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Nvidia surpasses Amazon with market value of $1.78 trillion

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Nvidia overtakes Amazon in market value of $1.78 trillion

Nvidia Corporation briefly overtook Amazon.com Inc. in market value on Monday, February 12, the latest milestone in a stunning rally over the past year fueled by soaring demand for its chips used in artificial intelligence (AI) computing.

Nvidia rose almost 0.2 percent, closing with a market value of about $1.78 trillion. While Amazon fell 1.2 percent, it ended with a closing valuation of $1.79 trillion. The chipmaker did surpass the e-commerce and cloud-computing company during the regular session, temporarily making it the fourth most valuable United States-listed company, sitting below Alphabet’s $1.84 trillion market capitalization. Microsoft Corporation weighs in at $3.09 trillion and Apple at $2.89 trillion.

“Amazon was actually among the winners in the current earnings season as Amazon’s outlook is improving,” said Saxo Bank’s Peter Garnry. “Nvidia is just riding the first investment wave of the current AI boom with massive capital expenditures being deployed in data centers.”

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After remaining range-bound in the second half of 2023, Nvidia’s shares have been on a tear in the new year, rising nearly 50 percent amid signs that demand remains strong for its chips used in data centers for complex computing tasks required by AI applications. Nvidia has added about $600 billion in market value so far this year, more than it gained in the last seven months of 2023.

Of course, Amazon’s year is off to a good start as well. The e-commerce giant’s shares jumped 8 percent last week after reporting strong sales in the fourth quarter and giving a forecast for profitability that topped estimates. The rally briefly pushed Amazon’s market value above Alphabet’s.

Nvidia Corporation is the last of the tech giants to report earnings, which are due on February 21.

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With unsecured personal loans under lens, growth momentum in the segment to derail in coming quarters

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New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) ICICI Securities has warned of a potential derailment of growth momentum in unsecured personal loans due to recent regulatory actions. The report highlights concerns over accelerated growth in unsecured loans and the impact on NBFCs.

The regulatory measures by the RBI include an increase in risk weights on unsecured consumer credit and banks’ funding to NBFCs. This is aimed at prompting lenders to reassess their growth strategies in light of the heightened credit growth in unsecured personal loans since the onset of the Covid pandemic.

The surge in credit demand for personal and consumer loans was driven by factors such as disruption in cashflow for small SMEs, temporary unemployment during the Covid phase, and a focus on lifestyle upliftment. Additionally, tech upgrades during Covid simplified credit delivery and expanded the reach for NBFCs.

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Many NBFCs have adapted to the demand by revamping their processes and partnering with fintechs to leverage their balance sheet. Consequently, credit growth in personal and consumer loans has exceeded 100 per cent CAGR for most NBFCs, far surpassing the sub-20 per cent blended growth between FY21 and December 2023.

The cumulative AUM of NBFCs analyzed in the report amounts to Rs 10 trillion, with unsecured loans exhibiting even faster growth rates. Some players have reported unsecured loan CAGRs exceeding 100 per cent between FY21 and December 2023. This trend underscores the significant impact of unsecured personal loans on the overall credit landscape for NBFCs.

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India seeks greater say for developing countries at WTO meet

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India advocates for flexibility in existing WTO agreements for developing countries at 13th Ministerial Conference

Abu Dhabi, Feb 26 (IANS) India emphasized at the 13th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in Abu Dhabi that developing countries need flexibility in current agreements to address constraints in industrialization. Commerce Secretary Sunil Barthwal led the Indian delegation, highlighting the need for appropriate policy space to tackle longstanding issues.

India raised concerns about combining development issues with new topics like “Trade and Industrial Policy” and objected to integrating Gender and MSMEs discussions within WTO, stating they are already addressed in other international forums.

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In discussions on sustainable development and policy space for industrialization, India stressed the importance of maintaining focus in the multilateral trading system and avoiding mixing non-trade issues with the WTO agenda. The country also promoted a sustainable lifestyle approach, including the LiFE movement for environmental conservation.

Furthermore, India expressed apprehension about the rise of trade protectionist measures under the guise of environmental protection, calling for a balanced approach. The nation urged for a sustainable way of living based on traditions and conservation values to combat climate change effectively.

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SEBI receiving complaints regarding fraudulent trading platforms falsely claiming affiliation with FPIs

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SEBI receiving complaints regarding fraudulent trading platforms falsely claiming affiliation with FPIs

New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) Markets regulator SEBI has issued a warning to investors regarding fraudulent schemes claiming affiliation with SEBI-registered Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) and offering stock market access through FPIs or FIIs.

SEBI has been flooded with complaints about trading platforms falsely associating themselves with FPIs and FIIs and luring individuals through online trading courses and mentorship programs. These fraudsters manipulate social media platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram to deceive victims into downloading applications for trading privileges without the need for official accounts.

The regulatory body highlighted that the FPI investment route is not available to resident Indians, with few exceptions as per the SEBI (FPI) Regulations, 2019. SEBI emphasized that there is no provision for an “institutional account” in trading, and investors must have a trading and Demat account with a SEBI-registered broker/trading member and DP for direct access to the equities market.

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SEBI clarified that no relaxations have been granted to FPIs regarding securities market investments by Indian investors. The market regulator urges investors to exercise caution and avoid falling prey to fraudulent schemes propagated through social media and online channels claiming unauthorized stock market access through FPIs or FIIs.

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