Bonds, Currencies & Commodities
MCX-SX gets one-year renewal of recognition from SEBI
SEBI renews MCX-SX recognition but directs the bourse and its Clearing Corporation to strengthen governance structure in a manner that Jignesh Shah’s team virtually loses management control or core decision-making powers to a team of directors 
In a late night development, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) issued a press release granting a one-year renewal of recognition from 16th September to MCX-SX, promoted by Financial Technologies Ltd (FT), despite the massive scam that has erupted in the FT-promoted National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL). Under the SEBI directive, effective control over key decisions will now vest with a committee of directors. Does this really mean that a professional management will run the bourse? Well, it will depend on who the chosen directors are. There has been a spate of resignations at the entire FT-MCX group, but barring the public interest directors, most have been chosen by Jignesh Shah’s team.
MCX-SX has been asked to set up a committee comprising two Public Interest Directors and three nominees from among its institutional investors within two days from 16th September to oversee the following functions: all financial transactions related to investment, lending, and borrowing of funds and related party transactions as defined in AS 18; appointment of key management personnel, all facility/infrastructure sharing arrangements and all major capital expenditure. The committee will also advise the board on all major policy matters and maintain a record of proceedings. 
The SEBI release says that a similar committee will also be constituted by MCX-SX Clearing Corporation (MCXCCL), which is a subsidiary of MCX-SX to oversee the clearing and settlement functions in addition to the functions listed above. 
The SEBI release says: “In-order to further secure the management of the exchange and clearing corporation, shareholders of MCX-SX and MCX-SX-CCL in AGM/EGM would examine conflict of interest and compliance with SECC Regulations 2012 by the directors and the key management personnel including managing director, and take appropriate action including reconstitution of board, reappointment of any key management personnel and will report to SEBI within 30 days from the date of renewal of recognition. Any non-compliance with the directions of SEBI as given above or which may be given from time to time or any adverse findings by any other regulator may result in withdrawal of recognition of the exchange.”


Ultratech to buy 51% in Jaypee's Gujarat unit for Rs4,000 crore

Jaypee group has been trying to monetise Jaypee Cement's assets in Gujarat since past year

UltraTech Cement, the country's largest cement producer said it would buy 51% stake in Jaypee Cement Corp's unit in Gujarat for about Rs4,000 crore.


Jaypee Cement's Gujarat facility has a capacity of 5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).


Jaypee Cement wanted to sell its assets in Gujarat for raising some funds and had been mulling various options, including offloading to a private equity firm. The proceeds would be used to meet the capacity expansion and retire debt, among others things, it had said earlier.


Aditya Birla Group, the country's largest cement maker with 54 mtpa capacity, runs cement business through Ultratech Cement and plans to increase its capacity by another 10 mtpa by 2015. The two were engaged in negotiations for a little over a year now.


Upmove on the Sensex, Nifty pauses: Wednesday closing report

Nifty may suffer an intraday correction tomorrow, if it goes below 5,875

On Wednesday, the BSE Sensex opened marginally higher while the NSE Nifty opened weaker. Both the indices moved in the negative zone for major part of the trading session except for a strong recovery during the last hour.


The Sensex opened at 20,000 and moved lower after hitting the day’s high at 20,056. At the end of the session the index hit an intra-day low of 19,778 and closed at 19,997 (up 0.36 points). The Nifty opened lower at 5,887. It hit its intra-day low in the noon session at 5,833 from where it recovered to hit day’s high at 5,924 in the last few minutes of the trading session and closed at 5,913 (up 16 points or 0.28%).


Except for FMCG (down 1.13%); Energy (down 0.47%); IT (down 0.45%) and Media          (down 0.03%) while all the other indices on the NSE closed in the positive. The top five gainers were PSU Bank (5.33%); Metal (3.15%); Realty (3.04%); Smallcap (2.02%) and Nifty Midcap 50 (1.80%).


Of the 50 stocks on the Nifty, 30 ended in the green. The top five gainers were Bank of Baroda (8.19%); PNB (7.17%); DLF (5.84%); Jaiprakash Associates (5.26%) and Grasim (4.67%). The top five losers were Power Grid (3.08%); Cairn (2.83%); Tata Motors (2.40%); ITC (2.04%) and Hindustan Unilever (1.92%).


One more measure to strengthen the rupee taken, by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday, was that the banks can raise funds overseas above 50% of their Tier-I capital, with a minimum maturity of three years, and swap these borrowings with the central bank at a concessional rate of a 100 basis points for one to three years. The rate shall be reset after every one year from the date of the swap at 100 basis points lower than the prevailing market rate. The RBI added that banks are free to borrow in any foreign currency but the swaps will be available only for conversion of the US dollar equivalent into rupees and will be computed at relevant cross rates on that day.


Gold will extend a drop into 2014 as the US Federal Reserve tapers stimulus, Goldman Sachs Group said, forecasting that a decision by the central bank to start reducing bond-buying next week may spur renewed selling.


With the threat of military action against Syria easing, the US indices ended in the green on Tuesday. US President Barack Obama called for diplomacy in dealing with chemical weapons in Syria but kept open the possibility of military action against the Assad regime. Obama had called for potential strikes against Syria in retaliation for Syria's use of chemical weapons against civilians in late August. However, with a diplomatic solution on the table, Obama asked Congress to delay a vote on whether to authorize military strikes.


Except for Hang Seng (down 0.17%), Jakarta Composite (down 0.20%) and Straits Times (down 0.50%) all the other Asian indices ended in the green. Seoul Composite was the top gainer, up 0.49%. The US futures were trading flat as were the major European indices.


European indices had a mixed performance, while US Futures were trading lower.


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