then vanish. The victim thus loses the money already paid," RBI said.

TVS Motor net profit surges by 157% to Rs 18 cr in Q1

31 Jul 2009, 1909 hrs IST, ET Bureau

BANGALORE\CHENNAI: After reporting a flat growth in net profit during 2008-09, TVS Motor Company has bounced back this year on the back of

improved sales. In the first quarter ending June 30, 2009, net profit spurted by 157% to Rs 18.11 crore against Rs 7.02 crore in the same period last year. ( Watch )

Net sales also increased by 7% to Rs 975.62 crore ( Rs 911.06 crore). The other operating income came to Rs 13.07 crore ( Rs 13.38 crore). Profit from operations before other income increased by 93% to Rs 37.19 crore ( Rs 19.30 crore).

During the quarter, depreciation charges amounted to Rs 25.41 crore ( Rs 25.32 crore). Interest cost increased to Rs 17.12 crore ( Rs 9.56 crore). Profit before tax doubled to Rs 20.03 crore ( Rs 10.02 crore) The tax provision claimed Rs 1.92 crore ( Rs 3 crore).

Talking to ET Now first soon after the board meeting in Bangalore on Friday, TVS-M President and CEO, K N Radhakrishnan said, "The increase in PAT is because of the growth in sales as well as better realisation...Material costs have come down. So, that is the key highlight and certainly all portfolios are doing well".

During 2008-09, TVS-M's net profit remained flat at Rs 31.08 crore ( on stand alone basis) against Rs 31.77 crore in the previous year. Net sales increased by 14 per cent to Rs 3670.92 crore ( Rs 3219.50 crore). Other operating income came to Rs 65.75 crore ( Rs 50.71 crore) and other income Rs 3.02 crore ( Rs 21.20 crore).

On the prospects for two wheelers this year, he said, " We're seeing reasonably good growth and we hope to continue the same performance that we have done"".

Exports declined in Q1 since most of the markets are going through the meltdown. It will continue in the second quarter and it will be slightly better over Q1. But, Q3 we'll see some improvement in the international business. Radhakrishnan said the new TVS flame will certainly start doing well in the executive category.

"We are also looking at launching a new scooter and another motorcycle. These launches are likely to happen in the second half of the year. We are already ready with our 4-stroke 3 wheeler that we are planning to launch in a month's time. So given all the current brands that we have, and the new launches we have planned, we are confident that in the second half of the year we'll be able to see some good growth.

In a statement, the company said it continued the consecutive growth in the first three months despite the challenges of the global economic slow down. Total two wheeler sales marginally increased to 3,50,273 units ( 3, 43,530 units).
Exports, however, were affected with lower sales of 32, 067 ( 42,214 units). The company streamlined its motorcycle portfolio with the launch of TVS Apace RTR 180 in the premium segment and the 2009 model of TVS Flame SR 125 in the executive segment. Both products have got encouraging response in the market and are expected to contribute substantially to their respective segments, the company said.

Developed with AVL Austria, the new TVS Flame model is propelled by a three valve engine that is tuned to the ideal tumble-swirl combination such that city riding on this machine is really smooth and comfortable. TVS Apache RTR 180 is an innovative blend of revolutionary technology and sporty design with an oversquare engine that is programmed to make it the most powerful bikes in its class on Indian roads.

During the quarter, the company, through its Singapore subsidiary, invested Rs 9.51 crore ( $2 Million) in its venture in Indonesia.

India must rein in fiscal gap soon: Advisor

ndia's government must find ways to rein in its huge fiscal deficit quickly to prevent inflation from spiralling out of hand if the RBI is forced to help finance the gap, a government economic adviser said.

India's budget deficit, expected to reach 6.8 per cent of gross domestic product in 2009, its biggest in 16 years, will force the government to sell an unprecedented 4.51 trillion rupees ($93.6 billion) of bonds in the current fiscal year.

"The most immediate risk is the large fiscal deficit, and the possible financing of the deficit by the RBI, which could lead to greater inflation," Raghuram Rajan, economic adviser to India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said.

The government's plan to cut fertiliser subsidies by providing them directly to farmers in the form of cash and its promise to align domestic fuel prices with international prices will help towards reducing the fiscal deficit, he said.

"The sooner this (fuel price alignment) is done, the more comfortable the medium term budget deficit will be," Rajan said in an e-mail response to Reuters questions ahead of the World Capital Markets Symposium in Kuala Lumpur next month.

The Indian government said after elections in May that it will consider a proposal to eliminate fuel subsidies as early as July in order to balance growth with fiscal prudence.

India's RBI left its short-term rates and banks' cash reserve requirement unchanged as expected on Tuesday and stressed that its priority was to nurture growth, which has been hurt by the global downturn.

It said there were indications inflation may firm up by the end of the year due to increases in commodity prices and easy monetary and expansionary fiscal policies.

Official forecast put inflation at 5 per cent by March next year, although private sector economists are expecting the figure at 6 per cent to 7 per cent due to higher costs of oil, food and other commodities.

"The greater risk for the medium term is that we see few reforms, and more populism ... India has to think about whether it can afford to open its purse so wide without growth," said Rajan.

India's budget, unveiled this month, failed to lay out firm plans to sell state-owned assets and ease foreign investment rules, economists said.

The government may partly fund its budget deficit from the sale of some state-held shares but overall, Rajan said he expected very little appetite for privatization....

Highest refunds by I-T dept in FY08-09: Govt

The highest amount refunded by the income tax department in the last assessment year 2008-09 was about Rs 45 crore, the government informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

The highest refund issued in assessment year 2006-07 was for Rs 12.77 crore, while a very high amount worth Rs 84 crore was given as refund in the year 2007-08, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

"The issuance of refunds is in accordance with the guidelines. It has been an endeavour of the department to issue refunds to taxpayers at the earliest," Mukherjee said.

However, the number of refunds pending for assessment year 2008-09 in Punjab was 1,91,243 while in Haryana about 14.5 lakh refunds were due.

Among these, refunds of senior citizens pending in Punjab were nearly 2,500 and in Haryana 1,560, he said.

When asked if the staff and the officials were responsible for delay in refunds, he said the delay in issue of refunds is at times attributable to assessees on account of deficiencies in bank account details, wrong address and lack of PAN details.

Explaining further he said, the statutory time limit to process returns and issue refunds for returns received in the financial year 2008-09 is March 31, 2010.

Fiscal, monetary policies help India dodge recession, 'sprint'

Fiscal and monetary policies have helped India in dodging the recession and sustaining the economy, the research arm of the rating agency Moody's said.

Calling India a 'sprinter', it said the downward trend in the country's industrial output seemed to have ended, with a pick-up likely due to new infrastructure development.

Investor confidence in India had certainly improved, as reflected in the rapid increase in net capital inflows in the stock market during recent months, Sherman Chan, Moody's economist, said in a note on the recovery of the Asia-Pacific region on Wednesday.

"Amid increased sightings of green shoots, the bottom of the global downturn is now in sight," she said, adding that "China, India and Indonesia have dodged recession and maintained strong growth despite the global turmoil."

Key Asia-Pacific economies possess different structural characteristics and have thus embarked on different recovery trajectories. Australia and Korea, she said, would recover fast, Thailand and Singapore would take longer, and Japan will have it tough.

And all these economies are expected to grow in 2010. Next in the recovery race in Asia Pacific region comes the 'joggers'. "Australia, Hong Kong, the Philippines and South Korea will recover swiftly from the annual contraction this year."

Following the 'joggers' are the 'walkers'. "Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and New Zealand will take a little longer to return to pre-crisis GDP levels," the Sydney-based economist said.

And, in the last comes the 'crawler'. "Japan looks worst off in the region, with a long and tough recovery path ahead due to a sluggish domestic sector," she said.

Japan is the weakest link in the Asia-Pacific region with firms reporting excess capacity, including excess workers. Therefore, the outlook for investment and employment is dismal.

"Japan's GDP will take several years to return to the pre-crisis level. An annual contraction of 6.5 per cent is likely in 2009, followed by an expected rebound of only 0.7 per cent in 2010 and 1.2 per cent in 2011," she said, adding the rapidly ageing population have left policymakers almost powerless in stimulating consumption growth.

Emaar posts profit of $120 mn for June quarter
Emaar Properties said that its net operating profit surged to USD 120 million in the second quarter of 2009.

DLF Q1 net plunges 79 pc to Rs 396 cr

Realty giant DLF has reported a 78.76 per cent plunge in its consolidated net profit to Rs 396 crore.

Realty April-June net seen slumping as sales dip

Mid-cap real estate developers are expected to show a slump in sales by half to as much as 90 per cent in the June quarter.

UB City bags Asia Pacific Property Awards

Bangalore's UB City, a joint development venture between the UB Group and Prestige Group, has bagged an award in the best 'mixed-use' development category at the Asia Pacific Property Awards.

Country facing shortage of 24.71 mn houses

There was a shortage of around 24.71 million houses in the country, Government said "The total Housing shortage in the country is 24.71 million," Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja said here while replying to a query in Lok Sabha.

Tata Housing's Raisina Residency bags IGBC gold certification

With this certification, the Tata firm becomes the first company in India to receive a gold certification in the residential space from IGBC.

Omaxe to develop Rs 1,800-cr township in Allahabad

Construction firm Omaxe said its subsidiary, Pancham Realcom, has entered into an agreement with Allahabad Development Authority to build a township in Allahabad.

Realty sector unhappy with Budget

The real estate industry, which is reeling under the credit crunch and slump in demand, expressed its unhappiness for not announcing any specific incentives in the Budget, but said the overall thrust on infrastructure development would benefit the sector.

Property market showing signs of recovery

The real estate market has shown signs of improvement since March, an expert said.

Unitech to raise Rs 2,789 cr through QIP

Real estate firm Unitech said it will raise over Rs 2,789 crore through private placement of shares to institutional investors at Rs 81 a piece.

LICHF cuts interest rates for existing borrowers

LIC Housing Finance, announced a reduction in interest rates for its existing home loan borrowers.

Unitech up 4% on strong QIP response

Unitech, surged by 4.18 per cent on the Bombay Stock Exchange in early trade on Monday.

DLF to halve its Rs 14,000 cr debt this fiscal

Realty giant DLF said it will reduce its huge debt of Rs 14,000 crore to half by the end of this fiscal.

Unitech to raise $200 mn for low-cost houses

Unitech is likely to raise USD 200 million within the next three months by selling stake in its affordable housing projects to private equity players.

Unitech net falls 28 per cent

Unitech, India's No. 2 listed realty firm, reported a 28 pct fall in full-year profit on lower prices.

Realty stocks too expensive: Kotak Fund

India's real estate stocks are too expensive, making it difficult for real estate funds to close deals, a senior official at India's Kotak Realty Fund said.

Parsvnath Q4 net drops 89 pct at Rs 11.61 cr

Parsvnath Developers on Monday reported a 89.13 per cent fall in consolidated net profit at Rs 11.61 crore.

Parsvnath to raise Rs 2,500 cr; increase FII limit

Real estate firm Parsvnath Developers said its shareholders have approved raising up to Rs 2,500 crore through issue of securities.

Omaxe bags Rs 128-cr order from UP Projects Corp

Realty developer Omaxe said its subsidiary has bagged a contract worth Rs 128.34 crore from UP Projects Corporation Ltd for various construction related works.

HDIL to raise USD 600 mn via QIP

Realty firm Housing Development & Infrastructure Ltd will raise about Rs 2,875.67 cr through private placement of shares to qualified institutional buyers.

Unitech sees sale of 20 mn sqft developable area in FY'10

The country's second largest real estate player, Unitech, said it expects a sale of 20 million sq ft of developable area during the current fiscal.

Unitech raised $209 mn from asset sales: MD

Unitech shareholders approved on Tuesday issue of up to 1 billion shares to investors and 227.5 million convertible warrants to one of its founder group firms.

Hindalco Q1 net profit at Rs 480 cr
Aditya Birla Group firm Hindalco Industries reported a net profit of Rs 480.56 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, while the same was at Rs 696.76 crore during the corresponding period a year ago.

nded June 30, while the same was at Rs 696.76 crore during the corresponding period a year ago.

Havells India net profit increases 21%

Havells India Ltd reported a 21% increase in its profit after tax at Rs 49.30 crore for the first quarter.

Essar Oil picks 50% stake in Kenya-based refinery

Ruias-owned Essar Oil announced acquisition of 50 per cent stake in a 4 million tonnes oil refinery in Kenya.

Financial Tech Q1 FY 10 Net up 166%

Financial Technologies, said that it has clocked a 33% increase in its operating income at Rs 58.5 crore.

Toyota launches variant of Camry in India

Toyota launched the 'New Camry'- a new variant of the luxury sedan Camry in India.

DLF Q1 net plunges 79 pc to Rs 396 cr

Realty giant DLF has reported a 78.76 per cent plunge in its consolidated net profit to Rs 396 crore.

Bizmen with a plan flock to Mumbai's Birla audi

The who's who of corporate world, including the two Ambani groups and Tatas, don't mind sharing the same platform -- the Birla Matushri Sabhagar auditorium.

Emirates is the largest Boeing 777 operator

Emirates Airlines has become the world's largest airline operator of Boeing 777 aircraft.

MetLife posts $1.4 bln quarterly net loss

Metlife posted a quarterly net loss of $1.4 billion, as investment losses took their toll.

Hartmarx's Chairman Homi Patel to resign

Hartmarx Corp Chairman and CEO Homi Patel is expected to retire from his post on Saturday.

India to be the first buyer of Boeing's Poseidon

American aviation giant Boeing rolled out its first 'P-8A Poseidon'.

Anil seeks probe into RIL's 'huge scandal'

Anil Ambani questioned clearance to the near four-fold hike in costs for gas fields by RIL.

Mahindra & Mahindra Q1 net at Rs 400 cr

Mahindra & Mahindra reported a net profit of Rs 400.85 crore in the quarter ended June 30.

Vedanta Q1 EBITDA halves as price falls hit revenue

India-focused metals group Vedanta Resources said that first-quarter core earnings had more than halved after a sharp decline in metals prices.

Mittal not mulling acquisitions in India

ArcelorMittal chief L N Mittal has said he will not give up his Rs 1 lakh-crore India projects.

IOC Q1 net profit at Rs 3,682.83 crore

Indian Oil Corporation reported a net profit of Rs 3,682.83 cr for the quarter ended June 2009.

Govt gets first share of profit from KG-D6

RIL, which holds 90 pct interest in KG-D6, paid $2.47 mn while Niko Resources of Canada paid $274,767 in profit petroleum for the April-June quarter.

Hero Honda June quarter net up 83 pct

The company reported a net profit of Rs 5.00 billion, up from 2.73 billion a year earlier.

JLR was a worthwhile acquisition: Tata

Ratan Tata said JLR was very worthwhile move bringing in considerable global presence.

SC rejects RNRL's speedy trial plea

SC refused to take up a gas dispute between RIL and RNRL for final hearing on September 1.

Patni Computer Q2 net profit up 14 pct

Total income rose to Rs 784.18 crore in the latest quarter against Rs 769.13 crore last year.

Tata Steel Q1 net down 47 pct to Rs 790 cr

Tata Steel reported a 47 pct drop in net profit to Rs 789.83 cr for the quarter ended June 30.

SBI Q1 net up 42%, NPAs also rise

fe Bureau
Posted: 2009-07-31 01:15:25+05:30 IST
Updated: Jul 31, 2009 at 0115 hrs IST

Kolkata: The country's largest bank, State Bank of India (SBI), set a blistering pace for 2009-10, clocking a 42% increase in profits for the first quarter. Net profit was at Rs 2,330 crore, up from Rs 1,641 crore in Q1 last year.

Analysts said there was a growth in treasury and retail banking operations, but also pointed out that net non-performing assets—or bad loans—had risen, too. For the quarter, NPAs stood at Rs 8,402.48 crore, from Rs 6,298.44 crore in the same period last year, a rise of 1.55%. Gross NPAs rose to 2.79% from 2.42% in the corresponding period a year earlier.

But bank chairman OP Bhatt said it would be wrong to say SBI was "aggressively" pushing auto and home loans. "Let's not say we are aggressive. I would say we are focused," he said an in an interview to FE earlier this week. "We saw an opportunity and decided to go for it."

This financial year, SBI has slashed lending rates to perk up demand for loans, which are expected to make up for the falling off of trading gains. The bank has cut deposit rates by up to 350 basis points since October, along with prime lending rates by 200 basis points. Even so, the quarterly results show the bank notched up only a marginal rise in loans from last quarter. Credit growth in the Indian banking sector as a whole, according to RBI data, is only 17.6% in Q1.

The better-than-expected results helped SBI shares rise around 4% on the BSE to close at Rs 1722.80 on Thursday.

The total income of the bank rose by 29.8% to Rs 21,041.51 crore, from Rs 16,203.07 crore last year, of which interest income derived from its investment in the bond market grew 26.6% to Rs 17,473 crore, from Rs 13,799 crore. The bank's net interest income—the difference between interest earned and paid—was up 4.32% at Rs 5,026 crore, compared with Rs 4,818 crore. Other income rose 49.29% to Rs 3,589 crore, from Rs 2,404 crore.

Deluged by deposits since last October—and with off-take still low because of the meltdown—analysts said SBI had seen the cost of deposits rise 38%.

Moser Baer India Q1 net at Rs 2.76 cr
New Delhi (PTI): Optical storage maker Moser Baer India (MBI) on Thursday announced Rs 2.76 crore net profit for the first quarter ended June 2009 against the previous fiscal.The Delhi-based firm had reported a loss of Rs 103.98 crore in the same ... More

Dena Bank pays Rs 17.62 crore dividend to govt.
Mumbai (PTI): State-owned, Dena Bank on Friday said it has paid a dividend of Rs 17.62 crore to the Government of India for the year 2008-09.The bank has paid a dividend of 12 per cent to its shareholders.Dena Bank had clocked a net profit of Rs ... More

Canara Bank opens 5 more branches in Delhi
New Delhi (PTI): State-run lender Canara Bank on Friday opened five more branches in the capital-NCR region taking its total branch count to 139 ."With the opening of 5 branches, the network of bank branches in Delhi-NCR has increased to 139 and ... More

Syndicate Bank's Q1 net nearly triples to Rs 261.57 crore SBT's Q1 net profit registers substantial increase ICSA Q1 net dips 17 p.c. Mining major Anglo American cuts over 15,000 jobs Whirlpool Q1 net up by 3.7 p.c. Hathway Internet unplugs services in Chennai CEO's personality can drive stock performance Recession eases in U.S.; GDP dip smaller than expected Tata Power Q1 profit shoot up 144 p.c. to Rs 397 cr Odyssey Technologies develops software product Dhanalakshmi bank's Q1 net at Rs 10.12 cr Sensex closes at 13-month high, climbs over 282 points Whirlpool Q 1 net up by 3.7 per cent ONGC gets nod to partner L.N. Mittal for Satpayev stake buy Nalco Q1 net profit plunges 76 per cent to Rs 126 crore What recession? Nine U.S. banks pay $32.6b bonus Job loss due to global recession declines, says Kharge Bankers hails additional authentication for card purchases Infosys became first private unit to get CISF protection Havells India Ltd net profit increases 21 p.c. Toyota launches variant of Camry, the New Camry in India Piramal to invest Rs 200 cr on R&D Timex Group posts net profit of 2.43 cr for Q1 Hartmarx's Chairman Homi Patel to resign Sensex opens in green, takes cue from global markets Rupee rises by 13 paise to 48.21 a dollar in early trade Understanding the ongoing gas-pricing dispute

Pvt airlines threaten to suspend operations

Economic Times - ‎4 hours ago‎
MUMBAI: The country's private airlines have threatened to suspend nation-wide operations on August 18 to protest "high taxes of jet fuel and airport charges," the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) announced on Friday.

RCom posts 8.3% profit, tops market expectations

Livemint - Bhuma Shrivastava - ‎29 minutes ago‎
Mumbai: Anil Ambani-promoted Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom), India's second largest mobile firm by subscribers, posted a better-than-expected 8.3% increase in net profits to Rs1,637 crore for the quarter ended 30 June, bolstered by a threefold rise ...

CISF to protect techies, not intrude on their private space

Economic Times - ‎3 hours ago‎
BANGALORE: The ceremony to welcome the latest "entrants" to IT bellwether Infosys Technologies at its Electronic City campus here on Friday was a grand one, with the company's co-founder, chairman and chief mentor NR Narayan Murthy himself doing the ...

RBI hints at rollback of monetary expansion

Business Standard - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will roll back the special monetary measures if the government commits itself to fiscal discipline by chalking out a fiscal consolidation plan and the economy shows more definite signs of recovery, RBI Governor Duvvuri ...

Syndicate Bank net profit zooms 198 percent

Sify - ‎2 hours ago‎
State-run Syndicate Bank posted a net profit of Rs.262 crore for the first quarter this fiscal, registering a whopping growth of 198 percent year-on-year from Rs.88 crore in the like period last year.

Sensex closes at 52-week high; surges 8% in July - ‎5 hours ago‎
The Sensex witnessed huge buying interest on the first day of August series and closed July month on a strong note. It closed at 52-week high on the back of strong earnings and the Nifty above the 4600 level.

Rs 50-cr con busted, trader held for duping over 2500

Indian Express - ‎31 minutes ago‎
A conman, who duped nearly 2500 investors, including a large number of defence personnel, was arrested in Dehradun on Wednesday. Delhi businessman Naveen Sharma (36), the chairman of the financial companies Money Mantra and Big Leap Multi Trade Limited ...

Moser Baer India Q1 net at Rs 2.76 cr

Hindu - ‎3 hours ago‎
New Delhi (PTI): Optical storage maker Moser Baer India (MBI) on Thursday announced Rs 2.76 crore net profit for the first quarter ended June 2009 against the previous fiscal.

India to upgrade WPI, CPI inflation data series - Mukherjee

Reuters India - ‎5 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will upgrade its inflation indices as the manufacturing and services sectors are not well represented in the current composition, the finance minister said in a written reply to Parliament on Friday.

US keeps changing goalpost on climate change:India

Press Trust of India - ‎2 hours ago‎
New Delhi, Jul 31 (PTI) Hitting out at the US for painting India as an "intransigent actor" in the fight against climate change, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh today accused Washington of consistently changing goalpost in the fight and termed it as ...

Indian Rupee Rallies to One-Month High as Fund Inflows Increase

Bloomberg - Anil Varma - ‎5 hours ago‎
July 31 (Bloomberg) -- India's rupee climbed to the highest level in almost a month, completing a third weekly advance, on speculation rising investments from abroad will boost the nation's balance of payments surplus.

Hindalco to raise $500 mn, net up 79 percent

Sify - ‎2 hours ago‎
Aluminium maker Hindalco Industries plans to raise $500 million (around Rs.2400 crore) through issue of securities, including global depository receipts (GDRs), in both international and domestic markets.

Cheaper loans to farmers, who clear short-term credit on time

Hindu - ‎3 hours ago‎
New Delhi (PTI): The government on Friday said loans would be provided at a subsidised rate of six per cent to farmers who pay their short-term crop loans on time.

Toyota to launch Fortuner SUV in India on Aug 24

Business Standard - ‎8 hours ago‎
PTI / Bangalore July 31, 2009, 15:25 IST The world's largest carmaker, Toyota, would launch Fortuner in the Indian market on August 24, betting big on its sports utility vehicle.

Aban Offshore to raise Rs 4500 crore to repay debt

Economic Times - ‎3 hours ago‎
CHENNAI: Aban Offshore, hit by the global slowdown, is knocking the doors of investors to repay the debts it raised during its expansionary phase.

US House approves $2B car purchase program

Sify - Stephen Manning - ‎37 minutes ago‎
The House of Representatives voted Friday to rush $2 billion into the popular but financially strapped "cash for clunkers" car purchase program, heeding calls from US consumers who hope to keep taking advantage of the trade-in incentives.

Tata Power Q1 FY 10 PAT up 98 pc at Rs 377.08-cr

Economic Times - ‎5 hours ago‎
31 Jul 2009, 1843 hrs IST, PTI MUMBAI: Decrease in fuel prices in the Mumbai licence area as compared to the year-ago period brought down Tata Power's revenues in Q1 FY 10 to Rs 2015.62-crore as against Rs 2026.13-crore.

Deccan Chronicle Net Up 26% At Rs77 Crore; Share Buyback To ...

Reuters India - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Sruthijith KK - contentSutra Publisher Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd today posted Q1 net profit of Rs77.02 crore, up 26% from the year-ago period on ad sales growth and lower newsprint costs.

Too small a boost

Indian Express - ‎44 minutes ago‎
While wrapping up the debate on the annual Budget, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee announced concessions aimed at boosting demand in the downturn-hit realty sector.

Forex reserves up by $1.524 bn to $267.711 bn

Business Standard - ‎3 hours ago‎
PTI / Mumbai July 31, 2009, 20:41 IST India's foreign exchange reserves rose for the second consecutive week to $267.711 billion, up by $1.524 billion, as compared to $266.187 billion in the previous week.

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VS Motor net profit surges by 157% to Rs 18 cr in Q1

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Reliance Capital net profit down 55 per cent

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SBI Life posts Rs 38-crore profit in Q1

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Tata Power Q1 profit shoot up 144 pc to Rs 397 cr

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DLF net profit down 79 per cent in first quarter

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SAIL profit dips 28% in Q1

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Race row: Obama hosts beer reunion at White House

In an effort to douse down a racial firestorm, Sergeant, who had arrested the Harvard professor for 'disorderly conduct'.

Sitting along a picnic table next to the White House's new swing set, the three were yesterday seen drinking beer from clear glass mugs along and munching peanuts and pretzels served in small silver bowls.

As a later addition, Obama also invited the Vice President, Joe Biden, to what the US media has characterised as the beer summit.

The momentous occasion was part of Obama's effort to calm down the racial firestorm which erupted following the arrest of Gates by Henry Crowly, to which the US President added fuel to the fire by stating that the police acted 'stupidly'.

The controversy that included the offended white police officer and the leading black scholar, who also happened to be an old
friend of the President, quickly spiralled into a national issue sparking a fierce debate on racial profiling by law enforcement.

Obama, however, later backed off from his remarks, and making a surprise appearance at the daily White House Press conference acknowledged that he made a wrong choice of words.

Sitting along the table Obama opted for Bud Light, while Biden went for Bucker; Gates took Sam Adam Light and Crowley grabbed Blue Moon. Bucker is a non-alcoholic beer.

While Gates and Crowley wore dark suits, Obama and Biden were in white shirts, jackets off. Obama had his sleeves rolled up.

During the brief moment, the press was given a rare opportunity to have a glimpse at the "teachable moment" in the words of Obama; Crowley was seen doing most of the talking. Gates appeared to be listening intently.

At one point Obama laughed heartily. Both Gates and Crowley brought their families to the White House and they toured the East Wing together before the sit-down. Gates brought his kids, fiancee and father. Crowley brought his wife and kids. They met Obama in the Oval Office before moving out into the Rose Garden.

For the past few days the issue has dominated the US media, with a section of them even calling it as a beer summit. Earlier in the day, Obama told reporters that he objected to it.

"It's a clever term, but this is not a summit, guys," Obama said. Hours before the anticipated meeting, Obama said he is "fascinated with the fascination about this evening."

It's three folks "having a drink at the end of the day," and giving themselves a chance to "listen to each other," he said. The goal is to lower the temperature on an event that has become "so hyped and so symbolic." It is to reduce the "anger and hyperbole," and promote "self-reflection," he said.

At the end of the meeting, Obama in a statement thanked Professor Gates and Sergeant Crowley for joining him at the White House this evening for a friendly, thoughtful conversation.

"Even before we sat down for the beer, I learned that the two gentlemen spent some time together listening to one another, which is a testament to them," Obama said.

"I have always believed that what brings us together is stronger than what pulls us apart. I am confident that has happened here tonight, and I am hopeful that all of us are able to draw this positive lesson from this episode," said the US President.
Banks paid bonuses bigger than income: Cuomo
31 Jul 2009, 0128 hrs IST, REUTERS
NEW YORK: Bonuses paid to executives at nine banks that received US government bailout money in 2008 were greater than net income at some of the

banks, the office of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday.

Cuomo, in a report on months of investigation into compensation paid by the banks, said employee pay "has become unmoored from the banks' financial performance." Representatives of the banks either declined comment on the report or could not comment immediately.

"There is no clear rhyme or reason to the way banks compensate and reward their employees," said the report by Cuomo, New York's top legal officer, who began his probe last October amid taxpayer complaints about
Wall Street pay.

He argued that, if firms followed "a more principled" bonus system, they would be less susceptible to poaching of their employees by other firms offering more pay.

"This rationalization of the compensation and bonus system must be accomplished now," said the report, which was sent to US House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns, a Democrat from New York.

Since nine banks received a total of $125 billion last October in taxpayer money under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to help them survive the financial crisis, Cuomo has pressed them for details on billions of dollars paid to executives amid huge losses.


The report said bonuses for Goldman Sachs Group Inc,
Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co were "substantially greater" than the banks' net income. Goldman earned $2.3 billion, paid out $4.8 billion in bonuses and received $10 billion in TARP funding, the report said.

Morgan Stanley earned $1.7 billion, paid $4.475 billion in bonuses and received $10 billion in TARP funding, while JP Morgan Chase earned $5.6 billion, paid $8.69 billion in bonuses and received $25 billion in TARP funding.

Cuomo said his office studied historical financial filings and found that at many banks compensation increased in the 2003-2006
bull market years, but stayed at those levels as the mortgage crisis and recession hit. "Thus, when the banks did well, their employees were paid well. When the banks did poorly, their employees were paid well. And when the banks did very poorly, they were bailed out by taxpayers and their employees were still paid well.

"Bonuses and overall compensation did not vary significantly as profits diminished." While Citigroup Inc and Merrill Lynch, bought by Bank of America Corp, lost more than $27 billion each,
Citigroup paid $5.33 billion in bonuses and Merrill paid $3.6 billion, the report said. TARP paid the two banks a combined $55 billion.

A spokesman for Bank of America said bonuses were paid to 200,000 bank employees and 30,000 Merrill legacy employees. "The repeated explanation from bank executives that bonuses are tied to performance in a manner designed to promote (national economic) growth does not appear to be accurate," Cuomo said.

Much of Cuomo's investigation and publicity had been focused on Merrill Lynch, but Thursday's report covered all nine banks that received initial TARP money. The office has also investigated bonuses paid by giant insurer American International Group Inc, but it was not included here.

Wells Fargo & Co paid bonuses of $977,500, while losing $42.93 billion according to the report. It said State Street Corp's State Street Bank and Bank of New York Mellon Corp "paid bonuses that were more in line with their net income, which is certainly what one would expect in a difficult year like 2008."

State Street earned $1.8 billion, paid bonuses totaling about $470 million and received $2 billion in TARP funding. Bank of New York Mellon earned $1.4 billion, paid out $945,000 and received $3 billion from TARP.

US becomes Citigroup's biggest shareholder
31 Jul 2009, 0951 hrs IST, REUTERS

NEW YORK: One hundred ninety-seven years, one month and 14 days after its founding, Citigroup Inc has given a roughly 34 percent stake to US


While a few technical details still remain, the bank has completed a months-long effort to convert preferred shares held by the US government into common

Citigroup on Thursday completed two exchange offers to bolster the capital position of the nation's third-biggest bank, widely considered the most troubled large US lender.

Public investors, private investors and the government swapped close to $58 billion of preferred securities into common stock of the New York-based bank.

Citigroup has said the swaps would leave it with more than 21 billion shares, up from 5.51 billion at the end of June.

The $25 billion swapped by the government is part of its $45 billion infusion from the federal bank bailout plan, the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Another $20 billion of that sum will remain in the form of preferred shares, throwing off an 8 percent annual

The higher government stake could add to pressure on Chief Executive Vikram Pandit to improve performance and shed unwanted or toxic assets.

Citigroup has also overhauled upper management and added seven new directors this year.

Earlier Thursday, Citigroup said it will sell a 64 percent stake in Japan's Nikko Asset Management Co to Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co for 75.6 billion yen ($790 million).

Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Pandit said the bank is moving "extremely fast" on asset sales.

Citigroup agreed to the exchange offers in February as part of a government bailout, following $37.5 billion of losses over the previous five quarters.

The swaps were originally expected to total $52.5 billion. They grew to $58 billion after regulators ordered Citigroup to build a buffer following a "stress test" of its

Citigroup said the swaps will make it one of the world's best-capitalized banks, with about $100 billion of tangible common equity.

Other large Citigroup investors include several sovereign wealth funds, and Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

The bank's roots date to when City Bank of New York opened on June 16, 1812, with $2 million of authorized capital.

Citigroup itself was created on October 8, 1998 through the merger of Travelers Group Inc and Citicorp.

Shares of Citigroup fell 4 cents to $3.18 in afternoon trading on the New York
Stock Exchange.

US bets on healthcare, green jobs

31 Jul 2009, 0312 hrs IST, REUTERS
LOS ANGELES: Healthcare
and clean energy rank as bright spots in a bleak US jobs market and both stand to generate even more employment under plans

put forward by President Barack Obama.

The health industry, bolstered by the demands of an aging population and supplied by new technologies, has added jobs despite the recession and is destined for further expansion should Obama make good on his promise of affordable medical care for millions of uninsured Americans.

The mix of jobs is likely to shift as preventive medicine gets more emphasis, record-keeping functions are modernised and fewer diagnostic tests are ordered, economists say. "Green" tech, propelled by efforts to cut carbon emissions blamed for global warming, will benefit from an economic stimulus package enacted this year and a climate change bill making its way through Congress. Healthcare and the environment were singled out in a report this month by Obama's Council of Economic Advisers as two sectors projected to be major US job engines over the next several years.

Investments in the two areas "are laying the foundation for long-term economic growth," said Heather Boushey, an economist with the Center for American Progress.


Healthcare has grown 3.7% since the recession began in December 2007, while the labour force as a whole declined 4.7%, said Heidi Shierholz, an Economic Policy Institute economist, citing US Labour Department data. One reason that medicine has held its own during the recession is that nearly 60% of all healthcare costs are covered by the public sector, including programmes like Medicaid and Medicare, helping insulate the industry from hardtimes, said labour professor Eileen Appelbaum of Rutgers University. "People think we have a private health system in this country, but more than half is publicly financed," she said.

Budget strains are starting to take their toll on healthcare jobs in many states, she said. But the Labour Department projects that US healthcare employment will grow 20% above 2006 levels by 2016, even without Obama's proposed overhaul.

Government forecasts for clean energy and green technology jobs as a whole are harder to come by. Economists from the University of Massachusetts and the Center for American Progress concluded in a study last month that the economic stimulus and the climate-change bills would generate $150 billion a year in clean-energy investments, netting 1.7 million new jobs annually. Labour experts say green retrofitting should pick up and produce more jobs once stimulus money begins to flow.


Most of those gains would come from retrofits of homes and other buildings to improve energy efficiency and insulation. Other high-growth areas cited in the report included renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy expanded public transportation and construction of a highly efficient new electric distribution network, known as the smart grid.

US lawmakers to take up pay package bill

31 Jul 2009, 0425 hrs IST, AGENCIES
WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives was expected on Friday to take up a bill aimed at curbing Wall Street pay packages that have spun up

deep public outrage amid national belt-tightening.

The measure, sometimes dubbed "say-on-pay," would provide for annual, non-binding votes by shareholders on top executives' pay or arrangements like "golden parachutes" in the event their employment is terminated.

US government regulators could also ban any incentives-based pay agreement that "encourages inappropriate risks" by affected institutions that "could threaten the safety and soundness" of such companies "or could have serious adverse effects on economic conditions or financial stability," according to the text of the bill.

And financial firms would be required to disclose any compensation structures that include incentive-based elements. The House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee approved the measure earlier this week by a 40-28 vote.
Japan logs record deflation as demand slides
31 Jul 2009, 0944 hrs IST, REUTERS

TOKYO: Japanese core consumer prices fell a record 1.7 percent in the year to June, with weakening consumer demand for goods playing an increasing

part in pushing the country deeper into its second spell of deflation this decade.

It was the fourth straight month of decline, matching a median market forecast and accelerating from a 1.1 percent drop in May in another sign the world's second-largest economy is stuck in the doldrums with rising job losses and falling wages hurting household spending.

The Bank of Japan is forecasting two years of deflation, so price falls alone are unlikely to push it back into full-blown quantitative easing, which in Japan involved flooding the banking system with cash to meet a specific monetary target.

But the central bank's view -- that price falls won't accelerate once the effect of last year's energy price spike fades -- may be questioned as it becomes increasingly clear that final demand is playing a larger part in overall price falls.

Roughly 70 percent of the drop in the core consumer price index (CPI), which excludes food prices but includes energy costs, was due to falling energy prices, data showed on Friday.

But the so-called core-core CPI, which cuts out the sliding energy bill, fell 0.7 percent from a year earlier and the decline has gathered steam for four straight months, suggesting deflation may persist unless household demand picks up.

"If you look at the core-core CPI, the pace of declines has accelerated, suggesting price competition has been putting downward pressure on prices. Consumers are becoming more conscious of cheaper products," said Yasuhiro Onakado, chief economist at Daiwa SB

It was the biggest fall since December 2004 in this index, which is similar to underlying inflation indicators used in Europe and North America.

Prices fell for goods ranging from flat-screen television sets and cellphone bills to overseas package tours.

Of the range of items that make up core CPI, 47 percent saw price falls in June from a year earlier, up from 39 percent in May. It was also the first time in three years that the number of goods whose prices fell exceeded the number logging price gains, adding to evidence that deflation was broadening.

"Firms including those in the retail sector are competing to get demand through offering cheaper prices, and that could put pressure on their profits," Onakado said.

government bond futures were down on the day, focusing on gains in the stock market as the data was in line with market expectations.

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