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  • Sensex gains over 150 points; capital goods rise

    Mumbai, May 22 (IANS) Healthy quarterly results by some of the blue chip companies led a benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), to gain over 150 points or 0.55 percent during the late-afternoon trade session on Friday. It was up 36.65 points or 0.44 … More »

    IANS - 11 minutes ago
  • China, India likely to be biggest shareholders in AIIB

    China is likely to hold a 25-30 percent stake in the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) while India will be the second-biggest shareholder, delegates said on Friday after a three-day meeting of the bank's founding member-nations. AIIB said in a statement that it expected to be … More »

    Reuters - 11 minutes ago
  • Jaitley promises better tax regime for companies

    Jaitley promises better tax regime for companies

    Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley struck a conciliatory tone towards investors on Friday, promising to tax corporate profits at competitive rates and saying the government would do all in its power to implement a new national sales tax on time. Foreign portfolio investors have complained about … More »

    Reuters - 25 minutes ago
  • SBI Q4 net profit beats estimates, bad loans down

    State Bank of India(SBI.NS), the nation's top lender by assets, reported a better-than-expected 23 percent rise in quarterly profit on Friday and said its bad loan ratio declined sharply, sending its shares up by more than 5 percent. Weaker economic activity has also taken a toll on loan growth … More »

    Reuters - 52 minutes ago
  • Sensex rises on SBI results; ITC up ahead of earnings

    India's stock markets rose about 0.5 percent to a four-week high on Friday after State Bank of India(SBI.NS) reported a lower-than-expected bad loan ratio and a sharp increase in profits, raising optimism about the banking sector. Shares of SBI gained as much as 5.1 percent after India's largest … More »

    Reuters - 53 minutes ago
  • SBI net profit up by 20 percent during 2014-15

    Kolkata, May 22 (IANS) State Bank of India (SBI) on Friday said its net profit during the 2014-15 fiscal increased by over 20 percent at Rs.13,102 crore against Rs.10,891 crore during 2013-14 along with an improvement in asset quality. The bank said the net profit of all of its associate banks … More »

    IANS - 55 minutes ago
  • Hotels next on the block for strategic sale: Jaitley

    New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Hotels managed by state-run India Tourism Development Corp may soon be sold. A clear indication on this came on Friday from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who also said his government's divestment strategy will be balanced. This even more than the complete disinvestment … More »

    IANS - 1 hour 23 minutes ago
  • Status quo on foreign equity in multi-brand retailing: Jaitley

    New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said the decision taken by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to allow 51 percent foreign equity in the country's multi-brand retail trade industry continues even as his party's views were well known. "The … More »

    IANS - 1 hour 55 minutes ago
  • Why new Apple Watch update may not monitor your heart rate reliably

    Washington, May 22 (ANI): This might not be good news for heart patients but the latest update of Apple Watch bug will no longer take heart measurements when it should. … More »

    ANI - 1 hour 57 minutes ago
  • Delhi is India's mall capital, but their success limited: Study

    New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) With 95 operational malls in an around Delhi, the National Capital Region has emerged as the mall capital of India but only 12 of them are successful as people used its air-conditioned confines not just for shopping but often only to escape the heat, says a study. There … More »

    IANS - 2 hours 7 minutes ago
  • Finance minister favours cut in interest rates

    The time is right for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to cut interest rate due to falling inflation, the finance minister told reporters on Friday. "It is," said Arun Jaitley, when asked whether the time is right for the RBI to effect an interest rate cut. The RBI will review its monetary policy … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 15 minutes ago
  • Rupee value needs to be market driven - Jaitley

    Rupee value needs to be market driven - Jaitley

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday the value of the rupee should be market-driven, while noting India had potential to touch doubt-digit economic growth. The rupee has fallen nearly 1 percent ... … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 16 minutes ago
  • Japan stock market cap hits record, exceeds 1989 peak

    The market capitalisation of shares listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's main board hit a record high on Friday, topping a 26-year peak and marking one victory in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign to jolt the economy out of a long phase of deflation and stagnation. The total market … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 21 minutes ago
  • Here's why rising number of Indians are property-hunting in Dubai

    Here's why rising number of Indians are property-hunting in Dubai

    When India-born millionaire BR Shetty bought out the 100th floor of the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai, it was perhaps just a trophy asset for him. … More »

    Yahoo Finance India - 2 hours 22 minutes ago
  • Govt in talks with RBI on public debt agency - Jaitley

    Govt in talks with RBI on public debt agency - Jaitley

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday the government was in consultations with the Reserve Bank of India on setting up an independent public debt management agency . The comments come after the ... … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 28 minutes ago
  • Sensex surges 204 points; banking stocks gain

    Mumbai, May 22 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex) surged 204.03 points or 0.73 percent in the noon session on Friday. The wider 50-scrip Nifty ... … More »

    IANS - 2 hours 45 minutes ago
  • Oil edges down but WTI set for record 10th week of gains

    Oil edges down but WTI set for record 10th week of gains

    Oil prices edged down on Friday after rising more than 2 percent in the previous session, buoyed by lower U.S. crude inventories and geopolitical tension in the Middle East. West Texas Intermediate for July delivery was at $60.66 a barrel by 0648 GMT, down 6 cents on the day but poised to post … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 47 minutes ago
  • Gold edges lower as dollar cuts losses after U.S. data

    Gold edges lower as dollar cuts losses after U.S. data

    NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Gold fell on Thursday as the dollar cut losses on U.S. data that showed growing economic momentum, but support came from signs the Federal Reserve was unlikely to raise interest rates in June. Spot gold was down 0.3 percent at $1,205.28 an ounce by 2:43 p.m. EDT (1843 … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 48 minutes ago
  • China-backed AIIB expects to be operational by year-end

    China-backed AIIB expects to be operational by year-end

    The China-backed Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank said on Friday it expected to be operational by the end of this year, after a three-day meeting of prospective member nations in Singapore. AIIB said ... … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 58 minutes ago
  • Afghan rugs gaining popularity in India

    New Delhi, May 22 (ANI): Hand made Afghan carpets, which are known for their unique designs, are hugely popular in India. … More »

    ANI - 3 hours ago
  • Quick, transparent decisions hallmark of Modi government: Jaitley

    New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday the approach to governance in India has seen a complete transformation in the past year, not just with decisiveness but also in terms of speed, clarity and transparency, that has earned the country global respect. At a press … More »

    IANS - 3 hours ago
  • Renewable energy seen generating one million jobs

    New Delhi, May 22 (IANS/IndiaSpent) As India, the world's third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases but 127th in terms of per capita emissions, ponders over an energy-balanced growth, jobs creation and environment protection in the future, there is encouraging news. The renewable energy sector, a … More »

    IANS - 3 hours ago
  • Asia up after Wall Street sets record high, dollar on defensive

    Asia up after Wall Street sets record high, dollar on defensive

    Asian shares rose on Friday after Wall Street set another record high with prospects for a Federal Reserve rate hike in June all but quashed, while the dollar was on the defensive after downbeat U.S. data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.9 percent with South … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Google puts White House blunder blame on 'racist web users'

    Washington, May 22 (ANI): Google has identified the culprit behind the White House showing as "n***a house" screw up, and it turns out it's not them, it's you. … More »

    ANI - 4 hours ago
  • Gold demand slows as China eyes equities; lack of weddings in India weighs

    Gold buying was slow this week in Asia even as global benchmark prices dropped from a three-month high, with the Chinese hooked on surging equities while demand in India stayed weak and was unlikely to pick up as the wedding season cools. Premiums for bullion over international spot prices dropped … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • BOJ slightly more optimistic on economy as business mood improves

    BOJ slightly more optimistic on economy as business mood improves

    The Bank of Japan maintained its massive stimulus programme and offered a slightly more upbeat view of the world's third-largest economy on Friday, as a modest rebound in consumption helped service-sector sentiment improve to a one-year high. … More »

    Reuters - 6 hours ago
  • India sets April-June oil subsidy rules, no discounts if oil below $60

    India sets April-June oil subsidy rules, no discounts if oil below $60

    India's oil ministry has set interim rules that exempt state-run upstream companies from giving any discount on crude and refined fuel sales if global oil prices average up to $60 a barrel this quarter, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC.NS), Oil … More »

    Reuters - 6 hours ago
  • Gold poised for worst weekly dip in four as dollar strengthens

    Gold poised for worst weekly dip in four as dollar strengthens

    Gold held steady just above $1,200 an ounce on Friday, remaining on course for its steepest weekly decline in four weeks as the dollar regained momentum, hurting the metal's safe-haven appeal. Spot gold (XAU=) was little changed at $1,207.01 an ounce by 0048 GMT, after dropping 0.3 percent in the … More »

    Reuters - 8 hours ago
  • McDonald's CEO gets grilled at first annual meeting

    McDonald's CEO gets grilled at first annual meeting

    LOS ANGELES/BOSTON (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp (MCD.N) shareholders defied executives at its annual meeting on Thursday, approving a proposal to make it easier to nominate directors to the board of the fast-food chain and taking its new CEO to task over wages, advertising and its food. McDonald's … More »

    Reuters - 9 hours ago
  • Merkel, Hollande urge Tsipras to complete current bailout

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held talks on Athens' debt crisis with the German and French leaders but won little more in public than a reminder he needs to do more to secure funds urgently needed to avert bankruptcy. A Greek official, who shared the views of German Chancellor Angela Merkel … More »

    Reuters - 9 hours ago
  • Greek official says 'closer to a deal' after Riga talks

    Talks between the leaders of Greece, Germany and France brought Athens closer to a settlement with its creditors, a Greek government official said on Friday, adding that differences remained on familiar ... … More »

    Reuters - 10 hours ago
  • Merkel, Tsipras, Hollande focussed on Greece completing current bailout

    Merkel, Tsipras, Hollande focussed on Greece completing current bailout

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande held "friendly and constructive" talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that focussed on Athens' completing its ... … More »

    Reuters - 11 hours ago
  • Merkel, Hollande and Tsipras meet in Riga to give push to debt talks

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande held talks late on Thursday with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, hoping to speed the resolution of Athens' debt crisis on the sidelines of an EU summit in Riga. Since its election, Tsipras's left-wing government has held … More »

    Reuters - 11 hours ago
  • Fed still seen in lift-off mode as Yellen takes centre stage

    Fed still seen in lift-off mode as Yellen takes centre stage

    The U.S. Federal Reserve is likely to stick with plans to raise interest rates later this year, with progress towards its employment and inflation goals helping allay concerns over the economy's recent weakness, current and former Fed officials say. Fed Chair Janet Yellen, who on Friday will talk … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • HP reports profit above estimates, shares up

    "I think it will alleviate concerns about what level of dis-synergies they would have to absorb in the first year following the split," Cross Research analyst Shannon Cross said. Analysts on average had expected a profit of 85 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Ongoing cost reductions … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • Wall Street up as near-term rate-hike prospects fade; oil jumps

    Global equity markets rose on Thursday, with Wall Street's S&P 500 index closing at a record high as investors bet that U.S. interest rates won't rise soon, while oil jumped more than 2 percent on the view that a global glut may be starting to ease. Trading was muted in many North American markets … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • In China, firms flash green credentials as regulators loom

    Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is planting trees, Mars may move to 'zero carbon' and Foxconn Technology Co Ltd (2354.TW) is spending millions of dollars to give its factories a 'green' makeover, as companies operating in China face tighter rules on pollution. Beijing introduced tougher regulations this year … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • Reynolds American close to getting FTC approval for Lorillard deal - WSJ

    Reynolds offered to buy Lorillard for $25 billion in a deal that would combine the No. 2 and No. 3 U.S. cigarette companies into an entity that controls about 40 percent of the market. While Reynolds American and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission declined to comment, Lorillard was not immediately … More »

    Reuters - 13 hours ago
  • U.S. extends oversight of GM's handling of safety issues

    U.S. regulators will oversee General Motors Co's (GM.N) decision-making about potential vehicle safety issues for an additional year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday. The extension requires GM to continue submitting reports to the agency and meeting with staff … More »

    Reuters - 13 hours ago
  • S&P ends at all-time highs but traders eye weak volume

    S&P ends at all-time highs but traders eye weak volume

    The S&P 500 closed at a record high on Thursday after disappointing economic data bolstered expectations that an interest rate hike is likely to come only later in the year. Traders warned that below-average ... … More »

    Reuters - 13 hours ago
  • Deutsche Bank gives Jain more power in shake-up, investors object

    Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) gave more power to co-chief executive Anshu Jain in a management shake-up that was roundly criticised by investors on Thursday who demanded more changes to restore confidence in the leadership of Germany's largest bank. The bank removed some executives and re-arranged … More »

    Reuters - 13 hours ago
  • Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations

    MOSCOW/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Russia's media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian Internet laws and a spokesman said on Thursday they risk being blocked if they do not comply with the rules. "In our letters we regularly remind (companies) of … More »

    Reuters - 14 hours ago
  • Gold steadies as dollar falls, June rate rise prospects dim

    Gold steadies as dollar falls, June rate rise prospects dim

    Gold steadied on Thursday as the dollar fell following minutes from the Federal Reserve's policy meeting showing the U.S. central bank was unlikely to raise interest rates in June. Spot gold (XAU=) was unchanged on the day at $1,208.46 an ounce by 1011 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for June … More »

    Reuters - 14 hours ago
  • Oil gains over 2 percent on inventory draws, Iraq fighting

    Oil prices jumped more than 2 percent on Thursday, giving Brent its biggest rally in more than a week, as draws reported in the Cushing delivery point for U.S. crude futures boosted optimism that a supply glut was easing. Fighting in Iraq that raised worries about the security of Middle East oil … More »

    Reuters - 14 hours ago
  • Shareholder support for Deutsche Bank co-CEOs drops in vote

    Shareholder support for Deutsche Bank co-CEOs drops in vote

    Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) shareholders delivered a stinging rebuke to co-chief executives Anshu Jain and Juergen Fitschen on Thursday with only 61 percent of them voting in favour of their 2014 performances at an annual general meeting. The non-binding vote is a standard agenda item at the annual … More »

    Reuters - 15 hours ago
  • U.S., euro zone business growth slower, China contracts

    U.S., euro zone business growth slower, China contracts

    LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. and euro zone business growth slowed in May while China's factory sector contracted again, reinforcing the need for major central banks to continue supporting economic growth. The U.S. Federal Reserve is seen unlikely to tighten monetary policy in June since the … More »

    Reuters - 16 hours ago
  • Cipla's British arm buys majority stake in Ugandan firm

    Mumbai, May 21 (IANS) The British subsidiary of Indian drug major Cipla Ltd has acquired 51 percent equity stake in Uganda-based Quality Chemicals Ltd for $30 million (Rs.191 crore) in tranches from its current shareholders. As per the agreement, both companies signed on Thursday, Cipla (EU) Ltd … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • Ford sales growth mainly from Asia in next decade - exec

    Ford sales growth mainly from Asia in next decade - exec

    Ford Motor Co sees most of its corporate sales growth over the next decade coming from the Asia Pacific region despite the recent slowdown in China auto demand, a top executive said Thursday. "When I take a look at Ford's growth over the next five to 10 years, we believe roughly 60 percent of the … More »

    Reuters - 16 hours ago
  • Four north Indian states agree on uniformity in tax rates

    New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) The north Indian states of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh on Thursday agreed on achieveing uniformity in tax rates, a Delhi government statement said. The consensus was brought in a meeting of finance ministers of these states at the Delhi Secretariat on … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • Timex income up 15 percent in 2014-15

    New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Timex Group India Ltd registered 15 percent growth in its total income for 2014-15 at Rs.142 crore against Rs.124 crore in 2013-14. According to the city-based watch company's ... … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago

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