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  • India growth robust amid global market turmoil - Economic affairs secy

    India growth robust amid global market turmoil - Economic affairs secy

    India's economic growth is robust despite turmoil on global financial markets, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said on Thursday, reiterating the official forecast that the economy would grow by 7.6 percent in the year to March. "The world is in turmoil," Das told a news briefing on the … More »

    Reuters - 8 minutes ago
  • Falls in rupee, stocks not exceptional - Shaktikanta Das

    The decline by the Indian rupee against the U.S. dollar is not exceptional and the currency is performing relatively well, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said on Thursday. Das said while the rupee (INR=D2) had declined by 6.5 percent against the U.S. dollar since last April, it has … More »

    Reuters - 8 minutes ago
  • The banker at centre of Swiss bank BSI, 1MDB relationship

    The banker at centre of Swiss bank BSI, 1MDB relationship

    A private banker, caught up in Singapore's money laundering probe linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd, was a key link between the embattled state investor, a Swiss private bank and a Malaysian businessman connected to the troubled fund.     Yak Yew Chee, a senior banker at Swiss-based BSI … More »

    Reuters - 42 minutes ago
  • Key Indian equity indices continue their downslide

    Mumbai, Feb 11 (IANS) Continuing with their downslide for the fourth day in a row, key Indian equity indices again opened weak on Thursday, with weakness in other Asian markets adding more fuel to the battered sentiments. The 30-share sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) … More »

    IANS - 54 minutes ago
  • Indian gold demand to climb in 2016 as buyers seek safe haven - WGC

    Indian gold demand to climb in 2016 as buyers seek safe haven - WGC

    India's gold demand is likely to rise this year as investors have factored in interest rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve, while the turmoil in stock markets is making the metal attractive, the World Gold Council (WGC) said on Thursday. "Overall demand is seen promising since rate hike … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 14 minutes ago
  • Oil prices fall on U.S. storage glut, ongoing economic woes

    Oil prices fall on U.S. storage glut, ongoing economic woes

    Oil prices slid on Thursday as record U.S. crude inventories at the Cushing delivery point and worries about a global economic slowdown weighed on markets, and Goldman Sachs said prices would remain low and volatile until the second half of the year. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 25 minutes ago
  • Flight to safety sends gold surging above $1,200 after Yellen

    Flight to safety sends gold surging above $1,200 after Yellen

    Gold surged to its highest in 8-1/2 months on Thursday as investors bet that the Federal Reserve could find it hard to hike U.S. interest rates this year, while safe-haven demand amid a tumble in equities and the dollar also boosted the metal. The Fed is unlikely to reverse its plan to raise … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 25 minutes ago
  • Global stocks fall as scramble for safety boosts yen, gold and bonds

    Global stocks fall as scramble for safety boosts yen, gold and bonds

    Fresh cracks appeared in global markets on Thursday as investors sought the safety of Japanese yen, gold and top-rated bonds while dumping U.S. dollars on bets the Federal Reserve could be done raising interest rates. "The real test may come later, if markets continue to deteriorate and look to … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 27 minutes ago
  • Boeing says to cut commercial airplane jobs to reduce costs

    Boeing says to cut commercial airplane jobs to reduce costs

    Boeing Co said on Wednesday it would cut jobs at its commercial airplane unit, addressing intense pressure to reduce costs and compete with Airbus even as the industry booms. Boeing and Airbus are turning out planes at record rates, and plan to boost output in coming years as they work through … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • With TPP advancing, India pins hopes on China-backed trade bloc

    India, concerned at being sidelined from the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is stepping up efforts to reach agreement with an alternative trade bloc centred around China, and hopes to reach a deal this year. New Delhi has long been seen by many countries as an intransigent player at the … More »

    Reuters - 7 hours ago
  • Amazon to buy back $5 billion of shares

    Amazon to buy back $5 billion of shares

    Amazon.com Inc , the world's largest e-commerce company, said on Wednesday its board authorized a $5 billion share buyback programme. The buyback replaces the $2 billion repurchase programme approved in ... … More »

    Reuters - 7 hours ago
  • Dollar defensive as Yellen sticks to script, yen centre stage

    Dollar defensive as Yellen sticks to script, yen centre stage

    The dollar was broadly lower early on Thursday after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave investors no reason to change their minds that the next rate hike will be a long time coming. Sticking largely to the script, Yellen made clear the central bank remained on a path of … More »

    Reuters - 7 hours ago
  • ONGC aims for new drilling contracts in cost-saving drive - sources

    ONGC aims for new drilling contracts in cost-saving drive - sources

    India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC.NS) hopes to agree new cheaper drilling contracts for its western offshore fields, two sources involved in the matter said, in its biggest ever cost-saving drive in response to lower crude prices. The state-owned explorer wants to end existing expensive … More »

    Reuters - 7 hours ago
  • Bad publicity leads Nestle to end IAAF partnership

    Bad publicity leads Nestle to end IAAF partnership

    Swiss food giant Nestle (NESN.VX) will end its partnership with the International Association of Athletics Federations because of scandal surrounding the sport, the company said on Wednesday. The IAAF is in turmoil following widespread allegations of corruption and bribery. "This decision was … More »

    Reuters - 7 hours ago
  • S&P 500 ends flat; Fed sees risks but unlikely to reverse course

    S&P 500 ends flat; Fed sees risks but unlikely to reverse course

    The Dow and S&P 500 posted their fourth straight day of losses while the Nasdaq ended its three-day down streak. Materials and energy shares were Wednesday's biggest losers following further losses in U.S. oil prices. The market had traded higher for much of the session after Yellen told Congress … More »

    Reuters - 7 hours ago
  • S&P 500 erases gains on global growth fears; Europe stocks rise

    Most U.S. shares ended little changed to lower on Wednesday, erasing early gains on concerns about global growth and sliding commodity-related shares, while greater calm surrounding the European banking ... … More »

    Reuters - 8 hours ago
  • Yellen - Fed not likely to reverse course on rates despite risks

    The Federal Reserve is unlikely to reverse its plan to raise interest rates further this year, but tighter credit markets, volatile financial markets, and uncertainty over Chinese economic growth have raised risks to the U.S. economy, Fed Chair Janet Yellen told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday. "I … More »

    Reuters - 8 hours ago
  • Yahoo announces first round of layoffs as it trims 15 percent of workforce

    Yahoo announces first round of layoffs as it trims 15 percent of workforce

    Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) announced Wednesday it will lay off 107 employees in the first of what is expected to be more than 1,500 job cuts. The layoffs take effect April 11 and affected employees received 60-day advance notice of the move, Yahoo said in a notice filed with the California Employment … More »

    Reuters - 8 hours ago
  • Gold steadies below seven-and-a-half month high after Yellen comments

    Gold steadies below seven-and-a-half month high after Yellen comments

    NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Gold prices stabilized below a 7-1/2-month high on Wednesday after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said that only "gradual" adjustments to monetary policy were likely and stressed that global headwinds could hurt U.S. growth. In her first testimony to Congress … More »

    Reuters - 10 hours ago
  • Dollar hits 15-month low against yen after Yellen testimony

    Dollar hits 15-month low against yen after Yellen testimony

    The dollar fell to a 15-month low against the yen on Wednesday as investors packed into the safe-haven Japanese currency, backing away from earlier optimism that the Federal Reserve would continue to raise interest rates. Investors perceived dovishness on the part of Federal Reserve Chair Janet … More »

    Reuters - 10 hours ago
  • Highlights - Fed chief Yellen's Q&A testimony before House committee

    The following are highlights of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's question-and-answer session on Wednesday before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, where she delivered the central bank's semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress. "I do not expect that the FOMC is going to be … More »

    Reuters - 10 hours ago
  • Two senior executives at India's Flipkart leaving to launch own ventures

    Two senior executives at India's Flipkart leaving to launch own ventures

    Two senior executives at India's Flipkart (IPO-FLPK.N) plan to leave, as the country's biggest e-commerce firm fights for market share with rivals including Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Snapdeal, backed by Japan's SoftBank Group (9984.T). Mukesh Bansal, the head of Flipkart's commerce platform, and … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • Oil in choppy trade after U.S. stock drawdown; focus on glut

    Oil in choppy trade after U.S. stock drawdown; focus on glut

    Oil prices seesawed in choppy trade on Wednesday, with U.S. crude slipping and Brent paring gains as worries about a global supply glut offset data showing a surprise drop in U.S. crude stockpiles. Oil prices rallied early, up for the first time in five days, on talk that major producers might try … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • Swiss bank UBS looks to address gender gap in pay review - sources

    LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Swiss bank UBS AG is looking at the relative pay of men and women in its investment banking arm as part of its compensation review, and is taking steps to close any significant gaps, sources familiar with the matter said. Reuters reported on Tuesday that the Swiss bank … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • Titan Eyeplus eyeing overseas markets

    Kolkata, Feb 10 (IANS) Eyeware retail chain Titan Eyeplus is mulling entry into neighbouring Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as part of its plans to carry its imprint beyond India, a top company official said here on Wednesday. Initially in neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, as their … More »

    IANS - 13 hours ago
  • Oracle CEO discusses smart city solutions for Maharashtra

    Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Oracle CEO Safra Catz on Wednesday met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and discussed how Oracle can provide assistance with smart city apps to improve citizen experiences. "I am thrilled to have this opportunity to meet with the chief minister of Maharashtra to … More »

    IANS - 13 hours ago
  • Cipla Q3 profit declines 11.02 percent

    Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Leading pharmaceutical firm Cipla Ltd on Wednesday said its standalone net profit for the quarter ending December 31, 2015 slumped by 11.02 percent at Rs.265.98 crore against Rs.298.95 ... … More »

    IANS - 14 hours ago
  • Banks lead Europe shares higher, oil up before Yellen

    Banks lead Europe shares higher, oil up before Yellen

    European stocks rose on Wednesday, rallying after losses in Asia, as concerns about the health of banks that have hammered shares globally in recent days eased and oil prices recovered from Tuesday's steep falls. Investors and traders awaited Congressional testimony from Federal Reserve Chair … More »

    Reuters - 14 hours ago
  • ITC betting big on food processing

    Howrah, Feb 10 (IANS) Diversified conglomerate ITC Ltd., which on Wednesday unveiled three projects worth Rs.3,000 crore in West Bengal, said it was mulling expansion in the food processing segment hoping to become a major player in shrimp export. Addressing the unveiling ceremony of the three … More »

    IANS - 14 hours ago
  • Ambuja Cement's Q3 stand-alone net profit declines by 67 percent

    Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Cement major Ambuja Cements on Wednesday posted a decline of 66.53 percent in its stand-alone net profit which stood at Rs.109.96 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. The ... … More »

    IANS - 15 hours ago
  • Shock slump across European industry bodes ill for 2016

    LONDON/ROME (Reuters) - Europe's top four economies suffered steeper drops in industrial output during December than any analyst had forecast, a grim sign for the global economy as it struggles to sustain momentum. Wednesday's industrial output data for Britain, France and Italy followed news a … More »

    Reuters - 15 hours ago
  • India seeks UAE investment in energy sector

    India seeks UAE investment in energy sector

    India has invited investments from the United Arab Emirates in a slew of oil projects as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's drive to attract greater foreign participation in upgrading and expanding the South Asian nation's stretched infrastructure. India is eager for foreign capital and … More »

    Reuters - 15 hours ago
  • Cipla's Q3 profit hurt by one-off charge

    Cipla's Q3 profit hurt by one-off charge

    India's fifth-largest drugmaker, Cipla Ltd, said its quarterly profit fell below analysts' expectations due to a one-off charge related to changes in the way it distributes drugs in its home market. Cipla, which gets a majority of its sales from India, posted a net profit of 3.43 billion rupees … More »

    Reuters - 15 hours ago
  • Google rolls out features to strengthen online security

    New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) Internet users in India today are more conscious about their online safety, internet giant Google India said on Wednesday as it rolled out several new features and resources designed to protect users online. Google India released some key interesting search trends of … More »

    IANS - 15 hours ago
  • Mamata unveils three ITC projects

    Howrah (West Bengal), Feb 10 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday unveiled three green field projects of tobacco major and diversified FMCG conglomerate ITC Ltd. entailing an investment of Rs.3,000 crore. The three projects -- two integrated consumer goods manufacturing … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • India ranks very low in global patent index: study

    Bengaluru, Feb 10 (IANS) India is ranked 37th or second last in the international IP (intellectual property) index by the US Chamber of Commerce, it was announced on Wednesday. 'India's score is unchanged as patent protection remains outside of international best practices, and its law does not … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • ACC Q3 stand-alone net profit down 68 percent

    Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Cement major ACC on Wednesday posted a decline of 68.30 percent in its stand-alone net profit which stood at Rs.102.58 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. The company had earned a net profit of Rs.323.63 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. Further, the … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • India to meet tax collection target: Government

    New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) The central government on Wednesday said that it will be able to achieve its direct and indirect tax collection targets for 2015-16. According to the Ministry of Finance, it will be able to meet the revenue collection targets without any shortfall. Further, the ministry … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • NHPC Q3 net doubles to Rs.388 crore on more operating income

    New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) India's largest hydel power producer, state-run NHPC on Wednesday reported more than doubling of its net profit for the third quarter ended December 2015 at Rs.388.02 crore, compared to Rs.179.83 crore in the same quarter last year, buoyed by higher income from operations. … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • Konica Minolta launches state-of-art cloud-based education ERP

    New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) Konica Minolta, leaders in advanced imaging and networking technologies, on Wednesday announced the launch of its educo ERP software platform which promises to empower education. Announcing the launch of the Enterprise Resource Planning software platform, Yuji Nakata, MD … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • Disappointing Q3 results drag markets to new lows

    Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Disappointing earning results, coupled with negative global cues and a slump in crude oil prices dragged the Indian equity markets to their lowest levels in 2016 on Wednesday. Indian ... … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • Twitter results need to wow to reassure investors

    Twitter results need to wow to reassure investors

    When Twitter Inc reports results on Wednesday, a less than stellar showing could hammer the stock further as a broad selloff in the technology sector has made investors jittery. Twitter's shares have lost more than two-thirds of their value in the past 12 months and hit a record low of $14.32 on … More »

    Reuters - 17 hours ago
  • RBI net sold $179 mln in spot in Dec, intervened in futures - bulletin

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) sold a net $179 million in spot exchange markets in December compared with net buying of $15 million in November, while also intervening in the futures markets, it said in a monthly bulletin on Wednesday. The RBI did not provide a breakdown of sales or purchases for … More »

    Reuters - 17 hours ago
  • Carlsberg aims to strengthen position in India - CEO

    Carlsberg aims to strengthen position in India - CEO

    Danish brewer Carlsberg said on Wednesday it swung to a pretax loss of 1.73 billion Danish crowns ($261.8 million) in 2015 after it booked impairment and restructuring charges of around 10 billion crowns, mainly in the third quarter. … More »

    Reuters - 18 hours ago
  • India Cements posts Rs.5 crore profit, total income down

    Chennai, Feb 10 (IANS) Cement major India Cements Ltd on Wednesday said it closed the third quarter of the current fiscal with a profit of Rs.5.46 crore as compared to net loss of Rs.11.68 crore in the same period last year while its total income slid down. In a regulatory filing in BSE, the … More »

    IANS - 18 hours ago
  • PayUmoney intends to register 12,000 merchants on upgraded app

    New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) PayUmoney, an online payments solution app, says it intends to add about 12,000 merchants this month through its upgraded app. Until the launch, the average registration was 6,500 and now it intends to add about 12,000 merchants this month," Abhishek Tripathi, head of … More »

    IANS - 18 hours ago
  • Bank of Maharashtra posts Rs.89 crore profit

    Chennai, Feb 10 (IANS) Government-owned Bank of Maharashtra on Wednesday said it closed the third quarter of the current fiscal with a net profit of Rs.89.06 crore as against Rs.57.24 crore posted during the same quarter of the last fiscal. In a regulatory filing in BSE, the bank said its total … More »

    IANS - 18 hours ago
  • IOB loss zooms to Rs.1,425 crore

    Chennai, Feb 10 (IANS) Government-owned Indian Overseas Bank on Wednesday said it closed the third quarter of 2015-16 with a net loss of Rs.1,425.06 crore as compared to net loss of Rs. 516.03 crore for ... … More »

    IANS - 18 hours ago
  • Tata Motors Group's January global wholesales up 16 percent

    Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Automobile major Tata Motors Group on Wednesday reported a growth of 16 percent in its global sales for last month. According to the company, its global wholesales during January ... … More »

    IANS - 18 hours ago
  • Global economic turmoil hitting Indian markets: Government

    New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) The Indian stock markets fall is linked to the turmoil in the global economy and measures are to taken to deal with the situation, the government said on Wednesday. "Global economy is in turmoil, markets are down. Disappointing earning results, coupled with negative … More »

    IANS - 19 hours ago

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