The Indian market is likely to witness a flat-to-positive opening on unsupportive global cues. Wall Street closed lower overnight as investors contemplated over the Irish bailout package, worried that concerns still exist. The Eurozone imbroglio also resulted in the Asian pack trading mostly lower in early trade today. The SGX Nifty was down 9.50 points at 5,839 against its previous close of 5,848.50.
The government is set to announce the second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) numbers, which might give some direction to the market later in the day.
On Monday, the market opened in the green despite gloomy global cues, then picked up momentum as most Asian markets recouped early losses on news that Ireland bagged an 85 billion euro aid package. Demand from all sectors, except realty, led the gains in morning trade. In the post-noon session, the indices recovered the losses suffered on Friday and touched the day's high. Range-bound trade followed as the indices inched higher and even the BSE Realty index bounced back in the late session. Finally, the Sensex settled 268.49 points (1.40%) higher at 19,405.10. The Nifty ended the session at 5,830, up 78.05 points (1.36%) from its previous close.
The US markets closed weak on Monday as lingering concerns over the lingering debt crisis in Europe weighed on investors’ minds. Besides, the European Commission said it expects weak global markets and government efforts to cut deficits to bring a “gradual and rather uneven” recovery across the region’s 27 member states. On the positive side, US retail sales during Thanksgiving weekend totalled about $45 billion, the National Retail Federation said, quoting a survey conducted by BIGresearch.
The Dow declined 39.51 points (0.36%) to 11,052.49. The S&P 500 shed 1.64 points (0.14%) to 1,187.76. The Nasdaq fell 9.34 points (0.37%) to 2,525.22.
Following the trend across Europe and the US overnight, markets in Asia were mostly lower in early trade today. Investors stayed on the sidelines on fears that the crisis in Europe might derail the global recovery process might get delayed. Meanwhile, the Seoul Composite was in the green as concerns relating to the stand-off with North Korea showed signs of easing.
The Shanghai Composite was up 0.11%, the Seoul Composite jumped 1.08% and the Taiwan Weighted surged 0.79%. On the flip side, the Hang Seng declined 0.25%, the Jakarta Composite fell 0.30%, the KLSE Composite was down 0.20%, the Nikkei gave up 0.41% and Straits Times shed 0.13%. The SGX Nifty was down 9.50 points at 5,839 against its previous close of 5,848.50.
Back home, a Sahara firm on Monday moved the Allahabad High Court challenging market regulator the Securities and Exchange Board of India's (SEBI) order barring some group entities and its promoters, including Chairman Subrata Roy, from raising funds from public for non-disclosure of information.
Taking note of the petition, filed by Sahara India Real Estate Corporation, the high court decided to hear the case on 1st December and allowed the petitioners to serve notices to SEBI and Registrar of Companies through fax or personally
New Delhi: In the face of allegations of huge financial irregularities in 2G spectrum allocation, the government today said show-cause notices will be issued to 119 licencees for suppressing facts and also for missing the roll-out obligations under the terms and conditions of licence, PTI reports.
“We believe that some of the companies might have suppressed facts, might have got an undue advantage in accessing licences,” telecom minister Kapil Sibal told journalists.
Asked about the revenue loss to the exchequer due to the allotment of spectrum at 2001 prices—as was pointed out by the CAG—the minister said, “The CAG has stated this. This is something which the ministry will decide and we will apply our mind individually to each case.”
The notices will be issued to 119 licencees, of which 81 are under both categories of ineligibility for licences and 38 have not met roll-out obligations as spelt out in the licences, Mr Sibal said. He, however, declined to name the companies which would be issued show-cause notices.
According to sources, the names of some new operators that figures in the lists are Uninor, S Tel, Loop Telecom and Videocon.
The licencees would be given 60 days time to respond to the notices and each case would be dealt with separately, Mr Sibal said. “After studying their response, a decision will be taken on whether these (licences) need to be cancelled or a penalty should be imposed,” the minister said. The ministry will start issuing the notices in the next 3-4 days, said senior officials in the Department of Telecommunications.
The scam-polluted environment spells doom for stocks of companies with suspected links to political figures and parties
Even as the skeletons keep rolling out of the cupboards of Indian officials and politicians, companies that are seen to have affiliations to politicians are paying the price for their connections. Investors have suddenly found reason to turn sceptical about the links of some corporates to the political class and they are losing losing confidence in these companies. As such, the stocks of several companies have taken a severe beating in this scam-polluted environment.
As if the 2G spectrum fiasco and the scandalous tapes involving high-profile bureaucrats, industry leaders and journalists in a power-broking drama weren't enough to unsettle the markets, the recently unearthed bribes-for-loans scam has only fuelled the fire. Several companies and their promoters suddenly find themselves on the radar of nervous investors, who fear more dirty linen may be washed in public.
Indeed, among the companies that have seen substantial erosion in their market valuations are those whose promoters share strong equations with some influential political leaders in the country.
For instance, HCC's stock has plunged 38% from its level earlier in the month. It turns out that the controversial Money Matters Financial Services is associated with Lavasa Corporation-a subsidiary of HCC-for whom Money Matters acted as an agent to sell its properties. Lavasa was also hauled up by the Environment Ministry last week, for some violations, and this is keeping investors on tenterhooks. Promoter Ajit Gulabchand is close to agriculture minister Sharad Pawar.
IRB Infrastructure's chairman and managing director Virendra D Mhaiskar is also known to be close to Sharad Pawar. The IRB stock has hit Rs195 from Rs270 in a matter of weeks. Jaypee Infratech and HDIL are also companies which were associated with Money Matters Financial Services, which arranged loans for them early this year. Jaypee is seen to have considerable influence due to its affiliation with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati. The Jaypee has plunged 22% since 12 November 2010. HDIL's managing director Sarang Wadhawan is seen to have connections with leaders in the both the Congress and the Shiv Sena. The HDIL stock has sunk 32% since 10 November 2010.
On a different note, IVRCL and Nagarjuna Constructions seem to have suffered a crisis of confidence post the death of popular leader YS Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash last year. The stocks of IVRCL and Nagarjuna have been quite weak throughout 2010. In November they tanked 22% and 20% respectively.
These companies, while capable of executing large infrastructure projects, had benefited from YSR's focus on infrastructure development in Andhra Pradesh.
This sharp fall in stock prices is not a comment on the quality of these companies, but rather a turnaround in market perception. For long, companies with strong political affiliations have been known to find a favourable place in investors' minds, given the muscle power and flexibility that came along with keeping such company. However, this very 'advantage' that seemed to work so well in favour of these companies seems to have suddenly turned into a weakness.