Updated from 5:28 p.m. EDTIndian stocks advanced Tuesday led by positive fourth-quarter results out of global IT player Infosys Technologies ( INFY). Investor sentiment in the Far East shot up off the strong report from Infosys, and market players are now hopeful that the firm's bullish forecast could be signaling a new boost to India's economy. "More software development work will come to India as price pressures bite into U.S. companies," said Arun Kejriwal, head of research firm KRIS. The Bombay Stock Exchange's benchmark 30-stock Sensex Index climbed 346 points, or 2.2%, to 16,154 points. Infosys Technologies posted a 32% rise in fourth-quarter revenue and a 20% jump in net income, and it forecasted full-year revenue growth of 19% to 21%. Revenue for the fourth quarter came in at $1.14 billion, vs. $863 million for the prior year and net income was $311 million, or 54 cents a share, vs. $259 million, or 45 cents a share, for the previous year. Infosys sees full-year EPS of $2.31 to $2.35, vs. Wall Street estimates of $2.37 and full-year revenue of $4.97 billion to $5.05 billion, vs. Wall Street estimates of $5.24 billion. Infosys also declared a special dividend of 50 cents per American depositary share. Infosys, whose ADS trade on the Nasdaq, rose 8.5% to $39.67. The positive results out of Infosys helped to spark buying interest in the entire Indian technology complex. Shares of Patni Computer Systems ( PTI) rose 5.6% to $12.75; Wipro Limited ( WIT) advanced 4% to $11.59; and WNS Limited ( WNS) jumped 3.4% to $17.88. Elsewhere in the Indian information technology sector, Cognizant Technology Solutions ( CTSH) received some positive comments from the brokerage arm of Citigroup, which reaffirmed its buy rating and $57 price target on the stock. Cognizant also announced a new alliance with CTC Laboratory Systems, a subsidiary of Japan's ITOCHU Techno-Solutions, to help Japanese pharmaceutical firms enhance efficiencies with drug discovery and development, according to Antara News. Shares of Cognizant rose 8.7% to $29.32. Another winner in the Indian information technology sector Tuesday was Satyam Computer ( SAY). Shares of Sat yam ripped higher Tuesday after the company announced it has formed a strategic alliance with Oracle ( ORCL) to build integration packs for Oracle products like Agile PLM and E-Business Suite. Shares of Satyam surged higher by 8.9% to $24.57. 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.
Chinese alternative energy company ReneSola ( SOL) announced it has inked two six-year solar wafer supply deal with Ningbo Solar Electric Power and Eoplly New Energy Technology. Under the terms of the deal, ReneSola will supply both companies with 105 MW of solar wafers begging in mid-2008. Shares of ReneSola rose sharply by 14.6% to $14.96 on the news. Elsewhere in the Chinese solar complex, Solarfun Power ( SOLF) was hit with some bearish comments out of AmTech Research. AmTech initiated coverage on the company with a neutral rating and a $14 price target. AmTech believes that Solarfun's gross margins are at risk and the company will need to raise additional capital or increase credit lines to fund growth for 2009. Despite the cautious comments, shares of Solarfun finished up 1.5% at $14.60. In the Chinese insurance sector, CNinsure ( CISG) announced it has signed strategic partnership agreement with Minsheng Life Insurance. Under the terms of the agreement, CNinsure will strengthen its partnership with Minsheng by promoting business between the two companies at both the group and local branch levels. Shares of CISG finished down 1.6% at $12.72. Some of the leading gainers among Chinese ADRs Tuesday were AirMedia ( AMCN), which rose 5.8% to $15.69; WuXi PharmaTech ( WX), which jumped 3.9% to $19.60; NetEase.com ( NTES), which added 3.7% to $19.97; and Cnooc ( CEO), which closed up 3.4% to $162.50. 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. For more on Asia, check out Daniel Harrison's coverage at TheStreet.com.