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13 октября 2016, 02:00

Research indicates Indian consumer’s preference for the Indian Gold Coin

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Indian Gold Coin currently available at select branches of four Indian banks – Indian Overseas Bank, Federal Bank, Vijaya Bank and Yes Bank  The Indian Gold Coin is among the key initiatives of the gold monetisation programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5th November 2015 and is the country's first sovereign gold coin. A detailed study commissioned by the MMTC and...

05 сентября 2013, 23:50

This Is Panic: Smuggling Diamonds Out Of India

Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog, Asia is a damned excited part of the world. And Singapore is the financial epicenter of all of it. For the last 24-hours, banker and fund manager friends of mine have been telling me stories about oil refinery deals in North Korea, their crazy investments in Myanmar, and the utter exodus of global wealth that is finding its way to Singapore. My colleagues reported that in the last few weeks they’ve begun seeing two new groups moving serious money into Singapore– customers from Japan and India. Both are very clear-cut cases of people who need to get their money out of dodge ASAP. In Japan, the government has indebted itself to the tune of 230% of GDP… a total exceeding ONE QUADRILLION yen. That’s a “1? with 15 zerooooooooooooooos after it. And according to the Japanese government’s own figures, they spent a mind-boggling 24.3% of their entire national tax revenue just to pay interest on the debt last year! Apparently somewhere between this untenable fiscal position and the radiation leak at Fukishima, a few Japanese people realized that their confidence in the system was misguided. So they came to Singapore. Or at least, they sent some funds here. Now, if the government defaults on its debts or ignites a currency crisis (both likely scenarios given the raw numbers), then those folks will at least preserve a portion of their savings in-tact. But if nothing happens and Japan limps along, they won’t be worse off for having some cash in a strong, stable, well-capitalized banking jurisdiction like Singapore. India, however, is an entirely different story. It’s already melting down. My colleagues tell me that Indian nationals are coming here by the planeful trying to move their money to Singapore. Over the last three months, markets in India have gone haywire, and the currency (rupee) has dropped 20%. This is an astounding move for a currency, especially for such a large economy. As a result, the government in India has imposed severe capital controls. They’ve locked people’s funds down, restricted foreign accounts, and curbed gold imports. People are panicking. They’ve already lost confidence in the system... and as the rupee plummets, they’re taking whatever they can to Singapore. As one of my bankers put it, “They’re getting killed on the exchange rates. But even with the rupee as low as it is, they’re still changing their money and bringing it here.” Many of them are taking serious risks to do so. I’ve been told that some wealthy Indians are trying to smuggle in diamonds... anything they can do to skirt the controls. (This doesn’t exactly please the regulators here who have been trying to put a more compliant face on Singapore’s once-cowboy banking system...) The contrast is very interesting. From Japan, people who see the writing on the wall just want to be prepared with a sensible solution. They’re taking action before anything happens. From India, though, people are in a panicked frenzy. They waited until AFTER the crisis began to start taking any of these steps. As a result, they’re suffering heavy losses and taking substantial risks. The same contrast holds true for anyone else. Each of the international diversification topics we routinely discuss– like establishing a foreign bank account or second residency overseas– make sense in theory, on an intellectual level. But they might not be a priority right now. Life gets in the way. Looking at the contrast between these two groups, though, underscores how important it is to take these steps early while the window of opportunity is still open.    

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09 июля 2013, 16:12

Индия: правительство вложит в подконтрольные государству банки более $2 млрд

Правительство Индии планирует до конца сентября текущего года инвестировать около 140 млрд рупий ($2,3 млрд) в подконтрольные государству банки с целью стимулирования кредитования и снижения рисков на фоне замедления темпов роста экономики. Сообщается, что в число банков, в бизнес которых будут осуществлены вливания правительства, попали такие кредиторы как IDBI Bank, Bank of Maharastra, Dena Ban и Indian Overseas Bank.

28 марта 2013, 23:25

Ignore Banks' Bearish Statements on Gold

Jeff ClarkCasey Research Goldman Sachs has lowered its gold price projections and says the metal is headed to $1,200. Credit Suisse and UBS are bearish. Citigroup says the gold bull market is over. So I guess it's time to pack it in, right? Not so fast. As we've written before, these types of analysts have been consistently wrong about gold throughout this bull cycle. Another reason to disagree, however, is history; we've seen this movie before. In the middle of one of the greatest gold bull markets in modern history – the one that culminated in the 1980 peak – gold experienced a 20-month, one-way decline. Every time it seemed to stabilize, the bottom would fall out again. From December 30, 1974 to August 25, 1976, gold fell a whopping 47%. 1976 had to be a tough year for gold investors. The price had already been declining for a year – and it just kept on sinking. Since that's similar to what we're experiencing today, I wondered, What were the pundits were saying then? I wanted to find out.I enlisted the help of two local librarians, along with my wife and son, to dig up some quotes from that year. It wasn't easy, because publications weren't in digital form yet, and electronic searches had limited success. But we did uncover some nuggets I thought you might find interesting. The context for that year is that the IMF had three major gold auctions from June to September, dumping a lot of gold onto the market. Both the US and the Soviet Union were also selling gold at the time. It was no secret that the US was trying to remove gold from the monetary system; direct convertibility of the dollar to gold had ended on August 15, 1971. google_ad_client = "pub-1897954795849722"; /* 468x60, created 6/30/10 */ google_ad_slot = "8230781418"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; The public statements below were all made in 1976. You'll see that they aren't all necessarily bearish, but I included a range to give a sense of what was happening at the time, especially regarding the mood of the gold market. I think you'll agree that much of this sounds awfully darn familiar. I couldn't resist making a few comments of my own, too. To highlight the timing, I put the comments into a price chart, pinpointing when they were said relative to the market. Keep in mind as you read them that the gold price bottomed on August 25, and then began a three-and-a-half year, 721% climb… [1] "For the moment at least, the party seems to be over." New York Times, March 26.[2] "Though happily out of the precious metal, Mr. Heim is no more bullish on the present state of the stock market than any of the unreconstructed gold bugs he's had so much fun twitting of late. He's urging his clients to put their money into Treasury bills." New York Times, March 26. Me: These comments remind me of those today who poke fun at gold investors. I wonder if Mr. Heim was still "twitting" a couple years later?[3] "'It's a seller's market. No one is buying gold,' a dealer in Zurich said." New York Times, July 20. Turns out this would've been an incredible buyer's market – but only for those with the courage to buy more when gold dropped still lower before taking off again.[4] "Though the price recovered to $111 by week's end, that is still a dismal figure for gold bugs, who not long ago were forecasting prices of $300 or more." Time magazine, August 2.The "gold bugs" were eventually right; gold hit $300 almost exactly three years later, a 170% rise.[5] "Meanwhile, the economic conditions that triggered the gold boom of 1973 through 1974, have largely disappeared. The dollar is steady, world inflation rates have come down, and the general panic set off by the oil crisis has abated. All those trends reduce the distrust of paper money that moves many speculators to put their funds in gold." Time magazine, August 2. This view ended up being shortsighted, as these conditions all reversed before the decade was over. Does this sound similar to pundits today claiming the reasons for buying gold have disappeared?[6] "Our own predictions are that gold will go below $100, with some hesitation possible at the $100 level." As stated by Mr. Heim in the August 19 New York Times. Yes, this is the same gentleman as #2 above. I wonder how many of his clients were still with him a few years later?[7] "Currently, Mr. LaLoggia has this to say: 'There is simply nothing in the economic picture today to cause a rush into gold. The technical damage caused by the decline is enormous and it cannot be erased quickly. Avoid gold and gold stocks.'" New York Times, August 19.You can see that these comments were made literally within days of the bottom! Take note, technical analysts.[8] "'Gold was an inflation hedge in the early 1970s,' the Citibank letter says. 'But money is now a gold-price hedge.'" New York Times, August 29. Wow, were they kidding?! This reminds me of those dimwits journalists who said in 2011 to not invest in gold because it isn't "backed by anything."[9] "Private American purchases of gold, once this was legalized at the end of 1974, never materialized on a large scale. If the gold bugs have indeed been routed, special responsibilities fall on the victorious dollar." New York Times, August 29. The USD's purchasing power has declined by 80% since this article declared the dollar "victorious."[10] "Some experts, with good records in gold trading, declare it is still too early to buy bullion." New York Times, September 12. Too bad; they could've cleaned up.[11] "Wall Street's biggest brokerage houses, after having scorned gold investments during the bargain days of the late 1960s and early 1970s, made a great display of arriving late at the party." New York Times, September 12. No comment necessary.[12] "He believes the price of bullion is headed below $100 an ounce. 'Who wants to put money over there now?'" As stated by Lawrence Helm in the New York Times, September 12. The price of gold had bottomed two weeks before, making the timing of this advice about the worst it could possibly be.[13] Author Elliot Janeway, whose book jacket states, "Presidents listen to him," was asked by a book reviewer about his preferred investments. He writes: "Then, gold and silver? He likes neither. In fact he writes: 'Any argument against putting your trust in gold, and backing it up with money, goes double for silver: silver is fool's gold.'" New York Times, November 21. Mr. Janeway ate his words big-time: from the date of his comments to silver's peak of $50 on January 21, 1980, silver rose 1,055%![14] "Mr. Holt admits that 'in 1974, intense speculation caused the gold price to get too far ahead of itself.'" New York Times, December 19. So, anything sound familiar here? Yes, it was a brutal time for gold investors, but what's obvious is that those who looked only at the price and ignored the fundamentals ended up eating their words and dispensing horrible advice. Investors who followed the "wisdom of the day" missed out on one of the greatest opportunities for profit in their lifetimes. I was pleased to learn, though, that not all comments were negative in 1976. In fact, in the middle of the "great selloff," there were those who remained stanchly bullish. These investors must've been viewed as outliers – they, much like some of us now, were the contrarians of the day. Also from 1976…"Many gold issues, in fact, are down 40 percent or more from their highs. Investors who overstayed the market are apparently making their disenchantment known. The current issue of the Lowe Investment and Financial Letter says, 'We are showing losses on our gold mining share recommended list… but keep in mind that these shares are for the long-term as investments.'" New York Times, March 26. Sounds like what you might read in an issue of a Casey Research metals newsletter.. "The time to buy gold shares," [James Dines] declares, "is when there is blood in the streets." New York Times, September 12. If you glance at the chart above, Jim's comments were made within two weeks of the absolute low. "We're recommending to clients that they hold gold and gold shares," [C. Austin Barker, consulting economist] says. "The low-production-cost mines in South Africa might be interesting to buy for the longer term because I see further inflation ahead." New York Times, September 12. Investors who listened to Mr. Barker ended up seeing massive gains in their gold and gold equity holdings. "The probability of runaway inflation by 1980 is 50%... In light of this, the only safe investments are gold, silver, and Swiss francs,'" said the late Harry Browne on November 21 in the New York Times.   "In the longer run, [Jeffrey Nichols of Argus Research] believes gold's price trend 'is much more likely to be upward than downward.'" New York Times, December 19. The "longer run" won. "'I think the intermediate outlook for gold is a period of consolidation and a bit of dullness,' says Mr. Werden. 'However, six or nine months from now, we could see renewed interest in gold.'" New York Times, December 19. He was right; within nine months gold had risen 13.5%. "Mr. Holt offers some advice to investors who are taking tax losses on their South African gold shares – some of which are selling at just 30 to 35 percent of their peak prices in 1974. 'If leverage has worked against you on the way down,' he reasons, 'why not take advantage of it on the way up?'" New York Times, December 19. Solid advice for investors today, too. "What's his [Thomas J. Holt] prediction for the future price of gold? 'A new high, reaching above $200 an ounce, within the next couple years.'" New York Times, December 19. His prediction was conservative; gold reached $200 nineteen months later, by July 1978. It's clear that there were positive "voices in the wilderness" during that big correction, and as we all know, those who listened profited mightily. There were other interesting tidbits, too. For example, gold stocks had been performing so poorly for so long that some advisors suggested a strategy we also hear today…"It is probably too late to sell gold shares, the stock market's worst-acting group these days, except for one possible strategy: selling to take a tax loss and switching into a comparable gold security to retain a position in the group." New York Times, September 12. Even back then, it was widely known that gold often bucks the trend of the broader markets…"You might put a small portion of your money into gold shares and pray like the dickens that you lose half of it. In that way, chances are that if gold shares go down, the rest of your stock portfolio will go up." New York Times, September 12. Gold miners provided critical revenue and jobs, just like today. From the August 2 issue of Time magazine…"South Africa, the world's largest gold producer, is being hurt the most. The price drop will cost it at least $200 million in potential export earnings this year." "Layoffs at the gold mines would make it even worse – the joblessness could intensify South Africa's explosive racial unrest." The Soviet Union, the world's second-largest gold producer, is feeling the price drop, too. The Soviets depend on gold sales to get hard currency needed to buy US grain and other imports." Gold was also used as collateral…"The international gold market was also roiled yesterday by a report by the Commodity News Service that Iran was negotiating to lend South Africa roughly $600 million, predicated on a collateral of 6.25 million ounces of gold." And just like today, there were plenty of stupid misguided US politicians: From the New York Times on August 27:"The drop in gold bullion prices from $126, which was the average at the first IMF auction June 2, provoked the Swiss National Bank to attack Washington's attitude toward the metal as 'childish.' Aside from the estimated $4.8 billion of gold reserves held by Switzerland, bankers there advocate some role for the metal as a form of discipline against unrestricted printing of paper money." That last statement from the Swiss bankers is hauntingly just as true today. Last, you know how the government in India has been tinkering with the precious-metals market in its country? And how it's led to smuggling? From the New York Times on August 27:"India announced it was resuming its ban on the export of silver. India is believed to have the largest silver hoard and the government there freed exports earlier this year as a means of earning taxes levied on overseas sales. However, most silver dealers minimized the significance of India's move yesterday. As one dealer explained, 'Smuggling silver out of India is so ingrained there that the ban will have no effect on the flow. It never has. Indian silver will continue to ebb and flow into the world market according to price.'" So what's the difference in mood today vs. the mid-1970s? Nothing! This shows that the same concerns, fears, and confusion we have now existed at a similar point in the gold market then. There were also those who saw the big picture and stayed vigilant. Virtually every comment made in 1976 could apply to today. Keep in mind that most of the statements above are from two publications only; there are undoubtedly many more similar comments from that year. The obvious lesson here is that patience won out in the end. It took the gold price three years and seven months to return to its December 1974 high. It only took another 18 months to soar to $850. Today, that would be the equivalent of gold falling until June this year, and not returning to its $1,921 high until April, 2015. It would also mean we climb to $6,227 and get there in November, 2016. Could you wait that long for a fourfold return? This review of history gives us the confidence to know that our gold investments are on the right track. I hope you'll join me and everyone else at Casey Research in accepting this message from history and staying the course. So, what will your kids or grandkids read in a few decades?"Buy gold. It's going a lot higher." Jeff Clark, Casey Research, March 24, 2013. 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21 марта 2013, 21:10

Under CISPA, Who Can Get Your Data?

Rainey ReitmanEFF Under CISPA, companies can collect your information in order to "protect the rights and property" of the company, and then share that information with third parties, including the government, so long as it is for "cybersecurity purposes." Companies aren't required to strip out personally identifiable information from the data they give to the government, and the government can then use the information for purposes wholly unrelated to cybersecurity – such as "national security," a term the bill leaves undefined. One question we sometimes get is: Under CISPA, which government agencies can receive this data? For example, could the FBI, NSA, or Immigration and Customs Enforcement receive data if CISPA were to pass? The answer is yes. Any government agency could receive data from companies if this were to pass, meaning identifiable data could be flowing to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the National Security Agency, or even the Food and Drug Administration. Below is a list of agencies that could get your data under CISPA (Thanks, Wikipedia!). Note that this is just agencies we've identified; it's possible there are even more we haven't listed here.Find this offensive and deeply concerning? Email Congress today to oppose CISPA. google_ad_client = "pub-1897954795849722"; /* 468x60, created 6/30/10 */ google_ad_slot = "8230781418"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; Under CISPA, which government agencies can get your data? Executive Office of the PresidentAgencies within the Executive Office of the President: Council of Economic Advisers Council on Environmental Quality Domestic Policy Council National Economic Council National Security Council Office of Administration Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Office of Management and Budget Office of National AIDS Policy Office of National Drug Control Policy Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement Office of Science and Technology Policy Office of the President Office of the First Lady Office of the First Children Office of the Vice President Office of the Second Lady Office of the Second Children President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board President's Intelligence Oversight Board President's Intelligence Advisory Board United States Trade Representative White House Office White House Military OfficeUnited States Department of AgricultureAgencies within the Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Marketing Service Agricultural Research Service Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion Economic Research Service Farm Service Agency Commodity Credit Corporation Food and Nutrition Service Food Safety and Inspection Service Foreign Agricultural Service Forest Service Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration Marketing and Regulatory Programs National Agricultural Statistics Service National Institute of Food and Agriculture 4-H Natural Resources Conservation Service Risk Management Agency Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Rural Business and Cooperative Programs Office of Rural Development Research, Education and Economics Rural Housing Service Rural Utilities ServiceUnited States Department of CommerceAgencies 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Transition Commercialization Office Long Range Broad Agency Announcement Office Product Transition Office Safety Act Office Technology Transfer OfficeDivisions Border and Maritime Security Division Chemical and Biological Division Command, Control and Interoperability Division Explosives Division Human Factors Division Infrastructure/Geophysical DivisionOffices and Institutes Business Operations Division Executive Secretariat Office Human Capital Office Key Security Office Office of the Chief Administrative Officer Office of the Chief Information Officer Planning and Management Corporate Communications Division Interagency and First Responders Programs Division International Cooperative Programs Office Operations Analysis Division Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute Strategy, Policy and Budget Division Special Programs Division Test & Evaluation and Standards DivisionUnited States Department of Housing and 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Cyprus works on Plan B to stave off bankruptcy (AP) Cyprus seeks Russian bailout aid, EU threatens cutoff (Reuters) Freddie Mac Sues Multiple Banks Over Libor Manipulation (BBG) Bernanke Seen Keeping Up Pace of QE Until Fourth Quarter (Bloomberg) Italian president seeks way out of political stalemate (Reuters) Chinese factories struggle to keep staff (FT) BlackBerry Inventor Starts Fund to Make Star Trek Device Reality (Bloomberg) South Korean banks, media report network crash (CBC) Osborne Should Be Fired, Voters Say in Pre-Budget Poll (Bloomberg) Obama Begins First Visit to Israel as President (WSJ) Anadarko finds ‘potentially giant’ oilfield (FT) Britain's Osborne boxed in by austerity on budget day (Reuters) MF Global reaches agreement with JPMorgan (FT) Overnight Media Digest WSJ * JP Morgan Chase & Co was downgraded in a confidential government scorecard over concerns about the company's management and its board, a blow to a firm that has long been considered one of the best-run on Wall Street. * Walgreen Co, Alliance Boots GmbH and AmerisourceBergen Corp are forming a partnership to distribute and sell prescription drugs, a move that could transform the way medications are purchased and shipped globally. * Federal regulators are investigating Microsoft Corp's relationship with business partners that allegedly bribed foreign government officials in return for software contracts, according to people familiar with the matter. * The European banks that own Visa Europe may soon decide to sell the credit-card organization to U.S.-based Visa Inc and set up a rival system in Europe. * SABMiller Plc and Diageo Plc are in a race to target lower-income African drinkers. One of the main ways brewers are expanding market share in Africa: specially negotiated tax deals that help them keep prices low. * Eclat Textile Co, the Taiwanese supplier to Lululemon Athletica Inc hit back saying the clothes it shipped weren't "problematic" after the yoga-clothes retailer blamed it for producing a shipment of pants that were unacceptably see-through. * The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp, known as Freddie Mac, sued more than a dozen of the world's biggest banks for alleged manipulation of interest rates, in the first government-backed private litigation over the rate-rigging scandal. * Volkswagen AG will recall 384,181 vehicles sold in China due to gearbox problems, according to China's quality-control agency, following a critical television report that illustrates the power of state-run media over foreign brands. * In Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Brookfield Asset Management Inc is betting that it can put together the pieces of an investment that was undercut by the U.S. recession and drug wars. * Executives for American Airlines and US Airways Group Inc on Tuesday defended their planned merger against claims from consumer advocates who said it could lead to higher fares, fewer regional routes and decreased competition.   FT Finance minister George Osborne on Tuesday ordered ministers to come up with 2.5 billion pounds of extra spending cuts as the government seeks to use the proceeds of the cuts towards long-term investments. Cyprus's parliament overwhelmingly rejected a proposed levy on bank deposits as a condition for a European bailout on Tuesday, throwing international efforts to rescue the latest casualty of the euro zone debt crisis into disarray. U.S. mortgage finance company Freddie Mac has sued more than a dozen big global banks and the British Bankers Association for alleged manipulation of the Libor benchmark interest rate. Budget Irish airline Ryanair handed Boeing its largest European order ever on Tuesday, a deal for 175 jets worth $16 billion. BAE Systems has frozen the pay of Chief Executive Ian King and two other top executives, after group earnings were hit by U.S. budget cuts and delays to a deal with Saudi Arabia. Oil and gas company BG Group is set to sign a 20-year contract worth as much as $20 billion to provide liquefied natural gas to the western Indian state of Gujarat IntercontinentalExchange has revised the structure of its proposed acquisition of NYSE Euronext to help the deal get regulatory approval. Spanish construction group FCC will announce on Wednesday a plan to sell more than 2 billion euros ($2.58 billion) worth of assets to cut debt as a result of the country's devastating property crash.   NYT * JP Morgan Chase & Co will make changes to protect consumers who have borrowed money from a rising power on the Internet - payday lenders offering short - term loans with interest rates that can exceed 500 percent. * Cyprus lawmakers rejected a 10 billion euro bailout package on Tuesday, sending President Nicos Anastasiades back to the drawing board to devise a new plan that might still enable the country to receive a financial lifeline while avoiding a default that could reignite the euro crisis. * Federal authorities are examining Microsoft Corp's involvement with companies and individuals that are accused of paying bribes to overseas government officials in exchange for business, according to a person briefed on the inquiry. * Monster Beverage Corp, United State's biggest seller of energy drinks, has decided after a decade of selling the popular high-caffeine Monster Energy as a dietary supplement to market it as a beverage, a switch that will bring significant changes in how it is regulated. * In a forehead-slapping development, Neiman Marcus and two other retailers settled federal claims that they had marketed rabbit, raccoon and other real fur as fake fur. * A former candidate for governor of Oregon was arrested in Florida on Tuesday and accused of defrauding investors who hoped to buy shares of Facebook Inc before its initial public offering in 2012, federal authorities said. * Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista confirmed Tuesday that he was negotiating to sell part of his stake in MPX Energia SA , his natural gas and electricity generation company, which has over $3 billion in debt.   Canada THE GLOBE AND MAIL * The last time childhood friends Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin decided to work together, they ended up inventing the BlackBerry, creating the modern smartphone industry and turning Research In Motion into what was briefly Canada's most valuable company. Now, after revolutionizing the wireless industry and cementing their home base of Waterloo, Ontario, as a tech hotspot, the two men have reunited in a business venture that, albeit different, is no less bold. In an interview Wednesday, Lazaridis detailed a brand-new, $100-million venture capital fund that he will run with Fregin. Called Quantum Valley Investments, it is an initiative that pools some of the two wealthy men's money behind a vision to make Waterloo the centre of entirely new industries focused on the immense but largely untapped power of quantum computing. * With Keystone XL and other pipeline projects hanging in the balance, Alberta Premier Alison Redford says questions from opposition parties about the province's environmental record are "not good for Canada." Reports in the business section: * Canada's Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, has pressed Manulife Bank into reversing a mortgage rate cut, underscoring the government's determination to prevent lenders from stoking the housing market at a time of soaring consumer debt. NATIONAL POST * Former Alberta premier Ralph Klein is seriously ill in the Calgary seniors' facility that has been his home since 2011. Klein, who led Alberta from 1992 to 2006, has been suffering from frontal lobe dementia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. FINANCIAL POST * Alamos Gold Inc has abandoned its hostile bid for Aurizon Mines Ltd after a provincial regulator refused to strike down a controversial break fee from a rival offer. The move frees up Hecla Mining Co to complete a friendly C$796 million takeover of Aurizon, combining two companies focused on precious metals in North America. * In what appears to be a divide-and-conquer strategy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper named a special representative Tuesday to investigate first hand why First Nations in British Columbia are so opposed to energy infrastructure projects, including the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline.   China CHINA SECURITIES JOURNAL -- Dozens of companies have submitted self-examination reports to the China Securities Regulatory Commission for initial public offerings while others were planning to cancel the process ahead of a deadline, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. -- Stock investors are expected soon to be allowed to engage in margin trading six months after opening brokerage accounts rather than the current 18 months, several securities companies told the newspaper. -- Individual home loans in Shanghai increased 5.56 billion yuan in February from a year earlier, the city's branch of the People's Bank of China said. -- China's National Energy Administration said it will approve power projects during the 12th five-year plan that will be able to produce 28.72 million kilowatts. 21st CENTURY BUSINESS HERALD -- About 20 billion yuan from cash deposits flowed out of China's 'big four' banks in early March, an authority at a state-owned bank said. SHANGHAI DAILY -- Shanghai will take further measures to rein in car plate prices if current curbs fail to cool speculation at this month's auction, the government said. Auto license plates have sold at auction for record prices for eight straight months and surpassed 80,000 yuan in February. CHINA DAILY -- Debts accumulated by the now-defunct railways ministry could lead to price increases that may render train travel more expensive than flying, a leading rail engineer with the Chinese Academy of Engineering said. PEOPLE'S DAILY -- A survey by the People's Bank of China showed 68 percent residents think domestic house prices are unacceptably high and most of them think prices will continue to rise in the next quarter. Fly On The Wall 7:00 Am Market Spanshot ANALYST RESEARCH Upgrades AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CitigroupBlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan StanleyCummins (CMI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William BlairPolycom (PLCM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at GoldmanSpreadtrum (SPRD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at JefferiesSyntel (SYNT) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at SusquehannaWalgreen (WAG) upgraded to Buy from Sell at CitigroupWalgreen (WAG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorganWalter Investment (WAC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee Downgrades AGCO (AGCO) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells FargoAmerisourceBergen (ABC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at ISI GroupCardinal Health (CAH) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI GroupCardinal Health (CAH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at CitigroupCimarex Energy (XEC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR CapitalDeere (DE) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells FargoMaxwell (MXWL) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper JaffrayTesoro Logistics (TLLP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at WunderlichZynga (ZNGA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill Initiations Cardinal Health (CAH) coverage resumed with an Overweight at JPMorganFortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at MizuhoPalo Alto (PANW) initiated with a Neutral at MizuhoSarepta (SRPT) initiated with an Outperform at William BlairServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland SecuritiesThe Fresh Market (TFM) initiated with a Strong Buy at Raymond JamesWhole Foods (WFM) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James HOT STOCKS American Realty (ARCP) offered to buy CCPT III for at least $5.7BJPMorgan (JPM), MF Global (MFGLQ) reached $546M settlementDeutsche Bank (DB) raised provisions for litigation, lowered net incomeDirecTV (DTV), Univision signed multi-year agreementKraft Foods (KRFT) sees long-term mid-to-high single digit EPS growthWilliams-Sonoma (WSM) sees three year EPS growth in low double-digits to mid-teensConocoPhillips (COP) announced significant oil discovery in deepwater Gulf of MexicoAdobe (ADBE) CEO told CNBC he sees 10%-15% CAGR as growth rate for ”Creative” businessErickson Air-Crane (EAC) acquired Evergreen Helicopters for $250MLATAM Airlines (LFL) lowered FY13 passenger ASK growth guidance EARNINGS Companies that beat consensus earnings expectations last night and today include:Lennar (LEN), Williams-Sonoma (WSM), AAR Corp. (AIR), Adobe (ADBE) Companies that missed consensus earnings expectations include:Cintas (CTAS) NEWSPAPERS/WEBSITES JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) was downgraded in a confidential government scorecard by the the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency over concerns about the company's management and its board, a blow to a firm that has long been considered one of the best-run on Wall Street, the Wall Street Journal reports With Walgeen (WAG), AmerisourceBergen (ABC) and Alliance Boots forming a large new partnership to distribute and sell prescription drugs, the move could transform the way medications are purchased and shipped globally, the Wall Street Journal reports The Fed looks set to sustain its $85B monthly bond-buying stimulus despite improving U.S. economic data as a new flare-up in the euro zone crisis reminds officials of a risky global environment, Reuters reports Patent competition in the U.S. is usually a fierce arena for private companies, but now the South Korean and French governments are joining in as they launch patent-acquisition companies, with the goal of helping domestic technology firms and possibly making some money in the process. China and Japan are making moves into the business as well, Reuters reports South Korean stocks declined the most in two months, with the Kospi index extending losses in the last minute of trading as a possible cyber attack shut down computer networks at some of the largest banks and broadcasters, Bloomberg reports Retailers like Wal-Mart (WMT) see an opportunity to claim victory in a lobbying battle against online companies (EBAY) that don’t collect sales tax from their customers. They’re urging U.S. senators to take a non-binding vote this week to demonstrate support for allowing states to impose sales taxes on out-of-state online sellers, Bloomberg reports SYNDICATE Cardiovascular Systems (CSII) files to sell common stockHawaiian Electric Industries (HE) 6.1M share Secondary priced at $26.75Memorial Production (MEMP) files to sell 8.5M common unitsModel N (MODN) 6.74M share IPO priced at $15.50New Mountain Finance (NMFC) files to sell 2M shares of common stockNew Mountain Finance (NMFC) files to sell 4M shares of common stock for holdersParkway Properties (PKY) 11M share Spot Secondary priced at $17.25RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ) files to sell 11.5M shares of common stock