Four IPOs worth Rs 4000 crore is expected to hit the market in a few weeks

Saturday, May 15, 2021
Four deals worth a cumulative Rs 4,000 crore is expected to hit the market over the next 3-5 weeks, said investment banking sources. Shyam Metalics, Dodla Dairy, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Hospitals, and Clean Science and Technology are among the companies planning to tap the market. While the recent volatility in the secondary markets is a concern, experts believe the sentiment towards IPOs is still buoyant. Bankers said many new investors had taken a liking to IPOs — a big confidence booster for issuers. “The immediate volatility is not a concern. People are factoring in the next financial year numbers. Investors expect the next year to be normal and growth-oriented, giving comfort to issuers,” said Ajay Saraf, executive director, ICICI Securities. Read more

Platts cuts India's 2021 oil demand by 28%

Friday, May 14, 2021
India’s demand for oil & gas has been cut by S&P Global Platts amid the second wave of Covid cases that have triggered lockdowns across key states since the past few weeks. For 2021, it now pegs the oil demand growth at 350,000 barrels per day (b/d), down from a forecast of 485,000 b/d made in February – translating into a fall of nearly 28 percent. India's city gas demand, Platts said, could drop by 25 – 30 percent in the coming months. However, once the lockdowns are lifted, Platts expects the pent-up demand to get released, which in turn will act as a catalyst for economic growth and trigger a demand uptick for oil & gas in the country. Besides India, the demand forecast for 2021 has been revised down for Western Europe and Latin America due to more restrictions stemming from the second and third waves of Covid. Brent oil prices, WU said, will peak in mid-2021 at over $70 per barrel. Read more

Markets will digest dent on June quarter earnings as one-time hit: Analysts

Friday, May 14, 2021
The present Covid-19 pandemic situation across key economic hubs will dent corporate earnings in the June 2021 quarter (Q1FY22), but the markets will take this in their stride and digest them as a one-time hit look forward to growth as the economy normalises after this wave, believe analysts. They expect the second wave in India to peak by June. Economic normalisation, is likely by August – September 2021 according to them. Economic pain, most analysts believe, will be restricted to the second quarter of this fiscal (Q2FY22) as the stringency of the lockdown measures is relatively low as compared to the first wave in 2020. Yet, leading brokerages and rating agencies, including Moody’s, Nomura, Crisil, QuantEco Research, and CARE Ratings, have cut India’s GDP growth estimates for FY22. Read more

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories launched COVID vaccine Sputnik V in the Indian market

Friday, May 14, 2021
Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V launched in India on Friday, with the first dose being administered in Hyderabad. The price of the imported vaccine is priced at a maximum retail price of Rs 948, with 5 percent GST per dose, amounting to Rs 995.4 per dose. Dr. Reddy's Laboratories (DRL), the Indian distribution partner for the vaccine, said that the first consignment of the imported doses landed in India on May 1 and received regulatory clearance from the Central Drugs Laboratory, Kasauli, on May 13. Dr Reddy's on May 14 said it plans to vaccinate 125 million people in the next 8-12 months with the Sputnik vaccine. About 15-20 percent of the initial supplies would be imported from Russia."With the rising cases in India, vaccination is the most effective tool in our battle against COVID-19. Contributing to the vaccination drive in India is our biggest priority right now to help Indians be healthy and safe," said G V Prasad, co-chairman and Managing Director of DRL. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 42 points, Nifty at 14677.80

Friday, May 14, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 41.75 points or 0.09% at 48732.55, and the Nifty was down 18.70 points or 0.13% at 14677.80 as a slew of downgrades in the GDP growth forecasts for FY22 along with a slowdown in the vaccination program. Asian Paints was the best performing stock followed by ITC, Nestle India, L&T, Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Power Grid Corporation of India, among others. On the flip side, IndusInd Bank, Mahindra & Mahindra, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, State Bank of India (SBI), NTPC, ONGC, Sun Pharma, and Maruti Suzuki were among the top index laggards. About 1402 shares have advanced, 1627 shares declined, and 141 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Metal index was down 4 percent, followed the Nifty Realty index, down 3 percent, and the Nifty PSU Bank and Auto indices, down 2 percent each. On the upside, only the Nifty FMCG index ended in the green, up 2 percent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices lost 1.2 percent each.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex hovered around 48,760 levels Nifty topped the 14,700-mark

Friday, May 14, 2021
The benchmark indices in India fluctuated between gains and losses in early deals today(14th May 2021). The S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 48,760 levels, and the broader Nifty50 index topped the 14,700-mark. Asian Paints rose 4 percent and were the top Sensex gainer, followed by Titan, SBI, and ITC gained 1 percent, each. On the other hand, TCS, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Tech Mahindra fell 1 percent, each. All the Nifty sectoral indices, except the Nifty IT index, traded with gains, led by the Nifty PSU Bank index, up 2 percent. Forty-one companies, including the likes of Larsen & Toubro, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Cipla, Aditya Birla Capital, Just Dial, and Mindspace Business Parks REIT are scheduled to release their quarterly results today. Read more

RBI is urging lenders to cut ties with cryptocurrency exchanges and traders

Thursday, May 13, 2021
RBI is informally urging lenders to cut ties with cryptocurrency exchanges and traders as the highly speculative market booms, despite a Supreme Court ruling that banks can work with the industry, according to sources. The guidance comes as India is crafting a law to ban cryptocurrencies and penalise anyone dealing in them, which would be among the most sweeping crackdowns on the new investing fad in the world. But with the Covid-19 crisis engulfing the country, no one is sure when such a bill may be passed, adding to investors' confusion. The RBI in 2018 had forbidden banks from dealing in all transactions related to bitcoin and other such assets. That diktat was challenged by the crypto exchanges and in March 2020, India's top court overturned the RBI ban and allowed lenders to extend banking facilities to them. With investors continuing to rush into the hot new asset class, however, regulators appear to be gearing up for another try. Read more

Indian stock market’s passive reaction to new Covid-19 situation is not a mystery

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
The stock market’s passive reaction to the harrowing reality on the ground caused by a destructive wave of Covid-19 is a mystery for many. Last year in the US people was dismayed by the stocks rally amid the US Fed’s unprecedented intervention, even as the healthcare infrastructure collapsed in the city after city. This year in India in a similar way the participants and non-participants are equally baffled by the resilience shown by the market even in the face of rising infections, deaths, and localized lockdowns. It goes back to the old adage in the investing world: investors hate uncertainty; they hate fogginess when they look into the future, even though their track record in predicting it accurately is about as good as a flipped coin. Read more

Increased volumes-based buying in brokerage firms

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
The stockbroking and asset management industry has been one of the most rewarded industries amid the Covid-19 pandemic. In FY21, the industry revenues are pegged to have grown between 65-70 percent over FY20. The strong growth was underpinned by robust addition in new customers, according to rating agency Crisil. At the bourses, stocks of various brokerage houses and AMCs have zoomed nearly 300 percent since March 2020. The shares of Geojit Financial Services, for instance, jumped 290 percent between March 24, 2020, and May 11, 2021, while those of 5Paisa Capital, Emkay Global Financial Services, and Aditya Birla Money zoomed up to 263 percent. In comparison, the Nifty50 index is up 90 percent during the period while the broader Nifty500 index has advanced 99 percent, ACE Equity data show. Read more

Siemens shares gains on healthy results for the quarter ended March 2021

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Shares of Siemens on Wednesday, gained 10 percent, hitting a new high of Rs 2,143.20, on the BSE in intra-day trade after the company reported a strong set of numbers for the quarter ended March 2021. The Company reported a 90 percent rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 334.4 crore for the March quarter, mainly on the back of higher revenues.The consolidated net profit of the company stood at Rs 175.7 crore in the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Total income rose to Rs 3,540 crore in the March quarter from Rs 2,722.1 crore in the same period a year ago. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) doubled to Rs 440 crore from Rs 220 crore, aided by lower employee costs and other expenses. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 471 poiints, Nifty at 14696.50

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 471.01 points or 0.96% at 48690.80, and the Nifty was down 154.30 points or 1.04% at 14696.50 for the second day.Top BSE Sensex losers were IndusInd Bank, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), ICICI Bank, ONGC, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Mahindra & Mahindra among others. On contrary, Titan Company, Maruti Suzuki, Power Grid Corporation of India, SBI, Dr Reddy’s were the top gainers. About 1571 shares have advanced, 1443 shares declined, and 151 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Metal index tumbled over 3 percent, followed by the Nifty Private Bank index, down 1.6 percent. The Nifty PSU Bank index zoomed 3.3 per cent. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices falling 0.9 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex dipped 350 points to 48,820 and Nifty hovered around 14,800-level

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
The Indian markets fell over half a percent in early trade today (12th May 2021), tracking similar cues from other Asian markets. The S&P BSE Sensex dipped 350 points, or 0.7 percent, to 48,820 and the broader Nifty50 hovered around 14,800-level. HDFC, Mahindra & Mahindra, Hindustan Unilever, and HDFC Bank fell over 1 percent, each. The Nifty sectoral indexes were mixed, with the Nifty Financial Services index, down 0.7 percent, bleeding the most. The broader markets, meanwhile, continued to outrun their benchmark peers, with the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indexes trading 0.1 percent and 0.4 percent higher, respectively. Thirty-six companies, including Asian Paints, Lupin, UPL, Apollo Tyres, Tata Power, and Pidilite Industries are scheduled to release quarterly earnings today.

Top investor Bay Tree cuts stake in YES Bank by a third

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Record bad loans, weak corporate governance, as well as depleting capital and deposits led to the collapse of Yes Bank in March 2020, forcing the regulator to ask a group of lenders to infuse capital and rescue it. Since then, the bank has cut back lending to companies and tried to win back depositors under its new CEO Prashant Kumar. Still, its bad loans remain high and a second coronavirus wave is adding to the challenges of growing its business. Bay Tree India Holdings was the largest anchor investor in Yes Bank’s $2 billion equity raising last year when it paid 22 billion rupees for about 55% of the investor portion. It’s now the second-largest single shareholder after the State Bank of India. Read more

Markets in a vulnerable zone: Analysts

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The equity market in India is in a ‘vulnerable zone’ and is likely to remain very volatile, impacted by the sharp rise in Covid cases since the past few weeks that have seen many state governments impose lockdowns and mobility restrictions to check the rampant spread, said analysts. They, however, have ruled out a deep correction for now. From a medium-to-long term perspective, however, most analysts remain bullish about the markets but do caution against the possible earnings downgrades given the sporadic lockdowns and expensive valuation. While lockdowns can weigh on growth expectations in the near term, acceleration of vaccine drives and the overall direction of active cases will still act as the key catalyst for the market. Read more

Sun Pharma hits new high after getting licence to produce low-cost COVID-19 drug

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Shares of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries hit a 52 week high of Rs 721.85, up 3 percent on the BSE in intra-day trade on Tuesday after it signed an agreement with Eli Lilly to manufacture its drug, Baricitinib in India. "Sun Pharma yesterday announced that it has entered into a royalty-free, non-exclusive voluntary licensing agreement with Eli Lilly and Company for expanding access to Lilly's drug, Baricitinib in India. "Baricitinib is used in combination with Remdesivir for the treatment of suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in hospitalized adults requiring supplemental oxygen, invasive mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). The drug is approved by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) for restricted emergency use in India,"This is another step by Sun Pharma towards making more treatment options available to patients in India dealing with the pandemic, Sun Pharma added. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 341 points, Nifty at 14850.75

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
At Close, the BSE Sensex was down 340.60 points at 49,161.81, and the Nifty50 climbed 91.60 points to 14,850.80 following weak global cues. Kotak Mahindra Bank was the biggest index loser today, trailed by HDFC, Tech Mahindra, HUL, Bajaj Finser, Titan Company, and Bajaj Finance. On the contrary, NTPC, ONGC, PowerGrid, Sun Pharma, UltraTech Cement, and SBI were the top gainers. A total of 190 scrips remained unchanged. Banking & financials, IT, Metals, and Pharma stocks were under pressure, whereas PSU Banks bucked the trend. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices gained 0.60 percent and 0.80 percent, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex fell 360 points to 49,140 levels and Nifty gave up the 14,850-mark

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The benchmark indices in India fell close to 1 percent in morning deals today (11th May 2021), tracking weak global cues amid inflation fears. The S&P BSE Sensex fell 360 points, or 0.74 percent, to 49,140 levels and the broader Nifty50 index gave up the 14,850-mark. HDFC, Kotak Mahindra Bank, IndusInd Bank, and Mahindra & Mahindra slid over 1 percent, each, and were the top Sensex laggards. All the Nifty sectoral indices, except Nifty Pharma, were painted red, with the Nifty Metal index, down 2.2 percent, bleeding the most. The losses were relatively contained in the S&P BSE MidCap index, which traded 0.2 percent down. On the other hand, the S&P BSE SmallCap index rose 0.2 percent. Twenty-eight companies, including Siemens, Alembic Ltd, Godrej Consumer Products, Granules India, and KEC International, are scheduled to release their quarterly earnings today.

SBI Life stock to outperform peers over the next one-two years:Analysts

Monday, May 10, 2021
As the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic gripped India, it resulted in an increased demand for insurance products. The institutional players on the Street saw it as an opportunity and lapped up shares of the largest private player - SBI Life Insurance Company. Moreover, an impressive March quarter show made them even more gung-ho on the prospects of the firm. The stock has rewarded handsomely with a rise of 11 percent from March-end, outperforming the benchmark Sensex which has gained 3 percent in the same period, show data available on ACE Equity. The growth prospects for the industry remain robust, underscored by the latest data. In April, the insurance industry posted Annual Premium Equivalent (APE) growth - a measure of new business sales growth in the insurance industry growth - of 70 percent YoY, coming off a low base with private insurers growing 80 percent and LIC at 57 percent. Read more

RBI relief will only postpone financial stress from India's Covid surge: Fitch

Monday, May 10, 2021
According to the rating agency Fitch.RBI's Covid-19 relief package will provide some relief to financial institutions (FIs) in the next 12-24 months. However, it will largely be at the expense of postponing the recognition and resolution of underlying asset-quality problems. There are growing indications that India’s latest wave of Covid-19 infections will add to risks among financial institutions (FIs) by sapping near-term momentum from the economic recovery, Fitch Ratings said in a statement. “We expect the shock to economic activity from the latest wave of the pandemic in India to be less severe than in 2020, even though caseloads and fatalities are much higher. The authorities are implementing lockdowns more narrowly, and companies and individuals have adjusted behaviour in ways that cushion the effects," it added. Read more

Bandhan Bank down 4 per cent after Q4 result

Monday, May 10, 2021
Shares of the Kolkata-based Bandhan Bank hit an over six-month low of Rs 285.90, down 4 percent on the BSE in intra-day trade on Monday after the bank reported a weak set of numbers for the quarter ended March 2021 as provisions rose against an elevated level of bad loans Net profit fell 80% year-on-year to Rs 103 crore in the January - March quarter. Analysts had estimated a net profit of Rs 947 crore. The bank's net interest income (NII), the difference between interest earned and interest expended, grew by 4.6 percent year on year to Rs 1,757 crore. In Q4FY21, the profit after tax (PAT) of the lender fell to Rs 103 crore compared with Rs 517.3 crore in the same period last year. Provisions rose sharply to Rs 1,594 crore, on account of further provisions carried in its micro-finance portfolio, from Rs 827.36 crore a year ago.

Closing Bell:Sensex up 296 points, Nifty at 14942.35

Monday, May 10, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 295.94 points or 0.60% at 49,502.41, and the Nifty was up 119.20 points or 0.80% at 14,942.40 for the fourth day lifted by gains in public sector banks, pharma, and metal stocks. Dr Reddy’s, ONGC, Housing Development Finance Corporation, Titan Company, Sun Pharma, Kotak Mahindra Bank among top Sensex gainers. UltraTech Cement, Infosys, Maruti Suzuki were among BSE Sensex losers. About 2034 shares have advanced, 1004 shares declined, and 220 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Metal index, up 2.9 percent followed by the Nifty Pharma index, auto, energy, infra, and PSU Bank indices which rose 1- 2.5 percent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices ruled 0.8 percent and 0.9 percent higher, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex rose 300 points at 49,530 levels and Nifty topped the 14,900-mark

Monday, May 10, 2021
The benchmark indices in India traded firm, up over half a percent, in early deals today(10th May 2021), tracking similar trends in other Asian markets. The S&P BSE Sensex rose 300 points, or 0.6 percent, at 49,530 levels and the Nifty50 index topped the 14,900-mark. Dr Reddy's rose 2 percent and was the top Sensex gainer, followed by ONGC, Titan, and Kotak Mahindra Bank (all up 1%). The Nifty sectoral indices were painted green, led by the Nifty Metal index, up 2.9 percent. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices ruled 0.5 percent and 0.8 percent higher, respectively. Twenty-two firms, including Chambal Fertilizers & Chemicals, Venky's, JMC Projects, and Zydus Wellness are slated to post their quarterly numbers today.

Tata Steel shares hit 52-week high post Q4 results

Friday, May 7, 2021
Shares of Tata Steel gained higher by 8.5 percent to Rs 1,191, their fresh record high on the BSE, in intra-day trade on Friday after the company reported its best-ever performance across metrics. The company on May 5 posted a consolidated profit of Rs 6,644.1 crore for the quarter ended March 2021 compared to a loss of Rs 1,481.3 crore in the year-ago quarter. Consolidated revenue from operations stood at Rs 49,977.4 crore, up 38.8 percent over Rs 36,009.4 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal. Tata Steel’s consolidated EBITDA for Q4FY21 came in at Rs 14,184 crore, up 48 percent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) and 196 percent YoY. Tata Steel's standalone operations reported EBITDA/tonne of Rs 27,775/tonne while the European operations reported. With the past two days' gain, Tata Steel has now rallied 97 percent since the Finance minister presented the Union Budget 2021-22 on February 1. Read more

Banks want RBI to relax NPA norms for MSME sector underlockdown stress

Friday, May 7, 2021
Commercial banks have requested the RBI to relax norms on the classification for non-performing loans for micro, medium, and small enterprises (MSMEs) in view of the stress the sector is facing due to lockdowns imposed by different state governments following the second Covid-19 wave. Sources said a request was made to the banking regulator to extend the non-performing asset classification norms for MSME borrowers to 180 days from 90 days now. A sub-standard loan is the first category of NPA. Bankers said the MSME sector was already reeling under pressure and now the second wave will make things extremely difficult for the sector. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex up 256 points, Nifty at 14823.15

Friday, May 7, 2021
At Close, Sensex up 256.71 points at 49,206.47.and Nifty gained 98.40 points to 14,823.20 due to firm global cues and healthy corporate earnings helped indices to gain for the third consecutive session. Bajaj Finserv, Mahindra & Mahindra, HDFC, and NTPC were among the top gainers on Sensex, while Bajaj Auto, Bajaj Finance, and Infosys were the top losers. The Nifty Metal index advanced 5 percent on the NSE while all other sectoral indices clocked gains between 0.04 percent and 1 percent. The Nifty PSU Bank index was the only loser, down 0.14 percent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices ended 0.13 percent and 0.4 percent higher, respectively. India VIX fell 5% to close below 21 levels.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 350 points at 49,300 levels and Nifty index reclaimed the 14,800-mark

Friday, May 7, 2021
The benchmark indices in India rose over half a percent today(7th May 2021), tracking firm cues from their Asian peers. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 350 points, or 0.7 percent, at 49,300 levels and the broader Nifty50 index reclaimed the 14,800-mark. Mahindra & Mahindra, Dr Reddy's, State Bank of India, and Kotak Mahindra Bank rose 1 percent, each. The Nifty sectoral indices were painted green, led by the Nifty Metal index, up 2 percent. The broader markets, meanwhile, underperformed, with the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices trading 0.3 percent and 0.5 percent higher, respectively. Twenty-five companies, including Housing Development Finance Corporation, UltraTech Cement, Dabur India, Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company, and Kansai Nerolac Paints are scheduled to release their quarterly earnings today. Read more

Coforge shares hits new high on robust Q4 numbers

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Shares of Coforge IT firm gained 17 percent intraday on May 6 and hits 52 weeks high of Rs 3449 after the company declared a17 percent rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 133 crore in the three months ended March 2021. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 113.6 crore in the year-ago period, Coforge said in a regulatory filing. Consolidated revenue grew 7.1 percent sequentially in dollar terms to USD 172.1 million during the January-March quarter. Revenue in constant currency (CC) terms grew 5.1 percent over the preceding quarter. In rupee terms, revenue was up by 6 percent sequentially and up by 13.7 percent year-on-year (YoY) at Rs 1,261 crore during Q4FY21. The company’s profit after tax (PAT) for the quarter increased 17 percent year-on-year to Rs 133 crore. Read more

Why isn’t India’s stock market falling more?

Thursday, May 6, 2021
What are the reasons for India’s stock market not falling much in spite of the most pervasive second wave of Covid-19 pandemic considering the risky asset class in a country struggling with its most horrific calamity. New daily Covid-19 infections have remained above 300,000 for two weeks now, the worst caseload the world has seen. The death rate is 3,700-plus. Fear of the virus is pervasive. Even the rich and the powerful are finding it hard to arrange a hospital bed or track down an oxygen cylinder. But in all this, the benchmark Nifty 50 Index is down ever so slightly, clocking a less than 5% decline since mid-February. At 32 times earnings, almost double the valuations in China, the Indian market is super-expensive. The logic for those prices runs like this: Unlike last year, there’s no national lockdown. And there may not be one if the peak of the surge is just a week or two away, as some epidemiological models indicate. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 272 points, Nifty at 14724.80

Thursday, May 6, 2021
At Close, the Sen sex gained 272.21 points to close at 48,949.76, and the Nifty50 was up 106.90 points at 14,724.80. Bajaj Auto, Tech Mahindra, Infosys, ICICI Bank, Nestle India, and HDFC were the top gainers on Sensex. On the other hand, Power Grid, ONGC, and Asian Paints were the top losers. The Nifty PSU Bank and Pharma indices were down 1.2 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. On the upside, metals and IT stocks continued to shine with the Nifty Metal and IT indices soaring up to 2.5 percent. The S&P BSE MidCap index added 0.9 percent while the S&P BSE SmallCap index gained 0.6 percent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex hovered around 48,820 levels, up 150 points, and Nifty topped the 14,650-mark

Thursday, May 6, 2021
The benchmark indices in Indian markets traded with slim gains in today's(6th May 2021) morning deals amid favourable cues from other Asian markets. The S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 48,820 levels, up 150 points, and the Nifty50 index topped the 14,650-mark. Bajaj Auto, ONGC, and Bajaj Finance gained 1 percent, each, and were the top Sensex gainers. Among other individual stocks, IDBI Bank zoomed 15 percent after the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its in-principle approval for strategic disinvestment along with transfer of management control in the bank. The Nifty sectoral indices were painted green, led by the Nifty Metal index, up 2.8 percent. Read more

Equitas, Ujjivan, AU Small Finance Bank gain as RBI announces loan relief

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Shares of small finance banks (SFBs) like Equitas SFB, Ujjivan SFB, AU SFB, and Suryoday SFB, on Wednesday, rose up to 6 percent from their respective intra-day day lows on the BSE after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced a special long-term repo operation window for SFBs, whereby the banks can borrow funds up to Rs 10,000 crore at repo rate for deploying for fresh loans SFBs, to be deployed for fresh lending of up to Rs 10 lakh per borrower.

RBI announces relief measures to cushion NPA blow from second Covid wave

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
The announcement of Reserve Bank of India(RBI) a fresh round of restructuring of loans for individual and small borrowers for up to two years is a start of a possible long-drawn battle, say analysts who hailed the timely action by the central bank but fell short of giving a verdict on the impact on the sector. The possible impact on the banking sector of the announcements is difficult to be assessed at the moment as the Covid-19 situation remains precarious, they say. “The RBI has done something, to begin with, which addresses the concerns of, both, the lenders and the borrowers because of the uncertainty due to the rising cases and subsequent lockdowns,” says an expert. He also adds that to pre-empt the situation and comment on the impact is extremely difficult right now because we don’t know how long the local lockdowns will stay or whether the vaccination drive will pick up sooner than expected to improve the economic situation.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 424 points, Nifty at 14617.85

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 424.04 points or 0.88% at 48,677.55, and the Nifty was up 121.40 points or 0.84% at 14,617.90 after RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das in an unscheduled speech today provided more liquidity support by announcing various measures. Sun Pharma and IndusInd Bank were the top Sensex gainers while Bajaj Finance, Asian Paints, HUL, and Tech Mahindra were the only losers in the Sensex pack. About 1794 shares have advanced, 1084 shares declined, and 166 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Bank index ended 1.6 percent up. The Nifty Financial Services, IT, Auto, and Metal indices gained up to 1.3 percent on the NSE. The S&P BSE MidCap index settled over 1 percent higher while the S&P BSE SmallCap index gained 0.7 percent.

Hikal hits upper circuit on signing 10-year deal with global pharma Co

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Shares of smallcap firm Hikal on Wednesday, rallied 10 percent to Rs 313.65, and touched a new high, on the BSE in intra-day trade after the company signed a multi-year contract with a leading global pharmaceutical company for the development and supply of a portfolio of niche active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) over a period of 10 years. The development will start this year and commercial supplies will commence post successful development and plant commercialization estimated to be in FY 2024 onwards. With this deal, Hikal is entering into a niche area of chemistry and products thereby bolstering its Animal Health vertical. Hikal and its customer will be jointly investing at its Panoli, Gujarat site to set up a multipurpose manufacturing asset for manufacturing of these APIs, it said. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 200 points at 48,470 and Nifty topped the 14,550-mark

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
The benchmark indices in India climbed off their early highs but were still trading in the green today(5th May 2021) as RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das unveiled liquidity support measures amid rising Covid-19 cases in India. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 200 points at 48,470 and the broader Nifty50 index topped the 14,550-mark. ONGC gained 3 percent and was the top Sensex gainer, followed by NTPC, Axis Bank, and Bharti Airtel (all up 1%). All the Nifty sectoral indices were painted green, led by the Nifty PSU Bank index, up 1.8 percent. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading 0.6 percent and 0.5 percent higher, respectively. Twenty companies, including Tata Steel, Adani Enterprises, Adani Green Energy, Blue Dart Express, Ceat, Craftsman Automation, and Deepak Nitrite are set to release quarterly earnings today.

Stocks that have doubled your money so far in 2021

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Equity markets have so far had a turbulent year with indices oscillating between gains and losses. On a year-to-date basis, the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex has advanced merely 2 percent while the Nifty50 index has added 4.6 percent. Buying in the broader markets has been relatively better with the S&P BSE500 index climbing around 8 percent during the period. Individually though, certain stocks have outperformed the indices by a huge margin on the back of positive news flow. Adani Total Gas, for instance, has soared 207 percent YTD. It recently became the fourth Adani Group company to enter the elite club of Rs 1 trillion market capitalisation after posting a stellar December quarter (Q3FY21) earnings show. During the said period, it saw the highest-ever financial performance with robust physical infrastructure growth despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. That apart, stocks of Hindustan Copper, HEG, and Adani Enterprises have zoomed between 142 percent and 153 percent. Read more

Air India pilots threaten to stop work if not vaccinated on priority

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Air India pilots union - ICPA - has raised an issue with Air India Director Captain R S Sandhu that they will "stop work" if the airline fails to set up vaccination camps on a 'Pan India' basis for the flying crew above the age of 18 years Also said, "With no healthcare support to the flying crew, no insurance, and a massive opportunistic pay cut, we are in no position to continue risking the lives of our pilots without vaccination. "Our finances are already spread thin covering our bedridden colleagues and provisioning for families lest we inadvertently infect them with the deadly virus that is an ever-present occupational hazard for us." According to the union, many crew members have been diagnosed as Covid positive and are struggling to get oxygen cylinders."The employees who are doing desk jobs and the majority opting to work from home are allowed to get vaccinated, leaving the flying crew vulnerable."

Closing Bell: Sensex down 465 points, Nifty at 14496.50

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 465.01 points or 0.95% at 48253.51, and the Nifty was down 137.70 points or 0.94% at 14496.50 as an unwavering rise in Covid-19 cases and a slower-than-expected pace of vaccination worried investors on Dalal Street. Reliance Industries was the top loser followed by Sun Pharma, Dr Reddy’s, HDFC Bank, and HDFC. While gainers include ONGC, Bajaj Finance, and TCS. About 1374 shares have advanced, 1534 shares declined, and 169 shares are unchanged. The Nifty PSU Bank index gained 3.5 percent, The Nifty Pharma index, on the contrary, was down 2 percent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices each ended about half a percent lower today.

Accumulate stocks of PSUs that are likely to be disinvested say analysts

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Analysts suggest investors accumulate stocks of PSUs, especially the ones that are likely to be disinvested, at the current levels from a medium-to-long-term perspective. “There are a lot of PSU stocks that have not participated in the market rally. The fall from their peak levels is a good opportunity to buy from a medium-to-long-term horizon. I am confident that the government will be able to achieve the fiscal 2021-22 (FY22) divestment target. Due to the ongoing second wave of Covid, it may dole out some relief measures, which will cost money. To fund such initiatives, it will have to go aggressive on divestment once the market conditions improve,” say experts. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex hovered around 48,670 levels and Nifty hovered below 14,650-mark

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
The markets in India fluctuated between gains and losses in today's(4th May 2021) morning deals. The S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 48,670 levels, down 40 points. Earlier, the index had risen to as high as 48,997. The broader Nifty50 index hovered below 14,650-mark. IndusInd Bank, Axis Bank, and ICICI Bank rose 2 percent, each, and were the top Sensex gainers. Among other individual stocks, L&T Technology Services fell over 8 percent after announcing their quarterly results. Majority of the Nifty sectoral indices traded in the green, led by the Nifty PSU Bank index, up 1.9 percent. Twenty companies, including Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone, Alembic Pharmaceuticals, Apollo Pipes, DCM Shriram, IIFL Securities, Larsen & Toubro Infotech, and RBL Bank are set to release their quarterly earnings today.

Indian government is unlikely to impose a nationwide lockdown

Monday, May 3, 2021
The Indian government is unlikely to impose a nationwide lockdown, though states and UTs have been advised to take stringent measures and implement “customised lockdowns” to break the chain of transmission and curb the spread of COVID-19 infection, official sources said. The Supreme Court today directed the central and state governments to consider enforcing a ban on mass gatherings and super spreader events as well as consider imposing a lockdown. "We would seriously urge the central and state governments to consider imposing a ban on mass gatherings and super spreader events. They may also consider imposing a lockdown to curb the virus in the second wave in the interest of public welfare," the Supreme Court said. Read more

India's manufacturing sector activity was largely flat in April

Monday, May 3, 2021
Manufacturing sector activity in India was largely flat in April, as rates of growth for new orders and output eased to eight-month lows amid the intensification of the COVID-19 crisis, a monthly survey said today(3rd May 2021). The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) was at 55.5 in April, little changed from March's reading of 55.4. "The PMI results for April showed a further slowdown in rates of growth for new orders and output, both of which eased to eight-month lows amid the intensification of the COVID-19 crisis," said Pollyanna De Lima, Economics Associate Director at IHS Markit. Lima also noted that "the surge in COVID-19 cases could dampen demand further when firms' financials are already susceptible to the hurdle of rising global prices." On the prices front, survey participants also signaled a steep increase in input costs, the quickest since July 2014, and upward revisions to selling prices. Read more

Closing bell: Sensex down 64 points, Nifty at 14634.15

Monday, May 3, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 63.84 points or 0.13% at 48718.52, and the Nifty was up 3.10 points or 0.02% at 14634.20. Bharti Airtel, Maruti Suzuki India, SBI Life, and HUL were the best-performing stocks. While Titan, Reliance Industries Ltd, IndusInd Bank, Axis Bank, BPCL, Kotak Mahindra Bank, and State Bank of India (SBI) were the losers in the Sensex pack. About 1803 shares have advanced, 1184 shares declined, and 162 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Metal index rallied 2 percent today, followed by the Nifty FMCG index, up 1 percent. On the downside, the Nifty Bank index slipped 0.7 percent on the NSE. The S&P BSE SmallCap index gained 1.6 percent, and the S&P BSE MidCap index, on the other hand, settled 0.05 percent higher.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex down 350 points at 48,430 levels, and Nifty hovered below 14,550-mark

Monday, May 3, 2021
The Indian markets came out of the opening lows but were still trading over half a percent down in today's (3rd May 2021) morning deals. The S&P BSE Sensex traded at 48,430 levels, down 350 points and the broader Nifty50 index hovered below the 14,550-mark. State Bank of India, Titan, and Bajaj Finance fell over 2 percent, each, and were the top Sensex laggards. Reliance Industries also slipped 2 percent after the announcement of its March quarter results. All the Nifty sectoral indices, except the Nifty Pharma index, traded in the red, with the Nifty PSU Bank index, down 2 percent, bleeding the most. Twenty-one companies are slated to post their March quarter numbers today, including Kotak Mahindra Bank, SBI Life Insurance Company, Tata Chemicals, Godrej Properties, L&T Technology Services, and Varun Beverages.

Election results 2021 UPDATE: It's TMC in Bengal; BJP in Assam; LDF in Kerala

Sunday, May 2, 2021
Counting of votes to the legislative assemblies of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam, and the union territory of Puducherry is underway. A number of seats in the four states and 1 UT are Assam (126), West Bengal (294 seats), Tamil Nadu (234 seats), Kerala (140 seats), and Puducherry (30 seats). West Bengal election result 2021 LIVE updates: Trends indicate that incumbent Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) will end up convincingly winning in West Bengal, while challenger Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could fall way below its expected number of seats (elections were held in 292 constituencies). In a setback of sorts for the TMC, however, party chief and chief minister Mamata Banerjee leading with a wafer-thin margin (820 votes) against opponent Suvendu Adhikari’s in Nandigram. Read more

GST collection for April 2021 sets new record (Rs.1.41 trillion)

Saturday, May 1, 2021
Surpassing the previous high in March, GST collections in the month of April set another fresh record at Rs 1.41 trillion, according to the government data released today(1st May 2021). April month's GST revenues are about 14 percent higher when compared with the collections of the previous month. GST collections have consistently crossed Rs 1 trillion marks for the last seven months. "Despite the second wave of coronavirus pandemic affecting several parts of the country, Indian businesses have once again shown remarkable resilience by not only complying with the return filing requirements but also paying their GST dues in a timely manner during the month," the government said in an official statement. During April, the revenues from the domestic transactions (including import of services) are 21 percent higher than the revenues from these sources during the last month. Read more

India's coronavirus crisis may derail the world economy

Saturday, May 1, 2021
The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has struck India with a devastating impact. With over 300,000 new cases and 3,000 deaths across the country each day at present, the total number of deaths has just passed the 200,000 mark – that’s about one in 16 of all COVID deaths across the world. There is now a humanitarian crisis of significant proportions. India is a country of 1.4 billion people and makes up a sixth of the world’s population. Hence it is also most likely going to affect the world economy. India is itself the fifth largest economy in the world. With relatively high growth rates (of between 4% and 8%) and its large size, it has a significant impact on the world economy. Read more

Sensex ends 984 points lower, halts 4-day rally-investors' wealth came down by Rs 2.02 lakh

Friday, April 30, 2021
Indian benchmark indices put an end to a four-day winning run today(30th April 2021) as a worsening pandemic and shortage of vaccines in the country spooked Dalal Street bulls. Investors dumped whatever was in their hands on fears that a recovery could now be delayed. In the freefall, investors' wealth came down by Rs 2.02 lakh crore as the total market capitalisation of BSE-listed companies plunged to Rs 207.01 lakh crore. For Dalal Street investors bears came roaring amid weakness in Asian markets and an unabated rise in Covid-19 cases along with hiccups in vaccination drive back home. Profit booking too weighed on markets following four straight sessions of gains that led to a 4 percent rally in the benchmark indices this week. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex falls 983 points, Nifty at 14631.10

Friday, April 30, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 983.58 points or 1.98% at 48,782.36, and the Nifty was down 263.80 points or 1.77% at 14,631.10 amid weakness in Asian markets and unabated rise in Covid-19 cases along with hiccups in vaccination drive back home. HDFC Bank, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Asian Paints, Mahindra & Mahindra Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) were among top Sensex losers. While, ONGC, Sun Pharma, Dr Reddy’s, and Bajaj-Auto were the top gainers. About 1332 shares have advanced, 1554 shares declined, and 166 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Bank and Financial Services indices dropped 3 percent each while the Nifty FMCG, Auto, IT, and Realty indices slipped up to 1.5 percent. The Nifty Pharma index bucked the trend and gained settled 1 percent higher. The S&P BSE SmallCap settled just 0.07 percent lower and the MidCap index, on the other hand, slipped 0.65 percent.

Tata Coffee gains 9 per cent after Standalone Profit Surges 10 Times In March Quarter

Friday, April 30, 2021
Shares of Tata Coffee rallied over 9 percent in Friday's session to hit a 52-week high of Rs 139.70 on the BSE after its standalone profit surged 10 times to ₹ 40 crores from ₹ 3.99 crores during the same quarter last year. The company on Thursday posted a more than two-fold jump in consolidated net profit at Rs 57.37 crore for the fourth quarter of 2020-21 fiscal on strong income, as against a net profit of Rs 24.05 crore in the same quarter of the previous fiscal. Its revenue from operations rose 30 percent to ₹ 219 crores from ₹ 167 crores during the same quarter last year. The company's managing director Chacko P Thomas said the Q4 performance remained strong despite challenging conditions."Our India Instant Coffee exports for the quarter have been higher despite logistics issues and a fresh wave of lockdowns in Europe, which are expected to ease in the near future. We have seen stable performances across key geographies.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex dropped 517 points to quote at 49,249 levels while Nifty hovered around 14,750-mark

Friday, April 30, 2021
Indian markets drove lower today(30th April 2021) after four straight sessions of gains this week due to unfavourable global market cues, unabated rise in Covid cases, and hiccups in vaccination. The benchmark indices started gap-down with up to 1 percent cuts. In absolute terms, the headline S&P BSE Sensex dropped 517 points to quote at 49,249 levels in early deals. On the NSE, the Nifty50 hovered around 14,750-mark, down 137 points. Wipro (up nearly 4 per cent) was leading the list of gainers on the Nifty after the IT major revised its IT services revenue guidance to $2,324-$2,367 million for the April-June quarter of FY22, which translates to a sequential growth of 8-10 per cent. Bajaj Auto, ONGC, Divis's Labs, Dr Reddy's Labs, and Sun Pharma were the other top-performing stocks on the 50-share index. Read more

HUL Q4 PAT jumps 41% YoY to Rs 2,143 crore

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Hindustan Unilever (HUL) today(29th April 2021) reported standalone net profit at Rs 2,143 crore for the March quarter of the financial year 2020-21 (Q4FY21), up 41.07 percent year-on-year (YoY). The company had reported a profit of Rs 1,519 crore in the same period last year. On a sequential basis, the figure jumped 11.55 percent from Rs 1,921 crore posted in the December quarter. The revenue during the quarter under review jumped 34.63 percent YoY to Rs 12,132 crore in comparison with Rs 9,011 crore in the same period last year. It climbed 2.27 percent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ). The March quarter results beat analysts estimates on the profit front as brokerages had estimated the figure to grow between 11-32 percent YoY. While they had projected the figure to be flat on a QoQ basis. Even the March quarter revenue beat analysts estimate marginally.

Markets are geared up for a bull-phase

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Indian benchmark indices extended their bull run to the fourth straight day today(29th April 2021) supported by the US Fed decision to keep policy loose and firm global markets cues. Starting gap-up, frontline indices reclaimed major psychological marks in the early deals with the S&P BSE Sensex reclaiming the 50,000 marks. Profit booking, mainly in banking counters, saw the frontline index give up some of its gains as trading progressed. There are indications that the markets will continue their journey north, as long as global and domestic cues remain supportive. S&P BSE SENSEX has scaled the resistance range of 50,270 with an intra-day high of 50,375 on Thursday Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex up 32 points, Nifty ay 14894.90

Thursday, April 29, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 32.10 points or 0.06% at 49,765.94, and the Nifty was up 30.40 points or 0.20% at 14,894.90 for the fourth straight day on the day of monthly F&O expiry for the April series. Bajaj Finserv, Bajaj Finance, Axis Bank, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), IndusInd Bank, Titan Company, HUL were the top gainers in the Sensex pack. On the flip side, Bajaj-Auto, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), HCL Tech, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), State Bank of India (SBI) were the top losers. About 1376 shares have advanced, 1505 shares declined, and 176 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Metal index gained 4.5 percent. On the downside, the Nifty PSU Bank index skidded 1.3 percent, trailed by losses in the Nifty Auto index, down 1 percent. The S&P BSE MidCap index ended 0.18 percent lower today while the S&P BSE SmallCap index advanced 0.13 percent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 300 points at 50,045 level while Nifty up 87 points at 14,960

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Indian benchmark indices extended their bull run to the fourth straight day today(29th April 2021) supported by the US Fed decision to keep policy loose and firm global markets cues, Starting gap-up, frontline indices reclaimed major psychological marks in the early deals. The indices, however, pared gains marginally with the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex up 300 points to quote at 50,045 level while the Nifty50 was at 14,960, up 87 points. Earlier in the day, the indices hit respective day highs of 50,376 and 15,044, respectively. The Sensex index is back above 50,000 after 12 trading sessions while the Nifty has reclaimed the 15,000-mark for the first time since March 16. The benchmark indices leaned on Reliance Industries, HDFC twins, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, and Bajaj Finance to support the fresh breakouts. All the heavyweights were up in the range of 2 percent to 2.5 percent. Read more

Sensex zooms 790 pts; banks rally: Investors look beyond Covid cases' surge

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Expectations that Covid-19 cases could soon peak in the country boosted investor confidence on Dalal Street today(28th April 2021). Besides, healthy buying in the financial counters ahead of the monthly expiry of the F&O contracts of April due tomorrow further lifted benchmark indices 1.6 percent today. Today was the third consecutive day of gains at the bourses. Maharashtra’s stabilising Covid cases could be a precursor to India's curve flattening over one-two months, believes some experts. Meanwhile, CLSA opines that the surge in Covid cases in Maharashtra may taper in May as the state is in its fourth month of the second wave. This, it believes, will be positive for the markets. Read more

Zomato files for Rs 8,250 crore IPO

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Food delivery aggregator and rating platform Zomato on April 28 filed a Draft Red Herring Prospectus (DRHP) with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to raise Rs 8,250 crore ($1.11 billion) through its Initial Public Offering (IPO) as consumers increasingly turn to order food online during the Covid-19 pandemic. Of this, Rs 7,500 crore will be a fresh issue, while Rs 750 crore will be an offer for sale for its existing investor Info Edge.Zomato said in the DRHP that it expects to use the funds raised through the IPO to fund its organic and inorganic growth initiatives, which include customer and user acquisition, delivery and technology infrastructure, and any new acquisitions. Kotak Mahindra Capital, Morgan Stanley India, Credit Suisse Securities India, BofA Securities India, and Citigroup Global Markets India are the lead book-running managers for Zomato's IPO. Read more

Economists tweak their GDP projections for FY22 due to Lockdown and mobility curbs

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Recent lockdown and mobility curbs in more Indian cities – have led to economists tweak their gross domestic growth (GDP) projections for fiscal 2021-22 (FY22). In a recent note, those at IHS Markit suggest that they expect the Indian economy (as measured by GDP) to grow at 9.6 percent in FY22. Maharashtra’s lockdown, it said, represents a significant dampener on growth, as the state accounts for 16 percent of the national GDP. “IHS Markit forecasts 9.6 percent real GDP growth in FY 2021, though the wider restrictions forecast above indicate that there is scope for further reductions in economic growth, as these measures would mean income and job losses for workers alongside significant output and revenue losses for firms, particularly in the services sector and the informal economy,” wrote Deepa Kumar, deputy head, Asia-Pacific, IHS Markit. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 790 points, Nifty at 14864.55

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 789.70 points or 1.61% at 49733.84, and the Nifty was up 211.50 points or 1.44% at 14864.50. Bajaj Finance was the top Sensex gainer, followed by IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finsv, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, State Bank of India (SBI), Bajaj-Auto, HDFC Bank, and Bharti Airtel among others. On the flip side, Nestle India, HCL Tech, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), ITC were among the top Sensex losers. About 1730 shares have advanced, 1180 shares declined, and 170 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Realty index dropped 0.6 percent, the Nifty Metal and Pharma indices slipped 0.3 percent each. The Nifty Bank index soared 3 per cent and the Nifty Private Bank, PSU Bank, and Financial Services indices too climbed over 2.5 percent each. The S&P BSE MidCap index ended 0.99 percent up while the S&P BSE SmallCap index added 0.7 percent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex advanced 390 points to quote at 49,300 levels and Nifty reclaimed the 14,750-mark

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Starting higher for the third straight day, Indian equity markets edged up 0.8 percent in early deals today(28th April 2021). Among the frontline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex advanced 390 points to quote at 49,300 levels while the NSE's Nifty50 reclaimed the 14,750-mark and was at 14,764. Bajaj Auto, Bajaj Finance, and Bajaj Finserv, all up between 1.5 percent and 2 percent, were the top-performing stocks on the Nifty. These were followed by the State Bank of India, Tata Motors, Hero MotoCorp, and Divis Labs. On the downside, Britannia, HUL, Hindalco, JSW Steel, and Maruti Suzuki slipped up to 1 percent. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices gained 0.76 percent and 0.74 percent, respectively. As regards sectoral trends on the NSE, the Nifty Metal index witnessed profit-booking and slipped 0.25 percent on the NSE. On the contrary, the Nifty Auto index zoomed 1.4 percent, trailed by the Nifty Bank index, up 0.7 percent. Read more

RIL, pvt banks take Sensex 558 pts up and Nifty tops 14,650

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Hefty buying in industry heavyweights such as Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, L&T, SBI, and TCS, coupled with a decline in fresh Covid-19 cases in the country, enthralled investors on Dalal Street today(27th April 2021). Helped by the across-the-board buying visible at the bourses as bargain hunters returned to Dalal Street, the benchmark indices climb over 1 percent on Tuesday. On the BSE, the 30-share Sensex settled at 48,944 levels, up 558 points while the broader Nifty50 closed at 14,653 levels, up 168 points on the NSE. Hindalco, L&T, Tata Steel, Divis Labs, Reliance Industries, Bajaj Finance, and SBI were the top gainers on the 50-share pack, up between 3.7 percent and 5 percent. HDFC Life, SBI Life, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Maruti Suzuki, and Nestle India declined up to 3.6 percent to end as top laggards. All the key sectoral indices settled the session in the green with the Nifty Metal index ruling 2.7 percent up. This was followed by the Nifty PSU Bank inde Read more

Auto sector problems to continue as downgrades loom under Pandemic

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Over the past three months, the BSE Auto index has been underperforming the benchmarks amid multiple headwinds, including weak retail, rising commodity prices, and supply disruptions. The auto index, after outperforming the benchmarks for most of FY21, is down about 9 percent, as compared to the 2 percent decline in the Sensex during the last three months. The derating on the one-year forward price to earnings ratio has been higher, about 18 percent since January. Most analysts believe these headwinds will remain in the near term. “Due to the ongoing economic slowdown amid the second wave of Covid, the turbulence (demand woes) the sector is facing for over a month and a half is expected to continue into May, as well. On the other hand, higher commodity prices and other cost inflation would impact operating margins of these companies in the June quarter of FY22 and beyond.” say experts. Read more

Maruti Suzuki Q4 profit down 10% to Rs 1,166 crore

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
India’s largest passenger car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki India on Tuesday reported a near 10 percent year-on-year fall in net profit to Rs 1,166 crore for the quarter ended March on account of lower sales volume, increase in commodity prices, adverse foreign exchange movement, and lower non-operating income. During the previous year, the company reported a profit of Rs 1,291.7 crore. Revenue from operations in Q4 FY21 stood at Rs 24,023.7 crore, up 32 percent from Rs 18,198.7 crore in the year-ago period backed by strong double-digit growth in sales. In the December quarter of the current fiscal, PAT stood at Rs 1,941.4 crore. On a consolidated basis, the net profit slipped 6.1 percent to Rs 1,241.1 crore. Analysts had expected Maruti to report a 38 percent year-on-year jump in net profit to Rs 1,785 crore for the quarter on revenues of Rs 23,704 crore. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex up 557 points, Nifty at 14653.05

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 557.63 points or 1.15% at 48,944.14, and the Nifty was up 168 points or 1.16% at 14653 as COVID-19 cases declined in the country. Tech Mahindra, Bajaj Finance, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Power Grid Corporation of India, HDFC Bank, TCS were among top BSE Sensex gainers. Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Asian Paints, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Maruti Suzuki were among the top index losers. About 1915 shares have advanced, 984 shares declined, and 158 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Metal index gained 2.7 percent. This was followed by the Nifty PSU Bank index up 2.3 percent and the Nifty Bank index up 1.4 percent. The S&P BSE MidCap index added 1 percent today while the SmallCap index surged 1.5 percent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 162 points at 48,549 levels, and Nifty hovered around 14,522 levels

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Following the weak trend in Asian markets, Indian equity indices started higher today(27th April 2021) amid a healthy buying in metal, realty, and pharma counters. Among key indices, the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex quoted at 48,549 levels, up 162 points, in morning deals. Tech M, Bajaj Finance, Reliance Industries, and Power Grid were the top gainers on the Sensex while Kotak Mahindra Bank, Axis Bank, Asian Paints, and HDFC were leading the list of losers. On the NSE, the Nifty50 hovered around 14,522 levels. Individually, Tech Mahindra gained 1.7 percent on the BSE after the IT major on Monday reported a net profit of Rs 1,081 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2021, up 34.6 percent year-on-year (YoY). On a sequential basis, the figure was down 17.4 percent from Rs 1,309.8 crore. SBI Card, meanwhile, rallied 1.3 percent on a net profit of Rs 175 crore in the March quarter of FY21, up 110 percent compared to Rs 84 crore in the same period last year. Read more

India’s double-digit growth forecast in risk

Monday, April 26, 2021
Fifteen days back, the International Monetary Fund upgraded India’s economic growth forecast to 12.5% -- the quickest rate among major economies. Now, as Covid-19 cases surge the most globally, that bullish view is looking increasingly in doubt. In Delhi, India’s political capital, the streets are mostly empty and the markets nearly deserted with almost all shops closed in response to curbs put in place by the local administration to fight the pandemic. The scene is not so different in Mumbai, the financial hub. Aimed at controlling the COVID-19 spike, the Karnataka government today announced "close down" across the state for 14 days from Tuesday(27th April 2021) night. High-frequency data are already pointing to a deepening contraction in retail activity in the week through April 18 relative to its pre-pandemic January 2020 level, said a Bloomberg Economist. That’s a key risk for an economy where consumption makes up some 60% of gross domestic product.

Financials lift Sensex 508 pts up

Monday, April 26, 2021
Today's(26th April 2021) rally across the financial sector is mainly driven by a healthy management commentary by ICICI Bank, post its March quarter results announcement. Add to it, positive investment sentiment in the global markets helped the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex and the Nifty50 indices vault over 1 percent. That apart, medical support from across the globe, to help India douse the Covid-19 fire, along with the acceleration of the mass vaccination drive supported sentiment on Dalal Street. Among the key headline indices, the 30-share index jumped 508 points to end the day at 48,386.5 levels. The index had started gap-up and had extended gains to hit a high of 48,668 in the intra-day deals. Read more

Karnataka Government announces Close down for 14 days from tomorrow 9 Pm

Monday, April 26, 2021
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on April 26 announced "close down" across the state for 14 days from Tuesday night from 9 PM aimed at controlling the COVID-19 spike. All essential shops will be functioning from 6 am to 10 am, after which all shops will close. "Only construction, agriculture sectors, Medical sector and manufacturing sector except garments allowed. Public transport to remain shut", said Karnataka CM. The state cabinet also decided to provide COVID-19 vaccinations free of cost at government hospitals for those between 18-45 years of age. The health department will draw the guidelines required.

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 508 points, Nifty at 14485.00

Monday, April 26, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 508.06 points or 1.06% at 48386.51, and the Nifty was up 143.60 points or 1.00% at 14485 due to medical support from across the globe, to help India douse the Covid-19 fire, along with the acceleration of the mass vaccination drive supported sentiment on Dalal Street. Axis Bank, Ultratech Cement, and ICICI Bank were the top-performing stocks on the BSE Sensex. HCL Technologies, Sun Pharma, HDFC Bank, and Maruti Suzuki India were the top losers. About 1841 shares have advanced, 1094 shares declined, and 216 shares are unchanged. Nifty Pharma was down 0.87 percent. On the contrary, the Nifty Realty index gained 3.4 percent on the NSE, followed by gains in The Nifty Metal index up 2 percent, Nifty Bank up 1.7 percent, and Nifty Financial Services up 1.3 percent..The S&P BSE MidCap index closed 0.6 percent higher while the BSE SmallCap index was up 0.8 percent. .

Sensex ruling 730 points up at 48,600 levels and Nifty jumped 190 points,hovering above 14,500 mark

Monday, April 26, 2021
Indian benchmark indices opened higher in today's(26th April 2021) session, tracking firm cues from global peers, even as India continued to report over 3 lakh Covid-19 cases. The BSE barometer Sensex was ruling 730 points up at 48,600 levels while NSE Nifty jumped 190 points and was hovering above14,500 mark. ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, ONGC, UltraTech, and SBI were among the top Sensex gainers while HCL Technologies, Power Grid, and DRL were among the top drags. Broader markets traded in tandem with benchmark indices with Nifty Midcap and Nifty Smallcap indices up 1 percent each. On the sectoral front, barring Nifty Pharma, all indices traded in the green. Nifty Bank with a gain of nearly 2 percent was the best performing index. Tech M, SBI Card, and HDFC Life are among the 15 companies that are scheduled to announce their quarterly numbers today. Read more

Nazara Technologies shares rally 9% as Company reported 84% revenue growth in FY21

Friday, April 23, 2021
The gaming company Nazara Technologies shares gained 9% after the company said that its consolidated revenue in the fiscal year 2021 rose sharply by 84 percent to Rs 454.2 crore led by gamified learning and eSports segments. The company had reported a revenue of Rs 247.5 crore in FY20. The company expressed confidence that it will continue to drive profitable growth. Gamified learning and e-sports segments have not only demonstrated strong growth momentum in FY21 but have also laid the foundation for predictable growth on account of proven user engagement and retention KPIs in gamified learning and multi-year media licensing and game publisher agreements in case of e-sports," it added. The gamified learning segment registered 820 percent growth in revenue, growing from Rs 19.1 crore in FY20 to Rs 175.8 crore in FY21. Similarly, e-sports segment revenue more than doubled to Rs 170.1 crore in FY21, from Rs 84.2 crore in the previous fiscal. Read more

Zydus gets emergency nod for ‘Virafin’ for COVID-19 treatment

Friday, April 23, 2021
Zydus Cadila(Pharma company) today (23rd April 2021) received restricted Emergency use approval from India’s drug regulator for the use of Virafin, Pegylated Interferon alpha-2b (PegIFN) in treating moderate Covid-19 infection in adults. When administered early on during Covid, Virafin will help patients recover faster and avoid much of the complications, the company said in a statement. Virafin will be available on the prescription of a medical specialist for use in a hospital setup. “A single dose subcutaneous regimen of the antiviral Virafin will make the treatment more convenient for the patients,” the company said. In its Phase III clinical trials, the therapy had shown better clinical improvement in the patients suffering from Covid-19. "The drug ensures faster viral clearance and has several add-on advantages compared to other anti-viral agents”.

Closing Bell: Sensex down 202 points, Nifty at 14341.35

Friday, April 23, 2021
At Close, Market benchmark the Sensex closed 202 points, or 0.42 percent, lower at 47,878.45 while the Nifty closed 65 points, or 0.45 percent, down at 14,341.35 as concerns over the second wave of Covid-19 in the country and nervousness in the global markets overpowered the risk appetite of bargain hunters. NTPC, Power Grid, and IndusInd Bank were the top index gainers. Mahindra & Mahindra, Dr. Reddy’s, and ICICI Bank were among the top losers. The BSE Power index gained 2.35 percent, the utility index rose 1.75 percent, BSE Telecom and realty fell over a percent each while FMCG, IT, fell almost a percent each. The S&P BSE MidCap index gained 0.2 per cent today while the S&P BSE SmallCap index added 0.5 per cent

Indian Industrial gas maker shares jump amid shortage of life-saving oxygen

Friday, April 23, 2021
India recorded 314,835 new infections yesterday (22nd April 2021), the world’s biggest one-day jump, and taking its case count to almost 16 million, the second-most globally. Supplies of medical oxygen, essential in many cases to treat seriously ill patients, have been depleted as hospitals around India have been overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases. An acute shortage of medical oxygen in India, amid a deadly wave of coronavirus infections, has triggered a surge in stocks seen linked to industrial gases. Oxygen manufacturer Linde India Ltd. has gained more than 90% so far this year, while National Oxygen Ltd. has advanced 59%.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex down 270 points at 47,812 levels and Nifty hovering below 14,350 levels

Friday, April 23, 2021
Equity markets in India were under pressure today(23rd April 2021) amid muted investment sentiment across Asian markets and on a record single-day spike of over 3 lakh Covid-19 cases for the second consecutive day. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex was at 47,812 levels in early deals, down 270 points or 0.56 percent. On the NSE, the Nifty50 was hovering below 14,350 levels. Power Grid was the top gainer on the Nifty, up 4 percent, followed by Tata Steel, SBI Life, Dr. Reddy's Labs, and Asian Paints. On the downside, Wipro, ICICI Bank, Bajaj Finance, Hero MotoCorp, and State Bank of India were the top laggards in morning deals. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap index was up 0.59 percent while the S&P BSE SmallCap index gained 0.72 percent. Sectorally, only Nifty Metal, Pharma, and Media indices were trading in the green, up between 0.3 percent and 1 percent. On the contrary, the Nifty Financial Services index slipped 0.7 percent. Read more

India's midcap rally amid Covid may be poised for a break

Thursday, April 22, 2021
The outperformance of India’s midcap stocks over the larger stocks since the coronavirus pandemic engulfed global markets may take a breather. Some Fund managers are currently avoiding midcaps based on global economic cues and valuations. They said there is more safety in buying large stocks now that India has become the epicenter of virus resurgence in Asia, while inflation is set to rise in the U.S. and China as the world’s two biggest economies are rebounding. The S&P BSE Midcap Index has outperformed the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex Index in all but five months since the end of 2019, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The smaller stock measure has gained nearly 33% in that span, more than double the rise in the broader benchmark, with the outperformance becoming particularly pronounced amid the recent market chill. Read more

Sensex gains 375 pts, ends above 48K as investors dump FMCG for financials

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Today (22nd April 2021) from the day's low of 47,204, the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex bounced back over 900 points to hit a high of 48,143 on the back of a brisk buying in financial and metal counters. Supportive global cues and expectations that the mass vaccination drive would help curtail the raging second Covid-19 wave in the country gave ammunition to the bulls. By the close, the Sensex was at 48,081 levels, up 375 points or 0.79 percent. The broader Nifty50, on the other hand, gained 255 points higher from the day's low to settle at 14,406, up 110 points or 0.77 percent. About 18 of the 30 constituents on the Sensex and 27 of the 50 constituents on the Nifty ended the day in the green with Wipro, ICICI Bank, JSW Steel, Tata Steel, HDFC, Bajaj Auto, and BPCL topping the charts on the latter. On the Sensex, HDFC Bank, Bajaj Finance, Kotak Mahindra Bank, and SBI were the additional gainers. All these stocks were up in the range of 2 percent to 3.5 percent. Read more

IRDAI imposes Rs25 lakh penalty on SBI General Insurance for non-compliance

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) has imposed a penalty of Rs25.00 lakh on SBI General Insurance Co. Ltd., an unlisted subsidiary of State Bank of India for non-compliance with minimum obligations under Motor Third-Party Business as specified in IRDAI Regulation, 2015 for the financial year 2017-18. It has been imposed for violation of Section 32D of the Insurance Act, 1938, the State Bank of India said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.SBI is an Indian multinational, public sector banking and financial services statutory body. As of 31 March 2021, the Government of India held a 57.63% stake while Life Insurance Corporation of India held a 9.25% stake in the bank. Shares of SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd ended at Rs.914 per piece up by Rs15.7 or 1.75% from its previous closing of Rs898.30 per piece on the BSE.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 375 points, Nifty at 14406.15

Thursday, April 22, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 374.87 points or 0.79% at 48080.67, and the Nifty was up 109.80 points or 0.77% at 14406.20 due to mass vaccination drive would help curtail the raging second Covid-19 wave in the country gave ammunition to the bulls. ICICI Bank, HDFC, and Bajaj Auto were among the top gainers followed by HDFC Bank. Titan, Tech Mahindra, and Asian Paints were among the drags. About 1737 shares have advanced, 1128 shares declined, and 159 shares are unchanged. Nifty Bank index up 2.5 percent, Nifty Financial Services, Private Bank, and Metal indices gained 2.2 percent, 1.8 percent, and 1.7 percent, respectively. On the contrary, pharma and IT stocks pared their gains and ended in the red today. All the three defensive indices -- Nifty IT, FMCG, and Pharma -- slipped up to 0.75 percent on the NSE. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices closing 0.28 percent and 0.59 percent higher, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex down 250 points at 47,462 levels and Nifty hovering around 14,250 levels

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Indian equity markets opened gap-down today (22nd April 2021) as a record single-day spike of over three lakh Covid-19 cases kept investor sentiment at bay. However, buying at lower levels in IT and metal counters helped indices stage mild recovery. The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex was quoting at 47,462levels, down 250 points or 0.5 percent. On the NSE, the Nifty50 was hovering around 14,250 levels, down 56 points. Ultratech Cement, Shree Cement, IndusInd Bank, Axis Bank, Hero MotoCorp, and NTPC, down up to 3.5 percent, were leading the list of losers on the Nifty while Bajaj Auto, Dr. Reddy's Labs, Wipro, BPCL, and Tata Steel outperformed the market and gained between 1.5 percent and 3.5 percent. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap index slipped 0.13 percent while the S&P BSE SmallCap index gained 0.3 percent. Read more

Covid second wave may not dent FY22 earnings: Analysts

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Despite the sharp rise in Covid cases and the ensuing lockdown imposed in some important cities across India that can dent the economic momentum, analysts remain optimistic on the earnings trajectory of India Inc and have not yet downgraded / cut projections for fiscal 2021-22 (FY22). “Corporate earnings are yet to come back to their pre-Covid levels in realistic terms even though they may look optically higher due to the low base effect of the last year. Despite the recent lockdown measures, the companies engaged in essential services continue to run. The curbs can, at best, slow the earnings growth for a couple of months. I do not see any major impact on FY22 numbers at an aggregate level as of now,” say experts. Read more

Shares of Mukand scaled a 13-year high

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Shares of Mukand scaled a 13-year high of Rs 118.80, up 7 percent, on the BSE in intra-day trade today(20th April 2021). In the past five trading days, the stock has rallied 39 percent after the rating agency Acuité Ratings & Research Limited (“ACUITE”) upgraded the ratings of various credit facilities and exposures of the company with a 'stable outlook. Since March 23, the stock of the company engaged in the specialty steel business has zoomed 113 percent from the level of Rs 55.80, as compared to a 3.7 percent decline in the S&P BSE Sensex. It is trading at its highest level since January 2008. Acuite in its rating rationale said the rating upgrade and revision in the outlook from ‘Negative’ to ‘Stable’ are driven by the company’s significant progress inland parcel monetisation and disinvestment in a joint venture company while utilising the proceeds to repay the outstanding debt from lenders and group companies, thereby improving the financial risk profile of the company.

Pharma index hits record high as govt launches phase 3 of Covid vaccination

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Shares of pharmaceutical companies are in demand with Nifty Pharma and the S&P BSE Healthcare indices gaining 2 per cent each and hitting their respective all-time highs on Tuesday as a significant resurge in Covid-19 cases across India led to a spike in demand for Covid-related drugs. Shares of Cadila Healthcare up 6.17 per cent, Dr Reddy's Laboratories up 4.58 per cent, Aurobindo Pharma up 3.42 per cent, Lupin up 3.1 per cent and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries up 1.97 per cent were among the top gainers. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Cadila Healthcare, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Panacea Biotech and RPG Lifesicenes are among those that hit 52-week highs in the intra-day trade today.Dr Reddy's stock is in focus after the company said it is going to roll out the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine by May-end or early June. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 243 points, Nifty at 14296.40

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 243.62 points or 0.51% at 47,705.80, and the Nifty was down 63.10 points or 0.44% at 14,296.40. Ultratech Cement, HDFC, HDFC Bank, and IT stocks were among the top drags on Sensex. Dr Reddy’s, HDFC Life, Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Auto and Bajaj Finserv were the top gainers on Sensex. About 1603 shares have advanced, 1187 shares declined, and 155 shares are unchanged. The Nifty IT index, down 1.4 per cent, the Nifty FMCG and Bank indices ended 0.64 per cent and 0.35 per cent lower, respectively. On the upside, the Nifty Pharma index ended at 1.3 per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices gained 0.5 per cent each.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex traded around 48,230 levels, up 230 points, and Nifty hovered around 14,450

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
The benchmark indices in Indian markets climbed off the early highs but were still trading half a percent up in today's(20th April 2021) morning deals as the Indian government's decision to vaccinate everyone above 18 years of age against Covid-19 from May 1 buoyed investor sentiment. The S&P BSE Sensex traded around 48,230 levels, up 230 points, and the Nifty50 index hovered around 14,450. Bajaj Finance, Dr. Reddy's, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Bajaj Finserv gained 3 percent, each, and were the top Sensex gainers. All the Nifty sectoral indices traded in the green, led by the Nifty PSU Bank index, up 1.7 percent. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices traded 1.7 percent higher, each. A total of nine companies, including Nestle India, Tata Steel Long Products, and Welspun Investments and Commercials are scheduled to release their quarterly earnings today. Read more

New double mutation variant is fueling India’s deadlier new wave of COVID-19 cases

Monday, April 19, 2021
The public health experts worry that a new -- possibly more virulent -- coronavirus variant could be racing through the Indian population. The new variant, which has a so-called double mutation, is thought to be fueling India’s deadlier new wave of cases that have made it the world’s second worst-hit country, surpassing Brazil again, and has already begun to overwhelm its hospitals and crematoriums. India has reported more than 14.5 million Covid cases so far and more than 175,600 fatalities. R“This is a variant of interest we are following,” Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s technical lead officer on Covid, told reporters Friday. “Having two of these mutations, which have been seen in other variants around the world, are concerning,” she said, adding that there was a similarity with mutations that increase transmission as well as reduce neutralization, possibly stunting the ability of vaccines to curb them. Read more

Manic Monday! Major factors for the stock market crash today

Monday, April 19, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices nosedived in today's(19th April 2021) session mainly due to a strong second wave of Covid-19 in the country, leaving the market bulls battered. An across-the-board selling resulted in a 1,469-point crash on the BSE barometer Sensex in intra-day trade. The index, however, recouped some losses and ended 883 points lower at 47,949 with HDFC twins, Reliance Industries, and select banking counters among the worst drags. Barring shares of Dr. Reddy's Labs and Infosys, all constituents of the 30-pack index traded in the red. Meanwhile, its NSE counterpart Nifty after shedding as much as 425 points ended with a 258-point cut at 14,359. High volatility marked today's session with India VIX settling 10.20 percent higher at 22.48. The sell-off was equally bad in the broader markets as mid-cap and small-cap indices lost 2.1 - 2.4 percent lower. Except for Nifty pharma, all indices on NSE traded in the red. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 882 points, Nifty at 14359.45

Monday, April 19, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 882.61 points or 1.81% at 47949.42, and the Nifty was down 258.40 points or 1.77% at 14359.50. Britannia, Dr Reddy's Labs, Infosys, Wipro, and Cipla were the only gainers on the Nifty index, On the downside, Adani Ports, Power Grid, ONGC, Hero MotoCorp, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finserv, Kotak Mahindra Bank, and HDFC Life were the top drags, About 723 shares have advanced, 2091 shares declined, and 157 shares are unchanged. The Nifty PSU Bank, Nifty Bank, Nifty Private Bank, and Nifty Financial Services indices slipped between 2.5 per cent and 4 per cent. The Nifty Auto, Realty, and Metal indices, meanwhile, tumbled up to 4 per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices declined 1.9 per cent and 1.6 per cent, respectively.

Sensex tumbles 1,300 pts, Nifty below 14,300

Monday, April 19, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices slid over 2 percent in today's(19th April 2021) early deals as India continued to report a record spike in daily Covid-19 cases. India recorded over 2.75 lakh new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, as per Worldometer. The S&P BSE Sensex traded around 47,490 levels, down 1,300 points, and the Nifty50 index fell below the 14,300-mark. IndusInd Bank fell 5 percent and was the top Sensex laggard, followed by State Bank of India, Bajaj Auto, Bajaj Fiannce, and ICICI Bank (down 4% each). The Nifty sectoral indices were painted red, with the Nifty PSU Bank index, down 4.7 percent, bleeding the most. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices fell 2.8 percent, each. ACC, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company, Bajaj Consumer Care, CRISIL, Agio Paper & Industries, Pratik Panels, Response Informatics, and Sri Chakra Cement will release quarterly numbers on Monday. Read more

Wipro surges 8% touches 52 week post March results

Friday, April 16, 2021
Shares of Wipro rallied 10 per cent to Rs 473 and touched 52 weeks high on the BSE in intra-day trade on Friday after the company reported a healthy IT services revenue growth and margins in the March quarter (Q4FY21) in the last 10 years. The company’s consolidated net profit grew 27.78 per cent year-on-year (YoY) at Rs 2,972 crore, as against Rs 2,326 crore posted in the same period last year. On a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) basis, the profit increased marginally by 0.14 per cent, compared to Rs 2,968 crore reported in the December quarter of FY21. Its consolidated revenue from operations climbed 3.4 per cent YoY, 3.67 per cent QoQ to Rs 16,245 crore in the recently concluded quarter. Wipro also said that the interim dividend of Re 1 which was announced in January this year, will be considered as the final dividend for the financial year 2020-21.

Closing Bell: Sensex ends flat up 28.35 points, Nifty at 14617.85

Friday, April 16, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 28.35 points or 0.06% at 48,832.03, and the Nifty was up 36.40 points or 0.25% at 14,617.90. Asian Paints, UltraTech Cement, ONGC, Sun Pharma, HCL Tech, Nestle India, M&M, Tech Mahindra were among the top index gainers. On the flip side, ICICI Bank, Bajaj Finance, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), and SBI were the top Sensex losers. About 1617 shares have advanced, 1230 shares declined, and 152 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Pharma index ended 2 per cent higher while the Nifty Auto, IT, Metal, and FMCG gained between 0.6 per cent and 1.2 per cent. On the downside, the Nifty Bank, PSU Bank, and Realty indices slipped up to 0.6 per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices settling 1.2 per cent and 1.05 per cent higher, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex rose 180 points around 49,000 level and Nifty topped the 14,650-mark

Friday, April 16, 2021
The benchmark indices in India ticked nearly half a percent up in today's(16th February 2021) morning deals, tracking mixed cues from their Asian peers. The S&P BSE Sensex rose 180 points around 49,000 level and the broader Nifty50 index topped the 14,650-mark. Asian Paints, HCL Tech, UltraTech Cement were up 1 percent, each, and were the top Sensex gainers. The Nifty sectoral indices, barring the Nifty Pharma index, traded in the green, led by the Nifty IT index, up 0.8 percent. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices traded 1.2 percent higher, each. Mindtree, Den Networks, GTPL Hathway, MMTC, and AAR Commercial Company are scheduled to release quarterly numbers today.

Foreign brokerages modify return expectation from Indian equities

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Foreign brokerages trim their return expectation from Indian equities over the next 12 months due to the sudden rise in Covid cases and the micro-lockdowns imposed across key economic hubs in India. After Nomura that recently cut its March 2022 Nifty50 target to 15,340 (earlier target: 14,680 by December 2021), analysts at Goldman Sachs, too, have tempered their expectations, albeit modestly. They now see the Nifty at 16,300 levels in 12 months (16,500 earlier). However, they have retained their ‘overweight’ stance on India for now. With the new Covid-19 cases in India surging to a record high and a host of states announcing stricter lockdown restrictions, investors, Goldman Sachs said, are concerned about the risks to macro and earnings recovery. Despite the near-term headwinds, they expect the recovery to resume from Q3 onwards as restrictions normalise, vaccination pace accelerates and the global growth backdrop remains supportive.

Infosys shares down 6% after March quarter results

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Shares of Infosys were down 6 per cent at Rs 1,320 on the BSE in intra-day trade on Thursday a day after the IT giant posted a 17 per cent year-on-year growth in net profit at Rs 5,076 crore for the March quarter of the financial year 2020-21 (Q4FY21) as against Rs 4,321 crore posted in the same period last fiscal. Also on account of profit booking and in the overnight trade, Infosys ADR plunged 6 per cent to $1731 per share. Consolidated revenue from operations grew by 1.5 per cent sequentially to Rs 26,311 crore, while consolidated revenue in constant currency grew by 2 per cent and the topline growth in dollar terms was at 2.8 per cent quarter-on-quarters. Infosys’ board has also approved a Rs 9,200 crore buyback of equity shares from the open market. The company will buy back shares at a maximum of Rs 1,750 apiece, a premium of 25% on the current market price of Rs 1,398 apiece and also recommended a final dividend of Rs 15 per equity share.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 260 points, Nifty at 14581.45

Thursday, April 15, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 259.62 points or 0.53% at 48803.68, and the Nifty was up 76.70 points or 0.53% at 14581.50. ONGC, NTPC, Kotak Mahindra Bank, State Bank of India (SBI), Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) were among top Sensex gainers. Infosys, M&M, IndusInd Bank, Maruti Suzuki, Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Finserv, Tech Mahindra were among the top index losers. About 1226 shares have advanced, 1611 shares declined, and 162 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Bank, Pharma, Metal, IT, Financial Services, and Private Bank indices ended up to 1.4 per cent higher while the Nifty Auto, Realty, PSU Bank, and FMCG slipped between 0.04 per cent and 1.5 per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices ended 0.1 per cent and 0.03 per cent lower.

India records highest ever single-day spike with 200,739 Covid-19 cases

Thursday, April 15, 2021
The number of new coronavirus cases in India hit a record daily high with over 200,000 infections being reported in a day, while the active cases surpassed the 14- lakh mark, as per the Union Health Ministry data updated today(15th April 2021). With the new cases, the total tally of Covid-19 cases in the country rose to 14,074,564. A total of 200,739 new Covid-19 cases have been registered in a span of 24 hours, while the death toll increased to 173,123 with 1,038 daily new fatalities, the highest sinceOctober3,2020, the data updated at 8 am showed. Registering a steady increase for the 36th day in a row, the active cases have increased to 1,471,877 comprising 10.46 percent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate has dropped to 88.31 percent. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex hovered around 48,230 levels, down 300 points and Nifty gave up the 14,450-mark

Thursday, April 15, 2021
The benchmark indices in India slid over half a percent in today's (15th April 2021) morning's volatile session, dragged by public sector banks, IT, and auto stocks, as India recorded over 2 lakh fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 48,230 levels, down 300 points and the Nifty50 index gave up the 14,450-mark. Infosys fell 5 percent after the announcement of its March quarter results and was the top Sensex laggard, followed by Mahindra & Mahindra, and IndusInd Bank (both down 3%). On the other hand, ONGC (up 3%) was the top Sensex gainer, followed by NTPC, State Bank of India, and UltraTech Cement (all up 1%). The Nifty sectoral indices were largely in the red, with Nifty Auto and Nifty PSU Bank index, down 2.5 percent, each. On the other hand, Nifty Pharma ticked up 1 percent. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices traded 0.3 percent lower, each. Read more

IDBI Bank gains 11 per cent on divestment proposal

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Shares of IDBI Bank jumped 10.6 per cent to hit an intra-day high of Rs 37.4 on the BSE on Tuesday after a Business Standard report stated that the Cabinet will soon consider the proposal to sell the government’s 45.5 per cent stake in the company, paving the way for strategic divestment in the lender. The cabinet approval will give the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) the authority to move ahead with the divestment process,. The government had planned to sell its balance stake in IDBI Bank to private, retail, and institutional investors through the stock exchange in the last financial year. However, the pandemic delayed the plan, which the government intends to complete this year."DIPAM cannot move forward with the divestment process until approval from the cabinet is received, given that banks come under work allocation of the DFS. After the cabinet's approval, intermediaries can be appointed," an official told Business Standard.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 660 points, Nifty at 14504.80

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 660.68 points or 1.38% at 48,544.06, and the Nifty was up 194 points or 1.36% at 14,504.80 amid broad-based buying. Top Sensex gainer was Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) followed by Bajaj Finsv, Bajaj Finance, Maruti Suzuki, IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank and ONGC. While TCS was the worst-performing stock, followed by Dr Reddy’s, Tech Mahindra, HCL Tech, Infosys and Nestle India. About 1900 shares have advanced, 915 shares declined, and 176 shares are unchanged. Nifty IT and Pharma indices were down 3 per cent and 1 per cent. While the Nifty PSU Bank index surged 4 per cent, the Nifty Bank, Private Bank, Financial Services, Metal, and Realty indices gained between 3 per cent and 4 per cent. The Nifty FMCG index, meanwhile, ended 0.6 per cent higher. The S&P BSE MidCap index gained 1.46 per cent. The S&P BSE SmallCap index, on the other hand, ended 1.2 per cent higher.

Dr Reddys surges 5% as Sputnik V gets expert panel nod for emergency use

Monday, April 12, 2021
Shares of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories gained by 8 per cent to Rs 5,119.90 on the BSE in intra-day trade on Monday after Sputnik-V, the vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), got the nod from the expert panel for emergency use in India. The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) advising the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has recommended Russia's Sputnik V for emergency use authorisation in India. This is the third vaccine approved by India after Covishield and Covaxin

Closing Bell:Sensex down 1708 points, Nifty at 14310.80

Monday, April 12, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 1,707.94 points or 3.44% at 47883.38, and the Nifty was down 524.10 points or 3.53% at 14310.80 as fear of stricter lockdown to curb the second wave of COVID-19 dented investors’ sentiment. Tata Motors, Adani Ports, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finance, UPL, SBI, Hindalco, and Shree Cement were the top losers in the Sensex pack, while Dr Reddy's Labs, Cipla, Divis Labs, and Britannia) ended the day in the green. About 493 shares have advanced, 2433 shares declined, and 171 shares are unchanged. The Nifty PSU Bank index plummeted 9 per cent, Nifty Realty slipped 7 per cent, and Nifty Bank, Private Bank, Metal, and Auto indices skidded between 5 per cent and 6 per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices dropped 5 per cent each.

Johnson & Johnson set to begin its trial of single-dose vaccine in India

Friday, April 9, 2021
Johnson & Johnson is in talks with India's government to begin a clinical trial of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in the country, the company said on Friday. India is looking to ramp up its vaccine doses amidst high demand due to the second surge of coronavirus in the country, with several states saying they are running out of supplies. Top government sources told The Indian Express that J&J will soon conduct the trials, which could pave the way for its vaccine to be marketed in India. “Johnson & Johnson has sent a letter to the CDSCO (Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation) that they will very shortly apply for permission to conduct clinical bridging trials in India,” the sources said. A bridging study tests the safety and immunogenicity of a vaccine, and India has indicated that any vaccine maker must conduct such a trial for a shot to be considered for its immunisation programme.

Closing Bell:Sensex down 155 points, Nifty at 14834.85

Friday, April 9, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 154.89 points or 0.31% at 49,591.32, and the Nifty was down 38.90 points or 0.26% at 14,834.90. ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Reliance Industries were among the stocks that pulled the indices lower. Sun Pharma, HUL, and Tech Mahindra were the top gainers on Sensex. About 1647 shares have advanced, 1212 shares declined, and 163 shares are unchanged. Bank Nifty ended in the red along with Nifty Private Bank, Nifty Auto and Nifty Metal index down 1 per cent. Nifty Pharma and Nifty PSU Bank were the top-performing sectoral indices. The S&P BSE SmallCap index closed 0.7 per cent higher while the S&P BSE MidCap index dipped 0.07 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 120 points around 49,870 levels and Nifty hovered around 14,900

Friday, April 9, 2021
The benchmark indices in India fluctuated between gains and losses in today's(9th April 2021) late morning deals. The S&P BSE Sensex traded around 49,870 levels, up 120 points, and the Nifty50 index hovered around 14,900. Bajaj Finance, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, and Larsen & Toubro dipped 1 percent, each, and were the top Sensex laggards. On the other hand, Hindustan Unilever and Sun Pharma rose 2 percent, each. The Nifty sectoral indices were trading mixed, with the Nifty PSU Bank index, up over 3 percent, leading the gainers. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading 0.4 percent and 0.9 percent higher, respectively.

Barbeque Nation shares locked in upper circuit for 2 day

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Shares of casual dining chain operator Barbeque Nation Hospitality on Thursday were locked in a 20 per cent upper circuit, for the second straight day, at Rs 708.45 on the BSE. Currently, the stock was up 42 per cent against its issue price of Rs 500 per share after a weak market debut, yesterday. On April 7, it made a weak start but immediately moved higher to trade with 20 per cent gains and closed at Rs 590.40 against the issue price of Rs 500 a share. Barbeque Nation Hospitality's ₹ 453-crore IPO was subscribed 5.98 times, according to data available on the stock exchanges. The strong presence in the Indian market positions the company well to capitalise on the growth in consumer spending from expected increases in the level of disposable income in India. The company would be spending around Rs 90 crore in the next two years to expand its restaurant (both ‘Barbeque Nation’ & ‘Toscano’) base in existing cities, ICICI Securities said.

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 84.45 points, Nifty at 14873.80

Thursday, April 8, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 84.45 points or 0.17% at 49,746.21, and the Nifty was up 54.80 points or 0.37% at 14,873.80.JSW Steel, Tata Steel, Shree Cements, Titan Company and Hindalco were among top gainers on the Nifty, while losers included IndusInd Bank, SBI Life Insurance, Sun Pharma, HDFC Bank and ONGC. The Nifty Metal index jumped 4 per cent, the Nifty IT index gained 1 per cent. The Nifty PSU Bank and Bank indices shed 0.8 per cent and 0.6 per cent, respectively today while the Nifty Private Bank and Financial Services indices slipped 0.6 per cent and 0.3 per cent, respectively. The S&P BSE SmallCap index gained 0.73 per cent. The BSE MidCap index, on the other hand, up 0.6 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex leaped 700 points at 49,900 and Nifty50 index jumped 200 points and hit 14,880-mark

Thursday, April 8, 2021
The Indian equity markets welcomed the decision of RBI governorShaktikanta Das to keep rates unchanged during the first bi-monthly monetary policy of FY22, along with holding the GDP growth rate steady at 10.5 percent for the new financial year. Despite the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, the governor said the central bank and the government are prepared to tackle the second wave. Soothed by the comments, the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex index leaped 700 points and hit the day's high of 49,900. The Nifty50, meanwhile, jumped nearly 200 points and hit 14,880 on the back of an across-the-board buying. Banking and financial stocks outperformed on Wednesday with the Nifty Bank, Private Bank, and PSU Bank indices settling higher in the range of 1.5 percent to 2 percent. The Nifty Financial Services, IT, Pharma, Metal, and Realty indices, on the other hand, gained up to 1.5 percent. Read more

RBI Monetary Policy highlights

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Key factors of RBI Monetary Policy: 1) RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said the repo rate at 4 per cent in the April policy and retained its accommodative stance for as long as necessary amid rising inflation and elevated inflation. 2)The marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the bank rate remain unchanged at 4.25 per cent. The reverse repo rate stands unchanged at 3.35 per cent. 3) Fulfilled a long-standing demand of bond market participants of having an open market operations (OMO) calendar of sorts, through which the central bank would commit its periodic support to the market. 4)MPC maintained GDP growth estimate for FY22 at 10.5%, with risks equally balanced depending on the pace of the vaccination drive. 5)The RBI extended the deadline of TLTRO on the Tap Scheme till September 30, 2021. The scheme was announced on October 9, 2020, and was made available up to March 31, 2021. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 460 points, Nifty at 14819.05

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 460.37 points or 0.94% at 49,661.76, and the Nifty was up 135.50 points or 0.92% at 14,819 after RBI as expected kept the key rates unchanged with an accommodative policy stance. SBI, Mahindra & Mahindra, Nestle India, IndusInd Bank, and ICICI Bank were the top gainers on Sensex while Titan, NTPC, HUL, and Bajaj Finserv were the only drags. About 1824 shares have advanced, 1072 shares declined, and 179 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Financial Services, IT, Pharma, Metal, and Realty indices, on the other hand, gained up to 1.5 per cent. The S&P BSE SmallCap index was last up 1.3 per cent while the BSE MidCap index added 0.8 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 500 points at 49,730 and Nifty testing the 14,850-mark

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
The markets in India were trading at day's high, up 1 percent, in today's( late morning deals as the Reserve Bank of India kept the repo rate unchanged at 4 percent while maintaining the 'accommodative stance. The FY22 growth projection was also maintained at 10.5 percent. The S&P BSE Sensex traded 500 points, or 1 percent, up at 49,730 and the Nifty50 index was testing the 14,850-mark. Bharti Airtel, Nestle India, and Reliance Industries gained 2 percent, each, and were the top Sensex gainers. All the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the green, led by the Nifty PSU Bank index, up 2 percent.

Panacea Biotec surges 20% as company to make 100 mn Sputnik V doses yearly

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Shares of Panacea Biotec were locked in the upper circuit of 20 per cent at Rs 220.85 on the BSE in Tuesday's session after the company and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) agreed to produce 100 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine in India per year.Production of Sputnik V at Panacea Biotec sites will help facilitate the global supply of Sputnik V to international partners of RDIF, a joint statement said.Panacea Biotec will produce Sputnik V in its internationally accredited facilities complying to strict GMP standards and prequalified by the World Health Organization (WHO), he added. Efficacy of Sputnik V is 91.6 per cent as confirmed by the data published in the Lancet, one of the world's oldest and most respected medical journals," the release said.

Closing Bell:Sensex ends 42 points higher, Nifty at 14683.50

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 42.07 points or 0.09% at 49,201.39, and the Nifty was up 45.70 points or 0.31% at 14,683.50. Asian Paints was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Sun Pharma and Dr Reddy’s. Power Grid, Ultratech Cement, IndusInd Bank, Axis Bank, and SBI were the worst-performing stocks on Sensex. About 1654 shares have advanced, 1176 shares declined, and 179 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Pharma up 2 per cent, FMCG 1 per cent, and Metal 1/5 per cent indices remained top gainers on the NSE today while the Nifty IT index was up 0.25 per cent. The Nifty Bank and private Bank indices, meanwhile, skidded around 0.4 per cent each ahead of the RBI monetary policy committee's outcome due tomorrow. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices added 1 per cent and 0.8 per cent, respectively by the close.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up by 350 points to 49,520 and Nifty topped 14,650-mark

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
The benchmark indices in India rose over half a percent in early deals today(6th April 2021) after a volatile start to the session. The S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 49,520 levels, up 350 points. NTPC, Hindustan Unilever, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Dr. Reddy's climbed 1 percent, each, and were the top Sensex gainers. Meanwhile, the broader Nifty50 index topped 14,650-mark. Majority of the Nifty sectoral indices traded in the green, led by the Nifty Metal index, up 1.4 percent.

Record jump in the Covid-19 cases in the country is the major factor to the market crash today

Monday, April 5, 2021
The BSE barometer Sensex tanked 870 points or 1.74 percent to settle at 49,159 today(5th April 2021). The 30-pack index had declined as much as 1,449 points in intra-day trade to a low of 48,581. Banks, financials, Reliance Industries, and ITC were among the top Sensex drags. Meanwhile, NSE's flagship index Nifty50 shut shop at 14,638, down 230 points or 1.54 percent. The index had plummeted to 14,460 in intra-day today. A record jump in the Covid-19 cases in the country which led to lockdown-like restrictions in the economically important state of Maharashtra spooked market investors today. Besides, a weak macroeconomic print added fuel to the fire, further raising concerns about the pace and strength of the economic recovery. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 871 points, Nifty at 14637.80

Monday, April 5, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 870.51 points or 1.74% at 49,159.32, and the Nifty was down 229.60 points or 1.54% at 14,637.80. Infosys, Tech Mahindra, and HCL Technologies were the top gainers on Sensex, followed by Bharti Airtel. Bajaj Finance and IndusInd Bank were the top drags, followed by SBI. About 1063 shares have advanced, 1848 shares declined, and 180 shares are unchanged. The Nifty PSU Bank index declined 4 per cent on the NSE, while the Nifty Bank, Private Bank, Financial services, Realty, Auto, and Media indices slipped between 2.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent. On the contrary, the Nifty IT index jumped over 2 per cent and the Nifty Metal index gained 1 per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices closed 1.13 per cent and 1 per cent, respectively.

LG Electronics to end production, sales of its smartphone biz

Monday, April 5, 2021
South Korean LG Electronics Inc announced today(5th March 2021) that it will wind down its loss-making mobile division. Its decision to pull out will leave its 10% share in North America, where it is the No. 3 brands, to be gobbled up by smartphone titans Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics. The division has logged nearly six years of losses totaling some $4.5 billion, and dropping out of the fiercely competitive sector would allow LG to focus on growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices, and smart homes, it said in a statement. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex fell 400 points to 49,620 and Nifty gave up the 14,800-mark

Monday, April 5, 2021
The benchmark indices in India fell over half a percent in today's(5th March 2021) early deals amid worry over the rapidly increasing Covid-19 cases in the nation. The volatility index, India VIX, rose 6 percent to 21.2 levels. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex fell 400 points, or 0.8 percent, to 49,620 and the Nifty50 index gave up the 14,800-mark. Bajaj Finance, IndusInd Bank, and Bajaj Auto fell over 2 percent, each, and were the top Sensex laggards. The Nifty sectoral indices were largely in the red, with Nifty Bank, Nifty Financial Services, and Nifty Realty index falling over 1 percent, each. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices fell 0.4 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively.

Reliance Infra sells HQ in Mumbai's Santacruz to YES Bank

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Reliance Infrastructure Limited of Anil Ambani Group today sold its headquarters in Santa Cruz, Mumbai to YES Bank for Rs 1,200 crore. Yes Bank, which currently operates from Indiabulls Centre in Central Mumbai, will convert the building as its corporate headquarters. The entire proceeds from the sale of Reliance Centre, Santacruz will be utilised to repay the debt of YES Bank. The lender had an exposure of Rs 4,000 crore in the company. With this, Reliance Infra has sold three major assets since January this year, including the sale of Delhi Agra Toll Road to Cube Highways and the electricity transmission asset (Parbati Koldam Transmission Ltd) to Ingrid. With this deal, Yes Bank has reduced its exposure to Reliance Infra. by half to Rs 2,000 crore.

March GST collections at an all-time high

Thursday, April 1, 2021
The GST revenue collections in March 2021 at nearly Rs 1.24 trillion, were the highest since the tax system's introduction in July 2017, the government said today(1st April 2021). Also, the collections were up 27 percent when compared with the year-ago period. The government said that the GST revenues were above Rs 1 trillion for the last six months and a steep increasing trend over this period are clear indicators of rapid economic recovery post-pandemic. "Closer monitoring against fake-billing, deep data analytics using data from multiple sources including GST, Income-tax and Customs IT systems and effective tax administration have also contributed to the steady increase in tax revenue over last few months," it said. Of the total revenue collected, CGST is Rs 22,973 crore, SGST is Rs 29,329 crore, IGST is Rs 62,842 crore (including Rs 31,097 crore collected on import of goods) and Cess is Rs 8,757 crore (including Rs 935 crore collected on import of goods). Read more

NIIT surges 19.98 per cent after firm anounces buyback of shares

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Shares of skills and talent development firm NIIT Ltd surged 19.98 per cent to Rs 165.45 on the BSE in intra-day trade on Thursday after the company announced that its buyback offer would open on April 12, 2021, and the closing date has been set for April 28, 2021. On December 24, 2020, NIIT Ltd's Board of Directors had approved a proposal for buyback of up to 9,875,000 equity shares for an aggregate amount not exceeding Rs 237 crore. The buyback price has been fixed at Rs 240 apiece. In accordance with the SEBI (Buy-Back of Securities) Regulations, 2018, the company will dispatch the letter of offer for the buyback to eligible shareholders, appearing on the record date of February 24, 2021, on or before April 5, 2021. NIIT offers training and development solutions to individuals, enterprises and institutions. NIIT has two main lines of business across the globe - corporate learning group and skills & careers business.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 521 points, Nifty at 14867.35

Thursday, April 1, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 520.68 points or 1.05% at 50,029.83, and the Nifty was up 176.70 points or 1.20% at 14,867.40. Top BSE Sensex gainers were HCL Tech, Maruti Suzuki, NTPC, Bajaj-Auto, Titan Company, IndusInd Bank, Infosys and Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL). On the flip side, the stocks of Nestle India and HDFC Bank were trading in the negative territory. About 2120 shares have advanced, 727 shares declined, and 143 shares are unchanged.The Nifty Metal index settled over 5 per cent higher on the NSE today, followed by the Nifty PSU bank index, up 2.6 per cent. The Nifty Bank, Auto, Financial Services, Private Bank, and Pharma indices, meanwhile, gained up to 2 per cent. The Nifty IT and Realty indices closed with less than a per cent gain. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices gained 1.66 per cent and 2 per cent

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 300 points at 49,820 levels and Nifty topped the 14,750-mark

Thursday, April 1, 2021
The markets in India began the FY22 on a firm note, with the benchmark indices trading over half a per cent in Thursday's morning deals, on the back of favourable global cues. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 300 points at 49,820 levels and the Nifty50 index topped the 14,750-mark. HCL Tech, IndusInd Bank, and Titan rose 2 per cent each and were the top Sensex gainers. All the Nifty sectoral indices, barring the Nifty Realty index, were trading in the green. Nifty Auto, Nifty IT, and Nifty PSU Bank indexes were up 1 per cent, each. The broader markets, meanwhile, outperformed their benchmark peers, with the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices trading 0.8 per cent and 1.2 per cent higher, respectively.

Market outlook and Targets for Sensex, Nifty etc. for FY22

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Despite the ups and downs over the past one week, markets are set to register their best financial year performance in a decade. Thus far in FY21, the S&P BSE Sensex and Nifty50 have rallied 66 percent and 69 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, the gains in mid-and small-caps have been sharper with both the indices rallying 111 percent and 89 percent, respectively on the BSE. The rally has been partly on account of strong foreign inflows on the expectation of improvement in the economy after a stringent pandemic-triggered lockdown for a few months in FY21. Accommodative monetary policies of global central banks, especially the US, ensured emerging markets, including India, remained flushed with funds all through the year. During the year, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) pumped in a record $37 billion (Rs 2.74 trillion) into equities (up to March 26), which is the highest since FY13, data from the National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) show. Read more

Biden's massive once-in-a-century investment plan to transform US' infrastructure

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
US President Joe Biden is going to announce a massive USD 2 trillion plan today (31st March 2021) to transform America's aging infrastructure, and position the country to out-compete China, according to officials. The American Jobs Plan, to be announced by Biden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will create millions of good-paying jobs and rebuild the US infrastructure. This is a once-in-a-century capital investment in America, according to officials. It will also position the United States to out-compete China, they said. By investing about USD 2 trillion over the next eight years, we can transform our current and future infrastructure and fundamentally change life for Americans, officials said ahead of the presidential visit to Pittsburgh. If passed alongside President Biden's Made in America corporate tax plan, the plan would be fully paid for within the next 15 years and reduce deficits in the years after. Read more

RBI extends timeline for auto debit

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday extended the deadline for e-mandate for recurring payments of online transactions by six months till September 30, 2021, The deadline was set to expire on March 31. The central bank decided to extend the deadline as the framework is not fully implemented by banks and to prevent any inconvenience to the customers because of lack of preparedness by the system, the RBI said. This comes after banks started informing customers about cancelling the service of e-mandates for auto-debit of funds from cards. Leading private banks have started sending messages to their customers that they will have to transact on their own for services they want to avail, instead of banks deducting the fee automatically on their behalf as banks, as well as other stakeholders, had not readied their systems to comply with the new framework.

Closing Bell:Sensex down 627 points, Nifty at 14690.70

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 627.43 points or 1.25% at 49,509.15, and the Nifty was down 154.40 points or 1.04% at 14,690.70. HDFC Bank, HDFC, Power Grid, Tech Mahindra, ONGC, ICICI Bank, Infosys, and Bajaj Finance were the top losers in the Sensex pack. While Bajaj Finserv, ITC, SBI, HUL, Tata Motors, UPL, and Grasim were top gainers in the Sensex pack. About 1362 shares have advanced, 1470 shares declined, and 190 shares are unchanged. Among sectors, IT, bank, energy and infra sectors fell 0.4-1.7 per cent, while the PSU Bank index added over a per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap index ended 0.07 per cent higher while the S&P BSE SmallCap index advanced 0.52 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex fell 300 points to 49,830 levels and Nifty gave up the 14,800-mark

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
The benchmark indices in India fell over half a percent in early deals of the last trading day of the financial year 2020-21 (FY21), amid mixed global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex fell 300 points to 49,830 levels and the broader Nifty50 index gave up the 14,800-mark. HDFC twins (HDFC and HDFC Bank) were the top Sensex laggards, both down over 2 percent, followed by PowerGrid, ICICI Bank, and Tech Mahindra (down over 1%) each. All the Nifty sectoral indices, barring the Nifty Pharma index, slipped into the red, with the Nifty IT index, down 1 percent. Meanwhile, the broader markets outperformed their benchmark peers, with the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices trading 0.2 percent higher, each.

Sensex leaps in spite of the continued threat of increasing Covid-19 cases

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Buying in consumer-focused and energy stocks today(30th March 2021) lifted benchmark indices in spite of the continued threat of increasing Covid-19 cases and rising bond yields put pressure on investors. Indian markets also appear to be unscathed from a hedge fund blowup in the US. A sharp decline in FII selling coupled with large buying by DIIs can support the market and even take it higher, said an analyst. The major factors for the rally in the markets are: 1. Fed remains dovish: The Federal Reserve is "a long way from raising interest rates at this point", Governor Christopher Waller said on Monday, reinforcing hopes that the central bank is ready to remain dovish as long as virus woes linger. 2. Factory activity in China: China's factory activity was expected to have grown at a faster pace in March, a Reuters poll showed. Read more

Nazara Technologies lists at 81% premium; Investors can book profit

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Nazara Technologies made a stellar debut on the bourses today(30th March 2021) as the shares of the firms listed at Rs 1,990, an 81 percent over its issue price of Rs 1,101 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE). Meanwhile, on the BSE, the stock debuted at Rs 1,979, 79 percent above its issue price. Post-listing, it moved higher to 2,026.90, up 84 percent. At 10:02 am, Nazara Technologies was trading 74 percent higher against its issue price at Rs 1,917.75, after hitting a low of Rs 1,869.05 on the BSE. A combined around 1.4 million equity shares changed hands on the counter on the NSE and BSE so far. Nazara Technologies is an Indian gaming and sports media platform with a presence in India, North America, Africa, and the Middle East. The company derives revenues mainly from subscription fees paid by users for accessing gamified early learning content, as well as, from the eSports business. Read more

Nazara Technologies backed by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala makes strong opening

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Shares of Nazara Technologies backed by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala made a robust opening on stock exchanges on Tuesday, listing at Rs 1,971, a 79 per cent premium over its issue price of Rs 1,101 per share on the BSE. The debutant stock had a market capitalization of Rs 6,002.25 crore on the listing. The Rs 583-crore IPO of Nazara Technologies was subscribed 176 times by investors. This is the first gaming company that has been listed on the stock exchanges. Nazara owns IPs, including WCC and CarromClash in mobile games, Kiddopia in gamified early learning, NODWIN and Sportskeeda in esports and esports media, and Halaplay and Qunami in skill-based, fantasy and trivia games. Nazara Technologies had raised a whopping Rs 260 crore from anchor investor ahead of IPO launch. The company's IPO committee had decided to allocate 23,73,395 shares to 43 anchor investors at Rs 1,101 per piece. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 1128 points, Nifty at 14845.10

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 1,128.08 points or 2.30% at 50,136.58, and the Nifty was up 337.80 points or 2.33% at 14,845.10 supported by gains in IT, pharma, and metal stocks. HCL Technologies, HDFC Bank, Infosys, NTPC, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), Nestle India, Power Grid Corporation of India, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), TCS and Titan were the top Sensex gainers. While losers are Axis Bank, Mahindra & Mahindra and Bharti Airtel. About 1529 shares have advanced, 1386 shares declined, and 197 shares are unchanged. Nifty IT gained 3 per cent followed by Nifty Pharma indices. while the Nifty FMCG and Metal indices closed with nearly 2.5 per cent gains. On the contrary, the Nifty Realty index ended 0.8 per cent down in a firm market. The S&P BSE MidCap index ended 0.98 per cent higher while the S&P BSE SmallCap index gained 1.3 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 650 points at 49,680 levels and Nifty reclaimed the 14,700-mark

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
The benchmark indices in India traded over one percent higher in today's(30th March 2021) early deals as investors returned to their trading terminals after three days. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 650 points at 49,680 levels and the Nifty50 index reclaimed the 14,700-mark. Hindustan Unilever, Titan, Dr Reddy's, ONGC, and NTPC gained 2 percent, each, and were the top Sensex gainers. The majority of the Nifty sectoral indices were painted green, with the Nifty Metal index, up 2.8 percent, leading the gainers. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices traded 0.9 percent higher, each. Nazara Technologies shares are set to be listed on the stock exchanges today. The issue was subscribed 175.46 times, with the retail portion subscribed 75.29 times, the non-institutional investors' portion subscribed 389.89 times and the qualified institutional buyers segment attracted 103.77 subscriptions.

Despite delay in tariff hike Analysts positive on telecom service providers

Friday, March 26, 2021
A delay in tariff hike by telecom services providers Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea (Vi), and Reliance Jio (a subsidiary of Reliance Industries) has not yet turned analysts cautious on the sector. On the contrary, the underperformance of Bharti Airtel and Vi at the bourses, relative to the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex and S&P BSE Telecom indices on a year-to-date (YTD) basis, can be used as an opportunity to enter these stocks from a long-term perspective, analysts say. So far in the calendar year 2021 (CY21), the stock of Bharti Airtel has risen 2.8 percent on the BSE while Vi has declined 8 percent. Peer firm Reliance Industries’ stock that now is seen by analysts as a play both on telecom and oil, on the other hand, has risen 3.2 percent, ACE Equity data show. In comparison, Sensex and BSE Telecom indices are up 2.9 percent and 4 percent, respectively during the period. Read more

Tata Group stocks gains as Supreme Court ruled in favour of Tata Sons

Friday, March 26, 2021
Shares of Tata Group companies, on Friday, rallied up to 6 per cent in intra-day trade on the BSE after the Supreme Court announced its verdict in favour of the Tata Group in the high-profile Tata vs Cyrus Mistry. Indian Hotels was the biggest gainer, rising 5.75 per cent, followed by Tata Steel, Tinplate, Tata Steel BSL, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Nelco, Tata Communication, Tata Coffee, Titan and Tata Chemicals NSE 1.79 % that gained 3-6 per cent. The Supreme Court's verdict in the nearly five-year-old case puts an end to the corporate war between Tata Group and the Mistrys. A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde also dismissed the appeals moved by the SP Group and Cyrus Investments. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 568 points, Nifty at 14507.30

Friday, March 26, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 568.38 points or 1.17% at 49,008.50, while the Nifty was up 182.40 points or 1.27% at 14,507.30. Bajaj Finserv, HDFC, Asian Paints and Titan Company limited were the top gainers. Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Bharti Airtel, and Adani Ports were the additional gainers On the downside, PowerGrid, IndusInd Bank, ITC, Maruti Suzuki, UPL, and TCS declined the most on the benchmark indices. About 1633 shares have advanced, 1283 shares declined, and 167 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Metal index ended nearly 4 per cent higher, while the Nifty Financial Services, FMCG, and Auto indices ended with around 2 per cent gains. Realty, bank, pharma and IT indices, meanwhile, advanced up to 1.5 per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap index ended 1.66 per cent higher, while the SmallCap counterpart closed with a per cent gain.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex gained 250 points at 48,720 levels and Nifty topped the 14,450-mark

Friday, March 26, 2021
In today(26th March 2021) morning deals benchmark indices in India started the April series on a firm note and were trading over half a per cent on the back of favourable global cues. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 250 points, or 0.6 per cent, at 48,720 levels and the Nifty50 index topped the 14,450-mark. Mahindra & Mahindra and Tech Mahindra rose 2 per cent, each, and were the top Sensex gainers. The Nifty sectoral indices were painted green, with Nifty Bank, Nifty Auto, Nifty Financial Services, and Nifty Metal indices rising over 1 per cent, each. Shares of Kalyan Jewellers and Suroday Small Finance Bank will list at the bourses today. The IPO of Suryoday SFB was subscribed 2.37 times while that of Kalyan Jewellers was subscribed 2.61 times.

Are Indian markets among worst performers globally?

Thursday, March 25, 2021
The S&P BSE Sensex and the Nifty 50 have been among the worst-performing major frontline indices across the globe. if analysts and technical chartists are to be believed, there is still more pain left before the Indian markets start to look up again. The recent surge in Covid cases across the country, elevated commodity prices, and higher bond yields have punctured the market sentiment. From its 52-week high of 52,516.76 hits in intra-day deals on February 16, the S&P BSE Sensex has slipped over 3,000 points, or 6 percent till now. Only the ones in Turkey, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Hong Kong have fared worse during this period, data show. At the global level, the positive news of the $1.9 trillion fiscal stimuli in the US and the good progress of the vaccine campaign got overshadowed by the adverse effects of a rebound in the US dollar and rising US bond yields. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 740 points, Nifty at 14324.90

Thursday, March 25, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 740.19 points or 1.51% at 48,440.12, and the Nifty was down 224.50 points or 1.54% at 14,324.90. Only Dr Reddy’s, ICICI Bank, HDFC, Tata Steel and Larsen & Toubro ended in the green among Sensex constituents. Maruti Suzuki, Hindustan Unilever, and Bharti Airtel, Bajaj Finance, ONGC were the worst performing Sensex stocks. About 748 shares have advanced, 2147 shares declined, and 170 shares are unchanged. The Nifty PSU Bank index skidded 2.5 per cent on the NSE. Meanwhile, the Nifty Realty, Media, and Auto indices dropped 2 per cent each. Other sectoral indices ended up to 1.5 per cent lower, barring the Nifty Metal index, up 0.02 per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices closed 2.22 per cent and 1.85 per cent lower, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex fell 600 points at 48,580 levels and Nifty gave up the 14,400-mark

Thursday, March 25, 2021
Bears tightened their grip today(25th March 2021), with the benchmark indices in India sliding over 1 percent in morning deals, ahead of the expiry of the March series derivative contracts. The S&P BSE Sensex fell 600 points, or 1.2 percent, at 48,580 levels and the Nifty50 index gave up the 14,400-mark. IndusInd Bank fell 2 percent and was the top Sensex laggard, followed by Axis Bank, State Bank of India, Bajaj Finance, and Maruti Suzuki (all down over 1%). Shares of Laxmi Organic listed at Rs 155.50 on the NSE, a premium of 20 percent over the issue price, while Craftsman Automation listed at 9 percent discount. All the Nifty sectoral indices, traded in the red, with the Nifty PSU Bank index, down 2 percent, bleeding the most. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices fell 1.1 percent, each. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 871 points, Nifty at 14549.40

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
At Close, Sensex closed 871 points, or 1.74 per cent, down at 49180.31 while Nifty settled at 14549.40 down 267 points or 1.79 per cent. Reliance Industries and banking stocks were among the major contributors to today’s fall. Only Asian Paints and Power Grid corporation ended with gains on Sensex. Bank Nifty was down 2.6%. Among sectoral indices, only Nifty Pharma ended with gains on Wednesday.. The Nifty PSU Bank, Metal, and Realty indices slipped up to 3 per cent, while the Nifty Private Bank, Financial Services, Auto, and Bank indices were down 2 per cent. The Nifty Pharma index, meanwhile, was up 0.08 per cent.The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices ended 1.6 per cent and 1.4 per cent lower, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex fell 250 points to 49,750 levels and Nifty gave up the 14,750-mark

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
The benchmark indices in India fell half a percent in today's(24th March 2021) early deals amid feeble global cues. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex fell 250 points, or 0.5 percent, to 49,750 levels and the broader Nifty50 index gave up the 14,750-mark. ONGC, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, and IndusInd Bank fell 1 percent each. Among other individual stocks, Rail Vikas Nigam fell over 7 percent after the company said the government will sell up to 15 cent stake in the company through an offer for sale. All the Nifty sectoral indices, barring the Nifty FMCG index, traded in the red, with the Nifty Metal index, down 1 percent, bleeding the most. The shares of Anupam Rasayan are set to list on the bourses today. The specialty chemicals company raised Rs 760 crore through its public issue which was subscribed 44 times.

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 280 points, Nifty at 14814.75

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
At Close, Sensex closed 280 points, or 0.56 percent, higher at 50,051.44 while Nifty settled at 14,814.75, up 78 points or 0.53 percent.Ultratech Cement, HDFC Bank, IndusInd Bank, and ICICI Bank were the top gainers. Shree Cement, Adani Ports, Divis Labs, Tata Motors, and Maruti Suzuki were the additional gainers While ONGC, ITC and Power Grid were the top drags. Nifty PSU Bank index gained 3 per cent. The Nifty Auto, Financial Services, IT, and Realty indices gained up to 1 per cent on the NSE. On the downside, the Nifty FMCG and Metal indices skid 0.4 per cent and 0.6 per cent, respectively. The S&P BSE MidCap index gained 0.95 per cent higher, while the S&P BSE SmallCap index added 0.75 per cent. India VIX jumped more than 3% intra-day

From April 1st , people above 45 years can get vaccinated

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
The government on Tuesday allowed people above 45 years to get vaccinated against coronavirus from April 1."It has been decided that from April 1, the (COVID-19) vaccine will open for everybody above 45 years of age. We request that all those eligible should immediately register and get vaccinated," Javadekar said. Until now, apart from those aged above 60, only those with co-morbidities and aged above 45 can get vaccinated. Javadekar, while briefing the press following the Union Cabinet meeting, added that scientists have found that the second dose of the Covishield vaccine can be taken up to eight weeks after the first dose, as opposed to the initial recommendation of up to six weeks.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 200 points, at 50,000 levels and Nifty traded above the 14,800-mark

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
The benchmark indices in India ticked up in today's(23rd March 2021) morning deals ahead of the Supreme Court's verdict on a batch of pleas by various trade associations seeking an extension of loan moratorium in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 200 points, or 0.4 percent, at 50,000 levels, and the Nifty50 index traded above the 14,800-mark. IndusInd Bank, Axis Bank, HCL Tech, ICICI Bank, Titan, and Maruti Suzuki gained over 1 percent each and were the top Sensex gainers. The Nifty sectoral indices were painted green, led by the Nifty IT index, up 1 percent. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading 0.6 percent and 1 percent higher, respectively.

Barbeque Nation IPO to open on March 24th

Monday, March 22, 2021
Casual dining restaurant chain Barbeque Nation Hospitality’s IPO opens on Wednesday on March 24 with an issue price of Rs 498-500 per share. The three-day public issue will conclude on March 26, according to the company. Barbeque Nation Hospitality is backed by private equity investor CX Partners and renowned stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala's investment firm Alchemy Capital. The initial public offer comprises a fresh issue of shares worth Rs 180 crore and an offer-for-sale of up to 54,57,470 equity shares. According to data on stock exchanges, the Barbeque Nation IPO market lot size is 30 shares. The minimum order quantity of the IPO is 30 shares. A retail investor can apply for a maximum of up to 13 lots, specifically 390 shares or ₹ 195,000. The shares are proposed to be listed on stock exchanges BSE and NSE. The date of the listing is not decided as yet. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex slips 87 points, Nifty at 14736.40

Monday, March 22, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 86.95 points or 0.17% at 49,771.29, and the Nifty was down 7.60 points or 0.05% at 14, 736.40. Dr Reddy’s, Tech Mahindra, and Sun Pharma were the top gainers. while Adani Ports, Britannia, Divis Labs, and Cipla were the additional gainers on the Nifty. On the downside, IndusInd Bank, Power Grid, ICICI Bank, Tata Motors, HDFC Bank, Reliance Industries, and Axis Bank, were the top laggards on both the indices. About 1570 shares have advanced, 1427 shares declined, and 223 shares are unchanged. Among sectors, Nifty IT, Metal, pharma and FMCG indices added 1 per cent each, while Nifty Bank and PSU Bank index shed a per cent each. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices ended 0.99 per cent and 0.73 per cent higher, respectively.

Investments amid Covid-19 second wave in India

Friday, March 19, 2021
India is going to complete one year of Covid-19 lockdown on March 24, 2020. But, even before that India is seeing Covid-19 related restrictions including night curfews across various states, and mandatory institutional quarantine after inter-state travels back in place. In a recent turn of events, the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday ordered mandatory negative (COVID) test reports for mall visitors in Mumbai. Amid this, sustainable recovery in stocks related to malls, multiplexes, quick restaurant services (QSR), and aviation is still some time away, say analysts, who believe that investors will be better off if they avoid these stocks till the Covid-19 situation improves. There are more lucrative options in the markets than these counters, they said. Read more

Bulls fought back to lift indices over a per cent higher

Friday, March 19, 2021
Today (19th March 2021) bulls fought back to lift indices over a percent higher. A drop in the US Treasury yield and a GDP growth upgrade by Moody's for India helped the markets snap a 5-day losing streak. Tracking sluggishness in the global markets, the domestic equity markets opened in a sea of red with the frontline indices dropping over a percent. The dip was, however, quickly bought-into, pushing markets in the positive territory in less than two hours into the trade. Mood in the global markets changed after the US Treasury yields slipped to 1.5 percent from Thursday's high of 1.74 percent. Back home, Moody's Analytics said India's economy is likely to grow by 12 percent in CY2021 following a 7.1 per cent contraction last year as near-term prospects have turned more favourable. Read more

Future group stocks fall sharply as deal with Reliance deal on hold

Friday, March 19, 2021
Shares of Kishore Biyani-led Future group companies, on Friday, were locked in their respective lower circuit, with no buyers seen on the counters, after the Delhi High Court upheld the Emergency Award passed against the $3.4-billion Future-Reliance deal. The company's shares plummeted a day after the Delhi High Court upheld the Emergency Award (EA) order passed by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) against Future Retail's Rs 24,713 crore deal with a subsidiary of Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). As part of the deal, Reliance was supposed to acquire Future’s retail, logistics and warehousing businesses. But global e-commerce giant Amazon had opposed the Future-RIL deal soon after it was announced last year and subsequently secured the EA award against the deal from the Singapore arbitrator. Not just Future Retail but shares of several other Future Group companies fell on the stock market.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 641 points, Nifty at 14744.00

Friday, March 19, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 641.72 points or 1.30% at 49,858.24, and the Nifty was up 186.10 points or 1.28% at 14,744 lifted by gains in FMCG, metals, and financials. NTPC, HUL and Reliance Industries were the top index gainers. Tech Mahindra and Larsen & Toubro were the top drags. About 1461 shares have advanced, 1418 shares declined, and 200 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Energy index rose 3 per cent and the Nifty FMCG index, up 1 per cent, leading the gainers. Among sectoral indices, Nifty Realty was the only one to end in the red. The S&P BSE MidCap index was flat while the SmallCap index dipped half a per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex trading around 48,940 levels, down 275 points and Nifty gave up the 14,400-mark

Friday, March 19, 2021
In the Indian markets today (19th March 2021), the benchmark indices fell over half a percent in morning deals, but off the early lows, following weak global cues amid a spike in bond yields. The S&P BSE Sensex was trading around 48,940 levels, down 275 points. The index hit an intra-day low of 48,587, earlier in the session. Meanwhile, the broader Nifty50 index also gave up the 14,400-mark. ONGC (down 4%) was the top Sensex laggard, followed by Larsen & Toubro and Tech Mahindra (both down 2%). Among other individual stocks, Future Retail shares tumbled 10 percent after the Delhi High Court upheld the Emergency Award that Amazon had won against the Future Retail-RIL deal. The Nifty sectoral indices were painted red, with the Nifty PSU Bank index, down 1.9 percent, bleeding the most. The broader markets fared worse than their benchmark peers, with the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices trading 1.4 percent and 2 percent down, respectively. Read more

Sensex has sunk over 2,300 points in five sessions

Thursday, March 18, 2021
Sensex tanked close to 800 points today after initially starting the day in the green. Sensex has now sunk over 2,300 points in five sessions and is inching closer towards its first technical correction since the crash of last March caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To back its determination to keep monetary policy accommodative, the US Fed also hiked the limit for overnight reverse repo auction exposure to $80 billion from $30 billion earlier to assuage the mayhem in the US Treasury bond market. Yet the market does not seem convinced. The major factors driving the skittishness in the Indian equity market are: Read more

BHEL gains 7% after it has emerged as the lowest bidder

Thursday, March 18, 2021
Shares of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) rallied 7 per cent to Rs 53.80 on the BSE in intra-day trade on Thursday after the company said it has emerged as the lowest bidder for supply of equipment for 6x700 MW nuclear power projects of Nuclear Power Corporation of India for Rs 10,800 crore. With this tender, BHEL has retained its market leadership position of being the sole Indian supplier of nuclear steam turbines. "In an open competitive bidding process, Bharat Heavy Electricals has emerged as the lowest bidder (Rs 10,800 crore) for the fleet mode tender floated by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) for the 6x700 MW Turbine Island Package Projects," the company said in a BSE filing. PHWRs (Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors) are the mainstay of the Indian Nuclear Power Programme and 12 of the 18 operating PHWRs of NPCIL are equipped with BHEL-supplied steam turbine generator sets (10x220 MWe + 2x540 MWe) with the balance from Canada and Ukraine. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 585 points, Nifty at 14557.85

Thursday, March 18, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 585.10 points or 1.17% at 49,216.52, while Nifty was down 163.40 points or 1.11% at 14,557.90. Infosys, HCL Technologies, Dr Reddy’s, and Reliance Industries were the worst-performing stocks on Sensex. ITC and BHEL was the top Sensex gainer followed by Bajaj Auto and Bharti Airtel. About 819 shares have advanced, 2114 shares declined, and 131 shares are unchanged. Nifty FMCG and Nifty Metal were the only two sectoral indices to end in green. Nifty IT was down over 3% as the worst performing sectoral index. Nifty PSU Bank and Realty indices declined 2 per cent each, while the Nifty Bank, Private Bank, and Financial Services indices slipped 1 per cent each. The S&P BSE Mid and SmallCap indices sliding 1.3 per cent and 1.6 per cent, respectively at the close.

RBI’s list of “systemically important banks” may widen

Thursday, March 18, 2021
After the changes in the pecking order consequent to the merger of state-run players the RBI’s list of “systemically important banks” may wi en. As of date, only the State Bank of India (SBI), ICICI Bank, and HDFC Bank figure in the central bank’s classification of domestic systemically important banks (D-SIBs). The matter has figured in internal meetings of the central bank’s supervisory department, but a formal agenda note is yet to be put up. While SBI and HDFC Bank continue to occupy the top two slots in terms of asset size, Bank of Baroda (BoB), Punjab National Bank (PNB), and Canara Bank have pushed ICICI Bank to the sixth position. The indicator weight for size under the RBI’s ‘Framework for dealing with D-SIBs’ (released on July 22, 2014) is 40 percent. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex zooms 440 points at 50,240 levels and Nifty hovered above 14,850-mark

Thursday, March 18, 2021
The benchmark indices in India traded nearly 1 per cent higher in today's(18th March,2021) early deals amid firm global cues after the Federal Reserve pledged to keep monetary policy and rates unchanged and projected a rapid jump in US economic growth this year. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 440 points, or 0.9 per cent, at 50,240 levels and the Nifty50 index hovered above 14,850-mark. All the Nifty sectoral indices were trading with gains, led by Nifty Metal index, up 2 per cent.

Closing Bell:Sensex down 562 points, Nifty at 14721.30

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 562.34 points or 1.12% at 49,801.62, and the Nifty was down 189.20 points or 1.27% at 14,721.30 for the fourth consecutive session amid a broad-based sell-off. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), HDFC Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, State Bank of India (SBI) and ICICI Bank contributed the most to the indices’ loss. While gainers included ITC, TCS, Infosys and HDFC.About 818 shares have advanced, 2115 shares declined, and 138 shares are unchanged. All the sectoral indices ended in the red with the Nifty PSU Bank index fell 4 per cent and Nifty Realty, Metal fell 3 per cent. The Nifty Pharma, Private Bank, and Auto indices, meanwhile, skid up to 2 per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap index sliding 2.28 per cent, while the S&P BSE SmallCap index skid 2.12 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex trading 40 points higher at 50,406 levels while Nifty 10 points up at 14,910 levels

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Indian markets were volatile but managed to eke out minor gains in the early trade today(17th March 2021), tracking mixed cues from Asian peers, as investors weighed the impact of rising cases of Covid-19 in the country, and awaited the outcome of the US Federal Reserve's monetary policy. Among key headline indices, the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex was trading 40 points, or 0.08 percent, higher at 50,406 levels while the NSE's Nifty 50 was at 14,910 levels, up 10 points or 0.07 percent. L&T, GAIL, Tech Mahindra, ITC, and M&M, all up between 1 percent and 2 percent, were the top-performing stocks on the Nifty, while BPCL, Asian Paints, Hindalco, Axis Bank, and HDFC Life, down up to 2.6 percent, were the top laggards. Read more

Aarti Drugs gains 6% as board to consider buyback

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Shares of Aarti Drugs were up 6 per cent at Rs 708 on the BSE in intra-day trade on Tuesday after the pharmaceutical company said its board will consider share buyback on Friday, March 19. A meeting of the Board of Directors of the company is scheduled to be held on Friday, March 19, 2021, to consider the proposal of buyback of the fully paid-up equity shares of the company, Aarti Drugs said in a regulatory filing. The pharma stock has risen 432% in one year but lost 2.12% since the beginning of this year. The market cap of the firm rose to Rs 6,432 crore on BSE. The firm reported a 144.92% rise in Q3 net profit to Rs 68.04 crore against Rs 27.78 crore profit in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 31 points, Nifty at 14910.45

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 31.12 points or 0.06% at 50,363.96, while Nifty was down 19 points or 0.13% at 14,910.50.Top BSE Sensex losers include Larsen & Toubro (L&T), ICICI Bank, State Bank of India (SBI), HDFC Bank, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Kotak Mahindra Bank and NTPC. On the flip side, Asian Paints was the top index gainer, up 5 per cent, followed by Dr Reddy’s, HCL Technologies, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), and ITC, among others. About 1449 shares have advanced, 1463 shares declined, and 174 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Bank, Private Bank, PSU Bank, and Metal indices skid up to 1.3 per cent on the NSE. On the upside, the Nifty IT and FMCG indices closed 1 per cent higher each. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices each ended around 0.4 per cent higher.

Winners from Ashish Kacholia's portfolio

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Poly Medicure, Mastek Limited, Coforge, ADF Foods, and Neuland Laboratories have rallied as much as five times in the last year. Among individual stocks, ace investor Ashish Kacholia held 1.75 million equity shares, or a 1.83 percent stake, in Poly Medicure as of February 19, 2021, as per the shareholding data. The stock has rallied 245 percent in the last one year (till March 15, 2021) as compared to a 60.5 percent gain in the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex in the same period. Similarly, ADF Food has surged 477 percent, Coforge 128 percent, Mastek 356 percent, and Neuland a whopping 529 percent.

CLSA sees a lot of value in large cap banks

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
CLSA sees a lot of value in large-cap banks like Axis Bank, State Bank of India, and ICICI Bank, in spite of the 60-90% surge in their stocks since September 2020. "We see a dual benign credit cycle play out both for corporate and retail loans from FY22, and our top picks are key beneficiaries as 70% of their provisioning in the past five years was due to high corporate stress," said CLSA. The brokerage said the dual benign credit cycle for both corporate and retail loans continues to play out and the reversing rate cycle is positive for banks' net interest margins. CLSA said its analysis on what's priced in indicates that the current share prices imply long term return on equity of 13.5-14% for ICICI Bank and Axis bank and 10% for SBI. This is 2.5% lower for Axis Bank and ICICI Bank and 3% lower for SBI versus its long-term return on equity expectations.

SP Group has commenced talks with foreign investors to raise up to Rs 4,000 crore

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
SP (Shapoorji Pallonji)Group has commenced talks with foreign investors to raise up to Rs 4,000 crore as debt to be paid to Indian lenders. This is seen as a last-ditch effort by the Indian conglomerate to circumvent the non-performing asset (NPA) label by March-end. The group has already placed its three assets on the block. The move by SP & Company (SPCPL) — the flagship company of SP Group — comes at a time when banks are discussing its one-time restructuring (OTR) application. A banker said SP Group is in talks with SSG Capital and other institutions to raise funds till its OTR gets clearance. SP Group’s earlier attempts to raise funds from Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management Inc. were nixed by Tata Group. Tata Group had said SP Group cannot give its holding company, Tata Sons, shares as collateral without its permission and had moved to Supreme Court. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 150 points to 50,600 levels and Nifty reclaimed the 15,000-mark

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
The Indian markets in India traded with slim gains in today's(16th March 2021) early deals, on the back of positive global cues. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 150 points to 50,600 levels and the Nifty50 index reclaimed the 15,000-mark it had given up in the previous session. Bharti Airtel, Titan, Asian Paints, Dr. Reddy's, and UltraTech Cement rose 1 percent, each, and were the top Sensex gainers. Among other individual stocks, Tata Communications slipped over 7 percent as the offer for sale (OFS) to divest the government’s shareholding in the company opened for institutional investors at the floor price of Rs 1,161 per share. The Nifty sectoral indices were mixed, with the Nifty IT index, up 0.4 percent, leading the gainers. Read more

MTAR Technologies make strong debut

Monday, March 15, 2021
MTAR Technologies made a solid market debut on Monday, as the scrip got rose to Rs 1,150 on BSE. It opened at Rs 1,050, an 83 per cent premium over the issue price of Rs.575.The ₹597-crore initial public offering (IPO) of MTAR Technologies, which was open between March 3 and March 5, was subscribed more than 200 times. The price band was fixed at ₹574- 575 per equity share. The IPO received bids for 145.79 crore equity shares against an offer size of 72.6 lakh equity stocks, translating into a subscription of 200.79 times.MTAR Technologies has announced that the proceeds from the fresh issue will be used to repay debt, fund long-term working c MTAR Technologies is engaged in the manufacture of mission-critical precision components with close tolerances, and in critical assemblies. It has seven manufacturing facilities, including an export-oriented unit located in Hyderabad, Telangana, and has been servicing the defence, aerospace and energy sectors for more than four decades. Read more

Government to sell remaining stake in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad airports

Monday, March 15, 2021
The aviation ministry is preparing to sell its stakes in companies that operate airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad, a move that will help achieve the government’s target of raising ₹20,000 crores from monetisation of assets in FY22. The ministry has started the process to fetch approvals, including those from the cabinet, to speed up the sale process. “The aviation ministry has an asset monetisation target of ₹20,000 crores for FY22. While privatisation of airports will contribute to that target, this move could become the largest contributor,” said an official who did not want to be named. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 400 points, Nifty at 14929.50

Monday, March 15, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 397.00 points or 0.78% at 50,395.08, and the Nifty was down 101.50 points or 0.68% at 14,929.50. The top BSE Sensex losers were Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), HDFC Bank, State Bank of India (SBI), Kotak Mahindra Bank, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL). On the flip side, ONGC shares gained the most, rising over 1 per cent. Power Grid Corporation of India, Maruti Suzuki, Tech Mahindra, Asian Paints were among the top index gainers. About 1210 shares have advanced, 1788 shares declined, and 207 shares are unchanged. Nifty sectoral indices were painted red, with the Nifty Bank index, down 2.7 per cent, bleeding the most. Only metal, IT and PSU bank indices ended in the green.The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were down 0.8 per cent and 0.5 per cent, respectively.

Key factors behind today's market fall

Monday, March 15, 2021
Today (15th March 2021) the equity benchmark indices were on track for the second day of fall.The fall comes on the back of weak macroeconomic data (dip in IIP, rise in inflation) and resurgence in Covid-19 infections. Besides, elevated crude prices and jump in bond yields also weighed on sentiment. The weak macroeconomic print spooked investors who have been plowing money into the market amid hopes of a strong economic recovery. In a double whammy for the economy, industrial production growth re-entered the negative territory by contracting 1.6 percent in January, while retail inflation soared to a three-month high of 5.03 percent in February on costlier food items. That apart, WPI inflation came in at 4.17 percent in February, up 2.03 percent from January. "Looking ahead, we expect large upticks in the WPI inflation over the next three months, as the wedge between the commodity prices and their year-ago level intensifies. We expect the headline and core WPI inflation to rise Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex fell 500 points to 50,280 levels and Nifty gave up the 14,900-mark

Monday, March 15, 2021
The benchmark indices in India added to their early losses and were trading over 1 percent lower in today's(15th March 2021) morning deals. Meanwhile, the volatility index, India VIX, ticked up 5 percent to 22.9 levels. The S&P BSE Sensex fell 500 points, or 1 percent, to 50,280 levels and the Nifty50 index gave up the 14,900-mark. Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Finserv, HDFC, State Bank of India, and HDFC Bank fell over 1 percent each and were the top Sensex laggards. The Nifty sectoral indices were painted red, with the Nifty Bank index, down 1.8 percent, bleeding the most. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were down 0.5 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively. Read more

Investors should be prepared for biggest inflation scare since 1980s

Friday, March 12, 2021
Christopher Wood, global head of equity strategy at Jefferies in his weekly note to investors, GREED & fear warned investors for the biggest inflation scare since the 1980s. “For now investors should be prepared for the biggest inflation scare since the early 1980s, and wait to see how the (US) Fed reacts. In the meantime, Treasury bonds are likely to sell off more, and cyclical stocks rally more, before any such tapering scare,” Wood said. That said, he believes that if inflation really does return on a longer-term basis, it would mean that equities and bonds would become positively correlated on the downside - that is they will both go down in price together. The return of inflation fears has been stoked again by the rise in commodity prices, especially oil, which has jumped over 90 percent from its March 13 level of $35 a barrel (bbl.) to around $70/bbl. now. Read more

IDBI Bank share price surges 17% as RBI takes it out of PCA framework

Friday, March 12, 2021
Share of IDBI Bank opened 17 per cent higher at Rs 44.80 on the Bombay Stock Exchange after Reserve Bank of India (RBI) removed the lender from the prompt corrective action framework, subject to certain conditions and continuous monitoring. IDBI Bank was removed from the RBI's prompt corrective action (PCA) framework on Wednesday after a gap of nearly four years on improved financial performance. Under the prompt corrective action (PCA), the banking regulator restricted big-ticket loans to stem the surge in risky assets. That meant the lender was not allowed to grow and had to focus its energies on fixing its legacy dud loans and its balance sheet. The performance of the bank was reviewed by the board for financial supervision (BFS) in its meeting held on February 18, 2021, and it was noted that as per published results for the quarter ending December 31, 2020, the bank is not in breach of the PCA parameters on regulatory capital, net NPA and leverage ratio. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 400 points, Nifty at 15030.95

Friday, March 12, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 487.43 points or 0.95% at 50,792.08, while Nifty was down 143.80 points or 0.95% at 15,031.. Kotak Mahindra Bank, HDFC Bank, HDFC, ICICI Bank, and SBI were all trading with losses. Powergrid, Infosys, Titan and Bajaj Finance were the only stocks trading with gains on Sensex. About 1335 shares have advanced, 1626 shares declined, and 174 shares are unchanged. All the NSE indices were painted red with the Nifty Auto and PSU Bank indices down around 2 per cent each. The Nifty Bank, Financial Services, FMCG, Metal, and Private Bank indices, on the other hand, slipped nearly 1 per cent. The S&P BSE SmallCap index fended the fall and settled 0.14 per cent higher and the MidCap, fell 0.45 per cent.

Maharashtra, TN, Punjab, MP, Delhi, Gujarat and Karnataka - displaying an upward trajectory in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases

Friday, March 12, 2021
India reported 23,285 fresh Covid-19 cases yesterday pushing the overall tally to 11,308,846, according to Worldometer. The death toll from the deadly infection jumped to 158,326. The country continues to be second-most-affected globally and ranks 11th among worst-hit nations by active cases. The five most affected states are Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. The total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 26,164,000. Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 119,097,578 infected by the deadly virus. While 94,635,198 have recovered, 2,640,868 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 29,922,718, followed by India, Brazil, Russia, and the United Kingdom. However, in terms of the total number of active cases, the US tops the charts, followed by France, Brazil, UK, and Belgium.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 450 points at 51,730 levels and the Nifty topped 15,300

Friday, March 12, 2021
The benchmark indices in the Indian market traded firm, up nearly 1 percent, in today's(12th March 2021) early deals, tracking similar cues from their Asian peers which rallied after President Joe Biden signed his $1.9 trillion stimulus bill into law. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 450 points at 51,730 levels and the Nifty50 index topped 15,300. HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, Titan, ONGC, Larsen & Toubro, ICICI Bank, and IndusInd Bank rose 1 percent each among Sensex constituents. Among other individual stocks, IDBI Bank rallied 17 percent after the bank was taken out of the PCA framework by the RBI. The Nifty sectoral indices were painted green, led by the Nifty Private Bank index, up 1.3 percent. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices traded 0.6 percent and 0.8 percent higher, respectively.

Anupam Rasayan India coming with an IPO to raise upto Rs 752 crore

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Surat-based Anupam Rasayan is one of the leading companies engaged in the custom synthesis and manufacturing of speciality chemicals in India. The issue opens on 12 Mar 2021 and closes on 16 Mar 2021. The Price Band is Rs 553-Rs 555 and the Market Lot size is 27 shares and the multiple thereof. The Issue Size is Rs 760 cr and the total number of shares offered are 13,693,693. The shares will be listed on BSE as well as NSE. The issue by the speciality chemicals company comprises entirely fresh issuance of shares and the net proceeds would be utilised towards repayment or prepayment of certain indebtedness and for general corporate purposes. The post-issue implied market capital is pegged at Rs 5,527-5,544 crore. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 254 points, Nifty at 15174.80

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 254.03 points or 0.50% at 51,279.51, and the Nifty was up 76.40 points or 0.51% at 15,174.80. Bajaj Finance, Sun Pharma, JSW Steel, Tata Steel, Hindalco, and Tech Mahindra were the top gainers on Sensex. ONGC, Kotak Mahindra Bank, SBI Life and Maruti Suzuki India were the top drags. About 1609 shares have advanced, 1322 shares declined, and 170 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Metal index gained 1.5 per cent Nifty IT index up 1.67 per cent and the Nifty Pharma index up 1.48 per cent. On the downside, the Nifty PSU Bank index ended 0.15 per cent lower. The S&P BSE MidCap index ended 0.7 per cent higher today, while the S&P BSE SmallCap index settled 0.9 per cent higher.

Demand-driven rise in crude oil prices is good for equity markets

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
A rise in oil prices – if driven by a surge in demand/consumption – is a positive for equity markets, according to analysts. Analysts at Jefferies estimate that every $10 per barrel (bbl) rise in the Brent oil price raises India’s trade deficit by around 40-50 basis points (bps). Yet, they believe that the equity markets should be able to digest the recent spurt. “A $70/bbl of crude would have a 100-120 bps impact on current account deficit (CAD). Improving domestic demand on a low base would drive CAD to 1.5 percent in fiscal 2021-22 (FY22) versus a 0.7 percent surplus this year. However, we still expect the balance of payments (BoP) to be a positive around 1.2 percent as capital account (FDI, ECB and NRI deposits) should see over $80 billion surpluses,” wrote Mahesh Nandurkar, managing director at Jefferies in a recently co-authored note with Abhinav Sinha. Read more

IT stocks may help Nifty50 claim new high

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Buoyed by an overnight rally in tech stocks in the US, Indian IT stocks caught investor fancy today(10th March 2021). Tech-heavy Nasdaq gained about 4 percent on Wall Street on 9th March with Tesla Inc jumping 20 percent, the most in almost a year, while Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp posted the biggest single-day gains in five weeks. Consequently, the Nifty IT index back home was outperforming the benchmark Nifty50 index. At 11:26 am, the Nifty IT index was ruling 1.4 percent higher at 25,936.5 levels, having touched a high of 25,984 levels in the intra-day deals. Among individual stocks, shares of KPIT Technologies, L&T Technology Services (LTTS), and Mindtree hit their respective record highs on the BSE in intra-day trade. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex rose 250 points to 51,280 levels and Nifty topped the 15,150-mark

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
The markets in India traded over half a percent higher in today's(10th March 2021) early deals, tracking similar trends from other Asian markets, ahead of the weekly options expiry. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex rose 250 points to 51,280 levels and the broader Nifty50 index topped the 15,150-mark. IndusInd Bank rose 3 percent and was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Mahindra & Mahindra, Bajaj Finance, Sun Pharma, State Bank of India, and Titan (all up 1% each). The Nifty sectoral indices traded with gains, led by the Nifty Realty index, up 1.5 percent. Meanwhile, the broader markets outran their benchmark peers, with the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices trading 0.8 percent higher, each.

JMC Projects jumps 19 percent on winning project worth Rs 1,000 crore in Maldives

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Shares of JMC Projects rallied 19 per cent to Rs 93.90 on the BSE in intra-day trade on Tuesday after the company said it has signed an agreement with Fahi Dhiriulhun Corporation Limited (FDC) for the design, finance and construction of 2,000 social housing units in Hulhumale Island of Maldives for a project worth Rs 1,000 crore.JMC Projects share rose to a 52-week high of Rs 93.85, rising 19.63% against the previous close of Rs 78.45 on BSE. The financial closure of the project is expected to conclude soon and construction on the project will commence after the financial closure, it added. "The signing of the agreement with FDC is a landmark event in JMC's growth journey. The project is a milestone and testament to our ability to deliver major projects to the highest quality and within tight time frames. Our international business has expanded its presence further with this project in the Maldives. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 584 points, Nifty at 15098.40

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 584.41 points or 1.16% at 51,025.48, and the Nifty was up 142.20 points or 0.95% at 15,098.40. Kotak Mahindra Bank, HDFC Bank, Tech Mahindra, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), ICICI Bank, Bajaj Finance, Asian Paints, TCS, HCL Technologies, were among top index gainers. On the contrary, Power Grid Corporation of India, ONGC, NTPC, Bharti Airtel, State Bank of India (SBI) were among top Sensex losers. About 1254 shares have advanced, 1693 shares declined, and 190 shares are unchanged.Nifty Metal index down 2.5 per cent at the close, followed by the Nifty PSU Bank, Pharma, Realty, Media, and Auto indices, down between 0.5 per cent and 1.5 per cent. The Nifty Financial Services, Bank, and IT indices were the only gainers, up 2 per cent, 1.8 per cent, and 1 per cent, respectively. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices closing 0.6 per cent and 0.4 per cent down, respectively.

BPCL tanks 6% after BPCL Trust offloads stake in firm

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Shares of BPCL dipped 6 percent to Rs 438 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in intra-day trade today(9th March 2021) after BPCL Trust for Investment in Shares (BPCL Trust) sold up to 7 percent of its stake in state-owned energy company through a block deal. Till 09:21 am, around 153.66 million equity shares, representing 7.08 percent of total equity, of BPCL had changed hands on the NSE. On the BSE, around 7.5 million equity shares or 0.34 percent equity of the state-owned company had changed hands. On Monday, BPCL informed the stock exchanges that, a sub-committee of the board of directors of the company has approved the sale of BPCL equity shares which are held by the BPCL Trust for Investment in shares through accelerated book built offering of equity shares on the screen-based trading platform of the stock exchanges. Read more

Equity mutual funds witnessed an outflow of Rs 10,468 crore in February

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
In February Equity mutual funds witnessed an outflow of Rs 10,468 crore making it the eighth consecutive monthly withdrawal. The Flexi cap category accounted for most of the outflow. Overall, the mutual fund industry witnessed a net outflow of Rs 1,843 crore across all segments during the period under review, compared to Rs 35,586 crore in January. Despite the outflow, asset under management (AUM) of the mutual fund industry rose to Rs 31.64lakh crore in February-end from Rs 30.5 lakh crore in January-end. As per the data, the outflow from equity and equity-linked open-ended schemes was at Rs 10,468 crore in February compared to Rs 9,253 crore in January. Barring multi-cap, large & mid-cap and focussed fund categories, all the equity schemes have seen outflow last month. The newly created Flexi cap category saw a maximum outflow of Rs 10,431 crore. Read more

Spike in Covid-19 cases takes toll on business recovery:NIBRI

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Nomura Global Markets Research flagged that the sharp resurgence in pandemic cases in some states and the expected spike due to upcoming elections in five states may have a deeper effect if mobility gets affected. The Nomura India Business Resumption Index (NIBRI) fell to 95.2 for the week ended March 7 versus 98.5 in the week before as both the Apple driving index and the Google retail and recreation indices took a hit while power demand and labour participation rates fell as Covid cases rose. “However, in our view, this threatens near-term normality equilibrium, rather than triggering more serious economic damage,” the research firm said. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex rose 400 points to 50,860 levels and the Nifty holding above the 15,000-mark

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices traded over half a percent higher in today's(9th March 2021) early deals, tracking similar trends in other Asian markets. The S&P BSE Sensex rose 400 points to 50,860 levels and the Nifty50 was comfortably holding above the 15,000-mark. HDFC Bank and UltraTech Cement gained 2 percent, each, and were the top Sensex gainers. Among other individual stocks, BPCL dipped 6 percent after media reports said that BPCL Trust for Investment in Shares (BPCL Trust) will sell up to 4 percent of its shares in the company. The Nifty sectoral indices traded in the green, led by the Nifty Bank index, up 1.4 percent.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 36 points, Nifty at 14956.20

Monday, March 8, 2021
At Close, the Sensex was up 35.75 points or 0.07% at 50,441.07, and the Nifty was up 18.10 points or 0.12% at 14,956.20. Larsen & Toubro and ONGC were the top index gainers, followed by HCL Technology and Axis Bank. IndusInd Bank, Ultratech Cement, and Bajaj Finance were the top index drags. About 1698 shares have advanced, 1382 shares declined, and 208 shares are unchanged. Nifty PSU Bank, Metal, and IT indices gained up to 1.5 per cent higher on the NSE. Nifty Realty, FMCG, and Auto indices, meanwhile, ended up to 1 per cent down. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices closed 0.3 per cent and 0.6 per cent higher, respectively.The volatility index, India VIX, cooled-off 3.5 per cent and closed at 24.6 levels

Apple to soon make iPhone 12 in India

Monday, March 8, 2021
Apple Inc. will manufacture iPhone 12 in India soon, its latest model launched in India on October 30 last year, a few weeks after the global release. iPhone 12 will be manufactured at the Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) facility in Tamil Nadu — both for the domestic as well as the export market. The unit also manufactures iPhone 11, which is the bestseller in India, as well as iPhone XR. An Apple India spokesperson did not respond to a query on the issue. Apple Inc. has tied up with three global vendors — Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron — under the production-linked incentive scheme to manufacture in India with huge commitments to export. Currently, Wistron and Foxconn are in operation in India, while Pegatron’s unit is expected to come up sometime in the middle of next year, say sources. According to analysts, Apple Inc. is expected to shift 7-10 percent of its capacity from China.

RBI governor is optimistic about the growth prospects of the economy

Monday, March 8, 2021
RBI governor Shaktikanta Das in an interview with TOI said that savers can look at various small savings schemes for better returns while asserting that inflation management remains a top priority. He said equity investors must be judicious and not get carried away by short-term trends. Growth impulses are gradually and steadily getting broad-based. The high-frequency indicators such as steel consumption, PMI for manufacturing and services are expanding, GST collections and e-way bills are showing improvement. Earlier, there was an impression that it was due to pent-up and festival demand. But now, it is genuine demand that is visible. The vaccination drive is giving greater confidence to consumers, so the demand is expected to sustain. The only downside risk is the recent spike in the number of Covid cases in certain parts of the country. With daily vaccination numbers going up, we should be able to contain a further spike. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex rose 450 points to 50,880 levels and the Nifty reclaimed the psychological level of 15,000

Monday, March 8, 2021
The benchmark indices in India traded over half a percent higher in today's(8th March 2021) early deals, mirroring the firm trend in other Asian markets. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex rose 450 points to 50,880 levels and the Nifty50 index reclaimed the psychological level of 15,000. ONGC (up 4%) was the top Sensex gainer, followed by State Bank of India, NTPC, Mahindra & Mahindra, and HDFC Bank (all up 1%). The Nifty sectoral indices were painted green, led by the Nifty PSU Bank index, up 3 percent.

Closing Bell:Sensex down 598 points, Nifty at 15080.75

Thursday, March 4, 2021
At Close, Sensex was down 598.57 points or 1.16% at 50,846.08, and the Nifty was down 164.80 points or 1.08% at 15,080.80. Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) as the top index loser. Bajaj Finsv, L&T, State Bank of India (SBI), Axis Bank, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank were among other losers. UltraTech Cement, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Asian Paint, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) and Maruti Suzuki ended with gains. About 1580 shares have advanced, 1350 shares declined, and 183 shares are unchanged. Barring Nifty Media and Nifty Realty indices, all the sectoral indices finished trade in the negative territory. The S&P BSE MidCap index settled 0.5 per cent higher,

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 350 points to 50,700 levels and Nifty reclaimed the psychological level of 15,000

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
The markets in India traded over half a percent higher in today's(3rd March 2021) early deals after opening on a firm note for the third consecutive day. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 350 points to 50,700 levels. The broader Nifty50 index, meanwhile, reclaimed the psychological level of 15,000 and was holding above that mark. HDFC, ONGC, PowerGrid, NTPC, and Infosys rose 1 percent, each, and were the top Sensex gainers. Among other individual stocks, IRCON slid 6 percent as the offer for sale for up to 16 percent government stake at a floor price of Rs 88 per share in the railway PSU opened today. The Nifty sectoral indices traded in the green, led by the Nifty Metal index, up 2 percent.

India's economy is on an "upswing" but it might take longer to become a USD 5 trillion economy due to pandemic disruptions:Panagariya

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
India's economy is on an "upswing" and the government's plans for increased spending comes in the backdrop of pro-growth reforms, former Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya said today(2nd March 2021) even as he opined that it might take longer to become a USD 5 trillion economy due to the coronavirus pandemic-induced disruptions. Panagariya, who is currently a Professor of Economics at the Columbia University, said the country's GDP growth in October-December 2020 quarter returned to a hair's breadth above its level a year ago. "At 0.4 percent, the year-on-year growth in GDP may seem low but given the large negative growth during the preceding two quarters ((-)24.4 percent during April-June and (-)7.3 percent during July-Sept), the quarter-on-quarter growth momentum is very strong," he said. Read more

India's exports marginally declined 0.25 percent while imports grew by 6.98 percent in February

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
India's exports marginally declined 0.25 percent to $27.67 billion in February while imports grew by 6.98 percent to $40.55 billion during the month, according to provisional data released by the commerce ministry today(2nd March 2021). The trade deficit widened to $12.88 billion in February as compared to $10.16 billion in the year-ago period, the ministry said in a statement. The exports during April-February 2020-21 period stood at $255.92 billion. In the same period a year ago, it was at $291.87 billion, showing negative growth of 12.32 percent. Imports during the April-February period too dipped 23 percent to $340.88 billion. In February 2021, Oil imports were $8.99 billion, as compared to $10.78 billion in February 2020, a decline of 16.63 percent. Oil imports in April-February 2020-21 stood at $72.08 billion, as compared to $120.50 billion, showing a decline of 40.18 per cent. Read more

Airtel acquires Rs 18,699 cr in spectrum auction

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Bharti Airtel on Tuesday said it has acquired 355.45 MHz spectrum across Sub GHz, mid-band and 2300 MHz bands for a total consideration of Rs 18,699 crore in the latest spectrum auction conducted by the government that took place yesterday after five years. All of the spectrum will enable Airtel to deliver 5G services in future,' the telco said."This gives Airtel the most formidable spectrum holdings in the country. Airtel has now secured pan India footprint of Sub GHz spectrum that will help improve its deep indoor and in-building coverage in every urban town," the telco said in a regulatory filing. Airtel said the spectrum acquired through the latest auction will also help improve its coverage in villages by offering the superior experience to an additional 90 million customers in India. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 447 points, Nifty at 14919.10

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 447.05 points or 0.90% at 50,296.89, and the Nifty was up 157.60 points or 1.07% at 14,919.10.M&M was the top Sensex gainer, followed by NTPC, Bajaj Auto, Tech M, Infosys, TCS, and Maruti Suzuki. On the downside, ONGC, HDFC, PowerGrid, Dr Reddy's Labs, and SBI were the only losers. About 1813 shares have advanced, 1138 shares declined, and 166 shares are unchanged. Nifty PSU Bank index closed in the red for the second straight day, down 0.04 per cent. On the higher side, the Nifty Auto and IT indices closed over 3 per ent higher each, while the Nifty Pharma, Realty, Private Bank, and FMCG indices ended up between 0.7 per cent and 1.5 per cent.BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices each added 1.5 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex 540 points up at 50,390 and Nifty holding above the 14,900-mark

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
The markets in India extended their opening gains and were trading over 1 percent higher in today's(2nd March 2021) morning deals. The S&P BSE Sensex traded 540 points up at 50,390 and the Nifty50 index was holding above the 14,900-mark. Bajaj Finance rose 2 percent and was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Tech Mahindra, HDFC Bank, Infosys, and Mahindra & Mahindra (all up 1%). Among other individual stocks, BPCL rose 4 percent in early deals after the company said it will exit Numaligarh refinery in Assam by selling its entire stake to a consortium of Oil India Ltd and Engineers India Ltd for Rs 9,876 crore. All the Nifty sectoral indices, barring the Nifty Metal index, traded higher, led by the Nifty IT index, up 1.3 percent.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 750 points, Nifty at 14761.55

Monday, March 1, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 749.85 points or 1.53% at 49,849.84, and the Nifty was up 232.30 points or 1.60% at 14,761.50. HDFC HDFC Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Asian Paints, L&T and ICICI Bank were the top gainers in the Sensex pack. while Bharti Airtel is the only loser. About 1921 shares have advanced, 1093 shares declined, and 189 shares are unchanged. Nifty Media index surged over 4 per cent followed by Nifty Auto, which ended up 2.38 per cent, Nifty Energy and Metal indices rose 2 per cent each. Except for the Nifty PSU Bank index, all the indices ended in the positive territory. The S&P BSE SmallCap index outperformed the benchmark index with a close at 20,475 levels, up 1.6 per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap index, on the other hand, closed at 20,257 levels, up 1.4 per cent.The volatility index, India VIX, cooled-off 9 per cent to end near 25.6 levels.

GDP and GVA giving conflicting signals on economic recovery during FY21?

Monday, March 1, 2021
In India, the GDP and the gross value added (GVA) seem to be giving conflicting signals on economic recovery during FY21. This happens because of the definition of these two numbers. For instance, GDP was projected to fall by 8 percent in the fiscal year 2020-21 (FY21) by the second advance estimates (AE), sharper than 7.7 percent by the first one. On the other hand, GVA is projected to fall 6.5 percent in the second estimate. The first estimates pegged the figure at less than 7.2 percent. Also, while GDP was projected to fall 1.1 percent in Q4, GVA was forecast to grow by 2.5 percent in the same quarter by the second AE. This mismatch happens due to a change in the definition of GDP in 2015 with effect from 2012-13 on the base year 2011-12. The revised method of GDP did not only change the base year, but also the way it is computed. Read more

Automobile industry records growth for the 7th straight month

Monday, March 1, 2021
In the Indian market passenger vehicle wholesale continued to grow year-on-year for the seventh straight month in February as demand for personal mobility remains strong during the pandemic despite soaring fuel prices. About 308,000 cars and SUVs were dispatched from factories to showrooms during February, a 23% growth over the preceding year, industry data show. Market leader Maruti Suzuki sold 144,700 passenger vehicles during the month, a year-on-year growth of 8%. Its market share improved by 116 basis points over January to 46.9% but was considerably lower than 53.3% achieved in February 2020. Hyundai Motor and Tata Motors sold 51,600 and 27,224 units during the month, growing by 29% and 119% over last year. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex rallied 600 points to 49,750 levels and the Nifty topped the 14,700-mark

Monday, March 1, 2021
The benchmark indices in India made a firm start to the first trading session of March, up over 1 percent, in early deals, on the back of upbeat global mood and the Q3 GDP print. The S&P BSE Sensex rallied 600 points to 49,750 levels and the Nifty50 index topped the 14,700-mark. ONGC, PowerGrid, and IndusInd Bank rose over 3 per cent, each, and were the top Sensex gainers. The Nifty sectoral indices were painted green, with the Nifty IT index, up 1.6 percent, leading the gainers. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were up 1 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively.

Private sector investments will pick up soon, say experts

Saturday, February 27, 2021
Investments in India grew after a gap of three quarters, driven by the government, while demand contracted for the third consecutive quarter during October-December (Q3) of the financial year 2020-21 (FY21). Even then, investments remained subdued, growing by a marginal 2.56 percent in Q3FY21. It had started declining even before the pandemic started impacting India’s economy. Gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) contracted by 6.48 percent in Q4FY20. It plunged in Q1FY21 before returning to earlier levels in Q2. according to experts investments in Q3 were driven purely by the government. This is backed up by the data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), which showed that investments in new projects declined to Rs 0.91 trillion in Q3, compared with Rs 1.15 in Q2. Investment activity reverted to growth, supported by high levels of public investment spending, said Rahul Bajoria, chief economist at Barclays India. Read more

India's GDP grows 0.4% in Q3 after shrinking for two quarters: NSO

Saturday, February 27, 2021
GDP of India returned to growth (0.4 percent)in October-December after two-quarters of contraction, the National Statistical Office (NSO) said yesterday (26th Feb.2021). In 2020-21, GDP is set to fall 8 percent against an earlier estimate of 7.7 percent, the release said. This is a “reflection of further strengthening of V-shaped recovery”, which began in Q2 of 2020-21, especially after a large GDP contraction in Q1 due to the lockdown, the Ministry of Finance said in a release. However, the cheer may not last because GDP is likely to fall 1.1 percent in Q4 if we triangulate the data available for the first three quarters with the annual estimate. A more surprising fact is that even this likely contraction in Q4 needs 29 percent real growth in government spending. Expenditure by the government fell in Q2 and Q3 when the private corporate and informal sectors in the economy were in pandemic pain, the data shows. Read more

What's behind Sensex's 1,939-point crash today

Friday, February 26, 2021
amid a global equity market rout. Benchmark indices tumbled over 4 percent in the intra-day trade with the S&P BSE Sensex sinking over 2,149 points while the Nifty50 tumbled over 629 points. The indices ended near the lowest point of the day, at 49,100 and 14,529 levels, respectively, down 1,939 points and 568 points or 3.8 percent. A rise in commodity prices has fanned inflation risks, pushing bond yields higher. That apart, reports that the United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border further dented global mood. Going forward, analysts expect the markets to consolidate after a sharp run since March in the backdrop of near-term headwinds. US Treasury yields vaulted to their highest in a year on expectations of a strong economic expansion and related inflation. Back home, the 10-year government bond yield jumped to 6.18 percent on Thursday, February 25. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 1939 points, Nifty at 14529.15

Friday, February 26, 2021
At close, Sensex was 1,939 points, or 3.80 per cent, down at 49,099.99 while Nifty was at 14,529.15, down 568 points or 3.76 per cent. ONGC was the worst performer, followed by Mahindra & Mahindra, Bajaj Finserv, Bajaj Finance, Grasim and Axis Bank. Small-cap stocks held their ground relatively better as the S&P BSE SmallCap index settled only 0.7 per cent down. The S&P BSE MidCap index, on the other hand, ended 1.75 per cent lower. Nifty Bank tanked 4.63%, along with a 4.86% fall in Nifty Financial Services. The Nifty Metal and Auto indices dropped 3 per cent while the Nifty FMCG, IT, and Pharma indices slipped 2 per cent each. Volatility spiked to an eight-month high of 28.05 points, jumping 22.54%.

Surge in bond yields and rising commodity prices may cause limited upside for the equity markets

Friday, February 26, 2021
A sharp surge in bond yields and rising commodity prices have come back to haunt equity markets, with most analysts expecting a limited upside for the equity markets. Today(26th Feb.2021), Asian stocks traded sharply lower after Wall Street's main indexes tumbled, with technology-related stocks under pressure following a steep rise in benchmark US Treasury yields, which hit their highest level since the pandemic began – up 14 basis points (bps) at 1.5286 percent. The surge came on the back of expectations of a strong economic expansion and related inflation. “In line with the global trend, Indian yields have definitely bottomed out. Since the expansionary budget in February, Indian 10-year is up 28 bps to 6.18 percent despite RBI’s verbal and explicit market support. The gap between earnings yields (1/Nifty one-year forward PE) to 10-year bond yield is now at 156bps, which is 57bps higher than the long-term average,” said an expert. Read more

India may beat recession even as new virus cases loom

Friday, February 26, 2021
some of the gains. However, Data shows gross domestic product expanded 0.6% in the three months ended December, after contracting for two consecutive quarters, according to the median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists. That will help Asia’s third-largest economy exit an unprecedented recession. India will become one of the few major economies to post growth in the last quarter of 2020, with any improvement in the economy’s performance inversely tied to a drop in Covid-19 infections. But the nation has seen an uptick in cases over the last few weeks raising the risk of a new round of localised lockdowns. New curbs on the movement of people or restrictions on businesses are a risk to the nascent recovery, given that gains in the October-December quarter probably came from the reopening of the economy, which is primarily driven by domestic consumption. The government also boosted spending in the final months of last year to spur growth. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex tumbled 700 points and hovered around 50,340-mark ;Niftyfell below the 14,900 level

Friday, February 26, 2021
The markets in India dropped over 1 percent in today's(26th Feb.2021) morning deals, tracking a similar feeble trend in the global markets amid continued sell-off in bond markets. Volatility index, India VIX, meanwhile shot up 10 percent. The S&P BSE Sensex tumbled 700 points and hovered around 50,340-mark while the Nifty50 index fell below the 14,900 level. ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, and Axis Bank fell 3 percent each and were the top Sensex laggards. The Nifty sectoral indices were painted red, with the Nifty Bank index, down over 2 percent, bleeding the most. The damage was relatively contained in the broader markets, where the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading 0.5 percent and 0.3 percent lower, respectively. RailTel Corporation of India will list its shares at the bourses today. The issue price has been fixed at Rs 94 per share.

India's fiscal position to remain weak: Moody's

Thursday, February 25, 2021
According to the Global rating agency, Moody's India's weak fiscal position will remain a key credit challenge in 2021. Also, the prospects for fiscal consolidation remain weak. Meanwhile, Icra, Moody's Indian affiliate, said it expects a considerable rebound in India's economic growth in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022 (FY22) on the back of higher central government spending, and a pick-up, albeit uneven, in consumption. Overall, Icra projects that real GDP will rise 10.5 percent in FY22 and nominal GDP by 14.5 percent for fiscal 2022 as the pandemic recedes. Moody's said the central government's fiscal deficit for FY21 and FY22 should be lower than projected. This is on the back of stronger revenue generation in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 and higher nominal GDP growth in fiscal 2022. Read more

Carlyle is the sole bidder to acquire Mphasis from Blackstone

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Carlyle Group has emerged as the sole bidder to acquire Blackstone Group-owned Mphasis in what would be the largest buyout in the Indian IT industry, according to some sources. The offer to buy Blackstone’s controlling 56.12% stake is believed to be at Rs 1,450-1,500 a share—lower than Mphasis' closing share price of Rs 1,701.70 on 23rd Feb.2021. The transaction that will lead to a change of control will also trigger an open offer for an additional 26% shareholding of the company. At the higher end of Carlyle’s bid, Blackstone will receive Rs 15,730 crore (more than $2 billion) for its stake in Mphasis—a 12% discount to its current holding valued at Rs 17,838 crore. Depending on the success of the open offer, Carlyle might have to shell out another Rs 7,400 crore based on the 60-day average price of Rs 1,538 a share. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex zoomed 400 points to 51,210 levels and Nifty reclaimed the 15,100-mark

Thursday, February 25, 2021
The markets in India traded nearly 1 percent higher in Today's(25th Feb.2021) morning deals ahead of the February series derivative contracts expiry. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex zoomed 400 points to 51,210 levels and the Nifty50 index reclaimed the 15,100-mark. Axis Bank rose 3 percent and was the top Sensex gainer after the Irdai gave its approval for the acquisition of up to 12 percent stake in Max Life Insurance by the bank and its subsidiaries. Max Financial, meanwhile, rallied 10 percent in intra-day deals. Meanwhile, Nureca listed at Rs 635 apiece, a premium of 59 percent against the issue price of Rs 400. The Nifty sectoral indices were painted green, with the Nifty Private Bank index, up 2 percent, leading the way.

National Stock Exchange halted trading after glitch freezes stock prices

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
The National Stock Exchange (NSE), India’s largest stock exchange, today(24th Feb.2021) abruptly shut its cash and derivatives segment following a glitch that froze stock prices. Trading was halted at 11:40 am. Stock and index prices had stopped updating from 10:08 am, said market participants. "NSE has multiple telecom links with two service providers to ensure redundancy and we have received communication from both the telecom service providers that there are issues with their links due to which there is an impact on NSE system. We are working on restoring the systems as soon as possible. In view of the above all the segments have been closed at 11.40 and will be restored as soon as the issue is resolved,” said a spokesperson of the exchange. Indices turned volatile in the afternoon trade after the National Stock Exchange (NSE) resumed trading after an over three-hour-long halt due to a technical glitch. Markets shall remain open for trade till 5 PM today

RBI Governor voices ‘major concerns’ about cryptocurrency

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
The RBI is concerned over the impact cryptocurrencies may have on the financial stability in the economy and has conveyed the same to the government, Governor Shaktikanta Das said today(24th Feb.2021). "We have certain major concerns about cryptocurrencies. We have communicated them to the government. It is under consideration in the government and I do expect and I think sooner or later the government will take a call and if required Parliament also will consider and decide," he said in an interview with CNBC-TV18. "I want to make it clear that blockchain technology is different. Blockchain technology benefits have to be exploited, that is another thing. But on crypto, we have major concerns from the financial stability angle and we have shared it with the government. The government will consider and take a call," Das said. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex traded around 49,950 levels, up 200 points, and Nifty holding above the 14,750-mark

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
The benchmark indices in India traded higher in today's(24th February 2021) volatile early deals, with metal stocks continuing their rally. The S&P BSE Sensex traded around 49,950 levels, up 200 points, or 0.4 percent, and the broader Nifty50 index was holding above the 14,750-mark. ONGC, Bajaj Finance, and Axis Bank (all up over 1%) led the way for the Sensex gainers, while tech stocks TCS and Infosys slid 1 percent, each. Among other individual stocks, Tata Consumer Products surged 4 percent and hit a fresh lifetime high after it was announced that it will replace Gail India in the benchmark Nifty 50 index, effective from March 31. All the Nifty sectoral indices, barring the Nifty IT index-down 0.8 percent, traded with gains.

RIL gets Sebi approval to hive off O2C business into independent subsidiary

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), which has proposed hiving off its oil to chemicals (O2C) business into an independent subsidiary, today(23rd Feb.2021) said it had received approval from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) and stock exchanges to create this subsidiary. The company now requires the approval of equity shareholders and creditors, regulatory authorities, and the income-tax authority, besides the National Company Law Tribunals (CLTs) in Mumbai and Ahmedabad. RIL said the approval process had commenced and was expected to be completed by the second quarter of the 2021-22 financial year. Read more

Tata Motors, Tata Motors DVR gain up to 8%

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Shares of Tata Motors edged higher by 8 percent to Rs 329 on the BSE in intra-day trade today(23rd Feb.2021) on the back of heavy volumes after the company outlined an ambition to reach double-digit commercial vehicle (CV) margins and high single-digit passenger vehicle (PV) margins in coming years. It maintained plans to attain zero debt (excluding leases) by FY24 through strong operating cash flows and divestments. In its virtual 2021 investor event for Indian operations, Tata Motors guided for sustainable free cash flow (FCF) generation in CVs and PVs (from FY24E onwards for the latter). The company said CV demand tailwinds are converging but peak industry volumes are two to three years away and the company would continue to lead 4-W electrification in India. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex ends flat, Nifty at 14707.80

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 7.09 points or 0.01% at 49,751.41, and the Nifty was up 32.10 points or 0.22% at 14,707.80.ONGC was the top gainer followed by L&T and IndusInd Bank. On the downside, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Maruti Suzuki, HDFC Bank and Bajaj Auto ended the day as top laggards. About 1657 shares have advanced, 1213 shares declined, and 158 shares are unchanged. Bank Nifty, Nifty PSU Bank, NIFTY Private Bank, and Nifty Pharma closed with losses. On the upside, the Nifty Metal index jumped 3.8 per cent while the Nifty Realty index closed 2.6 per cent at close. The Nifty MidCap 100 and SmallCap 100 indices settled with gains of about 1 per cent on the NSE.

India to clear 45 investments from China

Monday, February 22, 2021
India may clear 45 investment proposals from China, which are likely to include those from Great Wall Motor and SAIC Motor Corp, according to government and industry sources, as military tensions between the two countries ease at the disputed border. The proposals have been held up since last year after India tightened controls on Chinese investment in the country in retaliation against alleged Chinese troop incursions in the western Himalayan region. China blamed Indian troops for the standoff. About 150 investment proposals from China worth more than $2 billion were stuck in the pipeline. Companies from Japan and the U.S. routing investment through Hong Kong were also caught in the cross-fire as an inter-ministerial panel led by the home ministry increased scrutiny of such proposals. Read more

India recorded a steady rise in the Covid-19 active cases over the past few days

Monday, February 22, 2021
India has recorded a steady rise in the Covid-19 active cases over the past few days. On 21st Feb.2021 (Sunday), the country registered 14,199 fresh Covid-19 cases. Active cases in India have risen to 150,055, while the caseload tally has crossed the 11-million mark. The country continues to be second-most-affected globally and ranks 14th among worst-hit nations by active cases. Till February 21, a total of 11,116,854 vaccine doses have been administered through 230,888 sessions. Maharashtra, which recorded 6,900 new cases, has announced a state-wide ban on social, political, and religious gatherings, besides imposing fresh local lockdowns or curbs in districts like Pune and Amravati. The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (2,093,913), Kerala (1,034,657), Karnataka (948,149), Andhra Pradesh (889,298), and Tamil Nadu (848,275) Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 1145 points, Nifty at 14675.70

Monday, February 22, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 1,145.44 points or 2.25% at 49,744.32, and the Nifty was down 306.10 points or 2.04% at 14,675.70.ONGC, HDFC Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Asian Paints, Ultratech Cement, and Infosys were the only Sensex stocks to trade in the green.L&T and Mahindra & Mahindra, Dr Reddy’s Labs, ITC were the top drags. About 1030 shares have advanced, 1942 shares declined, and 151 shares are unchanged. Nifty metal up 1.6 per cent. On the downside, the Nifty Realty, PSU banks, Pharma, IT, and Media indices declined by 3 per cent, while the Nifty Private Bank, FMCG, Financial Services, and Banks' index closed 2 per cent down. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices closing 1.34 per cent and 1 per cent down, respectively. India VIX was up 5% sitting above 23 levels.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex fell to 50,480 levels, down 400 points and the Nifty gave up the 15,000-mark

Monday, February 22, 2021
The markets in India slid in the early deals of today's(22nd February 2021) volatile session, with public sector banks being the top drags. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex fell to 50,480 levels, down 400 points and the Nifty50 index also gave up the 15,000-mark shortly after reclaiming it in the opening deals. IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Auto, Larsen & Toubro, PowerGrid, and HDFC were all down over 1 percent. The Nifty sectoral indices, barring the Nifty Metal index, were painted red. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were up 0.13 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively.

250-billion-rupee govt fund for finishing stalled housing projects begins to pay off

Friday, February 19, 2021
A 250-billion-rupee fund set up by GOI to complete stalled housing projects is set to deliver its first finished apartments in 2021, offering a template for a problem that has washed out savings of thousands of home buyers and bankrupted developers. The fund will hand over some 16 projects or more than 4,000 homes in the financial year starting April 1, said Irfan A. Kazi, chief investment officer at SBICAP Ventures Ltd., the government-appointed manager of the alternative investment fund. The ‘Special Window for Completion of Construction of Affordable and Mid-Income Housing Projects’ (SWAMIH) fund was announced in November 2019.

Closing Bell:Sensex down 434.93 points, Nifty at 14981.75

Friday, February 19, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 434.93 points or 0.85% at 50,889.76, and the Nifty was down 137.20 points or 0.91% at 14,981.80. ONGC was the top loser, followed by State Bank of India (SBI), Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, Bajaj-Auto, Maruti Suzuki. On the flip side, IndusInd Bank, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and TCS were among other gainers. About 1175 shares have advanced, 1727 shares declined, and 170 shares are unchanged.ll sectoral indices ended in the red with the PSU bank index down 4.7 per cent, while the auto, bank, infra, metal and pharma indices shed 1-2 per cent.. The S&P BSE MidCap index underperformed on the BSE and 1.7 per cent down today. The SamllCap counterpart, meanwhile, settled at 0.7 per cent down.

SBI Cards m-cap is now more than that of Tata Motors, Shree Cement, and JSW Steel

Friday, February 19, 2021
With a market-capitalisation (m-cap) of Rs 1.02 trillion, the State Bank of India-arm SBI Cards and Payment Services today(19th February 2021) stood at 34th position in the overall m-cap ranking, BSE data showed. The firm’s m-cap is now more than that of Tata Motors, Shree Cement, and JSW Steel. With the government's push towards digitalisation, coupled with developments in e-commerce and growth in POS infrastructure, India is gradually shifting towards a cashless economy. This and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic are some of the factors fuelling the rally in the stock price, analysts say. “With the focus now on growth, SBI Cards will be an early beneficiary as the economy recovers on the back of being a play on rising discretionary spends and non-cash economy, the broad reach of parent SBI, under-utilised captive Banca potential, and leadership in co-branded cards,” says an expert. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex fell 250 points to 51,080 levels and the Nifty gave up the 15,100-mark

Friday, February 19, 2021
The markets in India slid nearly half a percent in today's(19th February 2021) early deals, amid subdued global trends, although gains in Reliance Industries and public sector banks helped benchmark indices cap losses. The S&P BSE Sensex fell 250 points to 51,080 levels and the Nifty50 index gave up the 15,100-mark. PowerGrid and ICICI Bank declined 2 percent, each, and were the top Sensex laggards, followed by NTPC, Bajaj Auto, and State Bank of India (all down 1%). On the other hand, Reliance Industries, and Hindustan Unilever ticked up over 1 percent, each. The majority of the Nifty sectoral indices were painted red, although the Nifty PSU Bank index bucked the trend and was up 1.2 percent. Mahindra CIE Automotive, Asian Tea & Exports, Binani Industries, Chromatic India, Sunedison Infrastructure, Uniply Decor, Uniply Industries, and Uniworth Securities are scheduled to announce their quarterly earnings today.

Finace Ministry asks RBI to ensure a higher dividend in FY22

Thursday, February 18, 2021
The finance ministry has asked the RBI to make every effort to secure a higher dividend for the government in the financial year 2021-22 (FY22), despite sliding interest rates globally, sources said. It has also sought the RBI’s advice on gold monetisation. In the correspondence and discussions between the two, the RBI has advised against any change in the inflation goalposts. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das has assured Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman that the Rs 12.05-trillion gross borrowing programme for FY22 will go through smoothly. To ensure it, the RBI team has, however, cautioned the government against any dilution of the inflation management policies, and the targets under the monetary policy framework, sources said. Read more

Nomura ups rating on Indian equities to overweight in Asia

Thursday, February 18, 2021
Nomura has raised its rating on Indian equities to ‘overweight’ in its Asia ex-Japan portfolio. Nomura is now much less concerned about two of the central issues that plagued India – India’s limited fiscal space and vulnerability from Covid-19. The recent developments, it said, have surprised them. However, Nomura does caution that the execution of Budget and other policy proposals remains one of the key risks. “A number of recent positive developments in India lead us to change our stance to an Overweight (from Neutral) in our regional Asia-ex-Japan (AeJ) allocation. We view India as a counterweight to North Asia as a large liquid market that – despite its strong run recently – does provide a hedge in portfolios. We are modestly reallocating to India from Korea – although we remain Overweight on Korea (alongside China and Indonesia),” wrote Chetan Seth and Nirransh Jain of Nomura in a February 17 co-authored report. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 379 points, Nifty at 15118.95

Thursday, February 18, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 379.14 points or 0.73% at 51,324.69, and the Nifty was down 89.90 points or 0.59% at 15,119. Bajaj Finance was the top loser followed by Kotak Mahindra Bank, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), ICICI Bank, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), and Nestle India. On the flip side, ONGC was the top gainer followed by NTPC, Asian Paints, Tech Mahindra and Tech Mahindra. About 1609 shares have advanced, 1316 shares declined, and 151 shares are unchanged. Sectorally, Nifty PSU Bank, Nifty IT and Nifty Metal indices ended up 5.6 per cent, 1.33 per cent and 1.31 per cent, respectively. On the downside, the Nifty Financial Services, Auto, and Private Bank indices slipped up to 1.5 per cent each. The S&P BSE SmallCap index moved closer to record high levels and the S&P BSE MidCap, on the other hand, closed at 20,376 levels, up 0.7 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex up 60 points at 51,760 levels and the Nifty holding above the 15,200-mark

Thursday, February 18, 2021
The benchmark indices in India traded flat with a positive bias in today's(18th February 2021) early deals, ahead of the weekly options expiry, on the back of mixed global cues. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 60 points at 51,760 levels and the Nifty50 was holding above the 15,200-mark. ONGC gained 3 percent and was the top Sensex gainer, followed by State Bank of India which rose 2 percent. On the other hand, ICICI Bank and Bajaj Finance fell over 1 percent, each. The Nifty sectoral indices traded mixed, with the Nifty PSU Bank index, up 3 percent, leading the gainers. Ambuja Cements, Enkei Wheels, RCL Retail, Rollatainers and Twinstar Industries are scheduled to announce their quarterly earnings today.

Closing Bell:Sensex down 400 points, Nifty at 15208.90

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 400.34 points or 0.77% at 51,703.83, and the Nifty was down 104.60 points or 0.68% at 15,208.90. HDFC Bank, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Kotak Mahindra Bank, TCS, Infosys and Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), were the top gainers in the Sensex pack. While Nestle, Maruti Suzuki, Asian Paints, Bajaj Finserv, HDFC Bank, and IndusInd Bank were the top losers on the BSE. About 1480 shares have advanced, 1422 shares declined, and 144 shares are unchanged. Nifty IT and Pharma indices were down 1.3 per cent and 1.7 per cent down, respectively. The Nifty Financial Services and FMCG indices, too, ended up to 1 per cent down. On the upside, the Nifty PSU bank index settled around 6 per cent higher on privatisation hopes.S&P BSE MidCap index was up 9 points at 20,237, while S&P BSE SmallCap index rose half a per cent or 105 points to settle at 19,883.

Sharper-than-expected economic recovery can fuel further rally in domestic cyclicals, industrials, and financials

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Investors are now betting big on cyclical recovery after a sharp economic contraction with most of the related stocks doing well at the bourses after playing safe during the initial phase of the pandemic in 2020 and sticking to defensive plays such as pharmaceuticals, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and information technology (IT). Till June-July, defensive sectors like pharma and FMCG were leaders, followed by IT, as investors wanted to play safe given the uncertainty around the pandemic, its impact on the economy, and the fortunes of India Inc, analysts say. From August – September, cyclical like auto and banking & financials picked up the pace. Post budget, infrastructure, industrials, and stocks of public sector undertakings (PSUs) have rallied. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex fell 200 points at 51,870, and Nifty gave up the 15,300-mark

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
The markets in India slid in today's(17th February 2021) early deals after opening lower, tracking similar cues from other Asian markets. The S&P BSE Sensex fell 200 points at 51,870, and the Nifty50 index gave up the 15,300-mark. Nestle fell 3 percent post the December quarter results and was the top Sensex laggard, followed by ONGC, HDFC, and PowerGrid (down 1 percent, each). The majority of the Nifty sectoral indices, barring two, were trading in the red, with the Nifty Financial Services index dipping 0.6 percent. The broader markets, meanwhile, outperformed their benchmark peers, with the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices trading 0.3 percent and 0.4 percent up, respectively. Pasupati Spinning, Sanghvi Forging and Engineering, SR Industries, Uniply Decor, and Uniply Industries are set to announce their quarterly earnings today.

SC upholds validity of e-voting for winding up Franklin Templeton's 6 MFs

Friday, February 12, 2021
The Supreme Court today(12th Feb.2021) upheld the validity of the e-voting process for winding up of six mutual fund schemes of Franklin Templeton and said disbursal of funds to unitholders will continue. A bench of justices S A Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna, while rejecting the opposition by some unitholders to the e-voting process, said disbursal of funds has to be done as per the earlier order of the apex court. The top court had on February 2 ordered that Rs 9,122 crore be disbursed within three weeks to the unitholders of Franklin Templeton's six mutual fund schemes which are proposed to be wound up. It had said that disbursal of money would be done in proportion to unitholders' interest in the assets. Earlier, the apex court had asked the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to appoint an observer for overseeing the e-voting process. Read more

India is Asia's best post-Covid recovery story: Chris Wood

Friday, February 12, 2021
Christopher Wood, global head of equity strategy at Jefferies has reiterated his bullish view on Indian equities due to a steady fall in Covid cases coupled with a sharp economic recovery in India. In December 2020, Wood raised exposure to Indian equities twice in his Asia ex-Japan long-only portfolio. “With Covid cases in India now 88 percent off their peak amid growing hopes of herd immunity, India looks right now Asia’s best post-Covid recovery story,” Wood wrote in his weekly note to investors, GREED & fear. For the stock market to have a real nasty unwind at the global level rather than just a bull market correction, Wood believes there needs to be a catalyst in the form of an economic downturn or a material tightening in the US Federal Reserve's (US Fed) policy. He ruled out the possibility of either of these catalysts materialising. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex traded 200 points up at 51,720, Nifty topped 15,200

Friday, February 12, 2021
The markets in India added to their early gains in today's(12th February 2021) late morning deals, with IT stocks and private banks doing the majority of the lifting. The S&P BSE Sensex traded 200 points up at 51,720, and the broader Nifty50 index topped 15,200. ITC fell 3 percent after announcing its December quarter results and was the top Sensex laggard. On the other hand, IT stocks, including Infosys, HCL Tech, and Tech Mahindra ticked up 1 percent, each. The trend among Nifty sectoral indices was mixed, with the Nifty IT index, up 1.1 percent, leading the gainers. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap index fell 0.3 percent while the SmallCap index rose 0.2 percent. Nine hundred and fifty-three companies, including Grasim Industries, Bharat Forge, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Apollo Hospitals, and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, are set to announce their quarterly earnings today.

SBI stock may rally another 40% after hitting record high

Thursday, February 11, 2021
SBI with nearly 20-25 percent market share which recorded a beat on its quarterly earnings, feat is sure to invite re-rating from analysts. The series of price-target upgrades continued for the sixth consecutive quarter for the state-owned lender as it reported a 7 percent decline in net profit at Rs 5,196 crore for the quarter ended December 2020. That compares with the Rs 4,479-crore consensus estimate of analysts tracked by Bloomberg. On the asset quality front, SBI’s gross non-performing asset ratio stood at 4.77 percent compared with 5.28 percent in the preceding three months. Moreover, its net NPA ratio was at 1.23 percent, down 36 basis points sequentially. Analysts had expected GNPAs to rise to over 6 percent. Such a healthy performance, analysts say, should help the bank reach a 10 percent return in equity (RoEs) over the next 2 years. Read more

Britannia shares dipped post Q3 results

Thursday, February 11, 2021
After Britannia announced its December quarter results for FY21 (Q3FY21) on February 5, 2021, the FMCG firm's stock has lost 3.2 percent in the four trading sessions since 10th Feb., as compared to the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex's 1.13 percent gain in the same period. Analysts said that Britannia's sales growth of 6 percent in the quarter under review was "disappointing", even though margin gains remained strong. "Slowdown in sales growth was due to sluggish category trends in MT and reversal of higher in-home consumption demand seen in Q1, with consumer shifting to other snacking options. Commentary indicated a gradual recovery in growth to pre-Covid levels. We cut our FY21-23 estimates marginally by 2-4 percent on account of a sequential slowdown in growth. We expect re-opening of schools/offices to drive on-the-go consumption and improve growth," the brokerage said, adding that it maintains 'Buy' with a revised target price of Rs 4,500.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 222 points, Nifty at 15173.30

Thursday, February 11, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 222.13 points or 0.43% at 51,531.52, and the Nifty was up 66.80 points or 0.44% at 15,173.30. Reliance Industries was the top Sensex gainer, jumping 4%. This was followed by Sun Pharma, Power Grid, and Bajaj Finance. Titan and Larsen & Toubro, HDFC Bank, ITC, and ONGC were the top indexes drags. About 1711 shares have advanced, 1229 shares declined, and 133 shares are unchanged. Nifty PSU Bank index declined over 1 per cent on the NSE, followed by losses in the Nifty Auto index down 0.4 per cent, and the Nifty Realty index down 0.24 per cent. On the upside, the Nifty FMCG index and the Nifty Metal index closed 0.85 per cent higher each. The BSE SmallCap index gained with 1.06 per cent while the BSE MidCap index settled 0.45 per cent higher.

MARKET UPDATE: Indices volatile;Sensex trading around 51,280 levels and the Nifty hovered around 15,100

Thursday, February 11, 2021
The benchmark indices in India fluctuated between gains and losses in today's(11th February 2021) early morning deals, ahead of the weekly options expiry. The S&P BSE Sensex was trading around 51,280 levels, down 30 points while the broader Nifty50 index hovered around 15,100. Titan slid 2 percent after the announcement of its December quarter results and was the top Sensex laggard, followed by ONGC, Mahindra & Mahindra, and HDFC (all down over half a percent). Among other individual stocks, Magma Fincorp rallied 10 percent on a report that Adar Poonawalla-controlled Rising Sun Holdings will acquire a 60 percent stake in the non-banking financial company by subscribing to a Rs 3,456-crore preferential issue. The Nifty sectoral indices were trading mixed, with the Nifty Auto index, down 0.7 percent, being the worst-performer. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 20 points, Nifty at 15106.50

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 19.69 points or 0.04% at 51,309.39, and the Nifty was down 2.80 points or 0.02% at 15,106.50. Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ONGC, PowerGrid, and L&T were the top losers. Bajaj Finserv, M&M, Bajaj Finance, Titan, TCS, and Reliance Industries were top gainers. About 1455 shares have advanced, 1454 shares declined, and 161 shares are unchanged. The nifty auto index rose 1 per cent The Nifty Realty index closed 1.6 per cent higher, followed by gains in the Nifty Pharma. While the Nifty Bank and the Nifty Private Bank indices ended 0.7 per cent down. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices added 0.7 per cent and 0.4 per cent, respectively at the close.

Why investors are staying away from equity MFs ?

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Despite a strong rally in the market, investors have pulled out money from mutual funds for the seventh straight month in January. According to the recent data by the Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi), equity mutual funds have witnessed net outflows of Rs 9,253 crore last month, taking the total outflows to Rs 42,200 crore since July. While the pace of outflows has peaked since November, when investors had redeemed investments worth Rs 12,917 crore, the phenomenon continues on Dalal Street. This is when BSE barometer Sensex has rallied 32 percent between July 2020 and January 2021. Some might argue that a sharp rally in the markets is what has persuaded investors to take money off the table and re-enter at a more opportune time, but analysts don't believe the reason to be this straight forward. Analysts believe lack of a decent performance by mutual funds over the last 3-4 years is one crucial factor why investors are fleeing from equity funds. Read more

Deadline for Vodafone Idea’s funding talks extended

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
The deadline for exclusive talks between Vodafone Idea and a foreign lenders’ consortium led by Oak Hill Advisors for finalising the terms of a $2-billion credit line for the telco has been extended to February 28 from January 31, according to some sources. “The lock-in for exclusive talks has been extended as lenders are keen to close the deal but also want some safeguards and business milestones in place to protect their potential investments, especially as Vi’s financial struggles seem far from over as it continues to lose revenue and users,” according to the sources.

Small-caps could power the market rally in coming days

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
The recovery of the stock market in the past 11 months has been astonishing. Despite an economic contraction, the National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty and BSE Sensex have hit all-time highs and the big stock indices have roughly doubled from the lows hit after the announcement of the first lockdown in March 2020. Given the visibility of continuing corporate recovery, and a Budget perceived as market-friendly, could the markets see a further rally? Although valuations are high, there are supporting factors to sustain a continuing rally. Moreover, that rally is likely to see outperformance from smaller stocks, especially the small-caps. There’s been a strong recovery in all three indices since the March 2020 lows. The Nifty has returned 96 percent, as mentioned, while Mid-caps have returned 98.5 percent and the Small-caps a whopping 118 percent. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Indices volatile;Sensex traded around 51,380 levels and the Nifty near the 15,100 mark.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
The markets in India fluctuated between gains and losses after opening little changed today(10th February 2021), amid mixed cues from their Asian peers. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex traded around 51,380 levels, up 50 points and the Nifty50 index was near the 15,100 marks. PowerGrid, Tech Mahindra, Infosys, and Larsen & Toubro fell 1 percent, each, and were the top Sensex laggards. On the other hand, Bajaj Finserv (up 2%) was the top gainer. The Nifty sectoral indices were trading mixed, with gains in the Nifty Metal index, up 0.6 percent, offsetting the losses in the Nifty Bank index, down 0.5 percent. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading 0.4 percent and 0.3 percent higher, respectively. Three hundred and thirty companies, including Eicher Motors, Titan Company, GAIL India, Hindalco Industries, and Aurobindo Pharma are set to announce their quarterly earnings today.

Closing Bell: Sensex down 19 points, Nifty at 15109.30

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 19.69 points or 0.04% at 51,329.08, and the Nifty was down 6.50 points or 0.04% at 15,109.30. Asian Paints was the top Sensex gainer, followed by ONGC and Titan. Mahindra & Mahindra, Sun Pharma, and ITC were the top drags. About 1279 shares have advanced, 1634 shares declined, and 184 shares are unchanged. Except for energy and infra, all other sectoral indices trading in the red. The Nifty Auto, Metal, and Pharma indices settled over 1 per cent lower each, and Nifty Realty Index were down 0.70 per cent and the Nifty FMCG index down 0.60 per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap index down 0.18 per cent, while the S&P BSE SmallCap index closed 0.26 per cent down.

Apple supplier Wistron may restart Karnataka factory next week

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Apple Inc supplier Wistron Corp could restart operations somewhere next week at its factory in southern India which was damaged during staff protests in December, according to sources. The Wistron plant in the Narasapura industrial area of Karnataka state was shut after contract workers angry over unpaid wages destroyed property, equipment, and iPhones on Dec. 12, causing millions of dollars in losses to the Taiwanese company. Apple put Wistron on probation after its audit of the plant found violations of 'Supplier Code of Conduct'. A reopening of the plant would require Apple's approval, a fourth source said. "Wistron reconstruction is nearing completion... and iPhone production will very likely begin next week," one of the sources said. Wistron, which assembled the second-generation iPhone SE at the site and was expected to start making newer models, would gradually ramp up production at the factory over the next few weeks, two of the sources said.

Risks that may halt the current bull-run in the markets

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
As the Budget gave the necessary booster shot to a dilapidated Indian economy Market's wealth has been soaring at the bourses. The budget with infrastructure programs, privatisation proposals, a nod to public sector banks’ recapitalisation, and no changes in the direct tax regime, proved to be one of the “best in decades” for the economy. At the bourses, frontline indices are hitting record highs every day. With today’s gains, the S&P BSE Sensex and the Nifty50 are up over 11 percent since January 29 and have more-than-doubled since their March 2020 lows. The BSE barometer of 30 constituents hit a new lifetime peak of 51,753 today while the broader 50-share Nifty hit 15,238. From a medium-term perspective, Morgan Stanley sees the Sensex hitting the 55,000-mark by the end of 2021. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex up 360 points at 51,700 levels and the Nifty hit the 15,200-mark

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
The benchmark indices in india extended their winning run and scaled fresh lifetime highs in today's(9th Feb.2021) morning deals, lifted mainly by tech stocks, after opening higher for the seventh straight day. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 360 points at 51,700 levels and the Nifty50 hit the 15,200-mark. HCL Tech, Infosys, Titan, ONGC, and UltraTech Cement were all up 1 per cent, each. On the other hand, State Bank of India, Axis Bank, and Bajaj Finserv fell 1 per cent, each. The majority of the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the red, with Nifty PSU Bank index slipping 1.4 per cent. Two hundred and eighteen companies, including Tata Steel, Adani Ports, Berger Paints India, and Burger King India are set to announce their quarterly earnings today.

Rajyasabha-PM Modi asks farmers to end protests

Monday, February 8, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (8th February 2021) slammed those calling agitating Sikh farmers names, saying it won't do the country any good as he went on to appeal to the protesting farmers to withdraw they are over two-month-long stir and give the new agriculture reform laws a chance. He also slammed the politics over the farm laws, saying opposition parties were mum over the reasons for the agitation. Punning on the term FDI, which stands for Foreign Direct Investment, Modi said a new thing of FDI has emerged in India, which he said was Foreign Destructive Ideology."We need to be more aware to save the country from such an ideology," he said while replying to a discussion in Rajya Sabha on a motion thanking the President for his address to the joint sitting of Parliament at the start of the Budget session. He also slammed the mushrooming of a new breed of 'Andolan-jivi' - professional protestors-who can be seen at every agitation. Read more

Dixon Technologies to produce 50 million smartphones this year

Monday, February 8, 2021
Vachani’s startup Dixon Technologies boasts a market value of more than $2.5 billion and the capacity to produce about 50 million smartphones this year. It’s an early indicator of the country’s opportunities -- and challenges -- in building a sophisticated manufacturing sector, a top priority for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Almost three decades ago, Sunil Vachani borrowed $35,000 so he could start making 14-inch television sets in a rented shed outside New Delhi. It was an unconventional choice given India, though renowned for software and services, had long lagged behind in manufacturing. While Vachani, 52, struggled in his early days, his company’s shares surged 824% since a 2017 initial public offering through Friday’s close. Sales and profits have boomed with domestic demand for smartphones, along with India’s ambitious plans to develop its own local industry. Read more

M&M stock jumps 10% as investors react to positive Q3 results

Monday, February 8, 2021
Shares of Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) rallied 10 per cent to Rs 952 on the BSE in Monday's intra-day trade after the firm reported a healthy operational performance in the October-December quarter. Revenue of the firm stood at Rs 14,057 crore, up 16% from the same period last year. The company had an exceptional loss of Rs 1,213.98 crore for the December quarter, representing impairment provisions for certain long-term assets and other exposures. The profit before exceptional loss stood at Rs 1,745 crore for the quarter. The increase in operating margins was driven by cost optimisation and operating leverage. The company sold 97,420 tractors in the domestic market in Q3 FY21, registering a 20 per cent growth over the corresponding period. Global research firm Goldman Sachs has maintained a buy rating on the stock with a target of Rs 1,029 per share.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 617.14 points, Nifty at 15115.80

Monday, February 8, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 617.14 points or 1.22% at 51,348.77, and the Nifty was up 191.50 points or 1.28% at 15,115.80. Mahindra & Mahindra was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Bajaj Finserv, Infosys, and Bharti Airtel. Hindustan Unilever, Kotak Mahindra Bank, and Bajaj Finance were top losers. About 1689 shares have advanced, 1284 shares declined, and 188 shares are unchanged. Only Nifty FMCG and Nifty PSU Bank index closed down in the red, While other sectoral indices ended in the green with Nifty Auto and Metal indices jumped 3 per cent each. The S&P BSE SmallCap index ended 1.53 per cent higher, while the MidCap index was up 1.5 per cent at close.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex clocked a fresh lifetime high and trading over 700 points at 51,440 levels and Nifty conquered the 15,100 level

Monday, February 8, 2021
The benchmark indices in India were trading firm, up over 1 percent, in today's(8th February 2021) morning deals after opening higher for the sixth straight day, on the back of favourable global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex clocked a fresh lifetime high and was trading over 700 points, 1.4 percent, at 51,440 levels. The broader Nifty50 index also opened above the 15,000-mark and then later conquered the 15,100 level. Mahindra & Mahindra shot up 9 percent and was the top Sensex gainer, followed by State Bank of India and Axis Bank, up 3 percent, each. The Nifty sectoral indices were painted green, with the Nifty Bank index, up 2 percent, leading the charge. Hundred and forty companies are slated to report their December quarter results today including Aditya Birla Fashion, Balkrishna Industries, and Globus Spirits.

GDP will rise 10.5 per cent in 2021-22:RBI governor

Friday, February 5, 2021
RBI kept its policy repo rate unchanged at 4 percent and reverse repo rate at 3.35 percent, and promised an accommodative stance as long as necessary to revive growth and come out of the Covid-19 induced stress. RBI said it will restore the cash-reserve ratio (CRR) to its normal levels in two phases, 3.5 percent (from 3 percent now) effective March 27, and then at 4 percent from May. This would mean banks will again have to set aside money with the central bank. The special relaxation of 100 basis points was made to tide over the Covid induced stress situation last year. There was ample assurance about comfortable liquidity in the speech. Some sections of the market were expecting an announcement of the open market operations (OMO) calendar that would spell out how many bonds the central bank would buy from the secondary market to accommodate the borrowing program. That did not happen. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 117.34 points, Nifty at 14924.25

Friday, February 5, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 117.34 points or 0.23% at 50,731.63, and the Nifty was up 28.60 points or 0.19% at 14,924.30. The top Sensex gainers were State Bank of India (SBI), IndusInd Bank, ONGC, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Titan Company, Housing Development Finance Company (HDFC), Maruti Suzuki, among others. On the flip side, Power Grid Corporation of India, TCS, M&M, Bharti Airtel were among the top Sensex laggards. About 1281 shares have advanced, 1637 shares declined, and 146 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Auto and the IT indices ended 1 per cent lower each. While the Nifty PSU Bank index advanced 4 per cent on the NSE and pharma index up 1 per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices ended 0.93 per cent and 0.28 per cent lower, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex up 400 points and hovered near 51,000 levels and Nifty around 15,000 mark

Friday, February 5, 2021
The markets in India were holding on to their gains near their fresh lifetime highs today(5th Feb.2021) after the Reserve Bank of India kept the repo rate unchanged at 4 percent while the stance remained 'accommodative'. Besides, the RBI projected GDP growth of 10.5 percent in FY22 for India while the projection for CPI-based inflation was revised to 5.2 percent for Q4FY21. The S&P BSE Sensex was trading 400 points up and hovered near the 51,000 levels while the Nifty50 was around the 15,000 marks as well. One hundred and forty-seven companies including Britannia Industries, Mahindra & Mahindra, Punjab National Bank, Mrs. Bectors Food, Fortis Healthcare, Pfizer, and Shipping Corporation of India are scheduled to release their December quarter numbers today. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 358 points, Nifty at 14895.65

Thursday, February 4, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 358.54 points or 0.71% at 50614.29, and the Nifty was up 105.70 points or 0.71% at 14895.70 driven by Union Budget optimism. State Bank of India (SBI), ITC, Bajaj Finance, ONGC, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), Kotak Mahindra Bank and Ultratech Cement, were among other Sensex gainers. On the flip side, Asian Paints, IndusInd Bank, Bharti Airtel, Tech Mahindra, Titan Company were the Sensex losers. Except for Nifty IT index, all the sectoral indices ended in the green. About 1813 shares have advanced, 1110 shares declined, and 142 shares are unchanged. Except IT all other sectoral indices ended in the green. BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices rose over 1 per cent each.

SBI Q3 result: Net profit slips 7% YoY

Thursday, February 4, 2021
State Bank of India (SBI) today(4th Feb 2021) reported a 6.9 percent year-on-year (YoY) drop in standalone net profit at Rs 5,196.22 crore for the quarter ending December 2020 (Q3FY21). The fall was largely driven by a marginal increase in provisions against bad loans. In the year-ago period, the lender had clocked a net profit of Rs 5,583.4 crore. On a quarterly basis, the PAT grew 13.6 percent from Rs 4,574.2 crore reported in the September quarter of FY21 (Q2FY21). The bottom-line earnings beat Street estimates which had factored-in an up to 58 percent YoY drop in PAT. The lowest PAT estimate was by HDFC Securities, at Rs 2,360 crore. SBI's profit before tax (PBT) came in at Rs 6,990.77 crore the quarter, down 36.2 percent YoY from Rs 10,969.66 crore reported in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal. On a quarterly basis, PBT climbed 10.2 percent from Rs 6,341.45 crore clocked in Q2FY21.

Budget 2021 has heated up the bond market

Thursday, February 4, 2021
The bond market got a negative surprise on Budget day (1st Feb 2021) when the government projected its gross borrowing numbers for the next financial year at Rs 12.05 trillion, much higher than the expected Rs 10.5 trillion. To make the matter worse, the government said it would borrow an additional Rs 80,000 crore in the current financial year, too. “The Rs 80,000 crore extra borrowing for this year is especially a bolt from the blue for the bond market,” said an expert. “This is because the government has been consistently running very high cash balances lately, revenues have picked up dramatically, and even though spending has gone up, it hasn’t been tracking anywhere close to what is required to yield the revised Budget numbers.” Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex fell 200 points to 50,040 levels and Nifty slipped below 14,750

Thursday, February 4, 2021
The Indian markets slipped nearly half a percent in today's(4th February 2021) early deals, after three straight days of gains, amid mixed global cues, ahead of the weekly F&O expiry. The S&P BSE Sensex fell 200 points to 50,040 levels and the Nifty50 index slipped below 14,750. IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank, and Asian Paints fell 1 percent each and were the top Sensex laggards. On the other hand, Mahindra & Mahindra rose 3 percent while ONGC and Bajaj Auto were both up 2 percent. The trend among Nifty sectoral indices was mixed, with gains in the Nifty Auto index, up 1.6 percent, being offset by the Nifty Bank index, down 1 percent. The broader indices, meanwhile, outran their benchmark peers, with both the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices ruling half a percent higher, each. Read more

Future Retail files appeal in Delhi HC against status quo order on RIL deal

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Future Retail Ltd (FRL) today(3rd February 2021) said it has filed an appeal in the Delhi High Court against the status quo order on its Rs 24,713-crore deal with Reliance. Yesterday, a Delhi High Court bench of Justice J R Midha had directed FRL to maintain the status quo in relation to its Rs 24,713-crore deal with Reliance Retail that has been objected to by US-based e-commerce giant, Amazon. Following the Tuesday directive, FRL had said it would explore legal recourse. "Further to our letter dated February 2, 2021, please be informed that the company has filed an appeal before Hon'ble High Court of Delhi against the impugned order dated February 2, 2021," FRL said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday.

MCA allows NRIs to incorporate One Person Companies

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
he ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) amended the Companies Rules to revise the definition of a small company and to allow non-resident Indians (NRIs) to incorporate one-person companies (OPCs) in India. The changes, announced by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her budget speech on Monday, will come into effect from April 1, according to the notifications. Paid-up capital and turnover of the small company shall not exceed rupees two crores and rupees twenty crores respectively,” the notification said. The previous definition was based on thresholds defined by the Companies Act which mentioned a maximum paid-up capital of Rs 50 lakh and turnover of Rs 2 crore for the immediately preceding fiscal. Amendments to the Act in 2018, contained provisions for increasing the paid-up capital and turnover thresholds for small companies up to Rs 10 crore and Rs 100 crore, respectively. Read more

Oil hits 11-month high after fall in U.S. crude stocks

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Oil hit an 11-month high on Wednesday, boosted by a draw in U.S. crude and gasoline stocks, which fuelled demand recovery hopes as OPEC and has forecast that the market will be in deficit in 2021. Brent crude futures were up 48 cents, or 0.8%, to $57.94 a barrel at 0839 GMT, their highest since late February 2020. The contract’s“backwardation” structure, where oil for nearby delivery is more expensive than further forward, was near a one-year high at more than $2, indicating expectations of tighter supply. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures climbed 34 cents, or 0.6%, to $55.10 a barrel. The benchmark hit a one-year high at $55.26 on Tuesday. The market was also bolstered by news that Democrats in the U.S. Congress took the first steps toward advancing President Joe Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid plan without Republican support.Gasoline stocks fell by 240,000 barrels, defying analysts' expectations for a build of 1.1 million barrels. Distillate inventories

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 458.03 points, Nifty at 14789.95

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 458.03 points or 0.92% at 50,255.75, and the Nifty was up 142.10 points or 0.97% at 14,790 driven by Union Budget 2021 and highest ever FII buying. IndusInd Bank was the top Sensex performer, followed by Power Grid Corporation of India, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Sun Pharma, NTPC, Axis Bank, Titan Company, Tech Mahindra and Bharti Airtel. On the flip side, Maruti Suzuki was the top Sensex laggards, along with Ultratech Cements, ITC, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Asian Paints, Nestle India and TCS. About 1752 shares have advanced, 1189 shares declined, and 149 shares are unchanged. Pharma and PSU Bank indices rose 2 per cent each and auto, metal and energy indices added over 1 per cent each. Except for Nifty Realty index, all the sectoral indices ended in the green.The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices settled 1.4 per cent and 1.5 per cent higher, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex trading 320 points up at 50,118 levels and Nifty testing the 14,750-mark

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
The benchmark indices in India scaled their fresh lifetime highs in morning trading of today's(3rd February 2021) volatile session. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex was trading 320 points up at 50,118 levels. The index had earlier hit a fresh lifetime high of 50,231. The broader Nifty50 index was testing the 14,750-mark. Kotak Mahindra Bank and Maruti Suzuki slipped 1 percent each and were the top Sensex laggards. On the other hand, Dr. Reddy's zoomed 4 percent. The trend among Nifty sectoral indices was mixed, with the Nifty Pharma index, up 2 percent, leading the gainers. The broader markets, meanwhile, outran their benchmark peers, with the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indexes up 0.9 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains1197, Nifty at 14647.85

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 1,197.11 points or 2.46% at 49,797.72, and the Nifty up 366.70 points or 2.57% at 14,647.90.HDFC Bank, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), ICICI Bank and State Bank of India were major gainers. On the flip side, Bajaj Finserv, Titan Company, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) were the only index losers. About 1727 shares have advanced, 1165 shares declined, and 170 shares are unchanged. Nifty Auto gained 4 per cent. Nifty Bank and Infra gained 3 per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices ended 2.26 per cent and 1.56 per cent higher, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex shot up over 1,400 points and reclaimed the 50,000 levels and Nifty topped the 14,700-mark

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
The excitement in the Indian markets continued with the benchmark indices soaring another 3 percent today(2nd February 2021) after recording their biggest Budget-day rally (point-wise) in the previous session. Besides, a firm set of global cues also spurred the bulls. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex shot up over 1,400 points and reclaimed the 50,000 levels. The broader Nifty50 index topped the 14,700-mark. Larsen & Toubro, up 8 percent, was the top Sensex gainer, followed by HDFC Bank and HDFC, up 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively. The Nifty sectoral indices were painted green, with the Nifty Financial Services index, up 4.4 percent, leading the gainers. Meanwhile, the Nifty Bank index surged over 1,500 points in intra-day deals to 34,618, a fresh high. Read more

Nirmala Sitharamans concludes presentation of the first Budget of the decade, highlights priority sectors, provides roadmap of reducing the fiscal deficit

Monday, February 1, 2021
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her third Union Budget in Parliament, which rests on six major heads – health and well-being, physical, financial capital and infrastructure, inclusive development for aspirational India, reinvigorating human capital, innovation and R&D, and minimum government and maximum governance. The finance minister has announced a total spend of around Rs 2 trillion on healthcare and mega national highway projects in election-bound states of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam,union and Kerala. Addressing the nation after the Budget presentation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said this year's Budget was prepared under unprecedented circumstances. He said it speaks of 'all-round development'. Read more

FM extends tax holiday, capital gains exemption for startups

Monday, February 1, 2021
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her third budget speech on Monday, extended the tax holiday for startups by another year to March 2022. The capital gains exemption given to startups was also extended by a year more. According to experts, since most startups are loss-making, tax holiday will have limited immediate impact on them.“In order to incentivise startups in the country, I propose to extend the eligibility for claiming tax holiday for startups by one more year to March 31, 2022…In order to incentivise funding for the startups, I propose to extend the capital gains exemption for investment in startups by one more year to March 31, 2022,” Sitharaman said. There have been many steps taken by the government to help startups, which include broadening the definition of startups, simplifying regulations, providing income tax exemptions and setting up a Rs 10,000 crore Fund of Funds run by Sidbi.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 2315 points, Nifty at 14281.20

Monday, February 1, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 2,314.84 points or 5% at 48600.61, and the Nifty was up 646.60 points or 4.74% at 14281.20 on Monday in post Budget rally as investors cheered the Budget 2021 presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Parliament today. Top Sensex gainers were IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank, Bajaj Finserv, State Bank of India (SBI), Larsen & Toubro, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), among others. On the flip side, Dr Reddy’s, Tech Mahindra and Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) were the only Sensex laggards today. About 1902 shares have advanced, 979 shares declined, and 198 shares are unchanged. Barring Nifty Pharma, all the Nifty sectoral indices ended in the green led by Nifty Bank index, up 8.26 per cent.BSE Midcap and Smallcap rose 2-3 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex trading 530 points up at 46,820 levels and Nifty hovered around 13,750 level

Monday, February 1, 2021
The markets in India were trading firm in today's(1st February 2021) late morning deals as Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman began her Budget 2021 speech in the Parliament. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex was trading at 46,820 levels, up 530 points. The broader Nifty50 index hovered above the 13,750 level. IndusInd Bank rallied 7 percent and was the top Sensex gainer, followed by ICICI Bank (up 4%). Besides, Titan, State Bank of India, and HDFC rose over 1 percent, each. The majority of the Nifty sectoral indices were trading with gains, led by the Nifty Bank index, up 1.5 percent. On the other hand, the Nifty Pharma index slipped 1.4 percent. The broader markets, meanwhile, slipped into the red, with the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices down 0.1 percent, each.

Budget 2021 LIVE: FM arrives at North Block; all eyes on high stakes Budget

Monday, February 1, 2021
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present her third Union Budget in Parliament at 11 am today. The Budget speech will be keenly watched not only by the domestic and foreign investors but also by various interest groups like farmers, anxious middle class, and corporate entities. As the Covid-19 pandemic hit India last year, the government witnessed a rising expenditure and tumbling revenue, even as at one stage economic activity came to a standstill due to the pandemic-induced lockdown. However, the economy is now in a recovery mode. On Friday,29th January 2021 the government tabled the Economic Survey 2020, which pegged India's real GDP growth at 11 percent in FY22. Meanwhile, the finance minister has promised a 'Budget like never before'. Read more

ICICI Bank's Q3 net profit increases 17% to Rs 5,498 crore

Saturday, January 30, 2021
ICICI Bank today( 30th January 2021) reported a 17.73 percent jump in its December quarter consolidated net profit at Rs 5,498.15 crore, as against Rs 4,670.10 crore in the year-ago period. The country's second-largest private sector lender by assets showed a 19.12 percent rise in the post-tax profit at Rs 4,939.59 crore for the reporting quarter, up from Rs 4.146.46 crore in the October-December 2019 period. Its total income increased to Rs 24,416 crore from the year-ago's Rs 23,638 crore, while the total expenditure was lower at Rs 15,596 crore as against Rs 16,089 crore. The reported gross non-performing assets ratio was at 4.38 percent but would have been 5.42 percent if not for the Supreme Court order asking banks not to classify non-paying loan accounts as NPAs after the end of the loan repayment moratorium. Read more

Sunpharma Q3 reults:Profit jumps to Rs 1,852 crore

Friday, January 29, 2021
Shares of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries gained by 6 per cent to Rs 600, bouncing back 8 per cent from day’s low of Rs 554, after the company’s net profit more-than-doubled at Rs 1,852 crore in December quarter (Q3FY21) compared with Rs 913.52 crore in the same quarter last year. The profit figures were above market expectations as a CNBC-TV18 poll had estimated the profit at Rs 1,334 crore. Consolidated total revenue from operations increased 8% to ₹8,837 crore as against ₹8,155 crores a year ago. Revenue was better-than-expected too as a CNBC-TV18 poll had estimated it at Rs 8,367 crore. Other income for the quarter surged to Rs 314.95 crore compared with Rs 119.88 crore in the year-ago quarter. The company declared an interim dividend of ₹5.50 per share. The board of directors has fixed February 10, 2021, as the record date for the purpose. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 588 points, Nifty at 13634.60

Friday, January 29, 2021
At close, Sensex closed 589 points, or 1.26 per cent, down at 46,285.77 while Nifty shut shop at 13,634.60, down 183 points or 1.32 per cent. IndusInd Bank was the top gainer, followed by Sun Pharma, ICICI Bank, and HDFC Bank. Dr Reddy’s Labs, Bajaj Auto, Infosys, and Maruti Suzuki India were the top drags. Nifty Auto and IT fell almost 3 per cent each. Metal and Pharma indices fell up to 2 per cent. Nifty PSU Bank index rose nearly 2 per cent. Nifty realty gained 0.7 per cent. India VIX, jumped over 4%.The S&P BSE MidCap and S&P BSE SmallCap index down 0.69 per cent and 0.25 per cent, respectively at the close.

Sensex loses over 3,000 points in 5 days as bears hammer market

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Bears continued to strengthen their grip on the market as they sold whatever they could get their hands on, sending benchmark indices lower for another day ahead of the Union Budget. At the intraday low of 46,518.48, the 30-scrip S&P BSE Sensex index lost around 3000 points in five days. Foreign investors have decidedly turned negative on India withdrawing money from equities for the third day in a row. Traders are also unwinding their long positions in tandem, putting further pressure on the market. Markets, globally, have turned weak following the steady decline in the US market. The heightened speculative activity in certain segments in US markets has become an area of concern. Back home, in India, the third day of consecutive selling by FIIs have turned the market mood bearish. According to experts, the budget uncertainty will keep the bulls in restraint.

Closing Bell: Sensex down 535 points, Nifty at 13817.55

Thursday, January 28, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 535.57 points or 1.13% at 46,874.36, and the Nifty was down 150 points or 1.07% at 13,817.50 amid expiry of the January series of the Futures and Options (F&O) contracts, and profit-booking on stretched valuations and ahead of the Union Budget announcement next week. Axis Bank was the top gainer followed by State Bank of India, and ICICI Bank. Hindustan Unilever, Maruti Suzuki India, and HDFC Bank were top losers. About 1543 shares have advanced, 1285 shares declined, and 161 shares are unchanged. Nifty Realty index down over 2 per cent. Nifty Bank and Private Bank index, up around 0.3 per cent each. The BSE MidCap index ended 0.4 per cent lower while the smallcap counterpart closed down 0.45 per cent.

Gold demand plunged to 11-year low in 2020:WGC

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Global demand for gold fell to its lowest in 11 years in 2020 as the coronavirus upended the market, triggering huge stockpiling by investors. but sales of jewellery and purchases by central banks collapsed according to an industry report on 28th January 2021. The pandemic also transformed the geography of the bullion trade, sucking gold from Asia, where most gold is sold as jewellery, to Europe and the United States, where investors are the dominant consumers. It also pushed the value of gold up 25% in 2020, because investors have much more impact on prices than the jewellery market. Global demand for gold fell to 3,759.6 tonnes last year, down 14% from 2019 and the first year below 4,000 tonnes since 2009, the World Gold Council (WGC) said in its latest quarterly report. The year ended on a weak note, with demand over October to December at 783.4 tonnes, down 28% year-on-year and the lowest of any quarter since 2008, the WGC said.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex trading 400 points down at 46,990 levels and Nifty slipped below 13,900

Thursday, January 28, 2021
The benchmark indices in India continued their weak run and fell one percent in today's(28th January 2021) morning deals, ahead of the monthly derivatives contracts expiry later in the day. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex was trading 400 points down at 46,990, thus giving up the psychological mark of 47,000. The index fell to as low as 46,821 in intra-day deals. The broader Nifty50 index, meanwhile, slipped below 13,900. The HDFC twins fell 2 percent, each, and were the top Sensex drags. Besides, Sun Pharma, HCL Tech, and PowerGrid were also down 2 percent, each. On the other hand, RIL was up 1 percent. The Nifty sectoral indices were trading weak, with the Nifty PSU Bank index, down 2 percent, faring the worst. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices fell 0.6 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively. Read more

Key factors behind today's market crash

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Benchmark indices extended their losses to the fourth day today mainly led by losses in index heavyweight Reliance Industries, private lenders, and select IT stocks, Weak global markets, a mixed set of Q3 earnings, and selling by foreign institutional investors (FIIs) dented the domestic market mood in today's session. Meanwhile, investors chose to book profits ahead of the Union Budget on Monday, February 1. The BSE barometer Sensex plunged 938 points to 47,410 while its NSE counterpart Nifty slipped below the 14,000 marks to end at 13,968, down 271 points. Global stocks are mostly treading water near record highs as US corporate earnings roll in. Meanwhile, new coronavirus variants that sparked fresh lockdowns and other restrictions are weighing on the market mood. Read more

Tiktok to shut down India business

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Bytedance, the owner of Tiktok and Helo apps, has announced the closure of its India business following continued restrictions on its services in the country. TikTok's global interim head Vanessa Pappas and vice president for global business solutions Blake Chandlee in a joint email to employees have communicated the decision of the company that it is reducing team size and the decision will impact all employees in India. The executives expressed uncertainty about the company's comeback to India but expressed hope to do so in times to come. "We look forward to receiving the opportunity to relaunch TikTok and support the hundreds of millions of users, artists, storytellers, educators, and performers in India," the spokesperson said.

Closing Bell:Sensex down 938 points, Nifty at 13967.50

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 937.66 points or 1.94% at 47,409.93, and the Nifty was down 271.40 points or 1.91% at 13,967.50 for the fourth consecutive session on the back of broad-based selling. IndusInd Bank, Titan, and Axis Bank were the top drags followed by Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank, HDFC, and ICICI Bank. Tech Mahindra, ITC, SBI Life Insurance, Wipro, and Power Grid Corp were the top gainers. Nifty Bank index, down 2.93 per cent, being the top loser. Except for FMCG, all other sectoral indices ended in the red. BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices shed 0.5-1.3 per cent.Volatility index of India VIX soared to cross 24 levels

Retail investors in driver's seat :UBS

Monday, January 25, 2021
Foreign investor flows have taken a backseat over the past couple of years with retail investors now being in the driver’s seat, suggests a recent report from foreign brokerage firm UBS. “Overall, when we combine household equity savings through mutual funds and direct share purchase, we see that households are a material force to be reckoned with: overall 25 percent higher than foreign portfolio investment (FPI) net inflows over the last two years,” a January 20 UBS note said. the key trigger for the increased retail participation in equities has been the lockdown triggered by Covid-19 that saw investors channelizing their savings to capital markets in search of a better return on their investments and the need to increase their disposable income. The share of client participation in capital markets at the NSE for individuals rose to 46 percent in fiscal 2020-21 (FY21) on a YTD basis, as compared to 39 percent in FY20, UBS said.

New fund to meet the public health spending target

Monday, January 25, 2021
Due to an increased demand for a higher health care allocation, the government may set up a new fund to meet the public health spending target of 2.5 percent of GDP by 2025. Both, the Centre and states would provide for the fund to achieve the goal, the Union Budget may propose. At present, the country’s total health expenditure is 1.4 percent of GDP — much lower than many emerging economies in the world. The fund, if created, would be under the ‘Pradhan Mantri’ umbrella and will focus on both short- and long-term priorities of the sector, according to the government officials. The primary objective of the new fund will be to spend 25 percent on primary health care and the rest on infrastructure as well as research and development. It would also provide additional money to the government’s existing health care schemes such as Ayushman Bharat. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:volatile session; Sensex hovered around 48,770 levels and Nifty testing the 14,450-mark

Monday, January 25, 2021
The benchmark indices in India fluctuated between gains and losses in morning deals of today's(25th January 2021) volatile session, with gains in financials being offset by losses in index-heavyweight Reliance Industries. The S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 48,770 levels, having earlier risen to 49,010 levels in intra-day deals. The broader Nifty50 index was testing the 14,450-mark. Reliance Industries dipped 4 percent post the announcement of its December quarter results. The conglomerate saw its profit jump 12.5 percent to Rs 13,101 crore during the said quarter. Besides, Asian Paints and HCL Tech also slipped 2 percent, each. On the other hand, UltraTech Cement climbed 2 percent and was the top Sensex gainer. The Nifty sectoral indices were mixed, with the Nifty PSU Bank index trading 2 percent lower. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices slipped 0.9 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 746 points, Nifty at 14371.90

Friday, January 22, 2021
At close, Sensex was down 746 points, or 1.50 per cent, at 48878.54 and Nifty was at 14371.90, down 218 points or 1.50 per cent as investors took some profit off the table on Friday. Axis Bank was the top loser followed by SBI, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank. On the flipside, Bajaj Auto, HUL, TCS, Ultratech Cement, and Bajaj Finserv were the only gainers on the Sensex. The S&P BSE MidCap index ended 1.1 per cent lower at 18,777.46 levels while the S&P BSE SmallCap index closed at 18,442 levels, down 0.93 per cent. India VIX, the volatility index, rose 1.09 per cent to settle at 22.42 levels. The nifty metal was down 4 per cent. Nifty Bank index tanked over 1,000 points, or 3.25 per cent, to close at 31,176 levels.

Some expectation from Budget 2021

Friday, January 22, 2021
Markets are now eyeing the upcoming proposals in the Union Budget – scheduled to be presented on February 01 – After a stupendous rally that has seen the S&P BSE Sensex more than double from March 2020 low and hit the 50,000 marks. The budget proposals may help revive Covid-19 impacted economy and lift the fortunes of corporate India as well. While most experts suggest the government loosen its purse strings and not worry about the fiscal deficit in a pandemic impacted year, it will be a tightrope walk for the government to increase spending without going overboard. Growth and not fiscal prudence, experts say, should be the priority for the government now. Read more

Chris Wood bullish on Indian equities

Friday, January 22, 2021
Christopher Wood, global head of equity strategy at Jefferies has maintained a bullish view on Indian equities for 2021 in spite of the runaway market rally since March 2020. "GREED & fear still likes the Indian stock market this year. The key reason is the scale of the cyclical recovery in the coming fiscal year as a result of the dramatic collapse in growth in the second quarter of last calendar year when the real gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 23.9 percent YoY," Wood wrote in his recent weekly note to investors, GREED & fear. "The economic downturn is not going to happen in GREED & fear’s view since the vaccine rollout implies the opposite and the resulting unleashing of pent-up demand, which will be given further momentum by the sheer scale of the Covid-19 stimulus announced last week by President Joe Biden," Wood wrote. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:volatile session; Sensex fell 120 points to 49500 and Nifty fell below 14,550

Friday, January 22, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices inched lower in the morning deals of today's(22nd January 2021) volatile session, dragged by Reliance Industries and private banks. The S&P BSE Sensex fell 120 points to 49,500 and the broader Nifty50 index fell below 14,550. Bajaj Auto gained 6 percent and was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Mahindra & Mahindra and Asian Paints (both up 1%). On the other hand, Axis Bank and HDFC fell1 percent, each. Reliance Industries also slipped 1 percent ahead of its quarterly results later in the day. Among other individual stocks, Biocon tumbled 9 percent while SBI Card rose as much as 4 percent after announcing their respective December quarter results. The Nifty sectoral indices were mixed, with the Nifty Auto index, up 3 percent leading the gainers. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 167 points, Nifty at 14590.35

Thursday, January 21, 2021
At close, Sensex was down 167 points, or 0.34 per cent, at 49,624.76 and Nifty was at 14,590.35, down 54 points or 0.37 per cent and hit an all-time high of 50,184.0. Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Finserv, HCL Tech, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj-Auto, Ultratech Cement, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Tech Mahindra and Titan Company were among top Sensex gainers. On the flip side, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) and HDFC Bank were the index losers. Nifty PSU Bank, Nifty Realty and Nifty Metal indices down between 2 per cent and 3.5 per cent and BSE Telecom down 2.64 per cent.BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices fell 0.88 per cent and 0.68 per cent, respectively.

India's GDP is within the striking distance of attaining positive growth: RBI bulletin

Thursday, January 21, 2021
India's GDP is within the striking distance of attaining positive growth, the Reserve Bank said. The Indian government launched the world's biggest vaccination drive on January 16 to protect people from COVID-19. "What will 2021 look like? The shape of the recovery will be V-shaped after all and the 'V' stands for the vaccine," said an article on the 'state of the economy' in the RBI's January Bulletin. India has launched the biggest vaccination drive in the world, backed by its comparative advantage of having the largest vaccine manufacturing capacity in the world and a rich experience of mass inoculation drives against polio and measles. "If successful, it will tilt the balance of risks upwards," said the authors who among others include RBI Deputy Governor Michael Debabrata Patra. Read more

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States yesterday (20th January 2021), offering a message of unity and restoration to a deeply divided country reeling from a battered economy and a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans. Standing on the steps of the US Capitol Biden called for a return to civic decency in an inaugural address marking the end of Trump's tempestuous four-year term. "To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America, requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity," Biden, a Democrat, said after taking the oath of office. "We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this - if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts." Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex crossed the 50,000 landmark; up by 270 points at 50,070 levels and the Nifty was above 14,700-mark

Thursday, January 21, 2021
The markets in India scaled record highs today(21st January 2021), with the S&P BSE Sensex crossing the 50,000 landmark for the first time ever, on the back of favourable global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 270 points at 50,070 levels and the Nifty50 index was trading above the 14,700-mark. Bajaj Finance and Bajaj Finserv rose 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively, after announcing their December quarter results, while Bajaj Auto gained over 1 percent ahead of its quarterly results announcement, later in the day. The Nifty sectoral indices were painted green, led by the Nifty Auto index, up 1 percent.

Will Pfizer-BioNTech shot neutralise mutating coronavirus?

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE built the case that their Covid-19 vaccine will protect against the new UK variant. Like previous work out of the University of Texas Medical Branch, the results published today(20th January 2021) showed that antibodies in the blood of people who had been vaccinated were able to neutralize a version of the mutant virus that was created in the lab. The study was published on preprint server BioRxiv prior to peer review. Unlike the earlier study, which focused on one crucial mutation, the new research tested all 10 mutations located on the virus’s spike protein, which helps it bind to cells in the host. Antibodies in the blood of 16 volunteers in a previous German trial of the vaccine were just as effective against the lab-created mutant strain as they were against the original virus. The result “makes it very unlikely that the U.K. variant viruses will escape” protection from the vaccine, wrote a BioNTech research team.

FM Nirmala Sitharaman's upcoming budget may be unlike anything seen in the last 100 years

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
FM Nirmala Sitharaman has described her upcoming budget as unlike anything seen in the last 100 years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been parsimonious in pump-priming the economy, for fear of a rating downgrade to junk, and may find that kicking the can down the road is no longer an option. When Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents her budget on Feb. 1, she will not only aim to repair battered government finances and ensure demand recovers in an economy facing its worst contraction since 1952. She must also revive declining revenue and restore millions of jobs lost during the pandemic. That will be crucial to boosting consumer sentiment in a country where local demand contributes nearly 60% of gross domestic product. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 394 points, Nifty at 14644.70

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 393.83 points or 0.80% at 49,792.12 and the Nifty was up 123.50 points or 0.85% at 14,644.70 ended at fresh all-time high levels on Wednesday, primarily due to buying in Reliance Industries Ltd and IT stocks. Tech Mahindra was the top Sensex gainer today, followed by Maruti Suzuki, RIL, Asian Paints, M&M, Infosys, HCL Tech and State bank of India. On the flip side, Power Grid Corporation of India, NTPC, HDFC Bank, ITC, Nestle India, Sun Pharma were among top Sensex losers. About 1553 shares have advanced, 1407 shares declined, and 157 shares are unchanged. Sectorally, all except Nifty FMCG index ended the day in the green on the NSE with the FMCG index closing down 0.16 per cent. On the upside, Nifty IT, Auto, and PSU Bank indices closed with gains of over 2 per cent each. The S&P BSE MidCap index settled 1 per cent higher, while the S&P BSE SmallCap index gained 0.58 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up by 100 points at 49,500 levels and the Nifty was above 14,550-mark

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
The benchmark indices in India inched higher after a flat start in today's(20th January 2021) opening deals, lifted by IT stocks. The S&P BSE Sensex was up 100 points at 49,500 levels and the Nifty50 index was above the 14,550-mark. ONGC, Tech Mahindra, ICICI Bank, and HCL Tech (all up 1%) were the top Sensex gainers. Among other individual stocks, Tata Communications slid 4 percent as the government is set to sell its entire 26.12 percent stake in the company by the end of the current fiscal year. All the Nifty sectoral indices, except Nifty FMCG, were painted green, with the Nifty IT index, up 2 percent, leading the list of gainers. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were up 0.4 percent, each. Thirty-six companies including Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Finserv, HDFC Asset Management Company, and Havells India are set to announce their quarterly results today.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 834 points, Nifty at 14521.15

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 834.02 points or 1.72% at 49,398.29, and the Nifty was up 239.90 points or 1.68% at 14,521.20. Bajaj Finance, HDFC, ICICI Bank and IndusInd Bank were top gainers in the Sensex pack followed by State Bank of India and Maruti Suzuki. Tech Mahindra, ITC, Wipro, M&M and Britannia Industries were top losers. About 2077 shares have advanced, 861 shares declined, and 139 shares are unchanged. Nifty Media and Nifty Realty indices were top sectoral indices, up over 2 per cent. The BSE MidCap index gained 2.3 per cent. The SmallCap index, on the other hand, up 1.6 per cent.

PVR plans to release films in theatres as virus eases

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
PVR Ltd. is now planning to release their movies in cinema halls rather than on streaming sites like those run by Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., now that the pandemic is easing in India. The country’s biggest cinema operator, which runs about 835 screens across 71 cities, is currently operating most theaters at half capacity due to Covid-related restrictions. However, it sees benefits in the “age-old strategy” of movies first coming to the big screen before being monetized on other platforms. A number of Indian films starring top actors such as Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, and Vidya Balan opted for streaming platform release in 2020 as theaters were shuttered by shelter-at-home rules. PVR’s shares, which snapped eight years of gains to fall about 30% in 2020, have risen almost 14% this year. The stock has 20 buy calls, six holds, and four sales among analysts tracked by Bloomberg.

Price hike puts auto stocks in fast lane

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Equity markets in India bounced back today(19th January 2021), nursing losses of the past two days, on strong global cues. The nifty Auto index gained 1.5 percent on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) to hit an intra-day high of 10,113.5. Among individual stocks, Tata Motors jumped as much as 4 percent on the NSE, followed by gains in Ashok Leyland, TVS Motors, Bajaj Auto, and Maruti Suzuki that gained between 1 percent to 3 percent. Yesterday, Maruti Suzuki increased the price for select models by up to Rs 34,000 to offset the adverse impact of rising input costs. With this, India's largest car-maker joins the likes of Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors who have already hiked prices owing to higher input costs. That said, the same uptick in input cost may hurt auto firms' Q3FY21 earnings, analysts say. This is how auto stocks faring on technical charts: Read more

Budget 2021: Special facility to be available for FDI proposals worth over Rs 3,000 cr

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
GOI is planning to create a special window for strategically important investors such as sovereign wealth funds and pension funds that wish to invest over Rs 3,000 crore through a single transaction, according to sources. An announcement in this regard may happen in the Union Budget, scheduled to be presented on February 1. Some strategically important foreign investors include Canada pension fund CDPQ, GIC (Singapore), the Qatar Investment Authority, Temasek (Singapore), and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Most of them met Prime Minister Narendra Modi through virtual meetings in early November. It is learned that foreign investors showed faith in the government’s recent initiatives and reforms. Through this window, foreign funds would receive a response from the government within three days, so that such a proposal can be fast-tracked. Also, the window will act as a point of contact between investors and the various ministries and departments concerned.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex rose 350 points and hovered around 48,900 levels and the Nifty held above 14,400

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices made a strong start today(19th January 2021), tracking firm cues from other Asian markets. The S&P BSE Sensex rose 350 points and hovered near 48,900 levels. The index hit an intra-day high of 49,060. The broader Nifty50 index held above 14,400. Bajaj Finance and IndusInd Bank (both up 2%) were the top Sensex gainers. Besides, Reliance Industries, HDFC, and Maruti Suzuki were also trading over 1 percent, each. Among other individual stocks, shares of Mindtree gained 4 percent after the company's consolidated net profit jumped 65.7 percent year-on-year (YoY) to Rs 326.5 crore in the December 2020 quarter. The trend among Nifty sectoral indices was positive, with the Nifty Realty index, up 2.2 percent, leading the list of gainers.

Govt likely to target fiscal deficit at 4% of GDP by FY26

Monday, January 18, 2021
The GOI is likely to lay down a road map in the upcoming Budget to reduce its fiscal deficit to 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025-26. This is necessary because there will be demands for expansionary policies, even in the next couple of years. This implies the government is set to deviate from the long-standing medium-term target of 2.5-3 percent of GDP as prescribed by amendments to the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM). The government had changed the recommendations of the N K Singh Committee on fiscal consolidation and targeted bringing down the fiscal deficit to 3.1 percent of GDP by 2022-23 (FY23). However, to enable widen the fiscal deficit beyond the permissible limit under the present legislation, the government may have to propose an amendment to the FRBM Act in the Finance Bill.

Abu Dhabi plans to export hydrogen for fuel

Monday, January 18, 2021
Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. formed an alliance with Mubadala Investment Co. and ADQ to produce hydrogen from natural gas and renewable energy and to market the fuel overseas as well as in the United Arab Emirates, ADQ said in a statement. In a related deal, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co., also known as Masdar, agreed with Siemens Energy AG to develop a facility to make green hydrogen at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, Mubadala said in a statement. Munich-based Siemens Energy is already building a hydrogen demonstration plant at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in the neighboring emirate of Dubai. Some Middle Eastern states are seeking to develop hydrogen as fuel, given a shift among some of their buyers toward less-polluting alternatives to crude. Saudi Arabia’s energy minister has said he wants the kingdom -- the world’s biggest oil exporter -- to become the largest shipper of hydrogen.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex down 400 points to 49,620 levels and the Nifty hovered around 14,350-mark

Monday, January 18, 2021
The Indian equity markets in India slipped over half a percent in today's(18th January 2021) early deals, tracking similar cues from their Asian peers. The S&P BSE Sensex fell 400 points to 48,620 levels and the Nifty50 index hovered around 14,350-mark. ONGC (down 4%) was the top Sensex loser, followed by Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Finserv, and IndusInd Bank (all down 3%). On the other hand, HDFC Bank gained over 2 percent after recording an 18 percent rise in net profit at Rs 8,758.3 crore in the December quarter of the current fiscal year (Q3FY21), driven by robust growth in net interest income and other income. Among other individual stocks, shares of diagnostic chain Metropolis Healthcare rose 4 percent after the company said it will acquire Dr. Ganesan's Hitech Diagnostic Centre to strengthen its leadership position in southern India. Read more

India Inc goes into hiring mode as demand picks up

Friday, January 15, 2021
The mood of optimism all around has given rise to positive sentiment in the hiring market, with top companies such as the Tatas, Birlas, Reliance, and ITC planning to add more staff in the coming months. Most of the hirings are, however, in the entry or junior level, say HR managers. While TCS, created a record of sorts by hiring 15,721 people in the December quarter, other group companies are not far behind. Tata Projects, which recently bagged the prestigious Central Vista project, also plans to hire more people soon. Infosys, too, has announced it will hire 24,000 freshers from cam­p­­uses this year. The Aditya Birla group is looking at fresh talent for its various verticals. Hiring by Reliance Retail and Reliance Jio has picked up as well, with both getting ready to onboard people from the Future Group and other acquisitions, according to sources. Auto is another sector where hiring is set to rise.

HCL Q3 net profit up 31%

Friday, January 15, 2021
HCL Technologies posted a strong set of numbers for the December quarter, with net profit up 31.1 percent year-on-year (YoY) at Rs 3,982 crore as compared to the corresponding quarter a year ago. The net profit rose 26.7 percent on a sequential basis. HCL's consolidated revenue rose 6.4 percent to Rs 19,302 crore YoY and 3.8 percent sequentially. The EBIT margin of the IT services provider expanded 265 basis points on a YoY basis to 22.9 percent in the October-December period - a 24 quarter high. The company’s revenue also crossed the $10-billion milestone in 2020, delivering a 3.6 percent YoY growth in constant currency. The company won 13 transformational deals across industry verticals, including life sciences and healthcare, technology, and financial services. “The solid performance was driven by robust momentum in its Mode 2 and Mode 3 businesses led by digital, cloud and products & platform segments, according to president & CEO, HCL Technologies.

Majority of the fund managers failed to beat Nifty returns in December

Friday, January 15, 2021
The majority of the fund managers failed to beat Nifty returns in December, even as the Indian equity benchmarks continued to hit fresh record highs through the month, propelled by foreign fund flows. Among the underperformers were schemes run by the fund houses of Shankar Sharma (First Global), Sameer Arora (Helios), Bharat Shah (ASK), 2POINT2 Capital, Motilal Oswal, IIFL, Emkay, and Axis, among many others, data from PMS Bazaar showed. Out of 130-odd large-cap and multi-cap schemes analysed, nearly 100 gave lower returns than that of Nifty. Midcap-focused funds were relatively better off, as only 10 out of 19 schemes underperformed the relevant benchmark, while smallcap-focussed schemes fared worse, with 10 out of 13 lagging their benchmark. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 549 points, Nifty at 14433.70

Friday, January 15, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 549.49 points or 1.11% at 49,034.67, and the Nifty down 161.90 points or 1.11% at 14,433.70 concerns over coronavirus lockdown in China and European countries. Bharti Airtel was the top gainer followed by ITC, Bajaj Auto, and Bajaj Finance. Tech Mahindra was the top loser followed by ONGC, HCL Tech, Asian Paints, Ultratech Cement, HUL, and NTPCAbout 1070 shares have advanced, 1897 shares declined, and 139 shares are unchanged. All the sectoral indices on the NSE closed with a red tick. Nifty IT and Nifty PSU Bank index ended with 2 per cent cuts while Nifty Financial Services, FMCG, Metals, and Private bank were down 1 per cent. Nifty Bank index skid 273 points, or 0.8 per cent, and ended at 32,247. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices settled with a cut of 1.25 per cent and 1.06 per cent, respectively. India VIX, surged to close above 24 levels.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex down 200 points to 49,360 levels and the Nifty gave up the 14,550-mark

Friday, January 15, 2021
The equity markets in India edged lower in today's(15th January 2021) early deals, tracking similar cues from their Asian peers. The S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 49,360 levels, down 200 points, and the Nifty50 index gave up the 14,550-mark. UltraTech Cement dipped 2 percent and was the top Sensex laggard, followed by Tech Mahindra, Infosys, and Asian Paints (all down 1%). On the other hand, Bharti Airtel surged 5 percent after the MSCI said it would decide on increasing the weight of Bharti Airtel during its upcoming index review in February. HCL Technologies also rose 1 percent in early deals after posting a 34.8 percent year-on-year (YoY) jump in its consolidated net profit to Rs 3,969 crore for the December 2020 quarter (FY2021). The Nifty sectoral indices were trading largely in the red, with the Nifty IT index, down 0.8 percent, leading the list of losers. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading 0.1 percent up, each. Read more

December wholesale inflation slows to 1.22% in India

Thursday, January 14, 2021
The wholesale price-based inflation slowed to 1.22 percent in December on easing food prices, as per government data released today(14th January 2020). The inflation based on the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) was 1.55 percent in November 2020, and 2.76 percent in December 2019. The rate of inflation based on the WPI Food Index decreased from 4.27 percent in November 2020, to 0.92 percent in December 2020, as per the data released by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade. It is to be noted here that retail inflation had also dropped sharply to 4.59 percent in December, mainly due to declining food prices.

Tata Consumer is expected to replace GAIL in the Nifty50 index

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Tata Consumer is expected to replace state-run GAIL in the Nifty50 index as part of the semi-annual reshuffle, say experts. The index is reconstituted semi-annually, considering six months of data ending January and July, respectively, and a four weeks’ prior notice is given to the market participants. In the last rejig, SBI Life Insurance and Divi's Laboratories had replaced Bharti Infratel and ZEE Entertainment Enterprises. GAIL currently has an estimated weight of 40 bps in the index, while Tata Consumer is expected to enter the index with a weight of 60 bps. The rejig would entail ETFs and index funds buying worth Rs 7.6 billion and selling worth Rs 5.1 billion. According to the Nifty index inclusion criteria, the stock should be a part of the F&O segment.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited gains 13 per cent on Tejas order

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Shares of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited gained 13 per cent to Rs.1043.45 today after the government approved Rs 48,000-crore deal to acquire 83 Tejas aircraft from the company. The cabinet approved procurement of 73 Tejas Mk-1A fighter aircraft and 10 Tejas Mk-1 trainer aircraft. Madhavan, chairman and managing director of the HAL, said the production rate of Tejas is being augmented from eight to 16 aircraft per year through the creation of a new infrastructure in Bengaluru."He said according to estimates the Tejas programme will generate direct employment to 5,000 people across the country. The LCA-Tejas is going to be the backbone of the IAF fighter fleet in years to come," Singh said. "The indigenous content of LCA-Tejas is 50 per cent in Mk1A variant which will be enhanced to 60 per cent," he said. It will act as a catalyst for transforming the Indian Aerospace manufacturing ecosystem. All three analysts tracking the company recommend a ‘buy’ rating.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 91.84 per cent, Nifty at 14595.60

Thursday, January 14, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 91.84 points or 0.19% at 49,584.16, and the Nifty was up 30.70 points or 0.21% at 14,595.60 as Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Reliance Industries helped the benchmark indices erase early losses.IndusInd Bank, TCS, and L&T were the top gainers on Sensex at closing. Axis Bank and HCL Technologies were the top drags. About 1467 shares have advanced, 1489 shares declined, and 166 shares are unchanged. The metal index lost 1 per cent, Nifty Pharma and Nifty FMCG indexes, up 0.8 per cent and 0.7 per cent, respectively.The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices ended 0.29 per cent and 0.17 per cent higher, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex fell 200 points to 49,260 levels and the Nifty fell below 14,550 levels

Thursday, January 14, 2021
The Indian equity markets declined nearly half a percent in today's(14th January 2021) early deals, dragged by tech stocks, ahead of the weekly F&O expiry later in the day. The S&P BSE Sensex fell 200 points to 49,260 levels and the Nifty50 index fell below 14,550 levels. Infosys tumbled 4 percent in opening deals as investors booked profit after the company largely beat Street estimates on all fronts for the December quarter results. Among other IT stocks, HCL Tech and Tech Mahindra also slipped 2 percent each. Besides, Hindustan Aeronautics surged as high as 12 percent in early deals after the government approved procurement of 83 indigenously-developed light combat aircraft 'Tejas' for the Indian Air Force at a cost of Rs 48,000 crore. The majority of the Nifty sectoral indices were trading higher, although the Nifty IT index dipped 2 percent. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 25 points, Nifty at 14564.85

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 24.79 points or 0.05% at 49492.32, and the Nifty was up 1.40 points or 0.01% at 14564.90 as Investors turned to profit-booking, after benchmarks scaled fresh lifetime highs in the morning deals. Mahindra & Mahindra, while State Bank of India, Bharti Airtel, and ITC were top gainers. Bajaj Finance, HDFC Shree Cements, Bajaj Finserv were the top losers. About 1200 shares have advanced, 1807 shares declined, and 143 shares are unchanged. Nifty Pharma ended 1 per cent lower. On the upside, Nifty PSU index surged 3.3 per cent.BSE Midcap and Smallcap ended lower by 0.6 per cent and 0.4 per cent respectively.

India’s endless bank salvage pain

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
India's state-dominated lending system’s aggregate balance sheet had a gaping hole even before Covid-19. Now things could turn uglier. The regulator’s latest stress test projects nonperforming assets to jump to 13.5% of loans and advances by September in its baseline scenario, and 14.8% in the worst-case situation, almost doubling from 7.5% a year earlier. After many tough years, making India’s broken banks whole is still very much like pulling teeth. The twists and turns in the $12 billion bankruptcy of a housing finance company show how challenging it may be for the country to nurse its post-pandemic financial system to health.

Byju’s to acquire test prep leader Aakash Educational Services Ltd. for$1 billion ?

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
India's online-education giant Byju’s has signed a deal to acquire brick & mortar test prep leader Aakash Educational Services Ltd. for $1 billion, according to some sources. Bangalore-headquartered Byju’s is valued at $12 billion and has been on a fund-raising spree as the pandemic has sent a demand for its online lessons soaring. Blackstone Group-backed Aakash Educational Services runs Aakash Institute, which has over 200 brick and mortar centers and tutors students to gain entry into the country’s elite engineering and medical schools. Its student count is over 250,000, according to its website. While online learning startups have thrived, offline tutoring centers have been badly hit by the pandemic, which has closed schools and tutoring centers since March last year. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:SSensex up by 210 points at 49,730 levels and Nifty holding above the 14,600-mark

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
The markets in India continued their record-breaking spree and logged fresh lifetime highs today(13th January 2021), with the S&P BSE Sensex eyeing the landmark 50,000 level. The Sensex was trading 210 points, or 0.4 percent, at 49,730 levels and the Nifty50 index was holding above the 14,600-mark. Bharti Airtel surged 5 percent after the company said it is initiating the process to revise its foreign investment limit to 100 percent with immediate effect. Besides, ONGC and State Bank of India were also up 2 percent, each. All the Nifty sectoral indices were ruling higher, led by the Nifty Metal index, up 1.5 percent. Besides, the Nifty Bank index hit a fresh record high at 32,559 in intra-day deals. Infosys, Wipro, Amtek Auto, GTPL Hathaway, and six other firms are slated to release their Q3 numbers today. Read more

Tata Motors gains 13 per cent today post JLR Q3 retail sales numbers

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Shares of Tata Motors hit a fresh 52-week high of Rs 249.50, up 13.35 per cent on the BSE on Tuesday, amid buzz over the partnership with Tesla and encouraging sales numbers from Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) for the third quarter. The stock of Tata group commercial vehicles company was trading higher for the eighth straight day and has rallied 25 per cent during the period.The market cap of the firm rose to Rs 74,784 crore. Tata Motors, in a release, said JLR’s retail sales for the quarter ending December 2020 were 128,469 vehicles, 13.1 per higher than the 113,569 vehicles sold in the preceding quarter, but down 9 per cent on the same period last year. China sales were particularly encouraging, up 20.2 per cent on the prior quarter and 19.1 per cent year-on-year (YoY)," JLR said in a media statement. The global research firm has retained a buy rating with the target at Rs 270 per share

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 247.79, Nifty at 14563.45

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 247.79 points or 0.50% at 49,517.11, and the Nifty was up 78.70 points or 0.54% at 14,563.50. Bharti Airtel, State Bank of India, and Reliance Industries were the top gainers while Asian Paints, Titan, and Nestle were top losers. About 1647 shares have advanced, 1387 shares declined, and 158 shares are unchanged. Nifty PSU Bank index leapt 6 per cent on the NSE. Nifty Realty index, up 3 per cent, and Nifty Auto index, Nifty Bank, infra and energy up 1.3 per cent, The S&P BSE MidCap index up 0.4 per cent and the SmallCap index gained 0.25 per cent. Among Nifty sectoral indices, only Nifty Pharma and Nifty FMCG closed in the red.

Where is the coronavirus headed in India?

Monday, January 11, 2021
There has been a steady decline in the daily number of cases and deaths, since the peak of mid-September in India when govt readies for a massive mass immunisation drive. Less than 300 daily coronavirus deaths were recorded in the country for the last 16 days with the national recovery rate improving to 96.42 percent, according to data from the union health ministry. Given that we will never know the true numbers during the pandemic or even after it, the trajectory is important and it has been on the downward slope, which leads to a pressing question- Is the worst of the pandemic over? It is hard to say if the first wave is ending and if there would be a second one. That depends on the number of people who have been exposed to the virus. Considering that India went through two important periods without any significant upturn – Dussehra to Diwali festive season and elections that followed, experts say it is safe to assume that the epidemic is under control. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:SSensex gained 400 points at 49,190 levels and Nifty topped 14,420 level

Monday, January 11, 2021
The Indian markets scaled fresh record highs on Monday, with the S&P BSE Sensex scaling Mount 49,000 for the first time ever, on the back of favorable global cues and strong Q3 earnings. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 400 points, or 0.8 percent, at 49,190 levels and the Nifty50 index topped the 14,420 level. Technology stocks were the lead Sensex gainers, with Infosys, HCL Tech, and TCS rising 3%, 2%, and 1%, respectively. Tata Consultancy Services' profit jumped 7 percent YoY in the December quarter to Rs 8,701 crore, according to the results announced post market hours on Friday. Besides, shares of Avenue Supermarts gained 2 percent after the firm posted a 16 percent jump in Q3 profit. All the Nifty sectoral indices, except the Nifty Metal index, were trading higher, led by the Nifty IT index, up 2 percent.

Few stocks that may give better returns in 2021

Friday, January 8, 2021
The market which is already trading at record highs has more legs than earlier, believe many analysts. They believe the market will run up ahead of, and in anticipation of, and ensuing economic recovery. The following few stocks may get the best of the rally in the market in the next year, according to many analysts: 1. Sobha | Target: Rs 640 | Upside: 45%: Sobha is a better-placed company in the realty space backed by its strong brand, better product realizations, back‐ward integration of processes including in‐house design, architecture, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and engineering, superior execution capabilities and diversifications from Bangalore market to a pan India player. Also, the company is likely to be a prime beneficiary of consolidation in the industry. Read more

IT Shares trading higher, surging up to 6 per cent on the BSE

Friday, January 8, 2021
Shares of IT companies were trading higher, surging up to 6 percent on the BSE, ahead of sector giant Tata Consultancy Services' (TCS'), October-December 2020 quarter (Q3FY21) result, scheduled to be announced after market hours today (8th January 2021). Amid the rally, With a market cap of Rs 1.02 trillion at 02:15 pm, Tech Mahindra became the fifth IT company that joined Rs 1-trillion m-cap club. Overall, the company stood at 30th position in them-cap ranking, BSE data shows. Currently, among IT companies, TCS is numero uno with Rs 11.66 trillion market cap, followed by Infosys (Rs 5.53 trillion), HCL Technologies (Rs 2.69 trillion), and Wipro (Rs 2.44 trillion), data shows. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 300 points at 48,410 levels and Nifty hit an intra-day high of 14,259

Friday, January 8, 2021
The markets in India made a strong start to today's(8th January 2021) session, with the Nifty50 index and the MidCap index hitting their fresh record high levels, on the back of firm global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex was up 300 points at 48,410 levels, while the Nifty50 index hit an intra-day high of 14,259, also its fresh record high. Tech Mahindra, Sun Pharma, and Infosys (all up 2%) were the top Sensex gainers. All the Nifty sectoral indices were trading with gains, led by the Nifty IT index, up 1.6 percent. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading 0.5 percent 0.9 percent higher, respectively. Information technology (IT) major TCS is among the five companies scheduled to announce their December quarter earnings today. Read more

Pro-Trump mob attacks US Capitol

Thursday, January 7, 2021
yesterday(6th Janar 2021) and forced lawmakers into hiding, in a stunning attempt to overturn America’s presidential election, undercut the nation’s democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House. The nation’s elected representatives scrambled to crouch under desks and don gas masks, while police futilely tried to barricade the building, one of the most jarring scenes ever to unfold in a seat of American political power. A woman was shot and killed inside the Capitol, and Washington’s mayor instituted an evening curfew in an attempt to contain the violence. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex trading 250 points higher at 48,420 levels and Nifty holding above 14,220-mark

Thursday, January 7, 2021
The equity markets in India returned to their winning ways after a day's hiatus, with the headline indices trading half a percent higher and the MidCap index hitting their fresh lifetime highs, on the back of broad-based buying, in today's(7th January 2021) early deals. The S&P BSE Sensex was trading 250 points, or half a percent, up at 48,420 levels. The broader Nifty50 index was also holding above the 14,220-mark, after hitting a fresh all-time high of 14,256 in early deals. IndusInd Bank and Axis Bank (both up 2%) were the lead Sensex gainers, followed by State Bank of India, Larsen & Toubro, ICICI Bank, and Mahindra & Mahindra (all up 1% each). All the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the green. Realty stocks were ruling higher after the Maharashtra government approved the proposal to cut the premium on real estate projects by half till December 31, 2021. As a result, the Nifty Realty index surged 3 percent and was the top Nifty sectoral gainer. Read more

RBI fines Bajaj Finance for breaching regulatory compliance norms

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Shares of Bajaj Finance were 2 per cent down today after the Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday imposed a penalty of ₹2.5 crores for breaching regulatory compliance norms by an order dated January 05, 2021for violation of directions issued by RBI on Managing Risks and Code of Conduct in Outsourcing of Financial Services by NBFCs and Fair Practices Code (FPC) for applicable NBFCs, contained in the Non-Banking Financial Company - Systemically Important Non-Deposit taking Company and Deposit taking Company (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016; and a specific direction to the company to ensure full compliance with FPC in letter and spirit," the RBI said in a statement.“This penalty has been imposed in exercise of powers vested in RBI under the provisions of clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 58 G read with clause (aa) of sub-section (5) of section 58B of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, taking into account the failure of the company to ensure that its recovery agents did Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 264 points, Nifty at 14146.25

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 263.72 points or 0.54% at 48,174.06, and the Nifty was down 53.20 points or 0.37% at 14,146.30. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), ITC, Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) contributed the most to the indices’ loss today. while gainers included Power Grid Corp, Shree Cements, GAIL, Hindalco and Grasim Industries. About 1494 shares have advanced, 1543 shares declined, and 128 shares are unchanged. Nifty IT and Nifty FMCG indices were the top sectoral losers on the NSE, down over 1 per cent each. On the contrary, Nifty Metal index managed to close 1 per cent higher. The BSE MidCap index ended 0.4 per cent up and the BSE SmallCap index down 0.14 per cent.

Resurgence in coronavirus infections: Services sector in India loses steam in December

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Growth in India's services industry continued to lose momentum in December as a resurgence in coronavirus infections weighed on new business and employment, according to a private survey today. Asia's third-largest economy has been gradually recovering from a coronavirus-induced recession but is not expected to return to pre-pandemic levels soon, especially within the service industry - the engine of economic growth and jobs in the country. The Nikkei/IHS Markit Services Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 52.3 in December from November's 53.7 but held above the 50-mark separating growth from contraction for a third straight month. "A spike in Covid-19 cases was reported as a key factor restricting the growth of new work intakes among service providers, which in turn curbed the rise in output and led to increased business uncertainty about the outlook,", said the report. Read more

Chris Wood has increased weightage of Indian equities in his Asia Pacific ex-Japan relative-return portfolio

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Christopher Wood, Global Head of Equity Strategy at Jefferies, has nudged to increase exposure to Indian equities in his ‘GREED and Fear’ portfolio yet again due to a downward-sloping Covid-19 graph and an upward-sloping Nifty50 chart in India. Wood has increased the weightage of Indian equities by 150 basis points to 14 percent in his Asia Pacific ex-Japan relative-return portfolio, by trimming exposure to Chinese and Pakistani equity markets Last month, Wood had raised concerns over the sharply expanding valuations of the Indian equity market, but he sounded confident that valuations will become relatively cheaper as corporate earnings growth catch up in 2021.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex trading 55 points higher at 48,490 levels and Nifty holding above 14,200 levels

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
The markets in India were trading flat with a positive bias in today's(6th January 2020) early deals, tracking mixed global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex was trading 55 points higher at 48,490 levels and the Nifty50 index was holding above 14,200 levels. ONGC (up 4%) was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Titan which rose 3 percent after giving a business update for the December quarter of FY21. ICICI Bank, Larsen & Toubro, and Bharti Airtel (all up 1%) were the other top gainers. The majority of the Nifty sectoral indices were trading with gains, led by the Nifty Metal index, up 1 percent.

Indian economy witnessing 'V-shaped' recovery since June: FinMin

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
According to a Finance Ministry report India has been witnessing a 'V-shaped' recovery since June with the gradual easing of restrictions on economic activities." The sustained improvement in high-frequency indicators ignite optimism of improved performance in the second half of the year," it said. The Monthly Economic Recovery for December by the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) also noted that the impending vaccination is set to spur the momentum in economic activity globally. "The effective management of Covid-19 spread despite the festive season and onset of the winter season, combined with sustained improvement in high-frequency indicators and V-shaped recovery along with easing of lockdown restrictions distinguish Indian economy as one riding against the Covid-wave," it said. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 261 points, Nifty at 14199.50

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 260.98 points or 0.54% at 48,437.78, and the Nifty up 66.60 points or 0.47% at 14,199.50 erased all the intraday losses and ended near the day's high helped by the IT and Financials.Axis Bank was the top gainer followed by HDFC, IndusInd Bank, and TCS. Bajaj Finance, Reliance Industries and Bajaj Finserv were losers in the Sensex pack. About 1740 shares have advanced, 1268 shares declined, and 159 shares are unchanged. Nifty Bank and IT indices rose 1.5-2.5 per cent. Among Nifty sectoral indices, only Nifty Auto, Nifty Metal and Nifty Realty ended with losses. The BSE MidCap index ended 1.4 per cent higher. The SmallCap counterpart ended 0.7 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex fell 100 points to 48,070 levels and Nifty hovered around 14,100

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Markets in India were trading lower in today's(5th January 2020) opening deals, on the back of weak global cues. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex fell 100 points to 48,070 levels and the Nifty50 index hovered around 14,100. ONGC (down 2%) was the top Sensex laggard, followed by Mahindra &Mahindra, NTPC, and ICICI Bank (all down 1%). The majority of the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the red, led by Nifty PSU Bank and Nifty Metal indexes, down 1 percent, each.

Seventh round of Centre-farmer unions' talks today in Delhi

Monday, January 4, 2021
The seventh round of meeting between the Central government and farmers' representatives is underway at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi. Farmers' leaders and officials present at the meeting observed silence to pay condolence to the farmers who died during the ongoing protest. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson, Rakesh Tikait claimed that a total of 60 farmers have so far lost their lives during the ongoing farmers' protest against the new farm laws. Protesting farmers who have been camping at Delhi borders for the last 39 days braving the bone-chilling cold and now rains have threatened to intensify their protest if their two major demands -- repeal of the three new farm laws and legal backing for the minimum support price (MSP) -- are not accepted by the government in today's meeting. Read more

Manufacturing sector activities showed a marginal improvement in December

Monday, January 4, 2021
Indian manufacturing sector activities showed a marginal improvement in December compared to the previous month even as employment generation remained low, showed the widely-tracked IHS Markit purchasing managers' index (PMI) survey. PMI inched up to 56.4 in December compared to 56.3 in November. However, it remained lower than 58.9 in October and 56.8 in September, the two months during which the economy saw a gradual lifting of lockdowns. A reading above 50 shows growth, while the print below 50 means contraction. Reflecting the loosening of Covid-19 restrictions, strengthening demand, and improved market conditions, factory orders increased during December. In response, firms lifted production again. In both cases, rates of expansion remained sharp despite easing to four-month lows. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 307 points, Nifty at 14132.90

Monday, January 4, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 307.82 points or 0.64% at 48,176.80, and the Nifty was up 114.40 points or 0.82% at 14,132.90. ONGC, TCS, and HCL Technologies were the top Sensex gainers. Bajaj Finance, Asian Paints, HDFC Bank, and Hero MotoCorp were the top losers. About 2061 shares have advanced, 973 shares declined, and 158 shares are unchanged. The nifty Metal index jumped 5 per cent. Nifty Bank, Nifty Private Bank, and Nifty Financial Services indices ended the day in the red. Nifty smallcap 50 was up 1.46% while Nifty midcap 50 was up 2.02%. Volatility inched 2.3% higher.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex shot up 230 points to above the 48,000 levels for the first time ever and Nifty hovered around 14,100 zone

Monday, January 4, 2021
The markets in India made a firm start today(4th January 2021), recording their fresh new high, after the Indian drug regulator DGCI gave its approval to Covid vaccines produced by AstraZeneca and Bharat Biotech for emergency use in the country. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex shot up 230 points and was trading above the level of 48,000 for the first time ever. The broader Nifty50 index also hovered around the 14,100 zones. ONGC, TCS, State Bank of India, Infosys, and IndusInd Bank (up 1% each) were the top Sensex gainers. On the other hand, Reliance Industries was trading with marginal cuts after Sebi imposed penalties on the conglomerate for alleged manipulative trading in the shares of erstwhile Reliance Petroleum, back in November 2007. Read more

Expectations from fixed income market in 2021: What experts say

Friday, January 1, 2021
The year 2021 will be marked with hopes for the early rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine, normalisation of economic activities, and a steady recovery in growth. India will see a slow cyclical recovery along with the gradual easing of inflation, though that may not be enough to sustain RBI’s accommodative policy stance. Interest rates will likely harden with no rate cuts and persistent fiscal pressure. Key risks for the government will be to steer through any financial sector stress, reviving the weak investment cycle, and any adverse issues with global liquidity. Two issues will shape India’s macro-economic situation in CY2021; easy money policies in developed markets and rollout/mass availability of Covid vaccines. Easier global monetary policies will aid risk-on flows, while vaccine rollouts Interest rates will likely harden with no rate cuts and persistent fiscal pressure. Read more

GST collection rose to highest ever level at over Rs 1.15 trillion in December

Friday, January 1, 2021
GST (Goods and services tax) collections have hit a record of over Rs 1.15 trillion in December against Rs 1.04 trillion the previous month. Before this, the highest GST collection was Rs 1.14 trillion in April 2019. The collections were 10.57 percent higher month-on-month and 11.65 percent higher on a year-on-year basis despite the fact that the base was elevated on both the yardsticks. The government had collected Rs 1.03 trillion in December 2019. December is the third straight month when the collections crossed the Rs one trillion mark. Some of it could also be due to the plugging of GST revenue leakage by the government on account of fake credits through fraudulent invoicing and the introduction of e-invoicing. E-invoicing is mandatory for companies with an annual turnover of Rs 500 crore from October 2020 onwards and was extended to those with an annual turnover of Rs 100 crore from today.

India Inc goes on M&A spree despite pandemic in 2020, New year will be brighter

Thursday, December 31, 2020
Indian conglomerates bought and sold companies in record-breaking deals despite a majority of smaller firms ending the year on a dull note. Many corporate India is ending 2020 with battered sales and profits due to the pandemic while a few top companies saw a phenomenal rise in their market valuation. The year 2020 will be remembered for the billions of dollars’ worth of investments reported by Reliance Industries by selling a stake in its telecom services arm, Jio Platforms. As soon as the Mukesh Ambani-led firm stopped selling stakes in Jio, global investors queued up to invest in its organised retail arm, making the company virtually debt-free. Backed by billions of dollars of investments from marque global investors, Ambani then acquired Future group’s entire retail and wholesale business for Rs 25,000 crore, giving the group a significant lead in organised retail. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex hovered around 47,740 levels and Nifty testing the 14,000-mark

Thursday, December 31, 2020
The markets in India were trading flat with a positive bias in the final trading session of the year 2020 today(31st December 2020) ahead of the expiry of December series derivative contracts later in the day. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 47,740 levels and the Nifty50 index was testing the 14,000-mark. ONGC (up 1%) was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Titan, Bajaj Finance, and ICICI Bank (up to half a percent, each). The Nifty sectoral indices were mixed, with the Nifty Realty index, up 1 percent, leading the list of gainers. Anarock yesterday said that housing sales in the October-December rose to 50,900 units across seven big cities from 29,520 units in the previous quarter. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were up 0.4 percent each, outperforming their headline peers.

The stock of Orchid Pharma zoomed 567 per cent since its relisting

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Currently, Orchid Pharma is trading under the T group on the BSE. In the T2T segment, each trade has to result in delivery and no intra-day netting of positions is allowed. According to the latest shareholding pattern data, the promoter Dhanuka Laboratories held a 98.04 percent stake in Orchid Pharma. The public shareholders held a mere 2 percent holding, of which, 1 percent stake is with the financial institutions and banks, while individual shareholders held a 0.55 percent stake in the company, the data shows. On March 31, 2020, the resolution plan under Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) has been implemented and the Board has been re-constituted with the members nominated by Dhanuka Laboratories, Haryana, India, the resolution applicant. Read more

UK becomes world's first nation to approve AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid vaccine

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Britain on Wednesday became the first country in the world to authorize coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. The British Department of Health said it had accepted a recommendation from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to allow the use of the shot as it battles a major winter surge driven by a new, highly contagious variant of the virus. The authorisation in the U.K. is significant for India, as the Pune based Serum Institute of India (SII) has tied up with AstraZeneca to deploy the vaccine in India. It is the second COVID-19 vaccine to receive the green light in Britain, after one developed by Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, which is already being administered throughout the U.K.The U.K. has bought 100 million doses of the AstraZeneca shot. British Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News that the vaccine’s rollout would start Monday. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 133 points, Nifty at 13981.95

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 133.14 points or 0.28% at 47,746.22, and the Nifty was up 49.40 points or 0.35% at 13,982.00 for the sixth consecutive session on Wednesday. UltraTech Cement, Bajaj Finance, Maruti Suzuki, Asian Paints and Tech Mahindra were top gainers in the Sensex pack. On the flip side, IndusInd Bank was top Sensex loser, followed by Sun Pharma, Axis Bank, TCS, Bharti Airtel, State Bank of India (SBI), Infosys and ICICI Bank. About 1642 shares have advanced, 1257 shares declined, and 177 shares are unchanged. The nifty Auto index gained 1.34 per cent while the Nifty Metal index jumped 1.29 per cent. Nifty PSU Bank index was the top sectoral loser, down 0.23 per cent. Except for bank and pharma, other sectoral indices ended in the green. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indexes ended 0.5 and 0.37 per cent higher, respectively.

L&T wins 'significant' contract in Chhattisgarh

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) today(29th December 2020) informed that it has won a 'significant' (which may range between Rs 1,000 crore to Rs 2,500 crore) contract in Chhattisgarh. "The Water and Effluent Treatment business of L&T Construction has secured an EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) order involving design, engineering, supply and installation of plant and equipment to lay 135 km of slurry pipeline and water pipeline systems between Bacheli and Nagarnar and associated facilities in the state of Chhattisgarh," the company said in a statement. L&T is already executing a pumping facility as part of another package for the same client in the same area that involves the supply of positive displacement pumps and the construction of a slurry pump house, it added.

Vedanta Resources to issue $400 million notes to Oaktree Capital

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
A unit of Vedanta Resources will issue $400 million in notes to an entity under Oaktree Capital Group, as the mining conglomerate looks to meet liquidity needs. The notes will be partly secured by shares in Mumbai-listed unit Vedanta Ltd., according to separate exchange filings from Vedanta and the U.S. hedge fund. The new deal with Oaktree comes after Vedanta Resources sold $1 billion of securities earlier this month. That debt issuance was to fund a tender offer for securities due 2021. The holding company, controlled by billionaire Anil Agarwal, aims to simplify the group’s corporate structure and ease Vedanta. Resources’ access to cash after a failed attempt to delist Vedanta Ltd. in October.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 259 points, Nifty at 13932.60

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 259.33 points or 0.55% at 47,613.08, and the Nifty was up 59.40 points or 0.43% at 13,932.60. HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Infosys and Axis Bank were the top Sensex gainers. On the flip side Nestle India, Asian Paints, Larsen & Toubro and Power Grid Corporation of India are the only losers in the Sensex pack. About 1519 shares have advanced, 1438 shares declined, and 162 shares are unchanged. Except IT and Bank, other sectoral indices ended in the red. The BSE SmallCap index ending 0.16 per cent higher while the MidCap index slipped 0.07 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 310 points at 47,660 levels and the Nifty50 index hovered around 13,960 zone

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
The benchmark indices in India scaled fresh lifetime highs today(29th December 2020) after opening higher for the fifth straight session, on the back of favorable global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 310 points at 47,660 levels and the Nifty50 index hovered around the 13,960 zones, inching closer to the landmark of 14,000. IndusInd Bank (up 2%), HCL Tech, Axis Bank, and State Bank of India (up 1%) were among the top Sensex gainers. The Nifty sectoral indices were painted green, with the Nifty Bank index, up 1 percent, leading the gainers. The broader markets tracked the gains in their benchmark peers, with the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices trading 0.6 percent and 0.8 percent higher, respectively.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 380.21 points, Nifty at 123.90 points

Monday, December 28, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 380.21 points or 0.81% at 47,353.75, and the Nifty was up 123.90 points or 0.90% at 13,873.20. State Bank of India and Titan were the top Sensex gainers followed by Larsen & Toubro and IndusInd Bank. On the other hand, Britannia, Shree cement, Cipla, Sun Pharma and Hindustan Unilever were top losers on the Sensex pack. About 1990 shares have advanced, 965 shares declined, and 177 shares are unchanged. All the Nifty sectoral indices, except Nifty Pharma, ended higher, led by Nifty Realty and Nifty Metal indexes, both up 2.6 per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indexes gained 0.8 per cent and 1.5 per cent, respectively.

Closing Bell:Sensex jumps 529 points, Nifty at 13749.25

Thursday, December 24, 2020
At Close, Sensex closed 529 points, or 1.14 per cent, higher at 46,973.54 while Nifty settled at 13,749.25, with a gain of 148 points or 1.09 per cent, as investors went on Christmas holiday in a festive mood. Sun Pharma was the top gainer, followed by Axis Bank, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), ONGC, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Bharti Airtel and HUL.On the flip side, Infosys was the top Sensex losers followed by IndusInd Bank, HCL Technologies, Nestle India, Tech Mahindra and Maruti Suzuki. Nifty Bank and Nifty Financial indices ended nearly 2 per cent up each, while Nifty Pharma index gained one per cent at close.BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices closed 0.06 per cent and 0.59 per cent up, respectively.

IndiGo recovering from Covid-19 induced aviation ‘carnage’, may rehire staff

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Shares of India’s biggest airline, Indigo gained more than 5 per cent today to Rs 1458, after Chief Executive Officer Ronojoy Dutta said it may start slowly rehiring staff in three months as capacity rebuilds from “the background of carnage” caused by Covid-19, with domestic services likely to return to pre-pandemic levels by January or February, Dutta said we are recovering pretty nicely, especially domestically and the recovery in international capacity will take longer due to quarantines and virus flareups in places such as the U.K., but the airline is hoping it will be back to normal levels by the end of 2021, according to Dutta. He also added “We are anxious to get back into the international game in a big way and we have lots of plans for rapid growth,” he said. IndiGo, has some 730 Airbus SE A320neo planes on order, laid off about 10% of its workforce due to the pandemic-driven slowdown. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 437, Nifty at 13601.10

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
At Close, Sensex closed 437 points or 0.95 per cent, higher at 46,444.18 and Nifty settled 135 points, or 1 per cent, higher at 13,601.10 as investors picked up information technology, realty, and financial stocks. Hindustan Unilever, Infosys, and Mahindra & Mahindra were the top Sensex gainers. Titan, Power Grid and NTPC were top losers in the Sensex pack. Nifty Realty index up 4 per cent and Nifty PSU Bank index up 2 per cent. BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices rose 2.40 per cent and 2.65 per cent higher, respectively. India VIX, the volatility index, cooled off over 6 per cent to end at 20.5 levels

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex hovered around 46,000 levels and Nifty index was testing the 13,500 mark

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
The equity markets in India fluctuated between gains and losses in today's(23rd December 2020) early deals, on the back of mixed global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 46,000 levels and the Nifty50 index was testing the 13,500 marks. Tech stocks, Infosys, Tech Mahindra, HCL Tech, and TCS (all up 1%) were the top Sensex gainers. On the other hand, ONGC, down 2 percent, fell the most, while index heavyweights Reliance Industries and HDFC Bank were also down half a percent, each. Among other individual stocks, Wipro gained nearly 3.5 percent after announcing the commencement date for its Rs 9,500-crore share buyback programme. The Nifty sectoral indices were trading mixed, with the Nifty IT index, up 1.5 percent, leading the list of gainers.

The U.K. Coronavirus variant: Some facts

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
During the last few days, the world has watched with curiosity and growing alarm as scientists in the United Kingdom have described a newly identified variant of the coronavirus that appears to be more contagious than, and genetically distinct from, more established variants. Initial studies of the new variant prompted Prime Minister Boris Johnson to tighten restrictions over Christmas, and spurred officials in the Netherlands, Germany, and other European countries to ban travel from the U.K. The U.K. variant is just one variation among many that have arisen as the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has spread around the world. Mutations arise as the virus replicates, and this variant — known as B.1.1.7 — has acquired its own distinctive set of them. The variant came to the attention of researchers in December, when it began to turn up more frequently in samples from parts of southern England. It turned out to have been collected from patients as early as September. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Indian benchmark indices in red;Sensex hovered around 45,240 levels, down 310 points and Nifty fell below the 13,300-mark

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
The Indian benchmark indices quickly erased their opening gains and slipped into the red, down over half percent, in today's(22nd December 2020) morning deals as investors were unable to shake off concerns amid the new strain of Covid-19. The S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 45,240 levels, down 310 points, after hitting an intra-day high of 45,938. The broader Nifty50 index also fell below the 13,300-mark. HCL Tech and Tech Mahindra (both up 2%) were the top Sensex gainers, followed by ONGC, NTPC, and PowerGrid (up to over 1% each). On the other hand, Bajaj Finance and Reliance Industries slipped 1 percent, each. All the Nifty sectoral indices, except Nifty IT, were trading lower. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading half a percent and 0.8 percent higher, respectively.

New Covid-19 strain effect:Sensex sinks 1,407 points

Monday, December 21, 2020
Investors on Dalal Street witnessed wealth erosion of over Rs 7 lakh crore today(21st December 2020) as market participants preferred to book profits, amid weak global cues and concerns over a new strain of the virus leading to fresh restrictions in European countries. The market capitalisation of BSE-listed firms tanked to Rs 178 lakh crore from Rs 185 lakh crore on Friday From the day's high, the Sensex index dropped 2,133 points and logged it's sharpest intra-day fall since April 2020. The Nifty index, on the other hand, lost 646 points from the day's high. Read more

India suspends flights from UK Amid Concern Over Virus Strain

Monday, December 21, 2020
The government of India has suspended all flights from and to the UK from Tuesday midnight till December 31, in view of the rising spread of a new Covid strain there. The announcement follows the discovery of a new strain of COVID-19 in the UK, leading to several nations restricting flight services to Britain. The statement came after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the Centre to ban all flights from the UK "immediately" to contain the spread of the virus in the country. India joins a growing list of countries who have already announced restrictions on travel to the UK. These countries include Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Closing Bell:Sensex down 1,406 points, Nifty at 13328.40

Monday, December 21, 2020
At close, the Sensex was down 1,406.73 points or 3.00% at 45553.96, and the Nifty was down 432.10 points or 3.14% at 13328.40 as profit booking gripped the markets. The gainers included L&T, RIL, and HDFC Bank. All stocks on the Nifty50 ended lower led by the ONGC, Tata Motors, GAIL, IndusInd Bank, M&M, Hindalco and IOC. Nifty PSU Bank index cracked 7%, Nifty Realty index skid 6%, and Nifty Metal, Infra, Bank, Auto and Energy index dropped 4-5% on the NSE. India VIX, the volatility gauge, jumped over 23% in the intra-day deals to hit a high of 23.4 levels. This was the index's biggest jump since July 18.

MARKET UPDATE:Indian benchmark indices erased their early losses;Sensex trading 33 points up at 46,990 and Nifty testing the 13,750-mark

Monday, December 21, 2020
The domestic benchmark indices in India erased their early losses and turned flat after falling nearly 0.5 percent in today's(21st December 2020) opening deals amid weak cues from their Asian peers. The S&P BSE Sensex was trading 33 points up at 46,990 after hitting an intra-day low of 46,694. The broader Nifty50 index was also testing the 13,750-mark. ONGC, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, and Mahindra & Mahindra (all down 2%) were the top Sensex laggards. On the other hand, Reliance Industries rose 1 percent after the conglomerate and its partner BP announced the first gas from the R Cluster, an ultra-deep-water gas field in block KG D6 off the east coast of India. Meanwhile, aviation stocks were under pressure in intra-day deals over the UK border closure, with SpiceJet and InterGlobe Aviation falling 5 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Read more

Indian IT shares gain on Accenture's strong performance

Friday, December 18, 2020
Shares of information technology majors, including Infosys, TCS, HCL Tech, Wipro and Tech Mahindra, traded with gains on BSE on December 18 morning hitting their respective record highs after Ireland-based Accenture reported better-than-expected results for the quarter ending November 30. The Nifty IT index hit a record high of 23,408, up 2 per cent on the NSE in intraday trade. Accenture reported strong earnings and revenue growth, revised upwards revenue growth forecast for the full fiscal year of 2021 to 4 – 6 per cent from an earlier estimate of 2 – 5 per cent. Accenture's revenue for the quarter, at $11.8 billion and up 4 per cent on a year-on-year (YoY) basis was well above its guidance and street’s estimate. Infosys gained 3 per cent at Rs 1,193 and TCS rose 2 per cent to Rs 2,894., Larsen & Toubro Infotech, HCL Technologies, Wipro and Tech Mahindra from the Nifty IT index were up in the range of 1 per cent to 3 per cent. Read more

New laws giving farmers freedom in selling their produce have brought in after a "lot of thought":PM Modi

Friday, December 18, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed farmers' conferences in Madhya Pradesh through video conferencing today(18th December 2020). A large number of farmers attended the 'Kisan Mahasammelan' organised at Dussehra ground in Raisen. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh was also present on the occasion. Recently enacted laws giving farmers freedom in selling their produce "have not been brought in overnight" but are opposed by political parties for selfish reasons, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday as he insisted that support price for agricultural products will continue. Meanwhile, thousands of farmers continue to camp at several Delhi border points for the 23rd day to press for the repeal of the Centre's new farm laws. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 70 points, Nifty at 13760.55

Friday, December 18, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 70.35 points or 0.15% at 46,960.69, and the Nifty was up 19.80 points or 0.14% at 13,760.50. Top BSE Sensex gainers were HCL Tech, Infosys, Nestle India, L&T, Tech Mahindra, Asian Paints, TCS, Titan Company and HUL. HDFC Bank was the top loser followed by HDFC, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, ONGC, Bajaj Finance, RIL and Bharti Airtel. About 1125 shares have advanced, 1611 shares declined, and 122 shares are unchanged.IT and Pharma indices rose 1 per cent each. while Nifty PSB, Nifty Private Bank, and Nifty Realty indices declined up to 0.7 per cent each. The BSE MidCap index closed at 63 points, or 0.35 per cent and the BSE SmallCap index, too, dipped 42 points, or 0.2 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex down 100 points at 46,799 and Nifty fell below the 13,750-mark

Friday, December 18, 2020
The benchmark indices in Indian markets came under slight pressure in today's(18th December 2020) early trade after scaling fresh lifetime highs in their opening deals, with the Sensex hitting the 47,000 level for the first time ever. The S&P BSE Sensex was down 100 points at 46,799, after hitting an intra-day high of 47,026. The broader Nifty50 index fell below the 13,750-mark. IT stocks lead the way for the gainers, with HCL Tech and Infosys (both up 2%) being the top gainers, followed by TCS and Tech Mahindra (both up 1%). The Nifty sectoral indices were mixed, with the Nifty IT index, up 2 percent, leading the list of gainers. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were down 0.2 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 224 points, Nifty at 13740.70

Thursday, December 17, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 223.88 points or 0.48% at 46,890.34, and the Nifty was up 58.00 points or 0.42% at 13,740.70. Top Sensex gainers were Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Bajaj Finance, HDFC Bank, IndusInd Bank, Power Grid Corporation of India and Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), among others. On the flip side, ONGC, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Steel, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), Bharti Airtel, Infosys were among the Sensex losers. About 1234 shares have advanced, 1485 shares declined, and 137 shares are unchanged. Nifty PSU Bank and Metal indices ended the day on the NSE in the red, down 1.4 per cent and 1.3 per cent, respectively. On the upside, the Nifty Financial Services index settled as the top sectoral gainer. BSE MidCap index down 0.13 per cent. The BSE SmallCap index, down 0.23 per cent. Except for pharma and banks, other indices ended in the red.

Bharat Biotech's Covaxin's phase 1 trial data shows robust response

Thursday, December 17, 2020
Covaxin, developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech International (BBIL), appeared to inch closer to approval as its phase 1 clinical trial results showed a ‘’robust’’ immune response without any serious adverse events, the firm said in a research paper. Bharat Biotech had recently sought an accelerated approval from the regulator based on phase 1 and phase 2 studies. The company is in the middle of conducting a phase 3 trial with 22,000 subjects. Serum Institute of India, which is partnering with Astra Zeneca and Oxford University for the Covid vaccine, has also sought emergency approval. Pfizer-BioNTech too has applied for the same. Only one serious adverse event was reported around August which was not found to be causally linked to the investigational product, according the research paper.

China officially blocked coal imports from Australia

Thursday, December 17, 2020
China is forcing Australia to confront what many countries are concluding: The coal era is coming to an end. China has now officially blocked coal imports from Australia after months of vague restrictions that dramatically slowed trade and stranded huge ships at sea. For Australia, the world’s largest coal exporter, the decision is a gut punch that eliminates its second-biggest market at a time when many countries are already rethinking their dependence on a filthy fossil fuel that accelerates the devastation of climate change. While Beijing’s motives are difficult to divine, there are hints of mercantilist protection for local producers and the desire to punish Australia for perceived sins that include demanding an inquiry into the source of the coronavirus. China’s commitment to cut emissions may also allow it to be marginally more selective with its vast purchases.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 106 points to 46,770 levels and Nifty above the 13,700-mark

Thursday, December 17, 2020
The Indian equity markets were trading with meager gains today(17th December 2020) amid mixed global cues, ahead of the weekly options expiry. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 106 points to 46,770 levels and the broader Nifty50 index was above the 13,700-mark. IndusInd Bank rose 2 percent after the Sebi granted a one-month extension for the bank's promoters to infuse residual capital in lieu of conversion of warrants, issued to them last year, into equity. Besides, Reliance Industries, Sun Pharma, and Ultratech Cement (all up 1%) were the other top gainers. The trend was mixed among the Nifty sectoral indices, with the Nifty Pharma index, up 1 percent, leading the list of gainers. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap index was flat while the SmallCap index gained 0.4 percent.

Mrs Bectors IPO fully subscribed on day 2

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
The IPO of bread and biscuits maker Mrs Bectors Food opened on 15th December to strong demand and was oversubscribed in just two hours. The issue will close on December 17 with a price band of Rs 286-288 per share. Investors can bid for a minimum of 50 equity shares and thereafter in multiples of 50 equity shares. The Rs 541 crore initial public offer attracted over 12.05 times and 11.53 times subscription on Day 2 of the bidding process so far. The IPO consists of a fresh issue of Rs 40.54 crore and an offer for sale of Rs 500 crore by public shareholders. "Mrs Bector IPO is priced lower compared to the peers on the valuation front making it a strong candidate for stellar listing. The funds raised through the IPO will be utilised for brown-field expansion of its Rajpura manufacturing unit and establishing a new production line. Read more

Pfizer may price Covid-19 vaccine lower in India than in UK and US

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Pfizer has indicated that it will have differential pricing for different countries. In the US, the company has priced the vaccine for government procurement at $39 for two doses. In the UK, the vaccine is estimated to cost close to $40 for two doses. A Pfizer India spokesperson said the company would price the vaccine in a way that can help governments ensure there is little or no out-of-pocket costs for their population. As such, its global pricing strategy is dependent on volumes, advance commitments, and affordability. "Our vaccine approach is based on the principle of ensuring broad access and supplies to governments,’’ the spokesperson said. He added that the company remains ‘’committed to engaging with the government of India and exploring opportunities to make this vaccine available for use in the country."

Closing Bell: Sensex jumps 403.29 points, Nifty at 13682.70

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 403.29 points or 0.87% at 46,666.46, and the Nifty was up 114.80 points or 0.85% at 13,682.70 scaled fresh lifetime highs in Wednesday's trade.HDFC was the top Sensex gainer followed by ONGC, Bharti Airtel, Titan Company, Asian Paints, M&M, TCS, HDFC Bank and Infosys. On the contrary, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, NTPC, Tech Mahindra, HCL Tech, State Bank of India (SBI) and Axis Bank were among the losers. About 1801 shares have advanced, 1129 shares declined, and 164 shares are unchanged.BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices rose 0.8 per cent each. Nifty Metal index, up 1 per cent.Except PSU Bank other sectoral indices ended in the green led by metal and auto sectors.

RBI does not want rupee appreciate much?

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
A torrential foreign fund inflow in India’s equity markets is getting mopped up by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), swelling its reserves and preventing the rupee from appreciating. The intervention is leading to two outcomes: It is not letting the rupee to appreciate and adding liquidity in the banking system to help the government borrow a record Rs 12 trillion from the market.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex rose 317 points at 46,580 levels and Nifty surpassed the 13,650-mark

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
The markets in India scaled fresh record high levels today (16th December 2020), tracking strong gains in Asian indices. The S&P BSE Sensex rose 317 points, or 0.7 percent, at 46,580 levels. The index hit an intra-day high of 46,592. The broader Nifty50, meanwhile, surpassed the 13,650-mark. Mahindra & Mahindra rose 3 percent and was the top Sensex gainer after saying it will hike prices of its entire range of passenger and commercial vehicles from next month. Besides, ONGC (up 2%), Asian Paints, Bajaj Finance, and Tata Steel (all up1%) were the other top gainers. All the Nifty sectoral indices, except the Nifty PSU Bank index, we're going strong, led by the Nifty Metal index, up 1 percent. In the broader markets, both the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were ruling half a percent up.

India is the world's best market for portfolio disclosure: Morningstar report

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
India and the U.S. are the two most investor-friendly markets in the world in terms of best practices for portfolio disclosure, while Australia ranks at the bottom, according to a global study by Morningstar Inc. The two countries earned top grades for their robust disclosure regimes across six categories including fees, transparency of fund holdings, and issues such as conflicts of interest. The report covering 26 markets across North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa singled out Australia as a notable laggard. “The U.S. has consistently led the pack in this area, while India has gradually added global best practices to its disclosure framework,” Christina West, director of manager research services at Morningstar and co-author of the study, said in a statement. “India has also set a high standard with monthly required portfolio holdings disclosure.”

S&P raised India's growth projection for the current fiscal to (-) 7.7% from (-) 9%

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
S&P Global Ratings today(15th December 2020) raised India's growth projection for the current fiscal to (-) 7.7 percent from (-) 9 percent estimated earlier on rising demand and falling COVID infection rates. "Rising demand and falling infection rates have tempered our expectation of COVID's hit on the Indian economy. S&P Global Ratings has revised real GDP growth to negative 7.7 percent for the year ending March 2021, from negative 9 percent previously," S&P said in a statement. The US-based rating agency said its revision in growth forecast reflects a faster-than-expected recovery in the quarter through September. For the next fiscal, it projected India's growth to rebound to 10 percent. Read more

Jio and Facebook to help India's small businesses

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has said that the partnership between Jio and Facebook is great for India, Indians and small Indian businesses. Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday said at the first Facebook Fuel for India 2020 event that its partnership with Jio Platforms will help support millions of small businesses in India." At Facebook, we are in the business of serving small businesses. And nowhere is this more true than in India," the Facebook CEO said. He also said that supporting small businesses has become more important in view of the Covid-19 induced impact on the economy.“With more than 60 million small businesses and millions of people around the country relying on them for jobs - these small businesses form a big part of what our partnership with Jio can serve here. This is especially important because small businesses in India will be a key part of the global economic recovery going forward. And we're focused on making sure we build. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex up 9.71 points, Nifty at 13567.85

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 9.71 points or 0.02% at 46,263.17, and the Nifty was up 9.70 points or 0.07% at 13,567.90 led by buying in financial and information technology (IT) counters. Bajaj Finance was the top Sensex gainer followed by Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Tech Mahindra, HDFC Bank and Maruti Suzuki. On the flip side, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), Nestle India, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, State Bank of India (SBI) and TCS were losers. About 1389 shares have advanced, 1333 shares declined, and 128 shares are unchanged. Nifty PSU Bank and Nifty FMCG indices, down 1.46 per cent and 1.29 per cent respectively, While Nifty Financial Services and Nifty Metal gained 0.77 per cent each

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex fell 300 points at 45,950 levels and Nifty breached the 13,500-mark

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
The Indian benchmark indices extended their early losses and were down nearly 1 percent in today's(15th December 2020) morning deals, dragged primarily by financials and FMCG stocks. The S&P BSE Sensex fell 300 points, or 0.8 percent, at 45,950 levels, this giving up the psychological level of 46,000. The broader Nifty50 also breached the 13,500-mark. Axis Bank (down 2%) was the top Sensex laggard, followed by ONGC, ICICI Bank, and IndusInd Bank (all down 1%). On the other hand, HDFC Bank gained over 1 percent. The trend among Nifty sectoral indices was largely negative, with the Nifty PSU Bank index, down 3 percent, leading the list of losers. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap slipped 0.2 percent while the S&P BSE SmallCap index was flat.

Tata Group show interest in Air India

Monday, December 14, 2020
Tata Sons are likely to submit an expression of interest (EoI) for state-owned carrier Air India, the deadline for which ends on December 14. Singapore Airlines (SIA), with which Tata Sons operates full-service airline Vistara, may not be part of the bid in the initial stages, according to sources. “The opportunity to acquire Air India is too good to let go if the company wants to have scale and size in the business of aviation. In all sectors Tata Sons operates, the focus has been to either be a market leader or No.2. Air India provides that opportunity,” a person aware of the development said. However, Tata Sons management will not like to have a third airline venture and wants to merge Air India and Vistara in the future. Besides Vistara, Tata Sons owns a 51 percent stake in low-cost airline AirAsia India.

India may not procure Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech mRNA vaccine

Monday, December 14, 2020
Government sources have indicated that India may not procure the mRNA vaccine, which American major Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech have developed, for the immunization drive. The higher cost of the Pfizer vaccine, already approved by the UK and the US regulators, is among the primary reasons why other options may be preferred by India. At $37 per dose, the Pfizer vaccine is much more expensive compared to $3 per dose for the Covishield, a vaccine developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, according to the sources. Also Unlike others, Pfizer would require minus 70 degree Celsius temperature for storage. Even the Russian vaccine Sputnik V is cheaper than Pfizer at $10 per dose. Indigenous vaccines from Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadila are expected to be in the range of $3-6 per dose. The cost of cold-chain infrastructure to maintain the stringent temperature requirement for the Pfizer vaccine would add to the overall expenditure.

Burger King shares debut at 131% premium to issue price

Monday, December 14, 2020
Shares of Burger King India (BKIL) the Indian subsidiary of the US-based made a strong debut on Monday gaining 131 per cent premium of Rs. 138 against its issue price of Rs 60 on the BSE. Burger King’s initial public offering was massively oversubscribed by investors across categories earlier this month. Overall, the issue was subscribed 156 times, making it the second most subscribed IPO of 2020. Quick service restaurant (QSR) offers good long-term opportunity, suggested by the management’s growth plan and the FY21 performance so far. The company intends to utilise the fresh proceeds to finance the roll-out of new company-owned Burger King Restaurants and to meet the general corporate purposes. The QSR chain owned by QSR Asia continued to report losses in previous financial years but there has been strong growth in revenue and stable gross margin performance. Analysts say investors can book profits of half of the investment amount in short term and hold the rest for the long term.

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 154 points, Nifty at 13558.15

Monday, December 14, 2020
At close, Sensex was up 154.45 points or 0.34% at 46,253.46, and the Nifty was up 44.30 points or 0.33% at 13,558.20 led by buying in PSU Bank and metal stocks. . ONGC was the top Sensex gainer followed by L&T, NTPC, ICICI Bank, Sun Pharma, HCL Tech, Titan Company and State Bank of India (SBI). On the flip side, M&M, Bajaj-Auto, Tech Mahindra, HDFC Bank, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Bharti Airtel were the BSE Sensex losers. About 1769 shares have advanced, 1009 shares declined, and 131 shares are unchanged. Except for Nifty Realty and Nifty Auto indices, all the sectoral indices ended in the green led by Nifty Media and Nifty Metal indices. Burger King gained 130 per cent to Rs 138.40 on the BSE against the issue price of Rs 60.BES Midcap and Smallcap indices rose 0.8 per cent each.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 200 points and rose to 46,300 levels and Niftywas testing the 13,600-mark

Monday, December 14, 2020
The equity markets in India logged their fresh lifetime highs and were trading half a percent higher on Monday, on the back of strong global cues. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 200 points and rose as high as 46,300 levels. The broader Nifty50 index, meanwhile, was testing the 13,600-mark. ONGC (up 2%), Larsen & Toubro, NTPC, Tata Steel, and PowerGrid (all up 2%) were the top Sensex gainers. Shares of pharma major Cipla jumped over 4 percent after the company announced the settlement of its patent litigation with Celgene Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bristol Myers Squibb, relating to patents for Revlimid (lenalidomide) All the Nifty sectoral indices, except the Nifty Realty index, were trading in the green, led by the Nifty PSU Bank index, up 1.7 percent. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading 0.5 per cent and 0.7 per cent higher, respectively. Read more

United Spirits CEO Kripalu quits, Hina Nagarajan is the next CEO

Friday, December 11, 2020
India's largest liquor brand United Spirits Ltd (USL) on December 10 appointed new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer named Hina Nagarajan effective from July 1st 2021. Anand Kripalu who was CEO and MD for seven years since 2014 will step down on June 30.Nagarajan, an Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad graduate is the first woman to lead USL and also the first woman leading a liquor company of such a large scale in the country. Nagarajan who joined Diageo in summer 2018, is currently the managing director of the Africa Regional Markets (ARM) at Diageo and will join USL as the CEO-Designate from April 1 and, will be based in Bengaluru and will work closely with Kripalu to ensure a smooth transition, the company said. She will report to John Kennedy, the president of Diageo Europe and India. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 139 points, Nifty at 13513.85

Friday, December 11, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 139.13 points or 0.30% at 46,099.01, and the Nifty was up 35.60 points or 0.26% at 13,513.90 on a positive note amid healthy buying in financial, oil and gas, metal, and FMCG stocks. ONGC, State Bank of India (SBI), NTPC, Tata Steel, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL were top gainers. On the flip side, Infosys, Nestle India and Maruti Suzuki were among Sensex losers. About 1713 shares have advanced, 1188 shares declined, and 148 shares are unchanged. Energy, Metal and PSU Bank indices rose 1 per cent each. while selling seen in the pharma, IT and auto stocks. BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices ended in the green.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 300 points at 46,240 levels and Nifty topped the 13,550-mark

Friday, December 11, 2020
The Indian benchmark indices returned to their record-breaking ways after a day's break, logging fresh record highs in today's911th December 2020) morning deals. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 300 points, or 0.6 percent, at 46,240 levels and the Nifty50 index topped the 13,550-mark. ONGC (up 6%) was the top Sensex gainer, followed by NTPC, Tata Steel, and Bajaj Finance (all up 1%). Meanwhile, shares of UPL rose 3 percent after the management clarified that the matter flagged by a whistleblower was an old matter and was reported to the audit committee in 2017. All the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the green, led by the Nifty PSU Bank index, up 1.6 percent. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were up 0.6 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively

US govt, 48 states sue Facebook accusing it of anti-competitive conduct

Thursday, December 10, 2020
The US government and 48 states have filed parallel lawsuits against Facebook, accusing the social media giant of anti-competitive conduct by abusing its market power to create a monopoly and crushing smaller competitors. Soon after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 48 state attorney generals sued the company yesterday(9th December 2020), Facebook's shares dropped significantly at the stock exchanges. The bipartisan coalition led by New York attorney general Letitia James alleged that Facebook has engaged in a systematic strategy to eliminate threats to its monopoly. This includes its 2012 acquisition of up-and-coming rival Instagram, its 2014 acquisition of the mobile messaging app WhatsApp and the imposition of anti-competitive conditions on software developers. Read more

IRCTC tanks 13 per cent as govt to sell 20% stake via OFS

Thursday, December 10, 2020
Shares of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) slipped 13 per cent to Rs 1,405 on the BSE on Thursday as the government will sell up to 20 per cent stake in Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation through an offer for sale which opens for subscription today for non-retail investors and will open tomorrow for retail investors. The floor price for the offer shall be Rs 1,367 per share, a 16 per cent discount to Wednesday’s closing price of Rs 1,618 on the BSE. The government would divest 15 per cent equity with a 5 per cent greenshoe option. The promoter proposes to sell up to 24 million equity shares of IRCTC, representing up to 15 per cent stake, with an option to additionally sell 8 million shares, representing 5 per cent of the total issued and paid-up equity share capital”, the company said in a regulatory filing. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 143 points, Nifty at 13478.30

Thursday, December 10, 2020
At close, the Sensex was down 143.62 points or 0.31% at 45959.88, and the Nifty was down 50.80 points or 0.38% at 13478.30 after profit booking. Maruti Suzuki India, Power Grid, and Sun Pharma were the top Sensex gainers. While IRCTC was the top loser followed by UltraTech Cement, Infosys, and Tata Steel. About 1209 shares have advanced, 1642 shares declined, and 158 shares are unchanged. Nifty PSU Bank index, down 2 per cent.Nifty FMCG, up over 1 per cent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading 1 per cent and 0.8 per cent lower, respectively. Except for Nifty Auto, Nifty FMCG, and Nifty Pharma, other indices ended in the red. Volatility was down over 2%

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex dipped 300 points at 45,790 levels and Nifty slipped below the 13,500-mark

Thursday, December 10, 2020
The equity markets in India fell over half a percent in today's(10th December 2020) opening deals, on the back of weak global cues. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex dipped 300 points, or 0.7 percent, to 45,790 levels, thereby giving away the 46,000-mark it had conquered in the previous session. The broader Nifty50 index also slipped below the 13,500-mark. Ultratech Cement (down 2%) was the top Sensex loser, followed by Tata Steel, Infosys, and Tech Mahindra (all down 1%). Shares of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) fell as much as 15 percent after the company said the government will sell up to 20 percent stake in the company through an offer for sale on Thursday and Friday to raise Rs 4,374 crores. The trend among Nifty sectoral indices was mixed, with the Nifty PSU Bank index, down 2 percent, leading the list of losers. Read more

Covid-19 vaccine in India : Status of emergency use authorisation (EUA)

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Bharat Biotech International (BBIL) had changed the dosage from 3 micrograms of antigen to 6 micrograms during its Covid-19 vaccine trial, a point that the subject expert committee (SEC) would closely examine when it meets on 9th December 2020 to review its application for an emergency use authorisation (EUA) for Covaxin. The panel would also review the applications of Pfizer-BioNTech and Serum Institute of India (SII) seeking a EUA for their vaccines. While many have raised questions over BBIL applying for a EUA during an ongoing efficacy trial, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the country’s apex health research institute, has defended the move. Read more

GOI may recommend a looser inflation target for RBI

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
GOI is considering recommending a looser inflation target for RBI, allowing it to focus more on economic growth despite price pressures, according to some sources. A consumer-price inflation band tracked by the Reserve Bank of India may be relaxed further from the current 2%-6% range. The government still needs to hold consultations with the central bank before finalizing a new framework sometime next year. The current mandate, set in 2016, requires the RBI to keep headline inflation at the 4% midpoint of its target range. The Finance Ministry is of the view that the RBI can’t be saddled with a rigid inflation targeting framework, especially in situations when growth needs to be pushed, as per the sources. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 280 points at 45,880 levels and Nifty topped the 13,450-mark

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
The markets in India up half a percent, logged their fresh record high today(9th December 2020) on the back of firm global cues. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 280 points, or 0.6 percent, at 45,880 levels and the Nifty50 index topped the 13,450-mark. ITC and IndusInd Bank (both up 1%) were the top Sensex gainers. All the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the green, led by the Nifty PSU Bank index, up 1.6 percent. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were both up 0.5 percent.

Reliance Jio to launch 5G services in India in 2021

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Shares of Reliance Industries advanced nearly 3 per cent to Rs 2,014 on the BSE in the intra-day deals on Tuesday after the chairman Mukesh Ambani said during his keynote presentation at India Mobile Congress 2020 that the company plans to launch 5G services in the second half of 2021. Jio’s 5G service will be powered by indigenous-developed network, hardware and technology components, Ambani added. At the same time, Ambani urged the government to take policy steps “to accelerate the early rollout of 5G, and to make it affordable and available everywhere.” Ambani, at RIL’s 43rd annual general meeting in July, had said, “Jio has developed a complete 5G solution from scratch. This will enable us to launch a world-class 5G service in India using a 100% homegrown technology and solution".Jio has been working with companies like Samsung and Qualcomm to bring 5G to India. Read more

India will not worry about missing its budget deficit target:FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Govt will not worry about missing its budget deficit target as it seeks to step up spending to support the economy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said. The government will ensure that state-owned enterprises continue with capital expenditure, she said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “For the present, I’m not going to allow the fiscal deficit number to worry me because there is a need, and a clear need, for me to spend the money,” Sitharaman said. India last month expanded stimulus measures to 15% of the economy to rescue companies and save jobs in an economy clobbered by a sudden lockdown in March to stem the coronavirus pandemic. That could widen the budget gap to 8% of the gross domestic product in the year to March, more the double the budgeted 3.5%.

Fitch revises India's FY21 GDP contraction forecast

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Fitch Ratings today(8th December 2020) raised India's GDP forecast to -9.4 percent in the current fiscal year to March 2021 from a previously projected contraction of 10.5 percent after the economy staged a sharper rebound in the second quarter. In its Global Economic Outlook, Fitch said the coronavirus recession has inflicted severe economic scarring and the country needs to repair balance sheets and increase caution about long-term planning. "We now expect GDP to contract 9.4 percent in the fiscal year to end-March 2021 (FY21) (+1.1 percentage point), followed by +11 percent growth (unchanged) and +6.3 percent growth (+0.3pp) in the following years," the rating agency said. The projections compare to a GDP growth of 4.2 percent in 2019-20 (April 2019 to March 2020) fiscal and 6.7 percent annual expansion between 2015 and 2019. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 181 points, Nifty at 13392.95

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 181.54 points or 0.40% at 45,608.51 for the fourth day and the Nifty was up 37.20 points or 0.28% at 13,393 lifted primarily by Reliance Industries and public sector banks. Top gainers on Sensex were UltraTech Cement, Bharti Airtel, and Larsen & Toubro. While losers include Sun Pharma, Axis Bank, and Tech Mahindra. About 1344 shares have advanced, 1374 shares declined, and 130 shares are unchanged. Nifty metal and pharma indices gained 1 per cent each, while PSU Bank index added over 7 per cent. BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices ended with marginal losses.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex rose 100 points to 45,530 levels and Nifty hit the 13,400-mark

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
The markets in India scaled new lifetime highs for the fourth consecutive session despite trading with meagre gains, on the back of mixed global cues, in today's(8th December 2020) morning deals. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex rose 100 points to 45,530 levels and the broader Nifty50 index hit the 13,400-mark. Ultratech Cement, Bharti Airtel, Maruti Suzuki, and HCL Tech (all up 1%) were the top Sensex gainers. Jet Airways was locked in a 5 percent upper circuit after the consortium of UAE-based businessman Murari Lal Jalan and London's Kalrock Capital said it expects to start operating the airline by the summer of 2021. Canara Bank also gained 5 percent after launching its Rs 2,000 crore QIP. The trend among Nifty sectoral indices was mixed, with the Nifty Auto index, up 0.9 percent, leading the list of gainers.

Hindalco invests Rs 730 cr with new Silvassa plant

Monday, December 7, 2020
Aditya Birla group firm Hindalco Industries Limited on Monday announced that it plans to invest Rs 730 crore to set up a 34,000-tonne extrusion plant at Silvassa in Dadra and Nagar Haveli union territory. In a regulatory filing, Hindalco said the new plant will service the fast-growing market for extruded aluminium products in the western and southern regions. Hindalco said the aluminium extrusion market in India is expected to grow exponentially – from the current level of around 373,000 tonnes to reach about 850,000 tonnes by 2030. The Silvassa project is a step towards Hindalco’s downstream strategy as the company revives its long-term downstream investment plan and also to build a larger value-added product portfolio over the next few years, it said. "Over the next few years, as part of our downstream strategy, we intend to enhance our capacity from over 300,000 tonnes currently, to more than 600,000 tonnes with investments of around ₹7,000 crores," Pai said. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 347 points, Nifty at 13355.75

Monday, December 7, 2020
At close, BSE Sensex was up 347.42 points or 0.77% at 45426.97, and the Nifty was up 97.30 points or 0.73% at 13355.80 supported by the financials, pharma and FMCG stocks ONGC, Bharti Airtel, and ICICI Bank were among the top Sensex gainers while HDFC Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, and Titan Company were among the worst performers. About 1972 shares have advanced, 936 shares declined, and 190 shares are unchanged.PSU Bank index gained 2 per cent, while pharma, infra and FMCG indices gained 1 per cent each. BSE MidCap and SmallCap indexes were trading 0.8 per cent and 1.3 per cent higher, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 150 points at 45,216 levels and Nifty surpassed the 13,300-mark

Monday, December 7, 2020
The markets in India scaled their fresh lifetime highs despite trading with meagre gains in today's( 8th December 2020) early deals, on the back of a mixed set of global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 150 points, or 0.3 percent, at 45,216 levels and the Nifty50 index surpassed the 13,300-mark. ONGC (up 3%) was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, and Bharti Airtel was up 1 per cent, each. IRCTC, meanwhile, rose as high as 7 percent while Adani Ports hit a fresh lifetime high. The Nifty sectoral indices were trading largely in the green, led by Nifty PSU Bank index, up 0.8 percent. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indexes were trading 0.3 per cent and 0.8 percent higher, respectively

Chris Wood hikes exposure to Indian equities

Friday, December 4, 2020
The sharp up move from the March 2020 low in the absence of a meaningful recovery in corporate earnings has made Christopher Wood, global head of equity strategy at Jefferies sound caution against the expensive valuation of the Indian equity market. Yet, he has increased exposure to Indian equities in his Asia Pacific ex-Japan relative-return portfolio by one percentage point. Wood had recently hiked allocation to Indian equities in October 2020. “The Indian stock market is not cheap with the market trading at 21.6x 12-month forward consensus earnings. But the positive point is that the multiple should have a tendency to decline going forward. Jefferies expects over 30 percent earnings growth for the fiscal year 2022 (FY22) and 13.2 percent real GDP growth,” Wood wrote in his latest weekly note to investors, GREED & fear.

RBI kept key interest rates steady

Friday, December 4, 2020
RBI kept key interest rates steady as widely expected today(4th December 2020) amid persistently high inflation but said it will ensure ample liquidity is provided to stressed sectors to keep a nascent economic recovery on track. Its monetary policy committee decided to retain an accommodative policy stance at least for the current financial year and into the next year to revive growth on a durable basis while ensuring that inflation remains within the target, Governor Shaktikanta Das said in an online briefing. Das said the economy was rebounding faster than expected from a coronavirus-induced slump earlier in the year but warned signs of recovery were far from being broad-based. Covid-19 infections are also continuing to climb. Das said MPC members voted unanimously to hold rates and retain the stance. The key lending rate of the RBI or the repo rate was left unchanged at 4 percent while the reverse repo rate or the key borrowing rate stayed at 3.35 percent.

COVID-19 vaccination to be ready as soon as scientists give nod

Friday, December 4, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday while virtually addressing an all-party meeting on COVID-19 situation, said Coronavirus vaccines are expected to be ready in the next few weeks and the government will start vaccinating Indians as soon as the scientists give a nod and declared that healthcare workers involved in treating coronavirus patients, frontline workers and old people suffering from serious conditions would be inoculated on priority. Modi added that the Indian scientists are confident with the work in vaccine development against the novel Coronavirus. Nearly eight vaccines are at different stages of trial like Bharat Biotech-ICMR, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Zydus Cadila, Biological E and Dr Reddy’s with their manufacturing assured in India, Modi said. Three vaccines from India are also at different stages of the trial, he said. Modi also asserted that vaccines will also be the cheapest, hence, other countries are closely monitoring it. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 446.90 points, Nifty at 13258.55

Friday, December 4, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 446.90 points or 1% at 45,079.55, and the Nifty was up 124.60 points or 0.95% at 13,258.50 and Sensex hitting 45,000 for the first time ever after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at 4 per cent. Top gainers were Bharti Airtel, UltraTech Cement, Laren & Toubro, M&M and Hindustan Unilever. ONGC, Bajaj Finserv, and Reliance Industries were top losers in the Sensex pack. About 1483 shares have advanced, 1178 shares declined, and 138 shares are unchanged. Nifty Pharma, Metal, Infra, and Nifty FMCG indexes, gained1 per cent, each. Nifty Bank index rose 2 per cent. Except for Energy, all other sectoral indices ended in the green.BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices added 0.4 per cent each.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 200 points at 44,860 levels and Nifty testing the 13,200-mark

Friday, December 4, 2020
The equity markets in India were trading half a percent higher in today's(4th December 2020) early morning deals ahead of the announcement of the decision of RBI's monetary policy committee. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 200 points, or 0.5 percent, at 44,860 levels and the Nifty50 index was testing the 13,200-mark. Ultratech Cement (up 4%) was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Bharti Airtel, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Larsen & Toubro (all up 1%).

The overdue farm reforms are not something to fear

Thursday, December 3, 2020
While the economy has been partly liberalised since opening up to the world in 1991, the process has largely bypassed the three-fifths of Indians who depend for their livelihoods, directly or indirectly, on farming. In September, the government finally introduced a much-needed set of changes to how agriculture is organised and how produce is sold in India. Now tens of thousands of agitating farmers have marched upon New Delhi in protest. The protests may have less to do with the recent reforms, which allow farmers to enter into direct contracts with purchasers and which eliminate the monopoly government warehouses previously held on the wholesale trade, than those that may becoming. The answer isn’t for the government to reverse course — it’s to go further. Read more

Get investors' consent for winding up schemes:SC to Franklin Templeton

Thursday, December 3, 2020
The Supreme Court today(3rd December 2020) asked Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund to initiate steps within one week for calling a meeting of unitholders to seek their consent for the closure of six mutual fund schemes and said there will be no redemption of units by investors till further orders. The top court also agreed to hear an appeal filed by Franklin Templeton against the Karnataka High Court order which stopped the fund house from winding up its debt fund schemes without the prior consent of the investors. A bench of Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna observed that the issue is big and people wanted a refund. It said that without prejudice to the rights of any party, trustees are allowed to call a meeting of unitholders to seek their consent for approval, and in this regard, steps are taken within a period of one week. Read more

RBI tells HDFC Bank to stop digital launches

Thursday, December 3, 2020
Shares of HDFC Bank was down 2.5 per cent after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has advised the bank to halt all its digital launches as well new sourcing of credit card customers temporarily. The RBI issued the order dated December 2, 2020, to HDFC Bank with regard to certain incidents of outages in the internet banking, mobile banking and payment utilities of the bank over past two years including the recent outages in the bank’s internet banking and payment system on November 21, 2020, due to a power failure in the primary data centre. The order also states that HDFC Bank’s board must examine the lapses and fix accountability. A similar incident took place on December 3, 2019, with customers complaining that they were unable to pay their loan EMIs or settle credit card bills on time Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 14.61 points, Nifty at 13133.90

Thursday, December 3, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 14.61 points or 0.03% at 44,632.65, and the Nifty was up 20.10 points or 0.15% at 13,133.90 amid volatility. Maruti Suzuki India was the top Sensex gainer, followed by State Bank of India, ONGC, and NTPC. Bajaj-Auto, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Power Grid Corporation of India, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys were among top Sensex losers. About 1950 shares have advanced, 905 shares declined, and 166 shares are unchanged.PSU Bank index rose nearly 5 per cent, the metal index added 2 per cent and auto and energy indices rose 1 per cent each. BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices jumped 0.6--0.8 per cent. India VIX cooled off around 5 per cent to 18.95 levels.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 150 points at 44,800 levels and Nifty hovered around 13,160-mark

Thursday, December 3, 2020
The equity markets in India were trading with marginal gains in today's(3rd December 2020) early morning deals after opening at record high levels. Meanwhile, the volatility index, India VIX, cooled off over 7 percent to 18.5 levels. Among individual stocks, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 150 points at 44,800 levels. The index hit an intra-day high of 44,953, also its fresh lifetime high. The Nifty50 index hovered around 13,160-mark. Maruti Suzuki, up 4 percent, was the top Sensex gainer, followed by ONGC, Tata Steel, Larsen & Toubro, and State Bank of India (all up 1 percent). IndiGo, meanwhile, gained 2 percent after the company said it has reached 70 percent of its pre-Covid capacity and is operating 1,000 daily international and domestic flights. All the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the green, led by the Nifty Metal index, up 1 percent.

Ant considers Paytm stake sale Amid tensions between the two Asian neighbours

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Amid tensions between the two Asian neighbours and a toughening competitive landscape, Chinese fintech giant Ant Group is considering selling its 30 percent stake in Indian digital payment processor Paytm according to some sources. Financial details of the possible transaction have not been firmed up and Ant, the Alibaba-backed payments-to-consumer credit behemoth, has not launched a formal sale process yet. Paytm, which is also backed by SoftBank Group Corp among others, was valued at about $16 billion during its latest private fundraising round a year ago. At that valuation, Ant’s stake in the Indian firm is worth about $4.8 billion.

UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine,First COVID-19 vaccine in the world

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Shares of Pfizer gained 5 per cent to Rs 5384.95 after the U.K.country approved a Covid-19 vaccine, with its regulator clearing Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s shot ahead of decisions in the U.S. and European Union. The UK became the first country to approve Covid-19 Vaccine and will be available in Britain from next week, according to a government statement. The British regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), says the jab, which claims to offer up to 95 per cent protection against COVID-19 illness, is safe for rollout. The UK is expected to receive a total of 40 million doses by the end of 2021, enough to vaccinate up to a third of the population, with the majority of doses anticipated in the first half of next year. The vaccine will be manufactured in BioNTech’s German sites, as well as Pfizer’s manufacturing site in Belgium. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 37 points, Nifty at 13113.75

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
At close, Sensex down 37 points or 0.08 per cent lower and closed at 44618.04, and Nifty up 4.7 points, or 0.04 per cent and ended flat at 13113.75 amid high volatility. ONGC was top gainer followed by Asian Paints, Titan Company, Tata Steel, Bajaj-Auto, M&M and Maruti Suzuki. HDFC Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), ICICI Bank and Bajaj Finance contributed the most to the indices’ loss today. About 1573 shares have advanced, 1124 shares declined, and 134 shares are unchanged. The metal index added 2 per cent and auto index gained 1 per cent. While Nifty Bank index fell 1.19 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex 100-odd points down at 44,560 levels and Nifty slipped below the 13,100-mark

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
The Indian markets were trading marginally lower in today's(2nd December 2020) early deals, on the back of mixed global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex was trading 100-odd points down at 44,560 levels and the Nifty50 index slipped below the 13,100-mark. Maruti Suzuki, Asian Paints, Titan, and Bajaj Auto (all up 1%) were the top Sensex gainers. Tata Motors rose over 3 percent after the company's November sales also grew to 49,650 vehicles from 41,124 units in the year-ago period. The trend among Nifty sectoral indices was mixed, with Nifty Pharma and Nifty Auto indexes, both up 1 percent, leading the list of gainers. The broader indices outperformed the benchmarks, with the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices trading 0,3 percent and 0.5 percent higher, respectively.

GST collections up Rs 1 trn for second month straight

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
GST collections surpassed Rs one trillion for the second month straight in November. The mop-up was Rs 192 crore less at Rs 1.049 trillion in November compared to Rs 1.051 trillion in October. This is the straight third month when the collections rose year-on-year. November collections were 1.42 percent higher than the same month of the previous year. That way, the yearly growth came down from 10.25 percent in October and 3.87 percent in September. Collections are mostly for transactions done in October, representing the impact of the festival season.

Indian manufacturing sector on the right path to recovery

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
"The Indian manufacturing sector remained on the right path to recovery, with strong growth of new orders and output sustained during November," Pollyanna De Lima, Economics Associate Director at IHS Markit, said. While all three broad areas of the manufacturing industry recorded expansion, the consumer goods segment led the growth, the only sector to see a stronger rate of increase, the report said. It is believed that the loosening of Covid-19 restrictions, combined with an improvement in market conditions and a pick-up in demand, supported another increase in production, it said. According to the PMI report based on a survey of 500 private sector companies, new export orders expanded at the quickest rate in one year. Read more

ICICI Lombard gains 3 per cent after IRDAI approves acquisition of Bharti AXA General

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Shares of ICICI Lombard General Insurance company gained 3 per cent of Rs. 1499.90 and hit a 52-week high after the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), on Friday approved, in principle, under Section 35 to 37 of the Insurance Act, 1938 the acquisition of the non-life insurance business of Bharti AXA General Insurance Company by ICICI Lombard General Insurance. The deal will create India's third-largest non-life insurance company, with a combined annual premium of ₹ 16,447 crore and a market share of nearly 8.7 per cent. The board of ICICI Lombard had approved the scheme of arrangement at its meeting held on August 21, 2020. Currently, Bharti Enterprises owns 51 per cent in Bharti AXA General. The firm has a joint venture with French firm AXA which owns 49 per cent stake. With the deal with ICICI Lombard in place, Bharti and AXA will be public shareholders in the combined entity. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 505 points, Nifty at 13109.05

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 505.72 points or 1.15% at 44,655.44, and the Nifty was up 140 points or 1.08% at 13,109 boosted by the better than expected GDP data. Sun Pharma was the top Sensex gainer followed by IndusInd Bank, Tech Mahindra, ONGC, Bharti Airtel, Infosys, ICICI Bank and TCS. On the flip side, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Nestle India, Titan Company, Bajaj Finance, HUL and NTPC were among the top losers. About 1869 shares have advanced, 974 shares declined, and 169 shares are unchanged. Except for Nifty FMCG index, all the sectoral indices ended in the positive territory, led by Nifty PSU Bank, and Nifty IT index gaining 3 per cent.BSE MidCap index gained 0.94 per cent while the BSE SmallCap index gained 0.82 per cent. About 1869 shares have advanced, 974 shares declined, and 169 shares are unchanged. India VIX slipped 0.23 per cent to 19.7 levels.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 200 points at 44,350 level and Nifty hovered above the 13,000-mark

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
The Indian benchmark indices were trading nearly half a percent higher today(1st December 2020), amid mixed global cues. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 200 points at the 44,350 level and the Nifty50 index hovered above the 13,000-mark. Ultratech Cement (up 3%) was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Infosys, Sun Pharma Powergrid, and Bajaj Auto (all up 1%). The trend among Nifty sectoral indices was mixed, with the Nifty Pharma index, up 1 percent, leading the list of gainers. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading half a percent higher, each.

Burger King enters IPO to open on December 2

Friday, November 27, 2020
A quick-service restaurant chain Burger King India enters into the initial public offering (IPO) which will open on December 2, for three days. The US-based fast-food major’s India unit has set the price band for the IPO at Rs 59-60 per share in a lot size of 250 shares and multiples thereafter. Burger King aims to raise Rs 810 crore through the issue which comprises a fresh issue of shares worth Rs 450 crore, and an offer for sale of up to 60 million shares by promoter entity QSR Asia Pte Ltd worth Rs 360 crore, at the upper end of the price band. The company would utilise fresh issue proceeds for funding roll-out of new company-owned Burger King Restaurants and general corporate purposes. The company had undertaken a pre-IPO placement, by way of the rights issue, of Rs 58.08 crore at a price of Rs 44 per share to a promoter and preferential allotment of Rs 91.92 crore at a price of Rs 58.50 per share. Read more

Some counters which have underperformed the market amid this rally

Friday, November 27, 2020
The stock market has witnessed a stellar rebound as the benchmark indices have zoomed over 70 percent from their respective March lows. Today (27th November 2020)At 01:44 PM, the S&P BSE Sensex was trading at 44,251 levels while NSE's Nifty was just shy of the crucial level of 13,000. However, amid this market rally, there have been few counters which have underperformed the market. Here are some of the underperformers and what can be the trading strategy. Canara Bank (CANBK): For the first time after July 2019, this counter crossed the 200-day moving average (DMA) on Friday. The overall trend looks promising as the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) is holding ground above the zero lines. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 110 points, Nifty at 12968.95

Friday, November 27, 2020
At close, the Sensex was down 110.02 points or 0.25% at 44,149.72, and the Nifty was down 18 points or 0.14% at 12,969 ahead of the release of gross domestic product (GDP) numbers for the second quarter of the current fiscal. Top Sensex gainers were Asian Paints, Bajaj Auto, Tech Mahindra, and IndusInd Bank. While losers include Nestle India, Power Grid, ONGC, and HCL Tech. About 1717 shares have advanced, 1039 shares declined, and 172 shares are unchanged. Auto and PSU bank indices gained 1 per cent each. Selling seen in the infra, IT and energy stocks.BSE Midcaps and Smallcap indices rose 2 per cent each.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 70 points at 44,330 levels and Nifty hovered around the 13,000-mark

Friday, November 27, 2020
The equity markets in India were trading flat with a positive bias in today's( 27th November 2020) early deals, on the back of mixed global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex was up 70 points at 44,330 levels and the Nifty50 index hovered around the 13,000-mark. NTPC (up 2%) was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Asian Paints, Maruti Suzuki, and Nestle India (all up 1%). Nearly all the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the green, led by the Nifty Auto index, up 1 percent.

Laurus Labs gains 5% as it buys 72.55% stake in Richcore Lifesciences

Thursday, November 26, 2020
Shares of Indian drugmaker Laurus Labs rose 5 per cent to Rs 298.80 on the BSE on Thursday after the company said it has signed definitive agreement to acquire a 72.55 per cent stake in Bengaluru-based Richcore Lifesciences from Eight Roads Ventures and VenturEast Pvt Ltd for ₹247 crores. Richcore, a biotech company based in Bengaluru, with advanced R&D and manufacturing facilities, develops products critical for biological drugs. Richcore also helps its global customers develop and scale-up their bioprocesses by providing contract research, development, and manufacturing services.“This acquisition marks Laurus Labs’ entry into the broader biologics and biotechnology segments, providing the company access to its high growth areas, globally and in India," Laurus Labs said. With this acquisition, Laurus adds a fourth revenue stream to its three existing divisions — API, formulations and synthesis. Read more

Crude price rally to benefit Indian equities

Thursday, November 26, 2020
The Indian equity markets corrected yesterday(25th November 2020) after hitting a lifetime high earlier in the day. The benchmark Nifty50 index ended with losses of around 200 points, the biggest one-day fall in nearly a month. This sharp reversal was attributed to a rally in crude oil prices. On Wednesday, Brent crude price hit an eight-month high of $48 to a barrel as traders bet on a faster-than-expected recovery in energy demand and a likely production cut by members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and Russia later this month. Some analysts believe higher crude oil prices could significantly increase India’s energy import bill creating pressure on the current account balance, apart from raising input costs for companies in sectors ranging from metals and mining, chemicals, paints, personal care, cement, petrochemical, plastics, and agro-chemicals. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 432 points, Nifty at 12987.00

Thursday, November 26, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 431.64 points or 0.98% at 44,259.74, and the Nifty was up 128.60 points or 1.00% at 12,987. Mahindra & Mahindra, L&T, Bajaj Auto, and Titan were among major gainers on the Sensex pack. IndusInd Bank, SBI, TCS were the top drags. About 1726 shares have advanced, 986 shares declined, and 179 shares are unchanged. The metal index gained nearly 4 per cent and Nifty Bank and Pharma indices gained 1 per cent each.VIX dropped nearly 13.5 per cent to 20 levels.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex hovered around 43,840 levels and Nifty held the 12,850 mark

Thursday, November 26, 2020
The markets in India were trading flat with a positive bias, on the back of mixed global cues, in today's(26th November 2020) early deals ahead of the expiry of November series derivative contracts. The S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 43,840 levels and the Nifty50 index held the 12,850. Larsen & Toubro, Bajaj Auto, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Titan (all up 1%) were the top Sensex gainers, Siemens, meanwhile, rose 6 percent after announcing its September quarter results. The trend among Nifty sectoral indices was mixed, with the Nifty Pharma index, up 0.9 percent, leading the list of gainers.

Dalal St Selloff: Investors lost Rs 2 lakh crore

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Benchmark indices took a beating after hitting record highs earlier today, led by across the board selling. Indices fell ahead of the monthly settlement of futures and options contracts on Thursday. By the close, Indian investors had lost nearly Rs 2.26 lakh crore in wealth, with shares of the three most valuable companies seeing m-cap erosion of Rs 39,581 crore. IT and banking stocks were hit badly. 211 stocks hit their lower circuit limits. Select midcaps fell up to 7 percent. Read more

Economic activity up on pent-up demand: Icra

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
The acceleration in economic activity in October is the result of pent-up demand and may not sustain going ahead, domestic rating agency Icra said yesterday(24th Nov.2020). Multiple fast-paced indicators, including GST collections, have been showing a sharp recovery since October, which has also led many analysts to revise their overall GDP forecasts for the fiscal. "We caution that the spikes in production seen in the various sectors in October 2020 are an exaggeration of the true recovery on the ground, as they have been driven by a large component of pent-up demand that may not sustain after the festive period is over," the agency's report. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex hit a fresh lifetime high of 44,825 while Nifty surpassed the 13,100-mark

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
The Indian markets extended their record-breaking run today(25th November 2020) on the back of favourable global cues. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex rose 250 points to hit a fresh lifetime high of 44,825 while the Nifty50 index surpassed the 13,100-mark. ONGC (up 5%) was the top Sensex gainer, followed by State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Tata Steel, and Axis Bank (all up 1%). Meanwhile, HDFC Bank joined the elite club of Rs 8-trillion market capitalization (market-cap) on the BSE, after its share price hit a new high of Rs 1,464 after rising nearly 2 percent today. The majority of the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the green, led by the Nifty Bank index, which rose 1.2 percent to an over a 9-month high while surpassing the level of 30,000. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading 0.12 percent and 0.3 percent higher, respectively.

Winning bidder for BPCL can bank on its revenue to recover the cost of acquisition

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
The crunch in tax revenues as a result of the pandemic has made privatisation an imperative rather than just a strategy for the Narendra Modi government. At the forefront of this move are Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and Air India. Unlike the latter, the oil refining and marketing major is a revenue churner for the government rather than a drain on its finances. Nonetheless, the Union finance ministry’s silence around the submission of expressions of interest (EoIs) for BPCL casts doubts on whether the interested parties are good enough for handing over a public jewel. Read more

Nifty at 13,000-mark and Sensex at record peak: Is it time to book profits?

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
The rally of Indian equities reached a new high today(24th November 2020) when the Nifty50 index surpassed the 13,000-mark for the first time ever. The S&P BSE Sensex, meanwhile, kissed the 44,500-mark in intra-day deals. A cocktail of better-than-expected earnings, improved Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection, better macro-data, and progress in Covid-19 vaccine development have pushed the markets to their peaks, analysts say. That said, while the markets look poised for a sustained uptrend, investors may consider profit-booking gradually, according to some analysts. Four virus-vaccines – one each by Pfizer and BioNTech; AstraZeneca and Oxford; Sputnik V; and Moderna Inc – have shown over 90 percent efficacy. The development, analysts say, will trigger rallies in the beaten-down and cyclical stocks, while starting the cycle of economic recovery. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 446 points, Nifty at 13055.15

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 445.87 points or 1.01% at 44,523.02, and the Nifty up 128.70 points or 1.00% at 13,055.20 amid across-the-board buying. HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Reliance Industries Ltd, Axis Bank and ITC contributed to the Sensex gains. On the flip side, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Titan Company, Nestle India, Bharti Airtel, ONGC and Bajaj Finance were among index drags. About 1603 shares have advanced, 1167 shares declined, and 175 shares are unchanged. Nifty Bank index, up 2.46 per cent.while auto, metal and pharma indices rose 1 per cent each. India VIX gained over a per cent to 21.05 levels. The BSE MidCap index ended 0.58 per cent higher while the BSE SmallCap index gained 0.89 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 300 points at 44,380 levels and Nifty hit 13,000 mark for the first time ever

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
The Indian benchmark indices logged their respective fresh lifetime highs today(24th November 2020), on the back of favourable global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 300 points at 44,380 levels and the broader Nifty50 index hit the psychological level of 13,000 for the first time ever. Maruti Suzuki gained 2 percent and was the top Sensex gainer. Besides, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, Larsen & Toubro, ICICI Bank, and Mahindra & Mahindra also gained 1 percent, each. All the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the green, led by the Nifty Bank index, up 1.3 percent.

Motherson Sumi share price up 5 per cent after company restructured its five year plan

Monday, November 23, 2020
Shares of Motherson Sumi Systems (MSSL) gained 5 per cent to Rs 146.30 on the BSE in the intra-day trade on Monday and is near to 52 weeks high after the company outlined its next five-year plan, Vision 2025, with ambitious revenue and returns targets. At the analyst meeting, Vision 2025 was emphasized with a target of $36bn revenue in 2024-25 with 40 per cent ROCE, and additional focus on diversifying into new industries, with 75 per cent of revenues from the automotive industry and 25 per cent from new divisions. Other ambitions outlined included expanding into new divisions like medical, aerospace, logistics and IT and also 40 per cent consolidated dividend payout ratio. The analysts had given a different opinion about Motherson Sumi Systems. Motilal Oswal Financial Services has recommended buying the stock as restructuring will help the company shape up for the next phase of growth. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 195 points, Nifty at 12926.45

Monday, November 23, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 194.90 points or 0.44% at 44,077.15, and the Nifty was up 67.50 points or 0.52% at 12,926.50 mainly led by buying in IT stocks and Reliance Industries Ltd. ONGC shares were the top Sensex gainer, followed by IndusInd Bank, Infosys, Tech Mahindra, RIL, Tata Consultancy Services and HCL Tech. On the flip side, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Titan Company, SBI and Bharti Airtel ended in the negative note. About 1636 shares have advanced, 1133 shares declined, and 178 shares are unchanged. India VIX gained over 6 per cent to 20.8 levels. Nifty IT index and energy gained 2.8 per cent, while Nifty Financial Services index settled 1.07 per cent down. Except for banks, other indices ended in the green.BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices rose 1 per cent each.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex hovered around 43,880 levels and Nifty gave up 12,950 level

Monday, November 23, 2020
The equity markets in India pared all gains and were trading flat in today's(23rd November 2020) early deals, dragged largely by financials. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 43,880 levels. The index had risen as high as 44,271, earlier in the day. The Nifty50 index also gave up 12,950. Reliance Industries gained over 3 percent in early deals after the Competition Commission of India cleared RIL's bid to buy Future group's retail, wholesale, and logistics assets amid a legal battle with Amazon. Besides, Bajaj Finserv and IndusInd Bank rose 3 percent each and were among the top Sensex gainers. All the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the green, led by the Nifty Metal index, up 1 percent. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading 0.7 percent higher, each.

Spicejet shares gains 14 per cent after Boeing 737 MAX gets US FAA nod

Thursday, November 19, 2020
Shares of budget airline SpiceJet gained as much as 13.6 % to hit a high of Rs 75.4 on the BSE on Thursday after the US Federal Aviation Administration gave clearance to fly Boeing 737 Max aircraft after two-years of grounding. The clearance was announced after a "comprehensive and methodical" 20-month review process, the regulator said. The regulators also said the clearance would not allow the plane to "return immediately" to the skies as the existing aircraft will need to be modified before going back into service, with changes to their design and will be ready to return to operations by the first quarter of 2021. With 13 of these aircraft grounded, SpiceJet has been in talks with Boeing for claims. In the second quarter, the airline has recognised Rs 138 crore of these claims as other income."SpiceJet can also receive compensation from Boeing for the 737 Max grounding, which could be in the range of Rs 1,000-1,200 crore," HSBC Global Research had said in a note on Wednesday. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 580 points, Nifty at 12771.70

Thursday, November 19, 2020
At close, the Sensex was down 580.09 points or 1.31% at 43,599.96, and the Nifty was down 166.60 points or 1.29% at 12,771.70. Top gainers were TCS, Bajaj Finserv, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Powergrid, and Reliance Industries. While losers include SBI, ICICI Bank, JSW Steel and Axis Bank. About 1179 shares have advanced, 1384 shares declined, and 156 shares are unchanged. Nifty Bank index down 3 per cent, while Infra and IT indices fell 1 per cent each. Energy and FMCG indices ended in the green.BSE SmallCap index was trading 0.1 per cent lower and BSE MidCap index was down 0.7 per cent

Lakshmi Vilas Bank under Moratorium by RBI

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Shares of Lakshmi Vilas Bank was locked in 20 per cent lower circuit in the early trade on November 18 after Reserve bank of India has the Bank under a moratorium with effect from November 17 6 pm till December 16, 2020, and capped deposit withdrawals by customers to Rs 25,000. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in the draft scheme of amalgamation has said that the shares or debentures of the Lakshmi Vilas Bank, listed in any stock exchange shall stand delisted upon the merger with DBS Bank India “On and from the appointed date, the entire amount of the paid-up share capital and reserves and surplus, including the balances in the share/securities premium account of the transferor bank, shall stand written off,” the draft scheme said. In this merger shareholder of LVB will not get any benefit, After looking at continuous withdrawal of deposits, erosion of net worth, and escalation asset quality issues RBI took the right step to prevent interest of depositor and financials market. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 227.34 points, Nifty at 12938.25

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 227.34 points or 0.52% at 44180.05, and the Nifty was up 64.10 points or 0.50% at 12938.30 for the third straight session on November 18 supported by the auto and financial stocks. M&M, L&T, Bajaj Finserv and IndusInd Bank were the top Sensex-gainers. While losers included BPCL, HUL, Dr Reddy’s Labs, ITC and Titan Company. About 1496 shares have advanced, 1100 shares declined, and 153 shares are unchanged. Nifty Bank index and Nifty PSU Bank index, up nearly 3 per cent each,.BSE MidCap index was up 1 per cent and the BSE SmallCap index was, up 0.8 per cent. Selling seen in the FMCG, IT and pharma names.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Shares Fall 5% After Govt receives EoI for divestment

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Shares of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) declined 5 per cent to ₹ 392.35 apiece on the BSE in the intra-day trade on Tuesday after the government said it received multiple bids for privatisation of the country's second-largest fuel retailer. In the past one-month oil marketing company BPCL share has surged 27 per cent. The sale is crucial for the government in order to meet its disinvestment target of Rs 2.1 trillion for the current fiscal year. The government has not revealed the number of bidders. The transaction advisors for the sale of government 52.98 per cent stake in Bharat Petroleum which is worth ₹ 47,430 crores have reported receiving "multiple expressions of interest", Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey said. Strategic disinvestment of BPCL progresses, Now moves to the second stage after multiple expressions of interest have been received," Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Twitter.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 314.73 points, Nifty at 12874.20

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 314.73 points or 0.72% at 43,952.71, and the Nifty was up 93.90 points or 0.73% at 12,874.20 led by buying in financial counters Tata Steel, RIL, Bharti Airtel and HDFC Bank were top Sensex gainers, while HCL Technologies, BPCL, Hero MotoCorp, and ITC were top losers. About 1443 shares have advanced, 1181 shares declined, and 146 shares are unchanged. Nifty Metal and Nifty Bank indices rose over 2 per cent each. BSE midcaps outperform. India VIX was up over 2%. Selling seen in the energy, pharma and IT stocks.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex hit a new record high of 44,161 level and Nifty hit new high of 12,934

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Indian equity indices hit scaled fresh lifetime highs today(17th November 2020) as positive news from Moderna Inc, that its Covid-19 vaccine has a 94.5 percent efficacy rate, boosted investor sentiment. Indices surpassed their previous highs touched on November 14 during the special one-hour Muhurat Trading. Among frontline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex hit a new record high of 44,161 levels in the opening deals, surpassing the previous high of 43,830.93 level. It was, however, later trading around 43,938 levels, up 300 points or 0.7 percent. Tata Steel (up 4 percent), State Bank of India and Bharti Airtel (up 2 percent each), and Reliance Industries (up 1 percent) were the top gainers on the 30-share index. The broader Nifty50, meanwhile, hit a new high of 12,934, but later retreated to 12,882 levels, up 100 points. The index surpassed the previous lifetime high of 12,828.7. Read more

Eicher Motors gains 9 per cent, hits 52-week record high

Friday, November 13, 2020
Shares of Eicher Motors Ltd., the owner of Royal Enfield, hit a fresh 52-week high of Rs 2,574 up 9 per cent on the BSE on Friday after the automaker declared its September quarter results..Eicher Motors on November 12 reported a 40 per cent decline in consolidated net profit at Rs 343.34 crore in the second quarter ended September 30. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 572.69 crore in the corresponding quarter last fiscal, Eicher Motors said in a regulatory filing. For the July-September quarter (Q2FY21), Eicher Motors’ total revenue from operations declined 3 per cent year-on-year (YoY) at Rs 2,134 crore as compared to Rs 2,192 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal, due to a drop in volumes. The management said production levels are at 70,000 units/month now, while bookings number were encouraging at 1.25 lakh units, including 8,000 units for newly-launched Meteor. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 86 points, Nifty at 12719.95

Friday, November 13, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 86 points or 0.20 % at 43443.00, and the Nifty was up 29 points or 0.23% at 12719.95 ahead of Muhurat trading. Bajaj Finserv, Tata Steel, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Bajaj Finance and SBI were major gainers in the sensex pack, while losers include L&T, HDFC, HDFC Bank, Bharti Airtel, Tech Mahindra and M&M. The MidCap index rose 0.86 per cent to 15,876 levels while the SmallCap index advanced over 1 per cent to 15,639 points. Nifty FMCG, and Nifty Media settled in the green, rest of the indices ended in the red. India VIX fell over 4% to close below the 20 points mark. Markets will open for one hour on Saturday, November 14 for the auspicious "Muhurat Trading session, which will start at 06:15 pm and end at 07:15 PM

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex fell 210 points to 43,150 levels and Nifty gave up the 12,650 level

Friday, November 13, 2020
The markets in India were trading with half a percent cut amid weak global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex fell 210 points, or 0.5 percent, to 43,150 levels and the broader Nifty50 index gave up the 12,650 level. IndusInd Bank and Larsen & Toubro (both down 2%) were the top Sensex losers. On the other hand, Titan, Asian Paints, and Reliance Industries gained 1 percent, each. Meanwhile, Eicher Motors rose 3 percent after announcing its September quarter results. The trend among Nifty sectoral indices was largely negative, with the Nifty Bank index and Nifty Metal index down over percent, each. Five hundred and four companies including ONGC, Tata Steel, Eveready Industries, and Future Retail are set to declare their results today.

Moody's raises India's 2020 GDP forecast to -8.9 from -9.6%

Thursday, November 12, 2020
Moody's today(12th November 2020) raised India's GDP forecast for the calendar year 2020 upwards to -8.9 percent contraction from -9.6 percent contraction forecast earlier. Similarly, India's GDP forecast for the calendar year 2021 has been revised upwards to 8.6 percent from 8.1 percent projected earlier. The report released by Moody's Investors Service attributed the reason behind better growth to the falling of coronavirus cases in the country. "The test positivity rate has fallen below 5 percent in India and below 10 percent in South Africa. Fatality rates have also steadily declined in most emerging market countries, similar to the trends in advanced economies. If these trends are sustained, greater mobility and social interactions will be likely over time. In addition, the development and dissemination of a vaccine will make the pandemic itself a less important macro factor in 2021 and 2022," the report stated. Read more

Nifty may touch 14,100 by December 2021

Thursday, November 12, 2020
Global brokerage firm Goldman Sachs and Nomura in a report dated November 11, has pegged Nifty50 target at 14,100 by December 2021and will be up 11 per cent from the current levels raising Indian Market as overweight on the back of strong capital flows. The reversal comes with foreign brokerages saying that earnings are likely to continue improving for the next two years after the sharp fall this year and a global recovery from the pandemic that jolted equity markets earlier this year. The foreign brokerage firm also highlighted that the market sentiment is high due to positive reports about the coronavirus vaccine. Nifty 50 has managed to chart its way to make fresh all-time highs repeatedly over the last few days. Goldman Sachs’ new target would see Nifty go another 11% from its current record high of 12,769 points. “We think the investment case for India has improved now, and upgrade it back to overweight,” Goldman Sachs said in a note. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 236.48 points, Nifty at 12690.80

Thursday, November 12, 2020
At close, the Sensex was down 236.48 points or 0.54% at 43357.19, and the Nifty was down 58.40 points or 0.46% at 12690.80 even as FM Nirmala Sitharaman announced 12 measures under 'AtmanirbharBharat 3.0. SBI was the top loser followed by Kotak Mahindra Bank, IndusInd Bank, and ICICI Bank. While HUL, ITC, and L&T were top gainers. About 1531 shares have advanced, 1117 shares declined, and 185 shares are unchanged. Bank and metal other indices ended in the green. BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices rose 0.5 and 1.2 per cent each. India VIX was down over 6% on Thursday.

Sensex fell 100 points to 43,520 levels and Nifty overed around 12,710 marks

Thursday, November 12, 2020
The equity markets in India were trading marginally lower, amid mixed global cues, today (12th November 2020). A Reuters report said that the Centre is likely to unveil another stimulus package of about $20 billion this week focusing on stressed sectors, middle-income groups in urban and rural areas, and employment generation before Diwali. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex fell 100 points to 43,520 levels and the Nifty50 index hovered around 12,710 marks. HDFC, Kotak Mahindra Bank, IndusInd Bank, and ICICI Bank were all trading 1 percent down. On the other hand, M&M and Titan gained 2 and 1 percent, respectively. The trend among Nifty sectoral indices was mixed, with the Nifty IT index, up 1 percent, leading the list of gainers. Eight hundred and eight companies including Eicher Motors, IRCTC, and Jubilant FoodWorks are set to declare their quarterly earnings today.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 316 points, Nifty at 12749.15

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 316.02 points or 0.73% at 43593.67, and the Nifty was up 118.10 points or 0.93% at 12749.20 for eight-day amid broad-based buying seen in metal, pharma and auto sector. Tata steel was the major gainer followed by Axis Bank, Bajaj Finserv, and ITC. While Reliance was the top loser followed by IndusInd Bank, Titan Company, Asian Paints and Britannia Industries. About 1326 shares have advanced, 1196 shares declined, and 168 shares are unchanged. Except for Nifty PSU Bank index, other sectoral indices ended higher. The metal and pharma rose over 3 per cent each.

Pfizer surges 19% as parent's Covid vaccine trial success

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Shares of Pfizer gained 20 per cent on Tuesday and touched a record high of Rs.5900 a piece after its parent company Pfizer Inc said that its Covid-19 vaccine was more than 90 per cent effective, based on initial trial results. Pfizer and German partner BioNTech said they had found no serious safety concerns yet and expected to seek US emergency use authorization this month, raising the chance of a regulatory decision as soon as December, an announcement that triggered hopes worldwide. The trial will continue through a final analysis at 164 confirmed cases. The trial has enrolled 43,538 participants to date, and of these, 38,955 had received a second dose as of November 8. If permission granted, the two companies estimate they can roll out up to 50 million doses this year, enough to protect 25 million people, and then produce up to 1.3 billion doses in 2021. This announcement has cheered the world market on hopes of Covid vaccine. Read more

Bihar election result 2020:UPDATE

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
According to the latest trends, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) — the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Janata Dal (United, — is set to retain power in Bihar. The BJP is leading in 72 seats, while Nitish Kumar's JD(U) is ahead in 49 Assembly constituencies. If these trends hold, the NDA should be able to get past the magic figure of 122 in the 243-member House. Meanwhile, in the Mahagathbandhan fold, the Tejashwi Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is ahead in 66 seats and the Congress in 21. The counting of votes, which began at 8 am, is likely to continue late into the evening because of a staggering increase in the number of EVMs on account of the coronavirus pandemic. So far, 50 percent of the votes have been counted, according to the Election Commission of India. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 680.22 points, Nifty at 12631.10

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 680.22 points or 1.60% at 43277.65, and the Nifty was up 170.10 points or 1.37% at 12631.10 on coronavirus vaccine hopes. Bajaj Finance and IndusInd Bank were top gainers followed by L&T, Bajaj Finserv and HDFC. Tech Mahindra, HCL Technologies, and Infosys were the top losers. About 1203 shares have advanced, 1457 shares declined, and 172 shares are unchanged. The BSE MidCap index ended 0.10 per cent lower while the BSE SmallCap index was down 0.48 per cent. Nifty IT was down 3.8 per cent, Nifty Pharma was down 4.3 per cent While Nifty Bank was up 3.9 per cent and Nifty Infra up 2 per cent.

India's exports show signs of improvement

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
India's exports grew 22.47 per cent year-on-year to $6.75 billion in the first week of November, Showing signs of improvement, mainly driven by healthy growth in pharmaceuticals, gems and jewellery and engineering sectors, an official said today(10th November 2020). The exports during the first week of November last year was $5.51 billion. Imports in November (1st - 7th) this year too increased by 13.64 percent year-on-year to $9.30 billion as against $8.19 billion, the official said. Imports, excluding petroleum, jumped 23.37 percent during the week, the official added. The trade deficit during the week stood at $2.55 billion. Exports of pharmaceuticals, and gems and jewelry grew 32 per cent to $139.12 million and 88.8 per cent to $3,360.71 million, respectively. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 100 points at 42,700 levels and Nifty topped the 12,500-mark

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
The markets in India were trading at record high levels for the second consecutive day today(10th November 2020) after Pfizer said its experimental Covid-19 vaccine was more than 90 percent effective based on initial trial results. Among benchmarks, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 100 points at 42,700 levels and the Nifty50 index topped the 12,500-mark. HDFC, ICICI Bank, Larsen & Toubro, and State Bank of India were all up 2 percent each. Meanwhile, Pfizer zoomed 19 percent in early deals on the Covid vaccine-related development. The Nifty sectoral indices were mixed, with gains in the Nifty Bank index, up 1.5 percent, being offset by the Nifty IT index, down 2 percent. Five hundred and thirty-five companies including GAIL India, Mahindra & Mahindra, Hindalco Industries, and Tata Power are scheduled to announce their quarterly earnings today.

India looks to rural sector to rescue virus-ravaged economy

Monday, November 9, 2020
India’s economy suffered badly by the pandemic is drawing energy from one of its rather unexpected engines: farmers. Business leaders, policymakers, and politicians alike are pinning hopes on the rural sector as bountiful rains have set the stage for another year of record crops. Higher disposable incomes with farmers are expected to boost demand from automobile to cement to gold jewelry. That contrasts with the urban areas, where companies are still struggling to boost their sales following the pandemic that has hit business activities, hurt demand, and caused labor shortage. The adverse impact of the world’s strictest lockdown in March continues to haunt, but the hinterland is holding out hope. Read more

Divi's Lab hits record high after Q2 result

Monday, November 9, 2020
Shares of The Hyderabad-based company Divi's Laboratories hit a record high of Rs 3,463, up 7 per cent on the BSE on Monday after the company reported a strong 45.6 per cent year-on-year (YoY) jump in its net profit at Rs 520 crore mainly on account of robust sales. It had reported a profit of Rs 356.78 crore for the corresponding quarter last year. The company reported a 21% year-on-year rise in revenue at Rs 1,749.3 crore in the quarter ended September, according to an exchange filing. Consolidated total income of the company stood at Rs 1,762.94 crore for the quarter under consideration. It was Rs 1,492.60 crore for the same period a year ago, it added. For the current quarter, Divi’s Labs witnessed a forex loss of Rs 16 crore against a gain of Rs 13 crore. Global research firm Jefferies has upgraded the stock to buy and has raised the target to Rs 3,772 from Rs 3,159 per share. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex jumps 704 points, Nifty at 12461.05

Monday, November 9, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 704.37 points or 1.68% at 42597.43, and the Nifty was up 197.50 points or 1.61% at 12461 for the sixth consecutive session and closed at the record high levels on November 9 supported by the positive global cues.ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Infosys, and Reliance Industries (RIL) were the major contributors to the Sensex's pack, While ITC, Maruti Suzuki, and Bajaj Finserv were the top losers. About 1479 shares have advanced, 1155 shares declined, and 181 shares are unchanged. Bank and energy sector gained 2 per cent. Other sectoral indices ended in the green. The BSE MidCap index gained 1 per cent and the BSE SmallCap added 0.57 per cent.

New US govt expected to lower rhetoric on China but continue to stand firm against Beijing’s aggression

Monday, November 9, 2020
The new Joe Biden administration is expected to lower the rhetoric on China but continues to deal firmly against Beijing’s aggression including backing India amid the ongoing tensions at the friction points along the Line of Actual Control. The Biden administration is widely expected to reduce the temperature in the public domain against China in contrast to the Trump regime but continues to deal firmly against Beijing’s aggression, including human rights violations, according to sources. In fact, days ahead of the polls, Biden himself had indicated strong support to safeguard India’s territorial integrity. “The Obama-Biden years were some of the best we’ve ever had between our two countries…We can and should be natural allies. That’s why if elected President, I will continue what I have long called for: Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex surged over 600 points to as high as 42,534 and Nifty hit 12,445.2

Monday, November 9, 2020
The Indian benchmark indices hit their respective fresh lifetime highs after making a firm start today(9th November 2020) as clarity emerged on the US presidential polls front. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex surged over 600 points to as high as 42,534 and the Nifty50 index hit 12,445.2, surpassing their previous record highs of 42,273.87 and 12,430.5, respectively, hit in January 2020. ICICI Bank, Infosys, HCL Tech, and Powergrid rose 2 percent each and were the top Sensex gainers. All the BSE constituents were trading in the green. The Nifty sectoral indices were also painted green, led by gains in the Nifty Bank index, up 1.6 percent. Two hundred and fifty-three companies, including Equitas Small Finance Bank, IndiaMART InterMESH, and JK Cement, are set to announce their September quarter earnings today.

Payments on WhatsApp go live in India

Friday, November 6, 2020
WhatsApp pay owned by Facebook Mr. Zuckerberg can go live from Nov 5th using the homegrown, multibank Unified Payments Interface, its operator the National Payments Corporation of India said in a statement Thursday. While introducing a 30 per cent cap on the number of UPI transactions that can be processed by third-party apps like Google Pay, PhonePe and others. Also, payments are available now in 10 Indian regional language versions of the platform. The two decisions have the potential to change India’s digital payments landscape. While WhatsApp, which had one million people using its beta app, can extend the payments service to another 19 million users, the 30 per cent cap will provide a level playing field and prevent a monopoly from getting created on the UPI space. Read more

RBI Dy Governor calls for tighter regulations for large NBFCs

Friday, November 6, 2020
Newly-appointed deputy governor M Rajeshwar Rao today (6th November 2020) said larger non-banking finance companies (NBFC) should be regulated as strictly as banks in order to preserve financial stability, at the same time letting the other NBFCs enjoy the light-touch regulation for the sector. The sector can expect to witness a graded regulatory framework for NBFCs "calibrated in relation to their contribution to systemic significance.” This may include having a relook on the regulation of microfinance institutions, and curtailing the regulatory arbitrage enjoyed by certain NBFCs that are neither too big to cause systemic instability, nor small enough to be ignored. "NBFCs with significant externalities and which contribute substantially to systemic risks must be identified and subjected to a higher degree of regulation. One can also argue that the design of a prudential regulatory framework for such NBFCs can be Read more

US Presidential Election results 2020: Update

Friday, November 6, 2020
Democratic party nominee Joe Biden is now racing ahead of US President Donald Trump in key states like Georgia and managed to narrow the gap in Pennsylvania. He continues to lead in Arizona and Nevada. Going by the current trend, the US elections 2020 appears to be inching closer toward the outcome. A candidate needs to win 270 electoral votes to capture the US presidency. While no winner has been declared yet and the results from key states are trickling in for one of the most bitterly fought elections in US history. In Michigan, the Trump campaign had sought to stop the counting of absentee ballots, while in Georgia it has alleged that even improper ballots are being counted. Yesterday(5th November 2020), America witnessed a range of protests from both pro-Trump and anti-Trump groups. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 552 points, Nifty at 12263.55

Friday, November 6, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 552.90 points or 1.34% at 41893.06, and the Nifty was up 143.20 points or 1.18% at 12263.50 for 5th day lifted mainly by index heavyweight Reliance Industries and financials.RIL was the top Sensex gainer, followed by NTPC, Bajaj-Auto, SBI, HDFC, M&M, ONGC, Bajaj Finsv and Maruti Suzuki. On the flip side, Tech Mahindra, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Nestle India, Infosys and TCS were among top Sensex losers. About 1478 shares have advanced, 1106 shares declined, and 186 shares are unchanged. Nifty Financials index, up 0.8 per cent. Among sectors, buying seen in the bank, energy, IT and metal sectors, while FMCG and Pharma remained under pressure. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indexes were up 0.6 per cent, each.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 300 points at 41,650 levels and Nifty topped the 12,200-mark

Friday, November 6, 2020
The equity markets in Indian were trading firm today's(6th November 2020) early deals, up over half a percent, amid mixed global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 300 points at 41,650 levels and the Nifty50 index topped the 12,200-mark. Reliance Industries was up 2 percent after the conglomerate said that Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund will invest Rs 9,555 crore for a 2.04 percent equity stake in Reliance Retail. Besides, Bajaj Finserv and HDFC were also up 1 percent each. The Nifty sectoral indices were trading mixed. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indexes were up 0.6 percent, each. Two hundred and nineteen companies including ITC, Cipla, Ashok Leyland, and Bank of India are scheduled to declare their quarterly earnings today. Read more

India-made COVID-19 vaccine could be launched by February?

Thursday, November 5, 2020
An Indian government-backed COVID-19 vaccine could be launched as early as February as last-stage trials begin this month and studies have so far shown it is safe and effective, according to sources. Bharat Biotech, a private company that is developing COVAXIN with the government-run Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), had earlier hoped to launch it only in the second quarter of next year. "The vaccine has shown good efficacy," senior ICMR scientist Rajni Kant, who is also a member of its COVID-19 task-force, said at the research body's New Delhi headquarters on 5th November 2020.. "It is expected that by the beginning of next year, February or March, something would be available." A launch in February would make COVAXIN the first India-made vaccine to be rolled out. Read more

When we might know US election results

Thursday, November 5, 2020
As of 4:50 p.m. on 4th November, six states that will decide the next president remained uncalled, as did a handful of Senate races that will determine who controls the chamber. In the presidential race, as of 4:50 p.m. Eastern time, it is not yet known who won Alaska (3 electoral votes), Arizona (11), Georgia (16), Nevada (6), North Carolina (15), or Pennsylvania (20). With three new calls — Michigan and Wisconsin for Joseph R. Biden Jr., and Maine’s Second Congressional District for President Trump — Mr. Biden has 253 confirmed electoral votes and would need 17 more to win. President Trump has 214 confirmed electoral votes and would need 56 more to win. Five Senate races were uncalled in four states: Alaska, Georgia, Michigan, and North Carolina. A sixth race, in Maine, was called Wednesday afternoon for the Republican incumbent, Senator Susan Collins. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex jumps 724 points, Nifty at 12120.30

Thursday, November 5, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 724.02 points or 1.78% at 41340.16, and the Nifty was up 211.80 points or 1.78% at 12120.30 due to-the-board buying and favourable global cues as Democrat candidate Joe Biden inched closer to the win in the US Presidential Elections 2020 SBI was the top Sensex gainer followed by Tata Steel, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Finsv, HCL Technologies, Asian Paints, Titan Company and ITC. While losers were Hero MotoCorp and HDFC Life. Except for Nifty Realty, all the Nifty sectoral indices ended in the green, led by Nifty Metal index, up 4.40 per cent.while Bank, Energy and Infra indices rose 2 per cent each. BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices added over 1.5 per cent each.Nifty PSU Bank index, up 3 per cent

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 500 points at 41,144 levels and Nifty topped the 12,000-mark

Thursday, November 5, 2020
The equity markets in India made a firm start today(5th November 2020), up over 1 percent, amid favourable global cues as Democrat candidate Joe Biden inched closer to the win in the US Presidential Elections 2020. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 500 points at 41,144 levels while the broader Nifty50 index topped the 12,000-mark for the first time since October 21, 2020. The Nifty50 index rose to above 12,050 level, the highest level in more than eight months. Among individual stocks, SBI rose over 6 percent, after the Q2 results, and was the top Sensex gainer, followed by HCL Tech (up 4 percent). Besides, other tech stocks Tech Mahindra and Infosys were also up 2 percent each. All the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the green, led by the Nifty PSU Bank index, up 3 percent. The broader markets were also up, but not to the extent of the benchmarks. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indexes were both ruling 0.8 percent higher. Read more

SBI Net profit jumps 52 per cent to ₹4,574 crore in Q2

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The largest Mumbai based Nationalised bank, State Bank of India on Wednesday reported a net profit of ₹ ₹4,574 crores in the September quarter as compared to ₹3011 crores in the same period of the previous year as the lender's provisions declined during the quarter and tax cost and higher net interest income. On a quarterly basis, the profit rose 9 per cent from Rs 4,189.3 crore-profit reported in Q1FY21. It reported net NPA of 1.59% of total assets as compared to 2.79% in the same quarter of the previous year. Gross NPA stood at 5.28%, as compared to 7.19% in the year-earlier quarter. Analyst had estimated the profit at Rs 2,117.2 crore. The deposits grew by 14.41 per cent YoY, with current account deposit rising by 8.55 per cent YoY and saving bank deposits up by 16.28 per cent YoY, said the bank. The bank’s operating profit increased nearly 12 per cent to Rs 16,460 crores in Q2FY21 from Rs 14,714 crores clocked in Q2FY20. Read more

Jack Ma's blunt words just cost him $35 billion

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Two weeks ago, Ma opined on China’s banking system at a high-profile financial forum in Shanghai, throwing himself into the eye of the storm. In that speech, apart from labeling the global banking Basel Accords as an “old people’s club,” Ma said “systemic risk” is not the issue in China. Rather, China’s biggest risk is that it “lacks a financial ecosystem.” Chinese banks are like “pawn shops”, where and guarantees are the hard currencies. As a result, some decided to go so big they are not allowed to fail. “As the Chinese like to say, if you borrow 100,000 yuan from the bank, you are a bit scared; if you borrow a million yuan, both you and the bank are a little nervous; but if you take a 1 billion yuan loan, you are not scared at all, the bank is,” Ma said. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensen gains 355 points, Nifty at 11908.50

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
At Close, Sensex closed 355 points, or 0.88 per cent, higher at 40,616.14 while Nifty finished 95 points, or 0.80 per cent, up at 11,908.50 ahead of the US Presidential election outcome.IndusInd Bank was the top Sensex gainer followed by Sun Pharma, Reliance Industries (RIL), Infosys, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Tech Mahindra. On the other hand, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Power Grid Corporation of India, Axis Bank, Bharti Airtel were among top Sensex loser. Nifty Pharma index up over 2 per cent. Nifty IT index was up 1.78 per cent, followed by Nifty Auto index. The BSE MidCap index ended 0.43 per cent higher at while the BSE SmallCap index settled at 14,883, up 0.33 per cent.

US Presidential Election results 2020 update

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The US Election 2020 result day is finally here. Even as ballots continued to be counted, US President Donald Trump alleged "fraud” in the presidential election, and declared himself the winner, without results to back up the claims. Trump said: “We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election.” The President called the process of counting mail-in ballots a fraud and alleged that the Democratic Party was trying to steal the election. He pledged to fight the results of the election in the Supreme Court.“ We will be going to the US supreme court. We want all voting to stop,” Trump said. Earlier, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden delivered his brief remarks to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters in Delaware. Biden said he felt confident about winning Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, arguing that "it ain't over until every vote is counted until every ballot is counted." Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 280 points to 40,530 levels and Nifty was above the 11,850-mark

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The Indian equity markets rose over half a percent today(4th November 2020) as early trends showed Democratic candidate Joe Biden racing ahead of Republican Donald Trump in the US presidential elections. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 280 points, or 0.7 percent, to 40,530 levels and the Nifty50 index was above the 11,850-mark. Infosys, Sun Pharma, and HCL Tech (all up 3%) were the top Sensex gainers. The trend among Nifty sectoral indices was mixed, with the Nifty IT index, up 2 percent, leading the list of gainers. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were up half a percent, each. Ninety-one companies including State Bank of India, Lupin, and Adani Enterprises, are scheduled to announce their quarterly results today. Read more

Sun Pharma Q2 profit jumps 70 per cent, beats street estimates

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Mumbai-based Drug producer Sun Pharmaceutical Industries reported a 70.4 per cent jump in net profit at Rs 1,812.79 crore for the quarter ended September driven by operating performance and tax credit. It had reported a net profit of Rs 1,064.09 crore in the same quarter a year ago. Analysts had projected the profit figure of Rs 1,194 crore. Revenue rose 5.3% to ₹8,550 crores compared to the year-ago period, according to a filing on Tuesday. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) climbed 22.5 per cent YoY to Rs 2,193.3 crore as compared to last year's Rs 1,789.7 crore. The company said there was an exceptional tax gain for the quarter due to creation of a deferred tax asset amounting to Rs 288.28 crore, arising out of a subsequent measurement attributable to restructuring of an acquired entity. Read more

US presidential poll:Biden good for emerging markets; dollar to gain from Trump win

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
As the race for US presidential poll enters the final lap global financial markets remain on the edge. Analysts say while predicting the election outcome is harder-than-ever, a victory for Democratic candidate Joe Biden will be good for emerging markets (EM), including India. Analysts believe what is more important for the markets is whether the elections will see a clear ‘sweep’, where the winning party also takes both chambers of the Congress. In such a scenario, more decisive policies could be pursued, in contrast to a situation where both chambers block each other and stall economic progress. Also, this would allow for a meaningful stimulus package that could become a catalyst for a stronger market. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 504 points, Nifty at 11813.50

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 503.55 points or 1.27% at 40261.13, and the Nifty was up 144.30 points or 1.24% at 11813.50 ahead of the US presidential poll outcome. State Bank of India (SBI), Power Grid Corporation of India, Housing Development Finance Corporation, Sun Pharma, IndusInd Bank and Titan Company were among other Sensex gainers. . NTPC was the top Sensex loser, followed by RIL, Nestle India, HCL Technologies, Infosys, HUL. About 1391 shares have advanced, 1215 shares declined, and 179 shares are unchanged. India VIX dropped nearly 4 per cent to 24.2 levels. Barring Nifty Media and Nifty Realty indices, all the sectoral indices ended in the positive note.BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices rose 0.3-0.4 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 400 points to 40,190 levels and Nifty testing the 11,800-mark

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
The equity markets in India were trading firm today, up over 1 percent, on the back of favourable global cues, ahead of the US presidential polls. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 400 points, or 1.1 percent, to 40,190 levels and the Nifty50 index was testing the 11,800-mark. ICICI Bank (up 4%) was the top Sensex gainer, followed by State Bank of India, IndusInd Bank, and HDFC Bank (all up 2%). NTPC also ticked up in early deals after its board approved the buyback of 197.8 million equity shares at a price of Rs 115 per unit. All the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the green, led by the Nifty Bank index, up 2 percent, which was trading at its highest level since March 13. Read more

HDFC Q2 result net profit tanks 28 per cent, beats market expectation

Monday, November 2, 2020
Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) on Monday posted a net profit for the September quarter of FY21 which is 27.5 per cent less compared to the corresponding year. It reported a profit of Rs 2,870.12 crore against a Rs 2,360 crore estimate that analysts had made. It had reported a net profit of Rs 3,961.5 crore in the year-ago period. On a consolidated basis, the profit declined 53.15 per cent to Rs 5,035.41 crore from Rs 10,748.69 crore clocked in Q2FY20. Provisions worth Rs 436 crore has been set aside for the September quarter of FY21. It added that bottom line numbers are not comparable due to dividend income and profit on the sale of investments of Rs 323 crore. The figure stood at Rs 2,701 crore last year. The net interest income (NII) came in at Rs 3,647 crore, jumping 20.7 per cent YoY from Rs 3,021 crore. Read more

India's factory output hits decade high in October as demand bounces back

Monday, November 2, 2020
Factory activity in India expanded at its fastest pace in over a decade in October as demand and output continued to recover strongly from coronavirus-related disruptions, but firms cut more jobs, as per a private survey. Indian economy is healing after shrinking a record 23.9 percent in the April-June quarter. The Indian government has removed most restrictions imposed to control the spread of the virus, though infections continue to climb and now number over 8 million people. The Nikkei Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index INPMI=ECI, compiled by IHS Markit, rose to 58.9 in October from September's 56.8. The reading was the highest since May 2010 and above the 50-level separating growth from contraction for the third straight month. "Levels of new orders and output at Indian manufacturers continued to recover from the Covid-19 induced contractions seen earlier in the year," said Pollyanna De Lima, economics associate director at IHS Markit. Read more

Is RIL's dream run at the bourses over?

Monday, November 2, 2020
Shares of RIL slipped over 5 percent today(12nd November 2020) morning to Rs 1,948 levels - its three-month low - reacting to the September 2020 quarter numbers released post market hours on Friday. Its partly paid (PP) shares, too, were quoting nearly 10 percent lower and hit a low of Rs 1068.10 in intra-day deals on the BSE. Over the past few sessions, however, the stock has been range-bound and has not been able to stick at higher levels. So, is the dream run over or the rally have more steam left? Here's what charts say. The sentimental level of Rs 2,000 mark is crucial for the road ahead for this stock and will pave the way for the near-term sentiment. As of now, RIL has been trading in a narrow range amid buying and sell trades. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 143 points, Nifty at 11669.15

Monday, November 2, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 143.51 points or 0.36% at 39,757.58, and the Nifty was up 26.80 points or 0.23% at 11,669.20.IndusInd bank was the most top gainer followed by ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, and HDFC. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) was the top Sensex loser followed by HCL Technologies and TCS. About 1080 shares have advanced, 1535 shares declined, and 148 shares are unchanged. Nifty Bank index gained 4.5 per cent. The BSE MidCap index closed up 0.36 per cent while the SmallCap index tumbled 0.7 per cent. India Vix was up over 1% during the day. Among sectors Nifty Auto, Nifty IT, Nifty Media, Nifty Metal, and Nifty Pharma ended with losses while all others gained during the day.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex dipped 90 points at 39,500 levels and the Nifty neared the 11,600-mark

Monday, November 2, 2020
The equity markets in India pared its early gains and slipped into the red in today's(2nd November 2020) volatile session, ahead of the Supreme Court hearing in the interest waiver case. The S&P BSE Sensex dipped 90 points at 39,500 levels and the Nifty50 index neared the 11,600-mark. ICICI Bank rose over 6 percent after announcing its September quarter results. The stock was the top Sensex gainer. Besides, IndusInd Bank was also up 3 percent. On the other hand, Reliance Industries dipped 4 percent post Q2 results. The Nifty sectoral indices were trading largely in the green, led by the Nifty Bank index, up 1.3 percent. in the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap index was up 0.2 percent while the SmallCap index fell 0.4 percent. Equitas Small Finance Bank will debut on the bourses today after the issue price was fixed at Rs 33 per share. The Rs 518 crore public issue was subscribed to 1.95 times. Read more

Karur Vysya Bank Q2 net profit jumps 81 per cent to Rs 115 crore

Friday, October 30, 2020
Private sector Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) on Friday reported an 81.4 per cent jump in its net profit at Rs 114.89 crore in the second quarter of FY 2020-21 due to lower provisioning for bad loans. The Bank had reported a net profit of Rs 63.33 crore in the corresponding year. Total income was down to Rs 1,666.26 crore in the July-September period of FY21 as against Rs 1,815.24 crore in the same quarter of 2019-20, KVB said in a regulatory filing. Interest income was down 9.3 per cent at Rs 1,394.70 crore from Rs 1,537.51 crore. The asset quality of the Bank was improved with the gross non-performing assets (NPAs) falling to 7.93 per cent of the gross advances at end September 2020 from 8.89 per cent a year ago. The provisions for bad loans and contingencies for Q2FY21 was brought down at Rs 284.73 crore from Rs 365.17 crore reserved a year ago. Bad loans were down at Rs 3,998.43 crore as against Rs 4,391.03 crore. Read more

BSE to consult SEBI on Future-Reliance deal after Amazon objection

Friday, October 30, 2020
Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) will consult the market regulator and seek clarifications from Future Retail and Reliance Industries about their $3.4 billion transactions, following Amazon's objection to the deal, an exchange source said. Amazon on Oct. 25 won an injunction from a Singapore arbitrator to halt Future's deal to sell retail assets to Reliance, arguing the Indian retailer group breached certain contract provisions it entered into last year in a separate deal with the U.S. firm. Both Indian firms reacted to the decision by saying they want to complete the deal "without any delay". Amazon has now written to capital markets regulator SEBI, as well as the BSE and the National Stock Exchange, to put the deal on hold in light of the arbitration order, two separate sources said. A BSE source said it will consult SEBI about its stance on the deal and the exchange later on Friday also plans to seek clarification from Future and Reliance Retail. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 136 points, Nifty at 11642.40

Friday, October 30, 2020
At close, the Sensex was down 135.78 points or 0.34% at 39614.07, and the Nifty was down 28.40 points or 0.24% at 11642.40 due to weak global cues. HCL Technologies, Tata Steel, NTPC, ONGC and Nestle were top Sensex gainers. While Power Grid, Maruti Suzuki India, and Kotak Mahindra Bank were the top losers. About 1322 shares have advanced, 1222 shares declined, and 167 shares are unchanged. The BSE MidCap index ended 0.62 per cent higher while the BSE SmallCap index down just 0.03 per cent. India VIX, rose 3 per cent to 24.7 levels. Except auto, bank and FMCG other sectoral indices ended higher.

Bidding parameter changed for Air India,deadline extended till Dec 14

Friday, October 30, 2020
The government has changed a bidding parameter for airline Air India, allowing potential buyers to quote enterprise value instead of equity value. Simultaneously, the deadline for submitting bids has been extended to December 14 from October 30. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said this would entice bidders who till now had constructed the debt amount as a minimum threshold bid amount. The Tata group, which operates two airlines Vistara and AirAsia India, is a favourite for acquiring the national carrier. “We expect to complete the bidding process by end of December,” Puri said. The enterprise value of a company includes the equity value, debt as well as cash with the company. Equity value measures the value of a company’s shares. However, the government has mandated that a willing bidder will have to pay 15 percent of his quote as upfront cash payment, disinvestment secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey said.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up by 120 points,hovered around 39,870 levels,and Nifty holding 11,650-mark

Friday, October 30, 2020
The Indian benchmark indices rose half a percent after a volatile start today(30th October 2020). Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 39,870 levels, up 120 points, and the Nifty50 index was holding the 11,650-mark. Nestle India, IndusInd Bank, and HCL Tech (all up 1%) were the top Sensex gainers. All the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the green, led by the Nifty PSU Bank index, up 1 percent. Meanwhile, in the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indexes were ruling 0.9 percent and 0.8 percent higher, respectively. Seventy -seven companies including Reliance Industries, IndusInd Bank, DLF are slated to report their quarterly earnings today. In a Bloomberg poll, 14 analysts estimated a net profit of Rs 8,194 crore for Reliance Industries; 10 analysts estimated revenue of Rs 1.11 trillion for the company.

India’s IT and pharma stocks: Winners and losers in India from US Vote

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Investors in India will be watching closely information technology and pharma stocks as they await the outcome of next week’s US presidential election. Drugmakers and software exporters are the top performers in India’s $2.1 trillion equity market this year amid the pandemic. The result of the Nov. 3 vote could have a bearing on these companies through taxation, trade and immigration policies, and currency movements. More broadly, India is seen emerging as one of the biggest beneficiaries in the Asia Pacific from the election, irrespective of the outcome, according to UBS Group AG. A UBS analysis of the potential impact on a dozen of the region’s biggest markets put India as a winner in each of their three chosen scenarios: a Biden and Democrat sweep, a Biden victory, and divided Congress, and a status quo Trump victory. The study, published last month, takes into account factors like trade and foreign policy, Federal Reserve policy, and fiscal spending on infrastructure. Read more

Yearly gold demand in 2020 can be the lowest since 1995 in India: WGC

Thursday, October 29, 2020
The 2020 calendar year may turn out to be the worst year for gold demand in India since 1995. According to the World Gold Council (WGC), gold demand in India so far in CY20 stands at 252 tonnes, as compared to 496 tonnes in the same period last year. Even if October – December 2019 (Q4CY19) demand of 194 tonnes is added to the CY20 demand till now, the total demand for CY20 will be lower compared to CY19 total demand of 696 tonnes. As per WGC data, the calendar year 1995 was the worst with the yearly gold demand in India at 462 tonnes, which improved marginally to 511 tonnes in 1996, 547 tonnes in 2002, and 642 tonnes in 2009. Read more

Maruti Suzuki profit raises to 1 per cent at Rs 1372

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Indias largest Automaker, Maruti Suzuki India on Thursday reported a one per cent year-on-year growth in net profit at Rs 1,372 crore for the September quarter of FY21 against Rs 1,358.6 crore in the same period last year. This is a big update from the company considering it posted a loss of Rs. 249.4 crore for the first quarter of the current financial year ending in June 2020. Revenue rose 10% year-on-year to Rs 18,744 crore, compared with the Rs 19,137-crore estimate.Maruti's Q2 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (Ebitda) came in at Rs 1,933 crore while Ebitda margin for the quarter stood at 10.3 per cent, up to 86 basis points (bps) from 9.46 per cent in Q2FY20.“In Quarter 2, the performance improved on the back of some demand recovery and gradual improvement in supply conditions,” Maruti Suzuki said in a statement.Maruti sold 3.93 lakh units in July-September quarter reporting a massive 413 per cen growth over the previous quarter and 16 per cent. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 172 points, Nifty at 11670.80

Thursday, October 29, 2020
At close, the Sensex was down 172.61 points or 0.43% at 39,749.85, and the Nifty was down 58.80 points or 0.50% at 11,670.80 on weak global cues. Asian Paints, UltraTech Cement, HCL Technologies, and Kotak Mahindra Bank were the top gainers on Sensex while Titan Company, Tata Motors, Adani Ports and L&T were the top drags. About 1019 shares have advanced, 1542 shares declined, and 170 shares are unchanged. Nifty IT and energy ended with gains, all other sectoral indices ended lower led by FMCG, pharma, metal and auto. BSE Smallcap index shed 0.5 per cent. India VIX gained over 3.5 per cent to 24 levels.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex dipped 250 points to 39,630 levels and the Nifty fell below 11,650-mark

Thursday, October 29, 2020
The equity markets in India fell over half a percent today(29th October 2020), on weak global cues, ahead of the expiry of the October series derivative contracts. The S&P BSE Sensex dipped 250 points to 39,630 levels and the Nifty50 index fell below 11,650-mark. Larsen & Toubro slid 4 percent after announcing its September quarter results. The stock was the top Sensex loser in early deals. Besides, Titan (down 3%) and Tech Mahindra (down 2%) were the other main drags. The Nifty sectoral indices were a sea of red, with Nifty Bank, Nifty Auto, Nifty IT, and Nifty Metal all trading with over 1 percent cut. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indexes were down half a percent and 1 percent, respectively. Eighty -two companies including Maruti Suzuki, BPCL, Bank of Baroda, Vodafone Idea, and InterGlobe Aviation, are scheduled to declare their quarterly earnings today. Read more

Titan Q2 results: Profit drops 38 percent to Rs 199 cr in Sept quarter

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Titan Co on Wednesday reported a net profit of Rs 199 crore for the quarter ended September, down 37.81 per cent from Rs 320 crore a year ago on account of higher expenses. The Company had reported a loss of Rs 270 crore in June Quarter.The numbers are in line with market expectations as a CNBC-TV18 poll had estimated the number to the tune of Rs 200 crore. Its total income for the quarter was Rs 4,389 crore, down 1.72 per cent as compared with the income of Rs 4,466 crore for the corresponding quarter in the previous year. While the company had reported revenue of Rs 1,862 crore for June Quarter. The company said it has incurred a loss of Rs 484 crore during the quarter as a result of a change in the cash flow hedging due to an increase in sales compared to the original sales forecast and advantage of the moratorium offered on the gold on loan.THE standalone EBITDA of the company came at Rs 294 crore against Rs 513 crore YoY. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 600 points,Nifty at 11729.60

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
At close, the Sensex was down 599.64 points or 1.48% at 39922.46, and the Nifty was down 159.80 points or 1.34% at 11729.60. as fears of lockdown measures in many European countries spooked investors after coronavirus cases surged at a rapid pace.HDFC was the top loser followed by IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank, Tech Mahindra, Bajaj Finance, HCL Tech, Reliance Industries Ltd. While gainers were Bharti Airtel, UPL, M&M, Eicher Motors and Hero MotoCorp. About 979 shares have advanced, 1606 shares declined, and 153 shares are unchanged. The BSE SmallCap index ended 0.76 per cent lower while the BSE MidCap index ended 0.93 per cent down. Nifty Bank index and Nifty FMCG index too fell 0.71 per cent in today’s trade. On the NSE, all the sectoral indices ended in the red.

Indian economy's animal spirits soar

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The economy in India picked up speed in September as a revival in demand and business activity helped drive the nation toward recovery from the pandemic-induced slump. Five of the eight high-frequency indicators, including exports, tracked by Bloomberg News improved last month, while three were steady. That helped move the needle on a dial measuring the so-called ‘Animal Spirits’ to 5 from 4 in August -- a level arrived at by using the three-month weighted average to smooth out volatility in the single-month readings. Economists, including those at the Reserve Bank of India, attributed the recovery to pent-up demand after a strict lockdown imposed in March to contain the coronavirus outbreak hit the consumption of goods and services. While inventory re-stocking will underpin business activity in the coming months, the improvement might still not be enough to prevent Asia’s third-largest economy from contracting in the financial year to March 2021. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 80 points at 40,590 levels and the Nifty reclaimed the 11,900-mark

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The equity markets in India were trading flat with a positive bias in today's(28th October 2020) early morning deals after a volatile start. The S&P BSE Sensex was up 80 points, or 0.2 percent, at 40,590 levels and the broader Nifty50 index reclaimed the 11,900-mark. Bharti Airtel surged 10 percent after announcing its September quarter results. Besides, Mahindra & Mahindra, Axis Bank, and Reliance Industries (all up 1%) were the other top gainers. On the other hand, Kotak Mahindra Bank, HDFC, and Ultratech Cement (all down over 1%) were the top Sensex laggards. Hero MotoCorp was also up 4 percent after it announced a wide-ranging partnership with Harley-Davidson for the Indian market. The Nifty sectoral indices were mixed, with gains in the Nifty IT index, up 0.7 percent, being offset by the Nifty Financials index, down 0.6 percent. Read more

Tata Motors Q2 result: Loss widens to Rs 314.5

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
The country's largest commercial vehicle maker Tata Motors on Tuesday reported a consolidated loss of Rs 314.5 crore for the quarter ended September 30. The CNBC-TV18 poll has estimated Rs 1,290 crore loss. The company had reported a loss of Rs 216.56 crore in the September quarter of 2019. The auto major’s total revenue from operations dropped by 18.19 per cent to Rs 53,530 crore, from 65,431.95 crores a year ago. The company’s finance costs increased by Rs 114 crore to Rs 1,950 crore in the quarter due to higher gross borrowings. The company said its revenue in the last six months had been impacted as the group’s manufacturing plants and offices had to be closed down for a considerable period of time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The company is monitoring the situation closely taking into account directives from the governments. Read more

Indian economy saw growth rebound through Q2FY21: Nomura

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
The Indian economy saw growth rebound through the second quarter of the ongoing fiscal with gross domestic product (GDP) contraction likely to have narrowed to -10.4% from the sharp -23.9% seen in the previous quarter, according to Nomura. The Nomura Monthly Activity Indicator, which takes into account high-frequency indicators from across sectors, improved to -8.6% year-on-year in September from -19.7% in August and a record low of -37.8% in June, “implying a swift GDP growth rebound”, the firm said in a report today. In the run-up to the festive season, aggregate demand recovered to 77% of normal in September against 71% recorded in the month earlier while aggregate supply picked up to 92% of normal in September against 86% in August, it said.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 376 points, Nifty at 11889.40

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 376.60 points or 0.94% at 40,522.10, and the Nifty was up 121.60 points or 1.03% at 11,889.40 led by gains in financial and FMCG stocks. Kotak Mahindra Bank was the top gainer, followed by Nestle India, Asian Paints and Bajaj Finance. TCS, ONGC, Infosys were the top losers. About 1249 shares have advanced, 1354 shares declined, and 178 shares are unchanged. Nifty Private Bank index gained 3 per cent, While Nifty IT slipped 1 per cent. The BSE MidCap index gained 1.65 per cent while the BSE SmallCap index rallied 0.6 per cent. India VIX declined nearly 3 per cent to 22.19 levels. All other sectoral indices ended in the green, except Nifty IT and PSU Bank.

India, US sign landmark defence pact

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
India and the United States today(27th Oct.2020) inked a landmark defence agreement that will allow sharing of high-end military technology, classified satellite data and critical information between the two countries. The signing of the long-negotiated Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) during the third edition of the 2+2 dialogue between the two strategic partners also signals further boosting of bilateral defence and military ties and it comes in the backdrop of India's tense border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajath Singh held the talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper. Both sides were assisted by their top military and security officials. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex hovered around 40,050 levels, and Nifty gave up the 11,750 level

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
The markets in India turned flat in today's(27th October 2020) volatile start on the back of weak global cues. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 40,050 levels, and the Nifty50 index gave up the 11,750 level. Kotak Mahindra Bank, up 5 percent, was the top Sensex gainer, followed by NTPC (up 4%) and Nestle India (up 2%). The trend among Nifty sectoral indices was largely in the red, led by the Nifty PSU Bank index, down 1.2 percent. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap index was up 0.2 percent while the SmallCap index fell by 0.2 percent. Thirty-seven companies including Bharti Airtel, Tata Motors, and Amara Raja Batteries are scheduled to announce their September quarter earnings today. Read more

Muthoot Finance plans to raise Rs 2,000 cr through bonds

Monday, October 26, 2020
Gold loan company Muthoot Finance on Monday said it is looking to raise up to Rs 2,000 crore through a public issue of non-convertible debentures (NCDs) for lending purposes. The proposed debenture issue will have a base issue size of Rs 100 crore with an option to retain oversubscription up to Rs 1,900 crores aggregating up to tranche limit of Rs 2,000 crore."The issue will open on October 27, 2020, and will close on November 20, 2020, with an option to close on such earlier date or an extended date as may be decided by the board of directors or NCD committee. The NCDs are proposed to be listed on BSE. The allotment will be on a first come first serve basis. The funds raised through this issue will be utilised primarily for lending activities, the company said. There are six investment options for Secured NCDs with monthly or annual interest payment frequency or on maturity redemption payments with coupon ranging from 7.15 per cent to 8 per cent per annum. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex tanks 540 points, Nifty at 11767.75

Monday, October 26, 2020
At close, the Sensex was down 540 points or 1.33% at 40145.50, and the Nifty was down 162.60 points or 1.36% at 11767.80 due to the board sell-off and weak global cues. Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj-Auto, Reliance and M&M were top losers in the Sensex pack. while gainers were HDFC Life, Nestle, Kotak Mahindra, IndusInd Bank and L&T.About 986 shares have advanced, 1655 shares declined, and 171 shares are unchanged. The BSE MidCap index tumbled 1.77 per cent while the BSE SmallCap index fell 0.88 per cent. Nifty Auto and Metal indices shed over 3 per cent each. On the NSE, all the sectoral indices ended in the red.

Amazon.com Inc. and RIL fight for dominance of India’s e-commerce space

Monday, October 26, 2020
Amazon.com Inc. and RIL’s fight for dominance of India’s e-commerce space is turning into a face-off, with both sides battling over the assets of a supermarket chain that could be key to their wider ambitions. Ambani and Jeff Bezos want the stores and warehouses of Future Retail Ltd., which has penetrated Indian cities and small towns with sales of everything from grocery to fashion and electronics. Amazon, which owns a stake in a Future unit, and Reliance have in recent months made pacts with the Future Group, which they say are now being violated. Amazon wants to block Reliance’s purchase of Future’s brick-and-mortar assets because such a deal would give Ambani unparalleled dominance in the only billion-people economy open to foreign firms. Bezos has bet more than $6 billion on India, and Future’s assets will allow it to reach small towns that house key consumers in a market estimated to swell to $1 trillion.

PM Modi to inaugurate India Energy Forum:India may see $206 bn investment in oil and gas

Monday, October 26, 2020
The country's oil and natural gas sector is likely to see investment to the tune of $206 billion during the next eight to ten years.With Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the top global executives at the India Energy Forum by CERA Week 26th Oct.2020, it is expected he would further entice companies to promote a cor a self-reliant India. This when the domestic fuel market is recovering from the pandemic-driven decline. The three-day forum will see participation from Dan Brouillette (US Secretary of Energy), Prince Abdulaziz (Minister of Energy of Saudi Arabia) and Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber (CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company). “The importance of such a global meet comes when you realize that the country is set to see such large investment this decade. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex slipped 150 points to 40,540 levels and the Nifty slipped below the 11,900-mark

Monday, October 26, 2020
The Indian benchmark indices dipped slightly in today's(26th October 2020) early deals, tracking mixed cues in other Asian markets. The S&P BSE Sensex slipped 150 points, or 0.36 percent, to 40,540 levels and the Nifty50 index slipped below the 11,900-mark. Tech Mahindra (down 2%) and Reliance Industries (down 1%) were the top Sensex drags. On the other hand, IndusInd Bank gained 4 percent on a report that Kotak Mahindra Bank was exploring an all-stock takeover of the bank. Meanwhile, Nestle India rose as high as 2 percent after the announcement of its September quarter results. The trend among the Nifty sectoral indices was largely negative, with the Nifty Metal index, down 1 percent leading the list. In the broader market, the S&P BSE Sensex slipped 0.14 percent while the S&P BSE SmallCap index gained 0.3 percent. Read more

Bharat Biotech starts Covaxin's at-risk manufacturing

Saturday, October 24, 2020
Hyderabad-based vaccine maker Bharat Biotech has not only started the at-risk manufacturing of its candidate Covaxin but is also looking to ramp up capacities as India’s first indigenous Covid-19 vaccine candidate gets the nod for phase 3 trials. The first vaccine candidate will be an intra-muscular one, followed by intra-dermal and nasal ones, depending on test results. Besides setting up a second plant at its Genome Valley facility in Hyderabad to make Covaxin, the firm is looking for another site in the country to make the vaccine. This would be crucial as BBIL expects to forge global partnerships with international agencies like Gavi and also some countries for Covaxin by December.

YES Bank, TTML, Suzlon etc.hit upper circuit on BSE

Saturday, October 24, 2020
Among the 282 stocks that hit their respective upper circuit on the BSE on 23rd Oct.2020(Friday) YES Bank, Suzlon Energy, Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) (TTML), MTNL, Reliance Power, Reliance Infrastructure, Future Consumer, Indiabulls Integrated Services, and Jet Airways (India) were the important ones. Indo Count Industries, Himatsingka Seide, Ramco Systems, and Godawari Power & Ispat were among the notable stocks that had only buyers queuing up. YES, Bank hit the upper circuit of 5 percent at Rs 13.35 on the BSE ahead of the September quarter results on Friday. The board of directors of the bank is scheduled to meet on October 23, 2020, to consider and approve unaudited financial results of the bank for the second quarter ended September 2020 (Q2FY21). The trading volume more-than-doubled with a combined 110 million shares changing hands, and there were pending buy orders for 14 million shares on the NSE and BSE, exchange data show. Read more

Parliament's joint panel summons Facebook, Twitter

Friday, October 23, 2020
A joint committee of Parliament today(23rd October 2020) issued summons to Facebook in order to seek its "oral evidence" on the issues of data protection and privacy. Twitter too is said to have been directed for an appearance next week. The joint committee led by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi has 20 members from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha. The agenda of Friday's meeting read: "Oral evidence by the representatives of Facebook India Online Services Pvt Ltd on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019." However, the summon to Facebook and Twitter is strictly pertaining to the issue of citizen's personal data protection. The summons to Twitter assumes significance as these come close to the Centre's letter to the microblogging site's chief Jack Dorsey. Read more

Flipkart to acquire 7.8% stake in Aditya Birla Fashion

Friday, October 23, 2020
Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail entered into an agreement with Flipkart today(23rd Oct.2020) for a partnership that will see Flipkart infusing Rs 1,500 crore for a 7.8 percent stake in Aditya Birla Fashion. The agreement would involve the sale and distribution of various apparel brands, Aditya Birla Fashion said, along with providing pre-emption rights and right of first refusal to Flipkart for 1-5 years. Aditya Birla Fashion would issue 3.1 million preference shares to Flipkart at Rs 205 per share, it said in a BSE notification. Aneesh Roy, executive vice-president, research, Edelweiss, said the capital raise would further bolster Aditya Birla Fashion's balance sheet and accelerate growth. The partnership would also enable the company to strengthen its omnichannel presence. The promoter and promoter group companies of Aditya Birla Fashion would hold about 55.13 percent stake upon completion of the issuance. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex rose 140 pointsto 40,700 levels and the Nifty testing 12,000-mark

Friday, October 23, 2020
The markets in India advanced close to half a percent in today's(23rd October 2020) early deals, in line with the overnight gains in the main Wall Street indices. The S&P BSE Sensex rose 140 points, or 0.35 percent, to 40,700 levels and the Nifty50 index was testing the psychological mark of 12,000. Tata Steel (up 2%), ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, and Bharti Airtel (all up 1%) were the top Sensex gainers. Meanwhile, SBI Cards plunged 10 percent after announcing its September quarter results. All the Nifty sectoral indices were trading higher, led by the Nifty Bank index, up 1 percent. The broader market tracked the gains in the headline indices, with the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices trading half a percent higher, each. Tech Mahindra, Nestle India, Yes Bank, and ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company are among the 38 companies set to announce quarterly earnings today. Read more

Bajaj Auto Q2 profit falls 19% to Rs 1,138 crore

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Shares of a major two-wheeler Bajaj Auto fell 1 per cent to Rs.2983 after the company reported 18.84 per cent year-on-year (YoY) drop in net profit at Rs 1,138.20 crore for the quarter ended September 30, missing a CNBC-TV18 poll estimates which of Rs 1,212 crore. The auto major had reported Rs 1,402.42 crore profit for the corresponding quarter last year. Total revenue from operations declined 7.16 per cent YoY to Rs 7,155.86 crore. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) dropped 0.9 per cent year-on-year to Rs 1,266.2 crore, but margin expanded 110 bps YoY to 17.7 per cent in Q2 FY21. Operating profit of the company inched lower by 1 per cent to Rs 1,233 crore. As on September 30, 2020, the company's surplus cash and cash equivalents stood at Rs 16,240 crore as against Rs 14,232 crore as on June 30, 2020, and Rs 14,322 crore as on March 31, 2020.Bajaj Auto sold 1,053,337 units in Q2FY21, down 10 per cent YoY, against 1,173,591 units in Q2FY20. Read more

Kovid-19 lockdown: Borrowers to get compound interest waiver for the six-month moratorium period

Thursday, October 22, 2020
The Union Cabinet is understood to have given its go-ahead to the compound interest waiver for borrowers for the six-month moratorium period announced by the Reserve Bank, according to government sources. The government had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court in a case concerning the moratorium, stating that it would waive interest on interest on loans up to Rs 2 crore for a select category of borrowers. The apex court has asked the government to present a clear plan on the scheme at the next hearing on November 2. The government will now inform the court about the approval from the Cabinet and subsequent directives in this regard. The Centre expects an expenditure of Rs 5,500-6,000 crore on the proposed waiver.

GOI sets aside $7 bn for COVID-19 vaccination

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Govt of India has set aside about 500 billion rupees ($7 billion) to vaccinate the world’s most populous nation after China against the coronavirus, according to some sources. The govt estimates an all-in cost of about $6-$7 per person in the nation of 1.3 billion, it is said. The money provisioned so far is for the current financial year ending March 31 and there will be no shortage of further funds for this purpose, they added. While a government-backed panel predicts that India is past the peak of infections and may contain the spread by February, the nation has taken a massive blow to economic growth and Modi has been reopening the economy. Starting this weekend, Indians will be celebrating several festivals that could lead to a sharp jump in daily virus infections. Pm Narendra Modi on Tuesday said his government will ensure all Indians have access to a Covid-19 vaccine as soon it is ready.

Closing Bell: Sensex down 148 points, Nifty at 11896.45

Thursday, October 22, 2020
At close, the Sensex was down 148.82 points or 0.37% at 40558.49, and the Nifty was down 41.20 points or 0.35% at 11896.50 dragged by banks, pharma, and tech stocks. NTPC was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Bharti Airtel, Bajaj Finance, Tata Steel, Axis Bank, ONGC, ITC and HUL. On the flip side, IndusInd Bank was the top loser, followed by ICICI Bank, Titan Company, Infosys, HDFC Bank, Reliance Industries, Maruti Suzuki. About 1412 shares have advanced, 1188 shares declined, and 159 shares are unchanged. Nifty Pharma index was the top sectoral loser down 1 per cent. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading flat with a positive bias.IT and bank ended in the red while buying witnessed in the energy, metal and infra sectors.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex fell 116 points to 40,590 levels and Nifty hovered around 11,900-mark

Thursday, October 22, 2020
The benchmark indices in India were trading with marginal cuts today(22nd October 2020), on the back of weak global cues. Among the headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex fell 116 points to 40,590 levels and the Nifty50 index hovered around 11,900-mark. ICICI Bank, PowerGrid, and Asian Paints (all down 1%) were the top Sensex laggards. On the other hand, Bajaj Finserv gained 2 percent after the announcement of its September quarter results. Meanwhile, Vedanta rose 5 percent after announcing that the company's board of directors will meet on October 24 to consider interim dividend. The Nifty sectoral indices were largely in the red, with the Nifty Pharma index, down 1 percent, leading the list of losers. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading 0.2 percent higher, each. Forty-eight companies including Asian Paints, Bajaj Auto, Bharti Infratel, and SBI Cards are set to announce their quarterly earnings today. Read more

No merit in relaxing 10% cap on single stock investment: Ajay Tyagi, chairman, Sebi

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
SEBI sees no merit in increasing the 10 percent investment cap on a single stock for actively-managed mutual fund (MF) schemes. “The 10 percent cap is meant for diversification cap. Just because some scrip is outperforming doesn’t mean you raise the ceiling. That will be self re-enforcing that scrip has moved up and you are allowing higher investment in the same scrip. That doesn’t sound very logical. For the sake of diversification, the 10 percent ceiling is something which stays,” said Ajay Tyagi, chairman, Sebi while addressing the media at a market summit organised by industry body CII.

Bajaj Finance Q2 profit declines 36% YoY to Rs 965 crore

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Shares of Bajaj Finance was down 0.89 per cent at Rs 3,233 on Wednesday after the Company posted huge 35.94 per cent year-on-year (YoY) drop in net profit at Rs 964.88 crore for the quarter ended September 30 as the lender almost tripled provisions for bad loans as the coronavirus pandemic impacted demand for credit and borrowers’ ability to repay. Analysts in an ET NOW had projected the figure at Rs 1,037 crore. The Company had reported Rs 1,506 crore in the same period last year. Loan losses and provisions for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020, was ₹1,700 crore as against ₹594 crores in Q2 FY20. Consolidated assets under management rose to ₹137,090 crores as compared to ₹135,533 crores in the year-ago period.Net interest income of the NBFC increased 4 per cent YoY to Rs 4,165 crore which was better than the CNBC-TV18 poll estimates of Rs 3,711.7 crore. Total operating expenses for Q2 FY21 was down by 16% to ₹1,160 crores from ₹1,384 crores. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 162 points, Nifty at 11937.65

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 162.94 points or 0.40% at 40707.31, and the Nifty was up 40.90 points or 0.34% at 11937.70 for the fourth day. PowerGrid, Bharti Airtel, Hindalco, GAIL and Tata Steel are the top gainers in the Sensex pack, While losers include Britannia, TCS, SBI Life Insurance, Hero MotoCorp and HDFC Life. About 1354 shares have advanced, 1269 shares declined, and 165 shares are unchanged. The BSE MidCap index gained 33 points or 0.23 per cent. While, the BSE SmallCap index closed at 14,900, up just 5 points. Nifty Auto, Nifty FMCG, Nifty IT and Nifty Media indices ending the day in the red. On the flip side, Nifty Metal index gained 2.23 per cent followed by the bank, infra and energy indices.

HUL Q2 result : Net profit rises 9%to Rs 2,009 crore,announces interim dividend of Rs 14

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Hindustan Unilever (HUL) share price fell over 2 per cent to Rs 2,133 apiece in intraday deals on BSE on Tuesday after the Company reported an 8.7 per cent year-on-year (YoY) rise in its net profit at Rs 2,009 crore for the second quarter of the current fiscal year (Q2FY21). The company had logged a profit of Rs 1,848 crore in the year-ago period. Total sales (revenue) of the company increased 16 per cent during the quarter to Rs 11,442 crore, against Rs 9,852 crore in the year-ago period. The board also declared an interim dividend of Rs 14 per share. The record date for the purpose of determining the entitlement for payment of the interim dividend is fixed as October 29, 2020. HUL’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the quarter came at Rs 2,869 crore, which registered a 17 per cent on-year growth. Read more

Vedanta Resources CFR under review for downgrade: Moody's

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Moody's Investors Service placed Vedanta Resources Limited's B1 corporate family rating (CFR) under review for downgrade today(20th Oct.2020). Concurrently, Moody's has placed under review for downgrade the B3 ratings on the senior unsecured bonds issued by Vedanta and those issued by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Vedanta Resources Finance II Plc, and guaranteed by Vedanta, affecting $4.2 billion in outstanding debt. The rating outlook was changed to ratings under review from negative. "The review follows an increase in refinancing risk and significant funding needs at the holding company level, following Vedanta Resources' failure to acquire the balance shareholding in key subsidiary Vedanta Limited that would have improved access to group cash," the report Kaustubh Chaubal, a Moody's vice president and senior credit officer as saying. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 112 points, Nifty at 11896.80

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 112.77 points or 0.28% at 40544.37, and the Nifty was up 23.80 points or 0.20% at 11896.80. IndusInd Bank, Reliance Industries, HCL Tech, LT, Tech Mahindra, Asian Paints and Hindustan Unilever were top Sensex gainers. While losers included Britannia Industries, ONGC, GAIL, IOC and UPL.About 1344 shares have advanced, 1299 shares declined, and 157 shares are unchanged. Nifty IT gained nearly 1.5 per cent followed by Pharma and auto, while Nifty PSU Bank slipped around 1.5 per cent. The BSE MidCap index ended 0.47 per cent higher at 14,775 levels while the BSE SmallCap index ended at 14,896, up 0.3 per cent. Energy, FMCG, metal and PSU bank indices closed in the red.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex hovered around 40,530 levels,up 100 points and Nifty reclaimed the 11,900 level

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
The markets in India were up marginally today(20th October 2020) in a volatile session, amid weak global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 40,530 levels, up 100 points and the Nifty50 reclaimed the 11,900 level. HCL Tech (up 2%), TCS, and Tech Mahindra (both up 1%) were the top Sensex gainers. On the other hand, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, State Bank of India, and ICICI Bank (all down 1%) were the top Sensex drags. Meanwhile, Britannia Industries slipped over 4 percent despite posting a healthy 23 percent increase in net profit for the September quarter at Rs 495 crore as compared to the corresponding quarter a year ago. The Nifty sectoral indices were trading mixed, with the Nifty PSU Bank index, down 1 percent. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap index was flat while the SmallCap index gained 0.2 percent. Read more

HDFC Bank shares gain after strong Q2 results

Monday, October 19, 2020
HDFC Bank shares gained 2.5 per cent to Rs 1,235 apiece on the BSE on Monday after the bank reported a healthy September quarter (Q2FY21) results. The bank reported an 18.4% on-year jump in net profit to Rs 7,513 crore compared to a net profit of Rs 6,344.9 crore in the quarter ended September 2019. The lender reported profit growth of 19.58 per cent in June and 17.71 per cent in the March quarter. It had posted a net profit of Rs 6,658.6 crore in the first quarter ended in June 2020. The lender reported a 17% year-on-year growth in its net interest income to Rs 15,774.4 crore in Q2FY21 from Rs 13,515 crore in Q2FY20. On the asset quality front, gross non-performing assets stood at 1.08% from 1.36% last quarter while net non-performing assets stood at 0.17% from 0.33% in the previous quarter. Provisions saw a decline of 5% quarter-on-quarter to Rs 3,704 crore. Read more

Major factors behind today's stock market rally

Monday, October 19, 2020
Today( 19th Oct 2020) almost all Sensex stocks opened higher on as investors went all out to buy amid renewed hopes of an early economic stimulus package from the US and a vaccine by year-end. In the last 12 sessions, bluechip indices have closed in the red for just one session, which outlines the one-way rally the the market has seen. HDFC twins were the biggest positive contributors during the first hours of the day. PSU stocks also saw some buying and were among the top gainers. "Nifty has good support at 11,650 and until we do not break that, we are in positive territory. The resistance on the the upside is at 12,050. If we are unable to move past either level convincingly, we would be range-bound and trading in this zone should be avoided. Stocks that look interesting for an up move include Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, and Tata Steel," experts opinied.Some of the key factors for the rally are Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 448 points, Nifty at 11873.05

Monday, October 19, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 448.62 points or 1.12% at 40431.60, and the Nifty was up 110.50 points or 0.94% at 11873 for the second straight day on Monday, mainly lifted by bank stocks. ICICI Bank was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Axis Bank, Nestle India, State Bank of India (SBI), HDFC, IndusInd Bank and HUL.On the contrary, Bajaj Auto and TCS were the top Sensex loser. Tech Mahindra, Sun Pharma, Maruti Suzuki and Infosys were among other Sensex losers. About 1470 shares have advanced, 1150 shares declined, and 148 shares are unchanged. Nifty PSU Bank index was top sectoral gainer, up 4.17 per cent, While Nifty Pharma index fell 1.67 per cent.BSE MidCap index up 0.58 per cent while the BSE SmallCap index up 0.43 per cent. Among sectors, except pharma, IT and auto other indices ended in the green

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up by 350 points to 40,330 levels and Nifty topped the 11,850-mark

Monday, October 19, 2020
The Indian equity markets started today (19th October 2020) on a strong footing, with the benchmark indices rising nearly one percent, amid positive cues from Asian indices. Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 350 points, or 0.88 percent, to 40,330 levels and the Nifty50 index topped the 11,850-mark. HDFC Bank rose as much as 3 percent after reporting a healthy set of September quarter results. Besides, ONGC (up 4%), ICICI Bank, and HDFC (both up 2%) were the other top Sensex gainers. The majority of the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the green, led by the Nifty Financial Service index, up 1.3 percent In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indexes were trading 0.4 and 0.5 percent higher, each. Twenty-one companies including ACC, Britannia Industries, and HDFC Life are set to report their quarterly earnings today.

HCL Tech Q2 profit rises 18.5% to Rs 3,142 crore, share price falls post Q2 result

Friday, October 16, 2020
HCL Technologies share price fell 4.4 % to Rs 821 apiece on BSE after the IT company announced July-September quarter results. HCL Tech Q2 net profit came at Rs 3,142 crore in July-September quarter, rising 18.5 per cent year on year and up 7.4 per cent on a sequential basis. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 2,651 crore in the corresponding period of the last year. Revenue for the quarter rose 6.1 per cent YoY to Rs 18,594 crore compared with Rs 17,528 crore sales the company reported in the year-ago quarter. The operating margin of the IT services provider improved 110 basis points sequentially to 21.6 per cent in the July-September period—a 22-quarter high. The dollar revenue growth stood at 6.4% at 2,507 million and the company posted constant currency revenue growth at 4.5 per cent. The company has also declared an interim dividend of Rs 4 per equity share of Rs 2 each for FY21. The company has signed 15 transformational deals in the quarter ended September 2020 Read more

Modi govt's farm reforms could turn India into a food-export powerhouse

Friday, October 16, 2020
The recent laws by Modi Govt to liberalise farm sales could turn out to be the most far-reaching. In a fractious and unruly session last month, parliament passed three laws that some say could pave the way for India to upend the global food trade, while others fear it will wreck the livelihoods of millions of farmers. Within days, rural groups and opposition leaders launched public protests. The move toward a free market for farm sales goes to the heart of a system that directly affects more than half of the nation’s 1.37 billion people, altering government controls that millions of families have come to rely on, but that have hobbled the nation’s efforts to productively farm one of the largest areas of fertile land on earth. If they succeed, India could not only feed itself but become a major food exporter. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 254 points, Nifty at 11762.45

Friday, October 16, 2020
At close, the Sensex was up 254.57 points or 0.64% at 39982.98, and the Nifty was up 82.10 points or 0.70% at 11762.50 on healthy buying in the financial counters. Tata Steel was the top Sensex gainer, followed by HDFC Bank, UltraTech Cement, Power Grid Corporation of India, ONGC, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Infosys. On the other side, HCL Tech shares were the top loser, followed by M&M, Reliance Industries (RIL), Asian Paints and Sun Pharma. About 1459 shares have advanced, 1135 shares declined, and 171 shares are unchanged. Barring Nifty IT and Nifty Media indices, all the sectoral indices ended in the positive territory today. Nifty Bank index too gained 2 per cent.BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices rose 1 per cent each. India VIX declined nearly 2 per cent to 21.64 levels.

Christopher Wood hiked allocation to Indian equities in his Asia Pacific relative-return portfolio

Friday, October 16, 2020
Christopher Wood, global head (equity strategy) at Jefferies in his latest note to investors, said that he has hiked allocation to Indian equities in his Asia Pacific ex-Japan relative-return portfolio by one percentage point and added two percentage points to the existing investment in HDFC in the Asia ex-Japan long-only portfolio. At 2x 12-month forward adjusted book, compared with a five-year average forward price-to-book ratio (P/BV) of 2.6x, Wood feels HDFC’s valuation remains attractive. Among Indian stocks, besides HDFC, Wood also holds Reliance Industries (RIL), Maruti Suzuki, SBI Life Insurance, ICICI Lombard General Insurance, DLF, and Cipla in his Asia ex-Japan thematic equity portfolio for long-only absolute-return investors. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex rose 350 points to 40,080 levels and Nifty reclaimed the 11,750-mark

Friday, October 16, 2020
Markets in India were steady and trading nearly a percent higher today morning(16th October 2020). Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex rose 350 points, or 0.9 percent, to 40,080 levels and the Nifty50 index reclaimed the 11,750-mark. IndusInd Bank and Infosys (up 2% each) were the top Sensex gainers, followed by Tata Steel and HDFC Bank (both up 1%). Meanwhile, HCL Tech slipped over 4 percent after the announcement of its September quarter results. All the Nifty sectoral indices were trading in the green, led by Nifty IT and Nifty Bank indexes, both up 1 percent, each. In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were both up half a percent, each. Six companies, including Bajaj Consumer Care, and Federal Bank are scheduled to announce their quarterly earnings today.

Tata Exlsi shares gains 5 percent on strong September quarter earnings

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Shares of design and technology services provider Tata Elxsi on Thursday rose by over 5 per cent and hit a record high of Rs 1,533.55 on the BSE in early trade on the stock exchange after the company reported a 58.3 per cent increase in net profit to Rs 78.8 crore for the September quarter. It had reported a net profit of Rs 49.8 crore in the year-ago period, The company's operational revenues grew 11.5 per cent YoY at Rs 430 crore from Rs 385.8 crore in the corresponding period a year ago. The company’s growth was driven by both its key businesses – Embedded Product Design (EPD) and Industrial Design & Visualisation (IDV). Read more

Key factors that dragged the markets lower

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Snapping its ten-day gaining streak, the Indian stock market came under selling pressure today amid weak global cues and profit-booking in recent outperformers such as RIL and information technology (IT) counters. Bluechip indices have rallied for 10 straight days, the biggest rally in 13 years, and have shown signs of fatigue in the last few days. Analysts expect volatility to remain and suggest cautious stock picking. India VIX, the measure of volatility, spiked over 9 percent. Equity investors lost Rs 3.3 lakh crore in the Thursday session as the total market cap of BSE-listed companies slid to Rs 157.22 lakh crore. Why the fall? 1. Early stimulus hopes fade: US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi were "far apart" on another coronavirus economic relief package, and that a deal would be hard to reach before the November 3 elections. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down1066 points, Nifty at 11680.35

Thursday, October 15, 2020
At close, the Sensex was down 1,066.33 points or 2.61% at 39728.41, and the Nifty was down 290.60 points or 2.43% at 11680.40 as governments across Europe tightened restrictions to battle an accelerating second wave of Covid-19 infections. Asian Paints, Coal India Hero MotoCorp and JSW Steel were among major gainers on the Nifty, while losers were Bajaj Finance, Tech Mahindra, IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank and SBI. About 802 shares have advanced, 1797 shares declined, and 145 shares are unchanged. The volatility index jumped over 9 per cent to 22.05 levels. BSE MidCap index slipped 1.75 per cent and the BSE SmallCap index fell 1.45 per cent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex down 90 points around 40,700 levels and Nifty hovered around 11,950

Thursday, October 15, 2020
The benchmark indices in India were trading lower today(15th October 2020) after quickly giving up the opening gains. The S&P BSE Sensex was tr