The local market is likely to open on a cautious note on subdued cues from the global arena. Wall Street closed mostly lower overnight in the holiday-shortened week on low volumes and mixed economic data while markets in Asia were trading mostly lower in early trade today on lower metal prices that put pressure on mining companies. The SGX Nifty was down 7.50 points at 5,988.50 compared to its previous close of 5,995.
The market opened with meagre gains on Thursday, tracking its Asian peers that were mixed. The indices slipped into the red after touching the day's high and were range-bound. However, a sharp rise in the weekly food inflation data put pressure on the market, dragging the indices down. The post-noon session saw the key indices trading sideways on both sides of the neutral line. The market closed flat with a negative bias, down for the second day in a row.
The Sensex ended at 19,982.88, below its psychological level of 20,000 and down by 32.92 points (0.16%) over its previous close. The Nifty settled 4.40 points (0.07%) lower at 5,980.
The US markets closed mostly lower on Thursday on mixed economic data amid thin-volume trade in the holiday-shortened week. In economic data, consumer sentiment was up in December to its highest level since June and demand for long-lasting manufactured goods rose. Initial claims for jobless benefits edged down, but a rise in new home sales in November was below expectations. A rise in copper inventories on the London Metal Exchange renewed demand concerns from China, the world’s largest consumer of metals.
The Dow gained 14 points (0.12%) to 11,573.49. The S&P 500 shed down 2.07 points (0.16%) at 1,256.77. The Nasdaq lost 5.88 points (0.22) to 2,665.60.
US stock markets are closed on Friday for the Christmas Eve holiday.
Markets in Asia were mostly lower in early trade on Friday on speculations of China’s policy measures and a fall in metal prices. Chinese stocks were lower on worries that higher lending costs will raise borrowing costs while new rules might curb auto sales. Japan’s Nikkei was down on lower metal prices and the weakening dollar against the yen lowered the outlook for exporters.
The Shanghai Composite declined 0.43%, the Hang Seng fell 0.30%, the KLSE Composite was down 0.13%, the Nikkei 225 shrank by 0.71%, the Seoul Composite shed 0.08% and the Taiwan Weighted fell 0.30%. On the other hand, the Straits Times surged 0.22% in early trade. The SGX Nifty was down 7.50 points at 5,988.50 compared to its previous close of 5,995.
India has been ranked as the most preferred real estate destination in the Asia Pacific region as foreign investors still consider the country to be extremely viable, a report released on Thursday showed.
“India, and particularly Mumbai and New Delhi, are ranked the foremost real estate market destinations as the residential properties have maintain the growth momentum, and foreign investors still consider this market to be extremely viable,” the ULI-PwC report, ‘Emerging trends in Real Estate in Asia Pacific 2011’, said.
Going forward, the report forecast that India will continue to maintain a GDP growth momentum of 9%-10% per cent by 2015, as Asia’s third-largest economy will witness new private equity in capital markets which will inject capital in infrastructure projects.
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A new e-mail message offering a job with Siemens is doing the rounds. The salary is an attractive Rs30,000 to Rs2 lakh a month. Candidates must first pay Rs10,000 as ‘interview security deposit’, and they will get air tickets to the interview too
Job scams or fake job offers are not a new thing. Some time ago, companies like Wipro and Videocon were forced to issue clarifications that they don't ask candidates to pay money for jobs. Now, a new e-mail going around is offering an opportunity to work with Siemens on a salary ranging from Rs30,000 to Rs2 lakh per month; this excludes house rent allowance (HRA), dearness allowance (DA), conveyance and other benefits.
There are several similarities between the e-mails for the previous Videocon and current Siemens job offers-like addressing, writing style, language and the overall format. In both instances, the operators say they are looking for 62 candidates for each of the companies and they offer to send air tickets for those going to attend interviews at the company's headquarters. The catch is each candidate has to pay a security deposit of Rs10,000 and more; the amount, the operators say, is refundable.
The e-mail says: "You have to deposit the (cash) as an initial amount in favour of company HRD department for Rs10,000 through any State Bank of India branch from your home city to the company senior HRD. The account number will be sent to you upon your response. This is refundable interview security. Your offer letter with air tickets will be sent to your home address by courier after receiving the confirmation of the interview security deposited in State Bank of India. The company will pay all the expenditure to you at the time of face-to-face meeting with you in the company. The job profile, salary offer, and date and time of the interview will be mentioned in your offer letter."
Viswakumar Menon, head of corporate communications at Siemens Ltd, said, "Such e-mail job offers have come to our notice and we have taken necessary action. We have also filed a complaint with the police and as per our knowledge they (police) have caught some people who are thought to be behind this e-mail scam." Mr Menon said, "The candidates should understand that no company (to my knowledge) asks to pay any security deposit for job selection or interview. We, at Siemens, make it clear in our recruitment ads as well."
In the case of Siemens, the scamsters are offering a salary of Rs30,000 to Rs2 lakh, whereas in the case of Videocon the amount goes up to as high as Rs11 lakh per month, and that without mention of the post or designation. Those who have fallen victim to such e-mails are usually tempted by the big salaries offered, without bothering to ask why any recognised company would make such an offer without knowing the background of the candidates or mentioning the nature of the job for which it wants to recruit people.
According to people familiar with the recruitment process in such large companies, nobody selects candidates by simply looking at e-mail Ids. There is a process that includes a written test, an interview, and only then are appropriate candidates selected. Unfortunately, most people ignore the procedure, while not wanting to miss a lucrative opportunity.
How to identify a fake job offer
1. First, there are bound to be spelling and grammatical mistakes. For example, in the fake Siemens job offer, the name of Mumbai was written as Mumbia.
2. Always check the e-mail ID from where the mail was sent. It is always different from the name of the company. Again, the Siemens job offer message was sent from [email protected], which has no connection with the company. The reply address in this case was [email protected] This should ring an alarm bell, as to why a company based in India would have an email address in the UK, that too from something labelled 'live', which is actually a free e-mail service provider.
3. Do check the signature at the end of the e-mail. It usually has words like Mr XYZ, or Ms, or Mrs XYZ. The XYZ could be any name. In the Siemens job offer e-mail, the scamsters used the name of 'Peter Loscher' and the designation was mentioned as executive-HRD. This should have been even more alarming, as Mr Loscher is in fact president and chief executive officer of Siemens AG (the parent company of Siemens India). A simple check on the web would show you his credentials. Also note that no professional or educated person signs with a Mr, or Ms, or Mrs in an e-mail.
4. If you still have doubts about the e-mail, visit the company's website. Contact and check with them if any such recruitment is going on or not. Better, forward the e-mail to the company's HRD or corporate communications department, informing that you want to know if they have sent any such e-mails.
5. Finally, do not pay any heed to such messages; simply mark them as "spam" and click delete.
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