Updated from 5:45 p.m. EDTIndian equity markets were closed Friday for a public holiday. Trading will resume Monday. Indian global information technology provider Wipro Limited ( WIT - Get Report) said its fourth-quarter net profit was 8.75 billion Indian rupees, vs. Wall Street estimates of 8.84 billion rupees and fourth-quarter revenue came in at 55.96 billion rupees, vs. analyst estimates of 56.17 billion rupees. Net interest income fell sharply to 182 million rupees from 850 million rupees a year earlier. Wipro chairman Axim Premji said the company will remain cautiously optimistic in the face of a challenging global economic environment. American depositary shares of Wipro, which trade on the NYSE, rose 5.4% to $12.43. Elsewhere in the Indian IT sector, Infosys Technologies ( INFY - Get Report) announced it has won a five-year outsourcing deal with U.S.-based health and life insurance provider Conseco ( CNO). Under the terms of the deal, Infosys will manage and provide maintenance services for several of Conseco's IT systems. Shares of Infosys jumped 4.9% to $43.08. According to the Economic Times, Indian IT consulting and software developer Patni Computer Systems ( PTI) is actively searching for acquisitions in the consulting sector in Europe. "While we would look at bigger acquisitions for building a capability base, it is highly agile, smaller deals that look more attractive to us. The company considers Europe a key market for growth which it considers far from saturation. We are pursuing Europe as a growth market," said Patni VP & Europe head Brian Stones. Shares of Patni rallied 2.1% to $14.02. 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.
One of China's largest out-of-home digital television advertising networks on mass transportation systems, VisionChina Media ( VISN), announced it has inked a three-year agreement with Guangzhou Metro TV Media to operate a mobile digital television advertising network on the subway system in the city of Guangzhou. Shares of Vision China rose 10% to $15.85 on twice the average daily trading volume. Chinese maker of wireless products China GrenTech announced its net income for the fourth-quarter fell by 31% to RMB78.1 million (US$10.7 million) and year-over-year 2007 net income plunged 44.6% to RMB82.5 million (US11.3 million). GrenTech's fourth-quarter EPS came in at 43 cents a share, well below Wall Street estimates of 59 cents, and fourth-quarter revenue was $64.7 million, vs. Wall Street estimates of $73.68 million. Shares of Ghina GrenTech plunged 21% to $4.83 on 10 times average daily volume. Chinese provider of structural exterior building systems China Architectural Engineering announced it has closed a deal under which it will issue $20 million in convertible bonds and warrants to buy 300,000 shares of its common stock with ABN Amro and CITIC Allco Investments, a subsidiary of CITIC Group. Shares of RCH closed essentially flat at $5.55. Some big movers among Chinese ADRs Friday were ReneSola ( SOL), which jumped 7.7% to $16.25; Yingli Green Energy ( YGE), which rose 7.3% to $23.80; JA Solar ( JASO), which added 7% to $25.75; and Sina ( SINA), which closed up 6.1% to $41.44. 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.