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Dollar hits three-year low vs euro; Wall Street hits new highs
Posted on 13th January 2018
The US dollar fell to a more than three-year low against the euro on Friday, extending recent losses on expectations European Central Bank policymakers are preparing to reduce stimulus, while US stocks continued to rally and marked record closing highs. Optimism about fourth-quarter earnings boosted stocks. Bank shares climbed following quarterly results from JPMorgan Chase & Co and Wells Fargo. A global stock index registered an eighth straight week of gains

The euro’s rise weighed on the dollar index, which measures the greenback against six rival currencies. The index was down 1 percent, after slipping to a four-month low of 90.954.

For the year, the dollar index was down 1.28 percent, its worst performance over a year’s first nine trading days since 2010, according to Reuters data. “The latest ECB comments were a bit on the hawkish side, so that’s giving more life to the euro,” said Minh Trang, senior currency trader at Silicon Valley Bank in Santa Clara, California.

Sterling rocketed to its highest level against the dollar since the Brexit vote to leave the European Union after a report that the Netherlands and Spain were open to a deal for Britain to remain as close as possible to the trading bloc. Sterling was last trading at $1.3731, up 0.03 percent.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq both registered an eighth record closing high out of the first nine trading days of 2018, while the Dow boasted its sixth closing high of the year.

Data showing robust US retail sales drove investor optimism about economic growth, also boosting sentiment in the stock market.

“It seems like the economy is going OK, inflation is kind of nonexistent right now, wage growth is not an issue for most income statements, so what’s not to like here?” said Stephen Massocca, senior vice president at Wedbush Securities in San Francisco.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 228.46 points, or 0.89 percent, to 25,803.19, the S&P 500 gained 18.68 points, or 0.67 percent, to 2,786.24, and the Nasdaq Composite added 49.29 points, or 0.68 percent, to 7,261.06.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.23 percent, and MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe gained 0.66 percent.

A robust US inflation report boosted Treasury yields.

The two-year yield, sensitive to traders’ views on interest rates, rose to more than 2 percent for the first time since the financial crisis.

In commodities, oil prices rose for a sixth day after Russia’s oil minister said global crude supplies were “not balanced yet,” alleviating market concerns about a wind-down of the OPEC-led deal to reduce production.

U.S crude oil rose 50 cents to settle at $64.30 a barrel, while Brent rose 61 cents to settle at $69.87.

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Amazon India reportedly closing in on Flipkart
Posted on 22nd March 2018
BENGALURU: Amazon has almost closed the gap with Flipkart's standalone sales in 2017, behind in GMV marketshare by less than 1percentage point in 2017 from 5 percentage points in 2016, as per Forrester. However, Flipkart still leads as a group with Myntra and Jabong.

While Flipkart leads in fashion and smartphones, Amazon has taken lead in categories such as appliances, consumer electronics, and more importantly, groceries, which builds platform stickiness, said Satish Meena, a senior forecast analyst at Forrester.

Air India may give promotions to 100 pilots with pay hike of up to Rs 12 lakh: Report
Posted on 22nd March 2018
Amidst the privatisation talks, it has been reported that the national carrier Air India might gove promotion to its 100 pilots with a pay hike of Rs 12 lakh per head.

"The 100 deputy general manager rank pilots are narrow-body and widebody pilots. These pilots are likely to be promoted to executive despite the fact that the airline is being privatised," a source told the Economic Times.

Opening bell: Sensex opens stronger after fed rates hike
Posted on 22nd March 2018
Key indices on Thursday gained strength after the federal reserve hiked rates as widely expected.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 138.34 points at 33,274.52 and the 50-share NSE Nifty rose 49.40 points to 10,204.70.

Sebi may impose trading curbs on cos undergoing insolvency proceedings
Posted on 22nd March 2018
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) may impose trading restrictions on shares of companies that are undergoing insolvency proceedings. The move, which is also a demand by industry players, is aimed at reducing volatility in stock prices and curbing manipulation or misuse of price-sensitive information.

Sources said the market regulator would lay down a compliance framework for listed companies undergoing insolvency resolution. The announcement will likely be made at Sebi’s board meeting next week.

Essar Steel set for rebid as lenders reject Arcelor, Numetal offers
Posted on 22nd March 2018
The State Bank of India-led consortium of lenders called for a second round of bidding for Essar Steel on Wednesday. All the six companies that had submitted expressions of interest (EoIs) earlier have to submit their bids by April 2.

Lenders rejected bids by Numetal and ArcelorMittal after both companies failed the legal eligibility test. The legal advisors cited one of the clauses of Section 29A of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) for rejecting the bids.

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