Asian equities were mostly lower on Wednesday after Wall Street logged its fourth straight session of losses amid uncertainty surrounding U.S. budget discussions.
Private equity investment in Indian infrastructure is poised to pick up following a lengthy dry patch as debt-stressed operators come under pressure from banks to offload assets.
India's BSE Ltd, the former Bombay Stock Exchange which has lost market share to rivals, has chosen 14 banks for a share offering planned for the first half of 2013.
*MasterCard quarterly profit rises 8 percent. Oct 31- Increased consumer spending and card use worldwide drove quarterly profits higher for Visa Inc and MasterCard Inc, according to new financial reports from the two payments companies.
Oct 31- MasterCard Inc reported a quarterly profit that handily topped market estimates as more people, particularly in Asia, opted to use credit and debit cards instead of cash. MasterCard has been boosting its presence outside the United States, cashing in on higher-growth markets in Asia and the Nordic countries.
MUMBAI, India-- ICICI Bank reported a better-than-expected 30 percent rise in quarterly profit Friday on strong interest income and demand for retail loans, as India's largest private lender managed to improve loan quality despite rising corporate defaults.
MUMBAI, Oct 12- Indian shares snapped a five-week streak of gains on Friday as bellwether Infosys Ltd. Worries that India would post high inflation data on Monday and erode prospects of interest rates cut from the central bank at the end of the month hit financial stocks such as ICICI Bank.
falls 0.66 percent while the 50- share NSE index is down 0.56 percent heading to their first weekly fall after five weeks of straight gains. drops 5.5 percent after disappointing investors with weaker-than-expected margins and took a conservative view on its full-year earnings.
Oct 12- HDFC Bank, India's No.3 lender, met forecasts with a 30 percent year-on-year rise in second quarter profit, led by stronger loan growth, greater fee income and stable net interest margins.
Oct 12- HDFC Bank, India's No.3 lender, met forecasts with a 30 percent rise in quarterly profit, led by stronger loan growth, better fee income and stable net interest margins.
The company also said revenue growth forecast for the current fiscal year that ends in March 2013 does not include the revenue from Lodestone Holding AG. India's benchmark 10- year bond yield. India's benchmark 5- year OIS up 3 bp at 7.00 percent, while the 1- year rate up 1 bp at 7.61 percent.
MUMBAI, Oct 11- India's ICICI bank has cut its floating rate on home loans by up to 100 basis points until December end, the country's second-largest lender said on Thursday. For loans up to 3 million rupees the bank will charge 10.25 percent interest, ICICI said. It earlier used to charge 10.5 percent for loans up to 3 million rupees.
The Reserve Bank of India may buy 1.2 trillion rupees of bonds in the second half of fiscal 2012/ 13, or 60 percent of the planned issuance, to offset incremental liquidity tightness, BarCap estimates. India's benchmark 5- year OIS is down 1 basis point at 6.96 percent.
*S&P says India still faces risk of rating downgrade. *India FY13 car sales growth f'cast slashed to 1-3 pct. S&P said the recent reform steps initiated by the government had helped in "slightly" revising its view on the country's credit rating, but warned India still faced a one-in-three chance of a credit rating downgrade within the next 24 months.
MUMBAI, Oct 10- Indian shares provisionally ended lower on Wednesday led by a fall in banking stocks including ICICI Bank. ICICI Bank fell 0.95 percent while State Bank of India. Ahead of corporate earnings on Friday, Infosys.
falls 0.64 percent, while the 50- share NSE index is down 0.68 percent, as profit-taking hits private lenders, including ICICI Bank. falls 1.1 percent after gaining 1.14 percent on Tuesday, while HDFC Bank. *Blue chip capital goods stocks also hit by profit-taking: Larsen& Toubro.
MUMBAI, Oct 10- India's Housing Development Finance Corp plans to raise up to 5 billion rupees through one-year one-day bonds at 9.10 percent, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.
The BSE index fell 0.58 percent and the 50- share NSE index also declined 0.64 percent after S&P warned about a possible downgrade in India's credit rating, reiterating its June stance if growth prospects and external position worsen, or fiscal reforms slow. India's benchmark 10- year bond yield. India's benchmark 5- year OIS up 1 bp at 6.97 percent.
India's benchmark 10- year bond yield. India's benchmark 5- year OIS rate flat at 6.96 percent. India's one-day cash rate at 8.05-8.10 percent versus its previous close of 8.00/ 8.05 as demand was largely stable in the first week of the two-week reporting cycle.
S Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will visit Mumbai. *Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to speak at International Energy ministers meeting in New Delhi. *World Steel Association's 2- day annual conference in New Delhi.