Selling pressure has abated; we may witness a short rally
The market was up on strong global equities and gains in L&T and ONGC stocks. The Sensex ended at 16,875, higher by 40 points (0.2%) while the Nifty settled at 5,066, higher by 6 points (0.1%). The indices were down at the morning session on weak Asian markets with the Sensex touching an intraday low of 16,744. A strong recovery started from the mid-morning session, taking a cue from the rally in European markets. The benchmarks pared most of their gains in the afternoon session.
Asian stocks were up with a recovery in the Chinese market on Tuesday. Key benchmark indices in China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia were up by 0.07% to 1.36%. On the other hand, indices in South Korea and Taiwan fell by 0.18% to 0.5%.
US stocks rebounded in late trading on Monday as bargain-hunting propped up indices, setting aside concerns that efforts to tackle the eurozone debt crisis could cripple the global economy. The Dow edged up 5.6 points (0.05%) to end at 10,626. The S&P 500 added 1.2 points (0.1%) to close at 1,137. The Nasdaq rose 7.3 points (0.3%) to close at 2,354.23.
The Europe Commission threatened action on debt speculators and Greek prime minister suggested a ban on such activities. In October, the European Commission, the EU's executive body, will draft new rules for buying and selling of credit default swaps, part of the largely unchartered $600-trillion derivatives market that ballooned ahead of the global financial crisis. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that the global economy needs policy support and risk exists in the system, which is clear from the Greece debt crisis. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said that strong growth outlook and prospects for better returns will increase capital inflow in the region, however, it will also increase appreciation pressure on the currencies.
Back home, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that arrival of the monsoon is not likely to be affected due to the cyclone in the Bay of Bengal. A depression in the Bay of Bengal is intensifying and India had issued a cyclone alert at ports in the eastern parts of the country on Monday.
Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) were net sellers of Rs1,224 crore. Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs) were net buyers of Rs381 crore. The rupee was up on the strong equity market. However, the euro debt crisis limited its gains.
Shree Renuka Sugars (up 3.8%) is renegotiating the price of its proposed Rs1,530-crore acquisition of Brazilian sugar and ethanol maker Equipav amidst differences over the amount of debt on the Brazilian company's books. DLF (up 0.8%) will sell its stake in ultra-luxury hotel group Aman Resorts as part of a planned exit from the hospitality business. Axis Bank (down 0.5%) has received bids from six suitors for its private equity arm. IL&FS Investment Managers, Aditya Birla Private Equity, Shapoorji Pallonji Group and US-based Darby Private Equity are among those that have shown interest in buying Axis Private Equity.
NTPC (0.3%) plans to float a $4.2-billion tender to procure high-end power equipment on the condition that they are made in India. The tender will be for around eight units of 800MW. Godrej Consumer Products (GCPL) (up 1.1%) has completed acquisition of Indonesian household insecticides maker Megasari Makmur Group and its distribution company for an undisclosed sum. The Indonesian firm manufactures and distributes household products, including household insecticides, wet tissues and air-fresheners.
Shriram EPC (up 1.8%) has received two orders. One of the two orders, valued at Rs49 crore, is from Prakash Industries to set up a coal-handling plant at its Champa power plant in Chhattisgarh. The other order, worth Rs76 crore, is from Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board for providing sewerage systems.
You have to hand it to this company. The name itself—Rose Valley Chain Marketing System Ltd—makes it clear that the outfit is neck-deep in multi-level marketing schemes. And insurance is part of its arsenal.
The company, certified by the Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority (IRDA) is a corporate agent of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) since 2002 and has six lakh foot soldiers pushing various insurance policies across India.
Moneylife had reported earlier (http://www.moneylife.in/article/8/5371.html) on how according to Section (42) of the Insurance Act, 1938, appointing sub-agents and passing on commission or kickbacks is prohibited. When we had approached the insurance regulator on the proliferation of various MLM insurance schemes, along with the details, IRDA's executive director A Giridhar had told Moneylife, “Selling insurance through unlicensed persons is illegal and we will act on the information provided by you.” In addition, IRDA certification is mandatory for selling insurance products.
But here is an example of a company that does not even find it necessary to cloak its insurance MLM business—its name itself is a dead giveaway.
The model operates as follows—a sales executive has to achieve a target of Rs40,000 within 12 months. This is the joining stage. At the 18th rank, a sales executive ‘graduates’ to become a ‘Development Advisor Group 3’.
The products being peddled include LIC policies, along with fixed deposits and recurring deposits of Rose Valley.
A sales executive does not have to pass an IRDA examination, says an official from the company, which is in express violation of the rules.
The official from Rose Valley said, “Once you reach a certain level, you don’t have to work any more; you can earn commission bought by your chain.”
The brochure also says that a ‘marketing executive’ can also recruit a maximum of 15 sales executives.
At the first stage, the annual target is Rs40,000 and at the final stage (the 18th rank) the target is Rs20 crore. This target also includes the business achieved from the lower chain(s).
The group is a huge conglomerate with its finger in many pies. It has interests in real estate, hospitality, retail, broadcasting and IT education & training.
According to the company official, the group is also looking at entering the housing finance loan segment.
The projects comprise construction and upgradation of highways in eight states, including Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar
The National Highways Authority of India board on Monday cleared eight road projects worth Rs6,500 crore for construction and upgradation of highways in eight states, including Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, reports PTI.
"The projects cleared by the NHAI board include six- laning of 179 km of the Delhi-Agra section on National Highway No. 2 in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh," a road ministry official said.
"The construction of the Delhi-Agra section will entail an investment of Rs1,928.22 crore and will be built under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) phase V on a build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis," the official added.
The board, comprising road secretary Brahm Dutt and NHAI chairman Brijeshwar Singh, among others, agreed on a concession period of 26 years for the project.
The board also approved six-laning of a 183 km section of National Highway No 5 in Andhra Pradesh at an expenditure of Rs 1,535 crore.
The other projects are in the states of Bihar, Orissa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.