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    Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor S. S. Mundra said the latest April-June earnings from state-owned lenders showed "stability" in terms of non-performing assets , but added the central bank ... … More »

    Reuters - 27 minutes ago
  • China stocks edge down as intervention brings some stability

    China stocks edge down as intervention brings some stability

    Chinese shares fell for a fourth consecutive day on Wednesday, but the declines were modest as Beijing's efforts to prop up values appeared to have brought a measure of stability to its unruly stock market. After a dramatic plunge of more than 8 percent in Chinese stocks on Monday, China's … More »

    Reuters - 46 minutes ago
  • Gold wedged below $1,100 ahead of Fed meeting outcome

    Gold steadied at just below $1,100 an ounce on Wednesday, trading not far from a 5-1/2-year low, as investors awaited the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's meeting for more clues on the timing of this year's interest rate increase. Gold has been stuck in narrow ranges this week ahead of the … More »

    Reuters - 47 minutes ago
  • Oil prices fall on oversupply concerns, weaker dollar support

    "Glut is the word," said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at Sydney's CMC Markets. Both Brent and U.S. crude came off session lows on Tuesday after data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed U.S. commercial crude stocks fell by 1.9 million barrels last week to 462 million, … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 11 minutes ago
  • Asia stocks up as China steadies, wary of Fed

    Asia stocks up as China steadies, wary of Fed

    Asian shares were mostly higher on Wednesday on hopes that Beijing could stem the rout in its markets without damage to the economy, though caution was the watchword ahead of a policy decision from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The steadier tone was enough to lift Australia's main index 1 percent, … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 13 minutes ago
  • P&G says David Taylor to replace A.G. Lafley as CEO

    Taylor's appointment is effective Nov. 1, and on the same day Lafley will become executive chairman of the board, P&G said in a statement. P&G has been struggling with sluggish sales due to "choppy" growth in developed markets, tough competition and a strong dollar. To rejuvenate growth, P&G has … More »

    Reuters - 6 hours ago
  • Oil steadies after four-day loss; U.S. inventory draw eyed

    Oil steadies after four-day loss; U.S. inventory draw eyed

    Oil prices steadied on Tuesday, with Brent recovering from near six-month lows and U.S. crude settling more than 1 percent higher as bets for a drop in U.S. stockpiles offset concern over a global oil supply glut and China's stock market meltdown. Trades also cited short-covering after a four-day … More »

    Reuters - 7 hours ago
  • Exclusive - Education company Blackboard seeks $3 billion sale - sources

    Blackboard's majority owner, private equity firm Providence Equity Partners LLC, has hired Deutsche Bank AG (DBKGn.DE) and Bank of America Corp (BAC.N) to run an auction for the company, the people said this week. Blackboard has annual earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation … More »

    Reuters - 7 hours ago
  • Global stocks rally as China fears dwindle, oil prices steady

    Global stocks rally as China fears dwindle, oil prices steady

    U.S. and European stock markets climbed 1 percent or more on Tuesday, reversing five days of declines, as investors looked past China's equities sell-off and took buying cues from earnings and mergers ... … More »

    Reuters - 8 hours ago
  • Wall Street ends sharply higher as China jitters ebb

    Wall Street ends sharply higher as China jitters ebb

    The Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 chalked up gains of more than 1 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite lagged slightly. After the S&P sank over the past week towards the low end of a range it has traded in since February, some investors wagered the market was primed for a technical … More »

    Reuters - 8 hours ago
  • Denials fly in war of nerves over Greek debt talks

    Denials fly in war of nerves over Greek debt talks

    ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Conflicting statements and denials flew between Athens and Brussels on Tuesday in a war of nerves highlighting the depth of mutual mistrust over a new round of negotiations on an 86 billion euro bailout that started this week. Any hope of a fresh start in fraught … More »

    Reuters - 8 hours ago
  • Greek bourse to reopen Wednesday or Thursday after ECB approval - regulator

    Greek bourse to reopen Wednesday or Thursday after ECB approval - regulator

    The Greek stock market will reopen on Wednesday or Thursday after a month-long shutdown but with restrictions on trading by local investors at the request of the European Central Bank, the Greek securities regulator chairman told Reuters on Tuesday. The Athens Stock Exchange (ASE) (.ATG) (EXCr.AT) … More »

    Reuters - 8 hours ago
  • Gold steady as investors await Fed meeting

    Gold steady as investors await Fed meeting

    Gold steadied on Tuesday near 5-1/2-year lows as markets braced for this week's two-day Federal Reserve meeting, at which policymakers are expected to give further clues on the timing of a U.S. rate increase. The Fed suggested earlier this year that a near-term rate rise was on the cards if … More »

    Reuters - 10 hours ago
  • BP profits slump after huge oil spill charge

    BP profits slump after huge oil spill charge

    BP's (BP.L) second-quarter profit slumped by nearly two thirds from last year as it grappled with lower oil prices, a write off in Libya and a $10.8 billion charge for the 2010 crude spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP's Chief Financial Officer Brian Gilvary said he expected oil prices (LCOc1), which … More »

    10 hours ago
  • After strong quarter, Ford aims to 'disrupt like a startup'

    After strong quarter, Ford aims to 'disrupt like a startup'

    Ford Motor Co's (F.N) chief executive, Mark Fields, said on Tuesday he wants the company to act "like a startup" as it prepares for an evolution of the auto industry, after it posted second-quarter profit that handily beat expectations. Ford and other major automakers are racing to position … More »

    Reuters - 10 hours ago
  • PNB may take over steelmakers to recover debt

    PNB may take over steelmakers to recover debt

    Punjab National Bank (PNB), India's fourth-largest state lender by assets, could take control of some of the country's most heavily indebted steel companies and sell them on as part of a restructuring backed by New Delhi, bank officials said. PNB, a quarter of whose nearly $4 billion portfolio of … More »

    Reuters - 10 hours ago
  • Hyundai Motor India fined Rs.420 crore by Competition Commission

    Chennai, July 28 (IANS) Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a penalty of Rs.420.26 crore on Hyundai Motor India Ltd for its anti-competitive policy, an official statement said on Tuesday. The CCI passed the order on Monday, imposing penalty calculated at the rate of two percent of … More »

    IANS - 11 hours ago
  • Syndicate Bank net down 38 percent in Q1

    Bengaluru, July 28 (IANS) State-run Syndicate Bank on Tuesday reported net profit of Rs.302 crore for first quarter of 2015-16 as against Rs.485 crore posted in the period of 2014-15, registering a 38 ... … More »

    IANS - 11 hours ago
  • Chinese envoy to be special guest at Nehru Trophy boat race

    Thiruvananthapuram, July 28 (IANS) China's Ambassador to India Le Yucheng will be a special guest at the 63rd Nehru Trophy race at the expansive backwaters of Alappuzha on August 8. Le's visit assumes significance as it is taking place barely a month after a hugely successful foray into the … More »

    IANS - 11 hours ago
  • SEBI cancels Sahara Mutual Fund's registration

    Chennai, July 28 (IANS) India's securities market regulator on Tuesday ordered cancellation of certificate of registration of Sahara Mutual Fund as it found the fund house, Sahara Asset Management Company (AMC) and Sahara Sponsor not "fit and proper" to carry on the business. According to a … More »

    IANS - 12 hours ago
  • France aiming for two more Rafale deals by early 2016 - source

    France aiming for two more Rafale deals by early 2016 - source

    France is confident of winning two more foreign orders for its Rafale fighter jet by the beginning of next year as it seeks to extend a spate of recent export successes, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. After failing for years to win an order for its warplane, France has sold 24 … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • Qatar Airways says in talks with IndiGo

    Qatar Airways says in talks with IndiGo

    DUBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Qatar Airways said on Tuesday it was in talks with IndiGo about taking a stake in India's biggest airline that would expand the Gulf carrier's foothold in one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets. "Qatar Airways confirms that the only airline it is talking to … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • SEBI orders cancellation of Sahara asset management permit

    The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has ordered the cancellation of Sahara conglomerate's fund management business permit in six months, saying it failed to meet a "fit-and-proper" rule with the group founder in jail. Sahara founder Subrata Roy was arrested in March last year after … More »

    Reuters - 13 hours ago
  • Gold demand weakest since 2009 in Q2 as Chinese turned to stocks-GFMS

    Gold demand weakest since 2009 in Q2 as Chinese turned to stocks-GFMS

    MANILA/LONDON (Reuters) - Demand for gold slid to its lowest in six years in the second quarter of this year as buyers from top consumer China poured funds into its now troubled equities market, an industry report showed on Tuesday. Retail investment from China fell by a quarter and jewellery … More »

    Reuters - 13 hours ago
  • India lifts 30 pct less volume under long-term Qatar LNG deal - sources

    India has imported 30 percent less liquefied natural gas (LNG) than it is supposed to under a long-term deal with Qatar as a slide in spot prices has cut demand from local buyers, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday. Petronet has a 25-year deal with Qatar's RasGas to buy 7.5 … More »

    Reuters - 13 hours ago
  • InFocus ties up with Foxconn, eyes $1 bn by 2016

    New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) US technology firm InFocus' India arm on Tuesday revealed that it was tying up with Foxconn to produce phones and TVs in India and was also looking to become a $1 billion company by 2016. "We are tying up with Taiwan-based manufactuer Foxconn to produce phones and TVs for … More »

    IANS - 13 hours ago
  • Qatar Airways in talks with IndiGo for buying stake

    New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Qatar Airways on Tuesday said it is in talks with budget passenger carrier Indigo for buying a stake in the India-based airline. "Qatar Airways confirms that the only airline it is talking to is the Indian carrier Indigo," the airline said in a statement. Qatar Airways … More »

    IANS - 13 hours ago
  • Ola to ride on mobile application only

    Bengaluru, July 28 (IANS) Leading personal transport provider Ola would be accessible through a mobile application only from August in 100 cities across the country in view of the app's increasing use for convenience, the taxi aggregator said on Tuesday. Ola was the first in the country to launch … More »

    IANS - 13 hours ago
  • Oil prices retreat again towards $50 a barrel

    New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) International oil prices have again begun heading south towards the $50 per barrel mark -- this time in the wake of the Iran nuclear agreement earlier this month which raised anticipation of supplies from the country. It had fallen earlier this month to $56 a barrel from … More »

    IANS - 13 hours ago
  • Motorola launches 3rd generation of Moto G

    New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) US-based technology major Motorola Mobility, which was recently acquired by Lenovo, on Tuesday launched the next generation of the Moto G smartphone at a price of Rs.11,999 in ... … More »

    IANS - 14 hours ago
  • Pininfarina, Mahindra to resume sale talks in September - sources

    Talks on the sale of indebted Italian car designer Pininfarina to Indian vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra will resume after the summer after the parties failed to strike a deal in July, two sources close to the matter said on Tuesday. The key investor in Pininfarina and the group's creditor banks … More »

    Reuters - 14 hours ago
  • Antitrust watchdog imposes $66 million penalty on Hyundai Motor

    The Competition Commission of India (CCI) fined the local unit of Hyundai Motor Co 4.2 billion rupees ($65.8 million) on Tuesday after an investigation found it had engaged in anti-competitive practices. The competition watchdog also found carmakers Mahindra Reva Electric Car Company, part of … More »

    Reuters - 14 hours ago
  • Pfizer's revenue, profit beat as vaccine sales rise

    Pfizer's revenue, profit beat as vaccine sales rise

    Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) on Tuesday reported better-than-expected second-quarter profit and revenue, helped by strong demand for its pneumonia vaccine and new breast cancer drug, sending its shares up 1 percent. The unit, which includes the Prevnar 13 pneumonia vaccine, accounted for about 13 percent of … More »

    Reuters - 14 hours ago
  • PNB Q1 net nearly halves, shares up on stable bad loan ratio

    PNB Q1 net nearly halves, shares up on stable bad loan ratio

    Punjab National Bank , India's fourth-biggest state-run lender by assets, reported on Tuesday a 49 percent drop in quarterly profit as provisions nearly doubled. The stock, however, jumped as much 6.7 ... … More »

    Reuters - 14 hours ago
  • Hero MotoCorp to acquire some assets of Erik Buell Racing

    New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL) on Tuesday said its wholly-owned subsidiary HMCL Americas Inc has entered into a settlement agreement with US-based Erik Buell Racing Inc (EBR) to acquire ownership of some of its assets for $2.8 million. In a filing with the Bombay Stock … More »

    IANS - 14 hours ago
  • US Fed meet, derivatives expiry dent sentiments

    Mumbai, July 28 (IANS) Bearish sentiment continued to dent the Indian equity markets on Tuesday, as investors were wary about the upcoming US Fed meet and the future and options expiry (F&O). The SIT appointed by the Supreme Court on black money had recommended that the P-Note route of overseas … More »

    IANS - 14 hours ago
  • Adani Enterprises mulling raising Rs.6,000 crore through securities

    Mumbai, July 28 (IANS) Adani Enterprises Ltd (AEL) on Tuesday said it is considering raising Rs.6,000 crore by issuing equity shares in the capital market in India and abroad to fuel rapid growth and expansion as well as improve its financial leveraging capability. "The company proposes to have … More »

    IANS - 14 hours ago
  • State lenders' Q1 earnings dragged by rise in bad loans

    State lenders' Q1 earnings dragged by rise in bad loans

    Three of India's leading state-run lenders reported a drop in their first quarter net profits, weighed down by rise in provision for bad loans and cooling expectations of a turnaround in the country's dominant but ailing government banking sector. India's banking sector, dominated by more than … More »

    Reuters - 14 hours ago
  • 'Higher provisions drag on government banks' net'

    Chennai, July 28 (IANS) Lack of conducive scenario for credit growth, slippages in the restructured loan accounts and a huge exposure to iron and steel sector are a drag on public sector banks, said a sectoral analyst. Despite an increase in their total income and reducing cost of funds, public … More »

    IANS - 15 hours ago
  • Power ministry objects to article on achievements, IndiaSpend stands by its conclusions

    New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) The power ministry has disagreed with a Fact Checker article authored by Manoj K carried by IANS under the title "Power ministry: series of false claims, marginal improvements" on July 24. Fact Checker is part of IndiaSpend, which calls itself a public-interest journalism … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • Ford easily tops expectations on 2nd-qtr profit

    Ford Motor Co on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings that handily beat expectations, based on the continued strength of North American sales, led by its popular F-150 pickup truck. Ford posted net quarterly profit of $1.89 billion, or 47 cents per share. Analysts estimated profit of 37 cents … More »

    Reuters - 16 hours ago
  • 'India won't prove easy for Satya Nadella to push Windows 10'

    New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) As the world awaits the Wednesday launch of Windows 10 operating system by Microsoft, with which its Indian-born chief executive Satya Nadella wants to power a billion devices in a few years, its potential efficacy in India has evoked mixed response among analysts. Early … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • Ghaziabad fuel stations shut over VAT

    Ghaziabad, July 28 (IANS) Fuel stations observed a half day strike throughout Ghaziabad district on Tuesday to protest against the imposition of fresh VAT on petrol and diesel. All fuel stations remained ... … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • Diamond glitters even as gold lose shine

    Chennai, July 28 (IANS) Even as the gold prices continued to fall on Tuesday, the prices of diamonds are on a firm ground, said leading jewellers. The young generations of clients are purchasing diamonds both as an investment and to wear it as a style statement for diverse social occasions," … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • Trapped in the market, China retail investors plot escape with government money

    Mrs Zhu is just the type of investor the Chinese government should worry about as it tries to engineer a turnaround in the country's stock markets, whose massive swings have heightened fears for the country's financial health. One of millions of retail investors trapped by the market crash in June … More »

    Reuters - 16 hours ago
  • HDFC net up in Q1

    Chennai, July 28 (IANS) Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (HDFC) closed the first quarter with a net profit of Rs.1,360.98 crore. In a regulatory filing in BSE, HDFC said it has posted a net ... … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • SpiceJet's Q1 net profit Rs.72 crore

    Mumbai, July 28 (IANS) Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet on Tuesday reported a record first quarter net profit this fiscal at Rs.71.8 crore. However, the company's total income -- which includes net sales and other operating income -- fell by 34.09 percent to Rs.1,106.3 crore in the quarter under … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • Andrew Yule mulls transformer unit near Chennai

    Kolkata, July 28 (IANS) Andrew Yule and Company Limited (AYCL) is considering outright purchase of a full-fledged transformer manufacturing plant near Chennai as part of its plans to grow its electricals business. The acquisition, if materialises, will be to the tune of Rs. 100 crore," Kallol … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • Punjab National Bank net down drastically

    Chennai, July 28 (IANS) Government-owned Punjab National Bank's net profit for the first quarter recorded a drastic fall despite higher income. In a regulatory filing in BSE, the bank said it has posted a net profit of Rs.720.71 crore for the quarter ending June 30, down from Rs.1,405.12 crore for … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • Union Bank of India's net down

    Chennai, July 28 (IANS) Public sector lender Union Bank of India closed the first quarter with lower net profit despite an higher income as compared to the same period of the previous year. In a regulatory ... … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago

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