Morning News Call – India, June 30

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    4:00 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the nation in New Delhi.
    5:00 pm: Government to release May Infrastructure output data in New Delhi.
    • India's first COVID-19 vaccine candidate approved for human trials
    Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for human trials, making
it India's first domestic candidate to get the green light from the government's
drug regulator as cases surge in a country with more than 1.3 billion people.

    • India's first COVID-19 vaccine candidate approved for human trials
    Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for human trials, making
it India's first domestic candidate to get the green light from the government's
drug regulator as cases surge in a country with more than 1.3 billion people.

    • India plans incentives for auto companies to boost exports-sources
    India is drawing up an incentive scheme for the autos sector aimed at
doubling exports of vehicles and components in the next five years, four sources
with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
    • India bans 59 mostly Chinese apps amid border crisis
    India on Monday banned 59, mostly Chinese, mobile apps including Bytedance's
TikTok and Tencent's WeChat in its strongest move yet targeting China in the
online space since a border crisis erupted between the two countries this month.

    • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the nation on Tuesday
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 1600 hours
local time on Tuesday, his office said on Twitter late on Monday, but did not
provide any details on the subject of his speech.
    • Disney+ Hotstar to premiere Bollywood films, bypassing theatres
    Walt Disney's streaming service Disney+ Hotstar plans to premiere seven big
ticket Bollywood films originally meant for theatrical release this year, as it
seeks to expand its lead in subscribers over rivals Netflix and Amazon's Prime
    • Amazon India scraps single-use plastic in packaging across centers
    The Indian unit of Inc has eliminated all single-use plastic in
its packaging across fulfillment centers in the country, in line with its target
to weed out the packaging material by June, the e-commerce giant said on Monday.

    • Daily coronavirus cases in India near 20,000 as Mumbai extends lockdown
    India reported close to 20,000 fresh novel coronavirus cases for the second
day running on Monday, as the financial hub of Mumbai extended its lockdown by a
    • Floods in India's Assam force a million from their homes
    Heavy flooding triggered by monsoon rains has forced more than a million
people to flee their homes in the northeast Indian state of Assam, authorities
said on Monday, warning that the crisis was becoming more critical by the hour.

    • China's June factory activity quickens, but exporters struggle amid
    China's factory activity expanded at a stronger pace in June, as the economy
continues to recover after the government lifted strict lockdowns and ramped up
investment, but export orders remained weak as the global coronavirus crisis
shatters demand.
    • China passes controversial Hong Kong security law
China's parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on
Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British
colony's way of life since it returned to Chinese rule almost exactly 23 years
    • California, Texas see record COVID-19 surges, Arizona clamps down
    California and Texas both marked record spikes in new COVID-19 infections on
Monday, a Reuters tally showed, as Los Angeles reported an "alarming" one-day
surge in America's second-largest city that put it over 100,000 cases.

    (As reported by NewsRise)
    • SGX Nifty nearest-month futures were 0.5% higher at 10,313.80.
    • The Indian rupee is expected to strengthen against the U.S. currency
today, tracking the dollar’s broad decline amid better risk appetite.
    • Indian government bond yields are likely to edge lower today, after the
central bank announced a special open market operation to address some concerns
of excess supply. The yield on the benchmark 5.79% bond maturing in 2030 is
likely to trade in a range of 5.82%-5.88%.
    • Wall Street stocks closed higher on Monday and the S&P 500 was poised to
clinch its biggest quarterly percentage gain since 1998 as investors hoped for a
stimulus-backed economic rebound, while a surge in Boeing shares helped boost
the blue-chip Dow.
    • Asian shares rose after data showed China's manufacturing sector grew more
than expected in June, a hopeful sign for a global economy still struggling to
recover from the sweeping impact of the coronavirus crisis.
    • Safe-haven currencies were on the backfoot as hopes of an economic
turnaround boosted riskier assets like the Aussie and yuan, although worries
about a blowout in British public spending kept the pound under pressure.
    • U.S. Treasury yields on the long end of curve edged higher on Monday as
investors, hoping for a stimulus-backed economic rebound, piled into stocks
after last week's sharp sell-off.
    • Oil prices fell as optimism for a straightforward recovery in fuel demand
faded and a looming increase in supply weighed on the market, with Libya's state
oil company flagging progress on talks to resume exports.
    • Gold prices held steady and were heading for their biggest quarterly rise
in more than four years as fears over rising coronavirus cases around the world
boosted demand for the safe-haven metal.
                   CLOSE        FII INVESTMENTS  EQUITIES         DEBT
 PNDF spot         75.55/75.58  June 29          (957.86) crores  203.38 crores
 10-yr bond yield  5.90%        Month-to-date    21,936 crores    (2,521) crores
                                Year-to-date     (18,409) crores  (1,07,935) crores
 (FII investment numbers are in Indian rupees. Source: National Securities
Depository Limited)​

    For additional data:
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    Stock market reports                
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    Corporate debt stories               [IN CORPD]
    Local market closing/intraday levels [IN SNAPSHOT]
    Monthly inflows                      [INFLOWS RTRS TABLE IN]
    ($1 = 75.50 Indian rupees)

 (Compiled by Pranay Prakash in Bengaluru)

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