Monday- 31st July 2017
- After many weeks of uncertainty, the HDFC Life Insurance-Max merger plans have been called off. The parties were unable to obtain required approvals from the regulatory authorities.
- Jasper Infotech has called off proposed sale to Flipkart, seven months after the discussions were initiated by its largest investor Softbank. Snapdeal to follow an ‘independent path’ onwards.
- State Bank of India on Monday cut the interest rate on savings bank accounts by 50 basis points to 3.5% on balance of ₹1 crore and below, after over 6 years of status quo.
- BSE’s Sensex gained 205 points, or 0.6%, to close at 32,514. The NSE Nifty ended at 10,077.10, up 0.63%, or 63 points, over the previous close. The gain was led by SBI which rose over 4.5% after shedding savings bank interest rate.
Tuesday- 1st August 2017
- Manufacturing took a hit in July, due largely to the rollout of GST at the beginning of the month, plummeting to its lowest in more than eight years. The Nikkei India Manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) slowed to 47.9 in July, its lowest since February 2009, compared with 50.9 in June.
- After the announcement of major layoff to cut down 80% of its employee strength in the company, Snapdeal on Tuesday witnessed exit from many senior members. Vice-president product, Pradeep Desai; vice-president, engineering, Viraj Chatterjee and head of IT, Gaurav Gupta are first few to exit the company.
- Benchmark share indices closed at fresh record highs on Tuesday ahead of the Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy decision. The Nifty ended up 38 points or 0.4% at 10,115 after scaling a lifetime high of 10,128.6. The BSE Sensex closed at 32,575, up 60.23 points or 0.2%, after hitting a record high of 32,632.
- The rupee racked up strong gains to end at a fresh two and-a-half month high of 64.07 against the dollar, appreciating by 12 paise on heavy dollar selling amid expectations of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank.
Wednesday- 2nd August 2017
- The RBI cut the key interest rate by a quarter point to 6%. It hasn’t changed its stance as it would remain on guard as price pressures may return in the wake of a house rent allowance payout and the July 1 rollout of the GST.
- To gradually reduce subsidy on Kerosene, the government has asked state oil companies to keep raising prices of subsidised kerosene by 25 paise every fortnight until the subsidy is eliminated. The aim is to attract investment from private companies which were hesitant due to excessive controls, controversies and untargeted subsidies.
- Early investors in Snapdeal such as Nexus Venture Partners and Kenneth Glass have come out in support of the online marketplace’s decision to terminate its merger talks with larger rival Flipkart and move forward as an independent entity.
- Global alternative asset management fund Brookfield, American Tower Corp, and local infrastructure fund IDFC Project Equity Infra have separately bid for the 11,000 individual towers of Vodafone India, valued at $600 m.
- The rupee hit a two-year high to close at 63.70 after exporters sold their foreign-currency receivables on expectations that positive real interest rates would induce further buying of Indian debt assets by overseas funds.
Thursday- 3rd August 2017
- The Nikkei India Services PMI Business Activity Index plunged from June’s eight-month high of 53.1 to all time low since September 2013 at 45.9 in July amidst the GST worries.
- After the RBI held to its neutral stance, Public sector bank shares dragged down the Nifty to 10,013 and the Sensex 32,273 points. The Bank Nifty index fell 1.52% as State Bank of India and ICICI Bank fell more than 2% each to ₹300.50 and ₹295.70 respectively.
- An SBI-led consortium of lenders has ordered a forensic audit of Videocon Industries’ accounts. The move is preliminary to the start of debt restructuring after Videocon defaulted on loans worth ₹43,000 crore.
- The ₹1,468-crore initial public offering of Cochin Shipyard ended on a strong note as The offer received bids for 258.69 crore shares compared to 3.39 crore shares offered, being oversubscribed by 76 times.
Friday- 4th August 2017
- The government announced a new exchange-traded fund (ETF), Bharat-22, comprising of 22 scrips including blue chips such as ONGC, IOC and SBI and stake in private companies it holds through SUUTI.
- The Sebi has mandated listed companies to inform stock exchanges if they default on interest or loan repayments to banks and financial institutions within one working day.
- The government has announced that from 1st October, death certificates will need to have the person’s Aadhaar number “for the purpose of establishing the identity of the deceased.”
- JSW Steel is in advanced talks with a distressed fund jointly floated by Piramal Enterprises and Bain Capital Credit to bid for Bhushan Steel. Bhushan Steel has been admitted to bankruptcy courts for revival.
- Vedanta Resources announced raising $1 billion through a bond sale, the proceeds of which would largely be used to refinance expensive debt.
Source: The Economic Times