Top headlines: LIC's portfolio up 34%, gold jewellery demand slumps 74%

Thus far in the financial year 2020-21 (FY21), the S&P BSE Sensex and the Nifty 50 have rallied around 30 per cent each.
India's FMCG sector to see flat growth in 2020 due to Covid-19: Nielsen

India's fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector is expected to witness flat growth in 2020 following severe and extended lockdowns, restrictions on manufacturing units, social distancing norms and store closures, according to Nielsen. Though the FMCG industry has shown some sign of improvements in June, but in the first half of the year (January-June) the industry growth slipped to negative with 6 per cent decline.

LIC's portfolio up 34% in FY21 at Rs 5.79 trn; RIL, Infy top contributors

A sharp recovery in equity markets from its March 2020 low has pushed the value of the equity portfolio of LIC by Rs 1.5 trillion since April. The insurer’s holdings in listed companies at the end of the March 2020 quarter stood at Rs 4.32 trillion, which is now valued at Rs 5.79 trillion, translating into a rise of Rs 1.47 trillion, or 34 per cent. Thus far in the financial year 2020-21 (FY21), the S&P BSE Sensex and the Nifty 50 have rallied around 30 per cent each. 

Innovating in pandemic, a third of companies will have new products

Around one out of every three companies expects to develop new products or offer new services as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a PwC India report released on Thursday. The audit and tax consultancy firm conducted an online survey of senior management personnel between 17 June and 10 July. There were 225 respondents across industries. 

Pichai says 'Google cares', Bezos 'can't remember' in Congressional hearing

Four big tech CEOs -- Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple -- pushed back against accusations during a US Congress panel hearing capping a yearlong investigation into these companies' market domination online. Facebook CEO Zuckerberg faced fire over the company's acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp, while Google CEO Sundar Pichai struggled to deflect accusations of anti-conservative bias. 

Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till Aug 31, announces fresh restrictions

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday extended the coronavirus-induced lockdown till August 31. The government has announced fresh restrictions and relaxations, a day after the Chief Minister held a meeting with all district collectors. 

Gold jewellery demand in India slumps 74% in June quarter on Covid-19

The demand for gold jewellery in India tanked a massive 74 per cent in the April – June 2020 quarter at 44 tonnes and sharply higher than the 33 per cent drop seen in China at 90.9 t during the same period, suggests the latest gold demand trends report by World Gold Council (WGC) released July 30. The fall in demand in both India and China – the biggest gold consumers in the world – led to an overall 53 per cent drop in the global demand for gold jewellery at 251.5 t during the recently concluded quarter, WGC said. 

India, China don't care for air: Trump explains leaving Paris accord

US President Donald Trump has alleged that India, China and Russia do not take care of their air, while America does, noting that he withdrew from the Paris climate accord which would have made it a non-competitive nation. Trump said that under the last administration, America's energy industry was under relentless and unceasing attack. 

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