Global markets at a glance
Asia is down on US crash, Nikkei drops to 1-month low as trade numbers there hurt. European equities trade in red after a negative lead from Wall Street overnight. A pull-
back in the yen was welcomed by Japanese shares, with the Nikkei .N225 bouncing 1.4 percent after suffering its sharpest daily drop in five months on Tuesday. Progress elsewhere was patchy with investors suffering whiplash after several days of wild swings. Australia made the early running with a bounce of 0.6 percent .AXJO, while Seoul .KS11managed a rise of 0.2 percent.
Wall Street Update
U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, erasing much of the previous session’s steep drop, as a strong December retail sales reading eased concerns that economic growth might be
slowing. Google rose 2.4 percent to $1,149.40, giving a large boost to the outperforming Nasdaq, a day after the company announced plans to acquire Nest Labs Inc. The $3.2 billion deal will give Google a promising line of products and a prized design team.
Energy major Reliance Industries is looking to pick up an 11 percent stake in Venezuela’s Petrocarabobo project that was recently surrendered by Malaysia’s Petro nas, and is eyeing exploration assets in Mexico,
India’s growth rate is expected to slip to 4.9 percent in the current fiscal but will improve significantly to 5.6 percent in 2014-15, India Ratings expectation for improved growth in FY’15 is based on a partial recovery in the industrial and services sector growth, and an uptick in investment due to project clearances by the Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI),
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has come under a lot of flak for its inflation-controlling measures that have im pacted growth. But former RBI chief D Subbarao refutes such criticism saying the central bank has always been flexible with monetary policy and has moved away from rigid inflation targeting methods to flexible inflation targeting.
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ITC ups Bristol cigarette price by 15% to Rs 45/pack: Sources
VA Tech Wabag bags order worth Rs 250 crore from Karnataka Govt
Coal India Board is meeting today for special divi dend
Derive Investments buy 4.7 lakh shares at Rs 61/ share
Spot gold eased 0.1 percent to $1,243.19 an ounce by 0011 GMT. It touched a one-month peak of $1,255 early on Tuesday before ending the day 0.7 percent lower. U.S.
retail sales edged up in December with a core spending gauge posting a big jump, a sign the economy gathered steam at the end of last year and was poised for stronger
growth in 2014.The Federal Reserve should bring its bondbuying program to a swift close, according to two of its most hawkish policymakers who take up voting power this
year, with one vowing to use his vote to support cuts to the program even if stocks take a tumble.
The dollar fell to one-month lows against the yen on Mon day and was trading close to one week lows against the euro after Friday’s U.S. nonfarm payrolls showed that the economy added far fewer than expected jobs last month. USD/JPY hit lows of 103.26, the weakest level since Decem-
ber 18 and was last down 0.74% to 103.39. The latest em ployment report showed that the U.S. economy added 74,000 jobs in December, the smallest increase since Janu ary 2011 and well below expectations for 196,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate fell to a five year low of 6.7% from
7% in November, but this was due in part to people dropping out of the labor force.
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