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Indian stock market daily morning report (August 21, 2014, Thursday)

August 21, 2014, Thursday
 Markets ended lower on Wednesday, amid weak European cues, on profit taking after sharp gains in the previous two sessions which lifted the benchmark share indices to their record highs. Meanwhile, the Nifty which had earlier hit its third successive record high of 7,922.70 today also failed to end above 7,900 mark for the second straight day. The 30-share Sensex dropped 106 points to close at 26,314 and the 50-share Nifty shed 22 points to end at 7,875.

Asian stock market, economy and companies update (August 21, 2014)

August 21, 2014, Thursday
Shanghai Composite is down 1% entering its midday break after China HSBC flash manufacturing PMI surprisingly sank to a 3-month low. 50.3 print was well below consensus 51.5 and also marked the first sequential decline in 5 months. Among notable components, new orders are increasing at a slower rate, output/input prices are now decreasing, and employment is decreasing at a faster rate. HSBC chief economist said disinflationary pressure returned, industrial demand would stay subdued, and further policy support is warranted to consolidate the recovery.

UK stock market commentary (August 21, 2014): Bulls testing their luck

August 21, 2014, Thursday
 European equities are set to creep higher despite the negative cues lining up. Hawkish minutes from the BoE and Fed, Ukrainian troops smashing their way into rebel held territory, weak china manufacturing data overnight and expectations of weak PMI data for Europe this morning should have traders on the back foot. However, markets have developed a remarkable ability to shrug off the bad and have needle like focus on the positive, although what that is today no one’s quite sure.

Malaysia stock market and companies daily report (August 21, 2014)

August 21, 2014, Thursday
 In its 2Q14, Boustead Plantations posted a net profit of RM9.4 million on revenue of RM188.7 million. Despite posting lower revenue for the quarter ended 30 June 2014, IOI Corporation’s net profit soared 50.5 percent to RM407.5 million. Oldtown aims to open 21 to 27 new cafes in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia by FY15.

Singapore stock market and companies daily report (Amtek Engineering, Lantrovision, Tiong Woon Corp) (August 21, 2014)

August 21, 2014, Thursday
 Amtek Engineering’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Amtek International, has agreed to the sale of all 52.3 million shares of Fischer Tech it currently holds for approximately $8.4 million, which translates to $0.16 per share. Lantrovision (S) registered a 19.7 percent increase in revenue to $40.3 million in 4Q14, primarily attributable to more installation projects in Malaysia, China, and the Philippines. Tiong Woon Corporation Holding has reported a 17.6 percent decline in revenue to $165.3 million in FY14, on the back of weaker contributions from all four business segments.

Indian stock market and companies daily report (August 21, 2014, Thursday)

August 21, 2014, Thursday
 Indian markets expected to open on flat note tracking SGX Nifty and Asian markets. US markets fluctuated over the course of the trading day on Wednesday before ending the session mostly higher. The Dow and the S&P 500 both finished the day in positive territory, although the tech-heavy Nasdaq ended on negative note. Markets saw considerable volatility in afternoon trading following the release of the minutes of the Federal ReserveRs.s monetary policy meeting in late July.


Global Outlook

Unlikely Bedfellows: Mines That Run On Solar Or Wind Power

August 21, 2014, Thursday
Mining companies are often seen as dinosaurs when it comes to making changes that will benefit the environment, but that perception may be shifting as some companies turn to renewable energy to cut costs and lighten their carbon footprint.

Investors Are Tired Of Worrying

August 20, 2014, Wednesday
There were some hair-raising corrections in the current bull market during 2010, 2011, and 2012. They were triggered by fears of a double dip in the USA, the disintegration of the Eurozone, and a hard landing in China. The one during the summer of 2011 was exacerbated by the debt ceiling crisis in Washington, DC.

Lucid Dreaming!

August 19, 2014, Tuesday
Experts in the phenomenon known as lucid dreaming, where sleeping people are aware that they’re in a dream, say dreamers should look for reality checks, or details that look different in dreams than in real life. . . . Some lucid dreamers are able to control elements of their dreams once they realize they’re dreaming. They do what’s impossible or unlikely in real life, like fly or meet famous people. ... Others use the technique to solve problems, spur creativity, overcome nightmares or practice physical skills, says Daniel Eracher, a professor at the University of Bern’s Institute for Sport Science, who has conducted surveys of lucid dreamers. ... [Researchers] found that people with frequent lucid dreams are better at cognitive tasks that involve insight, like problem-solving.

Ukraine's Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

August 19, 2014, Tuesday
Ukraine's next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production. The Ukrainian military's showdown with separatists in the industrial east has forced coal mines to severely cut production or close down entirely.


L G Balakrishnan & Bros review and analysis

August 20, 2014, Wednesday
Recovery in two-wheeler industry would benefit L G Balakrishnan & Bros (LGBL): During FY2014, the domestic sales of two-wheelers stood at ~14.8 million units (growing 7.3% yoy) and exports recorded sales of ~2.1 million units (growing 6.3% yoy). In the FY2013, the Indian two-wheeler industry reported a subdued volume growth. But in FY2014, the industry showed some recovery in the domestic (on back of strong rural demand and festive season sales) as well as export markets.

Everest Industries Q1FY15 results update

August 20, 2014, Wednesday
Everest Industries Ltd (EIL) reported a strong set of numbers for Q1FY15 led by improved demand in both Building Products and PESB (Steel Building) segment, Net sales increased by 28.3% YoY to Rs 380.8 cr. Strong volume growth was further boosted by increased realisations and thus we saw a sharp improvement in EBIT margins in building product.