The News International Team
3:18 pm Chief Economic Advisor says: Economic Survey was written without being constrained by politics. According to advisor, the big picture today is that India is in a sweet spot.
3:14 pm Market Extends gains: The Sensex is up 488.65 points or 1.70 percent at 29235.30, and the Nifty up 166.90 points or 1.92 percent at 8850.75.
3:10 pm TRAI says: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issues draft amendment to telecom tariff order 1999 for tariff revision. TRAI intends to reduce ceiling tariffs for national roaming services.
TRAI proposes ceiling tariff of 65 paise per minute for outgoing local calls, ceiling tariff of Re 1 per minute for outgoing inter-circle call.
The regulator proposes ceiling tariff of 45 paise per minute for incoming roaming calls. It proposes ceiling tariff of 20 paise per SMS for outgoing local SMS and 25 paise per SMS for outgoing inter-circle SMS.
3:06 pm PM Modi says: The Government is ready to change Land Bill if it is proved anti-farmer, says PM, adding, “We can make changes to Land Acquisition in interest of farmers.”
The Government has altered Land Acquisition Bill based on demands of chief ministers. PM Modi urged opposition to support Land Bill.
3:04pm Expert on Economic Survey: The Economic Survey indicates much larger fiscal headroom becoming available to the Government on account of expected growth in the economy, lower oil prices and better targeting of subsidies, says Ranen Banerjee Partner – Public Finance and Urban Development, PwC India.
The Finance Commission Report, Railway Budget and now the Economic Survey convey a lot of confidence among the policy makers, he adds.
PwC expects that the Finance Minister will be able to reverse the decline in gross capital formation and also give further push to local consumption by leaving more money in the hands of the taxable population in his first full year budget.
3:00 pm Market Update: Buying interest continued in the market. The Sensex shot up 411.47 points or 1.43 percent to 29158.12 and the Nifty climbed 143.05 points or 1.65 percent to 8826.90 while the BSE Midcap gained 1.5 percent and Smallcap rose 1.23 percent.
Advancing shares outnumbered declining ones on the Bombay Stock Exchange by a ratio of 1735 to 1067 on the BSE.
Tata Power, Bank of Baroda and JSPL topped the buying list on Sensex, up 5 percent each followed by Larsen & Toubro, Sesa Sterlite, ICICI Bank, SBI, NMDC and IDFC with 3.5-4.5 percent.
2:50 pm Interview: “Housing for all should be demand booster for sanitation industry, says Cera Sanitaryware. The management told CNBC-TV18 that there are no orders from government yet, but the company is seeing enquiries from corporates who want to build toilets for CSR (corporate social responsibility).
Margins from orders for low cost housing will be lower than other products, it adds.
2:49 pm Expert on Economic Survey: “Economic Survey rightly highlights the need for big bang reforms and focus on investment cycle to revive to economy,” says Rajat Rajgarhia,MD – Institutional Equities at Motilal Oswal Securities.
The Economic Survey also highlights the need for fiscal consolidation and delivering the subsidies in a proper manner so it meets the purpose, he adds.
“With inflation below target levels and space for monetary easing, the Budget can well lay out clear roadmap to accelerate the growth momentum for India. Investors across the globe are looking at this event with lot of interest and will surely have a favorable view, once the Budget lays out the growth agenda,” Rajgarhia says.
2:47 pm PM Modi says: Government believes in optimum utilisation of infrastructure. Have prevailed on black money issue in G20. Nobody will be shielded in black money probe.
2:42 pm Economic Survey:The Economic Survey 2014-15 has recommended that private investment must remain primary engine of the economy’s long-term growth. It expects growth to be boosted from FY17 onwards once the Goods and Services Tax is implemented.
It said that greater public investment in Railways will boost manufacturing competitiveness. The Rail Budget has hiked its Plan outlay for FY16 by 52 percent to Rs 1 lakh crore and set a capex target of Rs 8.5 lakh crore over the next five years. The Survey expects liquidity conditions in FY16 to remain comfortable and said that lower inflation has opened up space for reduction in interest rates.
2:37 pm Brokerage view: Deutsche Bank has buy rating on Jubilant Foodworks with a target of Rs 1850 per share. Bedrock of longstanding positive view on Jub Food is from higher operating leverage resulting in a 53 percent earnings CAGR over FY15-17E forms.
2:32 pm Economic Survey: Indian firms mopped up Rs 2.81 lakh crore from the markets during April-December period of the ongoing fiscal, with debt emerging as the most preferred route to garner funds for business needs, says the Economic Survey 2014-15. The trends remained sluggish in the primary stock market ‘ where the companies raise funds through the sale of shares via instruments like IPOs and FPOs ‘ despite a bullish equity market. It has been private placement of corporate bonds that was used the most to meet funding requirements of businesses during April-December period of the current fiscal (2014-15).
2:27 pm Gainers & losers: Tata Power is up 5.5 percent, L&T, ICICI Bnak, SBI and Sesa Sterlite are top gainers in the Sensex. Among the losers are ITC, GAIL, Wipro, TCS and HUL.
2:20 pm PM Modi says: Have raised over Rs 1 lakh crore from coal block auctions so far. Land acquisition ordinance is not anti-farmer. MNREGA will stay and we will take it forward.
2:15 pm PM Modi says: The nation has progressed due to efforts of every govt. Corruption remains an issue of concern.
2:10 pm PM Modi addresses Lok Sabha ahead of Budget. He says issue is about development, not about names of schemes. Stressing on Swach Bharat campaign, the PM also adds that cleanliness is key issue, need to address the root problem.
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It’s a terrific day on Dalal Street as the market is enthused by the Economic Survey and government’s commitment to fiscal consolidation. The Nifty scored a century hitting 8800 while the Sensex rose more than 400 points.
The Macro-Economic Survey for FY15 painted an optimistic picture says India has reached a sweet spot and there is scope for big bang reforms now. FY16 GDP growth is seen at 8.1-8.5 percent. Economic Survey says the government will adhere to a fiscal deficit target of 4.1 percent of GDP in FY15.
The Sensex climbed up 401.94 points or 1.40 percent to 29148.59 and the Nifty rose 130.40 points or 1.50 percent to 8814.25. About 1713 shares have advanced, 989 shares declined, and 199 shares are unchanged on the BSE.
The market will have special trading session on Saturday for Union Budget FY16.
Pratik Gupta of Deutsche Equities says Union Budget will be growth oriented like the Rail Budget was. He expects much higher allocation to banks for recapitalisation. He also says the brokerage will buy Indian markets on every dip.
Shares of ICICI Bank, L&T, Sesa Sterlite, Tata Power, Tata Motors, SBI and Hindalco topped the buying list on Sensex, up 3-5 percent.
Global markets are quietly positive. China closed with gains of more than 0.3 percent while European markets too traded in the green. Investors are closely watching the second reading of the US Q4 GDP numbers later today. Analysts expect US GDP growth of 2.1 percent after 3.9 percent in third quarter.