In business news, IT Major Satyam faced the ire of its shareholders and called off .6 billion deal to buy family owned infrastructure firms Maytas Properties and Maytas Infrastructure. Satyam was forced to backtrack on its plans within a day after its board approved the acquisition of Maytas Infra for 0 million for 51 per cent stake and Maytas Properties for .3 billion. The deal has severely damaged the credibility of the Hyderabad based IT firm and raised questions over its future that too in midst of deepening global recession. The deal announcement also triggered the 55 per cent drop in the company's share value on the American bourses. During the investors conference following the deal, Satyam founder and chairman B Ramalinga Raju, was in the eye of the storm by institutional investors in Satyam.
In India business news, state-owned banks on December 15 lowered interest rates for the struggling micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in a series of efforts to boost the sagging demand in housing sector. Under the special home package, new home loan borrowers can avail home loans up to Rs 5 lakh at an interest rate of 8.5 per cent while 9.25 per cent interest rate would be charged for home loans between Rs 5-20 lakh. Along with this, the government also lowered interest rate on loans to micro, small and medium enterprises. The move is aimed to tide over the current liquidity crisis which has severely affected these industries. Although the move failed to enthuse realtors as well as existing borrowers, but it was a clear indication by the state owned banks that a soft interest rate regime is here to stay.
In a major effort to promote the resumption of sustainable economic growth, the US Federal Reserve slashed interest rates from 1 per cent to near zero. With this historic move, the Fed made it clear it will use all available and untested tools in its efforts to infuse life into unhealthy US economy and prevent any downward pressure on consumer prices. The move taken by the Fed also means that the US government can now print unlimited amount of money until there is more than expected turnaround in the economy.
In India business news, analysts believe that markets have tested lows in October but the volatility is going to remain high. They say sustained recovery in the markets that could bring confidence in the economy, might happen in late 2009. The first factor that may point towards recovery in the markets is vanishing of write downs by banks. Also for the economy to get more confidence it is also requisite that consumer buying should come back. While admitting that the markets are impacted by the ongoing slowdown in the world markets, the Home Minister P. Chidambaram stressed out that India is far away from recession. He said the government is committed to balance growth and inflation. The government is ready to take further steps if necessary to stimulate the economy as part of the ongoing drive to boost the slackening economy.