RBI asks banks to provide sufficient details in passbooks

RBI asks banks to provide sufficient details in passbooks

23/06/2017 13:01

The RBI has said that it has asked banks to provide sufficient details of transactions in the passbooks and statements of accounts so that customers can cross-check them.

As per reports, earlier, the Reserve Bank had advised the banks to avoid unreadable entries in passbooks/statements of account and ensure that brief, intelligible particulars are invariably entered with a view to avoiding inconvenience to depositors.

Commenting on the issue, a RBI Official told the media, “It has come to RBI’s notice that many lenders still do not provide adequate details. In the interest of better customer service, it has been decided that banks shall at a minimum provide the relevant details in respect of entries in the accounts.”

As per reports, the details to be provided by banks in passbooks, include name of the payee, mode of transaction, nature of the charges (like fee/ commission/ fine/ penalty), and loan account number.

Yellow metal shines as dollar, US Treasury yields weaken

Yellow metal shines as dollar, US Treasury yields weaken

22/06/2017 14:17

Gold futures were trading higher during afternoon trade in the domestic market on Thursday as investors and speculators extended their positions in the precious metal after rising safe-haven demand on the back of easing greenback and weakness in US Treasury yields.

The US Treasury yield curve flattened to almost 10-year lows on Wednesday as investors evaluated the impact of hawkish Federal Reserve policy on the economy even as inflation measures are deteriorating.

At the MCX, gold futures for August 2017 contract is trading at Rs 28680 per 10 grams, up by 0.36 per cent, after opening at Rs 28645, against a previous close of Rs 28577. It touched the intra-day high of Rs 28716 (at 14:06 hours).

MindTree board to consider buyback of equity shares

MindTree board to consider buyback of equity shares

22/06/2017 16:22

Mindtree, an Indian IT and outsourcing company, on Thursday said that its board would consider the proposal to buyback the fully paid-up equity shares of the company.

“A meeting of the board of directors of the company will be held on June 28, 2017 to consider the proposal to buyback the fully paid-up equity shares of the company,” said Mindtree in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Further, pursuant to company’s code for prevention of insider trading, the trading window of the company will be closed from June 26, 2017 to June 30, 2017 (both the days inclusive) for the designated Persons and others, it informed the exchange.

Meanwhile, shares of company closed day’s trade at Rs 520.35 apiece, up 0.21 per cent, on the BSE.

Post Session: Sensex, Nifty end flat in choppy trade; oil&gas, realty stocks drag

The Indian equities ended flat in a volatile trading session on Thursday, tracking mixed cues from Asian market, weighed down by sharp selling in oil and gas and realty stocks. The BSE Sensex opened higher today and surged 211 points to hit an all-time high of 31,522.87, but pared all the gains to close flat at 31,290, as investors pressed sell button in the final hour of the trade amid weak European cues.

The 30-share barometer SENSEX closed at 31290.74, up by 7.1 points or by 0.02 per cent, while the NSE Nifty ended at 9630, down by 3.6 points or by 0.04 per cent.

Early today, the benchmark indices witnessed surge in buying activity after capital market regulator Sebi eased takeover norms for restructuring listed companies with stressed assets, a move which will further boost fight against bad loan.

During the day’s trade, Sensex touched an intraday high of 31522.87 and intraday low of 31255.63, while the NSE Nifty touched intraday high of 9698.85 and intraday low of 9617.75.

The top gainers of the BSE Sensex pack were Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Rs. 538.70,+2.03%), State Bank of India (Rs. 294.55,+1.50%), Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 1650.35,+1.41%), Reliance Industries Ltd. (Rs. 1433.15,+1.06%), Bajaj Auto Ltd. (Rs. 2850.00,+1.02%), among others.

On the flip side, Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 160.50,-2.82%), Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (Rs. 1094.25,-2.62%), Lupin Ltd. (Rs. 1066.95,-2.49%), Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (Rs. 201.60,-2.11%), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. (Rs. 2629.45,-2.05%), were among the top losers on the BSE.

The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was weak. On BSE out of total shares traded 3009, shares advanced were 1215 while 1620 shares declined and 174 were unchanged.


22/06/2017 16:05

Reliance Defence and Engineering delivers largest dry bulk carriers

22/06/2017 15:40

Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited delivered a new-built vessel Ice-class Panamax Bulk Carrier Golden Opal today to an international customer, the company said.

The vessel has been built as per one of the best-in-class international standards meeting the toughest environmental emission norms as well as fuel economy (EEDI) standards.

Federal Bank launches Rs 2,000-cr QIP

Federal Bank launches Rs 2,000-cr QIP

22/06/2017 11:32

South-based Federal Bank said that it has launched a institutional sale of shares, aiming to raise around Rs 2,000 crore or USD 310 million in capital. There is an option to upsize the issue by Rs 500 crore or USD 77 million, sources said.

In a regulatory filing, the bank said its credit committee, and investment and raising capital committee has authorised the opening of the qualified institutional placement (QIP) of shares on June 21.

The floor price has been set at Rs 117.04 per share and it can sell shares at a discount of not more than 5 per cent, it said in the filing.

Investment banking sources put the indicative price band of the share sale at between Rs 111.50 to Rs 116.70.

The bank is looking at issuing between 214.2 million to 224.2 million shares in the issue.

The bank scrip shed 1.81 per cent to close at Rs 116.85 at the BSE, as against a 0.04 per cent correction in the benchmark.

German lender Deutsche Bank, Kotak Mahindra Capital and IIFL Holdings are bankers to the issue.

Meanwhile, shares of the Bank were trading at Rs 118.20 apiece, up 1.16 per cent from the previous close at 11:0 hours on BSE.

Axis Bank signs pact to sell stake in Mswipe Technologies

Axis Bank signs pact to sell stake in Mswipe Technologies

21/06/2017 16:04

Private sector lender Axis Bank Ltd on Wednesday said it has inked a pact to sell 1,90,500 equity shares of Mswipe Technologies Pvt Ltd (Mswipe) for a total cash consideration of Rs 80.94 crore.

“The bank has signed an agreement for sale of 1,90,500 equity shares of face value of Rs 1 per share of Mswipe Technologies Private Limited (‘Mswipe’ or the ‘Entity’), at Rs 4,249 per share, resulting in a total cash consideration of Rs 80.94 crores,” Axis Bank Ltd said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange on June 21, 2017.

Mswipe Technologies is primarily engaged in the business of merchant acquiring services.

The bank further said that, the transaction will be completed not later than July 2017.

The private sector lender has divested 8 per cent holding of Mswipe Technologies Pvt Ltd

Meanwhile, shares of the bank closed at Rs 507.55 apiece, down 0.83 per cent, from previous close on BSE.

CG Power and Industrial Solutions to sell its US power biz

CG Power and Industrial Solutions to sell its US power biz

21/06/2017 12:17

CG Power and Industrial Solutions Ltd, formerly known as Crompton Greaves, on Wednesday said it has accepted the binding offer of Weg SA for acquisition of the company’s power business in USA at an enterprise value of USD 37 million.

In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, CG Power and Industrial Solutions said, “The company has accepted a binding offer of WEG S.A for acquisition of the company’s power business in USA comprised in the company’s step down overseas subsidiary, CG Power USA Inc. (PSUS), at an enterprise value of USD 37 million.”

“In this regard CG Power Systems Belgium N.V., the company’s step down overseas subsidiary has executed a Stock Purchase Agreement (SPA) on June 20, 2017 with WEG Electric Corp for sale of its 100 per cent stake in PSUS, comprising exclusively of the company’s power business at closing,” it added.

Further, the SPA is expected to close by July 31, 2017 upon which CG Power USA Inc. will cease to be an overseas subsidiary of the company, it said.

The copany further added that, the move is part of the company’s stated strategy of debt reduction and on focusing on its core operations and core market in India. Meanwhile, shares of the company were trading at Rs 85.10 apiece, up 0.35 per cent, from previous close on BSE at 12:22 hours.

Housing credit growth moderates to 16% in FY17: Icra

20/06/2017 16:53

Total housing credit growth moderated to 16 per cent in the financial year 2016-17 due to lack of new project launches and as investors deferred their home purchase decisions, according to rating agency Icra.

In the financial year ended March 2016, the housing credit grew by 19 per cent.

Overall housing credit stood at Rs 14.4 trillion as on March 31, 2017 as against Rs 12.4 trillion as on March 31, 2016.

“The growth in the sector (in FY17) was impacted by a slowdown in new project launches with buyers and investors deferring their home purchase decisions in expectation of a decline in real estate prices,” Icra said in a report here today.

While the slowdown was across both housing finance companies (HFCs) and banks, the decline in the pace of growth of the latter was higher – from 18 per cent in FY 2016 to 15 per cent in fiscal 2017. It was largely because banks were operationally tied up in second half of FY 2017 on account of demonetisation, the report said.

“HFCs operating in the affordable housing space, with a total portfolio of Rs 1.2 trillion, continued to grow at a faster pace of 28 per cent in the previous fiscal compared to the industry,” Icra’s senior vice president and group head (financial sector ratings), Rohit Inamdar, said.

HFCs’ growth was supported by increase in supply due to launch of affordable housing projects and the infrastructure status accorded to the sector. They were also helped by the improved borrower affordability supported by lower interest rates and the credit-linked subsidy scheme, Icra said.

Traditional lenders that have historically focused on the prime segment have also started lending to this segment, the report said.

The rating agency expects affordable housing finance to continue to outpace the industry, going forward as well.

Icra expects HFCs’ gross non-performing assets (NPAs) to remain range-bound between 0.9-1.3 per cent in the current financial year.

Cardamom futures slip 2.29% on sluggish demand

Cardamom futures slip 2.29% on sluggish demand

20/06/2017 17:17

Cardamom futures fell over 2 per cent during evening trade in the domestic market on Tuesday as investors and speculators exited their positions in the agri-commodity on plunge in physical demand for cardamom in the domestic spot market. Further, sufficient supplies on higher physical arrivals from the major cardamom producing regions, influenced the downward trend in the domestic cardamom prices. At the MCX, cardamom futures for July 2017 contract is trading at Rs 1047 per kg, down by 2.29 per cent, after opening at Rs 1103.60, against a previous close of Rs 1071.50. It touched the intra-day low of Rs 1039 (at 17:17 hours).