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Nifty, Sensex to record more gains – Thursday closing report

The market will rally further as long as it stays above 8,082

 

We had mentioned in Wednesday’s closing report that CNX Nifty may rally on a close above 8,080 today. Nifty opened higher than this level and managed to stay above it, throughout the day. Today’s optimism broke the sequential fall after the Federal Reserve pledged to be patient on interest-rate increases, last night.


S&P BSE Sensex opened at 27,054 while Nifty opened at 8,139. After a range bound session upto 1.00 pm, during which the indices hit their respective lows at 26,901 and 8,085 the indices started moving higher. The benchmark hit a high at 27,181 and 8,174. Sensex closed at 27,127 (up 416 points or 1.56%) while Nifty closed at 8,159 (up 130 points or 1.61%). NSE recorded a volume of 80.72 crore shares. India VIX fell 13.75% to close at 14.5975.


India's Union Cabinet on Wednesday reportedly approved a constitutional amendment bill to provide the legal framework for rolling out a nationwide goods and services tax.


The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval to ratify the methodology adopted to recalculate the incentive rate for bi-monthly periods of April-May, 2014, June-July, 2014 and August – September, 2014 towards marketing and promotion services for raw sugar production.


The government today came out with draft rules for e-auction of 92 cancelled coal mines in the first phase, fixing a floor price of Rs150 per tonne for sectors like steel, sponge iron, cement and captive power.


The government said it has decided to set up of Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO), as an independent government company for reforms in power sector. Torrent Power (11.93%) was among the top two gainers in ‘A’ group on the BSE. The stock hit its 52-week high today.


Hindalco (4.31%) was among the top two gainers in Sensex 30 pack. The stock was in news as BSE had asked for clarification from the company with respect to news appearing in media titled “Special Court rejects closure & orders CBI to further investigate the coal scam involving Hindalco.”  The company replied that while the CBI has given its closure report, the court asked for further investigation on few specific aspects. As the matter is between the CBI and the Court, and also sub judice, it is inappropriate for it to comment.

 

Mahindra & Mahindra (0.46%) was the top loser among Sensex-30 stocks.


On Wednesday, US indices closed in the green. The Federal Reserve after two-day policy meet yesterday said, it will be patient when it comes to the timing of rate increases, replacing a pledge in its statement to keep borrowing costs near zero for a “considerable time,” and raising its assessment of the job market.


US consumer-price index dropped 0.3% in November from the previous month, the most since December 2008, after being little changed the prior month, a Labor Department report showed yesterday.


Except for Shanghai Composite (0.11%) and Seoul Composite (0.14%) all the other Asian indices closed in the green.     SET Composite of Thailand (2.47%) was the top gainer.


European indices were trading in the green. US Futures too were trading sharply higher.

 

In Greece, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras failed to get enough support for his nominee in a parliamentary vote for a new head of state. If Samaras also fails to get enough support for his candidate in the second and third round of votes, snap elections will take place in early 2015.

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Swiss Central Bank to introduce negative interest rate on bank deposits

The introduction of negative interest rates makes it less attractive to hold Swiss franc investments, and thereby supports the minimum exchange rate, the Swiss Central Bank said.

 

Switzerland is introducing a negative interest rate on the deposits it holds for lenders, its central bank said on Thursday, moving to hold down the value of the Swiss franc amid the turmoil in global currency markets. The Swiss National Bank said in a statement from Zurich that it would begin charging banks 0.25% on bank deposits exceeding a certain threshold.

 

“Over the past few days, a number of factors have prompted increased demand for safe investments,” the central bank said. “The introduction of negative interest rates makes it less attractive to hold Swiss franc investments, and thereby supports the minimum exchange rate.”

 

In putting in place the negative rate on 22 January 2015, in essence a tax on excess deposits, the Swiss monetary authority joins the European Central Bank, which in June 2014 introduced its own negative 0.1% deposit rate, and changed that to minus 0.2% in September 2014.

 

The bank acted as the crisis in Russia and plummeting oil prices have caused a sharp correction of global currencies and financial assets.

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72.24 crore Aadhaar numbers generated under UIDAI project

The Aadhaar platform is fully functional for authentication and e-KYC services, with more than 30 crore authentication and over 31 lakh e-KYC transactions carried out since inception

 

As many as 72.24 crore Aadhaar numbers have been generated till December 14 this year, while the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has spent Rs5,311.6 crore on the project till 30 November 2014.

 

"A total outlay of Rs13,663.22 crore has been approved by the government for implementation of Aadhaar project up to March 2017. Of this, a total amount of Rs5,311.6 crore has been spent as on November 30," Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today.

 

The government spent Rs946.32 crore on the project till November 30 this fiscal as against revised expenditure estimates of Rs1,417 crore for 2014-15.

 

"With 72.24 crore Aadhaar generated across the country as on 14 December, nine States/Union Territories have achieved an Aadhaar saturation level exceeding 90% and another seven States/Union Territories between 75%-90%," the Minister said.

 

The Aadhaar platform is fully functional for authentication and e-KYC services, with more than 30 crore authentication and over 31 lakh e-KYC transactions carried out since inception, he said.

 

A total of 166 authentication agencies are operational for a variety of applications that leverage the authentication and e-KYC services.

 

On accepting Aadhaar as proof of nationality, the minister said, "From the very inception, Aadhaar was implemented as a Proof of Identity with no associated rights and entitlements, nationality or citizenship. It has been mandated with issuing of Aadhaar numbers for all the residents of the country."

 

UIDAI was established on28 January 2009 with the mandate to generate and assign UID numbers; define mechanisms and processes for interlinking UID with partner databases.

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