By Patturaja Murugaboopathy
(Reuters) – Indian initial public offerings tumbled to a 4-year low by value in 2019 as the economy slowed, but some analysts are hoping for better in 2020 on the back of potential government reforms likely to boost stock markets.
Funds raised by Indian IPOs fell to just $2.8 billion this year, the lowest in four years, according to data from Refinitiv. In 2017, the proceeds hit a record $11.7 billion before falling to $5.5 billion in 2018.
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“2019 has been the worst year from an IPO market perspective,” said Sandip Khetan, a partner at consultancy EY.
“Because of different types of disruptions, such as corporate failures and bankruptcies, things have slowed down considerably,” he said.
Financials and industrial sectors led the declines in IPO issues, with proceeds more than halving.
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India’s NSE Nifty 50 index .NSEI> was down about 1.4% for the year on Sept. 19, a day before the announcement of a cut in the corporate tax rate boosted markets and raised hopes of more reforms to help the economy.
The NSE index was up 12.4% in 2019 as of Tuesday’s close.
“The government has addressed a lot of economic reform requirements in the last three months,” said EY’s Khetan.
At the same time, many of this year’s IPOs have performed well, boosting the outlook for more issues next year.
Shares of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp Ltd , marketing and advertising firm Affle (India) , and e-commerce company Indiamart Intermesh have doubled in value from their issues prices.
The S&P BSE IPO index .BSEIPO>, which measures the performance of companies listed at the Bombay Stock Exchange after the completion of their IPOs, has surged 34% this year, outperforming broader indexes such as NSE Nifty 50 and BSE Sensex .BSESN>.
(Reporting By Patturaja Murugaboopathy; Additional Reporting by Gaurav Dogra; Editing by Anshuman Daga and Richard Pullin)
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The Canadian dollar strengthened to a one-week high against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday as investor sentiment picked up and domestic data showed that retail sales fell less than expected in July.
World stock markets rallied and the safe-haven U.S. dollar retreated from one-month highs as worries about contagion from property developer China Evergrande eased and investors digested the Federal Reserve’s plans for reining in the stimulus.
Canada is a major exporter of commodities, including oil, so the loonie tends to be particularly sensitive to investor appetite for risk.
“The assumption here is that (Fed interest) rate hikes are still a long way out and so equities markets can still perform with accommodative financial conditions,” said Mazen Issa, senior FX strategist at TD Securities in New York.
“Consequently, currencies that have a higher beta to the equity market, like the CAD, can do alright.”
U.S. crude oil futures settled 1.5% higher at $73.30 a barrel, while the Canadian dollar was trading up 0.9% at 1.2653 to the greenback, or 79.03 U.S. cents.
It was the currency’s biggest advance since Aug. 23. It touched its strongest level since last Thursday at 1.2628.
Canadian retail sales dipped 0.6% in July, compared with expectations for a decline of 1.2%, while a preliminary estimate showed sales rebounding 2.1% in August.
Canadian government bond yields were higher across a steeper curve, tracking the move in U.S. Treasuries.
The 10-year touched its highest level since July 14 at 1.335% before dipping to 1.330%, up 11.6 basis points on the day.
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(Bloomberg) — Chinese policy makers reiterated the need to fine-tune economic policies as the world’s second-largest economy faces increasing headwinds from virus outbreaks and high commodity prices.
Policy should be preemptive and coordinated across cycles, the State Council, the equivalent of China’s cabinet, said in a statement after a meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang Wednesday. Governments at all levels should maintain the continuity and stability of macroeconomic policies and enhance their effectiveness, while also do a good job in preventing and controlling virus cases, it said.
Efforts are needed to better coordinate fiscal, financial and employment policies in order to “stabilize reasonable expectations by the market,” it said.
China again vowed to make sure the economy is operating within a reasonable range, with further measures to boost consumption, guiding private capital to play a better role in expanding investment, and ensuring stable growth in foreign trade and foreign capital, according to the statement. While the employment situation is stable this year, efforts are still needed to maintain employment and help companies, it said.
The economy took a knock in August from stringent virus controls and tight curbs on property. While China’s Covid zero approach helped to quickly quash the infections, retail sales growth suffered, slowing to 2.5% in August.
Facing the continued commodity boom, the State Council also pledged to use more market-based measures to stabilize commodity prices and ensure supplies of power and natural gas during the winter.
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