May 28: CIL Q4 net down 5%
May 28: CIL Q4 net down 5%
A man walks past a logo of Reliance Communication before the Annual General Meeting in Mumbai.
A year after Reliance Communications said it had received several offers for its towers business, India's No.2 mobile phone carrier by users said on Monday regulatory clarity would help push a deal along.
Reliance Communications, controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani, has long been trying to raise funds by selling the tower assets to help cut its debt load, which was $7 billion as of March.
"Once clarity emerges on various pending regulatory issues, then (the) transaction will proceed further," Punit Garg, a president at the company, told analysts on a conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter earnings.
After scrapping a plan to list its tower arm, and then a failed attempt in late 2010 to combine the unit with India's GTL Infrastructure, Reliance Communications has been looking to sell its 95% stake in the business.
A shopkeeper poses for a picture as he counts Indian currency notes at his shop in Jammu.
Moody's Investors Service says the depreciating rupee will only have a "limited" impact on India's sovereign ratings, as only 7% of total government debt is placed overseas, comprising 5% of gross domestic product.
The bigger pain would come in the private sector, Moody's said in a weekly credit report out on Monday, given that a falling rupee will raise the cost of paying back foreign currency borrowings.
Still, the agency said total private sector external debt is at a "relatively low" 16% of GDP, meaning the impact on the sovereign ratings from this private sector exposure would also be limited.
A man looks at a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo.
Asian shares and the euro edged up from lows on Monday as surveys showing a lead in opinion polls for Greece's pro-bailout camps helped ease risk aversion and calm fears of a disorderly exit from the euro bloc.
The MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up 0.2%, after hitting its lowest level since late December on Friday.
The pan-Asia stock index posted a third consecutive week of losses last week, shedding 0.8% for its longest losing streak in six months. The index has now wiped out all its gains for the year, having been up some 15% from end-2011 levels in late February.
Japan's Nikkei average opened up 0.3%. It posted its longest weekly losing run in 20 years last week.
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