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Satyam Calls Off Stake Plan

Following an investor outcry, Satyam Computer Services Ltd. late Tuesday dropped a $1.6 billion plan to buy stakes in a pair of infrastructure companies in which the Indian software company 's founders held stakes. The decision came just half a day after Satyam said its board had approved the plan to buy 51% of Maytas Infra Ltd. and all of Mytas Properties Ltd. The reversal was forced after Satyam's American depository receipts fell $6.85, or 55%, to $5.70 in 4 p.m. New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The ADRs rebounded 56% to $8.89 in after-hours trading. Analysts criticized the proposed buyout because of the construction companies' lack of relevance to Satyam's core business, and because Satyam's founders, led by Chairman B. Ramalinga Raju, hold stakes of 36% in Maytas Infra and 35% in Maytas Properties. […]

FDI flows dip 26% in October

FDI inflows declined 26% in October this year compared to the same month last year, commerce minister Kamal Nath told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Experts attribute this fall after seven months of robust growth to the drying up of investments from countries hit by the global slowdown. The inflows in September 2008 had registered a steep growth of 259% to $2.56 billion against $713 million in September 2007. In contrast, the figure for October 2008 fell to $1.49 billion compared to over $2 billion in October 2007. However, experts caution that a part of the October decline could also be attributed to a higher base in 2007 as FDI flow during the month was almost three times higher than in September 2007. […]

Satyam buys out Maytas Properties, 51% of infra arm

India’s fourth-largest software company, Satyam Computer Services on Tuesday announced acquisition of 100% stake in Maytas Properties for $1.3 billion and 51% stake in Maytas Infra for $0.3 billion. The company’s decision, which comes as a surprise is being termed as a move to diversify its portfolio in non-IT sectors, which has been facing the heat of the global meltdown. Maytas, which is the reverse word for Satyam is promoted by two sons of B Ramalinga Raju, chairman and founder of Satyam Computer Service. The decision has been approved by the company’s board of directors. Analysts and institutional investors do not seem happy with this move and some are likely to oppose it. […]