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Bank in Asia cuts credit to French lenders

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One bank in Asia has cut credit lines to major French lenders while five other banks in Asia are reviewing trades and counterparty risk as worries about the exposure of French banks to peripheral euro zone debt mounts, banking sources told Reuters on Thursday.

Rumours on Wednesday that France was to lose its AAA rating, later denied by ratings agencies, helped trigger the biggest widening in the European credit default swap index since the credit crunch in 2008.

That sudden rise in risk perception, combined with sharp share price falls in French banks, prompted some banks in Asia to speed up reviews of counterparty risk and look at whether they should cut exposure to European lenders, sources at each of the six banks in Asia said.


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JSW Steel to raise output at Karnataka plant

India’s No.3 steelmaker JSW Steel said on Monday it plans to raise production at its plant in Karnataka state after the Supreme Court partially lifted an iron ore mining ban imposed in a key region of the state.

The Mumbai-based steelmaker has a capacity of 11 million tonnes per annum (MTPA), with plants in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu state, and requires 18 MTPA of iron ore to operate them at full capacity, it said.

On Friday, Supreme Court allowed state-run miner NMDC to mine up to 1 million tonnes per month of the steel-making ingredient from 6 August in Bellary.

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Patient threatened by rating agency medicine

The problem with rating agency and IMF calls for governments to tighten fiscal policy is that monetary policy cannot offset it under current circumstances. We have reached the zero lower bound for interest rates in Japan, the US and UK while quantitative easing in its current form has disappointed.
I would feel relaxed about fiscal tightening if interest rates were 10 per cent or more and central banks could cut them as inflation dropped. But I am not convinced monetary policy can take up the strain if we are seeing fiscal retrenchment at the same time. An expansion of both fiscal and monetary policy offers the best hope for the future.


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Godrej goes global its own way

If a Western firm did this, it might be clobbered by fund managers for being too thinly spread.
Indian investors have been more open-minded: Godrej Consumer’s shares have more than tripled since the end of 2007, valuing the firm at $3.2 billion. Mr Godrej says the key is to pick niche products with sizeable local market shares which pass under the radar of big global rivals.
Aware of its limited pool of managers and knowledge of new countries, Godrej grants the acquired firms autonomy.


Sesa Goa to buy 51% stake in Western Cluster

Sesa Goa, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources, on Saturday said it will buy 51% stake in an iron ore making firm in Liberia for $90 million in an all-cash deal.
“We are highly delighted with this opportunity to consolidate our iron ore business.
Elenilto has more than 100 exploration and mining licences with over 10,000 sq km area in Africa and Europe.

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