Representational Image. Wholesale prices in India rose 15.1 percent in April from a year earlier, the most in three decades, increasing cost pressures on producers and likely affecting growth, economists said. Inflation as measured by the Wholesale Price Index was at the highest level on record in the current 2011-12 series. Prices of food, fuel and manufacturing registered an exponential spike in April, with the sharpest increases in fuel and power prices. While WPI has risen considerably since 2015, the 13 percent jump between FY21 and FY22 was the highest. Global factors Close The index is dominated by manufactured products, which have a weight of 64 percent and are influenced significantly by global factors such as the pandemic and geopolitical tensions. Consequently, an increase in global prices gets reflected more in the WPI, according to economists. “The key factors behind the increase in the WPI are elevated global commodity prices and … [Read more...] about Wholesale price increases can threaten growth recovery, say economists
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India grew at the fastest pace of any major economy in the July-September quarter but economists said disruptions from the emerging Omicron coronavirus variant risked slowing the recovery, especially given India's low vaccination rates. Asia's third-largest economy has rebounded strongly from last year's deep pandemic-induced slump, boosted by vaccinations and stronger government spending, economists said. But new COVID-19 variants, a global slowdown and rising manufacturing prices all pose risks to growth. Gross domestic product expanded 8.4% in the September quarter from a year earlier, statistics ministry data showed on Tuesday, in line with 8.4% growth predicted in a Reuters poll and compared with a 20.1% expansion in the previous quarter. "Data clearly shows that corporate income and profit are above the pre-pandemic level," K.V. Subramanian, chief economist at the finance ministry told reporters after the data release. He said double-digit growth was expected in the … [Read more...] about India grows fastest among major economies, Omicron risks seen
Speciality chemicals company Aether Industries Ltd has set a price band of Rs 610-642 a share for initial public offering. Earlier, the firm said its IPO will open on May 24 for subscription and close on May 26. The basis of allotment expected on May 31, credit of shares expected on Jun 2 and the firm may be listed on exchanges on June 3. The IPO consists of a fresh issue of Rs 627 crore and an offer-for-sale of up to 2.82 million shares by its existing shareholders and promoters. On the upper end of the price band, the firm will raise around Rs 801 crore. The proceeds from the issue worth Rs 190 crore will be used to fund proposed greenfield projects in Surat. The firm will also use Rs 138 crore from proceeds to pay debts. The company will use Rs 165 crore for funding working capital requirements. Close HDFC Bank Ltd and Kotak Mahindra Capital Co Ltd are the lead managers to the issue. Aether Industries is a speciality chemicals manufacturer in India … [Read more...] about Aether Industries sets price band at Rs 610-642 a share for its IPO
In first trades on listing, shares of the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India traded at Rs 872 against issue price of Rs 949 . At this price, all investors — including policy holders, employees, and retail investors who got shares at a discount of Rs 40-60 per share — lost money. It would appear that someone started buying large quantities of LIC shares thereafter. It reached a high of almost Rs 919 per share. In the first 20 minutes, 20 million LIC shares, about 10 percent of IPO, got traded. Despite a firm market the entire day, LIC remained subdued trading at a near fixed price of Rs 875 for most of the day, and closed at Rs 875.25 . Soon we will know details of who sold and bought during the day. It looks quite likely that a good chunk of policy-holders, employees, and retail investors used this opportunity to exit. Was It Enough? Close LIC’s paid up equity capital is Rs 6,325 crore. The Government of India initially wanted to sell 5 percent of … [Read more...] about LIC | Will shares catch up with its true valuation?