Indian shares closed lower Wednesday as investors in the region locked in profits, breaking a two-day rally. Market players in India said investor fears of higher inflation readings and political concerns over a nuclear deal meeting with the UPA Government damaged sentiment."We've had a smart two-day rally," said Jayesh Shroff at SBI Asset Management. "Until the other problems of high oil prices and inflation remain, markets will struggle to perform." The Bombay Stock Exchange's Sensex Index fell 274.59 points, or 1.8%, to 15,422. Here's a look at how some India-based American depositary shares traded in the U.S. Wednesday. Susquehanna Financial downgraded Indian technology services company Infosys Technologies ( INFY) from positive to neutral, citing valuation. In a note to clients, analyst James Friedman said: "Infosys has rallied almost 50% since its March lows, and has approached our $50 price target. Our analysis suggests the shares look rich on a PEG and P/S basis." Friedman suggested that investors consider swapping Infosys for Satyam ( SAY) or Cognizant Technology Solutions ( CTSH) for their cheaper PEG ratios. American depositary shares of Infosys, which trade on the Nasdaq, fell 2.8% to $45.43, while ADR shares of Satyam dipped 2.5% to $26.16; and shares of Cognizant Technology finished unchanged at $35.73. India-based Tata Communications ( TCL) announced it has acquired a 50% stake in telecommunications services and integrated IT solutions provider China Enterprise Communications through an equity joint venture to sell network services in China. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed and the venture will need approval from the Chinese government and regulators. Shares of Tata Communications plunged 4.4% to $19.37.
U.S.-based global Internet company Yahoo! ( YHOO) announced it has inked several new mobile deals in an effort to raise its presence in the Asia Pacific area. For India, the company said it will launch its Yahoo! oneSearch partnership, a service that allows users to get search results on mobile phones, with mobile operator Mahanagar Telephone Nigam ( MTE). The company said oneSearch will be the default search engine on Mahanagar's mobile network. Shares of Mahanagar Telephone finished up 3 cents at $4.46. According to El Financiero, Indian automaker Tata Motors ( TTM) plans to build a $150 million factory in Mexico through a joint venture with Mexico's Group Autofin. The plant will be used to assemble and produce 50,000 cars a year for export to South America. Shares of Tata Motors fell 2% to $12. 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 oil refiner ADRs surged higher off the rumors of a possible fuel-price hike. China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP) soared 5.1% to $104.35; Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical ( SHI) traded up 4.8% to $40.83; and PetroChina ( PTR) added 1.9% to $134.53. Chinese alternative energy company ReneSola ( SOL) announced the pricing of a follow-on public offering of 9 million American depositary shares, with each representing two shares of the company, at $20.50. The company said that 8.58 million shares are new shares and 422,780 shares are being sold by certain shareholders, including CEO Xianshou Li. American depositary shares of ReneSola, which trade on the NYSE, surged 3.4% to $21.49. China Unicom ( CHU) squashed market rumors Wednesday that the company was contacted by Apple Computer ( AAPL) to distribute the new 3G iPhone in China. According to tradingmarkets.com, an unnamed company executive said, "This rumored cooperation is nonsense. The company will not approach Apple at this moment when the nation's telecom regrouping has not come to an end, let alone discuss the iPhone deal." Shares of China Unicom finished higher by 10 cents at $19.42. Leading the gainers list among China-based stocks and Chinese ADRs Wednesday were Huaneng Power International ( CPSL), which surged 6.7% to $35; Asia Time ( TYM), which added 3.9% to $4.70; Jinpan International ( JST), which rose 3.6% to $37.10; and Solarfun Power Holdings ( SOLF), which closed higher by 2.5% at $22.18. 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.