Updated from 5:10 p.m. EDT
Indian stocks finished lower Thursday as selling pressure hung over the markets following the monthly settlement in derivative contracts, which happens on the last Thursday of every month.
Comments out of Finance Minster Palaniappan on India's growth prospects also hurt equities in the Far East. Palaniappan told Bloomberg News that India's economy may grow at the slowest rate in four years for the next 12 months due to a reduction in foreign capital inflows and exports from the global slowdown. The Bombay Stock Exchange Sensitive Index closed down 71.27 points, or 0.4%, at 16,015.56
Auto analysts expressed concerns about Tata Motors' (TTM) acquisition of luxury auto brands Jaguar and Land Rover. "There is a likelihood that there will be pressure on the profit after tax in the short term as it is still slightly unclear how Tata will fund the acquisition," said Enam Securities' auto analyst Sahil Kedia. American depositary shares of Tata Motors, which trade on the NYSE, continued to slide, closing down 3.4% at $15.63.A report from crippssears.com said Indian IT company Wipro (WIT) is looking to create hundreds of IT jobs in the U.K. after the firm sets up a software development center outside of London. The company plans to create the center to take advantage of tax breaks offered by the British government and further its expansion into Europe. Wipro ADS ended essentially flat at $11.26. Elsewhere in the Indian technology sector, Satyam Computer (SAY) announced it has partnered with U.S.-based business software developer Pegasystems (PEGA) to establish a Pega Business Process Management Center of Excellence at Satyam's Global Solutions Center in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, according to the Economic Times. Shares finished 4.2% lower at $22.82. Indian mining company Sterlite Industries (SLT) announced it has been added to the S&P India 10 Index. The S&P India 10 is made up of 10 of the largest and most liquid Indian firms that trade on developed market exchanges. Sterlite was one of the few Indian ADRs to advance Thursday, trading up 2.3% to $18.01. Some leading decliners among Indian ADRs were Tata Communications (TCL), which lost 6.4% to $26.20; Icici Bank (IBN), which fell 3% to $39.47; and the Morgan Stanley India Investment Fund (IIF), which closed down 2.7% at $37.68. Be sure to check out the Far East Portfolio at Stockpickr.com every night to find out which stocks in India and China are making big moves and announcing major news.