MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex up 54 points at 61,277 and NSE Nifty50 36 points up 18,292

Monday, January 17, 2022
The Indian benchmark indices started on a slightly positive note today(117th January 2022) amid mixed global cues. The BSE Sensex was up 54 points at 61,277 and the NSE Nifty50 was 36 points up 18,292. In the broader market, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were also in green and were up 0.4 and 0.6 percent, respectively. Among the Sensex-30 constituents, Maruti, SBI, Infosys, Bajaj Finserv, ICICI Bank, PowerGrid, HDFC Bank, and RIL were the top gainers. On the Nifty, Hero MotoCorp, Tata Motors, ONGC, and BPCL were the additional gainers. On the downside, HCL Tech was the biggest loser, down over 6 percent on the NSE. The IT major had reported its Q3 results over the weekend. While it met street expectations on quarterly revenue and profit. On a yearly basis, the company's PAT fell 13 percent. Read more

Closing Bell: BSE Sensex at 61,223, down 12 points and NSE Nifty ended 2 points down at 18,256 level

Friday, January 14, 2022
The day ended around a flat line today(14th January 2022) as benchmark indices staged a smart-recovery during the second half of the trading session, led by healthy buying in metal and PSU bank stocks. The markets, however, snapped their five-day winning run and ended lower amid weak global cues. The BSE Sensex index opened gap-down and hit a low of 60,757 in early deals today. It staged a smart come-back and bounced 567 points intraday to hit a high of 61,324.5. However, losses in private banks and select heavyweights such as HUL and Bharti Airtel held it from ending in the green zone. By the close, the BSE 30-pack index stood at 61,223, down 12 points or 0.02 percent. Following a similar trajectory, the NSE Nifty hit a low of 18,120 in early deals but recouped losses to hit a high of 18,287. It, eventually, pared gains and ended 2 points down at 18,256 level. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex down 182 points at 61,053 and the NSE Nifty 54 points lower at 18,203

Friday, January 14, 2022
The benchmark indices in India were seen recouping opening losses and were down up to 0.3 percent today (14th Jan.2022). The BSE Sensex was now down 182 points at 61,053 and the NSE Nifty was 54 points lower at 18,203. The mild recovery in the indices was being supported by gains in heavyweights RIL (up nearly 1 percent) and HDFC Bank( up 0.5 percent), followed by L&T, Ultratech Cement, and Maruti. On the Nifty, Tata Consumer, IOC, BPCL, and SBI Life were the additional gainers. The majority of stocks (30), however, were still negative. Broader indices BSE MidCap and SmallCap were, however, outperforming the benchmarks and were up 0.2 and 0.3 percent, respectively. Read more

Closing bell:Sensex ends choppy day 85 pts up(61,235), NSE Nifty50 ended at 18,257, up 44 points

Thursday, January 13, 2022
Frontline indices whipsawed around the flat line today(13th January 2022) as tepid economic data back home and somber global mood hit sentiment. Besides, weekly F&O expiry also added to the volatility. After starting around 150 points higher at 61,260, the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex hit a high of 61,348 but erased all the gains to enter the red zone. The index hit a low of 60,950 but managed to eke out gains in the fag-end of the session to close at 61,235. This was 85 points, or 0.14 percent, higher than yesterday's close. Following a similar trajectory, the NSE Nifty50 hit a high of 18,272 and a low of 18,164 during the day. It ended at 18,257, up 44 points or 0.24 percent. Tata Steel, JSW Steel, Coal India, Sun Pharma, UPL, Divis Labs, and L&T were the top gainers on the 50-share index, rising between 2 and 6 percent. Read more

POSCO, Adani Group to invest $5 bn in green projects

Thursday, January 13, 2022
POSCO and the Adani Group together will be investing up to $5 billion and have agreed to explore business cooperation opportunities, including the establishment of green, environment-friendly integrated steel mill at Mundra, Gujarat, as well as other businesses. The non-binding MoU signed between POSCO and Adani will see further collaboration at the group business level in various industries such as renewable energy, hydrogen, and logistics in response to carbon reduction requirements. Both the parties are examining various options to cooperate and leverage the technical, financial, and operational strengths of each company. The collaboration includes evaluating a joint Integrated Steel Mill at Mundra, Gujarat, based on POSCO’s state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge R&D capability, said Adani in its release. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex 115 points higher at 61,265, while the NSE Nifty 37 points up at 18,250

Thursday, January 13, 2022
In the Indian markets, benchmark indices today (13th January 2021)steadily held opening gains in early morning trade. The BSE Sensex was 115 points higher at 61,265, while the NSE Nifty was 37 points up at 18,250. On the Sensex, Tata Steel and PowerGrid were the leading gainers, up 3 percent each, followed by Sun Pharma, NTPC, ITC, L&T, and RIL. On the flip side, Wipro was the biggest loser, down 5 percent, after the company fell short of market expectation, as it’s net profit was up 1.3 percent on a quarter on quarter (QoQ) basis at Rs 2,969 crore for the third quarter ended December 2021 (Q3FY22). READ HERE. HDFC Bank, HCL Tech, M&M, Titan, Asian Paints, Axis Bank, and IndusInd Bank were the other notable losers. Read more

Closing bell: BSE Sensex ended 553 points higher at 61,150 and NSE Nifty ended with a gain of 156 points at 18,212

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
The Indian benchmark indices extended their winning run into the fourth straight trading session backed by solid gains in index heavyweights - Reliance Industries, Infosys, ICICI Bank, and Bharti Airtel. Reliance and Airtel were in the limelight, on reports that the three telecom majors (Jio, Airtel, Voda Idea) have sought 90-95 percent reduction in 5G spectrum auction prices. The IT shares were expected to be in focus owing to results announcements from Infosys, TCS, and Wipro. While IT major Infosys ended with a gain of 1.1 percent, TCS and Wipro, however, were down 1.5 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively, in trades awaiting the Q3 result announcements. Read more

GOI seeks Rs 15-trn valuation for LIC in India's biggest IPO

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
GOI is pushing for a valuation of about Rs 15 trillion ($203 billion) for LIC that’s soon expected to file for the nation’s biggest initial public offering, people familiar with the matter said, even as arrangers awaited a final report on the firm’s estimated worth. The so-called embedded value of Life Insurance Corp. of India is likely to be more than Rs 4 trillion, and its market value could be about four times that amount, the people said, asking not to be identified as the discussions are private. Once the final report is in, the valuation the government is seeking could change. Embedded value, a key metric for insurers, combines the current value of future profits with the net value of assets. The gauge will be part of LIC’s IPO prospectus that’s likely to be filed in the week starting Jan. 31. Typically, the market value of insurers is between three and five times the embedded value. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex up 343 points 60,960, and NSE Nifty nearly 100 points higher at 18,154

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
The Indian benchmark indices were firm in early morning deals today(12th January 2022) holding their opening gains on the back of buying in heavyweight RIL, private lender HDFC and select banking counters such as ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank, and SBI. All of these were up between 0.9-1.6 percent. The BSE Sensex was up 343 points 60,960, after reclaiming the 61,000 mark at open. The NSE Nifty was nearly 100 points higher at 18,154. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices too were firmly positive and were up 0.7 and 0.8 percent, respectively. Sectorally, on the NSE, the Realty index was the leading gainer, up nearly 3 percent, followed by metals, energy, and PSU Banks. Read more

Voda Idea down 20 percent as board approves conversion of govt dues into equity

Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Shares of Vodafone Idea slumped 20 percent to Rs 12.05 on the BSE in Tuesday’s intraday trade after the telecom company’s board approved a plan to convert the full amount of interest related to spectrum auction installments and adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues into government equity."Since the average price of the Company’s shares at the relevant date of 14.08.2021 was below par value, the equity shares will be issued to the Government at a par value of Rs 10/- per share, subject to final confirmation by the DoT. The conversion will therefore result in dilution to all the existing shareholders of the Company, including the Promoters," Vodafone Idea said. The new shareholding structure at Vodafone Idea, with the government, set to hold around a 35.8 percent stake, could turn out to be a significant breakthrough for the financially-stretched mobile operator. It leaves Vodafone with a 28.5 percent holding, while the Aditya Birla Group's stake will be at 17.8 percent. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 221 points, Nifty at 18055.75

Tuesday, January 11, 2022
At close, the Sensex was up 221.26 points or 0.37% at 60616.89, and the Nifty was up 52.50 points or 0.29% at 18055.80 higher in the volatile session on January 11 led by the IT, power, realty stocks. IndusInd Bank, HDFC, Tata Consumer Products, Hindalco Industries, and Britannia Industries were among major gainers on the Nifty, while Tata Steel, JSW Steel, Coal India, Bajaj Finance, and Nestle India were the major losers. About 1757 shares have advanced, 1481 shares declined, and 55 shares are unchanged. Among sectors, the metal index fell over 2 percent, while buying was seen in the IT, power, oil & gas, and realty stocks. The BSE midcap and smallcap indices ended flat.

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex up over 174 points at 60,570, and NSE Nifty at 18,047, higher by 44 points

Tuesday, January 11, 2022
The Indian benchmark indices started on a positive note today(11th January 2022) extending the previous session's strong rally. The BSE Sensex was up over 174 points at 60,570, and the NSE Nifty was at 18,047, higher by 44 points. In the broader market, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were also in the green zone and were up 0.2 and 0.6 percent, respectively. Among the Sensex-30 constituents, HDFC, NTPC, Ultratech Cement, PowerGrid, Sun Pharma, HUL, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finserv, Titan, and Dr. Reddy's were the top gainers, up between 0.4-1.6 percent. On the Nifty, Grasim, Tata Consumer, Shree Cement were the additional gainers. Meanwhile, Tata Steel, Bajaj Finance, Asian Paints, M&M, Kotak Bank, L&T, ICICI Bank, SBI, and Axis Bank were the top losers, down 0.3-4 percent on the BSE. Read more

Banks see uptick in credit growth and asset quality likely to improve

Monday, January 10, 2022
According to some analysts, banks saw some uptick in credit growth during the October – December period of 2021, which could help them report better profitability. The credit growth remained sluggish since the start of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in March 2020. Q3FY22 saw loan growth improving due to festive season demand along with pent-up demand as there were minimum economic disruptions due to lockdowns. According to Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) data, year-on-year loan growth of banks inched up to 7.3 percent by the end of September, from about 6.1 percent in June end. "Q3FY22 is expected to be sequentially better on the growth and operational front for lenders, in general, barring a few exceptions,” ICICI Securities said in a note. Read more

Paytm sinks to record low as Macquarie expects more downside

Monday, January 10, 2022
Shares of One97 Communications, the parent company of digital payments major Paytm, hit a new low of Rs 1,153, down 6 percent on the BSE in Monday’s intra-day trade after global brokerage Macquarie maintained its ‘underperform’ rating on the stock and reduced its target price (TP) to Rs 900. It also suggested that the company’s future earnings growth may be worse than it had earlier forecast. The target suggests a 58 percent downside over the issue price of Rs 2,150. From prevailing levels, the target suggests 26 percent downside potential. Shares of Paytm have had an abysmal journey on Dalal Street so far since listing in November last year. The brokerage firm has also cut its earnings projections for Paytm. “We are roughly cutting revenue estimates for FY21-26E on an average by 10% every year due to lower distribution and commerce/cloud revenues offset partially by higher payment revenues,” Macquarie said. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 651 points, Nifty at 18003.30

Monday, January 10, 2022
At close, the Sensex was up 650.98 points or 1.09% at 60,395.63, and the Nifty was up 190.60 points or 1.07% at 18,003.30 was mainly lifted by automobile counters, along with select financials. Hero MotoCorp, Titan, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, SBI, and L&T were the top gainers. Wipro, Divis Labs, Nestle India, Tata Consumer Products, Asian Paints, and Power Grid were the laggards. About 2472 shares have advanced, 948 shares declined, and 88 shares are unchanged. All the sectoral indices ended in the green with PSU Bank, IT, Auto, Capital Goods, Power, Bank, Realty indices up 1-3 percent. The BSE MidCap index added 0.7 percent while the BSE SmallCap index gained 1.2 percent.

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex up 464 points at 60,209, and NSE Nifty higher by 136 points at 17,949

Monday, January 10, 2022
The Indian benchmark indices today (10th Jan.2021) were firmly holding their opening gains amid broad-based buying and gains in heavyweights ITC, Infosys, and HDFC Bank. The BSE Sensex was up 464 points at 60,209, and the NSE Nifty was higher by 136 points at 17,949. The two indices were up 0.8 percent each. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were also higher by up to 0.9 percent. Among the top gainers were Maruti (up 3.6 percent), ITC (up 2.1 percent) Infosys (up 1.7 percent), and banking stocks on the Sensex. Further, shares of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) jumped 3 percent to Rs 3,979.90 on the BSE after India's largest information technology (IT) firm said its board will consider a buyback proposal on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. The stock traded close to its record high level of Rs 3,990 touched on October 8, 2021. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex at 59,869, up 267 points, while the Nifty50 79 points higher at 17,825

Friday, January 7, 2022
The Indian benchmark indices started on a fairly positive note today (7th January 2022) a day after heavy sell-offs on weak global cues. The BSE Sensex was at 59,869, up 267 points, while the Nifty50 was 79 points higher at 17,825. The two indices were 0.46 percent up, as compared to yesterday's over 1 percent fall. In the broader market, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were also in green and were up 0.5 and 0.6 percent, respectively. Among the Sensex-30 constituents, Titan, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, PowerGrid, SBI, and RILwere the top gainers.

Will 'Omicron' force RBI to delay policy normalisation?

Thursday, January 6, 2022
Many economists are expecting RBI to delay the policy normalisation move, which is expected in the February review since COVID-19 infections spike in the country resulting in restrictions in various states and impacting the fragile recovery. The country has reported a single-day rise of 58,097 new COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday morning-the highest in around 199 days- of which 2,135 are Omicron cases and later in the day, the first confirmed Omicron-related death has also been reported. The active cases were recorded above 2 lakh after around 81 days and the COVID toll has climbed to 4,82,551 with 534 daily fatalities. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex 680 points lower at 59,542, and NSE Nifty at 17,730, lower by 195 points

Thursday, January 6, 2022
The Indian benchmark indices were deep in the red as they ended a streak of four-day gains with sharp losses today(6th January 2022). The BSE Sensex was 680 points lower at 59,542, and the NSE Nifty was 17,730, lower by 195 points. The two indices were down over 1 percent each. In tandem with this, the broader markets were also negative but were seen trimming losses. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were down 0.6 and 0.4 percent, as compared to the 1 percent fall in the benchmarks. Sectoral rotation in favour of financials, particularly leading banks, is a likely scenario in 2022. There are market signals and macro triggers favouring financials. So, market corrections may be used to buy high-quality financials and large-cap IT, he said. Read more

New and Stricter Covid-19 curbs back in India as Omicron cases multiply

Wednesday, January 5, 2022
India is in the emerging stage of the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic with a surge in Omicron cases amid an increase in the test positivity rate, more than 37,000 cases on Tuesday (the highest in 118 days), and an uptick in hospitalisation. The number of Omicron cases in the country detected till Tuesday morning reached 1,892. Experts have warned in a country with a huge population such as India, a small proportion of severe Omicron cases could put the health infrastructure to the test. More restrictions such as weekend curfews halved capacity in private offices, and work from home in government offices was imposed in Delhi while the Mumbai authorities warned of lockdown measures if the number of daily cases crossed 20,000. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex up 100 points at 59,962, and NSE Nifty at 17,839, higher by 34 points

Wednesday, January 5, 2022
The Indian benchmark indices were seen recovering slightly in early morning deals in a volatile market today(5th January 2021). The BSE Sensex was up nearly 100 points at 59,962, and the NSE Nifty was at 17,839, higher by 34 points. Banking counters were the leading gainers with the Nifty Bank index up 1.2 percent. The top gainers on the Sensex were Bajaj twins(up 2 percent), followed by HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, SBI, up percent each. Metal stocks were also strong with APL Apollo, Jindal Steel, SAIL, JSW Steel, NMDC, HindCopper, Tata Steel, up between 0.6-1.8 percent. On the flip side, IT and Pharma stocks were the major laggards. Tech Mahindra, HCL Technology, Wipro, Infosys, and TCS were trading 0.8-2 percent lower on the BSE. Read more

As bulls ignore Omicron fears investors add Rs 1.87 lakh cr

Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Traders on Dalal Street continued to shrug off rapidly rising Covid-19 cases and increasing curbs by buying power and financials stocks and sent benchmark indices soaring for the third straight day today(4th Jan.2020). Mumbai has said it will enforce lockdown if daily virus cases jump above 20,000 while Delhi is going for a weekend curfew. Other states are also enforcing curbs that will likely impact consumer-focused companies. The 30-share pack Senex advanced 672.71 points or 1.14 percent to close at 59,855.93. Its broader peer NSE Nifty rose 179.55 points or 1.02 percent to 17,805.25. Thanks to the rally, equity investors grew their wealth by Rs 1.87 lakh crore as the BSE market cap climbed to Rs 271.13 lakh crore. In the past three sessions' market rally, investors' wealth ballooned by Rs 7.75 lakh crore.

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex 332 points up at 59,515 and the NSE Nifty at 17,714, higher by 90 points

Tuesday, January 4, 2022
The Indian benchmark indices extended opening gains and were rallying 0.5 percent higher today(4th January 2022). The BSE Sensex was 332 points up at 59,515 and the NSE Nifty was at 17,714, higher by 90 points. Energy majors NTPC and PowerGrid were the top gainers on the Sensex, up over 3 percent each, followed by banking stocks such as Axis Bank, SBI Bank, ICICI Bank, and heavyweight Reliance Industries. On the flip side, IT stocks Infosys, Wipro, and HCL Technology were down between 0.6-0.8 percent. Pharma stocks Sun Pharma and Dr. Reddy's were also in the red zone. Meanwhile, the broader market was also positive. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were up 0.1 and 0.3 percent, respectively. Read more

India's Manufacturing PMI falls to three month low in December amid Covid fears

Monday, January 3, 2022
India’s manufacturing activity lost some momentum in December falling to a three-month low after hitting a 10 month high in November, amid fears that the rapidly spreading third wave of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic may hit consumer sentiment and output. Data released by the analytics firm IHS Markit showed that the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing fell to 55.5 in December from 57.6 in November. A reading above 50 indicates expansion in economic activity and a number below that signals contraction. “Companies continued with their stock-building initiatives, as evidenced by another robust upturn in buying levels. Business confidence strengthened, but sentiment was again dampened by concerns surrounding supply-chain disruptions, Covid-19 and inflationary pressures,” the data analytics firm said. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex waat 58, 587, up 334 points, while the Nifty50 was at 17,464, 110 points higher

Monday, January 3, 2022
The Indian benchmark indices started on a positive note on the first trading day of the new year(3rd January 2022) and were up by 0.6 percent. The BSE Sensex was at 58, 587, up 334 points, while the Nifty50 was at 17,464, 110 points higher. In the broader market, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were also in the green and were up 0.5 and 0.8 percent. Among the Sensex-30 constituents, Tech Mahindra, TCS, Wipro, Asian Paints, HCL tech, PowerGrid, Infosys, NTPC, Titan, RIL were the top gainers, up 0.6-1 percent. While Ultratech Cement and M&M were the losers. All sectoral indices were also positive except pharma.

For 2022 analysts are betting on IT services, telecom and financials

Friday, December 31, 2021
With the frontline indices – the S&P BSE Sensex and Nifty 50 – surging over 20 percent each and to hit new highs during the calendar year despite threats from Coronavirus variants – Delta and Omicron, high crude oil prices, and change in monetary policy stance by central bankers around the world, the Dalal Street witnessed a record-breaking 2021. Sector-wise, 2021 belonged to power, metal, realty, and information technology sectors that were among the top performers in the year gone by. The phenomenal subscription levels of some of the initial public offers (IPO) and stellar listing saw the BSE IPO index notch up gains of around 54 percent during the year, data show. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex crossed the 58,000 mark and at 58,131, up over 300 points, while the NSE Nifty up nearly 100 points at 17,300

Friday, December 31, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices had a positive start today after four days of muted action and rallied up to 0.6 percent. The BSE Sensex crossed the 58,000 mark and was at 58,131, up over 300 points, while the NSE Nifty was up nearly 100 points at 17,300. The broader markets were also in the green. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were 0.7and 0.9 percent higher, respectively. Among the Sensex-30 shares, Titan, Kotak Bank, Axis Bank, Tata Steel, ICICI Bank, Ultratech Cement, Reliance, Bharti Airtel, M&M, ITC, HUL, were among the major gainers, up 0.6-2 percent. On the Nifty, Hindalco (up 3.5 percent), Tata Motors( up 1.8 percent), and Grasim( up 1.4 percent) were the additional gainers. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 90.99, Nifty at 17203.95

Thursday, December 30, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 90.99 points or 0.16% at 57,806.49, and the Nifty was down 19.70 points or 0.11% at 17,213.60 as investors preferred to stay on the sidelines amid the year-end celebrative mood. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Tata Steel, Bajaj Finance, State Bank of India (SBI), Maruti Suzuki, among others contributed the most to indices loss. Eicher Motors, Sun Pharma, Bajaj Auto, IndusInd Bank, and Divis Labs were among the top Nifty gainers. About 1969 shares have advanced, 1317 shares declined, and 96 shares are unchanged. The BSE Midcap was down 0.2 percent, while the Smallcap was up 0.3 percent. Among sectoral indices, the BSE Energy, Oil & Gas and Metal indices declined over a percent each, while the IT index ended a percent higher. India VIX was up nearly 2 percent to 16.57 levels.

MARKET UPDATE:volatile;BSE Sensex nearly 50 points lower at 57,755 while the Nifty50 testing the 17,200-mark

Thursday, December 30, 2021
The benchmark indices opened on a quiet note for a second day amid slow investor participation and concerns around the omicron variant. The BSE Sensex was nearly 50 points lower at 57,755, while the Nifty50 was testing the 17,200-mark. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap was 0.1 percent lower dragged by RBL Bank, Oberoi Realty, Shriram Transport Finance, Godrej Properties, Indian Hotels, Lodha, JSW Energy, IRCTC, down 1-3 percent. The BSE SmallCap index was, however, in the green zone, up 0.3 percent. Among Sensex-30 constituents, PowerGrid, Wipro, Tata Steel, Titan, Bharti Airtel, HCL Technologies, Tech Mahindra, Dr. Reddy's, Maruti, TCS, Infosys were the leading gainers, up 0.3-1 percent. On the Nifty, Tata Consumer was the additional gainer. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex testing the 58,000-mark,up over 100 points and the Nifty50 nearky 30 points higher, at 17,272

Wednesday, December 29, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices continued to inch up and held onto mild gains today (29th December 2021). The BSE Sensex was testing the 58,000-mark and was up over 100 points, while the NSE Nifty 50 was nearly 30 points higher, at 17,272. The broader market was a bit higher than the frontline indices. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading 0.4 and 0.7 percent higher, respectively. Among stocks, Amara Raja Batteries was up 1 percent after the company, as part of its strategic initiatives to venture into the new-energy business and EV batteries agreed to invest up to Euro 10 million by way of equity and convertible bonds in InBot Auto AS, Oslo Norway. Read more

Indian economy was growing steadily before Omicron hit

Tuesday, December 28, 2021
In the month of November that saw the omicron variant of coronavirus induce fresh concerns about risks to the recovery, India’s economy was expanding at a steady pace. All eight high-frequency indicators tracked by Bloomberg News were steady last month, keeping the needle on a dial measuring the so-called ‘Animal Spirits’ unchanged at 5. The level was arrived at by using the three-month weighted average readings to smooth out volatility in the single-month scores. But the pace of activity based on indicators from demand for services to factory output-faces threats from rising cases of the omicron variant first detected in South Africa toward the end of last month. While the Reserve Bank of India this month kept its full-year growth forecast steady at 9.5%, Governor Shaktikanta Das sounded cautious, saying “it is too premature to gauge” the effects of the new strain at this stage. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 393 points at 57,814 and the Nifty50 at 17200, up 114 points

Tuesday, December 28, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices opened higher today(28th Dec.2021) supported by robust global sentiment and were rallying up to 0.7 percent. The BSE Sensex was up 393 points at 57,814 and the Nifty50 was at 17200, up 114 points. In line with this, broader market indices-BSE MidCap and SmallCap-were also in the positive zone, trading 0.5 percent and 0.8 percent up, respectively. On the NSe, Nifty SmallCap 100 and 250 indices were leading the gains, trading 1.2 percent up. On the Sensex, apart from Dr. Reddy's Labs, down 0.5 percent, the rest were trading in the green. Asian Paints, HCL Technology, PowerGrid, Infosys, NTPC, Axis Bank, Tech Mahindra, Bajaj Finserv, SBI Bank were the leading gainers, up 0.6-1.4 percent. Read more

GMR Infra gains 12 percent on agreement with Indonesia’s Angkasa Pura II for Medan Airport

Monday, December 27, 2021
Shares of GMR Infrastructure surged 13 percent to Rs 48.45 on the BSE in Monday’s intra-day trade after the GMR Group signed a shareholders agreement with Indonesia's Angkasa Pura II for the development and operation of Kualanamu International Airport in Medan, Indonesia.on December 23. The project scope includes operation, development, and expansion of the airport over a period of 25 years. Kualanamu International Airport is an operating Airport with healthy cash flows, the company said. With the signing of the agreements, GMR enters into a 49:51 partnership with APII, the state-owned enterprise and the bidding authority for the Kualanamu International Airport. The consortium will transform Kualanamu International Airport into the Western International hub of Indonesia. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 296 points, Nifty at 17086.25

Monday, December 27, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 296 points or 0.52% at 57420.24, and the Nifty was up 82.50 points or 0.49% at 17086.25. Tech Mahindra, Dr. Reddy’s, PowerGrid Corporation of India, Kotak Mahindra Bank, ICICI Bank, Sun Pharma, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), HDFC Bank were among top index gainers. On the contrary, Asian Paints, IndusInd Bank, Maruti Suzuki, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and Bharti Airtel were top index laggards. About 1944 shares have advanced, 1285 shares declined, and 124 shares are unchanged. The BSE Midcap and Smallcap were up 0.3 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively. Among sectors, the BSE Healthcare index surged 1.3 percent. The Bankex was the other notable gainer. Most sectoral indices ended with gains in the range of 0.3-0.5 percent each. Nifty Bank gained 0.58 percent to finish trade at 35,058.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex nearly 500 points down to quote at 56,618 level while the Nifty at 16,891, down 158 points

Monday, December 27, 2021
Indian benchmark indices opened lower today(27th December 2021) amid weak sentiment. The BSE Sensex was trading nearly 500 points down to quote at 56,618 level while the Nifty50 was at 16,891, down 158 points. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were also in the red zone, trading 1 percent lower. Among individual stocks that comprise the Sensex, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Finserv, Asian Paints, Maruti Suzuki, and Axis Bank were among the top losers that slipped 0.7 percent to 4.6 percent. RBL Bank lost 15 percent to Rs 146 levels after the bank said over the weekend that Vishwavir Ahuja, its managing director, and chief executive officer, had gone on leave after the Reserve Bank of India appointed Yogesh K Dayal as an additional director of the bank. Action for RBL is important in light of the problems encountered by private lenders like YES Bank and Lakshmi Vilas Bank last year. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex, Nifty volatile;Sensex around 57,300, down 10 points while the Nifty little changed at 17,050

Friday, December 24, 2021
Indian benchmark indices started on a muted note today(24th December 2021). The BSE Sensex was around 57,300, down 10 points while the Nifty50 was little changed at 17,050. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices slipped up to 0.45 percent. Data Patterns (India) is set to debut on a stellar note today. The IPO had received a strong response with subscriptions of more than 111 times. The Grey Market Premium (GMP) indicates a likely 45-50 percent listing gain versus the issue price of Rs 585 per share.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex surged 261 points to quote at 57,224 level while Nifty at 17,039 up 83 points

Thursday, December 23, 2021
Indian benchmark indices, in line with positive global market trends, the benchmark indices opened higher and rose up to 0.5% today(23rd Dec.2021). The BSE Sensex surged 261 points to quote at 57,224 level while the Nifty50 was at 17,039, up 83 points. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices gained 0.6 per cent each.

Wipro acquires US-based Cybersecurity Firm Edgile

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Shares of Wipro moved higher by 3 percent to Rs 689.80 on the BSE in Tuesday's intra-day trade after the information technology (IT) firm announced that it will acquire Austin, Texas-headquartered Edgile for $230 million, a cybersecurity consulting provider that focuses on risk and compliance, information and cloud security, and digital identity. Wipro said that with Edgile, it will develop Wipro CyberTransform an integrated suite that will help enterprises enhance boardroom governance of cybersecurity risk and invest in robust strategies. In addition, the company's "strategy-first" approach and "QuickStart" solutions will allow the combined entity to deliver enhanced value in strategic cybersecurity services, Wipro said in the regulatory filing The transaction is expected to be completed before March 31, 2022, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex up 497 points, Nifty at 16770.85

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 497 points or 0.89% at 56,319.01, and the Nifty was up 156.60 points or 0.94% at 16,770.80, as investors looked for value in beaten-down shares. HCL Tech was the top gainer on Sensex, followed by Tech Mahindra, and Tata Steel. Power Grid was the worst Sensex performer, followed by Axis Bank, and Bajaj Finance. About 2204 shares have advanced, 1033 shares declined, and 111 shares are unchanged. The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices finished with gains of 1.4 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively. Among sectoral indices, the BSE Metal index surged 3 percent. The Consumer Durables index was up 2.2 percent, while the IT, Telecom, and Realty indices rallied around 1.5 percent each.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex hit highs of 56,504 (up nearly 650 points) while Nifty at 16,807 levels, up 192 points

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Indian benchmark indices started higher today(21st December 2021), after two days of relentless selling, on the back of broad-based buying. The BSE Sensex climbed 468.5 points at 56,290.5 level while the Nifty50 tested the 16,750-mark, up 128 points. Soon after, the indices extended gains and hit highs of 56,504 (up nearly 650 points) and 16,807 (up 192 points). All the 30 index constituents on the Sensex were ruling higher led by Titan (up 2.5 percent), HCL Tech, Tata Steel, L&T, and ICICI Bank. On the Nifty, only Eicher Motors was in the negative zone. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices on the BSE gained up to 1 percent. Among individual stocks, the shares of IDBI Bank were up 1 percent after the bank clarified that Mumbai-based diamond merchant Sanghavi Diamonds has defaulted on a loan worth Rs 16.72 crore as against the reported amount of Rs 6,710 crore. Read more

Future Group stocks rally up to 20% after CCI suspends Amazon-FRL deal

Monday, December 20, 2021
Shares of Future Group's listed companies rallied up to 20 percent on the BSE in Monday's trade, in an otherwise weak market, after the Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Friday suspended Amazon's 2019 deal with Future Retail (FRL). The antitrust agency has also imposed a ₹ 202 crore penalty on the e-commerce major for certain contraventions. In its 57-page order, CCI said, “It considered necessary to examine the combination afresh, given that the two players were known in the online marketplace and offline retailing and had contemplated strategic alignment between their businesses.” The ruling by CCI assumes significance amid the long-drawn bitter legal battle between Amazon and Future Group over the Indian entity's proposed Rs 24,713 crore-deal with Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd (RRVL). Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 1190 points, Nifty at 16614.20

Monday, December 20, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 1,189.73 points or 2.09% at 55,822.01, and the Nifty was down 371.00 points or 2.18% at 16,614.20, as the market sentiment was dented amid fears of a severe-than-expected economic impact owing to the Omicron variant, recently announced hawkish policy stances by global central bankers and persistent FIIs selling. Hindustan Unilever was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. Tata Steel was the worst Sensex performer, followed by the State Bank of India, IndusInd Bank, and Bajaj Finance. About 621 shares have advanced, 2604 shares declined, and 97 shares are unchanged. The BSE Midcap and the Smallcap - also recovered partially but still ended with losses in excess of 3 percent each. All the sectoral indices ended in the red with the realty, bank, capital goods, and metal indices falling 3-4 percent. India VIX closed 16% higher, regaining 18.97 levels.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex quoted 653 points lower at 56,358 level while Nifty broke below the 16,800-mark at 16,795, down 190 points

Monday, December 20, 2021
Indian benchmark indices opened lower today (20th Dec.2021) as investors continue to track the spread of the Omicron Covid variant. The World Health Organization recently warned that the number of cases is doubling in 1.5 to 3 days in areas with community spread. That apart, Asian stocks dropped in early trading today after China slashed its benchmark lending rate for the first time in more than one-and-a-half years. The move likely indicates policymakers' concerns around the slowing economic growth in China, which worried investors. The BSE Sensex quoted 653 points lower at 56,358 level while the Nifty50 broke below the 16,800-mark at 16,795, down 190 points. Both the indices were down over 1 percent each. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices fell 2 percent each. Read more

No relaxation in asset classification, provisioning norms for NBFCs : RBI

Friday, December 17, 2021
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has turned down the request of non-banking financial companies (NBFC) to relax asset classification and provisioning norms. This will give rise to bad debt numbers of such para banks on technical grounds while making asset quality norms standardised across banks and NBFCs. The para banks are now rapidly filling in the positions left vacant by the risk-averse banks, and their asset book is close to 20 percent of banks’ total credit. The NBFC lobby group Finance Industry Development Council (FIDC) had approached the RBI to offer relaxation in the NPA norms, but the RBI has declined to do so, according to the sources. Read more

Persistent Systems gains around 5 percent after bagging deal from ATOSS

Friday, December 17, 2021
Shares of Persistent Systems gained around 5 percent today and hit a 52 week high of Rs 4753 after German software provider ATOSS chose Persistent to transform its customer relationship management with the help of salesforce integrations. Persistent has proven to be a trustworthy partner during the system evaluation process and has given us advice about the options Salesforce offered. ATOSS will use the company's Salesforce platform to automate sales, integrate with existing back-end systems and introduce customer service and event management. Persistent will first implement Sales Cloud to replace and redefine the current sales and service processes at ATOSS.The project will advance ATOSS' strategic goals of long-term customer loyalty through sustainable growth, standardisation, and optimisation of business processes, supported by cloud transformation, transformation of geographic research and organisational transformation, the report said. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 889 points, Nifty at 16985.20

Friday, December 17, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 889.40 points or 1.54% at 57,011.74, and the Nifty was down 263.20 points or 1.53% at 16985.20. IndusInd Bank was the top laggard of Sensex, followed by, Kotak Mahindra Bank ,with Hindustan Unilever and Titan. Infosys was the top gainer, accompanied by HCL Technologies, Power Grid, and Sun Pharma.About 913 shares have advanced, 2221 shares declined, and 76 shares are unchanged.The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices were down 2.4 per cent and 2.1 per cent, respectively. Among sectoral indices, the BSE Realty index nose-dived 4 per cent. The Energy, Bankex, Auto and Oil & Gas indices were down over 2.5 per cent each. The IT index also pared gains towards the close, still finsihed more than a per cent higher. India VIX was up 3% sitting near 16.4 levels.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex opened at 57,853.5 level,down 47.5 points while the Nifty at 17,221 levels, down 27 points

Friday, December 17, 2021
Indian equities started off on a cautious note today(17th Dec.2021) amid the acceleration of bond-buying programmes by various central banks to fight off inflation and suck excess liquidity out of the system. After the US Fed, the European Central Bank, and the Bank of Japan have decided to hasten the asset purchase programmes. That apart, the Bank of England became the first global central bank on Thursday to raise the interest rate by 25 basis points. Against this backdrop, the S&P BSE or 0.08 percent. It's NSE counterpart Nifty50, too, quoted at 17,221 levels, down 27 points in early deals. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices dipped 0.33 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively. Read more

Infosys gains 2 percent on extension of digital innovation deal with Australian Open

Thursday, December 16, 2021
Shares of Infosys gained 2 percent after the company on Thursday announced an extension of its digital innovation partnership with the Australian Open until the end of 2026.“The extended collaboration with Tennis Australia will introduce enhanced broadcast match statistics and new initiatives to make tennis more accessible for all, while continuing to develop innovative digital stakeholder experiences,” the company said in the filing.“The multiyear commitment builds on the last three years of high impact between Infosys and the AO, and follows strong results achieved in a pandemic-impacted 2021 event,” the company said.Andrew Groth, Executive Vice President, Infosys and Region Head, Australia and New Zealand said, "We are delighted to be partnering with Tennis Australia for a further five years, and to continue reimagining the Australian Open's world-class digital offerings. Read more

Steady depreciation in rupee spells trouble for stock prices

Thursday, December 16, 2021
A steady depreciation in the rupee spells trouble for the rally on D-Street. Historically, most rallies in the equity market have occurred either when the rupee has appreciated or has been stable. In contrast, a decline in the value of the rupee against the dollar has been accompanied by market decline. For example, the BSE Sensex is down around 2.6 percent since the beginning of November, against a similar 1.9 percent fall in the value of the rupee against the dollar in the period. Today (16th Dec.2021), the equity market and the rupee ended in the red. The Indian currency closed at around 76.23 to a dollar, down around 0.47 percent, from Rs 75.87 on Tuesday. In comparison, the BSE Sensex was down 0.57 percent on Wednesday. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 113 points, Nifty at 17248.40

Thursday, December 16, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 113.11 points or 0.20% at 57,901.14, and the Nifty was up 27 points or 0.16% at 17,248.40, amid weakness in auto, banking, and realty shares. The top gainer on Sensex was Bajaj Finance, followed by Infosys, Titan, and Reliance Industries. Maruti Suzuki India was the top Sensex laggard, followed by ICICI Bank, Bajaj Auto, and Sun Pharma. About 1462 shares have advanced, 1803 shares declined, and 103 shares are unchanged. The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices were down 0.6 percent each. Bank Nifty closed 0.65% lower. Among sectors, except IT and oil & gas, all other sectoral indices ended in the red.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex rose 482.5 points to quote at 58,270.5 levels while the Nifty climbed 142 points to trade at 17,362

Thursday, December 16, 2021
Indian stocks in tune with Asian stocks followed Wall Street higher today(16th Dec.2021) after the US Federal Reserve said it would end bond-buying stimulus in March to set up three interest rate increases next year to tackle heated inflation. The S&P BSE Sensex rose 482.5 points, or 0.83 percent, to quote at 58,270.5 levels in early trade. The NSE Nifty, too, climbed 142 points to trade at 17,362. The broader indices on the BSE rose in tandem as well and added up to 0.88 percent. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) laid out a scenario in which the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the emergence of the Omicron variant, gives way to a benign set of economic conditions, with inflation easing largely on its own, interest rates increasing comparatively slowly, and the unemployment rate staying low in coming years. Read more

The bumper festival season may help push India’s gold imports to as much as 900 tons this year

Thursday, December 16, 2021
A flurry of weddings is seen as couples rush to tie the knot following a lifting of some virus curbs. About 2.5 million ceremonies are estimated to have taken place since mid-November, around a quarter of this year’s expected annual total, after the government eased some restrictions around gatherings. It’s a stark turnaround for India’s jewelers, who have seen demand hammered for almost two years as the coronavirus led to the postponement of many weddings while broader financial hardship further curbed purchases. The bumper festival season may help push India’s gold imports to as much as 900 tons this year, the highest in six years, Metals Focus Ltd said. That’s up from about 350 tons last year, according to World Gold Council figures. Read more

Paytm shares shed 13% as Lock-In Period For Anchor Investors Expires

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Shares of One97 Communications, the parent company of digital payments major Paytm, slipped 13 percent to Rs 1,297.70 on the BSE in Wednesday’s intra-day trade as the company's institutional investors' one-month lock-in period expired today, December 15, 2021, adding to the pressure following a dismal debut last month. Paytm shares crashed more than 27 percent in India's largest public offering last month. Since the listing on November 22, the stock has logged losses for 13 of the 18 sessions and has never touched its IPO price band of Rs 2,080-2,150. Paytm, which counts SoftBank and Ant Group among its backers, raised $2.5 billion in its IPO, of which $1.1 billion was from institutional investors. Parth Nyati, Founder, Tradingo said Paytm may find buying interest at lower levels but it may remain in the Rs 1,300-1,700 range until the market determines its right value. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 329 points, Nifty at 17221.40

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 329.06 points or 0.57% at 57,788.03, and the Nifty was down 103.50 points or 0.60% at 17,221.40. Bajaj Finance was the top Sensex drag, followed by Bajaj Finserv, and Power Grid. On the other hand, Sun Pharma was the top gainer on Sensex, accompanied by Kotak Mahindra Bank, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Maruti Suzuki India. About 1546 shares have advanced, 1574 shares declined, and 90 shares are unchanged. The BSE Midcap index declined 0.7 percent, and the Smallcap index was down 0.4 percent. Except for Auto, all other sectoral indices ended in the red, with IT, metal, realty, and PSU bank indices down 1 percent each. India VIX closed above 17 levels, gaining 1.59%.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex down 295 points at 57,821 levels,while the Nifty down 79 points at 17,250

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Worries ahead of the US Fed outcome and increasing warning calls by the WHO against the Omicron coronavirus variant are keeping investors on the sidelines. After starting with mild gains, the benchmark indices quickly slipped into the negative zone today(15th Dec.2021). The BSE Sensex was down 295 points at 57,821 levels, while the Nifty50 was down 79 points at 17,250. All sectors, barring the metal index, were in the red. The Fed is the first among the four major global central banks, set to meet this week, to discuss whether to guard against inflation and end the current era of low-interest rates and central bank asset purchases or sit tight given the economic threat posed by the new variant. Against this backdrop, the BSE Sensex started at 58,144 level, up 27 points. The NSE Nifty, too, was little changed at 17,335.25, up 10 points.M&M (up 2 percent) was the top Sensex gainer, followed by ITC (1 percent), Axis Bank, Power Grid, NTPC, and HDFC Bank. Read more

Lupin shares gains 10 percent after getting EIR from USFDA for Goa plant

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Shares of Lupin surged 10 per cent to Rs 972.50 on the BSE in Tuesday’s intra-day trade, after the drug-maker announced that it has received the Establishment Inspection Report (EIR) from United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) for its Goa manufacturing facility. The US FDA has determined that the inspection classification of the facility is Voluntary Action Indicated (VAI), the Mumbai-headquartered company said in a regulatory exchange filing."We are very happy to have received the EIR from US FDA with Voluntary Action Indicated classification for our Goa plant. This is a significant milestone as we build back our reputation of being best-in-class in Quality and Compliance. We are committed to manufacture and supply products of the highest quality from all our manufacturing sites." said Vinita Gupta, CEO, Lupin. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 166 points, Nifty at 17324.90

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
At Close, Sensex down 166.33 points or 0.29% at 58117.09, and the Nifty shedding 43.40 points or 0.25% at 17324.90, on a negative note, and thereafer made multiple attempts to recover on the back of fresh buying interest in IT and select banking stocks.Power Grid Corporation, Nestle India, Axis Bank and Dr Reddy’s Labs were the top gainers while ITC, Bajaj Finance, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Bharti Airtel were the top losers. About 1695 shares have advanced, 1462 shares declined, and 109 shares are unchanged.The BSE Midcap index declined 0.4 per cent, While the smallcap index ended almost flat. Among the sectors, power, pharma and oil & gas ended in the green while auto, FMCG and PSU Bank index ended in the red.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex declined 383 points to 57,900 levels while the Nifty gave up 17,300-mark and was down 97 points

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
The BSE Sensex declined 383 points, or 0.66 percent, to 57,900 levels in early deals, dragged by Bajaj Finance, HDFC, IndusInd Bank, Infosys, and Kotak Bank in today's (14th Dec.2021) early deals in the background of WHO's grim statement on the 'Omicron' coronavirus variant, coupled with a downward revision of growth forecast by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The NSE Nifty, on the other hand, gave up 17,300-mark and was down 97 points. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices dipped up to 0.5 percent. Among individual stocks, shares of Shriram Transport Finance dropped over 3 percent after the Group announced a restructuring plan. As part of the plan, the Shriram Group, Shriram Capital, and Shriram City Union Finance will merge with Shriram Transport Finance Company. Those of Greenlam, on the contrary, were up 6 percent as the company plans to invest Rs 950 crore in 2-3 years as part of its Capex plan. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 503 points, Nifty at 17368.25

Monday, December 13, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 503.25 points or 0.86% at 58,283.42, and the Nifty was down 143.00 points or 0.82% at 17,368.30, on the back of weakness in select financial shares, FMCG, and index heavyweight Reliance Industries. Power Grid was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Axis Bank, Tech Mahindra, and Maruti Suzuki India. In the red was Bajaj Finance, accompanied by Bajaj Finserv, Nestle India, and Reliance Industries. About 1840 shares have advanced, 1554 shares declined, and 158 shares are unchanged. The BSE Midcap index was down 0.5 percent, while the Smallcap index was up 0.2 percent. Among sectors, except Nifty IT all other sectoral indices ended in the red. India VIX was down 2%

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex zoomed 326 points to quote at 59,113 levels while the Nifty rallied above 17,600-mark, up 100 points

Monday, December 13, 2021
On Dalal street Bulls reigned in early deals this Monday (13th December 2021), mainly due to firm global equities and bargain buying in metal and PSU bank stocks. The S&P BSE Sensex zoomed 326 points, or 0.52 percent, to quote at 59,113 levels. The Nifty50, meanwhile, rallied above the 17,600-mark, up 100 points. This was Nifty's highest level since November 21. Barring Bajaj Finance, all other Sensex stocks were trading with a bullish bias. Power Grid (up 3 percent), Axis Bank, NTPC, ICICI Bank, Sun Pharma, and Asian Paints were the outperforming stocks on the index. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices added 0.66 percent and 0.94 percent, respectively. Individually, shares of PB Fintech (Policybazaar) were down 2 percent as its anchor lock-in period ended today. Read more

Bajaj Electricals surges 12 % on board nod for business restructuring plan

Friday, December 10, 2021
Shares of Bajaj Electricals surged 11 percent to Rs 1,159.95 on the BSE in Friday’s intra-day trade after the household appliances company announced that its board approved business restructuring. The Board has informed the exchanges that it would explore a full range of options and alternatives, including demerger, subsidiarization, and strategic partnerships. The board has also approved the formation of a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, which could provide a ready vehicle to enable the above restructuring it added. Considering the varied nature and potential opportunities of each of the business segments and the need for a focused approach to unlock these opportunities, the Board of Directors of the Company has decided that the Company should undertake a comprehensive review of the existing corporate structure, the company said in a press release.The board of directors has authorized the BEL management to evaluate and recommend such options and alternatives, Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 20.60 points, Nifty at 17511.30

Friday, December 10, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 20.46 points or 0.03% at 58,786.67, and the Nifty was down 5.50 points or 0.03% at 17,511.30 amid volatility. Asian Paints was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Sun Pharma, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Maruti Suzuki India. Titan was the laggard, accompanied by Tech Mahindra, Bajaj FInserv, and HDFC. About 2024 shares have advanced, 1165 shares declined, and 125 shares are unchanged. The BSE Midcap index advanced 0.3 percent, and the Smallcap index jumped 0.8 percent. Among sectors, realty and PSU Bank indices rose nearly 3 percent each, while metal, oil & gas, power indices ended in the green. India VIX was up half a percent.

Nomura's outlook for India reg.economy,markets and investing strategy in 2022

Friday, December 10, 2021
Most brokerages, including Nomura, had downgraded Indian equities in October 2021. Heading into 2022, a change in policy stance by the US Federal Reserve (US Fed), inflation risk, and the new Covid variants are some of the risks that will impact the global economy and financial markets, including India, Nomura said. Despite these headwinds, Nomura expects Asian stocks to deliver double-digit returns by end-2022 (base case end-2022F MXASJ target is 925; around 18 percent higher from the current levels), driven largely by earnings growth and flat multiples from a low base. “Material declines for Asia stocks are unlikely, as we see several buffers this time (valuations, positioning, fundamentals). Peaking US inflation, and the bottoming out of growth and modest policy easing in China into Q1-2022 should provide relief for Asia stocks eventually,” Nomura said. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex opened 197 points lower at 58,610 levels while the Nifty at 17,480, down 36 points

Friday, December 10, 2021
Indian equities began on a quiet note today(10th December 2021) as investors await inflation data in India and the US. The S&P BSE Sensex opened 197 points, or 0.33 percent, lower at 58,610 levels. The Nifty50, meanwhile, was at 17,480, down 36 points. ITC, up 1.5 percent, extended Thursday's gains and was the top performer on the Sensex. Asian Paints, M&M, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Auto, and Sun Pharma were also among the outperforming counters on the 30-pack index. On the downside, Titan, Axis Bank, HCL Tech, Tech M, and Bajaj Finance, and RIL were limiting the upside. The broader MidCap and SmallCap indices on the BSE, on the contrary, gained 0.11 percent and 0.27 percent, respectively. Among the lot, Go Fashion was up 3.6 percent after SBI Mutual Fund acquired 1.5 million equity shares in the company via the bulk deal. Sectorally, pharma, and realty stocks were supporting the markets while financials and IT were capping the gains.

Vodafone Idea hits 52-week high, stock up 64% in 3-weeks

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Shares of Vodafone Idea (Vi) hit a fresh 52-week high of Rs 16.40, on surging 15 per cent on the BSE in Thursday’s intra-day trade amid heavy volumes after the media report suggests the firm has raised enough fund for the repayment of interest owed to bondholders within the December 13 deadline , amounting to nearly ₹ 6,000 crore. The company had also fixed the record date for the next tranche of 7.77 per cent unsecured redeemable non-convertible debentures on December 20, the report said.The stock has been on an uptrend over the last few days. Some of the other factors that may have impacted the stock positively include the ongoing efforts of the company to boost its revenue, including the recent tariff hike, traders said.In past three weeks, the stock price of Vi has zoomed 64 per cent after the company increased its prepaid tariff by 20-25 per cent from November 25, 2021. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 157.45 points, Nifty at 17516.85

Thursday, December 9, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 157.45 points or 0.27% at 58,807.13, and the Nifty was up 47 points or 0.27% at 17,516.80. ITC was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Larsen & Toubro, Asian Paints, and Reliance Industries. HDFC Bank was the top laggard, followed by Titan, Nestle India, and NTPC. About 2046 shares have advanced, 1153 shares declined, and 115 shares are unchanged. Among sectoral indices, the BSE Capital Goods index gained 2 percent. The FMCG and Energy indices were up 1.5 percent each. The Telecom and Oil & Gas indices also jumped a percent each. The Bankex, however, was down 0.5 percent. The BSE Midcap index was up 0.4 percent, and the Smallcap index had surged 0.8 percent. The volatility index continued to move lower, slipping at 3.88%.

The Rs 1,039.61 crore IPO of CE Info Systems (MapmyIndia) kicked off today

Thursday, December 9, 2021
The company has fixed the price band for the stake sale at Rs 1,000-1,033 apiece and investors can bid for a minimum of 14 shares and then in multiples thereof. The majority of the brokerage houses have suggested investors subscribe to the issue, thanks to its high growth potential, conservative valuations, robust client base, and entry barrier to the business. Founded in 1992, MapmyIndia is a leading provider of advanced digital maps, geospatial software, and location-based IoT technologies in India. While consumer-based apps like Google Maps are free, API and enterprise-based solutions are paid services and the company has an edge due to its maps being more accurate compared to peers, said Reliance Capital in its IPO note. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex jumped 224 points, at 58,874 levels while the Nifty added 60 points, to 17,530-mark

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Market bulls roared on Dalal Street for the third straight day today(9th December 2021) amid across-the-board buying. Besides, a firm global set-up amid encouraging news flow around the efficacy of Pfizer's vaccine against the Omicron variant boosted investor confidence. The S&P BSE Sensex jumped 224 points, or 0.4 percent, at 58,874 levels in early deals. The Nifty50, too, added 60 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,530-mark. BPCL, M&M, Ultratech cement, L&T, Infosys, RIL, and ICICI Bank were the outperforming large-caps on the 50-pack index. Read more

RIL gains 2% on JV with Abu Dhabi-based TA’ZIZ for chemical projects

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Shares of Reliance Industries gained 2 percent in early trade on December 8 after the company announced a partnership with Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives Company RSC Ltd (TA’ZIZ) for chemical projects worth USD 2 billion in Ruwais. The joint venture, called TA'ZIZ EDC & PVC, will construct and operate a Chlor-alkali, ethylene dichloride (EDC) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production facility, the statement said. This is the first investment by RIL in the region, the statement added. This is in line with RIL’s announcement to invest in West Asia when its oil–to-chemicals stake sale deal with Saudi Aramco was put on the back burner. The JV aims to export the materials to target markets in Southeast Asia and Africa as well as sell them domestically. Representing the first production of these chemicals in the UAE, the project will enable the substitution of imports and the creation of new local value chains, while also meeting the growing demand for these chemicals globally. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 1016 points, Nifty at 17469.75

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 1,016.03 points or 1.76% at 58,649.68, and the Nifty was up 293.10 points or 1.71% at 17,469.80 as the key benchmark indices logged back-to-back strong gains today helped by a status-quo RBI policy by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). About 2270 shares have advanced, 941 shares declined, and 121 shares are unchanged. Bajaj Finance was the top index gainer, up 3.3%, followed by ICICI Bank, Bajaj Finserv, and SBI. Power Grid was the only Sensex constituent to trade in the red. Among sectoral indices, the BSE Auto index rallied 2.3 percent and was the major percentage gainer. The rest of the prominent indices such as Energy, FMCG, Healthcare, IT, Bankex, Metal, Oil & Gas, and Realty were up 1-2 percent each. The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices were up 1.4 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively.

RBI leaves key interest rates unchanged;economy better prepared to deal with Covid, says RBI Governor

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
The Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy committee (MPC) today(8th December 2021) maintained key interest rates for a ninth straight meeting, retaining an accommodative stance amid the threat surrounding the Omicron coronavirus variant. Repo and reverse repo rates remain unchanged at 4 percent and 3.35 percent, respectively, said RBI governor Shaktikanta Das in a statement after a three-day meeting of the committee in Mumbai. The central bank maintained its FY22 GDP forecast at 9.5 percent and projected retail inflation to be at 5.3 percent. "Indian economy hauled itself out of its deepest contraction; we are better prepared to deal with Covid-19,” said the RBI Governor. "Given the slack in the economy and the ongoing catching up of activity, especially of private consumption, which is still below its pre-pandemic levels, continued policy support is warranted for a durable and broad-based recovery," he said. Read more

BSE IT Index trading at P/E multiple of 34.3x - nearly 29% higher than that of Sensex

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, Wipro, and HCL Technologies, etc., India’s leading information technology (IT) services companies, are the flavor of the season on D-Street. The IT industry valuation premium over the broader market is now at its highest level in more than a decade as investors continue to accumulate the shares of top IT companies and go underweight on at-risk sectors, such as banking, oil and gas, metals, and even fast-moving consumer goods companies (FMCG). The BSE IT Index is currently trading at a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of 34.3x — nearly 29 percent higher than the benchmark BSE Sensex P/E multiple of 26.6x. In contrast, till six months ago, the IT index was trading at a discount to the benchmark index. This is the first time in five years that the IT index valuations are higher than the benchmark indexes. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 642 points at 58,276 levels while the Nifty back above the 17,350-mark

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices started firm today(8th December 2021), ahead of the RBI's monetary policy outcome. The six-member monetary policy committee (MPC), headed by Governor Shaktikanta Das, is likely to maintain key interest rates for a ninth straight meeting, retaining an accommodative stance amid the threat surrounding the Omicron coronavirus variant. The S&P BSE Sensex was up 642 points, or 1.11 percent, at 58,276 levels in early deals while the Nifty50 index was back above the 17,350-mark. The 50-pack index gained 192 points or 1.12 percent. 49 of the 50 Nifty constituents were trading in the green, led by ONGC (up 2.5 percent), Infosys, Wipro, ICICI Bank, Reliance Industries, Indian Oil Corporation, and Bharti Airtel. The only loser was Divis Labs, down 0.15 percent. Read more

Tanla hits 5% upper circuit on tie-up with Voda Idea

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Shares of Tanla Platforms were locked at a 5 percent upper circuit and hit a 52 week high of Rs 1,675.90 on the BSE on Tuesday after the company announced the partnership with Vodafone Idea. Tanla and Vodafone Idea announced a partnership wherein Tanla will be the exclusive provider of solutions to secure, encrypt and enhance performance for the entire international messaging traffic on the Vi network. India’s international messaging market is estimated to be around Rs 3,500 crore annually," Tanla Platforms said in an exchange filing. The companies entered into a partnership to deploy patented block-chain enabled Wisely Platform to manifold increase ROI for global enterprises, The partnership will be hosted on Tanla’s cloud-based ‘Wisely’ platform, co-developed with Microsoft, and is expected to help the telco strengthen its position in the global enterprise market. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 886 points, Nifty at 17176.70

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 886.51 points or 1.56% at 57,633.65, and the Nifty was up 264.40 points or 1.56% at 17,176.70 as global fears of a significant impact on economic recovery owing to Omicron variant receded and also investors lapped up banking shares a day ahead of the MPC (Monetary Policy Committee) meeting outcome. About 2278 shares have advanced, 924 shares declined, and 114 shares are unchanged. Tata Steel was the top gainer on Sensex, followed by Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank, and SBI. Bharti Airtel and Asian Paints were the only stocks in red among the 30-stock Sensex. The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices rallied over a percent each. India VIX was 7% in the red. All sectoral indices ended in the green with bank, metal, and realty added 2-3 percent.

Apollo Hospitals or Info Edge may replace IOC in Nifty 50 in April 2022

Monday, December 6, 2021
Apollo Hospitals or InfoEdge (Naukri) will enter the Nifty50 index, and replace Indian Oil Corp which will be announced in February based on January 31, 2022, price according to Edelweiss Alternative Research. The research firm said, among the two, Apollo Hospitals has a slightly higher chance than Info Edge to enter the Nifty 50, based on calculations using the past four months of free-float market cap and assumption of the next seven weeks’ average market cap. Currently, both the stocks are 1.5 times higher than Indian Oil’s free-float market cap. While IOC’s free-float market cap, as of December 6, stood at Rs 30,756 crore, Info Edge’s was at Rs 43,824 crore and Apollo Hospital’s free float was at Rs 53,774 crore. “We at Edelweiss Alternative Research have done a pre-emptive analysis of the Semi-Annual Index Rejig of Nifty Indices which will officially be announced in the second half of February 2022,” it said. The rebalance will take effect from March 2022. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 949 points, Nifty at 16912.25

Monday, December 6, 2021
At Close, the Sensex was down 949.32 points or 1.65% at 56,747.14, and the Nifty was down 284.40 points or 1.65% at 16,912.30 as investors continued to adopt a cautious approach given the uncertainty around the Omicron virus and the upcoming RBI policy meeting on December 08. All Sensex constituents closed in red with IndusInd Bank as the worst performer, followed by Bajaj Finserv, Bharti Airtel, TCS, Tata Consumer Products, and HCL Technologies. About 1340 shares have advanced, 1948 shares declined, and 165 shares are unchanged. Among sectors, the BSE IT index cracked 2.5 percent. The Energy and Telecom indices were down 2 percent each. The FMCG, Healthcare, Auto, and Realty indices were the other major losers, down over 1.5 percent each. The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices declined 1.4 percent each.India VIX zoomed 8.78% higher to finish at 20.08 levels.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex slipped 71 points at 57,625 levels while the Nifty50 was at 17,169, up 28 points

Monday, December 6, 2021
Indian equities started in the red today(6th December 2021), down 0.12 percent, on the bourses. The BSE Sensex slipped 71 points at 57,625 levels while the Nifty50 was at 17,169, up 28 points. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap index was up 0.15 percent and the BSE SmallCap index added 0.14 percent. Sectorally, realty and media stocks were the only gainers. On the flip side, auto, financials, and IT stock were in the red. The overall market breadth was in the favour of buyers with over 1,500 stocks advancing on the BSE. Meanwhile, around 990 stocks were in the red.

Unichem Labs surges 15% on ANDA nod from USFDA for Aripiprazole tablets

Friday, December 3, 2021
Shares of Unichem Laboratories surged 15 per cent to Rs 257 on the BSE in Friday’s intra-day trade after Unichem Laboratories has received ANDA approval for its Aripiprazole Tablets USP, 2 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, and 30 mg from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to market a generic version of Abilify Tablets, 2 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, and 30 mg, of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company. Aripiprazole tablets are indicated for Schizophrenia and Irritability associated with Autistic Disorder. The product will be commercialized from Unichem’s Ghaziabad Plant, the company said. The company reported a consolidated net loss of Rs 12.82 crore in Q2 FY22 as compared to a net profit of Rs 8.74 crore in Q2 FY21. Net sales during the quarter decreased 8.5% Y-o-Y (year-on-year) to Rs 290.66 crore.

Closing Bell: Sensex down 765 points, Nifty at 17196.70

Friday, December 3, 2021
At Close, the Sensex was down 764.83 points or 1.31% at 57,696.46, and the Nifty was down 205 points or 1.18% at 17,196.70 Indices reversed their two-day winning streak with losses in excess of a percent. Power Grid was the top loser on Sensex, followed by Reliance Industries, Asian Paints, and Kotak Mahindra Bank. Larsen & Toubro was the top gainer on Sensex, followed by IndusInd Bank, Tata Steel, Ultratech Cement, and TCS. About 1722 shares have advanced, 1453 shares declined, and 137 shares are unchanged. Except for capital goods, all other sectoral indices ended in the red. The BSE Midcap index ended almost flat, while the Smallcap index added 0.3 percent. India VIX closed with gains.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex advanced 253 points at 58,714 levels while Nifty at 17,461, up 60 points

Friday, December 3, 2021
Indian equities extended their buying spree into the third straight session today(3rd December 2021) amid broad-based buying. The S&P BSE Sensex advanced 253 points, or 0.43 percent, at 58,714 levels in early deals. The NSE Nifty, meanwhile, was at 17,461, up 60 points. L&T, BPCL, Axis Bank, and Kotak Bank, were the top gainers on the 50-pack index while Nestle India, Hindalco, Tata Consumer Products, Bajaj Auto, and HUL were the top laggards. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap index rose 0.34 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively.

Jet Airways is in talks with planemakers Boeing Co and Airbus SE

Thursday, December 2, 2021
India's Jet Airways is in talks with planemakers Boeing Co and Airbus SE for an order worth $12 billion,.The new owners of the airlines – United Arab Emirates-based businessman Murari Lal Jalan and United Kingdom-based investment firm Kalrock Capital have told that Jet is planning to buy at least 100 narrow-body aircraft.The group is set to invest about $200 million through equity and debt in Jet over the next six months, BloombergQuint said.The Jalan-Kalrock consortium's resolution plan for Jet was approved by India's bankruptcy court in June, with the airline poised for takeoff by the first quarter of 2022 as it gears up to resume domestic operations.Shares of the airline jumped as much as 3.7% to 85 rupees on Thursday and were trading 2.4% higher.The news on Jet comes a month after billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed low cost Indian carrier Akasa Air placed a $9 billion order for 72 Boeing 737 MAX jets.

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 776, Nifty at 17401.65

Thursday, December 2, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 776.50 points or 1.35% at 58,461.29, and the Nifty was up 234.80 points or 1.37% at 17,401.70 ended higher for the second consecutive session on December 2 as bulls attempted to come back on Dalal Street. Power Grid was the top index gainer, followed by HDFC, M&M, and Titan. Axis Bank and ICICI Bank were the top laggards, accompanied by Larsen & Toubro, and SBI. About 2139 shares have advanced, 1040 shares declined, and 139 shares are unchanged. All the sectoral indices ended in the green with IT, metal, realty, auto, FMCG, oil & gas, power indices up 1-2 percent. The BSE Midcap index was up 1.1 percent, and the Smallcap index advanced 1.2 percent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex started at 57,818 level, up 133 points while Nifty opened at 17,210, up 43 points

Thursday, December 2, 2021
Indian equities started higher today(2nd December 2021) amid mixed global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex started today's session at 57,818 level, up 133 points or 0.2 percent. The Nifty50 opened at 17,210, up 43 points. M&M (up over 2 percent), HDFC, Power Grid, Titan, and Sun Pharma were leading the list of gainers on the Sensex index. On the flipside, L&T (down 0.8 percent), ICICI Bank, Nestle India, Axis Bank, and SBI were trading in the red. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices added 0.29 percent and 0.22 percent, respectively. Among individual stocks, NDTV shares were locked at a 5 percent upper circuit after the company has signed an exclusive 10-year deal worth Rs 750 crore with Taboola – a global leader in powering content recommendations on the open web. Read more

Indian stocks unlikely to recoup recent losses: Poll

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
According to a Reuters poll of strategists, Indian equities will not recoup recent losses until after mid-2022 on worries over Coronavirus (COVID-19) resurgence and global monetary policy tightening. The report also predicted a likely correction in the next six months. Buoyed by easy monetary policy, a gradual re-opening of the economy, and a rapid vaccination drive, the benchmark BSE Sensex Index has rallied nearly 20% year-to-date. But the BSE index has dropped around 8% from its all-time high of 62,245.43 sets on Oct. 19 as concerns mount over the Omicron coronavirus variant, dampening investor sentiment further. The Nov. 16-30 Reuters poll of 35 equity strategists forecast the benchmark Sensex index to touch 60,450 by mid-2022, a gain of around 5.6% from Monday's close of 57,260.58. If realised, the gain would not be enough to recoup recent losses. However, the index was expected to rise further to hit a high of 63,000 by end-2022. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex up 659 points at 57,724 levels while Nifty at 17,183, up 200 points

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
The Indian frontline indices started gap-up today (1st December 2021) on the back of strong GDP growth of over 8 percent in Q2. With this, India continues to remain the fastest-growing large economies in the world. That apart, firm Asian cues also supported the sentiment on the Street. The BSE Sensex was up 659 points, or 1.15 percent, at 57,724 levels. The Nifty50, on the other hand, was at 17,183, up 200 points. IndusInd Bank (up 3.7 percent) was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Tech M, HDFC, NTPC, Tata Steel, and UltraTech Cement. Power Grid was the only loser on the index, down 0.2 percent. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices added 0.9 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively. Read more

Go Fashion surges 94 percent on listing day

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Shares of Go Fashion (India) Limited, which owns women's wear brand Go Colors, made their stock market debut with a strong premium of 90% at ₹1,310 per share on the NSE as compared to its IPO issue price of ₹690 apiece. Post listing the stock hit a high of Rs 1,341 and a low of Rs 1,215 on the BSE. The three-day initial public offering (IPO) of Go Fashion had received a whopping 135.46 times subscription on its last day of subscription that concluded on November 22. The ₹1,013.6-crore IPO received bids for 1,09,44,34,026 shares against 80,79,491 shares on offer.The company plans to use the proceeds of the fresh issue to fund the roll-out of 120 new exclusive brand outlets and support working capital requirements. While most of the brokerages had recommended subscribing to Go Fashion IPO. As of September 30, 2021, the company sold bottom-wear in 50 styles and more than 120 colors. Read more

Whether For FIIs India is becoming less and less attractive?

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
After a world-beating rally, Indian markets are losing their allure to emerging market (EM) peers. The foreign portfolio investors have turned cautious on India. according to some experts, this year’s rally is primarily driven by domestic money and those flows could dry up. Covid-19 impacted the unorganised or the informal economy but the listed space has largely benefited. also in 2020-21, despite the economy shrinking 7.5 percent, the earnings growth for Nifty companies was probably the best in a decade. The recovery from lockdowns has been reasonably good without any big government stimulus. The domestic supplies of vaccines helped and the execution program was stellar. Read more

Crypto Bill will be introduced in Parliament after Cabinet nod: FM

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today(30th Nov.2021) clarified in Rajya Sabha that the government is not considering a ban on cryptocurrency advertisements and that a bill will be introduced in Parliament after Cabinet approval. "This is a risky area and not in a complete regulatory framework. We are not considering a ban on advertisements, but we've been taking steps to caution the public through RBI and SEBI. The guidelines of the Advertising Standards Council of India are being studied and the regulations that they have are being looked into so that we can make a decision on how to handle it, if necessary," said Sitharaman. The government will soon introduce a Bill related to cryptocurrencies once the Cabinet clears it, she added. Last week, the government had listed a bill for the ongoing winter session of Parliament seeking to ban all private cryptocurrencies. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 195 points, Nifty at 16983.20

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
At cLose, Sensex ended 195.71 points lower or 0.34% at 57064.87, and the Nifty shed 81.40 points or 0.48% at 16972.60 after US pharma major Moderna warned that Covid-19 shots seemed less effective against Omicron. Power Grid was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Titan, State Bank of India, and Bajaj Finance. While Tata Steel, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Reliance Industries, and Bajaj Auto are the top losers. About 1675 shares have advanced, 1383 shares declined, and 112 shares are unchanged. Among the sectors, the metal index fell over 2 percent followed by banks, auto, and power while IT, Realty, and FMCG closed in the green. while India VIX was down more than 5%.The BSE Midcap index gained 0.3 percent, while the Smallcap index rallied 1.5 percent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex at 57,957 level, up 697 points while Nifty hovered above 17,250-mark, up 200 points

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Indian benchmark indices today (30th Nov.2021) extended their gains and were trading near the day's high level, lifted by realty, IT, and PSU Bank stocks. The S&P BSE Sensex was at 57,957 level, up 697 points or over 1 percent. The Nifty50, on the other hand, hovered above the 17,250-mark, up 200 points. The Nifty Realty index is up 4 percent; IT index 2.2 percent; PSB Index 1.8 percent. Shares of Go Fashion clocked a solid listing on the bourses today, debuting at 91 percent premium on the BSE. The shares are listed at Rs 1,316 per share compared with the issue price of Rs 690. On the NSE, the shares debuted at Rs 1,310 apiece.

LIC gets RBI's nod to increase stake in Kotak Mahindra Bank

Monday, November 29, 2021
Private lender Kotak Mahindra Bank today ( November 29 )said that Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has received approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to increase its stake in the Bank up to 9.99%. The approval is valid for a period of one year, the bank said. Currently, the life insurer holds 4.96 per cent in the private lender.As per RBI norms, prior approval of the RBI is required to increase stake in private banks beyond 5 per cent."We wish to inform you that Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited ("Bank") has received an intimation from Life Insurance Corporation of India ("LIC") stating that the Reserve Bank of India had granted its approval to UC, for increasing its holding in the Bank up to 9.99% of the paid up equity share capital of Bank," Kotak said in an exchange filing. LIC is one of the biggest institutional investors in India’s stock market and has stakes in a number of private and public sector banks. It also holds 49.24 per cent stake in IDBI Bank. Read more

Hope lingers for market amid gloom over Omicron variant Covid-19

Monday, November 29, 2021
The BSE benchmark index, the Sensex, dipped to a low of 56,383 in early deals today(29th Nov.2021), and then rebounded and surged to a high of 57,627 - up 1,244 points from the day's low. The BSE index, which, was up over 500 points at the highs of the day eventually ended with a minor gain of 154 points at 57,261. The NSE Nifty cracked to a low of 16,782 in opening deals and then pulled back to a high of 17,161. The Nifty 50 finally settled at 17,054, up 28 points. Benchmark indices the Nifty and Sensex have fallen as much as 8 percent from their all-time highs last month. The high valuation was already a hurdle for the market and now, the new risk emerging on the Covid-19 front has added fuel to the fire. It is a fact that despite the pullback, India remains among the top performers in CY21, with the Nifty up 21 percent in CY21 YTD versus a flattish performance of the MSCI EM Index. But a correction in the market was overdue. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex up 153.43 points, Nifty at 17,054.00.

Monday, November 29, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 153.43 points or 0.27% at 57,260.58, and the Nifty was up 27.50 points or 0.16% at 17,054.00. Kotak Mahindra Bank was the top gainer,, followed by HCL Technologies, Titan, TCS, and Bajaj Finance. Sun Pharma, Axis Bank, NTPC were the top laggards. About 875 shares have advanced, 2337 shares declined, and 142 shares are unchanged.Among sectoral indices, the Power index plunged 2 per cent, the Realty and Oil & Gas indices dropped 1.6 per cent each. The IT index, however, was up 0.7 per cent. The BSE Midcap index shed 0.9 per cent, and the Smallcap index dropped 1.9 per cent.India VIX closed at 20.83 points.

Has Markets over-reacted to Omicron Covid variant?

Monday, November 29, 2021
Global equity markets, including India, have seen a sharp sell-off over the past few sessions as the Omicron Covid variant reignited concerns of sporadic lockdowns and limit movement of goods and people across key economies. Analysts, however, believe that the markets have overreacted to the development, and a market falls from here on, if any, should be used to add to positions from a medium-to-long-term perspective. The omicron variant was labeled a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization (WHO) last Friday that sent global equity markets into a tailspin. As a result, the BSE Sensex and Nifty tanked nearly 3 percent each in a broad-based sell-off. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Frontline indices extended their losses;Sensex tumbled 439 points to 56,668 levels while Nifty at 16,863, down 163 points

Monday, November 29, 2021
The Indian frontline indices extended their losses in today's(29th Nov.2021) deals amid weakness in Asian markets as investors continue to monitor developments surrounding the recently discovered omicron, Covid variant. The BSE Sensex tumbled 439 points, or 0.77 percent, to 56,668 levels and the Nifty50 slipped below 16900-mark at 16,863, down 163 points. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices fell up to 3 percent.

Sensex tanks:Correction was overdue;“buy on dips” allocation strategy may be followed

Friday, November 26, 2021
Stocks eroded over Rs 7.36 lakh crore in investor wealth, as concerns over a new little-known South African variant of Covid with several mutations sent shivers down Dalal Street. The domestic market was already seeing sharp foreign outflows amid rising inflation globally and a hawkish US Federal Reserve stance. The fresh Covid fears may result in a flight to safe havens and selling in riskier assets, which could only increase equity outflows from emerging markets like India. Data showed investor wealth, as measured by BSE market capitalisation, plunged Rs 7.36 lakh crore to Rs 258.30 lakh crore from Rs 265.66 lakh crore a day ago, with severe fall coming in the second rung indices that fell up to 3 percent. The market breadth was extremely weak, with two stocks falling for every one that rose. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex falls 1687 points, Nifty at 17026.45

Friday, November 26, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 1,687.94 points or 2.87% at 57,107.15, and the Nifty was down 509.80 points or 2.91% at 17,026.50, "triggered by the new covid variant in South Africa, markets plummeted into negative territory following weak global peers. Dr. Reddy was the top Sensex gainer, followed Nestle India while all other stocks were down in red. IndusInd Bank was the top laggard, down 6.2%, followed by Maruti Suzuki India, Tata Steel, and Bajaj Finance. About 964 shares have advanced, 2163 shares declined, and 80 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Bank index fell 3.6 percent and the Nifty Realty index slipped 6 percent. The Nifty Pharma index, up 1.7 percent, was the only gainer on the NSE. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices fell 3.2 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively. India VIX climbed 25 percent and hit a 6-month high of 21-level.

MARKET UPDATE:‘Black Friday’;Sensex shaved-off over 1,400 points in intra-day deals while Nifty lost over 400 points

Friday, November 26, 2021
It was a horrible ‘Black Friday’ for the Indian markets that saw an across-the-board sell-off. The S&P BSE Sensex shaved off over 1,400 points in intra-day deals. Its counterpart on the National Stock Exchange, the Nifty50 index, lost over 400 points. The negative sentiment today(26th Nov.2021) in the Indian markets was on account of weak global cues. Most Asian markets were a sea of red with Japan’s Nikkei down 2 percent and Straits Times slipping nearly one percent. Shanghai Composite, Kospi, and Taiwan were down 0.2-0.4 percent, each. The US markets, however, were shut on account of the Thanksgiving holiday. This weak sentiment across Asian markets was triggered by fears of a sooner-than-expected rate hike by the US Federal Reserve (US Fed). Investors and traders, according to analysts, now expect the US central bank to raise rates faster on the back of the recently released FOMC minutes. Read more

Siemens plunges nearly 8% post Q4 earnings.

Thursday, November 25, 2021
Shares of Siemens dipped 8 percent to Rs 2,099 on the BSE in Thursday’s intra-day trade on profit booking after the company reported 250 basis points (bps) decline in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) margin of 10.4 percent in September quarter (Q4FY21) as against 12.9 percent in Q4FY20 impacted by higher other expenses, gross margins. Siemens' Q4 (July-September) net profit was down 7.2% at Rs 330.9 crore versus Rs 356.7 crore in the same period last fiscal. The company’s disappointing performance in the quarter gone by was primarily on account of a rise in costs of raw materials and logistics, a BSE filing on Wednesday showed. Its revenue was up 21.1% at Rs 4,296.1 crore versus Rs 3,546.8 crore YoY. The company has recommended a dividend of Rs 8 per equity share of Rs 2 each (400 percent) for the Financial Year ended September 30, 2021. Read more

5 bank stocks that may give up to 10% return in a month

Thursday, November 25, 2021
The current market sentiment is uncertain and may provide opportunities in major stocks. Here are five bank stocks that look good on the technical charts for a 10 percent upside in one month. 1. State Bank of India Likely target: Rs 530 Upside potential: 8% The shares of the banking major took support at its 50-day moving average (DMA), located at Rs 479 recently. As long as this support is defended, the positive bias may help resume an upward momentum towards Rs 530, its next major hurdle, according to the daily chart. The Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) has reached near the zero line and if shows a similar reversal like stock price, the direction and leadership may show an aggressive bullish sentiment. Read more

Moody’s pegged GDP growth for India at 9.3% in FY22

Thursday, November 25, 2021
Moody’s Investors Service in its latest report has projected that the economic growth in India will rebound strongly. It has pegged GDP growth for the nation at 9.3% and 7.9% in FY22 and FY23, respectively. Steady progress in Covid vaccination will support a sustained recovery in India’s economic activity, Moody’s analyst Sweta Patodia said. “Consumer demand, spending, and manufacturing activity is recovering following the easing of pandemic restrictions. These trends, including high commodity prices, will propel significant growth in rated companies’ EBITDA over the next 12-18 months,” Patodia added. India recently hit record Covid-19 vaccination rates. Moody notes that the vaccination drive in India has gathered pace after the second wave. Around 30% of the population of India is now fully vaccinated with two doses while around 55% of the population has received at least one dose. Improved vaccination coverage has led to stabilisation in consumer confidence. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 454 points, Nifty at 17536.25

Thursday, November 25, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 454.10 points or 0.78% at 58,795.09, and the Nifty was up 121.30 points or 0.70% at 17,536.30 led by strong gains in the index heavyweight Reliance Industries. Reliance Industries was the top Sensex gainer, surging 6.1%, followed by Infosys, ITC, and Tech Mahindra. Maruti Suzuki India, ICICI Bank, and IndusInd Bank were among the top laggards. About 2054 shares have advanced, 1166 shares declined, and 106 shares are unchanged. Among sectors, the BSE Energy index soared 4.6 percent. The Healthcare and Realty indices were up 1.7 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively. The Oil & Gas and IT indices were also up around a percent each. The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices were up 0.7 percent and 1 percent, respectively.

Star Health: Good opportunity for long-term investors

Thursday, November 25, 2021
Star is the largest standalone health insurer. It has an excellent distribution network and a large hospital network of 11,778 hospitals. The network of 460,000 agents accounted for 79 percent of gross written premium (GWP) in 2020-21. The agent network is three times as large as the next-largest standalone health insurer. All claims processing is in-house, which means lower expenses. Star holds a 15.8 percent market share in the health segment, with a GWP of Rs 9,349 crore in 2020-21 and a GWP of Rs 5,070 crore in the first half of 2021-22. The product suite insured 20.5 million in FY21. Retail health and group health, accounted for 89.3 percent and 10.7 percent respectively, of health GWP in FY21. In retail, Star’s market share was 31 percent (ex-travel) and the CAGR for retail was 33 percent over the past three financial years. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex, Nifty volatile;Sensex dipped 29.5 points to trade at 58,311 levels while Nifty little changed at 17,418

Thursday, November 25, 2021
The benchmark indices slipped marginally in early deals today(25th Nov. 2021). The losses were, however, limited by gains in heavyweights like RIL, Bharti Airtel, and Maruti Suzuki. The BSE Sensex dipped 29.5 points, or 0.05 percent, to trade at 58,311 levels while the Nifty50 was little changed at 17,418. UPL (up 2 percent), Reliance Industries, Tech M, Infosys, and Sun Pharma were the top gainers on the 50-share index. The top laggards were ICICI Bank, Indian Oil Corporation, Shree Cement, NTPC, and HDFC. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices gained 0.22 percent and 0.38 percent, respectively. Sectorally, the Nifty Bank and Private Bank indices slipped 0.5 percent each, followed by the Nifty Financial Services index (down 0.4 percent). On the upside, the Nifty Realty and IT indices added nearly 1 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively.

A bill listed in winter session of Parliament seeking to ban all private cryptocurrencies

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
In the upcoming winter session of Parliament, starting November 29, the government has listed a bill seeking to ban all private cryptocurrencies. This is among the 26 pieces of legislation, including the repeal of three farm laws, listed for the session. The price of Bitcoin was down sharply from Rs 46 lakh to Rs 40 lakh in just about 90 minutes after this news came in. The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021, seeks to “prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India, however, it allows for certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology of cryptocurrency and its uses,” according to the list of businesses for the winter session of Parliament. Read more

Bharti Airtel hits 52 week high on Moody's Outlook Revision

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Shares of the telecom giant Bharti Airtel gained almost 3.5%, hitting new 52 weeks high of Rs 781.65 apiece on Wednesday, after the bond credit rating company Moody’s raised the rating outlook of the Sunil Mittal-led telco and its subsidiary Bharti Airtel Int'l (Netherlands) B.V. and revised it from ‘stable’ to ‘positive’, on Tuesday. In the past three trading days, the stock of the telecom services provider has rallied 9 percent following the announcement of increased tariffs in a range of services effective November 26. Moody’s has also affirmed Bharti's Ba1 corporate family rating (CFR) and senior unsecured rating, as well as the Ba1 rating on the backed senior unsecured notes issued by Bharti Airtel Int'l (Netherlands) B.V., state “The outlook change to positive reflects Bharti’s improving operating performance and credit metrics which, if sustained, could support an upgrade to investment grade within the next 12-18 months,”Moody’s Senior Vice-President Annalisa Di Chiara said. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 323 points, Nifty at 17415.05

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 323.34 points or 0.55% at 58,340.99, and the Nifty was down 88.30 points or 0.50% at 17,415 dragged by weakness in key index heavyweights like Infosys, ITC, and Reliance Industries NTPC was the top gainer on Sensex, up 1%, followed by Power Grid, and Bharti Airtel. Reliance Industries was the top loser on Sensex, followed by Asian Paints, Infosys, and Tech Mahindra. About 1950 shares have advanced, 1249 shares declined, and 142 shares are unchanged. The small-cap index ended with a gain of 0.4 percent, while the Midcap index was down 0.6 percent in line with the Sensex. Among sectors, the BSE Auto and IT indices declined over a percent each. FMCG and Capital Goods were the other prominent losers. The Oil & Gas index, however, was up 0.8 percent. India VIX was deep in the red.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex at 58,711, up 47 points while Nifty added 30 points to hold 17,550-mark

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Indian equities started higher today(24 Nov.2021), supported by firm global cues and buying in heavyweights such as Bharti Airtel, SBI, Axis Bank, and TCS. The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex advanced 47 points, or 0.08 percent, to quote at 58,711 in opening deals. The NSE Nifty50, on the other hand, added 30 points to hold the 17,550-mark. Among key movers in early trades, Bharti Airtel's shares moved up by 0.5 percent after Moody's Investors Service revised the company's and its subsidiary Bharti Airtel Int'l (Netherlands) BV's rating outlook to positive from stable. In the broader markets, the BSE SmallCap index is outperforming both, large-cap and mid-cap, indices. The index is up over 1 percent. Sectorally, select IT and auto stocks, including Coforge, Infosys, Tech M, Maruti Suzuki, Hero MotoCorp, and M&M, are trading with a negative bias. Meanwhile, the volatility index, India VIX, eased about 5 percent.

Vedanta raises 8 percent on reports of multiple block deals

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Vedanta surged nearly 8 percent to a high of Rs 354 in early deals on the BSE on Tuesday after nearly 7 percent of the total equity of the metal company changed hands via multiple block deals. The stock has rallied 15 percent in the past two trading days in an otherwise weak market. The promoters were looking to increase their stake by up to 4.57 percent amid efforts to restructure the organization and spin-off several businesses. Twin Star Holdings and Vedanta Netherlands Investments B.V will buy around 17 crore shares amounting to a 4.57% stake in a block deal. The offer is priced at Rs 350 per share—a 6.6% premium to the share’s closing price on Monday—valuing the transaction at Rs 5,950 crore. The deal will take place through the accelerated book-building method, with JP Morgan India Pvt. serving as a broker to the promoters. Read more

Paytm's IPO flop may disillusion millions of retail investors

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
In what was supposed to be the country’s breakout year the shocking two-day plunge by India’s Paytm after its initial public offering casts a shadow over the prospects for technology firms preparing to go public. Retail investors, who bought an unprecedented amount of shares in Paytm’s parent One 97 Communications Ltd., have seen more than 35% of their value wiped out in just two trading sessions. Further losses may be in store if the stock slumps from its Monday closing price of Rs 1,359.6 to the Rs 1,200 predicted by Macquarie Group Ltd. “The event in a way will nudge people to be cautious and not take the market for granted by blindly placing bets,” said an investment expert. “It is important that a company’s story and prospects are well understood by investors”, he said. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 198 points, Nifty at 17503.35

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
At Close, the Sensex was up 198.44 points or 0.34% at 58,664.33, and the Nifty was up 86.80 points or 0.50% at 17,503.30 on the back of pull-back in select index heavyweights following the recent sell-off. Power Grid was the top Sensex gainer, up 3.89%, followed by NTPC, Tata Steel, Bharti Airtel, and Sun Pharma. On the other hand, IndusInd Bank was the top laggard, down 2.59%, followed by Asian Paints, Infosys, Bajaj Auto, and Maruti Suzuki India. About 2346 shares have advanced, 829 shares declined, and 153 shares are unchanged. Among sectors, the BSE Metal and Power indices soared over 3 percent each. The Realty, Telecom and Capital Goods indices were up around 2 percent each. Except IT, all other sectoral indices ended in the green. The BSE Midcap index advanced 1.6 percent, and the Smallcap index added 1.8 percent.

India's GDP to grow 9.1% in 2022: Goldman Sachs

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Wall Street brokerage Goldman Sachs today (November 23) estimated India's GDP growth at 9.1% in 2022. After India's economy contracted by a sharp 7% in 2020, Goldman Sachs pegged the economy to grow at 8% in 2021 and 9.1% in 2022. It earlier estimated India's economic growth to 11.1% in the fiscal year to March 31, 2022. It expects consumption and investment to be the key drivers of growth in 2022. "We expect consumption to be an important contributor to growth in 2022, as the economy fully re-opens driven by a notable improvement in the virus situation and adequate progress on vaccination," Goldman Sachs said in a report. The brokerage also forecasts the headline CPI inflation to increase to 5.8% in 2022 from 5.2% in 2021, led by an increase in core inflation as manufacturers pass on input cost increases to consumers as demand recovers with full economic re-opening.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex at 58,370, down just 95 points while Nifty reclaimed the 17,400-mark after the early morning debacle

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
The benchmark indices staged a recovery after the early morning debacle as the bulls are trying to wrestle their way back on Dalal Street today (23rd Nov.2021). After the early morning debacle, where the BSE Sensex hit a low of 57,718, the 30-share index was at 58,370, down just 95 points on the BSE at 10:05 AM. The NSE Nifty, meanwhile, reclaimed the 17,400-mark, down only 6 points. All the sectoral indices recouped their losses and were trading higher on the NSE, barring the Nifty IT index (down 0.7 percent). The Nifty Metal pack was leading the recovery, up 2.5 percent, followed by the Nifty PSU Bank and Realty indices, up 1.7 percent each. Among individual stocks, Vedanta surged nearly 8 percent to a high of Rs 354 in early deals on the BSE on Tuesday after nearly 7 percent of the total equity of the metal company changed hands via multiple block deals. Read more

Biggest market crash in 7 months ; investors lost Rs 8 lakh crore in equity wealth

Monday, November 22, 2021
Benchmark indices crashed for the fourth day in a row today(22nd Nov.2021). In the biggest daily plunge on Dalal Street since April, investors lost as much as Rs 7.86 lakh crore in equity wealth. All sectors bled profusely along with broader markets. The repeal of the agriculture laws had an impact on the PSU stocks while the O2C deal not going through left a deep cut on Reliance. Even as IPO Investors come to terms with the reality, the inflationary impact on demand across several sectors continues to worry the street. The 30-share pack Sensex tanked 1,170.12 points or 1.96 percent to close at 1,170.12. This was after the index pared some losses due to late buying. Its broader peer NSE Nifty declined 348.25 points or 1.96 percent to 17,416.55 Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex crashes 1170 points, Nifty at 17416.55

Monday, November 22, 2021
At Close, the Sensex was down 1,170.12 points or 1.96% at 58,465.89, and the Nifty was down 348.30 points or 1.96% at 17,416.50 due to selling pressure seen in almost all sectors. Bharti Airtel was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Asian Paints, Power Grid, and IndusInd Bank. Bajaj Finance was the worst-performing Sensex stock, Bajaj Finserv, Reliance Industries, and NTPC. About 842 shares have advanced, 2479 shares declined, and 157 shares are unchanged. Among sectors, the BSE Realty and Energy indices were the major losers, down around 4 percent each. The Bankex, Healthcare, Auto, Consumer Durables, and Oil & Gas indices also plunged over 2 percent each. The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices were down 2.5 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively.

Reliance Industries down 4% on calling-off Saudi Aramco deal

Monday, November 22, 2021
Reliance Industries (RIL) share price fell 4 percent in early trade on November 22 after the company and Saudi Aramco decided to re-evaluate the proposed investment in the O2C business in light of the former's energy forays. The two companies had signed a non-binding letter of intent in August 2019 for a potential sale of a 20 percent stake in RIL’s O2C business to Saudi Aramco for $15 billion. With today’s intra-day fall, the stock of RIL has declined 14 percent from its record high level of Rs 2,750 touched on October 19, 2021. Due to evolving nature of Reliance’s business portfolio, Reliance and Saudi Aramco have mutually determined that it would be beneficial for both parties to re-evaluate the proposed investment in O2C business in light of the changed context. Consequently, the current application with NCLT for segregating the O2C business from RIL is being withdrawn, RIL said in a statement. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex tumbled 495 points to hit a low of 59,125 while Nifty gave up 17,700-mark, down 87 points

Monday, November 22, 2021
Indian equity markets started the week on a negative note amid an across-the-board selloff. The frontline S&P BSE Sensex fell 259 points, or 0.43 percent, to quote at 59,377 levels in opening deals. The index extended its decline further and tumbled 495 points to hit a low of 59,125. The Nifty50, on the other hand, gave up 17,700-mark, down 87 points. Shares of RIL dropped 4 percent after the company, late on Friday, called off the deal with the global oil giant Saudi Aramco for a 20 percent stake acquisition by the Saudi firm in the oil to chemicals (O2C) business of the former company. On the upside, Bharti Airtel shares advanced 5 percent after the telecom major revised tariff on prepaid talk-time plans earlier today by 20-25 percent and data top-up plans by 20-21 percent. Read more

Extreme volatility remains a hallmark of crypto investing

Sunday, November 21, 2021
As Bitcoin has lost almost 20% in less than two weeks, it looks like extreme volatility remains a hallmark of crypto investing. But, it’s largely business as usual with bullish conviction intact in the bitcoin market. whereas in traditional markets moves on this scale are met with alarm. The largest cryptocurrency edged higher after earlier slipping as much as 3.4% to $55,663 on 19th Nov.2021. Some analysts say a sharp pullback is normal after prices skyrocketed 40% in October. China’s crypto crackdown and new U.S. tax-reporting provisions that are being viewed as unfriendly to crypto investors have also soured sentiment. “During 2016/17 Bitcoin winter, the thing that really took the wind out of the sails of crypto was when interest rates rose and liquidity was draining from the system,” said a financial expert. Read more

Equity, currency, and derivatives markets are closed for trading today (Friday, November 19)

Friday, November 19, 2021
Equity, currency, and derivatives markets are closed for trading on Friday, November 19 as the Street and the nation observes Guru Nanak Jayanti. Commodity markets are closed for the morning session but will open in the evening. The day marks the last trading holiday for the market in the current calendar year. The market will resume trading on Monday, November 22. Meanwhile, the domestic market tanked sharply in the last three trading sessions, clipping nearly 1,100 points as inflationary pressure dealt heavy blows to the bulls. The weak listing of the mega IPO of Paytm NSE -27.40 % also hit investor confidence. The 30-share pack Sensex dropped 372.32 points or 0.62 percent to close at 59,636.01 on Wednesday. Its broader peer NSE Nifty declined 133.85 points or 0.75 percent to 17,764.80. Read more

PM Narendra Modi withdraws 3 farm laws, says govt had 'good faith'

Friday, November 19, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation at 9 am today(19th Nov.2021), announcing a repeal of the three contentious farm laws that farmers' have been protesting for more than a year. Addressing the nation on the occasion of Guru Purab, PM Modi said the three laws will be repealed in the winter session of Parliament starting later this month. "The three laws were in the benefit of farmers but we could not convince a section of them despite our best efforts", the PM said, adding that he was not laying the blame for this on anyone on an auspicious day. He said the three laws, against which tens of thousands of farmers have been holding strong protests for more than a year, were brought to empower farmers, especially the small farmers. Read more

Escorts hits 52 week high as Japan's Kubota to raise stake

Thursday, November 18, 2021
Shares of Tractor and farm equipment maker Escorts Ltd touched a 52-week high of Rs 1,793.15, rising 9 percent intraday on November 18 after Japan-based Kubota Corporation acquired a stake in the company. Kubota Corporation announced that Kubota and Escorts Limited (EL) have reached an agreement under which Kubota will increase its shareholding in EL by March 31, 2022, by means of subscription to third-party preferential primary share allotment and open offer bid. According to a release issued by Escorts to the BSE, the company has raised Rs 1,872.74 crore by way of preferential issue of 96.64 lakh equity shares to Kubota at Rs 2,000 per share. In addition, Kubota will make an open offer at a preferential allotment price of Rs 7500 crore. Kubota corporation holds 9.09% stake in the company as of September 2021. Post preferential allotment, the Japanese partner's investment in the company be 14.99%, it said. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 433 points, Nifty at 17764.80

Thursday, November 18, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 372 points or 0.62% at 59636.01, and the Nifty was down 133.90 points or 0.75% at 17,764.80 ended lower for the third consecutive session on November 18, with selling seen in auto, metal, IT, pharma, realty names. ITC was the top Sensex gainer, up 1%, followed by State Bank of India, Power Grid, and Titan. In the losses were Mahindra & Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki India, and Dr. Reddy’s. About 997 shares have advanced, 2252 shares declined, and 133 shares are unchanged. All the sectors ended in the red with auto and metal indices losing over 2 percent each. The BSE midcap and smallcap indices fell 1.5 percent each. India VIX was down 0.81 per cent to 14.86 levels. Debutant Paytm had a disappointing outing. The stock was listed at a 9 percent discount at Rs 1,950 when compared to its issue price of Rs 2,150 and went on to extend losses throughout the day. The stock finally ended at the day's low at Rs 1,564 - a huge 27.3 percent discount to its issue price.

Paytm shares disappointed IPO investors, lists at 9% discount to its issue price

Thursday, November 18, 2021
The parent company of Paytm, One 97 Communications, disappointed IPO investors as the unicorn's stock got listed today(18th Nov.2021) at Rs 1,950 on NSE, a discount of 9.3 percent over its price of Rs 2,150. At BSE, the stock got listed at Rs 1,955. The mega share sale of Paytm was the largest ever initial stake sale by any domestic company via the primary route. The company raised as much as Rs 18,300 through its IPO. The initial stake sale of One97 Communications was open for subscription between November 8-10. The company sold its shares in the range of Rs 2,080-2,150. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex added 76 points to quote at 60,084 levels while Nifty hovered around 17,900-mark

Thursday, November 18, 2021
Indian benchmark indices started higher on Dalal Street today(18th Nov.2021) amid gains in PSU Bank, FMCG, and metal stocks. The S&P BSE Sensex added 76 points, or 0.13 percent, to quote at 60,084 levels in early deals while the Nifty50 hovered around 17,900-mark. In the broader markets, the BSE SmallCap index extended its outperformance into the third day, up 0.32 percent. Among individual stocks, ITC rose 1 percent and was the top performer on the Sensex index, followed by SBI, Asian Paints, Power Grid, and Titan Company. On the downside, M&M was the biggest laggard, down 1.2 percent. Shares of Vedanta, meanwhile, slipped around 2 per cent on the Nifty on profit booking after the company said it has appointed a committee of directors to evaluate and recommend a range of options and alternatives, including demergers, spin-offs, or strategic partnerships of its aluminium, iron & steel, and oil & gas businesses. Read more

L&T Technology Services share price hits 52-week high on tie-up with NVIDIA & Mavenir

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
L&T Technology Services Limited announced that it has been selected as an engineering partner by Mavenir and NVIDIA, to accelerate the adoption of the industry’s first converged AI-on-5G. Shares of the engineering services company L&T Technology Services Ltd surged almost 6% to Rs 5,682 a piece on Wednesday, touching its 52-week high value. The company will support Mavenir with customization, integration, and deployment of AI applications for deployment on NVIDIA’s AI-on-5G Platform. AI is already transforming many industries across the globe. When combined with the power of 5G networks, the two technologies will enable powerful new use cases in a quick, secure, and cost-effective manner.NVIDIA’s AI-on-5G platform is a unified platform that brings together developments at the edge to accelerate the digital transformation of enterprises across all industries. Read more

LIC IPO expected to hit market by Q4: DIPAM Secy Tuhin Kanta Pandey

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
The much-awaited LIC IPO is expected to hit the market by the fourth quarter of the current fiscal, said Department of Investment and Public Asset Management Secy Tuhin Kanta Pandey. The government is seeking to raise as much as Rs 10 trillion ($133 billion) by selling up to a 10% stake. The sale of a 5% stake would make it India’s largest IPO, while a 10% dilution would make it the second-biggest of an insurer globally, Bloomberg reported. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 314 points, Nifty at 17898.65

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 314.04 points or 0.52% at 60,008.33, and the Nifty was down 100.50 points or 0.56% at 17,898.70. Asian Paints was the top gainer on Sensex, followed by Maruti Suzuki, Power grid, and NTPC. Reliance Industries was the top laggard, followed by Axis Bank, Kotak Bank, Bharti Airtel, and Titan. About 1382 shares have advanced, 1758 shares declined, and 95 shares are unchanged. Among sectoral indices, the Energy, Realty, and Oil & Gas indices shed 1.8 percent, 1.8 percent, and 1.4 percent, respectively. While selling was also seen in the metal, capital goods, and banking names. The Auto and Power indices were up 0.6 percent each. The BSE Smallcap index managed to end with a wee bit of gains, while the Midcap index slipped 0.2 percent.

Government and regulatory authorities may consider a legislative and regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Finally, it looks like the government and regulatory authorities appear to be getting together with stakeholders to consider a legislative and regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies. These virtual assets have been around for over a decade — the pioneer bitcoin started trading in 2010. There are literally thousands of cryptos. Some have given truly extraordinary returns. Investors see these instruments as potential hedges against currency volatility and inflation. Traders who pay in rupees generate over Rs 50 crore in daily cryptocurrency volumes and Indians actually invest a great deal more in forex-denominated trades. There’s a substantial, active Indian crypto-investment community which multiple sources estimate holds over $15 billion worth of crypto assets. Moreover, the related non-fungible token, or NFT, market is booming and there’s been an advertising blitz tempting Indians to invest in cryptos. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex fell 210 points in early deals at 60,113 levels while Nifty at 17,939-mark

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
The downtrend in the domestic equities extended today(17TH Nov.2021) also as a global rating agency, Fitch rating's, negative outlook on India weighed on sentiment. Besides, Sebi's proposal to tweak rules governing initial public offerings (IPOs) to bring in more transparency and accountability kept investors on the edge. The BSE Sensex fell 210 points, or 0.35 percent, in early deals at 60,113 levels while the Nifty50 was at 17,939-mark. Trends in the broader markets were mixed with the Midcap index down 0.02 percent and SmallCap index up 0.25 percent. Axis Bank, RIL, Grasim Industries, UPL, HDFC twins, and Divis Labs were the top laggards on the Nifty while Asian Paints, SBI Life, Maruti Suzuki, and Eicher Motors helped limit downside. Read more

Policybazaar surges 16% after strong debut

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Shares of PB Fintech, the parent company of Policybazaar, rallied another 16 percent to Rs 1,397 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in Tuesday’s intra-day trade after a strong market debut on Monday. With today’s rally, the stock has surged 43 percent against its issue price of Rs 980 per share. The stock listed at 17.35% premium on the BSE and hit an intraday high of Rs 1,249.00, The initial share sale was oversubscribed nearly 17 times. A sharp rally in the market price of the company has helped PB Fintech enter the top-100 most valuable companies in terms of market capitalization with a market cap of Rs 60,842 crore and stood at the 95th position overall market-cap ranking, the BSE data showed. The company is a leading Fintech firm that aims to enhance its visibility and awareness along with increasing its customer base which is expected to be beneficial for the company. Read more

Ethereum Meta (ETHM) surged more than 2.35 lakh per cent in the last 24 hours

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Cryptocurrencies are known for their wild swings in a very short span of time, while micro tokens are renowned for their bizarre moves. Such tokens, with minuscule market cap and extremely trimmed liquidity, deliver ultra-multi-bagger returns in just a day or two. However, not all investors can make money in such tokens. Squid Games-based SQUID and Kokoswap (KOKO) are prime examples. The latest entry to this list is Ethereum Meta (ETHM), which has surged more than 2.35 lakh percent in the last 24 hours, according to data from Coinmarketcap. The digital token skyrocketed a whopping 2,37,000 percent in a matter of hours. The price of this token hit $0.0001194 from merely $0.00000005033 during the period. However, it was trading at $0.00006449 at 11.30 am IST. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 396 points, Nifty at 17999.20

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 396.34 points or 0.65% at 60,322.37, and the Nifty was down 110.30 points or 0.61% at 17,999.20. Reliance Industries Limited was the worst-performing stock on Sensex, followed by State Bank of India, and Ultratech Cement. Maruti Suzuki India was the top gainer on Sensex, followed by Mahindra & Mahindra, Tech Mahindra, and Infosys. About 1496 shares have advanced, 1639 shares declined, and 122 shares are unchanged. Among sectors, the BSE Auto index surged 2.4 percent, The BSE Energy index shed 2.6 percent. The Bankex, Oil & Gas, Pharma, and Realty indices were also down over a percent each. The BSE midcap index was down 0.22 percent, while the smallcap index ended with marginal gains.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex declined 134 points at 60,585 levels while Nifty dipped 32 points to quote at 18,077-mark

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices started in the negative territory today(16th Nov.2021) amid selling in metals and financial counters. The BSE Sensex index declined 134 points, or 0.22 percent, in early deals at 60,585 levels, dragged by Tata Steel, HDFC, Reliance Industries, Axis Bank, Kotak Bank, and Asian Paints. The NSE Nifty50, too, dipped 32 points to quote at 18,077-mark. Meanwhile, the broader MidCap and SmallCap indices on the BSE rose up to 0.2 percent. Among individual stocks, Escorts rose 0.23 percent after the company said its board is scheduled to meet on November 18, to consider and evaluate proposals for raising funds by way of issue of bonds/ debentures/ any other securities. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex ends flat, Nifty at 18109.45

Monday, November 15, 2021
At Close, the Sensex was up 32.02 points or 0.05% at 60718.71, and the Nifty was up 6.70 points or 0.04% at 18109.50. Power Grid Corporation was the top Sensex gainer, followed by ITC, Asian Paints, and Nestle India. Tata Steel was the worst-performing, followed by Mahindra & Mahindra, and Bajaj Auto. About 1218 shares have advanced, 2038 shares declined, and 145 shares are unchanged. The Healthcare index surged 2.1 percent, and the FMCG index was up 0.8 percent. Whereas the Metal index dropped 2.4 percent, and the Telecom index declined 0.7 percent. The BSE Midcap index was up 0.4 percent, while the Smallcap index was down 0.2 percent. India VIX closed 1.64% higher at 15.49 levels.

Policybazaar listed at Rs 1,150, a 17 per cent premium over to its issue price of Rs 980

Monday, November 15, 2021
With shares listed at Rs 1,150, a 17 percent premium over its issue price of Rs 980 per share on the BSE PB Fintech, the parent company of Policybazaar, made a good stock market debut. Post listing, the stock moved higher to Rs 1,194.95, a 22 percent premium to its issue price. At 10:02 am; PB Fintech was trading at Rs 1,185, up 3 percent from its opening level on the BSE. In comparison, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 0.40 percent at 60,928. Around 468,000 equity shares changed hands at the counter on the NSE and BSE. The Initial Public Offering (IPO) of PB Fintech had received a good response with the issue subscribed nearly 16.59 times. The institutional portion was subscribed 24.89 times; the wealthy investor portion by 7.82 times and the retail investor portion 3.31 times, data shows. The IPO consisted of a fresh issue to raise Rs 3,750 crore and an offer for the sale of shares worth Rs 1,960 crore by existing shareholders. Read more

India's Oct WPI accelerates to 5-month high of 12.54%

Monday, November 15, 2021
Annual wholesale price-based inflation in India accelerated in October to a five-month high, pushed up by increases in fuel and manufacturing prices, fuelling concerns of rising inflationary pressures for firms. The gap between retail and wholesale price-based inflation has widened in recent months as many companies and retailers are still trying to absorb galloping input costs that threaten to hit their bottom lines. Annual wholesale price-based inflation in October rose to 12.54% from the previous month's 10.66%, remaining in double-digits for the seventh month in a row, government data showed on Monday. Consumer prices based on inflation, the main gauge monitored by the monetary policy committee of the Reserve Bank of India, rose 4.48% in October from the same month last year, speeding up from September's 4.35%, separate data released on Friday showed. Read more

Sigachi Industries lists trading at 252 percent premium

Monday, November 15, 2021
Shares of Sigachi Industries made a strong listing on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and BSE at 252% premium over the issue price of ₹163 apiece. The stock is listed at Rs 575, a premium of 252.7% over its IPO price of Rs 163, according to Bloomberg data. The stock then gained further to hit an intraday high of Rs 603.75, up over 270%, on the NSE. Post listing, the market capitalization of the company stood at ₹1,856 crores, according to BSE data. The demand was very high for Sigachi Industries shares as it was locked in the 5 percent upper circuit. The chemical maker's IPO was subscribed nearly 102 times. The company was looking to raise ₹125.43 crores by selling 76.95 lakh shares through the IPO with a price band of ₹161 to ₹163 per share. Incorporated in 1989, the company is engaged in the manufacturing of microcrystalline cellulose, the polymer that is widely used for finished dosages in the pharmaceutical industry. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex quoted at 61,026 levels, up 339 points, while Nifty at 18,197 levels, up 94 points

Monday, November 15, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices started nearly 0.5 percent higher today (15th Nov.2021) supported by firm global cues and broad-based buying back home. In early deals, the BSE Sensex quoted at 61,026 levels, up 339 points, while the Nifty50 was at 18,197 levels, up 94 points. Hero MotoCorp was among the top gainers on the Nifty index, up 3 percent, on a healthy operational performance in Q2. The company reported standalone Ebitda of Rs 1,156 crore, up from Rs 515 crore YoY, and higher than Street estimates of Rs 904 crore. Margins, meanwhile, came in at 13.5 percent, up from 9.4 percent YoY and Bloomberg estimate of 11.2 percent. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices added up to 0.4 percent. Read more

Hindalco Q2 Consolidated PAT surges 783% to Rs 3,417 cr

Friday, November 12, 2021
Hindalco Industries, the metals flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group on Friday reported a 783 percent year-on-year (YoY) rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 3,417 crore, for the September quarter (Q2FY22), when compared with ₹387 crores in the corresponding quarter of last year. On a sequential basis, consolidated PAT increased by 23 percent consolidated revenue for the second quarter stood at Rs 47,665 crore (vs Rs 31,237 crore), up 53% YoY. The revenues in this quarter are up 15 percent against Rs. 41,358 crore was reported in the previous quarter. The company has also posted its all-time high Consolidated EBITDA (Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) at ₹8,048 crores, up 56% year-on-year. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 767 points, Nifty at

Friday, November 12, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 767.00 points or 1.28% at 60,686.69, and the Nifty was up 229.20 points or 1.28% at 18,102.80. Infosys, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Tech Mahindra, and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) contributed the most to the indices gain. On the other hand, Bajaj Auto, Tata Steel were the major loser. About 1556 shares have advanced, 1628 shares declined, and 143 shares are unchanged. The BSE IT index surged 2 percent. Telecom, Reality, and Power indices were up around 1.5 percent each, while Energy and Capital Goods indices too moved 1.3 percent higher. BSE MidCap index gained 0.6 percent or 150 points to end at 26,369, while BSE SmallCap index was up 0.25 percent or 73 points to settle at 29,232. India VIX, the volatility index, tumbled nearly 7 percent to finish trade at 15.22 levels.

Discretionary products Companies to increase prices by 8-10%

Friday, November 12, 2021
Companies and retailers selling discretionary products such as apparel, electronics, liquor, and cosmetics said they will increase prices by 8-10% to offset rising raw material and supply chain costs although it could impact demand for some products. Companies across grocery essentials, personal care products, packaged food, and dining had already raised prices and will make another round of hikes in the new year. The cost challenge comes at a time when retailers across segments breached the pre-pandemic sales mark during the festive season and are trying to sustain the momentum in the next few quarters. Read more

Air India will be transferred to Tata Group by the third week of January 2022

Friday, November 12, 2021
Air India will be transferred to Tata Group, the new owner, by the third week of January 2022, Union aviation minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia said at the Times Now Summit 2021 yesterday(11th Nov.2021). India will also see a startup, Akasa, take to the skies along with a reborn Jet Airways next year. January 23 is the 'long stop date' by which Tatas have to take over the airlines. Soaring aviation turbine fuel prices have led to a 400% increase in Indian airlines’ operating cost in recent months, Scindia said, adding that had the government not recently raised domestic fare bands by 12.5%, there “won’t have been any airline left for us to board”. “We are seeing a tremendous amount of green shoots. The last weekend saw a high of 3.8 lakh passengers daily, with the pre-Covid high being 4.2 lakh. So we are only 10% below the pre-Covid high. Almost 90% of (domestic) traffic has recovered. But it is important to be cautious,” he said.

Sensex up 362 points at 60,281.5 levels and Nifty at 17,973-mark, up 100 points

Friday, November 12, 2021
Equity markets clocked a gap-up start on the bourses today(12th Nov.2021) amid across-the-board buying. Besides, firm Asian cues also supported the sentiment on the Street. The S&P BSE Sensex was up 362 points, or 0.6 percent, in early deals at 60,281.5 levels while the Nifty50 quoted at 17,973-mark, up 100 points. Among individual stocks, Tata Steel added around 2 percent after the Tata Group company reported an 8-fold jump in consolidated net profit at Rs 11,918 crore in the September quarter. Sun Pharma, Kotak Bank, Nestle India, Tech M, Infosys, and HDFC were the other top gainers on the Sensex. Meanwhile, in the broader market, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices added up to 0.65 percent. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 433 points, Nifty at 17873.60

Thursday, November 11, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 433.13 points or 0.72% at 59,919.69, and the Nifty was down 143.60 points or 0.80% at 17,873.60 on the back of weakness in financial and healthcare shares. Titan Company, Mahindra & Mahindra, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), IndusInd Bank, and Tata Steel share prices gained despite overall weak market momentum. On the flip side, State Bank of India, Bajaj Finserv, Tech Mahindra, Sun Pharma, Bajaj Finance, Asian Paints, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Power Grid Corporation of India, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), ICICI Bank were top Sensex losers. About 1398 shares have advanced, 1769 shares declined, and 139 shares are unchanged. the BSE Realty index plunged 2.5 percent. Nifty Metal and Nifty Consumer Durables ended in the green. While Bank Nifty fell over 1 percent to end at 38,560. Nifty Auto, Nifty Media, Nifty Financial Services, Nifty Pharma, Nifty Realty ended up to 2.3 Read more

Alembic Pharma share price falls 5% after quarter results

Thursday, November 11, 2021
Alembic Pharmaceuticals' share price fell over 5 percent intraday to Rs 757 after the company reported a weak set of numbers for the quarter ended September 2021. The company's consolidated profit declined 49 percent year on year (YoY) at Rs 169 crore in the September quarter (Q2FY22), due to lower revenue. The pharmaceutical company had posted a profit of Rs 333 crore in the year-ago quarter. The revenue was down 11.3% at Rs 1,292.32 crore versus Rs 1,457.10 crore, YoY. The US revenue declined 40 percent to Rs 348 crore on a YoY basis. However, India's business grew 23 percent to Rs 509 crore over the previous year's quarter. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) were down 42 percent at Rs 257.2 crore versus Rs 443.5 crore and the margin was down at 19.9% versus 30.4%, YoY. The management believes the current US sales figures ($47 million per quarter) are the new base, and these are expected to improve hereafter, led by new launches. Read more

GDP to clip at 9.5% as growth impulses strong: RBI Governor

Thursday, November 11, 2021
Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das yesterday(10th Nov.2021) expressed confidence in the economy clipping at the projected 9.5 percent this fiscal as per the growth impulses and the strong fast-moving indicators. Giving all the credit for the faster-than-expected recovery of the economy to the government, Das said the central bank has only been supporting the government in reviving the economy ravaged by the pandemic. Citing a slew of measures the government has taken since the pandemic struck in March 2020, the governor specifically mentioned tax cuts on fuels, tax resolution for the telecom sector, annulling of the retro tax legislation, sale of Air India, plans to sell some of the public sector banks and PLI scheme as the major reforms and growth-drivers bearing fruits now. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex at 60,133 levels, down 220 points and Nifty down 75 points at 17,942 levels

Thursday, November 11, 2021
Indian benchmark indices started lower for the third straight day today(11th Nov.2021) amid tepid global cues. The BSE Sensex was quoting at 60,133 levels, down 220 points or 0.36 percent, in early deals dragged by Tech M, HDFC, ICICI Bank, HCL Tech, M&M, and Axis Bank. On the upside, Titan Company, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Steel, L&T, and NTPC were lending some support. All these stocks were up in the range of 0.2 percent and 1.7 percent. Its NSE counterpart, Nifty50, was down 75 points at 17,942 levels. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices gained 0.05 percent and 0.17 percent, respectively. Among individual stocks, shares of Zomato surged 5 percent in the intra-day trade on the BSE after the company said it will invest $50 million in e-commerce start-up Magicpin for a 16 percent stake as part of the total funding round size of $60 million. Read more

Nykaa makes a stellar debut, stock lists at Rs 2,247 with 98% premium

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Beauty startup Nykaa's founder Falguni Nayar has become India’s wealthiest self-made female billionaire, who owns almost half of Nykaa’s shares is now worth $6.5 billion as shares surged as much as 98% when they started trading Wednesday.Nayar, who formerly led a top Indian investment bank, founded Nykaa in 2012.Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad graduate Nayar has previously worked with AF Ferguson & Co and Kotak Mahindra Group. Heading a team of over 1600, Falguni has built beauty and lifestyle retail empire Nykaa which has emerged as India’s leading beauty retailer with a portfolio of 1500+ brands, including its own private label, available online and across 68 stores in India. Nayar owns her company stake through two family trusts and seven other promoter entities. Nykaa’s (FSN E-Commerce Venture Limited) shares were offered within a price range of ₹1,085 to ₹1,125, but the company made its stock market debut ₹2,001 earlier today. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 80.63, Nifty at 18017.20

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
At Close, the Sensex was down 80.63 points or 0.13% at 60,352.82, and the Nifty was down 27.10 points or 0.15% at 18,017.20.About 1601 shares have advanced, 1530 shares declined, and 129 shares are unchanged. Bharti Airtel, M&M, Sun Pharma, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), ITC, Dr. Reddy’s, Bajaj Finserv were among the top Sensex gainers. On the flip side, IndusInd Bank, Tata Steel, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), Asian Paints, Titan, HDFC Bank ended in the negative territory. The Metal index shed 2 percent, and the Realty index was down 1.6 percent. On the positive side, the Telecom index jumped 2 percent, and the Energy index was up a percent. The BSE Midcap index declined 0.6 percent, while the Smallcap index ended flat.

FSN E-commerce Ventures (Nykaa) listed at Rs 2,018 on the NSE, a premium of 78 per cent over its issue price

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Shares of FSN E-commerce Ventures (parent company of Nykaa) made a stellar debut on the bourses today (10-11-2021). Its scrip was listed at Rs 2,018 on the NSE, a premium of 78 percent over its issue price of Rs 1,125. Similarly, it marked its debut at Rs 2,001 on the BSE, a premium of 77 percent. The listing of Nykaa was pushed a day earlier to Wednesday. The company was earlier scheduled to list on Thursday. According to analysts investors should not think of making any fresh investment in the company at this point in time. "Investors should book partial profits in the company after this robust listing. One can book 50-75 percent of holdings and keep the remaining portion for a longer-term," they said. Nykaa IPO was open for subscription from October 28-November 1, 2021. The company raised Rs 5,352 crore from its primary stake sale. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex down 428 points at 60,005 and Nifty down 121 points at 17,923

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
The BSE benchmark index, the Sensex, opened 138 points lower at 60,295, and soon extended losses in the opening trades on account of subdued global cues, a spike in crude oil prices, and persistent selling by foreign investors. At 09:20 AM, the BSE Sensex was down 428 points at 60,005. The NSE Nifty once again gave up the 18,000-mark and was down 121 points at 17,923. Index heavyweight, HDFC was down 1.5 percent at Rs 2,898. Kotak Bank, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI, and IndusInd Bank were the other prominent losers in the Sensex 30 stocks. On the other hand, Mahindra & Mahindra extended its upward move following the September quarter results. The stock was up 1.5 percent at Rs 807. The broader indices were slightly better-off, with the BSE Midcap index down 0.3 percent, and the Smallcap index almost unchanged.

150 stocks including Infosys, HUL and TechM sending buy signals on MACD

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Even as Nifty50 was trading lower in Today's trade, as many as 150 NSE listed stocks, including Infosys, Hindustan Unilever (HUL), and Tech Mahindra (TechM), was sending 'buy' signals on MACD or moving average convergence divergence chart. The momentum indicator has signaled bullish crossovers on such stocks — a sign of bullish undertone — hinting at possible upsides in the days ahead. Fortis Healthcare, Delta Corp, Mindtree, Wockhardt, Parag Milks, Trent, and PVR were some other stocks sending out bullish signals on the technical indicator. MACD is known for signaling trend reversals in traded securities or indices. It is the difference between the 26-day and 12-day exponential moving averages. A nine-day exponential moving average called the ‘signal line’, is plotted on top of the MACD to indicate ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ opportunities. Read more

Mahindra & Mahindra gains after September Quarter Profit rises to Rs 1432 crore

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Shares of Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) gained 5 percent to Rs 905 after the company's Net profit rose 785.15% to Rs 1431.73 crore in the quarter ended September 2021 as against Rs 161.75 crore during the previous quarter ended September 2020 due to a low base but the operating performance was hit by higher input prices. The company's revenue grew 15 percent year-on-year (YoY) to Rs 13,305 crore during the quarter under review, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) declined 19 percent to Rs 1,660 crore. The company said it sold 99,334 vehicles during the period under review, up 9 percent from 91,536 units in the second quarter of last fiscal. On a consolidated basis, the Mahindra Group reported a PAT of Rs 1,929 crore as compared with Rs 615 crore in the Q2 of 2020-21.M&M said its auto business continues to maintain a strong booking pipeline for its key products. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 112.16, Nifty at 18044.25

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
At Close, the Sensex was down 112.16 points or 0.19% at 60,433.45, and the Nifty was down 24.20 points or 0.13% at 18,044.30. Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), State Bank of India (SBI), Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Bharti Airtel were top Sensex gainers. On the flip side, HDFC Bank, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Titan Company, HCL Tech, ITC were among the top index draggers. Nifty Bank index was down 0.18 percent, while Nifty Financial Services fell 0.7 percent. The Nifty Auto index was the top sectoral gainer, up over 1 percent. The Capital Goods, Energy, and Oil & Gas indices were also up around a percent each. The Metal index, however, was down 0.8 percent. The BSE midcap index was up 0.8 percent and smallcap index rose 0.67 percent.

Central govt policies of unifying rules across states will help the country in the long run : Mark Mobius

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Veteran investor Mark Mobius has allocated almost half of his emerging-markets fund to India and Taiwan to help offset a slide in China shares that has dragged down returns from developing nations as a whole. “People say emerging markets look bad because China is dragging down the index, but they have to look at other areas such as India that are going up,” said Mobius, who founded Mobius Capital Partners LLP after a career at Franklin Templeton Investments. Mobius’ bullish view on India clashes with those of analysts at Morgan Stanley and Nomura Holdings Inc., who have downgraded the stock market after the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex Index more than doubled from a March 2020 low. Emerging-market equities have trailed behind their developed-nation peers this year, held back by losses in China as the government has roiled markets with a widespread regulatory crackdown. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex at 60,531 levels, down 14 points, and Nifty unchanged at 18,068 levels

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Indian benchmark indices started flat, with a negative bias, today(9th Nov.2021) amid profit booking in financial, metals, and FMCG space. In early deals, the 30-pack Sensex index was at 60,531 levels, down 14 points or 0.02 percent. Its NSE counterpart, Nifty50, meanwhile, was unchanged at 18,068 levels. Divi's Labs, ONGC, M&M, Hindalco, and Tata Motors were the top-performing stocks on the 50-share index while Britannia, HDFC, HDFC Bank, Infosys, and Power Grid were the top laggards. On the contrary, the MidCap and SmallCap indices on the BSE were up 0.6 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively. Among individual stocks, TVS Motor Company surged 10 percent in the mid-cap space amid reports that the company is evaluating the possibility of a fund raising exercise for its Electric Vehicle business. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 478 points, Nifty at 18068.55

Monday, November 8, 2021
At Close, the Sensex was up 477.99 points or 0.80% at 60,545.61, and the Nifty was up 151.70 points or 0.85% at 18,068.50. Maruti Suzuki, Kotak Mahindra Bank, L&T, Bharti Airtel, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Titan Company were top index gainers. IndusInd Bank, Asian Paints, M&M, Tata Steel, HCL Tech, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), TCS, Infosys top Sensex draggers. Except for pharma and bank all other sectoral indices ended in the green with capital goods, PSU Bank, IT, metal, power, oil & gas, and realty indices up 1-2 percent. The BSE Consumer Durables index surged 2.2 percent. The Capital Goods, Oil & Gas, and Power indices were up around 1.5 percent each. The Healthcare index, however, was down 0.7 percent. Nifty Bank fell 0.75 percent, while Nifty Pharma plunged over 2 percent. The BSE Midcap index was up a percent, and the Smallcap index added 0.7 percent.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex down 92 points at 59,975 levelsand Nifty at 17,878 levels, down 38 points

Monday, November 8, 2021
Equity markets were volatile on the first trading day of Samvat 2078(8th November 2021). After hitting an opening high of 60,434, the BSE Sensex gave up gains and was down 92 points at 59,975 levels in early deals. Its NSE counterpart Nifty50, on the other hand, was at 17,878 levels, down 38 points. IndusInd Bank was the biggest loser, down 10 percent, amid reports of lapses in governance and accounting norms related to allegedly 'evergreen' loans running into thousands of crores since the outbreak of Covid-19. On its part, IndusInd Bank on Saturday admitted that its micro-finance arm gave nearly 84,000 loans "without customer consent" due to a "technical glitch" on May 21, but denied whistleblowers' allegations of "evergreening". Sun Pharma, Asian Paints, Tata Steel, M&M, HCL Tech, and HDFC Bank were some of the other tops drags on the 30-pack index. On the upside, L&T, Kotak Bank, Maruti Suzuki, and Airtel were trading with up to 1 percent gains. Read more

Paytm, 2 other public issues to open next week

Friday, November 5, 2021
With three firms- One97 Communications, owner of Paytm; Sapphire Foods India, which operates KFC and Pizza Hut outlets; and Latent View Analytics set to launch their initial share-sales to collectively mop up about Rs 21,000 crore, the hectic fundraising through IPOs will continue next week. This comes after five companies successfully concluded their public offerings (IPOs) this week. The three-day IPOs of Paytm, Sapphire Foods India, and Latent View Analytics are scheduled to open on November 8, November 9, and November 10, respectively. So far in 2021, as many as 46 companies have floated their IPOs to raise Rs 80,102 crore and market experts believe that the year should close with the Rs 1-lakh crore primary market fundraising. Read more

Bull run can be expected next week as optimism for economy rises

Friday, November 5, 2021
Benchmark equity indices are likely to extend their gains next week as investor optimism for the ongoing economic recovery strengthens on the back of the government's move to cut excise duty on retail fuel according to the market analysts. The Nifty50 and BSE Sensex rose over 1 percent this week despite closing lower in two out of the four sessions. Analysts suggested that a major part of the recent correction for the market seems behind us as focus shifts to a sharp recovery in the economy in the October quarter. The government on Wednesday cut excise duty on retail fuel, which analysts believe could reduce concerns over high inflation and provide impetus to the domestic consumer economy. The move is also likely to provide some relief to sectors like logistics where high fuel costs have eaten into margins. Read more

Muhurat Trading session to be held today (6:15 pm to 7:15 pm)

Thursday, November 4, 2021
The Muhurat Trading session to be held on Thursday(4th Nov.2021) evening is considered one of the auspicious occasions to invest in the stock market. This year, the Muhurat trading session will begin at 6:15 pm and end at 7:15 pm. The session will mark the end of the previous Samvat 2077 and the beginning of a new year for the financial community. Sentiment heading into the session has been muted given the correction seen in the market over the past two weeks. Hence the correction has provided buying opportunities in certain large-cap stocks. Indian Energy Exchange, Container Corporation of India, Honeywell Automation, Whirlpool of India, Clean Science Tech, and KPR Mill are some such stocks as suggested by some analysts. Read more

SBI Q2 profits jumps 67 percent to ₹ 7,627 Crore

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
The country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) on Wednesday reported a 67 percent year-on-year (YoY) jump in net profit at Rs 7,627 crore in the July-September quarter (Q2FY22), with easing asset quality pressure and fall in provisions & credit cost.SBI's net profit in the second quarter of the current financial year jumped 67 percent to ₹ 7,627 crores from ₹ 4,574.16 crores during the same quarter last year. The bank's earnings were better than estimates as analysts polled by Reuters expected SBI to report a net profit of ₹ 7,182 crores.Net interest income of the lender jumped 10.6 percent YoY to Rs 31,184 crore during the quarter under review. The domestic net interest margin of the lender stood at 3.50 percent in Q2FY22, up 16 bps YoY.SBI has incurred an exceptional item during the second quarter after it fully provisioned ₹7,418 crores on account of a change in family pension rules, even as the regulator granted dispensation to amortize in 5 years. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 257 points, Nifty at 17829.20

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 257.14 points or 0.43% at 59,771.92, and the Nifty was down 59.80 points or 0.33% at 17,829.20 for the second straight day on the back of selling pressure in select index heavyweights, like Bharti Airtel, ICICI Bank, and HDFC Bank. Larsen & Toubro Ltd. was the top Sensex gainer, up 4%, followed by Ultratech Cement, Asian Paints, and State Bank of India. Sun Pharma, IndusInd Bank, and Kotak Mahindra Bank were among the top laggards. About 1509 shares have advanced, 1662 shares declined, and 143 shares are unchanged. The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices were down 0.2 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. The BSE Capital Goods and Realty indices were up over 2 percent each. On the other hand, The Telecom, Bankex, Auto and Consumer Durables indices declined over a percent each. India VIX closed in the red.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex up 311 points at 60,340, and Nifty gained 92 points at 17,981

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
The key benchmark indices managed to hover near the highs of the day(3rd Nov.2021) due to buying support in select index heavyweights like - HDFC, Larsen & Toubro, and Infosys. The BSE Sensex was up 311 points at 60,340, and the NSE Nifty had gained 92 points at 17,981. The broader markets were also seen holding gains towards the end of the first hour of trades. The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices were up 0.5 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively. The breadth too was fairly positive early on, with two advancing shares for every single declining stock on the BSE. Larsen & Toubro was up 3.3 percent at Rs 1,876 and was the top gainer among the Sensex 30 stocks. Tech Mahindra, UltraTech Cement, and Kotak Bank were the other prominent gainers. On the other hand, Sun Pharma has slipped 1.5 percent. Read more

Sun Pharma Q2 Results : Profit Rises 13% In September

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Shares of the country's leading drug maker - Sun Pharma on Tuesday reported a 13 percent year-on-year (YoY) rise in consolidated net profit to Rs 2,047 crore, compared to Rs 1,813 crore reported in the same quarter in 2020. which was sharply above analysts’ expectations. Strong operating performance and healthy revenue growth supported the bottom line during the quarter. Analysts had expected the company to report a consolidated net profit of Rs 1,698.7 crore and revenues of Rs 9,443.4 crore for the reported quarter. Consolidated revenue came in higher at Rs 9,626 crore for the quarter, compared to Rs 8,553 crore in September 2020 quarter, registering a 12.5 percent growth. Sun Pharma's India sales jumped 26 percent to ₹ 3,187 crores while its sales in the US came in at $361 million, up 8 percent annually. Sun Pharma's EBITDA also known as operating profit came in at ₹ 2,560.8 crores, up 21 percent over Q2 last year, with a resulting EBITDA margin of 26.8 percent. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex ended 109 points lower at 60,029 while Nifty settled with a loss of 41 points at 17,889

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
The broader markets outperformed the key benchmark indices in trade today(2nd Nov.2021) on the back of buying in auto and realty shares. The BSE benchmark index, the Sensex, jumped to a high of 60,421 in early trade, but eventually ended 109 points lower at 60,029. The NSE Nifty rallied past the 18,000-mark, in opening deals to a high of 18,012, but soon the rally fizzled and the index dropped to a low of 17,848. The Nifty 50 index finally settled with a loss of 41 points at 17,889. The broader markets outperformed the key benchmark indices with a huge margin. The BSE Midcap index was up 0.6 percent at 25,869, and the Smallcap index surged 1.1 percent to 28,607. The overall market breadth was also fairly positive, with 1,952 advancing shares as against 1,301 declining stocks on the BSE. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex at 60,118 levels, down 21 points,while at 17,923, down 6 points

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Profit-booking in metals, pharma, and select market heavyweights like Reliance Industries, HDFC, ITC, SBI, and Tech M has brought the benchmark indices off highs today(2nd Nov.2021) At 10:10 AM, the Sensex index was at 60,118 levels, down 21 points, while the Nifty50 was at 17,923, down 6 points. In the broader market, however, the BSE MidCap index was up 0.4 percent and the BSE SmallCap index was up 0.8 percent. Sectorally, shares of the companies engaged in the Shipping business were rallying on the bourses after data showed exports in the month of October surged over 40 percent. Shreyas Shipping rallied over 13 percent in the intra-day trade, followed by GE Shipping Corp (4 percent), and SCI (3 percent). The Nifty Healthcare index was down 1 percent with Sun Pharma falling over 3 percent, Dr. Reddy's Labs (1.5 percent), and Dr. LalPath Labs (1 percent). In the currency markets, the rupee opened at 74.85 per US dollar compared with Monday's close of 74.87/$.

Closing Bell: Sensex settled with a gain of 831 points at 60,138 and Nifty ended 258 points higher at 17,930

Monday, November 1, 2021
The markets reversed its 3-day losing streak led by renewed buying interest in IT and select financial shares. The BSE Sensex reclaimed the 60,000-mark, and surged to a high of 60,220, before settling with a gain of 831 points at 60,138. The NSE Nifty touched a high of 17,954 and ended 258 points higher at 17,930. India VIX was down 1.4 percent at 17.18. The broader markets also logged strong gains. The BSE Midcap index surged 1.8 percent, while the Smallcap index moved up 1.1 percent. Among sectors, the BSE Realty index soared 3.7 percent, while the Telecom and Metal indices surged around 3.5 percent each. The IT index was up 2.3 percent, and the Bankex jumped 1.8 percent. The overall market breadth was also fairly positive, with 2,171 advancing shares versus 1,137 declining stocks on the BSE. Read more

Telecom stocks;Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea gain upto 7%

Monday, November 1, 2021
Shares of telecom service providers gained up to 7 percent on the BSE in today’s(1st Nov.2021) intra-day trade after RJio launched the much-awaited JioPhone Next. Jio Platforms (“Jio”), a majority-owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries (RIL). JioPhone Next will be made available from November 4. The device is priced at Rs 6,499. However, the company is offering customers EMI options starting at Rs 300 per month with a down payment of Rs 1,999. According to ICICI Securities, the pricing per se is not disruptive given the slew of smartphones already available in the Rs 5,000-7,000 range as well as the current mix of Rs sub 3,000 phone and sub Rs 100 ARPU paid by existing lower strata of 2G users. “We expect Jio move to target ARPU up gradation as well as retention of its own existing low-cost JioPhone users,” the brokerage firm said in a note. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex was at 59,821 levels, up 514 points while Nifty at 17,815 levels, up 144 points

Monday, November 1, 2021
Dalal street started the day (1st Nov.2021) with a positive note driven by Supportive global cues, marginal ease in crude oil prices, and the ongoing earnings season. Besides, low-level buying after last week's profit-booking resulted in a bounce-back rally. In early deals, the BSE Sensex was at 59,821 levels, up 514 points or 0.87 percent, led by Bharti Airtel (up 3 percent), Axis Bank, Titan, Tech M, and Tata Steel. The Nifty50, on the other hand, was at 17,815 levels, up 144 points. In the broader markets, meanwhile, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were up 0.89 percent and 0.92 percent, respectively. Sectorally, the Nifty Realty index was up 3 percent, followed by the Nifty Metal index (up 1.4 percent). On the downside, the Nifty Auto index was down 0.5 percent. Read more

Closing Bell : High volatility;BSE Sensex ended 678 points lower at 59,307 and Nifty down 185 points at 17,672

Friday, October 29, 2021
Today(29th Oct.2021) the markets exhibited a high amount of volatility for the second day in a row on the back of unabated selling pressure in select index heavyweights. The BSE Sensex tumbled to a low of 59,089, but eventually ended 678 points lower at 59,307. In the process, the BSE index has now shed 5 percent (2,938 points) from its recent peak of 62,245. The NSE Nifty logged its second straight weekly loss, down 185 points at 17,672. The Nifty has declined 3.8 percent (677 points) in the last two weeks. In intra-day trades on Friday, the 50-share index dipped to a low of 17,613 and was within striking distance of its 50-DMA (Daily Moving Average) at 17,570-odd levels. Read more

Extension given to Mr. Shaktikanta Das, RBI governor, is good for the markets

Friday, October 29, 2021
According to expert economists, the extension given to Mr. Shaktikanta Das, the governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is good news for the market, as the economy is in the preparation mode for a takeoff. The government has quite rightly made the announcement before the term came to an end so that there is certainty on all sides. From a market perspective, this means that the mindset of the Governor is known and there will be no surprises. While it is true that institutions are more important than the person, the ideology and approach of Governors of central banks are important. Mr. Das has followed a very cogent approach of patiently hearing out the market before taking any decision, which has been a strength. There have hence been some major achievements under his first term, which has helped the economy and market. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex down 743 points at 59,241 levels while Nifty at 17,676-mark, down 180 points

Friday, October 29, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices extended yesterday's decline today(29th Oct.2021) as well with the frontline S&P BSE Sensex sliding 743 points at 59,241 levels, while the Nifty50 at 17,676-mark, down 180 points. Only 2 constituents, Tata Steel and Asian Paints were trading in the green on the Sensex, while Bajaj Finserv, NTPC, IndusInd Bank, and L&T fewere leading the list of losers. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap declined 1.5 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively. Dalal Street is witnessing an across-the-board sell-off with banks being the worst lot. The Nifty PSU Bank index is down 2.6 percent while the Nifty Bank index is trading over 2 percent lower. All other key sectoral indices were down up to 1 percent. Read more

Paytm pegs IPO at $20 bn valuation

Thursday, October 28, 2021
Paytm officially revealed for the first time today(28th Oct.2021) that its IPO will be at a $19.5 billion to $20 billion valuations. Paytm was valued at $16 billion when it raised funds two years ago. The IPO was priced at a lower valuation so that more people can participate, the company said. Founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma said, "Our life is going to become QSQT now or quarter se quarter tak (from one quarter to next)." He added that there is no interesting acquisition target on the horizon and the company is more focused on building itself as compared to buying. "But never say never," he added. The payments unicorn claims to have become contribution margin neutral, meaning it is recouping its cost from operating revenue. The company's contribution margin grew 198 percent to Rs 245 crore in Q1FY22 compared to the corresponding quarter in the previous financial year. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex closed 1,158 points lower at 59,985 and Nifty lost 354 points to end the day at 17,857 levels

Thursday, October 28, 2021
The key benchmark indices broke respective psychological levels in trade today(28th Oct.2021) amid heavy broad-based sell-off. While the Sensex closed 1,158 points lower at 59,985, the Nifty lost 354 points to end the day at 17,857 levels. At the end of the day, the Nifty has slipped below its 20-DMA, which has opened the door for further downside, technical analysts said. "Relentless selling by FIIs is a key reason for this correction in the market. The next support level for the Nifty is around 17,650 level. Below this, 17,450-17,250 will be the next support zone. On the upside, 18,150-18,300 has become an immediate supply zone," said Santosh Meena, head of research at Swastika Investment. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex at 60,962 levels, down 181 points while Nifty at 18,139 levels, down 72 points

Thursday, October 28, 2021
Indian benchmark indices started in the negative territory today(28th Oct.2021), ahead of the monthly F&O expiry later today. In early deals, the BSE Sensex was at 60,962 levels, down 181 points or 0.3 percent led dragged by Titan, ICICI Bank, and ITC. Its NSE counterpart Nifty50 was at 18,139 levels, down 72 points or 0.4 percent. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices slipped up to 0.34 percent. Among individual stocks, shares of ITC dipped 2 percent after the cigarette-to-hotels major reported a 10.09 percent YoY increase in consolidated profit at Rs 3,763.73 crore in the September quarter of FY22, led by a recovery across segments. Meanwhile, Titan shed 4 percent after the jewelry firm's net profit jumped 270.5 percent to Rs 641 crore in Q2FY22 when compared to Rs 173 crore during the same period last year at a consolidated level, riding on recovery in demand across its consumer businesses. Read more

Today's Market Movers

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
The 65 percent decline in Maruti Suzuki Q2 profit could not drag the auto stock any further. Instead, the stock rose 0.40 percent, on a bad day for the market, to close at Rs 7,325.20 on the BSE. The company said adverse commodity prices and lower sales volume due to electronic component shortages impacted its performance in the September quarter. What might have lifted sentiment is the fact that the company had more than 2,00,000 pending customer orders at the end of the quarter. Analyst views are awaited though. Asian Paints climbed 4.43 percent to Rs 3,094.40 after a couple of brokerages said their interactions with dealers suggest the paintmaker plans to execute another 15-45 percent price increase, effective November 12. This is in addition to the recent 7.5 percent price increases, they said. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex lost 207 points and closed at 61,143 while Nifty ended 57 points lower at 18,211

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
In today's trading, the key benchmark indices ended in red as select financial shares extended losses at close. The BSE Sensex had touched a high of 61,577 in morning deals but slipped to a low of 60,989 at the fag end of the day. The Sensex finally ended with a loss of 207 points at 61,143. The NSE Nifty from a high of 18,342, slipped to a low of 18,168, and eventually ended 57 points lower at 18,211. India VIX was up 0.8 percent at 16.88. The broader indices also trimmed gains towards the end. The BSE Midcap index ended a wee bit in green at 25,591 as against the day's high of 25,757. The Smallcap index settled at 28,534, up 0.3 percent as against the day's high of 28,696. The overall breadth was marginally positive, with 1,780 advancing shares as against 1,466 declining stocks on the BSE. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex up 37 points at 61,387 levels and Nifty at 18,284 levels, up 16 points

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Healthy corporate earnings and tepid trading among Asian markets, led to a volatile start for benchmarks in Indian markets today(26th Oct.2021). In early deals, the frontline BSE Sensex was trading at 61,387 levels, up 37 points, supported by Asian Paints, Dr. Reddy's Labs, and ITC. The Nifty50, on the other hand, was at 18,284 levels, up 16 points. Among individual stocks, Axis Bank slipped nearly 4 percent amid profit booking after the private lender posted its highest-ever quarterly profit of Rs 3,133 crore, backed by robust growth in fee income and a sharp fall in provisions. Bajaj Finance was also down 3 percent on profit booking after Q2 consolidated net jumped 53 percent to Rs 1,481 crore for the quarter ended September on healthy interest income. Total income rose 19 percent YoY to Rs 7,732 crore. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex ended 383 points higher at 61,350 while Nifty with a gain of 143 points settlled at 18,268

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
The key benchmark indices gyrated between zones in trade day before firming up in the latter half of the trading session taking cues from the broader markets. The BSE Sensex opened marginally higher at 60,997 but soon jumped to a high of 61,405. The BSE index thereafter slipped into the negative zone on account of weakness in select index heavyweights only to bounce back in the green. Aggressive buying towards the fag end of the trading day, saw the Sensex jump to a high of 61,498, and finally, end 383 points higher at 61,350. The NSE Nifty moved in a range of 211 points, between a high of 18,310 and a low of 18,099, before settling with a gain of 143 points at 18,268. Read more

MARKET VIEW: Broader market tide is receding

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
According to experts, there are two important trends in the market now. One, there is selling pressure in the broader market. While Nifty is up 1.52 % for the last one month, Nifty Small-cap is down 1.11%. Nifty Mid-cap is down 8% from its peak. Two, FIIs are continuously selling in the market; they have sold Rs 10300 cr worth equity in the last 5 days in the cash market. If this FII selling sustains that would be a major drag on the market. The 8% correction in the mid-cap space is not getting reflected in the large-cap indices. The run-up in many micro-caps and penny stocks has been totally irrational. There are clear signs of the broader market tide receding.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex at 61,231 levels, up 263 points while Nifty testing 18,200 levels

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
In Indian markets, the frontline indices extended their winning ways into the second day, on the back of across-the-board buying. Positive global cues also lent support to the markets in early trade, the headline S&P BSE Sensex was at 61,231 levels, up 263 points or 0.43 percent while the Nifty50 index was testing 18,200 levels. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices added 0.4 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively. Among individual stocks, Tech M shares surged over 5 percent in early trade after the company's Q2FY22 net rose 25.8 percent YoY to Rs 1,339 crore, while revenue grew 16.1 percent YoY to Rs 10,881 crore. However, CEAT shares declined over 6 percent after Q2FY22 net plunged 76.9 percent to Rs 42 crore as against Rs 181.9 crore in Q2FY21. Revenue, however, was up 23.9 percent at Rs 2,451.8 crore from Rs 1,978.5 crore in the same period. Read more

CLOSING BELL: Sensex snaps 4-day losing run, index rises 145 pts; Nifty ends at 18,125

Monday, October 25, 2021
After a volatile start, the benchmark indices gained ground to trade on a firm footing amid gains in banking stocks. A firm start for the European markets also helped the market sentiments. The BSE Sensex reclaimed the 61,000 mark and was up 291 points or 0.48 percent at 61,113. Meanwhile, NSE Nifty traded at 18,169, 55 points or 0.3 percent higher. ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, and SBI were the top Sensex contributors. The broader markets, on the other hand, languished with the BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices down over 1 percent each. The Nifty Bank hit a fresh 52-week high. Realty and IT counters were off day's low but still down 1 percent and worst losers. The BSE index after touching a low of 60,450, bounced back into the positive zone as ICICI Bank and select banking shares extended gains. The Sensex finally snapped its 4-day losing streak and ended 145 points higher at 60,967. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex down 115 points at 60,706 while Nifty below 18,100 mark, down 60 points

Monday, October 25, 2021
The Indian markets were off to a volatile start today(25th Oct.2021) as investors assessed the September quarter results of index heavyweights. Meanwhile, the choppy Asian market mood also rubbed off on investor sentiment back home. At 9.30 am, Sensex was down 115 points at 60,706 while Nifty was below the 18,100 mark, down 60 points. Nifty Realty was the worst sectoral performer, followed by Pharma, IT, and FMCG. The banking and financial sectors held ground in an otherwise weak market. Broader markets tumbled in tandem with benchmarks, while the volatility index, India VIX, spiked 5%. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex ended with a minor loss of 100 points at 60,822 andNifty settled 63 points lower at 18,115

Friday, October 22, 2021
Financial shares came to the rescue of the benchmark indices for the second straight day, today (22nd Oct.2021) as select index heavyweights weighed under selling pressure. The BSE benchmark index, the Sensex, opened 120-odd points higher at 61,044 and rallied to a high of 61,420 on the back of fresh buying in early trades. Selling pressure re-emerged in the second half of the trading session, with ITC, technology, and metal stocks leading the fall. The BSE 30-share index slid to a low of 60,551 - down 869 points from the day's high. The Sensex eventually ended with a minor loss of 100 points at 60,822. The NSE Nifty from a high of 18,314, dropped to a low of 18,034, and finally settled 63 points lower at 18,115. The India VIX declined 1.8 percent to 17.70. Read more

Big Indian companies are steping up investments following the post pandemic

Friday, October 22, 2021
With healthy cash reserves and aided by stronger balance sheets post-Covid, Indian companies are looking to step up their capital expenditure and investment plans. Industry captains and analysts say a mix of factors such as accommodative monetary policy and lower interest rates, reduced corporate tax rates and government incentives such as Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme, global liquidity, and upward commodities cycle are fueling optimism among companies. "Corporates are sitting on cash as profitability has picked up in the post-pandemic period. They are looking to invest in order to capture available opportunities of increased government spending, divestment, consumer demand revival, and export market. PLI scheme and revival of real estate and housing will make a positive impact on the investment cycle. We believe sectors like IT pharma steel, sugar, cement, real estate, and infrastructure will take lead on investment" says an economic expert. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Volatile market;Sensex at 61,327 levels, up 403 points while the Nifty at 18,281 level, up 103 points

Friday, October 22, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices are holding on to their opening highs, although some pressure in the metal space is capping gains. At 10:05 AM, the BSE Sensex index was at 61,327 levels, up 403 points or 0.66 percent. It touched an intra-day high of 61,420 levels earlier today (22nd Oct.2021). NSE Nifty, too, was off the morning high of 18,314 level, and quoted at 18,281 level, up 103 points. Among individual stocks, shares of the Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) rallied 10 percent to Rs 832.85 on the BSE in Friday’s intra-day trade, after the company posted strong earnings for the second quarter ended September 2021 (Q2FY21) and also announced bonus shares in the ratio of 2:1. The stock, however, partially pared gains and was trading 4 percent higher at Rs 789.15 on the BSE.

Rakesh Jhujhunwala ups stake in Tata Motors DVR

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Ace investor Rakesh Jhujhunwala has bought an additional 10 million equity shares in Tata Motors DVR in July-September (Q2FY22), increasing his stake in the Tata Group company to 3.93 percent in Q2 from 1.97 percent at the end of June quarter (Q1), according to the shareholding pattern filed by the company. As per the data, Rakesh Radheshyam Jhunjhunwala held a 2.70 percent stake or 13.75 million equity shares in Tata Motors DVR in Q2, as against a 1.97 percent stake (10 million shares) in the previous quarter. The ace investor has purchased a 1.23 percent stake or 6.25 million shares in name of Rakesh Jhujhunwala during the quarter, against nil or below 1 percent holding in the previous quarter, data shows. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS Differential Voting Rights (DVR) shares are shares that are permitted to be issued with differential voting and differential dividend rights. Read more

Closing Bell :Sensex down 337, Nifty at 18178.10

Thursday, October 21, 2021
At Close, the Sensex was down 336.46 points or 0.55% at 60,923.50, and the Nifty was down 88.50 points or 0.48% at 18,178.10. Kotak Mahindra Bank rallied 6.5% to close as the top Sensex gainer, followed by HDFC, ICICI Bank, NTPC, and State Bank of India. Asian Paints, Reliance Industries, and Infosys were the worst performing Sensex constituents. About 1580 shares have advanced, 1627 shares declined, and 130 shares are unchanged. Among sectors, the Nifty Bank gained 1.7 percent, PSU Bank, auto, oil & gas, and power indices ended in the green, while metal, IT, energy, and FMCG indices ended lower. The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices were down 0.4 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively.

Asian Paints down 7 percent post Q2 results

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Shares of Asian Paint were down 7 percent, hitting an over two-month low of Rs 2,961 on the BSE in Thursday’s intra-day trade, after the company, reported a 29 percent fall in the net profit to Rs 605.2 crore in Q2FY22 as against Rs 852 crore in the same quarter a year ago, while its revenue jumped by 32.6 percent to Rs 7096 crore in the July-September quarter of FY22 versus Rs 5350 crore during the same quarter in FY21. The company’s bottom line performance missed expectations of all eight brokerages polled by ETMarkets.com.The company’s board also approved an interim dividend of Rs 3.65 per share at its meeting held earlier today. The decline in the company’s bottom line was largely due to a sharp spike in expenses during the quarter. Asian Paints’ total expenses jumped 49 percent on-year to Rs 6,418.2 crore led by a 73 percent rise in the cost of raw materials. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Volatile market;Sensex, touched a high of 61,621 in opening trades, and then slipped to a low of 61,164while the Nifty more or less unmoved at 18,267

Thursday, October 21, 2021
The BSE Sensex touched a high of 61,621 in opening trades and then slipped to a low of 61,164. The 30-share index was now down 21 points at 61,239. The NSE Nifty was more or less unmoved at 18,267. Experts say that the ongoing market correction is not an overreaction and can sustain in the near term due to high valuations. However, in the future Indian corporates will benefit from the reforms & China plus one strategy which happened during 2020-21. Alongside, the long-term economy & market trend is intact due to further re-opening of the economy, low-interest cycle, and fiscal & private spending. This correction will give leeway for value-buying, defensives, and upcoming stocks & sectors that evolved from this new demand. Read more

IRCTC tanks nearly 50 per cent from record high. Should you buy

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corp (IRCTC) stock tanked nearly 50 percent in two days after touching a record high of Rs 6396 on account of profit booking. It declined 18 percent to hit an intraday low of Rs 4371.25 on the Bombay Stock ExchangeThe market capitalization of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation has declined to Rs 69,936 crore in intra-day trade today. It touched Rs 1.02 lakh crore in intra-day trade on Tuesday and has been included among nine stocks/securities under futures and options (F&O) ban for trade by the National Stock Exchange (NSE) on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. On this speculation, investors started squaring up their positions and booked profits in the stock. In the past six months, the market price of IRCTC has appreciated by nearly 300 percent from the level of Rs 1,612, as compared to a 30 percent rally in the S&P BSE Sensex during the same period till yesterday. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 456 points, Nifty at 18266.60

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 456.09 points or 0.74% at 61,259.96, and the Nifty was down 152.20 points or 0.83% at 18,266.60 on account of profit-taking in metals, energy, capital goods, and consumer-related stocks like FMCG, durables, and discretionary goods & services. Bharti Airtel was the top gainer on Sensex, gaining 4%, followed by State Bank of India, IndusInd Bank, and Bajaj Finance. Titan was the worst-performing Sensex stock, falling 2.62%, followed by HUL, NTPC, and Bajaj Finserv. About 877 shares have advanced, 2351 shares declined, and 115 shares are unchanged. The BSE Midcap index shed 1.9 percent at 25,915, and the Smallcap index tumbled 2.3 percent to 28,879. The BSE Consumer Durables index plunged 3.3 percent. The Basic Materials, Utilities, and Metal indices dropped 2.3-2.5 percent each. The Power and Realty indices were down around 2 percent each, while the FMCG and Industrials declined 1.5 percent. The BSE Telecom index, however, gained 3 percent at 1,797.

MARKET UPDATE:Volatile market;Sensex up 394 points at 62,159 and the Nifty down 64 points at 18,355

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices opened a quiet note amid positive global cues today(20th Oct.2021). The BSE Sensex opened 84 points higher at 61,800, and after touching a high of 61,873, the index soon slipped into the negative zone. The BSE Sensex was down 164 points at 61,553. The NSE Nifty touched a high of 18,458 but was down 64 points at 18,355. Among the Sensex 30 stocks, Tata Steel has slipped 1.5 percent. Asian Paints, Bajaj Finserv, Bajaj Auto, IndusInd Bank, and NTPC are the prominent losers. On the other hand, Nestle India, Larsen & Toubro, HCL Technologies, Infosys, and Bajaj Finance were up marginally. In the broader market, IRCTC has hit the 10 percent lower circuit at Rs 4,830. The stock had crossed the Rs 1 trillion mark yesterday in intraday deals after it hit a fresh all-time high at Rs 6,393. Mastek and Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) have also tumbled over 10 percent each. Read more

Indian Energy Exchange gains 20 percent on bonus share plan

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) gained 20% to a record high of Rs 956.15 on Tuesday, after the energy trading platform said it would consider a bonus issue of shares on october 21st.Increased economic activity after the second wave of the coronavirus has resulted in a shortage in coal supply and driven up electricity demand, proving a boon for New Delhi-based IEX which controls 95% of the power exchange market.The company board will consider and approve the unaudited financial results for the quarter and half year ended September 30, 2021 on Thursday. IEX is the premier electricity exchange in India, which facilitates electricity trade. IEX commands a market share of around 95% in the power exchange market. The stock has surged surged around 160% in the past six months whereas it has delivered multibagger return of over 315% in 2021 (year-to-date) so far. Read more

HUL Q2 results:Numbers good, revenue slightly higher than estimated: Experts

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
HUL could be gaining market share in the fabric care business. So that is happening right now and probably would continue in the forthcoming quarters, say experts. According to the prima facie, the HUL numbers are upbeat. In their estimates, both profit, as well as the EBITDA numbers, look higher than what is estimated. Even the revenue number is slightly higher than what they estimated. So the numbers overall look good. We will have to look at it in terms of the volume numbers and the second important factor will be the gross margins. "We were estimating around 5% volume growth for the quarter but the number could probably be slightly higher or in line. We will have to wait and watch out for the volume numbers but our estimate was 5% for the quarter" they say. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 50 points, Nifty at 18418.75

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 49.54 points or 0.08% at 61716.05, and the Nifty was down 58.20 points or 0.31% at 18418.80. Tech Mahindra was the top index gainer, followed by Larsen & Toubro, Infosys, and Bajaj Finserv. ITC was the top loser on Sensex, followed by HUL, Titan, and Tata Steel. About 959 shares have advanced, 2321 shares declined, and 122 shares are unchanged. The Nifty IT index is up 2.35 percent, the Nifty Realty is down 4.8 percent, the PSB index down3.7 percent, and the FMCG index down3 percent. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices ended nearly 2 per cent down each, India VIX gained 1.11%.

Top Nomura analyst cuts RIL rating for first time in years

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
A downgrade of Reliance Industries Ltd by Nomura Holdings Inc. analyst Anil Sharma’s team will pique investor interest for multiple reasons. Apart from the timing, with commodities hitting new records and Reliance’s earnings due on Friday, this move to slash billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s oil-to-tech conglomerate to neutral from buy may carry more weight with investors due to the analyst’s background. It’s also the broker’s first downgrade on the stock in many years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. While the outlook for Reliance’s key businesses has continued to improve, the company’s valuations look expensive after a recent surge in its shares, Sharma and his associate Aditya Bansal wrote in a note dated Oct. 18. Shares have risen more than 30% from the end of July, compared with an 18% advance in the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex Index. Read more

The Indian economy is picking up leaving behind the shadow of the pandemic: RBI report

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
The Indian economy is picking up leaving behind the shadow of the pandemic as consumer demand improves and supply constraints ease due to strong Kharif agricultural production and revival in manufacturing and services. Also, softer food prices are aligning headline inflation closer to the target of 5.3 percent for FY'22. "The green shoots of revival have spilled out of the high-frequency indicators and on to the headline metrics in a recovery that is progressively solidifying," the report said. RBI's Economic Activity Index (EIA) indicates that real GDP grew by 9.6 percent in July-September 2021

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 394 points at 62,159 and the NSE Nifty up 112 points at 18,589

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
The Indian markets were trading on a firm note in morning trade today(19th Oct.2021), with the BSE Sensex up 394 points at 62,159, and the NSE Nifty up 112 points at 18,589. The broader market was also trading on a firm note, with both the BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices up around 0.8 percent each. The overall market breadth was also largely positive, with nearly 1,700 advancing shares versus 1,100 declining stocks on the BSE. IRCTC joined the elite club of companies commanding Rs 1-trillion market capitalization (m-cap) on the BSE after its share price hit a new high of Rs 6,332.25 in the intra-day trade today. The shares rallied nearly 8 percent today and have zoomed 33 percent in the past five trading days and a whopping 293 percent in the last six months. L&T Infotech surged 10 percent to a high of Rs 6,496 on the NSE on the back of 21 percent YoY growth in Q2FY22 net at Rs 552 crore. Revenue was up 25.6 percent at Rs 3,767 crore in the same period.

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 459 points, Nifty at 18477.05

Monday, October 18, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 459.64 points or 0.75% at 61,765.59, and the Nifty was up 138.50 points or 0.76% at 18,477. Tech Mahindra, Tata Steel, ICICI Bank, ITC, and Maruti were the top prominent gainers. On the other hand, HCL Technologies and Mahindra & Mahindra were the losers followed by Dr. Reddy's, Asian Paints and Bajaj Auto were the other notable losers. About 1677 shares have advanced, 1563 shares declined, and 127 shares are unchanged. Bank Nifty zoomed 0.87% and closed at 39,684. Except for pharma, all other sectoral indices ended in the green with Metal, Power, and PSU Bank indices added 2-4 percent. The BSE Midcap index was up a percent at 26,952, and the Smallcap index added 0.7 percent to 30,101. India VIX jumped 9% to end at 17.19 levels.

Govt approves 31 proposals for telecom PLI scheme entailing Rs 3,345 cr investment

Thursday, October 14, 2021
The Department of Telecom today(14th Oct.2021) approved 31 proposals entailing an investment of Rs 3,345 crore over the next four and a half years. "The investment of Rs 3,345 crore in the next 4.5 years is just a beginning. Government is helping you (industry players) as a catalyst," Minister of State for Communications Devusinh Chauhan said. The companies selected for the PLI scheme include Nokia India, HFCL, Dixon Technologies, Flextronics, Foxconn, Coral Telecom, VVDN Technologies, Akashastha Technologies, and GS India. The DoT notified the PLI scheme for telecom and networking products on February 24, 2021, with a financial outlay of Rs 12,195 crore, over the five years. The scheme for telecom gear manufacturing in India is expected to encourage the production of equipment worth Rs 2.44 lakh crore and create direct and indirect employment for about 40,000 people. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex registered a new high at 61,159 while Nifty touched a new summit at 18,295

Thursday, October 14, 2021
The Indian markets continue to trade on a firm note well supported by IT stocks following a good Q2 show today(14th Oct.2021). The BSE Sensex so far has registered a new high at 61,159 and was up 352 points at 61,089. The NSE Nifty touched a new summit at 18,295 and was up 111 points at 18,273. The BSE IT index has pared considerable gains but is still up 1.2 percent at 35,217. The index had touched a high of 35,794. The BSE Realty, Metal, and Capital Goods indices are the other major gainers, up 1.3-2.7 percent, each. Infosys which touched a high of Rs 1,784, was up 1.4 percent at Rs 1,733. Wipro touched a new high at Rs 723.65 on the BSE and continues to trade firm, at Rs 705, up 4.8 percent. Tech Mahindra has gained 1.4 percent, while HCL Technologies has slipped into the red, down 0.8 percent at Rs 1,255 ahead of its results. Read more

Infosys Quaterly Result

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
The country's second-largest IT services company Infosys reported consolidated profit at Rs 5,421crore in the quarter ended September 2021 quarter, up 12 percent year on year. It was ₹4,845 crores in the year-ago period and sequentially grew by 4.3 percent from ₹5,195 crores in the June quarter. Revenue for the quarter was up 20 percent at Rs 29,602 crore, from Rs 24,570 crore in the year-ago period. The company has revised the revenue guidance for FY22 to 16.5%-17.5% but retained the margin guidance at 22%-24%. The Board has also approved an interim dividend of ₹15 per equity share.“Our stellar performance and robust growth outlook continue to demonstrate our strategic focus and the strength of our digital offerings,” said Salil Parekh, CEO at Infosys in a press statement. Parekh said that the continued momentum in the business has given Infosys the confidence to raise its guidance for growth in revenues in 2021-22 to 16.5-17.5 percent from 14-16 percent earlier Read more

Closing bell: Sensex gains 452 points, Nifty at 18161.75

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 452.74 points or 0.75% at 60,737.05, and the Nifty was up 169.80 points or 0.94% at 18,161.80 for the fifth straight session on Wednesday as macroeconomic tailwinds put stocks in top gear. Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, M&M, and Bharat Forge were the top gainers in today's Sensex pack. Maruti Suzuki, ONGC, Coal India, SBI Life Insurance, and HUL were among the big losers. About 1602 shares have advanced, 1504 shares declined, and 118 shares are unchanged. The BSE MidCap index closed with gains of 1.62 percent after hitting a fresh lifetime high of 26,590 in the intra-day trade. The BSE SmallCap index, meanwhile, up 0.6 percent, after hitting a new peak of 29,846 in the intra-day session. The Nifty Realty index ended the session in the green led by the Nifty Auto index up 3.4 percent. While energy, infra, IT, metal, power, and capital goods indices are up 1 percent each.

Midcaps and smallcaps to contribute to profitability this time: Experts

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
People should always focus on high-quality companies but the opportunity set itself is going to be very different from the ones that we saw in 2018 and 2019 where the markets got very narrow on the top. I see a much wider breadth of industries starting to contribute to the overall profit pool, say, experts. Actually, they believe that while there has been a very strong consolidation in every sector and the big are getting bigger and the strong are getting stronger, the breadth of the market is likely to remain much wider and the opportunity set is likely to remain much wider. People should always focus on high-quality companies but the opportunity set itself is going to be very different from the ones that we saw in 2018 and 2019 where the markets got very narrow on the top. Read more

Sensex opened with a positive gap of 336 points at 60,620 and was quoted at 60,505 while Nifty up 83 points at 18,075

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
The Indian markets opened on a positive note today (13th Oct.2021), with benchmark indices scaling new peaks in opening trades, on the back of better-than-expected CPI September Inflation and August Industrial Output data. The headline inflation dropped to a 8-month low at 4.35 per cent, while the IIP grew at 11.9 per cent. The BSE Sensex opened with a positive gap of 336 points at 60,620, and was quoted at 60,505 at 09:17 AM. The NSE Nifty touched a high of 18,099 in opening deals, and was up 83 points at 18,075. Tata Motors zoomed 15 per cent to Rs 483.90 on the BSE after the company secured funding up to Rs 7,500 crore from TPG for its electric vehicle arm. This is the first major fundraising by an Indian carmaker to push mobility. Read more

Is Bitcoin headed towards record high?

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency was trading just above $57,000 as of 7:52 a.m. in London, some $7,700 shy of its April record. A recent rally in digital tokens like Bitcoin and second-ranked Ether contrasts with the travails of assets such as stocks, bonds and gold amid a bout of jitters in global markets. Record highs for Bitcoin are possible, maybe at around $80,000 to $85,000 based on chart patterns, say some experts. Bitcoin’s climb has activated an inverted head and shoulders chart pattern. The so-called measured objective for Bitcoin derived from this pattern is about $79,000, which would top the all-time high of almost $65,000 from April. A study of Bitcoin and Ether price momentum shows that short-term momentum has crossed above the longer term trend. Over the past five years, both tokens were significantly higher a year after each such crossover. Positioning in the options market suggests bets on a continuation of the Bitcoin advance. Read more

Rising prices of coal to effect on steel companies' September qtr earnings

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Rising prices of international coal – both coking and thermal - used in the making of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, respectively, are expected to have an impact on margins of metals companies in July-September quarter (Q2) as steel companies may see margins getting eroded, while the base firms could stand to benefit, said experts. Since metals is a cyclical sector, a year-on-year comparison for earnings would give a better picture. However, due to the ongoing pandemic and last year’s low base, sequential comparison has been taken in consideration to show a clearer picture on pricing and volume trend. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex down 83 points at 60,052 levels while Nifty down 10 points at 17,936

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
The markets were exhibiting volatility in early morning trade today (12th Oct.2021), amid negative gloabl cues and stock specific trading action. The BSE Sensex touched a low of 59,992 in the opening deals, but soon recovered losses and jumped to a high of 60,264. The Sensex, however, could not hold gains for long, and slipped back into the negative zone, down 83 points at 60,052.The NSE Nifty 50 index was down 10 points at 17,936. The broader markets, however, were holding some gains. The BSE Midcap was up 0.1 per cent at 26,000, and the Smallcap index was up 0.2 per cent at 29,555. IT stocks continued to reel under selling pressure for the second straight day. The BSE IT index was down 0.4 per cent at 34,600. The BSE Realty index is the other major loser, down 0.8 per cent at 4,177. Read more

Tata Motors gains 39 percent in a month on a strong outlook

Monday, October 11, 2021
Shares of Tata Motors hit an over three-year high of Rs 415.30 as they rallied 8.5 per cent on the BSE in Monday’s intra-day trade, continuing their journey northward on the back of a strong growth outlook for Jaguar Land Rover products.The Tata group subsidiary's scrip has rallied around 21% in the past five sessions, whereas in a month, it has risen about 39%. The company, however, warned that retail sales of Jaguar Land Rover for three-month ended September 2021 was constrained by the impact of the global semiconductor shortage.Tata Motors is in the advanced stages to raise $1 billion through the stock sale of its electric vehicle unit, the Times of India reported on Friday. "The global semiconductor supply issue represents a significant near-term challenge for the industry which will take time to work through. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex 76.72, Nifty at 17,946.

Monday, October 11, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 76.72 points or 0.13 percent at 60,135.78, and the Nifty was up 50.80 points or 0.28 percent at 17,946. HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, ITC, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Kotak Mahindra, others contributed the most to the indices’ gain today. TCS, Tech Mahindra, Infosys, HCL Technologies and Wipro were among the losers.BSE Midcap index gained over half a per cent or 141 points to 25,978, while the SmallCap index added 0.60 per cent or 176 points. The Nifty Bank index hit a new liftime high of 38,495 in the intra-day trade before closing 1.4 per cent higher at 38,294 levels. The Nifty Auto index was the biggest gainer of the day, up 2.7 per cent, while the Nifty IT index declined the most, down over 3 per cent. India VIX, the volatility index, was up 2.8 per cent to settle at 16.09 levels.

Domestic benchmark indices regained their charm after initial weakness

Monday, October 11, 2021
Indian benchmark indices regained their charm after initial weakness today(11th Oct.2021) even as weak global cues weighed on investor morale. Expectation of a better September quarter earnings kept buying intact in most counters.IT stocks were the biggest drags on indices as the underwhelming earnings report by TCS disappointed investors. Rest of the sectors saw heavy buying. After opening in the red, benchmark indices climbed higher. At 10.55 am, BSE flagship Sensex was up 247 points or 0.41 per cent to 60,306. NSE benchmark Nifty advanced 95 points or 0.53 per cent to 17,990. The index hit 18,000 mark during the day. “On the technical front, markets are in a structurally positive trend. Strong support can be seen at 17,700 level and 18,100 level may act as a near-term resistance in Nifty50,” said an expert. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex drops 100 points, Nifty at 17,875

Monday, October 11, 2021
The renewed strength in the equity market, which got a boost from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) persisting with its accommodative monetary policy on Friday,8th October, could push the Nifty past the 18,000-mark in the days ahead. While investors will shift focus to September quarter earnings season starting this week, analysts warn that disappointments could take the wind out of their sails as stronger profits are seen as imperative to justify elevated share valuations. On 8th October (Friday), the Sensex reclaimed the 60,000 and the Nifty ended 0.6% shy of 18,000,though the market gave up a portion of early gains sparked by the Indian central bank's continued monetary support. Both indices had gained 2% last week, shrugging off global concerns over the likelihood of persistent high inflation, which is putting upward pressure on US bond yields.

Piramal Enterprises down 5 percent on demerger plan of pharma business

Friday, October 8, 2021
Shares of Piramal Enterprises were down 5 per cent to Rs 2,727.80 on the BSE in Friday's intra-day trade on profit booking after the company's board approved the demerger of the pharmaceuticals business and simplification of the corporate structure."The board of directors of Piramal Enterprises on October 7, approved a composite scheme of arrangement providing for the demerger of the pharmaceuticals business from Piramal Enterprises and simplification of the corporate structure to create two industry-focused listed entities in financial services and pharmaceuticals," company said in its release. While the financial services, including the recently acquired DHFL, will remain under Piramal Enterprise Ltd (PEL), the pharmaceutical operations will be carved out into a separate entity called Piramal Pharma Limited (PPL). Existing shareholders of PEL will get four shares of PPL for one share of PEL. Read more

RBI’s no change policy hints at rate hike ahead

Friday, October 8, 2021
Analysts across the spectrum lauded the Reserve Bank of India's money policy, as they believe a 'wait and watch' approach is appropriate for the time being. RBI kept all policy rates unchanged to bolster a fragile economic recovery and reiterated an accommodative stance to back sufficient liquidity and keep borrowing costs low for both the state and companies to help drive investments. Analysts, though, saw some signs of tightening ahead in Shaktikanta Das’ speech. “RBI signalled the beginning of gradual 'tapering'of liquidity by extending VRR auction tenor, a measure widely expected by markets. While RBI has refrained from committing any GSAP amount to support bond yields, its emphasis on an ‘orderly evolution of the yield curve’ should provide comfort to the bond market,” said Churchil Bhatt, EVP Debt Investments, Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 381 points, Nifty at 17895.20

Friday, October 8, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 381 points or 0.64% at 60059.06, and the Nifty was up 104.9 points or 0.59% at 17790.30 for the second consecutive session and as a result, the market closed higher in four out of five sessions this week, driven by positive global cues, and RBI policy, and ahead of September quarter earnings. Reliance Industries Ltd was the biggest gainer followed by Infosys, Tech Mahindra, HCL Tech, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), L&T, Tata Steel, among others. On the flip side, NTPC, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), Maruti Suzuki, Dr. Reddy’s, Titan Company, Kotak Mahindra Bank were among index laggards. Bank Nifty gained 0.6 percent, Nifty Auto was up 0.4 percent while Nifty IT soared 2 percent, and Nifty PSU Bank index 1.65 percent. The BSE MidCap index ended 0.15 percent higher and the BSE SmallCap index added 0.92 percent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 432 points to 60,110 while Nifty advanced 126 points to 17,917

Friday, October 8, 2021
Indian domestic benchmark equity indices extended their gains today(8th Oct.2021), led by strong global cues and RBI's decision to maintain status quo. Auto and metal stocks saw buying while realty names were under pressure. “The market looks very volatile at the current position. We advise investors to book partial profits and keep a bit of cash balance in hand," said a expert. After opening in the green, benchmark indices maintained the lead. At 10.45 am, BSE flagship Sensex was up 432 points or 0.72 per cent to 60,110. NSE benchmark Nifty advanced 126 points or 0.71 per cent to 17,917. Read more

Key factors driving today's market rally

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Tata Motors, IndusInd Bank, Eicher Motors, ICICI Bank, SBI Life Insurance, and Reliance Industries were among other gainers.ONGC was the top loser in the pack, down 2.17 percent. Divi’s Labs and Britannia Industries were among those that traded in the red. FACTORS DRIVING MARKETS: Crude oil cools off: Oil prices dropped back from multi-year highs hit a day earlier, having been a major contributor to this week's equities sell-off. Gas prices also fell, a day after Russian leaders indicated that supply to Europe could increase. Read more

Titan shares gains 11 percent on strong Q2 biz update

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Shares of Titan rallied 9 percent and hit a new high of Rs 2,384 on the BSE in Thursday’s intra-day trade after the company reported a strong 78 percent year-on-year (YoY) revenue growth in the July-September quarter (Q2FY22). The watches and wearables segment registered 73 percent growth and the eye-wear business was up by 74 percent YoY. The stock of Tata group company surpassed its previous high of Rs 2,205.65 on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.“The company witnessed a strong recovery in demand after the second wave across its consumer businesses with sales moving swiftly above or close to pre-pandemic levels in most of the divisions. Most stores are now fully operational barring a few in select towns having localized restrictions, with overall store operation days exceeding 90% for the quarter Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 488 points, Nifty at 17790.35

Thursday, October 7, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 488.10 points or 0.82% at 59677.83, and the Nifty was up 144.30 points or 0.82% at 17790.30..Titan was the top Sensex gainer, followed by IndusInd Bank, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Asian Paints. ONGC, Dr. Reddy's Labs, Coal India, Britannia HDFC Bank, and HDFC were the only two laggards on Sensex. About 2096 shares have advanced, 1023 shares declined, and 119 shares are unchanged. Except for oil & gas, all other sectoral indices ended in the green, with Nifty realty and auto indices rising 4-6 percent. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices added 1.7 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively. The volatility index, India VIX, meanwhile fell nearly 7 percent.

Sensex soared 576 points at 59,766 levels while Nifty aadvanced 168 points to quote at 17,814

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Indian benchmark indices mirrored trends in Asian markets and posted solid gains today. The frontline S&P BSE Sensex soared 576 points, or 0.97 percent, at 59,766 levels in early deals today led by Titan Company (up 9 percent), IndusInd Bank, Asian Paints, M&M, SBI, Reliance Industries, and ICICI Bank.Nifty50, meanwhile, advanced 168 points to quote at 17,814. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices rallied 1 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively. The broader markets have also started the day on a firm note, with the BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices up over a percent each. Here's a detailed view of the broader indices on the BSE. Read more

Marico rallies 6% hits record high on healthy business growth in Q2

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Shares of Marico rallied nearly 6 percent to hit a record high of Rs 590 on the BSE in Wednesday’s intra-day trade after the company said it has witnessed healthy consumer sentiment across categories and has recorded revenue growth in the low twenties with strong double-digit volume growth on a 2-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) basis during the September 2021 quarter. "During the quarter, the sector witnessed improving demand trends as mobility levels increased with reducing COVID-19 infections and accelerated vaccination drives. Discretionary categories and out-of-home consumption also visibly picked up," the company said in a regulatory filing. Parachute oil delivered with their medium-term aspirations. Saffola franchise, Saffola Edible Oils had a muted quarter, largely due to volatility in edible oil prices leading to trade destocking and partly owing to lower in-home consumption. Read more

Weakening rupee, rising crude oil and gas prices and impending power shortage dragged indices;Sensex tanks 555 pts

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
The weakening rupee, rising crude oil and gas prices and impending power shortage that has the potential to slow down economic recovery weighed on domestic benchmark indices on Wednesday. All quarters of the market saw selling, led by metal and realty names, wiping off Rs 2.78 lakh crore of equity wealth reflected by the total market cap of BSE-listed companies. The 30-share pack Sensex declined 555.15 points or 0.93 percent to close at 59,189.73. The index closed down nearly 800 points from the day’s high. Its broader peer NSE Nifty dropped 176.30 points or 0.99 percent to 17,646. “Spike in crude prices is spooking the Indian market while inflation is affecting US bond yields. RBI commenced its three-day MPC meeting in which the central bank is expected to keep rates unchanged, however, it is likely to announce measures to gradually pump out liquidity from the economy," said Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services.

Closing Bell: Sensex down 555 points, Nifty at 17646.00

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 555.15 points or 0.93% at 59,189.73, and the Nifty was down 176.30 points or 0.99% at 17,646. Hindalco, SBI Life, IndusInd Bank, JSW Steel, and Tata Steel were among the major losers on the Nifty. Tata Consumer, ONGC, UPL, Britannia, and HDFC Bank were among the major gainers. About 1291 shares have advanced, 1754 shares declined, and 115 shares are unchanged.BSE Midcap index plunged 1.22 percent, BSE SmallCap index fell 158 points or 0.55 percent Sectorally, Bank Nifty index fell over half a percent to end at 37,522. all sectoral indices ended in the red with capital goods, IT, metal, pharma, auto, realty and PSU Bank indices falling in the 1-3 percent range. India VIX, volatility index, jumped 5.70 percent

Consumer major Marico stock up 12% from Aug lows

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Consumer major Marico stocks rose about 2.4 percent in trade today(6th Oct.2021) after its quarterly update highlighted pick up in demand and improving consumer sentiment across categories. While the ongoing vaccination and lower covid infections not only led to healthy overall demand, improved mobility too rubbed off on growth in discretionary and out-of-home categories. For its domestic business which accounts for three-fourths of its revenues, revenue growth came in at low twenties which was in line with analyst estimates. After an 11 percent dip in Q1FY21, Marico’s revenue growth has been trending up over the last three quarters on a lower base and gradual recovery. The company had ended the June quarter with a growth of 26 percent. While the sharp 14 percent decline in domestic volumes had dragged down the two-year average quarterly growth to 3.5 percent in the June quarter, the company indicated that the metric is now closer to double digits. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex rose over 120 points to trade at 59,872 levels while Nifty above 17,850

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices opened in the positive territory today(6th October 2021) with Nifty above 17,850. The BSE Sensex rose over 120 points to trade at 59,872 levels. The 50-pack index, meanwhile, gained nearly 50 points at 17,870. ONGC, IOC, and Coal India were the top gainers on the benchmark index. Top laggards were Titan, Divi's Lab, SBI Life, and IndusInd Bank. Sectorally, barring Nifty IT and Pharma, all indices were in the green. The broader indices, too, opened higher. The Nifty Midcap 100 rose 0.4 percent and the Smallcap 100 was higher by 0.7 percent. In pre-open itself, the Midcap index had hit new record high levels. Read more

Tatapower hits 52 week high on partnership with TVS Motor

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Shares of tata power gained 6.5 percent and hit a 52 week of Rs 179.65 on the back of forming a partnership with TVS Motor Company for the implementation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and deploy solar power technologies at TVS Motor locations. The partnership aims to create a large dedicated electric two-wheeler charging infrastructure to accelerate electric mobility in India. This will also give the customers of TVS iQube Electric access to the widespread charging network by Tata Power through the TVS Motor customer connect app and Tata Power EZ Charge app across India. The partnership aims to create a regular AC charging network and a DC fast-charging network for electric two-wheelers. This partnership will further help drive EV adoption in the country among two-wheeler customers who aspire to take a step in going electric. The two companies will also explore opportunities to use solar energy to power select TVS Motor locations. Read more

ervices activities moderate in Sept but firms continue hiring: PMI survey

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Activities in services, the biggest sector in the Indian economy, moderated in September compared to August though states eased restrictions to slow down the coronavirus, said the IHS Markit purchasing managers' index (PMI) survey today(5th Oct.2021). Activities still grew second-fastest since February 2020. PMI declined to 55.2 in September from 56.7 in August. In the PMI lexicon, a reading above 50 shows expansion, while below it means contraction. PMI in September declined from an 18-month high index in the previous month. Whereas the index in August had risen on the base of contraction with PMI standing at 45.4 in July. (PMI measures activities on a month-on-month basis.) Respondents to the survey mentioned accommodative market conditions and favourable underlying demand amid the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. With the pandemic receding, consumer footfall improved. This, coupled with marketing efforts, reportedly supported another increase in new business inflows.

Action now shifted to the mid-and small-cap segments after the stupendous rally

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Now the action seems to have shifted to the mid-and small-cap segments after the stupendous rally that saw the S&P BSE Sensex cross the 60,000 mark on September 24. At a time when the markets navigated through an uncertain phase of rising oil prices, plans of liquidity taper by the US Federal Reserve (US Fed), and developments in China, S&P BSE Sensex slipped over 1 percent. The mid-and small-cap indices on the BSE, on the other hand, moved up over 2 percent and 1 percent, respectively during this period. Gains in some of the individual stocks in the mid-and small-cap space have been noticeable. India Glycols, Patel Engineering, Brightcom, Godfrey Phillips India, Tejas Networks, and IDBI Bank have surged 24 percent to 47 percent during this period, ACE Equity data show. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 445 points, Nifty at 17822.30

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 445.56 points or 0.75% at 59,744.88, and the Nifty was up 131 points or 0.74% at 17,822.30 ended higher in the second consecutive session on October 5 amid mixed global cues. IndusInd Bank was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Bharti Airtel, HCL Technologies, and Reliance Industries. Sun Pharma was the top loser, followed by ITC, Power Grid, and Ultratech Cement. About 2025 shares have advanced, 1184 shares declined, and 154 shares are unchanged. Barring bank, realty, and pharma, all other sectoral indices ended in the green led by oil & gas, power, and IT indices. BSE midcap and smallcap indices rose 0.33 percent and 0.54 percent, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex down 100 points at 59,199 while Nifty fell 23 points to 17,667

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
The Indian domestic benchmark indices opened lower today(5th October 2021) amid weak global cues. The Sensex was down 100 points or 0.12% at 59,199. The Nifty, meanwhile, fell 23 points to 17,667. Top gainers in the 50-pack index were ONGC, IOC, UPL, and Maruti Suzuki. Top losers included Cipla, Bajaj Finserv, and Sun Pharma. On the sectoral front, barring Nifty Media, FMCG, and auto, all indices were trading in the red. However, broader markets were in the green, with the Nifty Midcap 100 rising 0.06 percent and the Smallcap 100 up by 0.39 percent.

Economic recovery or not, most of the macro indicators are trending upwards

Monday, October 4, 2021
The RBI’s monetary policy review is due on October 6. WPI inflation rose in August 2021 to 11.4 percent, from 11.2 percent the previous month. While that increase may seem marginal, it’s important to note that average WPI inflation in the last five months has been 11.6%. Retail inflation, at 5.3% in August, has not only spent two consecutive months below the RBI’s upper tolerance limit of 6%, but has also come down to below the level it was at before the second wave struck. Given the sheer amount of liquidity made available by the RBI over the last year and more, the fact that retail inflation is low while the Sensex has been scaling new heights suggests that investment activity so far has been restricted to equities rather than factories and that demand is still subdued. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 533 points, Nifty at 17691.25

Monday, October 4, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 533.74 points or 0.91% at 59,299.32, and the Nifty was up 159.30 points or 0.91% at 17,691.30 snapped their four-day losing streak.NTPC was the top Sensex gainer on Monday, followed by Bajaj Finserv, State Bank of India, and Bajaj Finance. Bajaj Auto was the worst-performing stock, followed by HUL and Nestle India. About 2227 shares have advanced, 961 shares declined, and 172 shares are unchanged. The BSE Midcap and BSE Smallcap indices gained1.51 percent and 1.71 percent, respectively. All Nifty indices ended in the green with the Nifty Metal, Media, Realty, and PSU Bank indices rising over 2 percent each.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 350 points at 59,123 and Nifty up 100 points at 17,634

Monday, October 4, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices kicked off the week on an upbeat note amid mixed cues from global markets. The Sensex was up 350 points at 59,123. The Nifty, meanwhile, was up 100 points at 17,634. Top gainers on the 50-pack index include Divi's Lab, Tata Motors, M&M, and NTPC. Grasin, JSW Steel, Eicher Motors, and Nestle India remain top laggards. The broader indices, too, opened in the positive territory with the Nifty Midcap 100 up 0.7 percent and the Smallcap 100 0.09 percent. The volatility indicator-India VIX-rose by 1.6 percent at 17.48 level.

Amit Shah-led AISAM to soon approve Air India sale

Friday, October 1, 2021
Amid the buzz of the Centre approving Air India's sale to Tata Sons, government officials said that the highest decision-making body constituted for the national carrier's divestment is yet to meet to grant its nod for the transaction. The Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism (AISAM) headed by Home Minister Amit Shah is yet to meet to approve the sale of Air India, an official said. The panel is expected to meet soon to grant a final nod to the sale of the national carrier. The panel has Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, and Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia as members. The government expects the final bid to at least match the reserve price. But, it may still go ahead with the disinvestment process even if the bid quoted is lower than the reserve price. The government is looking to complete the sale of Air India as early as this month.

GST collection grows 23% to Rs 1.17 trn in September

Friday, October 1, 2021
GST collection grew 23 percent in September compared to the same period last year and even surpassed the pre-covid year of 2019-20. The collection continues to exceed Rs 1 trillion mark for the third month showing clear signs of recovery for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) battered economy. “Coupled with economic growth, anti-evasion activities, especially action against fake billers, have also been contributing to the enhanced GST collections. It is expected that the positive trend in the revenues will continue and the second half of the year will post higher revenues," the finance ministry said today(1st Oct.2021). While the improvement in the collection is also evident month on month as in August the collection stood at Rs 1.12 trillion, in July, the collection stood at Rs 1.16 trillion. Read more

Tata Steel sells entire stake in NatSteel Holdings for $172 million

Friday, October 1, 2021
Tata Steel has sold its Singapore unit, NatSteel Holdings Pte,17 years after it acquired for ₹1,275 crore ($172 million). TopTip Holding Pte, a Singapore-based steel and iron ore trading company.However, the wires business of NatSteel in Thailand (Siam Industrial wires) has been retained by Tata Steel as part of the downstream wires portfolio. Based on the historical performance of the transacted business, the enterprise value to EBITDA works out to about 13 times. In the past, Tata Steel had attempted to sell NatSteel Singapore but the move had failed. In 2019, the Indian company had inked an agreement with China’s Hebei Iron and Steel Group to sell NatSteel Singapore along with its other operations in Vietnam and Thailand (Millennium Steel). But the deal had collapsed as it failed to pass muster with the Hebei government. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex falls 360 points, Nifty at 17532.05

Friday, October 1, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 360.78 points or 0.61% at 58,765.58, and the Nifty was down 86.20 points or 0.49% at 17,532.00. Bajaj Finserv, Maruti Suzuki, Asian Paints, Bajaj Finance, Bharti Airtel, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), NTPC, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) were top index draggers. On the flip side, M&M, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, UltraTech Cement, Power Grid Corporation of India, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Bajaj-Auto were among the top Sensex gainers. About 1716 shares have advanced, 1373 shares declined, and 150 shares are unchanged. On the sectoral front, the Nifty Realty index fell 1.5 percent and Bank Nifty was down over half a percent. While Nifty Pharma was up nearly one percent. Buying was seen in the pharma, metal, PSU Bank, and energy sectors. Some selling was seen in the reality, bank, and IT sectors.BSE midcap and smallcap indices ended with little change.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex down 394 points at 58,732 and Nifty down 110 points at 17,508

Friday, October 1, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices opened lower today(1st October 2021) tracking weak global cues. The Sensex was down 394 points at 58,732. The Nifty, meanwhile, was down 110 points at 17,508. The broader indices were trading mixed with the Nifty Midcap 50 falling 0.3 percent, and the Nifty Smallcap 100 up 0.1 percent. The risk-off in equity markets has gathered momentum with sharp cuts in the US market. The Dow and S&P500 are now more than 5% off from their record highs. Markets, globally, have turned weak. In India too there are indications of a correction. The leader of this rally, IT, is showing signs of exhaustion. Read more

Persistent Systems gains 6 percent, after announcing two acquisitions

Thursday, September 30, 2021
Shares of Persistent Systems jumped 6 percent to Rs 3755 on the BSE in an intra-day session on Thursday after the company said its US subsidiary will acquire North Carolina-based Software Corporation International (SCI) and its affiliate, Fusion360. Persistent also acquired New Jersey-based Shree Partners and its India subsidiary Shree Infosoft for $6.87 million. Persistent will be acquiring 100% in both these companies for a cash payment of $53 million for SCI and $6.87 million for Shree’s US and Indian business. For SCI, Persistent would be paying $34.45 million upfront and $5.96 million per annum over the next two years. Also, Persistent would pay $2.21 million per annum for three years to retain key employees. To acquire Shree Partners, an upfront payment of $3.37 million and $1.5 million per annum will be made over two years. Another $500,000 would be paid to retain employees over the next three years. Read more

Meesho raises $570 mn and its valuation doubles to $4.9 bn

Thursday, September 30, 2021
Social commerce startup Meesho today(30th Sept.2021) said that it has raised $570 million led by Fidelity Management & Research Company and B Capital Group, a venture capital firm co-founded by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. Existing investors Prosus Ventures, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, and Facebook also participated in this round. Other new investors include Footpath Ventures, Trifecta Capital and Good Capital, and others. Following the rise, the company’s valuation has more than doubled to $4.9 billion in less than five months. Meesho aims to reach 100 million monthly transacting users by December 2022. It expects to utilise the fresh round of funding to grow its technology and product talent by 2.5x, increase its roster to over 50 million products, and become the platform of choice for customers, entrepreneurs, and sellers from all corners of India. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex falls 286 points, Nifty at 17618.15

Thursday, September 30, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 286.91 points or 0.48% at 59126.36, and the Nifty was down 93.10 points or 0.53% at 17618.20 for the third day in a row defying firm global cues. Bajaj Finserv was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Bajaj Finance, NTPC, and Sun Pharma. Powergrid was the worst-performing Sensex constituent, followed by Asian Paints, Axis Bank, and Kotak Mahindra Bank.About 1804 shares have advanced, 1393 shares declined, and 149 shares are unchanged. On the sectoral front it was a mixed trend, with buying seen in the realty, pharma, power and PSU banking stocks. Selling was seen in the auto, bank, IT, metal names.The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices, however, closed higher, up 0.3 per cent and 0.6 per cent, respectively.

Air India reserve price likely to be Rs 15,000-20,000 crore

Thursday, September 30, 2021
It is indicated that the reserve price of Air India would be in the range of Rs 15,000-20,000 crore. The government has considered the future cash flow projection of Air India, its brand value, and intangible assets like bilateral rights and slots in foreign airports to set the reserve price for the airline. The government expects the final bid to at least match the reserve price. But, it may still go ahead with the disinvestment process even if the bid quoted is lower than the reserve price. Valuation firm RBSA Advisors and EY- the consultant for the disinvestment - gave a presentation to the committee of secretaries headed by the cabinet secretary on Tuesday, a person in the know said. Following the presentation, the committee headed by cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba yesterday(29th Sept.) met to finalise the reserve price, which will then be used as a benchmark to compare the financial bids. Tata Sons are the favourite to win the bid. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex sheds around 100 pts, Nifty tests 17,700

Thursday, September 30, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices looked set to extend their fall to the third day in a row amid a host of weak macro cues. Also, volatility could remain high on account of monthly F&O expiry. At 8.15 am, SGX Nifty was trading 50 points down at 17,655. The US markets traded with caution on Wednesday amid crude oil disruptions, inflation, and ongoing debt ceiling debate. Overnight, the Dow Jones and S&P 500 index bounced back a wee bit in green, but Nasdaq however, ended 0.3 percent lower. This morning, the Asian markets are trading on a mixed note. Shanghai and Straits Times are up, while Nikkei and Hang Seng are down.

Cabinet approves Rs 4,400 crore capital infusion into Export Credit Guarantee Corp in 5 years

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
The Union Cabinet today(29thSept.2021) approved capital infusion of Rs 4,400 crore in the state-owned Export Credit Guarantee Corporation (ECGC) and its listing through an initial public offering. The government will inject Rs 4,400 crore in the ECGC over a period of five years beginning 2021-22, said Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal told reporters after the Cabinet meeting. He also said Rs 500 crore infusion will be done immediately. The listing of ECGC is likely to happen next year. The minister also informed that exports have totaled Rs 185 billion till September 21, 2021, in the current fiscal. Read more

Bankrupt DHFL acquired by Piramal Group for total consideration of Rs 34,250 cr

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Today (29th Sept. 2021) Piramal Enterprises said that it had completed the acquisition of Dewan Housing Finance Limited (DHFL) by paying the consideration amount of Rs 34,250 crore. This marks the first successful resolution of a financial services company under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The total consideration paid by the Piramal Group of Rs 34,250 crores at the completion of the acquisition, includes an upfront cash component of Rs 14,700 crores and issuance of debt instruments of Rs 19,550 crores (10-year NCDs at 6.75% p.a. on a half-yearly basis). Read more

Godrej Properties to redevelop residential project in Mumbai

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Shares of Godrej Properties hit a new high of Rs 2,409.95 as they rallied 8 percent on the BSE in the intra-day trade on Wednesday and the stock has skyrocketed 60 percent in a month after the company said it will develop a residential project in Wadala, Mumbai. Also, the reason behind this rally was attributed to expectations of strong demand ahead of the festive season, no property price hike by developers, low-interest-rate regime, and easing of Covid-19 restrictions, ” Godrej Properties has entered into an agreement to redevelop a land parcel at Wadala in Mumbai. Spread across 7.5 acres, the project will offer about 1.6 million square feet of the saleable area comprising residential apartments of various sizes, Godrej Properties said in a regulatory filing to the stock exchanges. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex falls 254 points, Nifty at 17711.30

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 254.33 points or 0.43% at 59,413.27, and the Nifty was down 37.30 points or 0.21% at 17,711.30. NTPC was the top Sensex gainer, followed by PowerGrid, Sun Pharma, and SBI. HDFC, Ultratech Cement, and Asian Paints were the worst performing Sensex stocks. About 1830 shares have advanced, 1371 shares declined, and 151 shares are unchanged. The power, metal, pharma, and realty indices added 1-3.5 percent, while selling was seen in the auto, bank, capital goods, FMCG names. Midcap and smallcap indices outperformed the benchmark, closing with gains. India VIX was 1.62% higher at the end of the day’s trade.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex touched a low of 59,149, was down around 290 points while Nifty recovered from a low of 17,608 and down 76-odd points at 17,673

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices have recovered partially from the early morning lows on the back of selective buying interest in pharma, realty, and energy shares. The Sensex, which, touched a low of 59,149, was down around 290 points at 59,376 in mid-morning deals today(29th Sept.2021). The NSE Nifty recovered from a low of 17,608 and was down 76-odd points at 17,673. Lupin and Dr.Reddy's are the major gainers up 3.1 percent and 2.5 percent respectively. Sun Pharma, Torrent Pharma, and Biocon are the other prominent gainers on the NSE. The Power index has logged smart gains for the second straight day on the back of follow-up buying in power majors - NTPC and PowerGrid Corporation. Tata Power, CESC, and Adani Power too have logged strong gains.

BHEL share price rises 7% after Bagging Order From Goa Shipyard

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
The share price of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) gained more than 7 percent on Tuesday, September 28, after the state-run enterprise bagged an order from Goa Shipyard for a warship gun mount. Goa Shipyard's order involves envisages supply, installation, and commissioning of the entire system, the supply of an upgraded Super Rapid Gun Mount or SRGM - the Main gun onboard most Warships of the Indian Navy, which will be manufactured at the Haridwar unit of Bharat Heavy Electricals. BHEL has established dedicated, intricate manufacturing and inspection facilities at its manufacturing plants, for production, installation & commissioning, and lifecycle support of various products and components. Read more

Swiggy is finalising new financing likely to be led by US asset manager Invesco

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Swiggy is finalising a new financing round of about $500-600 million that is likely to be led by US asset manager Invesco, according to some sources. The exercise is likely to catapult the valuation of the online food delivery company to as much as $10 billion, which is double the valuation ascribed to the seven-year-old venture a few months ago. If the deal fructifies, Swiggy will rank among India’s most valued privately owned startups after ed-tech firm Byju’s and fintech major Paytm, which is slated to go public later this year. The latest financing for Swiggy comes close on the heels of its arch-rival Zomato’s bumper IPO and is being seen as a re-rating exercise for the Bengaluru firm that is presently valued at $5.5 billion. Invesco is likely to plough in about $150-200 million, while existing investors in Swiggy like Falcon Edge, SoftBank Vision Fund, Prosus (formerly Naspers) will pump in the rest of the capital, according to the sources.

Centre initiates talks with RBI to kick-off bank privatisation process

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
The government has initiated consultations with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to devise a new security clearance framework for screening potential bidders of public sector banks (PSBs) as it kick-starts the privatisation process, beginning with the strategic divestment of IDBI Bank. As the government is moving ahead with strategic divestment of IDBI Bank and is looking to privatise two PSBs, the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) is looking to put in place an appropriate framework as the potential buyers will have to meet the RBI’s fit and proper criteria, according to an official. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 410 points, Nifty at 17748.60

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 410.28 points or 0.68% at 59,667.60, and the Nifty was down 106.50 points or 0.60% at 17,748.60. HDFC Bank, Bharti Airtel, HCL Tech, Infosys, Asian Paints, Tech Mahindra, TCS, Bajaj Finserv were among the top Sensex draggers. Power Grid Corporation of India, NTPC, Titan Company, RIL, Tata Steel were top Sensex gainers. About 1463 shares have advanced, 1715 shares declined, and 164 shares are unchanged. On the sectoral front, Bank Nifty plunged over 2 percent after hitting a fresh record high. Nifty Realty index tumbled 4.5 percent.IT fell 2 percent. while power, oil & gas, and metal indices ended in the green.BSE midcap and smallcap indices ended lower with each down over 0.5 percent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex dropped over 100 points to trade below the 60,000 while Nifty trading near the 17,800-mark at 17,921

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices opened in the negative territory today(28th Sept.2021) amid tepid Asian cues. The BSE Sensex dropped over 100 points to trade below the 60,000-mark at 59,943. The Nifty50, meanwhile, was trading near the 17,800-mark at 17,921. Coal India, NTPC, UltraTech Cement, ONGC were among the top gainers in the 50-pack index. The top laggards were in the IT sector, namely HCL Tech, Infosys, Tech Mahindra, and Wipro. On the sectoral front, most indices were in the red with Nifty Realty falling 2 percent. Other losers were Nifty IT, Media, and Pharma. the only gainers were PSU Bank up 1 percent, Nifty Metal, and FMCG.

PVR, Inox rallied 18 percent and hit 52-week high as theatres to reopen

Monday, September 27, 2021
Shares of multiplex owners Inox Leisure and PVR climbed up to 18 percent and hit their respective 52-week highs on the BSE in intra-day trade on Monday after the Maharashtra government announced the reopening of cinema halls and drama theatres in the state from October 22, ahead of Diwali. Stock market participants are further bullish on the multiplex stocks on the back of the reopening theme. However, they will start operations at 50 percent strength. So, it is still two to three quarters more when these theaters will start their operations at 100 percent strength. Maharashtra is one of the largest markets for cinema theatres with a contribution of around 25 percent of the Hindi box office revenue. Theatres and movie halls across India have been closed since April this year. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in a tweet said the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the reopening was in the works and would be announced at the earliest. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 29 points, Nifty at 17855.10

Monday, September 27, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 29.41 points or 0.05% at 60077.88, and the Nifty was up 1.90 points or 0.01% at 17855.10. Reliance Industries Ltd, HDFC Bank, Maruti Suzuki, ICICI Bank, M&M contributed the most to the indices’ gain. while losers included HCL Technologies, Divis Labs, Wipro, Tech Mahindra, and Bajaj Finserv.About 1592 shares have advanced, 1682 shares declined, and 176 shares are unchanged. Nifty IT tumbled 2.88 percent, followed by Nifty Pharma that lost 0.93 percent, and Nifty FMCG that declined 0.90 percent. On the other hand, auto stocks gained 3.22 percent higher. Nifty Realty and Media were among other top gainers. While real estate stocks continued to gain traction amid increased demand, the media stocks rallied as Maharashtra allowed the opening of cinema halls. The BSE Midcap closed flat and BSE Smallcap down 0.13 percent. India VIX, the volatility index, jumped nearly 7 per cent to end at 18.05 levels.

India and Taiwan Talks on $7.5-billion chip plant, trade deal on a fast track

Monday, September 27, 2021
India and Taiwan are in talks on an agreement that could bring chip manufacturing to South Asia along with tariff reductions on components for producing semiconductors by the end of the year. Officials in New Delhi and Taipei have met in recent weeks to discuss a deal that would bring a chip plant worth an estimated $7.5 billion to India to supply everything from 5G devices to electric cars, the people said. India is currently studying possible locations with adequate land, water, and manpower while saying it would provide financial support of 50% of capital expenditure from 2023 as well as tax breaks and other incentives, the people said. Officials in Taipei wanted quick progress on a bilateral investment agreement that would include tariff reductions on dozens of products used to make semiconductors - a precursor to a broader trade deal also under consideration, according to the sources.

Sensex rises for 3rd day; Nifty Auto, Realty gain;IT tumbled 2.88 per cent

Monday, September 27, 2021
The benchmark indices managed to eke out gains, amid buying in index heavyweight RIL, bank, and auto stocks in a high volatility session. Even as the global market setup remained firm, investors were jittery with the markets hovering at all-time high levels and amid steep valuations. Overall, the BSE Sensex gyrated 525 points and settled the day 29 points higher at 60,078. Meanwhile, the NSE Nifty shut shop at 17,855, up only 2 points. During the day, the BSE Sensex managed to log a fresh record high of 60,412. In the 30-pack index, Maruti, M&M, Bajaj Auto, and NTPC were the top gainers, up between 2-6 percent while HCL Tech, Tech Mahindra, Bajaj Finserv, and Infosys were the top losers, down up to 4 percent. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex trading 240 points up at 60,280 level while Nifty held above the 17,900 level at 17,925

Monday, September 27, 2021
The benchmark indices in India today (27th Sept.2021) kicked off the week on an upbeat note, tracking positive global cues. The BSE Sensex was trading 240 points up at 60,280 levels. The Nifty50, meanwhile, held above the 17,900 level at 17,925. ONGC, Tata Motors, M&M, Maruti Suzuki, and Eicher Motors were among the top gainers in the 50-pack index while the top laggards were Divi's Lab, Wipro, HCL Tech, and Cipla. Nifty Bank led the gainers in the sectoral space after it hit a fresh record high of 38,177. The index was trading nearly 1 percent higher. Other sectors that were gaining included Nifty Realty, Auto, PSU Bank, and Media. Some selling was seen in IT, FMCG, and pharma stocks. The broader indices, too, opened in the positive territory with the Nifty Midcap 100 up 0.1 percent and the Smallcap 100 higher by 0.3 percent. The volatility indicator--India VIX--rose by 3.3 percent at 17.47 level.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 163 points, Nifty at 17853.20

Friday, September 24, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 163.11 points or 0.27% at 60,048.47 ended above the 60,000-mark for the first time on Friday, and the Nifty was up 30.20 points or 0.17% at 17,853.20. Bajaj Finservice, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank, State Bank of India (SBI) were top Sensex gainers.On the contrary, only Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Nestle India and ITC were the index laggards. About 1286 shares have advanced, 1894 shares declined, and 152 shares are unchanged.The BSE MidCap index fell 1 per cent, while SmallCap index slipped 0.3 per cent. Barring, Nifty IT, Auto and Realty all other sectoral indices, ended in the red. Bank Nifty rallied 2.24 per cent settle at 37,771, while Nifty Realty index skyrocketed nearly 1.5 percent.

Sensex above 60,000: Time to rejig portfolio and buy the dips:Analysts

Friday, September 24, 2021
The 30-share Sensex index scripted history today(24th Sept.2021) as it breached the 60,000 marks for the first time. The BSE barometer hit an all-time high of 60,333 and took just 91 sessions to climb the latest 10,000-points rally. It had hit the 50,000-mark for the first time on May 18, 2021. While expensive valuations and a cautious global mood given the developments in China and the possibility of a third Covid wave may trigger mild profit booking in days ahead, most analysts remain optimistic and suggest a market correction, if any, should be bought into from a medium-to-long-term perspective. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex surged past the 60,000 mark for the first time while Nifty 105 points higher at 17,927

Friday, September 24, 2021
The Indian markets made history as Sensex surged past the 60,000 marks for the first time, achieving another feat since the bull run started last year. Led by strong gains in IT and banking counters, the BSE Sensex was trading 400 points up at 60,286 and the Nifty was 105 points higher at 17,927. The top gainers in the 50-pack index included Infosys, Wipro, and HCL Tech, while the top losers were Hindalco, JSW Steel, and Tata Consumer Products. The broader indices, too, opened firm, with the Nifty Midcap 100 up 0.5 percent and the Smallcap 100 higher by 0.74 percent. The volatility indicator--India VIX--rose by 1.14 percent at 16.79 level. Further, sectorally, the top gainer remained to be the Nifty IT pack, which rose over 2 percent. The only sectoral laggards in opening trade were Nifty Media (down 0.93 percent), Nifty Metal (0.84 percent), Nifty FMCG (down 0.14 percent), and Nifty PSU Bank (down 0.02 percent).

Bajaj Finserv market cap nears Rs 3 trillion

Thursday, September 23, 2021
Shares of Bajaj Finserv hit a new high of Rs 18,702 as they rallied 6 percent on the BSE in Thursday’s intra-day trade on the back of heavy volumes. Bajaj Finserv shares have given multi-bagger returns in 2021 so far as it is up more than 100% this year. The holding company for the various financial services businesses of the Bajaj Group is set to join elite list companies that have a market capitalization of Rs 3 trillion. Bajaj Finserv Ltd., incorporated in the year 2007, is a Large Cap company (a market cap of Rs 284322.91 Crore) operating in the NBFC sector. Bajaj Finserv is primarily engaged in the business of promoting financial services such as finance, insurance, wealth management, etc. through its investments in subsidiaries and joint ventures. The company is also engaged in the business of generating power through wind turbines, a renewable source of energy. Read more

India may seek a ratings upgrade from Moody’s

Thursday, September 23, 2021
Indian finance ministry officials plan to pitch for a sovereign rating upgrade from Moody’s Investors Service in the meeting with Moody's scheduled for Sept. 28, according sources. Finance officials plan to provide details on how India will meet its budget targets for the current fiscal year, which runs through March. Moody’s cut India’s sovereign rating to Baa3 in June 2020, the lowest investment grade, citing policy challenges in addressing a prolonged economic slowdown and its deteriorating fiscal position Neither the finance ministry nor Moody’s responded to requests for comment S&P Global Ratings in May said it sees no change in India’s sovereign rating for the next two years. Read more

PM Modi arrived in US to attend Quad leaders' summit, address UNGA

Thursday, September 23, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Washington on Wednesday (22nd Sept.2021) on an official visit to the US. During the visit, he will hold the first face-to-face meeting with President Joe Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris, attend the maiden in-person Quad summit and address the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. Modi, who is visiting the US for the 7th time after assuming office in 2014, said his visit would be an occasion to strengthen the Indo-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership and consolidate ties with Japan and Australia. "Landed in Washington DC. Over the next two days, will be meeting @POTUS @JoeBiden and @VP @KamalaHarris, Prime Ministers @ScottMorrisonMP, and @sugawitter. Will attend the Quad meeting and would also interact with leading CEOs to highlight economic opportunities in India," Modi tweeted. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 958 points, Nifty at 17822.95

Thursday, September 23, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 958.03 points or 1.63% at 59,885.36, and the Nifty was up 276.30 points or 1.57% at 17,823 on the back of positive global cues with the benchmark Sensex nearing the 60,000-mark. Bajaj Fin service, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank, State Bank of India (SBI) were top Sensex gainers. On the contrary, only Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Nestle India, and ITC were the index laggards. About 1866 shares have advanced, 1305 shares declined, and 148 shares are unchanged. The realty index gained nearly 9 percent, while IT, metal, capital goods, oil & gas indices rose 1 percent each. Bank Nifty rallied 2.24 percent. BSE midcap and smallcap indices rose 1 percent each. India VIX gained less than a percent to end at 16.60 levels.

MARKET UPDATE:BSE up 351.37 points at 59,278.70 while Nifty 115.10 points higher at 17,661.80

Thursday, September 23, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices opened on a strong footing today (23rd Sept.2021) after the US Fed signaled that tapering could begin earlier than what market participants expect, but the committee remained equally split on interest rate lift-off. The Sensex was up 351.37 points at 59,278.70, and the Nifty was 115.10 points higher at 17,661.80. The top gainers on the 50-pack index included Coal India, Tata Motors, Axis Bank, and Tata Steel, while the only laggards were Tech Mahindra, Titan, and TCS. The broader indices, too, opened firm, rising around 1 percent each. Sectorally, all indices were trading positively, led by the Nifty Realty (up over 4 percent). Besides, the Nifty Bank, Media, and Metal indices also gained by 1 percent each.

ITC stock hits 21-month high as the Co regains Rs 3-trillion market cap

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
ITC's market capitalisation returned to Rs 3 trillion marks today(22nd Sept.2021) after its stock hit a 21-month high on the bourses. The stock hit an intra-day high of Rs 244.70, up 1 percent on the BSE today, and was trading at its highest level since December 2019. In the past week, ITC has outperformed the market by surging 13 percent on expectations of an improvement in the company’s businesses. In comparison, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 0.62 percent during the week. At 01:55 pm, ITC’s market cap stood at Rs 2.999 trillion on the BSE, exchange data shows. Read more

Zee Entertainment to merge with Sony Pictures Networks India

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) zoomed 39 percent to Rs 355.35 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in the intra-day trade on Wednesday after the company announced a merger with Sony Pictures India.ZEEL said on Wednesday that its board of directors has unanimously provided in-principle approval for the merger with Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI). Zee, which has a presence in television broadcasting and digital media with brands such as Zee TV, has been under pressure from top investors for a management reshuffle, including the exit of Chief Executive, Punit Goenka, from the board. Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) and ZEEL have signed an exclusive, non-binding term sheet to combine the companies' linear networks, digital assets, production operations, and program libraries, the companies said on Wednesday.SPNI will also infuse $1.575 billion in the entity, ZEEL said in a filing. Read more

Markets have given a thumbs up to the Zee Sony merger news;stock may get re-rated

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
The news of Zee Entertainment - Sony Pictures India merger news has resulted in the stock of the Punit Goenka controlled firm hitting the upper circuit of 20 percent at Rs 306.75 on the BSE. This is also the 52-week high level for the counter. According to the analysts, the deal should put to rest investor's concerns regarding corporate governance issues and can result in significant re-rating for the stock going ahead. It currently trades at around 16/14x FY23/24 earnings. Among the other Essel Group stocks, Dish TV India surged 10 percent to Rs 21.54 on the BSE. Zee Media Corporation hit the upper circuit of 5 percent at Rs 12.36, while Zee Learn was up 20 percent to Rs 16.64 on the BSE in intraday trades. In comparison, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 0.27 percent at 59,162 points. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 77.94, Nifty at 17546.65

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 77.94 points or 0.13% at 58,927.33, and the Nifty was down 15.30 points or 0.09% at 17,546.70. Tech Mahindra was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Mahindra & Mahindra, HCL Technologies, and Bajaj Auto. On the other hand, HDFC was the worst-performing Sensex constituent, followed by Nestle India, ICICI Bank, and HUL. About 2047 shares have advanced, 1113 shares declined, and 162 shares are unchanged. Nifty Realty index was another top performer, notching 8.45 percent returns. All stocks from the realty pack also settled in the green amid a strong demand outlook, the Nifty Media pack surged 13.57 percent. Nifty Financial Services, Bank, Private Bank, and FMCG were the only losers. The BSE midcap and smallcap indices rose 1 percent each.

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex traded 40 points lower at 58,964 levels while Nifty tested 17,550-mark, up 2 ponits

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Indian equity markets were volatile in early trade today(22nd Sept.2021) as investors assessed the impact of the Evergrande crisis on India, and ahead of the US Federal Reserve's monetary policy outcome. The 30-share BSE Sensex traded 40 points lower at 58,964 levels while the NSE Nifty50 tested 17,550-mark, up 2 points. HCL Tech, BPCL, Hindalco, IndusInd Bank, and Tata Motors were the top gainers on the benchmark indices. In the broader market, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices added 0.91 percent and 0.80 percent, respectively. Globally, the Shanghai Composite fell 0.26 percent amid the ongoing Evergrande crisis. Elsewhere in Asia, the Nikkei 225 in Japan was down 0.5 percent and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 edged 0.83 percent higher.

As Evergrande concerns spark market rout World's richest 500 lose $135 billion

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
The richest 500 people lost a combined $135 billion on Monday (20th Sept. 2021) due to a global rout in stock markets sparked by concerns over the China Evergrande Group. Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk led the declines as his world-leading net worth fell from $7.2 billion to $198 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. No. 2 Jeff Bezos, the founder of Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc., lost $5.6 billion, paring his fortune to $194.2 billion. A cash crunch at Evergrande, China’s most indebted developer, and a regulatory crackdown on the nation’s real estate market stoked fears about possible financial contagion. Markets also reacted to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s warning of economic catastrophe if lawmakers fail to raise the debt ceiling. Read more

Adani to invest $20 bn in renewable energy in 10 years

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Adani Group is the world's largest renewable power generating company by 2030, as his group will invest USD 20 billion over the next 10 years in renewable energy generation and component manufacturing and will produce the world's cheapest green electron. The port-to-energy conglomerate plans to triple its renewable power generation capacity over the next four years, foray into green hydrogen production, power all data centers with renewable energy, turn its ports into net carbon zero by 2025, and plans to spend over 75 percent of capital expenditure until 2025 in green technologies, he said. Adani Group's "integrated value chain, our scale, and experience put us on the path to be the producer of the least expensive green electron anywhere in the world," he said. The announcement came weeks after India's richest man Mukesh Ambani announced an investment of Rs 75,000 crore (USD 10 billion) in clean power and hydrogen fuel over three years. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 514 points, Nifty at 17562.00

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 514.34 points or 0.88% at 59,005.27, and the Nifty was up 165.10 points or 0.95% at 17,562, the benchmark indices stabilized in the afternoon trade, logging a smart rebound post two days of selling. Bajaj Finance was the top Sensex gainer, followed by IndusInd Bank, Tata Steel, ITC, Hindustan Unilever, Asian Paints, NTPC, Bajaj Finance, and Reliance Industries. Maruti Suzuki India was the worst performer, followed by Bajaj Auto, BPCL, Hero MotoCorp.Except for power and auto, all other sectoral indices ended in the green, with the reality, IT, and metal indices up 2-3 percent. BSE midcap index rose nearly 1 percent, while smallcap index was up 0.2 percent. India VIX was down with losses.

No need to lap up metal stocks yet, hint tech charts

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
On Monday(20th Sept.2021) metal shares witnessed their biggest meltdown in recent times as a debt crisis at one of China’s biggest property developers, Evergrande, led to a global decline in industrial metals and ore prices. The BSE Metal index tumbled nearly 7 percent in trade in the last session. Naturally, the question arises that Should you enter the stocks at current levels or wait for them to turn cheaper? Tech charts suggest the latter seems to be a better option. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex rose 265 points to 58,710 while Nifty added 58 points to trade above 17,450 levels

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices today(21st Sept.2021) rose, defying the weak global market sentiment, tracking gains in IT majors and Reliance Industries. The BSE Sensex rose 265 points to 58,710 while the NSE Nifty added 58 points to trade above 17,450 levels. HCL Tech, Tech Mahindra, TCS, and Asian Paints were among the top gainers in the Sensex pack of stocks. On the other hand, Nestle, Maruti, and Ultratech Cement were the only losers. The broader indices traded in tandem with the benchmarks. The BSE Midcap index added 0.31 percent and the BSE Smallcap 0.25 percent.

Nifty Metal index slips over 4%, Tata steel was the top drap performance

Monday, September 20, 2021
Shares of metal companies came under heavy selling pressure on Monday with the Nifty Metal index slipping 4.5 percent on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in the intra-day trade. The Nifty Metal index has tumbled by nearly 250 points so far today with an intraday low of 5,683.85. The performance comes after the country's copper imports recorded double-digit growth for the June 2021 quarter by a whopping 26% to 60,766 tonnes in the quarter ending June 2021 (Q1FY22) compared to 48,105 tonnes imports witnessed in the same quarter a year ago. A decline in copper price on the back of a stronger dollar further added to the sell-side in stocks globally. Tata Steel was the top drag performance in the index tumbling by 10% as some analysts give a sell target on the company's stock. Read more

US futures fall over 1% due to growth worries amid Covid

Monday, September 20, 2021
U.S. stock index futures fell 1% today (20th Sept.2021), as investors worried about rising COVID-19 cases and the pace of economic growth at the start of a week in which the Federal Reserve will decide on potentially tapering its massive pandemic-era stimulus. Futures tracking the blue-chip Dow index, which mainly comprises stocks reliant on a steady economic recovery, were down 1.5% by 04:31 a.m. ET. Wall Street's main indexes have been hurt this month by fears of potentially higher corporate tax rates denting earnings and have shrugged off signs inflation might have peaked. The benchmark S&P 500 is on track to snap a seven-month gaining streak. All eyes on Wednesday(22nd Sept.) will be on the Fed's policy meeting, where the central bank is expected to lay the groundwork for a tapering, although the consensus is for an actual announcement to be delayed until November or December meetings. Read more

Risk-reward ratio turning unfavourable at the current levels of Indian markets: Experts

Monday, September 20, 2021
Last week the Sensex almost touched 60,000, while the Nifty edged closer to 18,000. These levels would have been difficult to fathom when the Sensex dropped below 26,000 and the Nifty fell to 7,500-levels on March 23, 2020, at the peak of the Covid-19 sell-off. Market experts point out that such low levels were an aberration and one should not look at the gains made from these levels. But even from the valuation standpoint, stocks, across the board, are expensive. The bullish sentiment, especially towards Indian equities, stems from factors, such as the easy monetary stance of the US Fed and other central banks, the hope of strong revival in the economy and corporate earnings, strong domestic and retail flows, and reallocation of foreign flows due to the regulatory crackdown in China. Experts warn investors against going overboard as they see the risk-reward ratio turning unfavourable at the current levels.

Closing Bell: Sensex down 525 points, Nifty at 17396.90

Monday, September 20, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 524.96 points or 0.89% at 58,490.93, and the Nifty was down 188.30 points or 1.07% at 17,396.90 for the second day spooked by a possible spillover of China's Evergrande's debt woes, fall in commodity prices and ahead of US Federal Reserve policy meet outcome. About 995 shares have advanced, 2308 shares declined, and 132 shares are unchanged. Hindustan Unilever was the top Sensex gainer followed by Bajaj Finserv and ITC. Tata Steel was the top loser, followed by the State Bank of India, IndusInd Bank, and HDFC. Barring the Nifty FMCG index all indices ended in red. Nifty Metal tumbled the most followed by the Nifty PSU Bank index, down 6.6 percent and 4.18 percent, respectively. Nifty Realty, Bank, Pharma also tanked nearly 2 percent each. The BSE Midcap index plunged 1.84 percent and the BSE Smallcap 1.8 percent. India VIX zoomed 14.85% during the day to close at 17.49.

Risk-reward ratio turning unfavourable at the current levels of Indian markets: Experts

Monday, September 20, 2021
Last week the Sensex almost touched 60,000, while the Nifty edged closer to 18,000. These levels would have been difficult to fathom when the Sensex dropped below 26,000 and the Nifty fell to 7,500-levels on March 23, 2020, at the peak of the Covid-19 sell-off. Market experts point out that such low levels were an aberration and one should not look at the gains made from these levels. But even from the valuation standpoint, stocks, across the board, are expensive. The bullish sentiment, especially towards Indian equities, stems from factors, such as the easy monetary stance of the US Fed and other central banks, the hope of strong revival in the economy and corporate earnings, strong domestic and retail flows, and reallocation of foreign flows due to the regulatory crackdown in China. Experts warn investors against going overboard as they see the risk-reward ratio turning unfavourable at the current levels.

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex trading 140 points down at 58,870 level while Nifty reclaimed the 17,500 mark but down 45 points

Monday, September 20, 2021
Today's session (20th Sept.2021) was kicked off on a gap-down note and the benchmark indices recouped some losses amid buying in FMCG and IT shares. The BSE Sensex was trading 140 points down at 58,870 level while Nifty50 reclaimed the 17,500 marks but was down 45 points. Financials, private banks, and metal stocks were among the worst drags in the opening session. The broader markets, too, declined, underperforming benchmarks. Both the BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices dropped over 1 percent. In sectoral space, all indices, barring the Nifty FMCG pack, traded in the red. Nifty Metal tumbled the most, down 3 percent. Meanwhile, PSU Bank, Private Bank, Bank, and Auto indices too shed over 1 percent each.

Poonawalla Fincorp hits lower circuit after MD Abhay Bhutada steps down

Friday, September 17, 2021
Shares of Poonawalla Fincorp Ltd were locked in the lower circuit for the second straight day, down 5 per cent at Rs 163.55 on the BSE on Friday, after resignation of Abhay Bhutada, managing director (MD) of the company. Abhay Bhutada resigned with immediate effect from 16th September 2021 from the non-banking finance company (NBFC) a day after the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) barred him from dealing in securities for allegedly using price sensitive information in trading in the shares of Magma Fincorp before it was acquired by the Poonawalla Group.Seven people, apart from Bhutada, have been barred from trading and their bank accounts have been impounded to the tune of Rs 13.8 crore. In its 46-page interim order, Sebi noted that in February 2021 its surveillance system generated insider trading alerts related to Magma Fincorp’s shares. Sebi had also ordered impounding of the bank accounts of these eight entities. Read more

Government will select the winner in Air India’s disinvestment in about three weeks

Friday, September 17, 2021
The government will select the winner in Air India’s disinvestment in about three weeks and two high-level committees will finalise the reserve price for the national carrier within this period. The reserve price of the carrier will be soon decided by the inter-ministerial group (IMG) headed by the secretary, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), based on the inputs from government-appointed valuers. The Core Group of Secretaries on Divestment (CGD), chaired by the cabinet secretary, will then consider the IMG’s recommendation. The Tata group and SpiceJet promoter Ajay Singh are in the race to acquire the loss-making airline. This process is being targeted to be completed in three weeks, said a top government official. The security clearance of the bidders who have shown an interest by placing financial bids is underway, he added. Read more

Sensex tanks 720 pts from day's high,Nifty PSB drops 3%

Friday, September 17, 2021
The benchmark indices tumbled from record-high levels to snap their three-day winning run in a volatile session on Dalal Street, amid losses in RIL, IT stocks, and select banking counters. Despite a firm global market sentiment, the Indian indices settled in the red as profit-taking ensued following a steep rally in the indices which saw them hitting significant landmarks. After touching a record high of 59,737, the BSE barometer Sensex plunged 721 points from the high to end at 59,016, down 125 points. At the same time, its NSE counterpart Nifty50 settled the day 44 points down at 17,585. The 50-pack index had touched a record peak of 17,793 in the morning session. However, on the weekly basis, the benchmark indices gained, thus taking their winning run to the fourth straight week. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 125 points, Nifty at 17585.15

Friday, September 17, 2021
At Close, Sensex closed 125 points, or 0.21 percent, lower at 59,015.89 while the Nifty finished at 17,585.15, down 44 points, or 0.25 percent, from record-high levels to snap their three-day winning run amid losses in RIL, IT stocks, and select banking counters. ITC, Bajaj Finance, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Bharti Airtel, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), top Sensex gainers. Tata Steel Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Titan, TCS were the only losers on the index. Nifty Media & Realty shed 2.38 percent and 2.35 percent, respectively. On the other hand, Nifty Media, Nifty Financial Services, Nifty Bank, and Nifty Private Bank were the gainers. Nifty Auto settled the day unchanged. The BSE Midcap index sank 1.14 percent and the BSE Smallcap index was 1.06 percent.

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex hit a new pinnacle of 59,551, up 400 points while NSE Nifty claimed 17,747, up 118 points

Friday, September 17, 2021
Today (17th Sept.2021) financial stocks, along with RIL, ITC, and Tata Steel, fired upon the bourses, lifting Indian benchmark indices to fresh all-time highs. The BSE Sensex index hit a new pinnacle of 59,551 in early deals, up 400 points, while the Nifty50 claimed 17,747, up 118 points. Bajaj Finance (up 2.7%), SBI, ITC, Bajaj Finserv, Bharti Airtel, Kotak Bank, Maruti Suzuki, and Titan were the top gainers on the 30-share pack. Sectorally, the Nifty PSU Bank index jumped 1%, followed by the Nifty Bank index (0.8%) and the Nifty Financial Services (0.7%). Shares of Vodafone Idea continued their upward movement and were up 10 percent at Rs 12.37 on the BSE in the intra-day trade today. The stock has zoomed 39 percent in the past two trading days after the government announced a relief package for the telecom sector.

RBI deputy governor sees FY22 inflation at 5.7% or lower

Thursday, September 16, 2021
The retail inflation fell to 5.3% in August and stayed within the Reserve Bank of India’s target range for two successive months. This could lead the RBI to revise the inflation projection for the current financial year. In the August review of monetary policy, RBI revised its inflation projection for the current financial year upward to 5.7% from 5.1% projected in the June policy review. Read more

Voda Idea gains 15 percent as govt grants relief

Thursday, September 16, 2021
Telecom sector Vodafone Idea were locked at the 25.70 per cent upper circuit at Rs 11.25 on the BSE in early trades on Thursday after the Union Cabinet on Wednesday announced key telecom reforms, including moratorium of telecom dues both adjusted gross revenue (AGR) and Spectrum for 4 years. Even as Vodafone Idea is under the ban for the second straight day by the NSE in the Futures & Options (F&O) markets, the stock has continued its upward trend in the cash markets. The current rally in the VI share price is a strong pull back, Nilesh Jain Assistant, Vice President (AVP), Equity Research Technical and Derivatives at Centrum Broking, said. According to analysts, the move translates into a relief in the company’s cash outflow by over Rs 65,000 crore. However, with VIL losing market share month-on-month, will it be able to use the improved cash flows to upgrade its network (from 2G to 4G) and get back on track. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex up 418 points, Nifty at 17629.50

Thursday, September 16, 2021
At close, Sensex was 418 points, or 0.71 percent, up at 59,141.16 while Nifty was at 17,629.50, up 110 points or 0.63 percent. IndusInd Bank and ITC shares were top performers, gaining 7 percent each, followed by State Bank of India (SBI), Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Kotak Mahindra Bank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Bajaj-Auto, HDFC Bank. On the flip side, TCS stock fell the most. Stocks such as Tech Mahindra, Tata Steel, Bharti Airtel, HCL Tech, Dr. Reddy’s Lab, Infosys, Titan Company were top Sensex losers. The Nifty PSU Bank index gained over 5 percent, Nifty Private Bank and Nifty Bank were among other top gainers, up 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively. The Nifty Media index fell 1.71 percent while Nifty Metal and IT indices fell 0.62 percent each. BSE Midcap index closed 0.48 percent higher at 25,336.56 while the smallcap index closed 0.08 percent up at 28,306.05.

ITC can rally up 30% to Rs 300 levels in the days ahead:Analysts

Thursday, September 16, 2021
On the BSE in intra-day trade today(16th Sept.2021) ITC hit a seven-month high of Rs 233.30, up 8 percent The move comes on the expectation of a likely improvement in the business outlook. The stock is trading at its highest level since February 2021. It had touched a 52-week high of Rs 239.15 on February 9, 2021. In past one year, the stock has underperformed the market by gaining 28 percent, as compared to 50 percent surged in the S&P BSE Sensex. In the past three years, ITC's share price dipped 25 percent, against a 55 percent rally in the benchmark index. However, technical charts suggest the counter can move up further in the days ahead. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Profit taking pulls benchmarks off record highs;BSE Sensex down 5 points at 58,660 level while NSE Nifty slipped below the 17,550 mark

Thursday, September 16, 2021
Indian benchmark indices After hitting fresh record highs in opening trade witnessed some profit-taking and turned flat. The BSE Sensex was down 5 points at 58,660 level while NSE Nifty slipped below the 17,550 marks. It was trading flat at 17,520. Shares of FMCG major ITC witnessed a sharp rally and was the major index contributor. On the other hand, index heavyweights Infosys, TCS, HDFC Bank, and RIL were the top drags. Sectorally, the FMCG index gained the most, up 1.5 percent. The banking, auto, and realty sector were among other gainers.

Ami Organics surges 20% after strong listing

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Shares of Ami Organics gained 20 percent and hit a fresh high of Rs 1,121 on the BSE in intra-day trade on Wednesday after the specialty chemicals company made a strong market debut on Tuesday, listing at a premium of 49 percent. With today’s rally, the stock has now gained a solid 84 percent against in just two trading sessions from its issue price of Rs 610 per share. The initial public offering of Ami Organics was subscribed 64.54 times. Analysts say that a strong listing coupled with extreme positive sentiment in small and midcap stocks has led to strong buying in Ami Organics. Ami Organics is focused on manufacturing advanced pharma intermediates (PI) for regulated/generic APIs and New Chemical Entities (NCE) and key starting materials for agrochemical and fine chemicals. The company has three manufacturing facilities situated in Gujarat with an aggregate installed capacity of 6060 Mtpa. Read more

Market rally would remain broad-based going ahead: Experts

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Markets have been trading sideways ahead of the meetings of the two major global central banks – the US Federal Reserve and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) – over the next couple of weeks. Market experts expect natural profit-taking to happen with rising markets, but do not see any meaningful correction unless there is a more aggressive taper stance by the US Fed. They are cautiously optimistic on markets for 2021, on surplus global liquidity, and benign interest rates. The US Federal Reserve (US Fed), prior to the pandemic, had an outstanding balance sheet size of $4.2 trillion as of December 2019, which doubled in size to $8.3 trillion. Likewise, the European Central Bank (ECB), which had a pre-pandemic balance sheet size of 4.7 trillion euros also saw a similar proportional increase in size to 8.2 trillion euros. This liquidity is providing support to asset inflation in high-risk asset classes, including emerging equities like India. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 476 points, Nifty at 17519.45

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
At Close, Sensex closed at 58,723.20, up 476 points, or 0.82 percent while Nifty closed the day at 17,519.45, up 139 points, or 0.80 percent, pushing the benchmark indices to their record close on Wednesday. NTPC was the top performer, gaining over 7 percent, followed by Bharti Airtel, HCL Tech, Titan, SBI, Power Grid Corporation of India, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), IndusInd Bank, Infosys. On the flip side, Axis Bank, Asian Paints, UltraTech Cement, Nestle India, Sun Pharma, HDFC Bank were the top BSE Sensex losers. Nifty Media was down 1.55 percent, On the other hand, Nifty PSU Bank and Nifty IT were the top gainers, up nearly 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively. Bank Nifty index gained 0.65 percent. The midcap pack ended the day 0.65 percent higher while the smallcap index added 0.86 percent.

Govt finally answered the distress call from the telecom sector with major reforms

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
The Central Government has finally answered the distress call from the telecom sector with a set of reforms that address some of the major grievances of the sector. The contentious definition of the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) has also been revamped with non-telecom revenue excluded from its purview. The telcos have contested the AGR definition and have been burdened with pending AGR dues. FDI reforms have also been announced and will boost investments in this capital-intensive sector. The move will help in bringing robustness to the sector and bring fresh investment to the sector. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex rose 117 points at 58,360-level while NSE Nifty nearing the 17,450 mark,up 45 points

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices extended gains (today) after a beginning on a cautious note with the 50-pack Nifty nearing the 17,450 marks as it traded 45 points higher. Meanwhile, BSE Sensex rose 117 points at 58,360-level. Titan, NTPC, Airtel, and M&M were the top-performing stocks in the Sensex kitty of stocks, up between 1-3 percent. Axis Bank, TechM, HDFC Bank, and HCL Tech, on the other hand, were the worst laggards. The broader market outperformance showed no signs of abating. The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices were up nearly 0.4 percent each. Sectorally, Nifty Private Bank, Nifty Bank, and Nifty Financial Services were the only losers. Media pack once again was the best performer, up 2 percent. Other top gainers included realty, FMCG, and auto. Read more

Zee Entertainment shares gains 40 percent on removal of directors from the board

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Shares of Zee Entertainment zoomed in as much as 39.14% to Rs 260 apiece on Tuesday after top investors of the company have sought the removal of current Managing Director Punit Goenka and two independent directors Manish Chokhani and Ashok Kurien from the board. Invesco Developing Markets Fund and OFI Global China Fund LLC, which together hold 17.88 percent of the total paid-up share capital of the company, have demanded the removal of CEO Punit Goenka and have also sought the appointment of six independent directors. Invesco Developing Markets Fund and OFI Global China Fund LLC’s move to call an extraordinary general meeting seeking the removal of Goenka was a positive development for corporate governance, experts said. Chokhani and Kurien have submitted their resignations with immediate effect before the extraordinary general meeting (EGM). Read more

FM Nirmala Sitharaman to look into bottlenecks that push IT companies to register outside India

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Yesterday (13th Sept. 2021) said that she would look into bottlenecks that push SaaS companies to register outside India. Sitharaman interacted with industry representatives from CII and FICCI, where she heard requests and took feedback from various sectors. Entrepreneurs from Tamil Nadu, a hub for the SaaS sector, urged the Finance Minister to look into issues that may hinder IT products which are set to lead to value creation, a report said. The founder of Kissflow, Suresh Sambandam, said that with a $1-trillion opportunity, the SaaS sector can play a key role in the government’s ambitions of reaching a $5-trillion economy. India, however, is losing out on wealth creation as entrepreneurs prefer to register the companies outside India due to various bottlenecks. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 69 points, Nifty at 17380.00

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
At Close, Sensex closed 69 points, or 0.12 percent, up at 58,247.09 while the Nifty finished with a gain of 25 points, or 0.14 percent, at 17,380, rising for the second time in the last three sessions.IndusInd bank was the top index performer, rising over 4 percent. It was followed by HCL Technologies, Bajaj-Auto, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Kotak Mahindra Bank, Tech Mahindra, among others. On the flip side, Nestle India, UltraTech Cement, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Tata Steel, Bajaj Finserv, Infosys were among the top BSE Sensex draggers. BSE Midcap index rallying 1.09 percent and the BSE Smallcap index 0.63 percent. Nifty Media index emerged to be the best performing sector on NSE today, with a gain of over 14 percent. Nifty Private Bank, IT, and Auto were among the top sectoral performers. Bank Nifty gained 0.39 percent, Nifty Auto 0.88 percent, Nifty Private Bank 1.03 percent. Nifty Metal declined the most, down 0.5 percent. Read more

Gaurav Gupta, Co-founder and head of supply of Zomato,quits

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Gaurav Gupta, a co-founder, and head of supply of Zomato has quit the company. It may be recalled that Zomato made a public offering in July. "I am taking a new turn in my life and will be starting a new chapter, taking a lot from this defining chapter of my life – the last 6 years at Zomato. We have a great team now to take Zomato forward and it’s time for me to take an alternate path in my journey. I am very emotional as I write this and don’t think any words can do justice to how I am feeling right now," Gupta said in a company-wide email he sent earlier today. In response to the communique, Goyal responded with: "Thank you GG for everything you have helped Zomato achieve over the last few years. We have seen Zomato through great as well as terrible times together and brought it here today. There’s so much of our journey still ahead of us, and I am thankful that you are hanging your boots at a point where we have a great team and leadership to carry us forward." Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex was up 192 points at 58,370 while NSE Nifty up 50 points at 17,400

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices today (14th Sept.2021) opened for trade on a firm note amid strong cues from global markets and hopes of continuity in easy RBI money policy following the latest inflation print. The BSE Sensex was up 192 points at 58,370 in the opening session while Nifty was up 50 points at 17,400. Sectorally, all indices gained with Nifty Media leading, up over 4.5 percent. The realty, financial, and pharma sectors also gained traction. The broader markets outperformed as both BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices added over 0.6 percent each. Read more

Reliance slips 2 percent over delay in launch of JioPhone Next

Monday, September 13, 2021
Shares of Reliance Industries (RIL) slipped 2 per cent at Rs 2,382.85 on the BSE in the intra-day trade on Monday after the company's telecom arm Reliance Jio delayed the launch of its affordable smartphone, JioPhone Next, which was scheduled to take place on Ganesh Chaturthi, 10 September 2021. which was developed in partnership with Google, owing to the ongoing semiconductor shortage globally.Reliance Industries last week in its filing to exchanges informed that Jio Platforms Limited, a subsidiary of the company, said “JioPhone Next in advanced trials, with festive-season rollout to commence before Diwali”. Reliance Industries Ltd stock has hit a day’s high of Rs 2,430 apiece. Analysts say that post a strong rally in RIL stock, there is a small profit booking. Despite today’s decline, the stock has outperformed the market by surging 11 per cent in the past one month, Read more

IT stocks which can soar 15% despite being in the 'overbought' zone

Monday, September 13, 2021
The Nifty IT index was ruling nearly a percent higher today(13th Sept.2021), bucking the overall weak trend in the markets. shares of Mindtree were up 3 percent while Mphasis, Coforge, Wipro, and TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) gained between 0.7 percent and 2.2 percent. According to some analysts, the sector will continue to see re-rating in the near to medium term. "We believe current valuations will sustain driven by liquidity + TINA (there is no alternative) + FOMO (fear of missing out) factors. Also, with pricing power returning, the IT-services sector is closing in on FMCG fundamentals. Lastly, mid-caps will continue to trade at a premium to large-caps in the near to medium term, driven by a never-before outperformance in revenue growth relative to large-caps for at least the next two years," they said. Read more

Analysts see 19% upside in HUL (FMCG) stock on strong outlook, product mix

Monday, September 13, 2021
After clocking a big rally, Hindustan Unilever shares may take a breather before hitting fresh record highs, according to some analysts. They are expecting up to 19 percent upside from current market levels, deriving comfort from the company’s long-term growth strategies, along with an increase in prices to protect margins. "The management, during its Annual Investor Meet, appeared upbeat on the medium-term growth outlook and maintained double-digit EPS growth. The commentary emphasized significant leverage on data analytics and technology across functions, which will be a competitive advantage, going ahead," said a report by Emkay Global Financial Services dated September 12. It, however, added that post the recent run-up, there is limited upside potential in the stock. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 127 points, Nifty at 17355.30

Monday, September 13, 2021
At Close, Sensex closed 127 points, or 0.22 percent, lower at 58,177.76 while the Nifty ended the day at 17,355.30, down 14 points, or 0.08 percent. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), ICICI Bank, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), HDFC Bank, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), UltraTech Cement, Axis Bank were among top index draggers. On the flip side, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Bharti Airtel, Bajaj Finserv, Tata Steel, Maruti Suzuki, Kotak Mahindra Bank, HCL Tech were top BSE Sensex leaders.The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices closed 0.3 per cent and 0.8 per cent higher, respectively, Nifty Metal gained 2 per cent while Bank Nifty fell 0.58 per cent, to end at 36,472. Healthy buying in the broader market kept overall market breadth in the favour of the buyers.

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex quoted at 58,120.5 levels, down 189.5 points while NSE Nifty at 17,320,down 50 points

Monday, September 13, 2021
Indian markets started on a tepid note today(13th September 2021), following a wobbly trade in the global markets. The S&P BSE Sensex quoted at 58,120.5 levels, down 189.5 points or 0.3 percent in early deals while the broader Nifty50 slipped below the 17,350-mark at 17,320, down 50 points. Individually, Reliance Industries slipped 1 percent after the company postponed the launch of JioPhone Next till Diwali amid chip shortage. That apart, ICICI Bank, HCL Tech, Infosys, Nestle India were the other top losers. In the broader market, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices traded mixed. Read more

Indian Economic recovery to continue even in event of third wave: FinMin

Thursday, September 9, 2021
Today (9th September 2021) the Finance Ministry said that economic recovery, which was impacted during the second wave, will see faster revival in the next three quarters of the current financial year, even if the third wave hits the country. It is said that this confidence is mainly due to a rapid surge in the inoculation drive and a rebound in leading macroeconomic indicators. “Rapidly increasing vaccination coverage and richer experience with pandemic management provide the confidence that the recovery can continue even in the event of a third wave,” the finance ministry’s Department of Economic Affairs said in its monthly review for August. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 55 points, Nifty at 17369.25

Thursday, September 9, 2021
At Close, Sensex closed 55 points, or 0.09 percent, higher at 58,305.07 while Nifty settled with a gain of 16 points, or 0.09 percent, at 17,369.25 with a positive bias on September 9. Bharti Airtel was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Nestle India, Tata Steel, and Bajaj Finserv. Titan was the worst Sensex performer on Thursday, followed by Ultratech Cement, Bajaj Auto, Axis Bank, and HDFC Bank.BSE Midcap ended up 0.56 percent and the BSE smallcap 0.52 percent. Both indices also hit their respective all-time highs in today's session. Nifty Realty followed by Financial Services, Pharma and Bank were the top losers. On the other hand, Nifty Media, with a gain of 2.97 percent was the best performing index.

FRL-RIL deal: SC asks NCLT, CCI, Sebi not to pass final orders for 4 weeks

Thursday, September 9, 2021
Today (9th Sept.2021) The Supreme Court of India stayed all the proceedings before the Delhi High Court for four weeks related to the implementation of an award by Singapore's Emergency Arbitrator (EA) restraining Future Retail Ltd (FRL) from going ahead its Rs 24,731 crore merger deal with Reliance Retail. A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana, in a consent order, also directed the statutory authorities like National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), Competition Commission of India (CCI), and market regulator Sebi not to pass any final order related to the merger deal for next four weeks. It considered the statements of senior advocates Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for FRL and Future Coupons Private Ltd (FCPL) respectively, that the arbitrator has reserved the final verdict in the case after hearing both sides. Read more

TCS partners with Avianca

Thursday, September 9, 2021
Tata Consultancy Services' share price gained 1 percent on September 9 after Avianca, one of the leading airlines in South America, partnered with the IT firm to accelerate its journey to the cloud.TCS will modernize Avianca's IT infrastructure and build a new cloud-based digital core on Microsoft Azure. "Leveraging its deep domain knowledge of the airline industry and it will utilize its proprietary automation tools and accelerators to drive this transformation programs, TCS will help the airline migrate 129 core applications to the cloud and will also manage the new cloud estate," it said. Some of these tools are TCS Cloud Counsel, a digitized cloud candidature assessment toolset, and TCS Cloud Mason, which helps organizations rapidly define, design, and deploy cloud foundational platforms. The new digital core will provide an integrated environment that will enhance Avianca's business agility, operational resilience, adaptability, and future readiness. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex was down 36 points at 58,172 while NSE Nifty shed 18 points to trade at 17,333

Thursday, September 9, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices continued to consolidate for the third day in a row as they opened marginally in the red. Profit-taking at all-time high levels and tepid global cues kept the market mood subdued. BSE Sensex was down 36 points at 58,172 while NSE Nifty shed 18 points to trade at 17,333. Axis Bank, Infosys, M&M, and Sun Pharma were the top Sensex losers while Kotak Bank, Bajaj Finserc, and Airtel were the best gainers. In the broader markets, the BSE Midcap index was unchanged while BSE Smallcap rose 0.2 percent. Sectorally, IT names continued to be under pressure while banking and financial names gained traction.

Closing Bell: Sensex down 29 points, Nifty at 17353.50

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
At Close, Sensex closed 29 points, or 0.05 percent, down at 58,250.26 while the Nifty settled 9 points, or 0.05 percent, lower at 17,353.50, amid losses in IT firms and index heavyweight Reliance Industries, even as gains in private lenders helped cap losses. Kotak Mahindra Bank was the top index gainer, followed by NTPC, Titan, and Sun Pharma. Nestle India was the worst performer followed by Maruti, Bajaj Finserv, and Bajaj Auto. Nifty Bank, private bank, PSU bank, and financial services indices rose about a percent each. On the flip side, Nifty IT, down 0.78 percent, Nifty Media and Auto lost over 0.50 percent each, Nifty pharma indices ended in the red. The BSE Midcap index added 0.81 percent. It also touched a new high in trade today. Meanwhile, BSE Smallcap rose 0.55 percent.

Cabinet approves Rs 10,683-cr PLI scheme for textiles

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
The cabinet today(8th September 2021) approved the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme worth Rs 10,683 crore for the textiles sector with an aim to boost domestic manufacturing and exports. The decision was taken in a meeting which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here. The PLI scheme is for MMF (man-made fibre) apparel, MMF fabrics and ten segments/products of technical textiles with a budgetary outlay of Rs 10,683 crore. This scheme is part of the overall announcement of the scheme for 13 sectors made earlier during the Union Budget 2021-22, with an outlay of Rs 1.97 lakh crore. Incentives worth Rs 10,683 crore will be provided over 5 years, said Union Minister Anurag Thakur. The government expects investments of more than Rs 19,000 crore into the sector during the five-year period. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex, Nifty volatile;BSE Sensex quoted at 58,212 level, down 67 points and Nifty dipped 14 points at 17,344 levels

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
BSE Sensex traded lower today(8th September 2021) dragged by Infosys, Maruti Suzuki, Bajaj Auto, Sun Pharma, and TCS. The index quoted at 58,212 level, down 67 points or 0.12 percent in early deals.It's NSE counterpart Nifty50, meanwhile, dipped 14 points at 17,344 levels. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were flat. On the global front, Japan's Nikkei gained 0.8 percent. On the flip side, South Korea's Kospi, Australia's ASX200, and Hong Kong's Hang Seng slipped up to 0.7 percent. Shares of telecom services provider caught investor fancy today with Bharti Airtel hitting a new high at Rs 684, up 2 percent, while Vodafone Idea jumped 7 percent to Rs 8.90 on the BSE in the intra-day trade, ahead of the Cabinet meeting scheduled later in the day. According to reports, the government may discuss a relief package for the stressed sector.

Vodafone Idea is Hopeful of govt support: Vi chairperson

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Vodafone Idea (V I) is hopeful of government support in generating reasonable returns on its investment and addressing the challenges plaguing the telecom sector, the company’s chairperson Himanshu Kapania said in a letter to shareholders. Kapania took over from Kumar Mangalam Birla on August 4, days after the Supreme Court rejected its application for a correction in the calculation of adjusted gross revenue dues. The telecom company’s operational performance has been impacted by intense competition, low tariffs, and a debt of Rs 1.9 trillion leaving it with a little surplus for network upgrade. The company has sought an additional one-year moratorium on spectrum dues and is pitching for a decision on floor price for telecom. Read more

Sensex snaps 3-day winning run, lost only 17 points to end at 58,280 and Nifty closed at 17,356, down 21 points

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
A volatile trade was witnessed on Dalal street (today(7th September 2021) as bulls and bears were caught in a fierce battle. Investors looked to lock in gains after a recent rally and a subdued global market mood but most dips were bought into, which left indices unchanged at close. The BSE Sensex lost only 17 points to end at 58,280. Meanwhile, NSE Nifty closed at 17,356, down 21 points. Both indices snapped their three-day winning streaks but did manage to hit new highs in intra-day deals (Sensex at 58,553 and Nifty at 17,437). In the 30-pack Sensex, 12 stocks ended in the green and 18 in the red. Bharti Airtel, HDFC, IndusInd Bank, and ITC, up between 1-3 percent, were the top gainers. Tech Mahindra, Sun Pharma, Axis Bank, and HCL Tech on the other hand were the worst losers. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Volatile markets;BSE Sensex rose 112 points at 58,409 levels and Nifty at 17,420, up 42 points

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Benchmark indices in India traded with tepid gains today(7th September 2021) amid muted global cues, supported by no negative domestic triggers. The BSE barometer of 30 shares rose 112 points, or 0.2 percent, at 58,409 levels in early deals while the NSE's Nifty50 held above the 17,400-mark at 17,420, up 42 points. Asian Paints, Tata Consumer Products, HUL, ITC, and Britannia lifted the benchmarks, rising up to 1 percent. On the downside, Wipro, BPCL, Coal India, and Sun Pharma capped gains. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices gained 0.3 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively.

IRCTC zooms 97% from April low and now among 100 most valuable firms on BSE

Monday, September 6, 2021
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) entered the top 100 most valuable listed companies' club after its stock hit a new high of Rs 3,041.20, up 6 percent on the BSE in intra-day trade today(6th Sept.2021). The stock has rallied 97 percent from its low of Rs 1,541 touched on April 19, 2021. With Rs 48,213 crore market capitalisation (market cap) as of 11:44 am, IRCTC stood at 95th position in the overall market cap ranking on the BSE, the exchange data shows. The state-owned company surpassed Colgate-Palmolive (India), Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company, Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL), Balkrishna Industries, ACC, and Bandhan Bank in the market cap ranking today. Read more

A unexpected bond rally sweeps over India

Monday, September 6, 2021
A rally in India’s sovereign bonds, fueled by mutual funds and overseas investors has left most Mumbai traders baffled at their sudden fortune. Yields dropped across the curve last week, with those on the benchmark 10-year bond declining ten basis points, the biggest weekly drop since April. Government debt auctions are finding buyers again, after a spate of earlier sales were canceled or rescued by underwriters. A rally in India’s sovereign bonds, fueled by mutual funds and overseas investors after weeks of indifference, has left most Mumbai traders baffled at their sudden fortune. Mutual funds turned net buyers with purchases of 151 billion rupees ($2.1 billion) of debt over the last 10 trading days. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Bull run extended;Indices at fresh peaks;BSE Sensex clocked 58,480 and Nifty hit a new lifetime high of 17,421

Monday, September 6, 2021
Indian benchmark indices extended their bull-run and hit new peaks today(6th Sept.2021). The NSE Nifty50 surpassed the 17,400-mark and touched a new lifetime high of 17,421 while the S&P BSE Sensex clocked 58,480. Reliance Industries, up 2.7 percent, was the top-performing stock on the 30-share pack. It hit a new peak of Rs 2,454 apiece on the BSE. HUL, L&T, and M&M were the other gainers on the Sensex index. On the flipside, Tata Steel, Power Grid, Nestle India, and Tech M declined. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap index hit a new record high of 24,562.5. The SmallCap index, meanwhile, claimed a new high of 27,502.

L&T Technology surges 9% on strong earnings projections

Friday, September 3, 2021
Shares of L&T Technology Services (LTTS) hit a new high of Rs 4,412.80, surging 9 percent on the BSE in the intra-day trade today(3rd Sept. 2021), after the management guided for $1.5 billion revenue and 18 percent earnings before interest tax (Ebit) margins by FY25 on the strong demand outlook. In the past three months, the stock has rallied 62 percent, as compared to an 11 percent rise in the S&P BSE Sensex. The revenue guidance includes acquisitions while Ebit margin guidance takes into consideration elevated travel costs, continued investment in tech and manpower, and acquisitions. The management has indicated that digitization is driving accelerated spends in engineering, research, and development (ER&D) and should benefit it due to strong capabilities, multi-vertical presence, and solid wallet share. LTTS is expected to deliver strong revenue growth over the coming years.

HDFC Life to acquire Exide Life Insurance

Friday, September 3, 2021
The HDFC Life today(3rd Sept.2021) said it will acquire a 100 percent stake in Exide Life Insurance Company for Rs 6,887 crore from Exide Industries Ltd (EIL) and subsequently, it will be merged with HDFC Life, subject to regulatory approvals. This marks one of the first and the largest acquisitions in the life insurance space, which has 23 private players and one state-owned insurer - Life Insurance Corporation (LIC). Previously, HDFC Life had intended to acquire Max Life but the deal did not go through because of regulatory hurdles. Experts said this deal will, however, is not expected to face any such regulatory hurdles. Read more

Govt plans to bring a bill, Cryptos to be treated as commodity

Friday, September 3, 2021
The government is planning to define cryptocurrencies in the new draft bill that also proposes to compartmentalise virtual currencies on the basis of their use cases, according to some sources. Cryptocurrencies will be treated as an asset/commodity for all purposes, including taxation and as per user case — payments, investment, or utility. People in the know said only the cryptocurrencies that are covered under the government’s definition will be allowed to be traded in India. These crypto assets will then be taxed accordingly, said people aware of the development. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex valued past the 58,000 for the first time and Nifty hit a new peak of 17,300

Friday, September 3, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices, led by a positive global market setup, hit new record highs at opening tick today(3rd September 2021). The BSE Sensex valued past the 58,000 marks for the first time. It rose 200 points to 58,081. Meanwhile, NSE Nifty also hit a new peak of 17,300, up 55 points. Kotak Bank, Titan, RIL, and IndusInd Bank were the top gainers in the 30-pack index while HCL Tech, TCS, Nestle India, and Maruti were the top losers. Broader market indices rose in tandem with the benchmark. BSE Midcap and Smallcap were up between 0.4-0.5 percent. Globally, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq eked out record finishes on Thursday, while the Dow also posted a modest gain after data showed the number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell to the lowest since March 2020. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.37 percent, the S&P 500 gained 0.28 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.14 percent. Read more

Apple hit with antitrust case in India over in-app payments issues

Thursday, September 2, 2021
Apple Inc is facing an antitrust challenge in India for allegedly abusing its dominant position in the apps market by forcing developers to use its proprietary in-app purchase system. The allegations are similar to a case Apple faces in the European Union, where regulators last year started an investigation into Apple's imposition of an in-app fee of 30% for the distribution of paid digital content and other restrictions. The case was filed by a little-known, non-profit group that argues Apple's fee of up to 30% hurts competition by raising costs for app developers and customers, while also acting as a barrier to market entry. "The existence of the 30% commission means that some app developers will never make it to the market. This could also result in consumer harm," said the filing, which has been seen by Reuters. Read more

India's market capitalisation to GDP ratio hits 13-year high

Thursday, September 2, 2021
The listed companies in India are worth 122 percent of India’s latest annualised gross domestic product (GDP) — the highest since December 2008, when it had hit an all-time high of around 150 percent. The ratio was 112 percent at the end of June and 103 percent at the end of March. India’s current market capitalisation (m-cap) to GDP ratio is nearly 55 percent higher than the 15-year median ratio of 79 percent. The combined m-cap of nearly 3,500 companies listed and actively traded on the BSE reached a new high of Rs 250 trillion on Tuesday and is up 120 percent since the end of March 2020, and 33 percent since the beginning of the current calendar year. This has created a wedge between stock valuations and India’s macroeconomic fundamentals. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:volatile market;BSE Sensex trading 85 points up at 57,500 levels and Nifty recliaimed 17,100 mark, up 50 points

Thursday, September 2, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices witnessed volatility in opening trade amid a mixed global market setup and ahead of weekly F&O expiry. Indices gyrated between gains and losses. Eventually, Sensex managed to hold gains and was trading 85 points up at 57,500 levels while Nifty reclaimed 17,100 marks, up 50 points. DRL, Titan, and Ultratech were the top gainers in the Sensex pack and HCL Tech, Asian Paints and Power Grid were the worst laggards. In the broader markets, BSE Midcap and BSE Smallcap were up 0.3 percent each. Shares in Asia-Pacific were in the red with Japan's Nikkei down 0.1 percent and Topix index down 0.3 percent. South Korea's Kospi dipped 0.65 percent, and the S&P/ASX 200 in Australia shed 1 percent. However, overnight, the S&P 500 closed marginally higher, up 0.031 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.33 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lagged as it declined 0.14 percent.

Shoppers Stop sells Crossword stores for Rs 41.6 cr

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Shares of Shoppers Stop surged 5.6 percent to Rs 254.5 apiece on the BSE in the intra-day trade on Wednesday after the company sold its wholly-owned subsidiary Crossword Bookstores to the owners of Agarwal Business House (ABH) for approximately ₹41.6 crores, as it seeks to focus on its core business, the company said on Tuesday.“Shoppers Stop has closed the sale of a controlling stake of its 100 percent subsidiary, Crossword Bookstores Limited to M/s. Dinesh Gupta, Aakash Gupta and Family (Owners of Agarwal Business House), Pune, pursuant to the share purchase agreement between Shoppers Stop and ABH signed on August 31, 2021,” the company said. Shoppers Stop expects to complete the divestment of a 51% stake within 15 days, and another 39% over the next 12 months, it added. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 214 points, Nifty at 17076.25

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 214.18 points or 0.37% at 57338.21, and the Nifty was down 55.90 points or 0.33% at 17076.3 as profit booking in metal and IT stocks. Asian Paints, Nestle India, Axis Bank, Titan Company, Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories, L7T, Bajaj-Auto, and IndusInd Bank were among the top BSE Sensex gainers. On the flip side, M&M, Tata Steel, Bajaj Finserv, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Infosys, HCL tech, UltraTech Cement were the top index laggards. About 1461 shares have advanced, 1637 shares declined, and 150 shares are unchanged. The BSE MidCap index added 0.9 percent on the BSE and the BSE SmallCap index rose 0.22 percent. Nifty sectoral indices mostly ended in the green, except for Nifty Financial Services, Nifty IT, Nifty Metal, and Nifty Pharma indices. metals and IT indices fell over 1 percent each. Bank Nifty gained 0,4 percent to settle at 36,574.30

Red-hot property stocks set for next leg of rally

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Recent weakness in India’s red-hot property stocks looks short-lived as record low-interest rates and an economic recovery from the pandemic fuel demand from an increasingly affluent middle class. That’s the view of analysts, who see large listed firms emerging as the biggest beneficiaries amid ongoing consolidation in the $200 billion sectors. India’s property market is rebounding after being in a down cycle for the last six years as a series of headwinds ranging from the pandemic, a bad-loan crisis, and a surprise 2016 cash ban hurt demand for new houses and apartments. Stronger sales and weak launches are leading to faster absorption of outstanding inventory and this favorable demand-supply situation has started to build a case for price increases, according to experts.

Use dips to add auto stocks despite chip shortage concerns

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
The shortage of semiconductors and chips has hit the Indian automobile sector hard and after Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki India has slashed output target for September due to a chip shortage. Yesterday (31st August 2021) Maruti Suzuki said that its vehicle production in September will tumble by 60 percent. The company, which had earlier cut down production at its Gujarat plant, said the chip shortage will hit production in Gurugram and Manesar plants, effectively forcing the automaker to cut production by 60 percent. Consequently, shares of the automaker declined 2 percent to Rs 6,700 on the BSE. The ripple effect dented other shares as well with stocks of M&M, Ashok Leyland, and TVS Motors slipping up to 1 percent. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex traded at 57,679 level, up 126 points and Nifty at 17,176, up 44 points

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Indian benchmark indices came off highs but were trading in the green today(1st September 201) amid gains in realty, energy, FMCG, and auto stocks. The frontline S&P BSE Sensex traded at 57,679 level, up 126 points on the BSE while the broader Nifty50 was at 17,176, up 44 points. Earlier today, the indices hit new lifetime highs of 57,765.92 and 17,185.60, respectively. Axis Bank (up 3 percent), L&T, Bajaj Auto, Asian Paints, and Nestle India were the top gainers on the BSE barometer. On the contrary, HDFC (down 1 percent), Bharti Airtel, Tata Steel, and Maruti Suzuki were the top laggards. Meanwhile, in the broader market, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices advanced 0.7 percent each.

Kotak Bank to sell 20 cr shares of Airtel Payments to Bharti Enterprises

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Kotak Mahindra Bank on Tuesday said that it will sell 20 crore shares held in Airtel Payments Bank (APBL) for a cash consideration of Rs 294 crore or more to Bharti Enterprises Ltd.A share purchase agreement has been executed by the bank for divestment of 20,00,00,000 equity shares (8.57 per cent stake) held by Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd in APBL. These shares were acquired for Rs 200 crore invested in tranches during calendar years 2016 and 2017, the bank said in a regulatory filing.The sale is expected to be completed by September 15 or before, for "cash consideration equal to or higher than ₹294.8 crore; to be determined in accordance with the terms of the share purchase agreement," it added. The bank said it does not require any governmental or regulatory approvals for the proposed transaction. Bharti Enterprises has received no objection from the RBI to enable execution of the proposed transaction, it said. This transaction does not constitute a related party transaction. Read more

Closing bell: Sensex gains 663 points, Nifty at 17132.20

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 662.63 points or 1.16% at 57,552.39, and the Nifty was up 201.20 points or 1.19% at 17,132.20. Bharti Airtel, Axis Bank, Tata Steel, Titan Company, Maruti Suzuki, Bajaj Finance, State Bank of India (SBI), Asian Paints, and RIL, among others, were the top index gainers. On the flip side, Nestle India, Tech Mahindra, Infosys, and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) were Sensex laggards. About 1434 shares have advanced, 1537 shares declined, and 105 shares are unchanged. All the sectoral indices ended in the green, with IT, power, healthcare, metal, oil & gas indices up 1 percent each, Nifty Bank index surged over 2 percent to settle at 36,348. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices advanced 0.8 percent each.

The economic toll from second wave of Covid-19 in last quarter is not as bad as feared

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
The economic toll from a deadly second wave of Covid-19 that swept through India last quarter doesn’t appear to be as bad as feared, with analysts still seeing the nation pulling off the world’s fastest growth this year. A better-than-expected manufacturing performance and a milder hit to services, combined with a robust pace of vaccinations, have helped keep the annual growth outlook for the economy steady at 9.2%, according to a survey. That pace is the same seen in a poll last month and the quickest among major economies. “The economic damage appears to be less than previously expected,” said an expert.“With the second outbreak brought under control, a rapid recovery appears underway,” he said. Gross domestic product(GDP) grew 21% in the three months through June from a year ago, according to the median of 45 estimates compiled by Bloomberg, mainly as a bounce back from last year’s crash.

Nifty Bank at 5-month high; may lead next leg of the market rally

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
In the past few months, the Nifty Bank Index has consistently struggled to rise above the 36,000 marks. A move above the 36,497 levels, which is the five-month high for the index, can take it up further. The daily and weekly charts suggest that a breakout above the above-mentioned level can see the index hit the 37,000 marks and then record a new all-time high by crossing 37,708 levels. As long as the support of 35,750 is defended on a closing basis, the upside sentiment is likely to see more interest of market participants in bank stocks. One can easily expect a 10 -15 percent jump in the index within a short time. A quick analysis of the constituents of the index suggests that there is more headroom among most stocks. Among the lot, Punjab National Bank (PNB), Federal Bank, and IDFC First Bank can move up over 20 percent each from the current levels, the charts suggest. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex claimed new all-time high of 57,125 and Nifty touched 16,996

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Indian markets hit fresh record peaks today(31st August 2021) even as concerns over the crackdown of private industries in China capped rally elsewhere in Asia. The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex claimed a new all-time high of 57,125 while the Nifty50 touched 16,996. The indices, however, succumbed to profit-booking and were later trading flat at 56,914 and 16,930. HCL Tech, Tech Mahindra, Bharti Airtel, Adani Ports, and TCS were the top gainers on the 50-share index while Tata Motors, HDFC Life, IndusInd Bank, SBI, and RIL were the biggest laggards. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap index added 0.2 percent while the BSE SmallCap index advanced 0.4 percent.

Bharti Airtel gains 4.25 percent after board approves Rs 21,000-crore rights issue

Monday, August 30, 2021
Shares of telecom services provider Bharti Airtel gained 4.25 per cent and traded at Rs 625 on the BSE in the intra-day trade on Monday after the Company announced Rs 21,000-crore rights issue , as the telecom operator seeks to expand its network amid intense competition with Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. The board fixed the sale price for the rights issue at ₹535 apiece, at a 1:14 ratio, implying a 7 per cent equity dilution, with 25% of the amount to be paid on application and the balance in two more tranches, based on the company’s requirements, within 36 months. The promoter and promoter group of the company will collectively subscribe to the full extent of their aggregate rights entitlement along with any unsubscribed shares in the issue. Bharti Airtel’s promoter group led by Sunil Mittal owns a 55.86% stake in the company. Read more

OLA could seek a valuation of more than $8 billion in the IPO and could lodge a filing in October

Monday, August 30, 2021
The 11-year-old Ola would be joining the group of Indian startups that are ready to tap the IPO market in the coming months. Paytm, the country’s leader in digital payments, Flipkart, the Indian e-commerce giant controlled by Walmart Inc., and digital education startup Byju’s are also preparing for their first-time share sales, Bloomberg News has reported. Ola has selected banks including Citigroup Inc. and Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. to manage its Mumbai initial public offering that could raise about $1 billion, according to reliable sources. The company, backed by SoftBank Group Corp. and Tiger Global Management, has also picked Morgan Stanley for the listing. The Bangalore-based startup could seek a valuation of more than $8 billion in the IPO and could lodge a filing as soon as October, according to sources.

India will continue to be a favoured investment destination

Monday, August 30, 2021
India will continue to be a favoured investment destination like we have seen in the last 20 years. Markets have probably discounted a gradual tapering by the US Fed. Recently, small caps and commodities did correct more than large caps. However, keeping the short-term reactions aside, the impact of any taper really depends on the circumstances under which the US Fed starts tapering, according to some analysts. The upside potential in large caps is probably in single-digit percentages. As far as small and mid-caps are concerned, valuations are stretched after the super run of the past 12 months and for the first time in over a decade, the mid-cap indices’ valuations are at a premium to large-caps. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 765 points, Nifty at 16931.05

Monday, August 30, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 765.04 points or 1.36% at 56,889.76, and the Nifty was up 225.80 points or 1.35% at 16,931, hits fresh milestones on Monday as Jerome Powell's speech last Friday, suggesting no interest rate hike in the near future, boosted risky assets. Bharti Airtel, Axis Bank, Tata Steel, Titan Company, Maruti Suzuki, Bajaj Finance, State Bank of India (SBI), Asian Paints, and RIL, among others, were the top index gainers. On the flip side, Nestle India, Tech Mahindra, Infosys, and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) were Sensex laggards. Barring the Nifty IT index, all the sectoral indices ended in the green. Nifty Bank index surged over 2 percent, the Nifty Metal index advanced 2.5 percent, followed by the Nifty Realty, Pharma, and Bank indices. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices ended 1.7 per cent and 1.5 percent higher.

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex hit a new high of 56,544.35 and Nifty touched 16,836 levels

Monday, August 30, 2021
Indian equities scaled new record peaks in early deals today(30th August 2021) as Jerome Powell's speech last Friday suggested interest rate hike in the US could be later than previously thought. The frontline S&P BSE Sensex hit a new high of 56,544.35 while the Nifty50 touched 16,836 levels. Both the indices later scaled down to 56,458 and 16,803 levels, up 333 points and 98 points, respectively. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices gained 1 percent each. Shares of Bharti Airtel gained 1.9 percent and traded at Rs 605.5 on the BSE in the intra-day trade today after the telecom services provider announced a Rs 21,000-crore rights issue. The stock hit an intra-day low of Rs 591.10 after opening at Rs 597.75. In comparison, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 0.69 percent at 56,513 points at 09:35 am.

Thermax gains 4% after subsidiary wins Rs 293-crore order

Thursday, August 26, 2021
Shares of Thermax gained 4 percent at Rs 1,418.55 on the BSE in intra-day trade on Thursday after Thermax Babcock and Wilcox Energy Solutions (TBWES), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, wins Rs 293-crore order for a boiler package comprising 3 x Oil & Gas fired boilers on EPC basis for a refinery and petrochemical complex in western India. The scope of supply includes design, manufacture, installation, erection, commissioning and testing of the 3 x oil & gas fired boilers. The turnkey project encompasses civil, structural, mechanical, E & I controls work.“TBWES has won the order in this competitive bidding project owing to its proven product experience, compliance to quality standards, manufacturing and EPC capabilities,” said Ashish Bhandari, MD & CEO, Thermax. Read more

Closing bell Sensex ends flat gains 4.89 points, Nifty at 16636.90

Thursday, August 26, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 4.89 points or 0.01% at 55,949.10, and the Nifty was up 2.20 points or 0.01% at 16,636.90. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), HCL tech, Asian Paints, Bajaj Auto were top BSE Sensex gainers. Bharti Airtel, Maruti Suzuki, Power Grid Corporation of India, Titan Company, Axis Bank were top index losers. About 1578 shares have advanced, 1372 shares declined, and 105 shares are unchanged. The metals pack bled the most, down 1.3 percent, followed by the PSB Index down 0.8 percent. On the upside, the Nifty FMCG index rose 0.58 percent. Oil & gas, realty and power indices ended in the green. Both, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices rose 0.3 percent each. India VIX gained marginally to end at 13.54.

TCS market cap crosses Rs 13.5 trillion

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Shares of TCS gained more than 2 percent intraday today and hit a new high of Rs 3,697 on Wednesday and became the second listed company to cross the Rs 13.5 trillion market capitalization (market cap). The stock of the information technology (IT) giant surpassed its previous high of Rs 3,672.50 touched on Monday, August 23, 2021. In one month TCS stock has outperformed BSE Sensex, surging nearly 15 percent, as compared to a 6 percent rise in the benchmark index. TCS is less than 3 percent away to hit the Rs 14 trillion market cap mark. It currently stands at second position in the overall market cap ranking, behind Reliance Industries which has a market cap of Rs 14.51 trillion, including partly paid shares market cap, according to the BSE data. This sector has been consistently performing well with continuous positive momentum. Analysts say that the main reason behind the positive momentum and healthy revenue growth is strong order bookings, broad-based revenue growth, Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex ends flat down 14.77 points, Nifty at 16634.65

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 14.77 points or 0.03% at 55,944.21, and the Nifty was up 10.10 points or 0.06% at 16,634.70, scaled fresh lifetime highs in the intra-day deals, they failed to hold on to their gains and ended flat. TCS was the top gainer followed by Infosys, Reliance Industries, and HUL. On the other hand, Bajaj Finserv was the top Sensex laggard, followed by Titan, Maruti Suzuki, and Bharti Airtel. About 1941 shares have advanced, 1180 shares declined, and 107 shares are unchanged. The Nifty IT index gained 0.7 percent while the Nifty Realty index slipped 0.8 percent, pharma, bank, and auto-ended in red while all other sectoral indices ended higher with the power and oil & gas indices up 1 percent each.The BSE MidCap index closed 0.6 percent higher while the BSE SmallCap index gained 0.7 percent. India VIX was up 3 percent by the close.

Bajaj Finserv gets Sebi nod to set up mutual fund

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Shares of Bajaj Finserv hit a new high of Rs 16,582, up 8 per cent on the BSE in the intra-day trade on Tuesday, after the company said it has received an in-principle approval from Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for sponsoring a mutual fund. The company would also be setting an Asset Management Company (AMC).“Accordingly, the company would be setting up an Asset Management Company (AMC) and the Trustee Company, directly or indirectly i.e., itself or through its subsidiary in accordance with applicable SEBI Regulations and other applicable laws," Bajaj Finserv said in an exchange filing. The market-capitalisation (m-cap) of Bajaj Finserv is now more than Rs 2.6 lakh crore, while that of Bajaj Finance breached the Rs 4.2-lakh crore mark. Bajaj Finserv is focused on lending, asset management, wealth management and insurance services. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 400 points,Nifty ends above 16,600

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 403.19 points or 0.73% at 55,958.98, and the Nifty was up 128.10 points or 0.78% at 16,624.60 as US FDA approval of Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine boosted world stocks. Bajaj Finserv was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Tata Steel, Tech Mahindra, and Bajaj Finance. Nestle India was the top loser in the Sensex pack followed by Infosys, HDFC, and HCL Technologies. About 2067 shares have advanced, 969 shares declined, and 122 shares are unchanged.The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices settled 1.5 per cent and 1.7 per cent higher, respectively.Bank Nifty gained 1.67 percent. Among sectors, except IT and FMCG, all other sectoral indices ended in the green.India VIX closed with losses

HCL Tech gains 5% on signing contract with reinsurers Munich Re

Monday, August 23, 2021
Shares of HCL Technologies surged 5 per cent to hit a new high of Rs 1,168 on the BSE in intra-day trade on Monday, after the company said it has signed a contract with Munich Re, one of the world’s leading reinsurers, to create a next generation digital workplace for its workforce. The Indian IT major said that building on its strategic digital transformation partnership with Munich Re, HCL will modernize and standardize workplace services for more than 16,000 employees in 40 countries. The company further said it will adopt a “global” strategy to support Munich Re’s global workforce in multiple languages, including German, Spanish and Mandarin, from near-shore locations. HCL will also implement a highly personalized service desk solution and leverage the power of automation and self-service capabilities to improve efficiency and enhance employee user experiences, the company said. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 226 points, Nifty at 16496.45

Monday, August 23, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 226.47 points or 0.41% at 55555.79, and the Nifty was up 46 points or 0.28% at 16496.50 led by quality large-cap stocks.HCL Tech was the top Sensex gainer, followed by TCS, Bajaj Finserv, Nestle India, and Bharti Airtel. Mahindra & Mahindra was the worst Sensex constituents followed by Bajaj Auto, Ultratech Cement, Power Grid, and ITC. About 745 shares have advanced, 2438 shares declined, and 135 shares are unchanged. The Nifty IT index gained 1.7 percent each and Bank Nifty gained 0.26% while metal, auto, and PSU bank indices lost 0.5-1.5 percent. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices slipped 0.9 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively.

Indian stock market likely to underperform: Chris Wood

Friday, August 20, 2021
Indian stock markets are likely to underperform their global peers in case of a global risk-off triggered by a taper scare, believes Christopher Wood, global head of equity strategy at Jefferies. Yet, he remains structurally positive and has hiked allocation to Indian equities by two percentage points (2 ppt). Currently, 31 percent of Wood's Asia ex-Japan thematic equity portfolio for long-only absolute-return investors is in India and includes marquee names such as Reliance Industries (RIL), HDFC, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, ICICI Lombard General Insurance, Godrej Properties, and ICICI Bank. The major risk to Indian equities, according to him, is the arrival of a new Covid variant, which he says the country shares with the rest of the world. The other risk, according to him, is a change in the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI's) dovish policy.

Sensex falls amid global sell-off

Friday, August 20, 2021
Indian stocks tanked today (20th August 2021) following their global peers as the fear of earlier-than-expected Fed tapering set off a selling spree. Barring select names in the IT sector, all sectoral indices traded in the red. Metals were among the worst hit as they also dealt with plunging iron ore and other metal futures prices. India VIX, barometer of volatility, surged nearly The 30-share Sensex index declined 300 points, or 0.4 percent, and closed at 55,329 levels on Friday while the Nifty50 index ended at 16,451 levels, down 118 points or 0.7 percent. Both the indices had hit intra-day lows of 55,014 and 16,376, respectively, earlier today(20th August 2021). Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 300 points, Nifty at 16450.50

Friday, August 20, 2021
At close, Sensex was down 300.17 points or 0.54% at 55329.32, and the Nifty down 118.30 points or 0.71% at 16450.50 after minutes released by the US Federal Reserve suggested tapering of the Fed's stimulus plan by late 2021. Besides, the rampant spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19 and faltering global growth worried investors. Tata Steel was the worst Sensex performer, followed by the State Bank of India, Dr. Reddy’s Laboaratories, and Kotak Mahindra Bank. HUL was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Asian Paints, Nestle India, and Bajaj Finance. About 728 shares have advanced, 2407 shares declined, and 117 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Metal index cracked 6 percent while the FMCG index rose 2 percent. Bank Nifty fell 1.46%. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices fell 2 percent each. India VIX soared 8.6% to closed at 14 levels.

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex tumbled 232 points at 55,398 levels and Nifty at 16,467 level, down 101 points

Friday, August 20, 2021
The Indian equities were hit today(20th August 2021) due to Worries that the US Federal Reserve could rein in vast stimulus measures this year, coupled with the rapid spread of the coronavirus Delta variant, signs of faltering Chinese economic growth, and the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan. The BSE Sensex index tumbled 232 points, or 0.42 percent, at 55,398 levels while the Nifty50 tested the 16,450-mark at 16,467 level, down 101 points. In the broader markets, both, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were down 1 percent each. Sectorally, all except the Nifty IT index (up 0.56 percent) were in the red, led by the Nifty Metal index (down 3 percent).

Oil price lowest since May on demand concerns amid Covid surge

Thursday, August 19, 2021
Crude Oil dropped towards $66 a barrel today(19th August 2021) to its lowest since May, due to concerns about weaker demand as Covid-19 cases rise, a stronger US dollar, and a surprise increase in US gasoline inventories. "The potential withdrawal of monetary support, the chaotic Taliban takeover of Afghanistan that threatens with another migrant crisis and worries about the continuous spread of the virus keep the dollar in demand, which, in turn, acts as a brake on any attempted oil-price rally." Brent crude was down $1.72, or 2.5%, at $66.51 at 0816 GMT, after touching its lowest since May 21. US West Intermediate (WTI) fell $1.96, or 3%, to $63.50 after falling as low as $63.39, also its lowest since May 21. Both Brent and US crude have declined for six days in a row, the longest losing streak since a six-day drop for both contracts that ended on Feb. 28, 2020. Read more

Is the market for IPO in India is turning wild?

Thursday, August 19, 2021
The amount of money raised in IPOs this year in India has reached $8.8 billion, already surpassing the totals of the past three years. At the current pace, 2021 would exceed the all-time record of $11.8 billion. Founders, bankers, lawyers, and advisers are racing to cash in on fervent demand for fresh public offerings. The performance of recent IPOs, such as Zomato, has fed the enthusiasm. Newly listed Indian stocks are beating the benchmark Nifty 50 Index by more than 40 percentage points this year, the biggest gap in seven years. Oyo Hotels & Homes Pvt started work last week on its draft prospectus and aims to file in October, according to people familiar with the matter. The ride-hailing leader Ola and fintech startup Pine Labs Pvt have also begun talks with investment bankers, according to other people aware of the situation. Read more

Rally had sustained through 2020 and the second wave and was “not a blip”.FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman does not agree with the sentiment that there is a disconnect between the stock market's current run and the real economy. She said the rally had sustained through 2020 and the second wave and was “not a blip”. “Stretched valuations of financial assets pose risks to financial stability. Banks and financial intermediaries need to be cognisant of these risks and spillovers in an interconnected financial system,” wrote Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das in the Financial Stability Report earlier this year. Read more

Jubilant Food share hits new high, gains 35 percent in a month

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Shares of Jubilant FoodWorks gained 7 percent intraday and hit a new high of Rs 4166.40 on the BSE on Wednesday on strong growth prospects. The stock price of the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) company rallied over 34% in the past month due to robot quarterly performance in the first quarter of FY22 (Q1FY22) and healthy growth prospects. Jubilant Foodworks Ltd, operates three international brands, Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin' Donuts, and Popeyes. Jubilant FoodWorks aims to “transform itself into a food-tech powerhouse” after reporting a robust recovery from the second COVID wave, the company said. For Q1FY21, JFL reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 69.06 crore in the first quarter ended June 30, It had posted a consolidated net loss of Rs 74.47 crore in the same quarter last fiscal. Its revenue from operations in the first quarter stood at Rs 893.19 crore as compared to Rs 388.41 crore in the corresponding period last year Read more

Lifting of credit card ban may spark up to 32% rally in HDFC Bank

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
The Reserve Bank of India has lifted the ban on the issue of new credit cards which may trigger an up to 32 percent rally in the HDFC Bank’s stock, according to analysts, as the lift has come ahead of the festive season, presenting an opportunity to capture market share. The HDFC Bank scrip surged 3 percent at Rs 1,564.75 on the BSE in intra-day trade today(18th August 2021) and was among the top gainers on the BSE barometer. In comparison, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 0.5 percent at 10:30 AM. Some analysts opine that the lender will be able to regain its lost market share of 180 bps or even more, as there is a large customer base to which it can cross-sell. Financially, the lifting of the ban will protect HDFC Bank's overall profitability as the credit card segment is the key earnings driver, says Motilal Oswal Financial Services.

Closing Bell:Sensex down 163 points, Nifty at 16568.85

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 162.78 points or 0.29% at 55629.49, and the Nifty was down 45.80 points or 0.28% at 16568.80 amid weekly F&O expiry, aggravated by profit-booking in financial, metal, and select auto stocks, dragged benchmarks in the red on Wednesday. Kotak Mahindra Bank, ICICI Bank, Power Grid Corporation of India, IndusInd Bank, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) were top BSE Sensex laggards. On the flip side, Ultratech Cement, Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Finserv, Nestle India were top gainers. About 1037 shares have advanced, 2067 shares declined, and 110 shares are unchanged. the Nifty metal and bank indices fall 0.8 percent each, while buying was seen in the FMCG, pharma, and PSU Bank names. BSE midcap rose 0.26 percent and smallcap indices were down 0.18 percent.

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex rose 294 points to touch 56,086.50 and Nifty hit 16,692-mark, up over 70 points

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Today (18th August 2021) the S&P BSE Sensex index rose as much as 294 points to touch 56,086.50 in the first few minutes of trade, and the broader NSE Nifty50 benchmark climbed to as high as 16,691.95, up 77 points from its previous close. HDFC Bank, Ultratech Cement, HDFC, Asian Paints, and Nestle India lifted the headline indices to new highs on Wednesday. The BSE Sensex index scaled a new all-time high of 56,086.5, up 250 points or 0.5 percent. The Nifty50, on the other hand, hit the 16,692-mark, up over 70 points or 0.4 percent. In the broader markets, both, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were up 0.3 percent each.

IT, FMCG stocks lift Sensex 210 pts up, Nifty tops 16,600

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Indian Benchmark indices turned sharply higher in the last hour of trade today(17th August 2021) amid strong gains in IT heavyweights, FMCGs, and HDFC stock. The frontline BSE barometer zoomed 210 points, or 0.4 percent, to end at 55,792 levels while the NSE's Nifty50 closed at 16,615-mark, up 52 points or 0.3 percent. In the intra-day deals, both the indices scaled new peaks of 55,855 and 16,628.5 levels, respectively. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap index outperformed its small-cap and large-cap peers and advanced 0.7 percent. The BSE SmallCap index, meanwhile, was up 0.3 percent. Sectorally, the Nifty IT index hit a new lifetime high of 33,487 in the intra-day. It ended 2.6 percent higher at 33,415. On the downside, the Nifty Metal index skidded 2.5 percent.

India's GDP likely to grow 13-23% in first quarter

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Indian GDP growth is estimated by the economists to grow in the range of 13.1-23 percent for the first quarter (Q1) of this fiscal year. The index of industrial production (IIP) would take into account 45 percent of manufacturing while the rest will be corporate data, he said. Soumya Kanti Ghosh, the chief economic advisor to the SBI group, said: “Our preliminary estimates suggest that GDP growth could be in the range of 17-18 percent for Q1.” However, he said ideally one should look at the gross value added (GVA) numbers because the GDP numbers were likely to be bolstered by strong tax collection in Q1. Net product taxes, which take out subsidies, are added to GVA to arrive at GDP. Read more

MARKET UPDATE:Volatile market;BSE Sensex up 45 points at 55,628 levels and Nifty at 16,572 level, up 9 points

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Indian equities were volatile today(17th August 2021) amid tepid gains in Asian markets and stretched valuations back home. The headline S&P BSE Sensex was up 45 points at 55,628 levels while the Nifty50 index was at 16,572 level, up 9 points. Both the indices hit new all-time highs of 55,688.5 and 16,591 levels, respectively. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indexes were mildly below the flatline. Sectorally, markets looked defensive with pharma and FMCG stocks in the green and cyclical like banks and auto in the red.

HDFC Bank plans to raise funds via AT-1 bonds from overseas market

Monday, August 16, 2021
HDFC Bank on Monday said the bank plans to raise capital by additional tier- I (AT1) bonds in the overseas market to fund its business growth. The bank is expected to raise up to USD 1 billion from these dollar-denominated bonds. “We had informed the stock exchanges that the Board of Directors of HDFC Bank in its meeting held on July 17, 2021, is contemplating raising of long term funds through the issuance of $ Basel III Compliant Additional Tier 1 Bonds (Notes), in the international markets, subject to market conditions,” it said in its filing. An offering memorandum (OM) has been prepared and shall be made available to the prospective investors in relation to the contemplated issue of notes, it said. The notes will not be offered or sold in India under the applicable laws, including the Companies Act, 2013, as amended from time to time, it added. Read more

RIL gains on reports of Aramco eyeing stake buy in its O2C business

Monday, August 16, 2021
RIL shares were up nearly 3 percent at Rs 2,202 on the BSE in intra-day trade today(16th August 2021) on a report that Saudi Aramco is in advanced talks for an all-stock deal to acquire a stake in the company’s oil refining and chemicals (O2C) business. The stock of the Mukesh Ambani-led RIL was trading at its highest level since June 24, 2021. It had hit a record high of Rs 2,368.80 on September 19, 2020. The Middle Eastern energy firm is discussing the purchase of roughly 20 percent stake in the Reliance unit for about $20 billion to $25 billion in Aramco’s shares, Bloomberg reported quoting the people with knowledge of the matter. RIL could reach an agreement with Aramco as soon as the coming weeks, the report suggested. Meanwhile, in the past week, the stock of RIL has outperformed the market by gaining 5.5 percent, as compared to a 2.2 percent rise in the S&P BSE Sensex.

Vehicle scrappage policy, Ola e-scooter: How to trade key auto stocks

Monday, August 16, 2021
Last weekend the government notified vehicle scrappage policy and Ola launched its e-scooter. In this backdrop following are the tips for the trading of auto stocks: 1. Maruti Suzuki India The shares of Maruti Suzuki India are trading below both the major moving averages i.e 200-days moving average (DMA) and 200-weekly moving average (WMA) placed at Rs 7,215 and Rs 7,293 levels, respectively. This breakdown shows a negative bias that may lead to bearish sentiment in the days ahead, if crucial support of Rs 6,758 is broken, which is its 100-WMA. The immediate support comes in at Rs 6,900 and then Rs 6,850 levels. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 145.29 points, Nifty at 16563.05

Monday, August 16, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 145.29 points or 0.26% at 55582.58, and the Nifty was up 33.90 points or 0.21% at 16563. Tata Steel was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Bajaj Finance, M&M, Bajaj Finserv, Reliance Industries, and HDFC. Maruti Suzuki was the worst-performing Sensex constituent followed by Bajaj Auto, Power Grid, Ultratech Cement, and State Bank of India. About 1146 shares have advanced, 2068 shares declined, and 136 shares are unchanged.only Nifty Metal, FMCG, and Financial Services witnessed buying and gained 1 percent while Nifty Media, PSU Bank, and Auto indices faced selling pressure. Volatility also surged as India VIX rose 3.6 percent to 13.45. The BSE Smallcap index lost 0.57 percent and the BSE Midcap index shed 0.18 percent.

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex at 55,357 levels, down 81 points and Nifty down 23 points at 16.505 levels

Monday, August 16, 2021
Indian benchmark equities were slipped today(16th August 2021), in line with Asian markets. The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex was at 55,357 levels, down 81 points or 0.15 percent, while the Nifty50 defended 16,500-mark, down 23 points at 16.505 levels. The Nifty Metal and Auto indices were the only indices in the green. In the broader market, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were down 0.1 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively. Globally, Japan's Nikkei slipped 2 percent, Australia's ASX 200 fell 0.4 percent, and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded flat. South Korea’s markets are closed on Monday for a holiday. Read more

Bharti Airtel concludes spectrum trading agreement with Jio

Friday, August 13, 2021
Shares of Bharti Airtel hit a new record high of Rs 638.60, on the BSE in the intra-day trade today(13th August 2021), after the company announced the closure of its agreement with Reliance Jio Infocomm to transfer the 'Right to Use' of Airtel's 800 MHz spectrum in three circles to Jio. Bharti Airtel in a statement said the company has received Rs 1,004.8 crore from Jio for the proposed transfer. In addition, Jio will assume future liabilities of Rs 469.3 crore relating to the spectrum, the company said. In the past month, the stock of Bharti Airtel has outperformed the market by surging 20 percent, as compared to a 4.8 percent rise in the S&P BSE Sensex. Read more

Are we heading into second phase of bull market?

Friday, August 13, 2021
A very important trait of any bull market is that it should have a very good breadth. as of now large caps, midcaps, small-cap all have been doing well. Almost all sectors and even the biggest laggards are doing well and that is very positive. We are staring at two parallel markets. Nifty at an all-time high, blue sky. But there are dark clouds over mid and small-cap stocks. We just need to take a step back and understand the price action that has led up to this move. If you take the Covid bottom in March 2020, from there the small-cap index has been up 233% and the Nifty is up 116% or 118%. What has happened is that from the base, the small caps have outperformed the Nifty. If that is taken into perspective, it is very logical that at some point in time, the large caps need to catch up or the small caps need to rest. Read more

Larsen & Toubro Gains On Bagging Order From Technip Energies

Friday, August 13, 2021
Shares of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) gained 2.8 percent and hit a record high of Rs.1,676, on the BSE in intra-day trade on Friday, after the company’s heavy engineering arm won an order for Oxidation Reactor from Technip Energies-India, which develops indigenous technology for the critical equipment."This order for the technologically critical Titanium Clad Reactor is for a Public Sector Petrochemical project for Purified Terephthalic Acid plant. The scope of supply involves Design, Material Procurement, fabrication, inspection, and testing of Reactor meeting the Licensors stringent quality requirements," Larsen & Toubro said. This order marks the opening of multiple avenues for L&T Heavy Engineering for critical titanium-clad reactors in both domestic and global markets. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 593 points, Nifty at 16529.10

Friday, August 13, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 593.31 points or 1.08% at 55,437.29, and the Nifty was up 164.70 points or 1.01% at 16,529.10 lifted benchmark indices to fresh all-time highs. Tata Consumer Products emerged as the top gainer, followed by TCS, LT, HCL Tech, Tata Steel, HDFC Bank, Bharti Airtel, Infosys, Wipro, HDFC, RIL, and ITC. Power Grid was the worst Sensex performer followed by Dr Reddy’s. IndusInd Bank, and Bajaj Finance. About 1412 shares have advanced, 1583 shares declined, and 81 shares are unchanged. Except for pharma, all other sectoral indices ended in the green with the IT index added 1 percent. The MidCap and SmallCap indices slipped 0.06 percent and 0.01 percent, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE:BSE Sensex claimed new record high of 55,138 and Nifty zoomed to 16,462

Friday, August 13, 2021
Indian equities hit fresh lifetime highs today(13th August 2021) despite subdued global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex claimed a new record high of 55,138 while the Nifty50 index zoomed to 16,462. Tata Consumer Products, Hindalco, TCS, Bajaj Auto, ITC, and BPCL were the top Nifty gainers In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap index were up 0.3 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively. Shares of Globus Spirits were locked in the upper circuit for the fifth straight trading day, up 5 percent at Rs 941, also its new high on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) today after the promoter and institutional investors bought a stake in the company through the open Read more

BSE has sought to cap the price movement of select scrips, especially the mid-, small-cap segments

Thursday, August 12, 2021
A quick calendar year-to-date price check on the stocks from the categories put under 'Add-on Price Band Framework' by the BSE reveals a total of 210 stocks have seen their market price more than double. This may be the reason for the BSE to cap the price movement of select scrips, especially the mid-, small-cap segments, traded on the exchange. Stocks like SC Agrotech, Adinath Textiles, Waaree Renewable Technologies, Steel Strips Infrastructure, Unistar Multimedia, Texel Industries, Raja Bahadur International, and Hindustan Everest Tools from the BSE's X and XT group have rallied over 500 percent during this period.

Bata India gains 5 percent, Q1 loss narrows to Rs 69 crores

Thursday, August 12, 2021
Footwear maker's Bata India shares gained 5 percent and hit a 52-week high of Rs 1754.80 on the BSE in intra-day session on Thursday after the company reported narrowing of consolidated net loss to Rs 69.47 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, 2021. The company had posted a net loss of Rs 100.88 crore for the same period of 2020-21, Bata India said in a BSE filing. The firm’s operating revenue grew 98 percent to Rs 267 crore on a low base of Rs 135 crore that it has reported in the year-ago period. While revenues have almost doubled year-on-year to Rs 267.04 crore, helped by a favorable base, sales are still 70% lower than Q1FY20. "Sales across retail outlets remained largely subdued, owing to the second wave of COVID-19 infections and ensuing lockdowns. However, sales through e-commerce platforms continued to remain robust and witnessed an uptick despite the restrictions," Total expenses were higher at Rs 371.61 crore as compared with Rs 321.85 crore in the year-ago period. Read more

India’s largest fund house has waved the red flag on the country’s stock market

Thursday, August 12, 2021
SBI Mutual Fund, India’s largest mutual fund asset manager, has waved the red flag on the country’s stock market. The asset manager, which manages assets worth more than Rs 5 lakh crore, is concerned over the prospects of returns from the Indian equities going ahead, because of the euphoria on display in the primary market and among retail investors. “Primary market activity is flashing warning signs. Such level of activity is normally associated with euphoria (in the market),” Dinesh Balachandran, fund manager at SBI Mutual Fund said at the launch of the SBI Balanced Advantage Fund yesterday(11th August 2021). Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 300 points, Nifty at 16364.40

Thursday, August 12, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 318.05 points or 0.58% at 54843.98, and the Nifty was up 82.10 points or 0.50% at 16364.40 supported by the IT and PSU Banking names. Power Grid Corporation of India, ITC, M&M, Bajaj Finance, ICICI Bank, Bajaj-Auto, HDFC Bank were top Sensex gainers. Dr Reddy’s, Sun Pharma, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), Asian Paints, IndusInd Bank were among the top index laggards. About 2314 shares have advanced, 816 shares declined, and 113 shares are unchanged. The Nifty IT index advanced nearly 2 percent on the NSE today while the PSU bank index added 1.3 percent. All other sectoral indices, barring the Nifty Pharma index down 1 percent, other indices gained up to 0.7 percent. The BSE MidCap index quoted 1.07 percent higher and the BSE SmallCap index was up 1.97 percent.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex up 80 points at 54,600 levels and Nifty hovered around 16,312-mark, up 30 points

Thursday, August 12, 2021
Indian equities made a cautious start today(12th July 2021), after a roller-coaster session yesterday, on the back of gains in auto, metal, and PSU bank stocks. The BSE Sensex index was up 80 points at 54,600 levels while the Nifty50 hovered around 16,312-mark, up 30 points. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading higher, up 0.28 percent and 1 percent, respectively. Key companies like Ashok Leyland, Aurobindo Pharma, Eicher Motors, Hero MotoCorp, IRCTC, NMDC, Natco Pharma, Oil India, Page Industries, Power Finance, BPCL, and Tata Steel are slated to post their quarterly earnings today.

Manappuram Finance shares decline 15 percent after Q1 result

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Shares of Manappuram Finance slipped 15 percent at Rs 163.45 on the BSE in the intra-day trade on Wednesday after the company reported consolidated profit after tax (PAT) at Rs 436.90 crore, The company has posted Rs 368.11 crore during the previous quarter ended June 2020, up 18.7 percent year on year (YoY), but down 8 percent quarter on quarter (QoQ) for the quarter ended June 2021 (Q1FY22). The company missed street’s expectations due to lower net interest income (NII) in the first quarter of the financial year 2021-22 (April-June). Income from operations was up by 3.4 percent to Rs 1,565 crore in Q1FY22 as against Rs 1,513 crore in Q1FY21, Manappuram Finance said in a regulatory filing. The gold loan book declined 13 percent QoQ to Rs 16,500 crore and gold holdings slipped 11 percent QoQ to 58.1 tonnages. Its assets under management (AUM) hit a six-quarter low. Read more

Closing Bell: Market ends flat, Nifty at 16282.25

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
At Close, the Sensex was down 28.73 points or 0.05% at 54525.93, and the Nifty was up 2.20 points or 0.01% at 16282.30. Tata Steel was the top Sensex gainer, followed by NTPC, Power Grid, and Reliance Industries. On the other end of the table, Kotak Mahindra Bank was the top loser, followed by Bajaj Auto, Sun Pharma, and Nestle India. About 1007 shares have advanced, 2123 shares declined, and 131 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Metal index was the top gainer, up 3.14 percent, the energy index rose over 1 percent, while the Nifty Pharma index was the top laggard, down 1.5 percent. The BSE SmallCap index, which was down over 3 percent at one point during the day, ended just 0.83 percent lower. The BSE MidCap index, on the other hand, closed 0.22 percent down.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex skidded 165 points to trade at 54,390 levels and Nifty gave up 16,250 levels

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
In Indian markets, an across-the-board selloff hit Street today(11th August 2021), erasing early morning gains. At the headline level, BSE Sensex skidded 165 points to trade at 54,390 levels while the Nifty50 gave up 16,250 levels. The broader markets, too, succumbed to profit-booking. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices fell 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively. Around 300 companies including Bata India, Cadila Healthcare, Endurance Tech, New India Assurance, Antony Waste Handling Cell, Bajaj Electricals, HEG, IDFC, India Cement, VIP Industries, and Pidilite are slated to post their quarterly earnings today.

Stocks of some battery makers can jump up to 25%

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
RIL has forayed into Lithium-ion battery biz through stake buy in US company. Stocks of traditional battery makers can jump up to 25, according to analysts. 1. Amara Raja Batteries Limited Likely target: Rs 774 and Rs 840 Upside potential: 4.50% to 12% To break out on the upside, the counter needs to firmly close above the 50-days moving average (DMA), which is currently placed at Rs 740 levels. Only upon conquering the resistance, the stock may see head towards Rs 774 and then Rs 840 levels, which are its 100-DMA and 200-DMA, respectively. The current trend suggests that the scrip is making an effort to cross the 50-DMA. Read more

Coal India quarterly result

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
The country's largest coal mining company, Coal India reported a 52.4 percent year-on-year rise in consolidated net profit to Rs 3,174 crore for the quarter ended June, which was below analysts’ expectations. Profit was estimated at Rs 3,805 crore on revenue of Rs 24,400 crore for the June quarter, according to the average estimates of analysts polled by CNBC. It was Rs 2,080 crore in the year-ago period. Consolidated revenue from operations increased 36.8 percent year-on-year to Rs 25,282.1 crore in Q1FY22, with offtake (raw coal) rising sharply by 32.8 percent YoY to 160.44 million tonnes. The company also saw a sharp rise in expenses during the quarter led by raw material costs. Coal India’s consolidated total expenses in the reported quarter jumped 31.3 percent on year to Rs 21,626.5 crore. The state-owned coal mining firm produced 123.98 million tonnes of raw coal in Q1FY22, increasing compared to 121.04 million tonnes of production in the corresponding period last fiscal. Read more

Midcap and Smallcap stocks down;24 stocks freeze at lower circuits

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Today (10th August 2021) shares of mid and small-cap companies came under pressure, falling by up to 18 percent on the BSE amid profit booking. At 02:04 pm, the S&P BSE Midcap index and the S&P BSE Smallcap index were down 1 percent and 2 percent, respectively. In comparison, the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex was up 0.23 percent at 54,527 points. With today's fall, mid-and small-cap indices have corrected 3.3 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively from their respective all-time highs touched on August 4, 2021. Prior to that, the S&P BSE Midcap index had rallied 29 percent, and the S&P BSE Smallcap index had zoomed 48 percent in the calendar year 2021. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 200 points, Nifty at 16280.10

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 151.81 points or 0.28% at 54554.66, and the Nifty was up 21.80 points or 0.13% at 16280.10 after falling from record-high levels on Tuesday. Kotak Mahindra Bank, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Titan Company, Bajaj Finance, M&M, State Bank of India (SBI), IndusInd Bank were top Sensex gainers. Power Grid Corporation of India, Nestle India, Bajaj-Auto, HUL, ITC were top index losers. About 679 shares have advanced, 2401 shares declined, and 98 shares are unchanged. Barring the Nifty FMCG index, all the sectoral indices were trading in the green. Bank Nifty was up 0.58 percent at 36,238.80. Nifty Financial Services index gained 0.7 percent. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices bled 1 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex up 260 points to trade at 54,662 levels and Nifty hovering above 16,300-mark, up 60 points

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Indian equities picked pace today(10th August 2021), amid mixed global signals, propelled by gains in consumer durables, bank, and realty stocks. The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex added 260 points, or 0.48 percent, to trade at 54,662 levels while the Nifty50 index was hovering above the 16,300-mark, up 60 points. In the broader market space, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices gained up to 0.2 percent. More than 200 companies including Zomato, Coal India, Lupin, Power Grid Corporation of India, Ashoka Buildcon, Deepak Fertilisers, Eveready Industries, KIMS, Max Financial Services, Motherson Sumi Systems, and Whirlpool of India are slated to post their quarterly earnings today.

Rolex rings lists at 1250 39 percent jump over IPO price

Monday, August 9, 2021
Auto components maker Rolex Rings based in Gujarat made its stock market debut on Monday with its shares listing at ₹1,250 per share on the NSE, surging nearly 39% premium over its issue price of ₹900 per share. It rallied up to Rs 1,264.95, up 40 percent. Analysts had expected it to debut with a 45-50 percent premium. The Rolex Rings was subscribed a massive 130 times by investors last month. Rolex Rings’ Rs 731 crore IPO was a mix of fresh issues of equity shares worth Rs 56 crore while the remaining Rs 675 crore was an offer for sale (OFS) by existing shareholders. The company's price band was fixed at ₹880-900 per share. The company is one of the top five forging companies in India, in terms of installed capacity The client base of Rolex Rings consists of leading global bearing manufacturers such as SKF, Timken, Schaeffler, NEI & NRB Bearings. Read more

DoT may set up a panel for telco financial relief package

Monday, August 9, 2021
The Department of Telecom­munications (DoT) may appoint an external consultant or set up a panel to finalise financial relief to the sector. It is learnt that the department is likely to consult an external agency for the revival package that is expected to provide relief to the sector besides being a lifeline for Vodafone Idea. At the time of bringing the revival package for state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam, the Centre had sought remarks from the likes of IIM Ahmedabad and Deloitte.

Five bank stocks that can rally up to 13% from current levels

Monday, August 9, 2021
Since April 2021 the NIFTY BANK index has faced resistance at higher levels and has been unable to cross 36,000 levels, as per the weekly setup. The recent momentum, however, has propelled Nifty Bank above the said resistance and there are chances that it can see 36,750 levels in the days ahead, as per the daily chart. The overall structure of weekly and daily charts suggests a positive rally that could see Nifty Bank surpass 37,000 levels and gain more ground. The immediate support comes at 35,500 levels. NIFTYBANK Likely target: 36,750 and 37,000 Upside potential: 2% to 2.50% Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 125 points, Nifty at 16258.25

Monday, August 9, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 125.13 points or 0.23% at 54402.85, and the Nifty was up 20.10 points or 0.12% at 16258.30 ended mildly higher following a volatile session on Monday. M&M, Tech Mahindra, Axis Bank, Bajaj Finserv, and IndusInd Bank were the top Nifty gainers. Tata Consumer Products, Coal India, Adani Ports, SBI Life Insurance, and Bharti Airtel were among the top losers. Sectorally, the Nifty Metal index dipped 2 percent, followed by the Nifty PSU Bank index down 1.6 percent. On the contrary, the Nifty Bank and IT indices added 0.4 percent each. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices declined nearly 1 percent each. India VIX, the volatility index, ended flat at 12.61 levels. The newly-listed Rolex Rings share price ended 6.60 percent down from the opening price, while 29.62 percent up from the issue price.

MARKET UPDATE: Volatile markets;Sensex was trading at 54,452 levels, up 174 points and Nifty was quoting at 16,285 levels, up 47 points

Monday, August 9, 2021
Indian equity markets were volatile today(9th August 2021) amid mixed global trends. The frontline S&P BSE Sensex was trading at 54,452 levels, up 174 points or 0.32 percent, in early deals while the Nifty50 was quoting at 16,285 levels, up 47 points. Tech M, HCL Tech, UltraTech Cement, Infosys, SBI, and IndusInd Bank were the top gainers. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap index slipped 0.12 percent while the BSE SmallCap index added 0.3 percent. In the commodities market, gold slumped to the lowest since March as the prospect of higher rates makes bullion less attractive relative to other assets. Silver dropped to its lowest since November and crude oil extended last week's decline on concern the delta virus strain will hamper demand growth. Read more

Top cryptocurrency: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Uniswap gain up to 6%

Friday, August 6, 2021
Major cryptocurrencies were trading mixed on Friday after the big Etherum update. Six of the top 10 digital tokens were trading higher at 9.30 hours IST, thanks to gains in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Uniswap. The global crypto market cap declined to $1.65 trillion, about 2 percent higher compared to the last day. However, the total crypto market volume jumped 22 percent to $100.09 billion. It was a fantastic session for blue chips in cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin surpassed $40,000, Ethereum hovered around $2,800, said Edul Patel, CEO, and co-founder of Mudrex. The second-largest blockchain network, Ethereum, went through the much-awaited 'London Hard Fork' software upgrade on Thursday, which is expected to stabilize transaction fees and reduce the supply of the Ether token. The digital token reversed its losses.

RBI hints at normalising ultra-loose policy

Friday, August 6, 2021
The August review of the Reserve Bank of India’s bi-monthly monetary policy was interesting as: 1.) no unanimous voting on the policy stance 2.) more than expected revision in inflation forecast for FY22 and 3.) announcement of the variable rate reserve repo auction – an indication that the central bank has started the gradual withdrawal of the ultra-loose monetary policy that was in place since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. As expected, there was complete unanimity among all the six members of the monetary policy committee (MPC) to keep the interest rate unchanged at 4%. However, on maintaining the accommodative stance, five of the six members voted in favour. Professor Jayanth Verma disagreed. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 215 points, Nifty at 16238.20

Friday, August 6, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 215.12 points or 0.39% at 54277.72, and the Nifty was down 56.40 points or 0.35% at 16238.20 as investors booked profit after the Reserve Bank of India's monetary policy outcome. Reliance Industries was the top laggard, followed by Ultratech Cement, Tata Steel, HCL Technologies, and State Bank of India. On the other end, IndusInd Bank was the top gainer followed by Tech Mahindra, Bharti Airtel, and Maruti Suzuki India. About 1728 shares have advanced, 1400 shares declined, and 120 shares are unchanged. The metal, auto, and IT indices ended higher, while selling was seen in the pharma, FMCG, and infra names. The midcap and smallcap indices rose 0.2 percent each and ended in green

Amazon scores big win as Supreme Court says arbitration restraining Future-Reliance deal enforceable

Friday, August 6, 2021
India’s apex court on Friday ruled in favor of Amazon, as Reliance cannot go ahead with its 24,713 crore deal to buy Future Groups retail assets. The court backed an arbitrator's decision to pause the deal in the Jeff Bezos Vs Mukesh Ambani legal fight. The verdict comes as a big win for e-commerce giant Amazon in the battle for the large Indian market. The US-based company had filed pleas against the merger of Future Retail Ltd (FRL) with Reliance Retail.The Indian Supreme Court said the order by a Singapore arbitration court last year which had ruled to stall the deal between the two Indian giants is enforceable in India.Reliance Retail said a year ago it had reached an agreement with Future Group to acquire the latter’s retail and wholesaler business, as well as its logistics and warehousing business, for $3.4 billion. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex quoted at 54,600 levels, up 100 points and Nifty held 16,300-mark, up 7 points

Friday, August 6, 2021
As the RBI kept the monetary policy rate unchanged at 4 percent and continued with the "accommodative" policy stance, the BSE Sensex quoted at 54,600 levels, up 100 points while the Nifty50 held 16,300-mark, up 7 points. Sectorally, all but IT and pharma stocks were in the green. The Nifty PSU Bank and Auto indices were the top gainers, up 0.6 percent each. More than 100 companies are slated to post their numbers on Friday including M&M, Voltas, Ujjivan SFB, Tata Power, Torrent Power, SAIL, Hindalco, Indigo Paints, BEML, and BEL. Further, on Saturday Divis Labs, Bank of Baroda, Dodla Dairy, Indiabulls Real Estate, and VRL Logistics will release quarterly earnings.

SBI Life hits new high as Carlyle Asia Partners arm mulls exiting firm

Thursday, August 5, 2021
Shares of SBI Life Insurance Company rallied 3 percent and hit a record high of Rs 1,174, on the BSE in intra-day trade on Thursday after US private equity fund CA Emerald Investments, an affiliate of Carlyle Asia Partners, offloaded its entire 1.9 percent stake in the company via multiple block deals. The stock of the life insurer surpassed its previous high of Rs 1,147.95 touched on July 29, 2021. The price range for the share sale has been set at Rs 1,130-Rs 1,136.85, according to the data available. The upper end is SBI Life’s closing price on the BSE on Wednesday. At the lower end, Carlyle will be able to raise Rs 2,147 crore. BofA Securities India is the investment bank handling the share sale. The stock witnessed a surge in volumes and was trading with volumes of 19,157,312 shares, compared to its five-day average of 55,029 shares, an increase of 34,713.37 percent. Read more

To save or not to save Vodafone Idea-Government's dilemma

Thursday, August 5, 2021
If the government wants to work on the survival of the Vodafone Idea it will have to make substantial payments, as well as forego revenues in FY’23, because it will have to extend the same incentives to the entire telecom sector. According to estimates, the industry has to spend around Rs 21,000-Rs 25,000 crores for spectrum which it bought on a deferred payment basis. Vodafone Idea has asked for a moratorium for another year (FY23). If granted, the government will have foregone the installment payout for the third year in a row as it has already provided a moratorium for two years, giving telcos Rs 42,000 crore worth of relief. However, the payouts will be adjusted with interest for the remaining years of the staggered payment (16 years) scheme and this remains unchanged. Read more

Bharti Airtel headed for a multi-year breakout

Thursday, August 5, 2021
Bharti Airtel shares have traded in a broad range of Rs 520 to Rs 200 from mid-2009 till February 2020. The year 2020 saw the counter break past this consolidation range. However, the price action could not lift the volumes in the favour of the bulls. The selling pressure continued to dominate the stock price above Rs 600 mark. Now, it will be Airtel's third attempt to conquer the selling pressure in the range of Rs 630 to Rs 600 levels. And if it breaks past Rs 630, then the stock price could double and enter the 4-digit club in the medium to long-term; possibly in the next eight to 15 months, as per the monthly layout on the chart, experts say. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 123 points, Nifty at 16294.60

Thursday, August 5, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 123.07 points or 0.23% at 54,492.84, and the Nifty was up 35.80 points or 0.22% at 16,294.60 amid buying in FMCG and IT stocks and supported by firm global trends. Bharti Airtel was the top Sensex gainer, followed by ITC, Tech Mahindra, and Tata Steel. SBI, IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank, and Bajaj Finance were the top laggards on Sensex. About 1036 shares have advanced, 1933 shares declined, and 101 shares are unchanged. Nifty PSU bank index shed 2 percent, while metal index rose 1 percent, and IT index was up 0.7 percent. The BSE MidCap added 0.10 percent but the BSE SmallCap index slipped 0.43 percent. India VIX fell 2.57%.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex declined 108 points,at 54,261 levels and Nifty dipped 45.5 points to quote at 16,214-mark

Thursday, August 5, 2021
Indian equities erased gains and slipped into the red amid profit-booking. The frontline BSE Sensex declined 108 points, or 0.2 percent, at 54,261 levels while the Nifty50 index dipped 45.5 points, or 0.28 percent, to quote at 16,214-mark. Both the indices hit new highs of 54,576.64 and 16,294.65 in morning deals. Sectorally, all expect the Nifty IT index was in the red led by banking and realty counters. Individually, shares of Vodafone Idea hit 15 percent lower circuit after Kumar Mangalam Birla stepped down as non-executive chairman of Vodafone Idea (Vi) after offering to give up his stake in the debt-ridden telecommunications (telecom) company. More than 100 companies, including Adani Power, NCC, GAIL, Tata Chemicals, Cipla, Quess Corp, Indiabulls Housing Finance, and Gujarat Gas are slated to post their results.

Service activities decline for 3rd straight month in July due to Lockdown

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
The biggest sector of India's economy, Services, continued to contract for the third month in a row in July due to restrictions imposed by state governments to arrest the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic according to a widely tracked IHS Markit purchasing managers' index (PMI) survey. Business activity, new orders, and employment declined in July, according to a commentary associated with the survey. The latest data also pointed to an intensification of inflationary pressures across the sector, it said. New work intakes also fell for the third month running in July, albeit at a softer pace than in June. In addition to challenging conditions domestically, firms observed a further deterioration in international demand for services. New business from abroad decreased at a sharp pace that was little changed from June. Read more

Sensex leaps 546 pts,but investors poorer by Rs 50,000 cr.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Indian benchmark indices continued to scale new record highs today(4th August 2021) as in-line earnings and positive global cues lifted the morale. Bank and financial services stocks were in demand while others saw selling. Broader market indices ended in the red after traders booked profits. However, the volatility indicator cooled off. The return of FIIs also supported the market. The 30-share pack Sensex climbed 546.41 points or 1.02 percent to close at 54,369.77. Its broader peer NSE Nifty advanced 128.05 points or 0.79 percent to 16,258.80. Both indices closed at record high levels. However, overall investor wealth came down by Rs 49,576 crore as the total market cap of BSE-listed companies stood at 239.55 lakh crore. Read more

SBI reports highest-ever quarterly net profit of Rs 6,504 crore in Q1

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
The country's largest lender, State Bank of India shares surged more than 2 percent on Wednesday as the bank reported a net profit of ₹ 6,504 crores in the quarter ended June 2021, which marked an increase of 55 percent from a profit of ₹ 4,189.34 crores during the same period last year. This was the highest quarterly net profit reported by the lender, SBI said in the BSE filing. The profit was higher than Street’s expectations. A CNBC-TV18 poll of analysts had estimated Q1 profit at Rs 6,374.5 crore. The bank's net interest income, the difference between interest earned and expended, witnessed a growth of 3.7% at ₹27,638 crores as against ₹26,641 crore year-on-year (YoY).SBI's other income jumped 48 percent to ₹ 11,803 crores while provisions for bad loans declined 47 percent to ₹ 5,030 crores on a year-on-year basis. The bank’s operating profit surged 5.06 percent year-on-year to Rs 18,975 crore in Q1FY22, against Rs 18,061 crore in Q1FY21. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 546 points, Nifty at 16258.80

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 546.41 points or 1.02% at 54,369.77, and the Nifty was up 128 points or 0.79% at 16,258.80 hitting a fresh high for the third consecutive day on August 4 led by the banking names. HDFC, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, SBI, Axis Bank, and HDFC Bank were the top gainers. Titan, Nestle India, and Ultratech Cement were the worst Sensex performer. About 1073 shares have advanced, 2104 shares declined, and 113 shares are unchanged. Bank Nifty was up 2.33%. Except for banks, all the other sectoral indices ended in the red. both, The BSE Mid and SmallCap indices declined 1 percent each.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex zoomed 510 points to quote at 54,333 levels and Nifty at 16,270 levels, up 130 points

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Factors like ample liquidity, solid earnings by India Inc, and a conducive global mood fired up stocks on Dalal Street today(4th August 2021) with benchmarks claiming fresh record peaks for the second consecutive day. The frontline BSE Sensex zoomed 510 points to quote at 54,333 levels after hitting a new peak of 54,340.5-mark in early deals. Its NSE counterpart, on the other hand, traded at 16,270 levels, up 130 points. In the intra-day session, it hit a new peak of 16,271. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices also claimed new lifetime highs, adding 0.3 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively. About 70 companies, including State Bank of India, Titan Company, Godrej Consumer Products, HPCL, and PNB Housing Finance, that are slated to report their June quarterly result. Read more

Sensex up 873 pts at 53,823; Nifty near 16,150;investors got richer by Rs 2.4 trillion

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Benchmark indices today (3rd August 2021) recorded their sharpest intra-day gains since May 21 as better-than-expected June quarter performance by India Inc restored investor confidence in faster-than-expected economic recovery. Amid a steep rally, investors got richer by Rs 2.37 trillion, BSE data showed. The BSE barometer of 30-shares zoomed 937 points in the intra-day deals and hit a record high level of 53,888 on the BSE, led by Titan Company (up 4 percent), HDFC, IndusInd Bank, Sun Pharma, SBI, and Nestle India. It pared gains marginally and ended at 53,823 levels, up 873 points or 1.65 percent. The broader Nifty50, meanwhile, hit a new peak of 16,147 on the NSE. It ended with 246 points, or 1.55 percent, gains at 16,131 levels. A long bull candle was formed on the daily chart that indicates a sharp upside breakout of the two months' sideways range of around 15960 levels. This is a positive indication and signals more upside in the near term. Read more

These stocks are flashing bearish signals on the tech charts and can dip up to 15% from here

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices are trading at all-time high levels, with Nifty50 surging past the 16,000-mark for the first time ever. Analysts expect the market to gain momentum going ahead provided global and domestic cues remain supportive. Charts suggest the possibility of Nifty hitting the 16,100-16,150 level if the current momentum continues. But, there are select stocks that are flashing bearish signals on the tech charts, contrary to the overall market setup. These five stocks from the BSE 500 pack can slip up to 15 percent from here on according to some analysts: Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex rallies 873 points, Nifty at 16130.75

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
At Close, Sensex closed with a gain of 873 points, or 1.65 percent at 53,823.36 while the Nifty finished at 16,130.75, up 246 points, or 1.55 percent as solid buying in pharma, IT, FMCG, and financial stocks lifted benchmark indices to record highs on Tuesday. The Sensex hit its fresh all-time high of 53,887.98, while the Nifty made a fresh peak of 16,146.90 in intraday trade. RIL, Asian Paints, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Titan Company, TCS, Tech Mahindra, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finserv were among the top Sensex gainers. While Bajaj-Auto, Tata Steel, HCL Tech, NTPC, ICICI Bank were top index losers. Barring Nifty Media and Nifty Metal indices, all the sectoral indices were trading in the green. Nifty FMCG jumped 0.6 percent and Nifty IT index 0.5 percent. The BSE Mid- and SmallCap indices hit new peaks, advancing up to 0.5 percent, in intra-day trade.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex trading at 53,230 levels, up 280 points and Nifty hit fresh record peak of 15,975, up 90 points

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Indian equities rallied today(3rd August 2021), bucking weak Asian trend, amid gains in realty, FMCG, pharma, and IT stocks. The frontline S&P BSE Sensex was trading at 53,230 levels, up 280 points while the Nifty50 index hit a fresh record peak of 15,975, up 90 points. The index is only 25 points shy of the 16,000-mark. In the broader markets, too, the BSE Mid- and SmallCap indices hit new peaks, advancing up to 0.5 percent, in intra-day trade. about seventy companies are looking to release their quarterly earnings, including Adani Ports, Adani Enterprises, Bharti Airtel, Barbeque Nation, Dabur, Inox Leisure, and Tata Consumer Products. In regards to Airtel, analysts believe the company may report stable ARPU sequentially and nearly flat revenue growth. Further global cues will continue to sway market sentiments.

Relentless rally to continue for small- and mid-cap stocks

Monday, August 2, 2021
Presently the relentless rally in small- and mid-cap stocks continues as large-caps show signs of fatigue. In July, the Nifty Smallcap 100 rose 8.1 percent, extending its year-to-date (YTD) gains to 48.5 percent, while the Nifty Midcap 100 added 3.1 percent, taking its YTD rise to 33.5 percent. On the other hand, the Nifty50 remained unchanged for the month, with YTD gains of 12.7 percent. Not only are the small- and mid-cap indices off to their best start to a calendar year since 2014 but their outperformance over large-caps is at record levels. The Nifty Midcap 100 index has gained for 14 straight months, while the Smallcap 100 index has given positive returns for 13 of the past 14 months. Read more

Sale of two state-run banks differed to next year?

Monday, August 2, 2021
India’s plan to sell two state-controlled banks may get deferred to the next financial year as the government is yet to seek parliament’s nod for changes in laws required to start the transaction, according to reliable sources. The Finance Ministry hasn’t finalised modalities to seek approval from lawmakers for the sale, which leaves little time for the process to be completed this year, it is said. The government will seek buyers for two state-run banks by March 2022, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said in February, in the nation’s budget for the current financial year that began on 1st April.

HDFC Q1 results:Net profit at 3001 Crore

Monday, August 2, 2021
HDFC on Monday reported a 1.6 percent year-on-year (YoY) decrease in standalone net profit at Rs 3,000.67 crore for the April-June quarter of FY22 (Q1FY22). The company had posted a profit of Rs 3,051.5 crore in the year-ago period. The mortgage lender said its interest income stood at Rs 10,523.36 crore, down 2.48 percent from Rs 10,790.66 crore in the year-ago quarter. Total income stood at Rs 11,663.14 crore, down from Rs 13,019.29 crore. The profit number was above the market estimates, as a CNBC-TV18 poll of analysts had expected Q1 profit at Rs 2,898.7 crore. On a consolidated basis, profit after tax stood at Rs 5,311 crore as compared to Rs 4,059 crore in the previous year, representing a growth of 31 percent. The profit before tax for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, stood at Rs 3,905 crore compared to Rs 3,607 crore in the previous year. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex up 363 points, Nifty at 15885.15

Monday, August 2, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 363.79 points or 0.69% at 52,950.63, and the Nifty was up 122.20 points or 0.78% at 15,885.20 led by the auto, realty, and oil & gas stocks. Titan was the top Sensex gainer, followed by M&M, Axis Bank, Reliance Industries, and IndusInd Bank. Tata Steel, Power Grid, Tech Mahindra, and NTPC were the worst-performing stocks. About 2007 shares have advanced, 1071 shares declined, and 136 shares are unchanged. All the indices ended in the green, led by the Nifty Realty index up 5 percent, followed by the Nifty Auto index, up 1.4 percent. Both, the BSE MidCap and SamllCap indices hit record highs of 23,342 and 27,106, respectively. India VIX was up 1%.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex rallied 330 points to trade at 52,916 levels and Nifty hovered around the 15,850-mark, up 92 points

Monday, August 2, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices were up by over 0.5 percent today (2nd August 2021) mainly due to hopes of strong June quarter results, supported by a firm global set-up. Japan's Topix index rose 1.5 percent, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 0.1 percent and South Korea's Kospi index gained 0.3 percent in Asia. The S&P BSE Sensex rallied 330 points in early deals to trade at 52,916 levels while the Nifty50 hovered around the 15,850-mark, up 92 points. In the broader markets, small-cap stocks outperformed the frontline indices. In terms of sectoral rotation, investors moved away from metals towards auto stocks. Forty-nine companies HDFC, Punjab National Bank, and Varun Beverages are among the 49 companies slated to report their June quarter results today.

Tata Steel rides metal rally

Friday, July 30, 2021
The metal index has risen 10 percent in the last five trading sessions, compared with a 0.3 percent decline in the Sensex. The performance of metal stocks has been impressive since the outbreak of Covid-19. Tata Steel has been a prime beneficiary of investors’ renewed interest in metal stocks. The steel major’s share price has risen 18 percent over the past week and it has added nearly Rs 27,000 crore to its market capitalisation. The company was among the top-performing large-cap stocks on Thursday and closed with gains of 6.9 percent. Hindalco was, however, the top index gainer on Thursday and was up 10.2 percent. Read more

Sunpharma Q1 results : Netprofit at Rs1,444 crore

Friday, July 30, 2021
Shares of Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries rallied 9 per cent and hit an over four-year high of Rs 767.50 on the BSE in intra-day trade on Friday after the company reported strong results for the June quarter (Q1FY22), The Company reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 1,444 crore for the quarter ended June as against a consolidated net loss of Rs 1,655 crore in the year-ago quarter. Analysts had expected the company to report consolidated net profit of Rs 1,470 crore for the reported quarter. The company reported better-than-expected consolidated sales from operations at Rs 9,669 crore, a growth of 29 per cent over Q1 last year and 14 per cent over Q4 last year. Company reported Rs 7,585.25 crore for the same period a year ago, it added. Analysts had expected 19.5 per cent YoY revenue growth for the quarter. The management said the company witnessed a strong Q1, driven by a combination of robust core business growth, low base and some sale of Covid products. Read more

India equity deals: Cash-rich investors are set to step up the hunt for Indian firms

Friday, July 30, 2021
Cash-rich investors are set to step up the hunt for Indian firms, mainly tech start-ups, likely to benefit in the post-pandemic world, after pumping in a record $30 billion via public and private equity deals this year, analysts said. Global investors have flocked to online platforms in the country and helped swell the ranks of unicorns, or start-ups valued at $1 billion or above. The regulatory clampdown by China on its technology firms is spurring some foreign investors to turn to the world's second-most populous nation instead, analysts said. The fundraising boom in India by companies, ranging from an e-commerce platform to a food delivery app operator, comes even as the country's economic rebound, already weakened in recent months, faces risk from coronavirus variants. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 66 points, Nifty at 15763.05

Friday, July 30, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 66.23 points or 0.13% at 52586.84, and the Nifty was down 15.50 points or 0.10% at 15763 as domestic equities witnessed sharp profit booking in the fag end of the session as European stocks slipped in early trade and US stock futures hinted at a muted start on Wall Street later today. Sun Pharma, TechMahindra, Cipla, Shree Cements, and Adani Ports were the top Nifty gainers. Bajaj Finance, State Bank of India, Bajaj Finserv, and Tata Steel were the top index drags. About 1808 shares have advanced, 1352 shares declined, and 126 shares are unchanged. Bank Nifty was down 0.31%, the pharma index added 3.6 percent, while the auto index rose nearly 1 percent. However, some selling was seen in the metal and financial names. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices zoomed 0.52 percent and 0.69 percent, respectively. India VIX was down 1.16%.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex advanced 40 points to trade at 52,693 levels and Nifty held above 15,750-mark down 2 points

Friday, July 30, 2021
In Indian markets the S&P BSE Sensex advanced 40 points, or 0.04 percent, to trade at 52,693 levels in early deals today(30th July 2021)led by Tech Mahindra (up 6 percent), HCL Tech, Power Grid, HDFC, and TCS. NSE's Nifty50, meanwhile, held above 15,750-mark at 15,776 levels, down 2 points. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were trading in the red. Globally, selling resumed in Asian markets as risks of China crackdown still loomed. Japan's Topix index shed 1 percent, Hong Kong Hang Seng tanked 1.4 percent and China's Shanghai Composite index lost 0.8 percent. At the same time, Nasdaq and S&P futures were down 1.3 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively. Read more

Tech Mahindra Q1 results profit jumps 39% YoY to Rs 1,353 crore

Thursday, July 29, 2021
The IT services major Tech Mahindra reported a 39.17 percent year-on-year (YoY) jump in its consolidated net profit at Rs 1,353.2 crore for the April-June period of the financial year 2021-22 (Q1FY22) as against Rs 972.3 crore posted in the corresponding quarter last year. The Company reported Rs 1,081.4 crore in the quarter ended March 2021 which rose by 25.13 percent. The IT services major reported a 4.8 percent quarter-on-quarter rise in consolidated revenues to Rs 10,198 crore for the reported quarter, which was slightly above analysts’ expectations. The consolidated revenue from operations in June 2021 quarter grew 11.98 percent YoY at Rs 10,197.6 crore. The company had posted revenue of Rs 9,106.3 crore in the same period a year ago. Its earnings before interest and tax were down 3.6 percent at Rs 1,545.3 crore versus Rs 1,603.7 crore and the margin was at 15.2 percent versus 16.5 percent, QoQ.The dollar revenue was up 4.1 percent at $1,383.6 million against $1,329.6 million. Read more

Attractive equity markets and volatile gold prices deterrents for investment in the yellow metal

Thursday, July 29, 2021
Attractive equity markets and volatile gold prices may prove to be a deterrent for investment in the yellow metal in the second half of 2021, suggests the latest report from World Gold Council (WGC). That said, the upcoming festival season, including Dhanteras and the wedding season in the October – December quarter of 2021, WGC believes, may see an uptick in demand for the yellow metal. “Consumer investment in gold increased in the second quarter of 2021, but some investors were less bullish. Outlook for the second half of 2021 is yet uncertain, as consumer confidence and business response are subject to the impact of a looming threat of the third wave of Covid and the pace of economic recovery,” said the WGC report. But attractive equity markets and volatile gold prices may prove to be a deterrent for investment in the yellow metal in the second half of 2021. Read more

Cabinet Clears amendments for privatisation of general insurance firm

Thursday, July 29, 2021
The cabinet has approved an amendment to the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Act, 1972 paving the way for privatisation of one state-run general insurer. At present, there are four state-run general insurance companies - National Insurance Company Limited, New India Assurance Company Limited, Oriental Insurance Company Limited, and the United India Insurance Company Limited. According to reports, NITI Aayog which was to recommend suitable candidates for privatisation has suggested the name of United India Insurance to the Core Group of Secretaries on Disinvestment headed by the Cabinet Secretary. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 209 points, Nifty at 15778.45

Thursday, July 29, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 209.36 points or 0.40% at 52653.07, and the Nifty was up 69.10 points or 0.44% at 15778.50 led by IT, metal, financial stocks. Tata Steel shares were the top gainer followed by Bajaj Finserv, State Bank of India (SBI), HCL Tech, Sun Pharma, Bajaj Finance, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Infosys. On the flip side, Maruti Suzuki, Power Grid Corporation of India, Bajaj-Auto, ITC, Dr. Reddy’s, HUL, Axis Bank were among the top losers. About 1781 shares have advanced, 1170 shares declined, and 109 shares are unchanged. The metal index gained 5, while IT, PSU Bank, and realty indices rose 1-3 percent. However, the FMCG index was down 1 percent. The BSE Mid- and SmallCap indices, too, added 0.39 percent and 0.90 percent, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE: Indian markets resumed their uptrend; Sensex gained 238 points, to quote at 52,681 and Nifty at 15,780 levels, up 81 points

Thursday, July 29, 2021
Indian markets resumed their uptrend today (29th July 2021) after three days of a selloff as global mood stabilised post favourable US Fed meet outcome. Besides, reports that the Chinese Securities regulator has stepped in to assuage investor concerns over tech crackdown supported sentiment. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 238 points, or 0.45 percent, to quote at 52,681. levels in early deals, led by HCL Tech, Bharti Airtel, Tech M, Asian Paints, and Titan.It's NSE counterpart Nifty 50, meanwhile, held above the 15,750-mark at 15,780 levels, up 81 points. The BSE Mid- and SmallCap indices too added 0.54 percent and 0.65 percent, respectively. More than 90 companies, including Tech Mahindra, TVS Motors, Future Retail, Lauras Labs, PVR, Raymond, Stove Kraft, and Union Bank will announce their quarterly numbers today.

Sebi asks for ultimate beneficial owners' information in Adani firms

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
SEBI has written to the custodians of foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) owning shares in six Adani Group firms, seeking information on their ultimate beneficial owners (UBO). These funds include Albula Investment Fund, Cresta Fund, and APMS Investment Fund. A bulk of India investments of these firms is concentrated in Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone, Adani Enterprises, Adani Green Energy, Adani Power, Adani Transmission, and Adani Total Gas. Regulatory sources said the capital markets regulator is looking into the holding structure of these foreign-based funds to ensure there is compliance with Sebi regulations. Read more

Maruti Suzuki Q1 Results net profit of Rs 441 crore

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Wednesday reported a a standalone net profit of Rs 440.8 crore for April-June quarter of FY22 (Q1FY22), hit by increased tax expenses and lower sale volumes. The company had posted a net loss of Rs 249.4 crore in the year-ago period. Revenue for the quarter jumped more than four times to Rs 17,770.7 crore against Rs 4,106.5 crore in Q1FY21. On a quarterly basis, the income tumbled 26 per cent from Rs 24,023.7 crore.T he profit declined 62.19 per cent from Rs 1,166.1-crore profit reported in the March quarter of FY21 as auto sales remained disrupted due to localised lockdown during April and May.The numbers came below market expectations. A CNBC-TV18 poll of analysts had estimated the profit and revenue numbers at Rs 675.7 crore and Rs 17,929 crore, respectively, for the quarter. Read more

Sensex falls for third day; what frightens investors on D-Street?

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
In across-the-board selling by the investors, the benchmark indices tumbled for a third day while volatility shot up ahead of the US Federal Reserve outcome later today and Thursday's July F&O expiry. Overall, the BSE barometer Sensex gave up the 52,000 marks as it cracked 776 points to day's low of 51,803. NSE's Nifty50 tumbled over 200 points to 15,513. Index heavyweights HDFC twins, Reliance Industries, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, and Infosys were among the top Sensex drags. Select counters like IndusInd Bank, HUL, and Titan held their ground. Investors, meanwhile, turned poorer by nearly Rs 3 trillion. Today's (27th July 2021) fall is due mainly to a regulatory crackdown by the Chinese government. Investors worried whether the selloff in Chinese tech stocks would spread to other segments. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 135 points, Nifty at 15709.40

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 135.05 points or 0.26% at 52,443.71, and the Nifty was down 37.10 points or 0.24% at 15,709.40. Kotak Mahindra Bank, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), HDFC Bank, NTPC, RIL were among top Sensex laggards. On the flip side, Bharti Airtel surged over 5 percent, followed by Tata Steel, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finserv, ICICI Bank, Infosys among others. About 1299 shares have advanced, 1682 shares declined, and 90 shares are unchanged. Except for the Nifty Metal up 1.12 percent and IT up 0.21 percent, indices ended in the red with the Nifty PSB Index sliding nearly 2 percent. Nifty Auto, energy, and pharma sectors. too witnessed heavy selling and was down nearly 1 percent.The BSE SmallCap index underperformed the headline indices and slipped 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, BSE Midcap ended unchanged.

MARKET UPDATE: Weak global cues drag Sensex lower. All sectoral indices in red

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Bears tightened their grip on the Indian markets as nervousness in the global markets amid China's tech crackdown and ahead of the US Federal Reserve nudged investors to book profits. The frontline S&P BSE Sensex declined 515 points to trade at 52,067 levels. The Nifty50, on the other hand, gave up 15,600-mark and was at 15,592, down 154 points. Broader indices fell in line with the benchmarks as well. Globally, most Asian indices tracked a weak Wall Street finish to open in the red. Japan's Topix index fell 0.5 percent and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.1 percent although Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 1.45 percent. Read more

Tata Motors sees sharp cut in FY22 estimates due to the semiconductor shortage

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
The June quarter dealt a double whammy to Tata Motors. On one hand, India's business was hit by disruptions related to the second wave of Covid. On the other hand, its British subsidiary Jaguar & Land Rover (JLR) saw chip shortages, something which may drag its numbers for at least two quarters. Analysts are still positive on the stock, though many have cut earnings estimates for FY22 by up to 80 percent. Following the June quarter earnings, Motilal Oswal Securities has cut its FY22 EPS estimate by 77 percent, accounting for sales loss due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage.

Sell-off in pharma stocks: Sensex drops 274 points

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Weak global cues and some disappointing shows by India Inc. in the June quarter pushed benchmark indices lower today(27th July 2021), wiping off early gains. Pharma stocks were among the biggest drags. Investors grew nervous on the back of selling across Chinese markets by global funds. On the other hand, certain pockets across the broader market like textile exporters and coffee stocks posted smart gains on the back of rising coffee futures, according to an analyst. The 30-share pack Sensex declined 273.51 points or 0.52 percent to close at 52,578.76. The index fell nearly 450 points from its highs. Its broader peer NSE Nifty fell 78 points or 0.49 percent to 15,746.45. Barring Nifty Metal and Nifty PSU Bank that rose 1.46 percent and 0.38 percent, respectively, all other sectoral indices on NSE ended in the red. Nifty Pharma tanked the most at 4.33 percent. Nifty Private Bank and Nifty Realty fell about a percent each. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex climbed 153 points to trade at 53,006 levels and Nifty at 15,861, up 36 points

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Indian indices started higher today(27th July 2021), tracking a solid sentiment in global equities. The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex climbed 153 points, or 0.29 percent, to trade at 53,006 levels while the broader Nifty50 was at 15,861, up 36 points. Broader markets outperformed the frontline indices with the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices adding 0.4 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively. Sectorally, all the indices were in the green, led by the Nifty Metal index, up 1 percent. Globally, Japan’s Topix index added 0.6 percent, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.4 percent, South Korea’s Kospi index increased 0.8 percent, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng and China’s Shanghai Composite indices added 0.2 percent each. About 60 companies, including IndiGo, IndusInd Bank, DRL are slated to post their quarterly numbers today.

SBI Life Q1 results: Net profit sinks 43% YoY to Rs 223 cr

Monday, July 26, 2021
SBI Life Insurance Company today(26th July 2021) reported a 43 percent year-on-year decline in its net profit to Rs 223 crore for the quarter ended March. The company's sharp decline in bottom line was on account of additional reserves of Rs 440 crore created by the life insurers towards Covid-19 pandemic-related claims that may come up in the coming quarters. The life insurer said that there was a 1.28 times increase in the number of claims reported from the end of the previous financial year to the end of the June quarter, reflecting the devastating impact of the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic on the country. The company said that the total number of claims in the reported quarter was at 8,956, while claims net of reinsurance stood at around Rs 570 crore. Read more

Is it time to look at oil marketing companies(OMC) stocks?

Monday, July 26, 2021
Crude prices have recovered from last week's low of $67.42, although the momentum is not showing much excitement. In the meantime stocks of oil marketing companies (OMCs) are witnessing some profit-taking. Shares of BPCL and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) have declined over 10 percent from the highs touched last month. But a rebound in the last couple of sessions signals stocks could gain momentum. Here is some technical analyses of some major OMCs: S&P BSE OIL & GAS Outlook: Weak momentum at current levels The index has broken its 50-days moving average (DMA) and 100-DMA placed at 16,356 and 15,778, respectively, suggesting resistance at higher levels. The next support for the index comes at its 200-DMA, placed at 14,745, as per the daily chart. While the current momentum indicates weakness, a firm close above 100-DMA may help the index regain positive strength, following which a rally towards 50-DMA is likely. Read more

Kotak Mahindra Bank Q1 Results:Profits jumps 32 percent

Monday, July 26, 2021
Kotak Mahindra Bank on July 26 reported a 32 percent year-on-year (YoY) jump in standalone Q1FY22 net profit at Rs 1,641.92 crore against Rs 1,244.45 crore in Q1FY21, which was below analysts’ expectations. Total income during April-June 2021-22 rose to Rs 8,062.81 crore, from Rs 7,685.40 crore in Q1FY21, Kotak said in a regulatory filing Its net interest income, or core income, rose 6% over the year-earlier to Rs 3,942 crore during the period, against an estimated Rs 3,961 crore. Provisions and contingencies in the quarter declined to Rs 935 crore from Rs 962 crore in the year-ago quarter. However, the lender saw a deterioration in asset quality in the reported quarter. Other income doubled to Rs 1,583 crore. It included fee income worth Rs 1,169 crore, which rose 51% year-on-year. Operating profit for the quarter came in at Rs 3,121 crore, up 19 percent YoY against Rs 2,624 crore in Q1FY21. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 123 points, Nifty at 15824.45

Monday, July 26, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 123.53 points or 0.23% at 52852.27, and the Nifty was down 31.50 points or 0.20% at 15824.50.ITC, Tata Steel, Titan, and Reliance Industries were the top gainers on Sensex. SBI, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC were among the top drags. About 1791 shares have advanced, 1488 shares declined, and 151 shares are unchanged. Nifty Energy index gained 1 percent while bank, auto, and PSU Bank indices ended lower. However, some buying was seen on the metal, pharma, and IT names. Bank Nifty closed 0.24% lower. India VIX jumped 5.87%. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices adding 0.06 percent and 0.34 percent, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex tumbled 147 points to quote at 52,828 levels and Nifty held at 15,807 levels, down 47 points

Monday, July 26, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices started weak today(26th July 2021), in tune with the other Asian markets, dragged by financials. The headline S&P BSE Sensex tumbled 147 points, or 0.28 percent, to quote at 52,828 levels in early deals while the broader Nifty50 held above the 15,800-mark at 15,807 levels, down 47 points. Shares of RIL dipped 0.35 percent after the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 12,273 crore for the three months ended June 30, 2021 (Q1FY22), down 7.2 percent from Rs 13,233 crore posted in the same period last year (Q1FY21). However, last year's June quarter profit included an exceptional gain of Rs 4,966 crore. This will mean a 48.4 percent growth in adjusted profit after tax over last year's Rs 8,267 crore. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex slipped 85 points at 52,752 levels and Nifty tested 15,750-mark, down 49 points

Friday, July 23, 2021
Indian equity markets erased gains and traded 0.3 percent lower in morning deals today(23rd July 2021). After a positive start, the S&P BSE Sensex slipped 85 points at 52,752 levels while the broader Nifty50 tested 15,750-mark, down 49 points. The broader markets, meanwhile, were mixed. Sectorally, all except the Nifty IT and Pharma indices were in the red, led by the Nifty Realty and Bank indices, down 0.5 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. Forty-one companies, including RIL, JSW Steel, SBI Card, YES Bank, and Federal Bank will report their quarterly numbers today. Analysts expect improvement in RIL's energy margins on the back of a pickup in global demand to support the consolidated performance of Reliance Industries in the first quarter. However, the gains are also expected to be offset by the challenges in the retail and petrochemicals businesses, and a flattish show in telecom.

Drop in crude prices has a positive impact on paint stocks

Thursday, July 22, 2021
Brent Crude prices have crashed 15 percent from the peak of $77.80 a barrel level and are currently trading around $72 a barrel after recovering from the low of $67.42 hit earlier in the week. This drop in crude price has a positive impact on paint stocks. Hence, the stocks of Asian Paints, Berger Paints, and Pidilite Industries have scaled news highs in trade today(22nd July 2021). Even on a year-to-date (YTD) basis, their performance has been noteworthy with Pidilite Industries rallying 32 percent and Asian and Berger Paints up 15 percent each, data available with ACE Equity shows. The tech charts signals for some of these shares are: ASIAN PAINTS LTD Likely target: Rs 3,500 Upside potential: 11 As long as the support of the 50-days moving average (DMA) is held firmly, placed at Rs 2,958-mark, the upside sentiment is expected to surge. Read more

Sensex climbs 639 pts, Nifty tops 15,800;Signs of a strong corporate earnings season lifted demand for risky equities

Thursday, July 22, 2021
Taking cues from firm global markets, the Indian market witnessed robust momentum shrugging off concerns over the spread of Covid-19 and FII selling. Global markets continued to hold onto their gains owing to solid earnings reports and turned their focus on the ongoing European Central Bank’s policy announcement. A confirmation by Fed to continue its supportive policy in the upcoming meet despite rising inflationary pressure will be a key factor in maintaining the direction of the rally. The benchmark indices snapped their three-day losing run and closed over a percent higher today(22nd July 2021). The headline S&P BSE Sensex index closed the session at 52,837 levels, up 639 points while the broader Nifty50 shut shop at 15,825, up 193 points. The broader markets, on the other hand, outperformed and rallied over 1.5 percent higher each. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex gains, 639 points, Nifty at 15824.05

Thursday, July 22, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 638.70 points or 1.22% at 52,837.21, and the Nifty was up 191.90 points or 1.23% at 15,824 on the back of positive global cues. Tech Mahindra was the top gainer followed by Bajaj Finance, Bharti Airtel, and Bajaj Finserv. Only HUL, Bajaj Auto, Asian Paints, and Mahindra & Mahindra closed with losses. About 2131 shares have advanced, 1054 shares declined, and 128 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Metal index added over 3 percent on the NSE, trailed by the Nifty IT and Realty indices, up around 2 percent each. Except for FMCG, all other sectoral indices ended in the green.BSE midcap and smallcap indices rose 1.5 percent each. India VIX closed 10% lower.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex was at 52,619 levels, up 420 points, and Niftyhovering around 15,750-mark, rising 124 points

Thursday, July 22, 2021
Indian markets started gap-up today(22nd July 2021) amid broad-based buying, bolstered by strong gains in global markets. The frontline S&P BSE Sensex was at 52,619 levels in early deals, up 420 points, while the Nifty50 index was hovering around 15,750-mark, rising 124 points. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.9 percent in global markets, South Korea’s Kospi index increased 0.9 percent while Japan was closed for a holiday. S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures also traded firm. Forty-four companies including Hindustan Unilever, Bajaj Auto, Ultratech Cement, Biocon, Hindustan Zinc, IIFL Securities, IndiaMART InterMESH, and Wockhardt will release their quarterly earnings today.

algo trading: New trading strategy for retail investors

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Many retail investors have now begun to participate in algo trading, which was available only to institutional investors till a few years ago. The quant (the person who creates the algorithm or algo) studies historical data to come up with certain trading rules that he believes will make money. He then builds the algo, software that has those rules coded in, which then scans the market. Whe­n­e­ver the conditions that ha­ve been coded are met, it ge­nerates buy and sell signals. To access this, traders have to enroll on platforms that offer algo trading strategies, like Rain Technologies, Tradetron, Squareoff, AlgoBulls. The trader also needs to enroll with a broking firm that offers API (application programming interface) integration. An API gathers the signals generated by the trading platform and executes them in the trader’s broking account. Zerodha, Fyers, Upstox, Samco, 5paisa, among others offer API integration. Read more

Asian Paints rallies 7% after quarter 1 result

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Shares of Asian Paints rallied by 7 percent at Rs 3,178, hitting a fresh record high on the BSE in the intra-day trade on Tuesday, after the company's net profit more than doubled to Rs 574.3 crore against Rs 219.6 crore year-on-year. The Company's consolidated profit after tax (PAT) was Rs 574 crore for the quarter ended June 2021 (Q1FY21) on the back of a strong operational income. The company had posted a PAT of Rs 218.45 crore in the previous corresponding period (Q1FY20). However, the profit figure was below market expectations as a CNBC-TV18 poll of analysts had expected profit at Rs 721 crore for the quarter. Revenue jumped 91.1 percent YoY to Rs 5,585.4 crore for the said quarter against Rs 2,922.7 crore in Q1FY21.“The domestic decorative business more than doubled its volume and delivered stellar revenues over the lower base of last year, which had suffered from the first nationwide lockdown,” said Amit Syngle, managing director and chief executive officer at Asian Paints. Read more

Smallcap funds make for a good investment choice now

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Smallcap companies are those that have a market capitalisation of less than the 250th stock on the stock exchange. With economic data improving, the corporate profitability of smallcap companies can be expected to improve. Investors looking for decent returns and having a higher risk tolerance can look to invest in small caps. When it comes to mutual funds, schemes that invest at least 65% of their portfolio in smallcap stocks can be deemed as smallcap funds. There are over 4,500 smallcap companies listed on the stock exchange in India. Though they have the potential to give investors good returns, it is advisable to stay invested in them for the long term to mitigate the risks. Actively managed to smallcap funds can outperform other segments of the market, especially during phases of economic recovery or growth. Historically too, the smallcap funds have managed to outperform other segments. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 354 points, Nifty at 15632.10

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 354.89 points or 0.68% at 52198.51, and the Nifty was down 120.30 points or 0.76% at 15632.10 for the third consecutive session in July 20 dragged by the metal, realty, and financial names. Asian Paints was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Ultratech Cement, Bajaj Auto, HUL, Nestle India, Maruti, TCS, Infosys, and Bajaj Finserv. On the other hand, IndusInd Bank was the worst Sensex performer, followed by Tata Steel, and Bharti Airtel. About 1109 shares have advanced, 2056 shares declined, and 107 shares are unchanged. Among sectors, except FMCG all other indices ended lower. BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices fell over 1 percent each. India VIX gained 4.18%.

India's economic fundamentals strong, recovery underway: HDFC Chairman

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
"Owing to the second wave, the Indian economy is likely to mirror a similar trend seen in FY21, where the first half of the financial year is weaker and the second half is significantly stronger,” according to HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh. However, in terms of the overall macroeconomic environment, “the key challenge remains the unpredictability of the virus. The world is still susceptible to recurring waves of infections. Thus, economic recovery will remain uneven and patchy,” he said. There are a couple of factors working in favour of India. The foreign exchange reserves and foreign direct investment inflows are at a record high, agriculture growth is expected to remain strong with foodgrains estimated at over 305 million tonnes. RBI’s accommodative stance and government measures to alleviate covid-related stress would also help in the recovery, Parekh said.

This correction is good for the markets

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
The 725 points cut in the Dow yesterday(19th July 2021) is a reflection of the risk-off in markets globally. The rising Covid cases in the US and UK due to the delta variant, inflation concerns, and concerns about growth coming below consensus expectations, are some of the major concerns. It may be all these. The fact is that at high valuations when investors are sitting on big profits, any fear can trigger profit booking and corrections. This correction is good for the markets. In the absence of corrections, the excessive valuations will render the inevitable crash very severe and painful. A major correction is unlikely in India since we have already corrected a bit from the recent record high. Investors may opt for the safety of performing sectors with earnings visibility like IT, pharma, metals, cement, capital goods, and large financials.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex quoted at 52,351 levels, down 202 points and Nifty at 15,715, down 37 points

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Indian equity markets opened lower for the second straight day today(20th July 2021) as investors turned pessimists over the rising Delta variant of Covid-19 cases globally, fear of possible lockdown, and the impact of rising inflation on economic recovery. The S&P BSE Sensex quoted at 52,351 levels in early deals, down 202 points while the Nifty was at 15,715, down 37 points. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices were mixed. In global markets, equities fell in Japan, Australia, and South Korea on Tuesday but the drops were orderly. Japan’s Topix index fell 1%, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index fell 0.9% and South Korea’s Kospi index fell lost 0.4%. S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures, meanwhile, gained 0.4% each. Thirty-three companies, including Asian Paints, Bajaj Finance, Crisil, and Network 18 are slated to post their June quarter results today.

Analysts see Burger King India stock as a multibagger

Monday, July 19, 2021
The quick-service restaurants (QSR) are in a comfortable position to tap the growth in the Indian foodservice industry, with Covid acting as a strong tailwind, say analysts. While they expect Jubilant Foodworks, the master franchisee for Domino's Pizza in India, to be the most profitable and efficient of the lot, its expensive valuations at 177x FY21 P/E is a key concern. They, however, find more comfort in Burger King India amid expectations of swift expansion in topline and margins. Some analysts expect Burger King India to rise as much as 117 percent in the next three years. They have a target price of Rs 365 per share, assuming 25x multiple. "Burger King will enjoy an attractive opportunity for both topline and margin expansion, led by a big shift in its business model through the introduction of 'barbell' product strategy and BK Café. In addition, aggressive store network expansion and capped royalty rate will also be key drivers of EPS growth," say the experts.

Global sell-off: Investors lose Rs 1.2 trillion as Sensex drops 587 pts

Monday, July 19, 2021
Indian benchmark indices plunged today(19th July 2021) joining the global sell-off on unchecked virus surge in parts of Asia and faltering economic growth. Metal and banks were among the biggest losers on indices. The 30-share pack Sensex declined 586.66 points or 1.1 percent to close at 52,553.40.NSE Nifty dipped 171 points or 1.07 percent to 15,752.40. During the sell-off, equity investors lost Rs 1.16 lakh crore as the total market capitalization of BSE-listed companies rose to Rs 234.46 lakh crore. "Shadowing global sell-off, Indian indices slipped, succumbing to world inflation woes, FOMC meeting next week and rising covid cases. Banks led the domestic downtrend as initial quarterly results pointed to cautious asset quality due to the impact of the second wave,” said an expert. Read more

Adani shares fall up to 5% as it faces Sebi, DRI probe over compliance

Monday, July 19, 2021
Shares of Adani Group stocks fell up to 5 percent in intraday trade on July 19 after Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary said in Parliament today that the directorate of revenue intelligence and SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) are probing some entities of the Adani group about compliance with the SEBI regulations. It was not immediately clear when the investigation was launched. The minister did not name which companies were involved. He also alleged that the Enforcement Directorate is not probing companies holding FPIs based on day-to-day trading of shares. A month ago, Adani Group had quashed reports about the National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL) freezing three foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) related to the group. Adani Group CFO Jugeshinder Singh told CNBC-TV18 that it was "a malicious attempt to push a patently false story". Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 586 points, Nifty at 15752.40

Monday, July 19, 2021
At close, Sensex was 587 points, or 1.10 percent, down at 52,553.40 while the Nifty settled 171 points, or 1.07 percent, lower at 15,752.40 as potential third waves in the US and the UK, and a spike in coronavirus cases in Japan and Australia despite lockdown-like restrictions, stalled growth rally.HDFC Bank was the top loser followed by IndusInd Bank and Axis Bank. NTPC was the top Sensex gainer, followed by Nestle India, Dr. Reddy’s, Sun Pharma, ITC, and Ultratech Cement. The Nifty Bank index declined over 2 percent. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices fell 0.58 percent and 0.31 percent, respectively. India VIX closed 8% higher.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex declined 360 points to trade at 52,781 levels and Nifty started with a 100-pts cut at 15,823

Monday, July 19, 2021
Due to concerns about the impact of elevated inflation and Covid-19 outbreaks on economic prospects weighs on sentiment, Dalal Street clocked a gap-down start today(19th July 2021). The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex declined 360 points in early deals to trade at 52,781 levels while the Nifty50 started with a 100-pts cut at 15,823. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices slipped 0.4 percent and 0.3 percent in the broader market, respectively. All the key sectoral indices were in the red. The Nifty Bank index was the top loser, down 1.5 percent. Twenty-five companies including ACC, HCL Technologies, HDFC Life, Indian Bank, and Mastek are slated to post their June quarter numbers today. Read more

Paytm to be the top 10 most-valued financial stocks in India

Friday, July 16, 2021
Digital payments major Paytm will be amongst the top 10 most-valued financial (banks included) stocks in the country when it gets listed later this year. According to investment banking sources, the company is looking at a valuation of between $20 billion and $25 billion in the initial public offering (IPO). The parent company of Paytm, One97 Communications, today(16th July 2021) filed its draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India. The company is looking to raise Rs 8,300 crore by issuing fresh shares in its maiden stock market offering. The IPO will also comprise Rs 8,300 crore worth of secondary share sale from existing shareholders, including founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, China’s financial powerhouse Ant Financial and e-commerce giant Alibaba. Read more

Paytm files draft paper for ₹16,600 crore IPO with SEBI

Friday, July 16, 2021
Paytm, digital payments and financial services firm has filed a draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with market regulator SEBI, to launch Rs 16,600-crore IPO.The Paytm IPO would comprise a fresh issue of shares worth Rs 8,300 crore ($1.1 billion) and an equally large secondary share sale, the Noida-based fintech startup has told the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). On Monday, Paytm received the approval of its shareholders to raise capital through IPO, which is billed to be the country's biggest public offer of ₹16,000. "Shareholders have approved all the proposals at the extraordinary general meeting. The shareholders have approved the proposal to raise capital and the fresh issue of shares of up to ₹12,000 crore during the IPO. The secondary raise will bring the total to ₹16,600 crore," news agency PTI reported, citing a source. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex down 19 points, Nifty at 15923.40

Friday, July 16, 2021
At Close Sensex closed 19 points, or 0.04 percent, lower at 53,140.06 while the Nifty finished flat at 15,923.40.ITC, Asian Paints, RIL, Sun Pharma, Bharti Airtel, Power Grid Corporation of India, Tata Steel, HDFC were among the top index gainers. On the flip side, Larsen & Toubro, Infosys, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Axis Bank, HCL Tech, Tech Mahindra, Maruti were top index draggers. Nifty Bank index was down 0.20 percent, and Nifty IT was flat with a negative bias. Nifty Pharma, and Nifty reality, however, was up nearly one percent and the Nifty Metal index gained half a percent. The mid-and small-cap indices meanwhile, outperformed and ended over 0.4 percent higher each

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex traded at 53,215 levels, up 56 points and Nifty at 15,949 levels, up 25 points

Friday, July 16, 2021
Indian equity markets sustained their uptrend today(16th July 2021) despite the weak global trends and the benchmark indices hitting a new record high in intra-day deals. The S&P BSE Sensex traded at 53,215 levels, up 56 points or 0.11 percent while the Nifty50 was at 15,949 levels, up 25 points. In the intra-day trade, the indices touched new lifetime highs of 53,291 and15,962.25, respectively. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices advanced 0.11 percent and 0.38 percent in the broader market, respectively. Read more

Infosys hits record high; zooms 103% in one year

Thursday, July 15, 2021
On the BSE in the intra-day trade today(15th July 2021) Shares of Infosys hit a fresh record high of Rs 1,597.25, up 1.3 percent. The country’s second-largest IT services player yesterday raised its revenue growth guidance for the financial year 2021-22 (FY22) buoyed by a robust deal pipeline. The stock surpassed its previous high of Rs 1,590.85 touched on June 30, 2021. In the past year, Infosys has outperformed the market by zooming 103 percent, as compared to a 47 percent rally in the S&P BSE Sensex. Infosys now expects its revenue to grow by 14-16 percent in FY22, up from the earlier estimate of 12-14 percent. This guidance is ahead of the one-percentage-point increase analysts were estimating. The company, however, maintained margin guidance at 22-24 percent in FY22. Analysts expect Infosys to deliver another year of an ongoing guidance raise as the current one does not fully factor in strong technology demand and execution of its record high deal wins. Read more

Sensex hits record high; IT stocks extend rally

Thursday, July 15, 2021
Market bulls lifted indices to fresh record highs today(15th July 2021) as investors bought realty and IT stocks. The frontline S&P BSE Sensex index ended at a new closing peak of 53,159 levels, up 255 points or 0.48 percent while the Nifty50 index shut shop at 15,924-mark, up 74 points or 0.47 percent. The reassurance by the US Fed to keep interest rates near zero uplifted morale. IT stocks continued to be in demand while auto stocks saw profit booking. IT results out so far including that of majors like TCS NSE -0.36 % and Infosys NSE 0.25 % indicate a strong order pipeline, emboldening the companies to raise their revenue guidance to 14 to 17 percent. This augurs well for the industry and can invite further, said analysts. Read more

L&T Technology zooms 19 percent After Profit Jumps 84% In June Quarter

Thursday, July 15, 2021
Shares of L&T Technology Services (LTTS) zoomed 19 percent to a record high of Rs 3,471.95 on the BSE in intra-day trade on Thursday after the company reported better-than-expected June quarter (Q1FY22) results. The company's net profit surged 84 percent year-on-year in the June quarter as its profit came in at ₹ 117.3 crores in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal year. The technology services company's revenue from operations during the quarter stood at ₹ 1,518 crores, compared to ₹ 1,294.7 crores in the year-ago period, marking a growth of 17 percent annually, according to a regulatory filing by the firm to the stock exchanges. The company said that it could expand the margins because of levers like higher digitalization, he said adding that the quantum of work done offshore has also increased to 58 percent of the billing as against 50 percent before the pandemic. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 255 points, Nifty at 15924.20

Thursday, July 15, 2021
At Close, the Sensex closed 255 points, or 0.48 percent, higher at 53,158.85 while the Nifty settled with a gain of 70 points, or 0.44 percent, and hits fresh closing high at 15,924.20.L&T, HCL Tech, Tech Mahindra, HDFC Bank, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Infosys, RIL, HUL were among top Sensex gainers. Titan Company, Mahindra and Mahindra, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Asian Paints, ITC, Maruti were top index laggards. Nifty Realty emerged as the top sectoral gainer, closing 4.20 percent higher, followed by Nifty IT which rose 1.29 percent. Nifty Auto down 0.40 percent, media down 0.35 percent, PSU bank down 0.33 percent, and pharma down 0.27 percent. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices added 0.3 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE: sensex at 53,067 levels, up 160 points and Nifty up 41 points, to quote at 15,895 levels

Thursday, July 15, 2021
Indian benchmark indices saw modest gains on Dalal Street today(15th July 2021) amid mixed global cues. The frontline S&P BSE Sensex was at 53,067 levels, up 160 points or 0.31 percent. It's NSE counterpart, Nifty50, added 41 points, or 0.26 percent, to quote at 15,895 levels. Shares of Infosys added 1 percent in early deals as the IT major raised its revenue growth guidance for FY22 to 14-16 percent from an earlier estimate of 12-14 percent. L&T, HCL Tech, and Tech M were the other top gainer on the BSE barometer. The BSE MidCap index added 0.25 percent while the BSE SmallCap index advanced 0.63 percent. Twenty-two companies, including Wipro, Angel Broking, Tata Elxsi, L&T Infotech, and Cyient are slated to post their quarterly numbers today. Read more

Mindtree Surges 9 percent, post quarterly results

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Shares of Mindtree surged 9 percent to hit a new high of Rs 2,721 on the BSE in intra-day trade on Wednesday after the information technology (IT) consulting and services company reported a healthy set of numbers for the quarter ended June 2021. Mindtree's Q1 net profit rose to ₹343.3 crores, up reported a 61% YoY and 8% QoQ. Its revenue in dollar terms came at $310.5 million, witnessing a growth of 7.7% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) and 22.6% YoY. The IT company recorded its highest-ever order book of half a billion US dollars, a growth of 34% QoQ. The company said it is witnessing broad-based growth across industries and services and that its deal pipeline continues to remain strong. “We are pleased to report a strong start to FY22 with broad-based first-quarter growth across all service lines and industry segments," said Debashis Chatterjee, chief executive officer, and managing director, Mindtree. Read more

Top cryptocurrency prices today: Bitcoin tanks 8%

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Most major cryptocurrencies plunged today(14th July 2021) as bears continue to push prices lower. Barring US dollar-pegged coins, the top 10 traded cryptocurrencies were down up to 25 percent in the last 24 hours. Bitcoin was down 8 percent while Ethereum tanked 21 percent. Binance Coin, XRP, and Cardano were also down in double digits. Interestingly, the sell-off happened at a relatively higher volume, meaning this trend may continue for some time, said analysts. Analysts believe the upcoming Grayscale unlockings, coupled with the Taproot upgrade, is likely to lead to an increased buying by wealthy investors and BTC whales. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 134 points, Nifty at 15853.95

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
The BSE Sensex closed the day at 52,904.05, up 134 points or 0.25 percent while the Nifty settled 42 points, or 0.26 percent, up at 15,853.95. Tech Mahindra Infosys, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), and HCL Tech were among the top Sensex gainers while Maruti Suzuki, Hindustan Unilever, Nestle India, and Reliance Industries were the top index laggards. The Nifty IT index was the best sectoral index today, up 3 percent on the NSE. Barring Nifty IT, Nifty Media, Nifty Metal, and Nifty Pharma, all the sectoral indices closed in the red. Bank Nifty ended flat with a negative bias. India VIX closed in the red. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices added 0.21 percent and 0.45 percent, respectively. Zomato has subscribed 57 percent till 3:30 PM on the first day of the issue.

Wholesale inflation eases to 12.07% in June

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
India's wholesale inflation moderated to 12.07 percent in June from a record high of 12.94 percent in May amid a sustained rise in fuel and commodity prices, data released by the government today(14th July 2021) showed. Wholesale inflation came in at (-) 1.81 percent in June 2020, due to the implementation of a stringent nationwide lockdown. “The high rate of inflation in June 2021 is primarily due to low base effect and rise in prices of mineral oils viz. petrol, diesel (HSD), naphtha, ATF, furnace oil, etc, and manufactured products like basic metal, food products, chemical products, etc as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year,” an official statement said. Read more

Zomato IPO subscribed 56% on Day One

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
The Rs 9,375 crore Zomato IPO saw a strong investor response today(14th July 2021) as the issue crossed the half-way-mark by 3 pm on the first day of bidding. By 3 pm, the issue had attracted bids for 39,98,37,165 shares, which was 56 percent of the issue size of 71,92,33,522 shares. “The average order value of food delivery is consistently growing at 10 percent for last 2 years for the company with a good market share. However, Zomato's valuation at 25 times FY21 EV/sales versus 10 times for global peers and 12 times for Indian QSRs look on the expensive side." experts say. The experts are of the opinion that the listed peer group trades at hefty valuations. "Even as no profits are generated, they can sustain those market valuations based on user experience, market position and tech platforms," thry said. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex dipped 135 points to quote at 52,633 levels and Nifty hovering just above 15,750-mark, down 44 points

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Indian benchmark indices were trading lower today(14th July 2021), tracking mixed cues from other Asian markets. The frontline S&P BSE Sensex dipped 135 points, or 0.26 percent, to quote at 52,633 levels. Its NSE counterpart Nifty50, on the other hand, was hovering just above the 15,750-mark, down 44 points. In the broader market, the BSE MidCap index and SmallCap indices were up 0.06 percent and 0.32 percent, respectively. Sectorally, the Nifty IT index advanced over 1 percent while the Nifty Financial Services index dropped 0.6 percent. Nineteen companies including Infosys, 5paisa Capital, Craftsman Automation, Dodla Dairy, L&T Technology Services, and Hatsun Agro Product are slated to post their quarterly earnings today. Read more

Banks, financials lift Sensex nearly 400 points

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Bulls were in control today and market breadth was buoyant. Expectations of a good quarter for Textile exporters aided by a weak rupee kept several companies in this space buzzing through the day. Profit booking in several Largecaps & High-Quality Midcaps was witnessed. The 30-share pack Sensex climbed 397.04 points or 0.76 percent to close at 52,769.73. Its broader peer NSE Nifty rose 119.75 points or 0.76 percent to 15,812.35. Read more

Info Edge shares down 5 percent ahead of Zomato IPO launch from July 14-16

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Shares of Info Edge (India) fell almost 5 percent to Rs 5138.15 per share in intraday trade on BSE on July 13 a day ahead of the Zomato IPO's opening for the public subscription.Info Edge holds a stake of about 18.55 percent in the food delivery platform. The share sale comprises a fresh issue of shares worth Rs 375 crore and an offer for sale of Rs 9,000 crore by its current promoter Info Edge India Ltd. Total of 65 lakh shares have been reserved for employees of the company. Zomato is all set to begin its listing journey on exchanges with an initial public offer (IPO) launch from July 14, 2021, which will be open for the next three days till July 16, 2021. The Rs 9375 crore IPO has a price range of Rs 72-76 per share.

Closing Bell:Sensex gains 397 points, Nifty at 15812.35

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
At Close, the BSE Sensex closed 397 points, or 0.76 percent, higher at 52,769.73 while the Nifty ended with a gain of 120 points, or 0.76 percent, at 15,812.35 lifted primarily by financial stocks. Besides, better-than-expected Chinese export data, which pushed global stocks to record high, further lent support to the markets.ICICI Bank, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Axis Bank, Sun Pharmaceuticals, NTPC, Mahindra & Mahindra, and HDFC Bank were among the top index gainers. On the flip side, HCL Tech, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Maruti Suzuki, Tech Mahindra, HUL, TCS, and Infosys were among the top laggards. The BSE MidCap index ended flat while the BSE SmallCap index advanced 0.4 percent. Barring Nifty FMCG, IT, and Media, all the sectoral indices ended in the green. Nifty Bank index gained 1.4 percent while Nifty Financial Services gained 1.5 per cent.

Investors need to be careful reg.current excitement in small-caps

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
The global stock market rally continues unabated with the Dow, Nasdaq, S&P 500, and the pan European Stoxx 600 again setting new record highs. It looks like markets are currently ignoring valuation concerns. The fact that 583 stocks, mostly mid and small-caps were locked in the upper circuit yesterday is an indication of the frenzied retail activity in markets. These are warning signals to investors. However, the news from the inflation front is positive with June CPI coming at 6.26% against an expectation of 6.5%. This gives room for the RBI to continue on the accommodative mode further strengthening the bulls. While remaining invested in high-quality stocks investors should be careful regarding investments in small-caps, according to market analysts.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex gained 237 points to quote at 52,609 levels and Nifty held above the 15,750-mark, up 78 points

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Indian markets opened with modest gains today(13th July 2021) amid across-the-board buying. The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex gained 237 points, or 0.45 percent, in early deals to quote at 52,609 levels. The Nifty50, on the other hand, held above the 15,750-mark, up 78 points. ICICI Bank, Bajaj Finance, L&T, HDFC, and Tata Steel were the top gainers on the 30-share barometer while Tech M, HCL Tech, Bajaj Finserv, and Infosys slipped the most. Sectorally, the Nifty Realty index was leading with the most gains on the NSE. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices rallied 0.35 percent and 0.65 percent, respectively. Among these, the SmallCap index hit a fresh record high of 26,263 in the intra-day trade. Eight companies including Mindtree, Tata Metaliks, Deccan Health Care, Shree Ganesh Remedies, and WS Industries will release quarterly earnings today.

Revival uncertain, Which stock to bet on -IT, pharma or consumer stocks?

Monday, July 12, 2021
Clearly, the market has been able to take the Second Covid Wave in stride, and very strong liquidity continues to flow into the markets. In addition to that, some of the very short-term high-frequency indicators have been pretty much positive and have been in strong momentum. On the whole, the market has essentially been able to take any kind of softness in the June quarter numbers and is willing to look at the second half of this financial year and beyond. The markets probably are more in a medium-term mindset, the experts feel. Read more

Flipcart is valued now at $37.6 after raising $3.6 bn in funding

Monday, July 12, 2021
E-commerce company Flipkart Group said it has raised $3.6 billion in funding in a round led by international groups that included Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments), SoftBank Vision Fund 2, and Tiger Global. The investment values Flipkart at $37.6 billion post-money. The round also saw participation from other sovereign funds including DisruptAD, Qatar Investment Authority, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, and marquee investors Willoughby Capital, Antara Capital, Franklin Templeton, Tencent, and Tiger Global. The investment values the Group at USD 37.6 billion (about Rs 2.79 lakh crore) post-money, Flipkart said in a statement. The company, which competes with Amazon, Reliance Industries’ JioMart, and others in the burgeoning Indian e-commerce market, said it will continue to make deeper investments across people, technology, supply chain, and infrastructure to address the requirements of a rapidly growing consumer base in the country. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex ends flat, Nifty at 15692.60

Monday, July 12, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 13.50 points or 0.03% at 52372.69, and the Nifty was up 2.80 points or 0.02% at 15692.60 ends 327 pts down from the day’s high. UltraTech Cement, ICICI Bank, Maruti Suzuki, State Bank of India (SBI), Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank among the top index gainers. Bajaj Finserv, HDFC Banka, and Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) were top Sensex laggards. About 1889 shares have advanced, 1163 shares declined, and 149 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Realty index zoomed 3.6 percent on the NSE while the Nifty IT index slipped 0.4 percent. Nifty Auto indices ended in the green.The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices rallying 0.40 percent and 0.75 percent, respectively.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex up 246 points at 52,632 levels and Nifty traded above 15,750 levels, up 81 points

Monday, July 12, 2021
Indian benchmark indices started gap-up on Dalal Street today (12th July 2021), mirroring firm trends in Asia. S&P BSE Sensex jumped 246 points, or 0.47 percent, in early deals to quote at 52,632 levels. NSE's Nifty50, meanwhile, traded above 15,750 levels, up 81 points. ICICI Bank, Grasim Industries, Tata Motors, and Maruti Suzuki were the top gainers on the broader 50-share index. In the broader markets, the BSE MidCap index advanced 0.6 percent while the BSE SmallCap index added 0.91 percent. Sectorally, the Nifty PSU Bank index was ruling as the best performing index, up 1 percent. A total of 11 companies, including HFCL, Steel Strips Wheels, and Welcure Drugs & Pharmaceuticals will release quarterly earnings today.

Many Sugar stocks hit upper circuit limits

Friday, July 9, 2021
Sugar stocks created some flutter in today's(9th July 2021) session, with many stocks hitting upper circuit limits. Industry watchers said they anticipate a spike in sugar prices to Rs 36-37 per kg in the coming months. The sugar stocks have run up 2-4 times in four months, it is reported. "The sector has seen a turnaround from being cyclical to a structural growth story backed by the government's aggressive ethanol blending programme," it said. "With aggressive distillery capacity addition in India, sugar companies under our coverage should see strong earnings growth over the next three years." Dwarikesh Sugar Industries and Dalmia Bharat Sugar Industries surged 5 percent each to Rs 78.40 and Rs 475, respectively yesterday. Magadh Sugar and Energy jumped 4 percent to Rs 340, whereas EID Parry India gained 2 percent to Rs 417.70. Read more

TCS shares:Investors should stay put

Friday, July 9, 2021
In today's(9th July 2021) session Shares of Tata Consultancy Services swung between gains and losses following its June quarter results which were lower than expectations. The scrip declined over 1 percent in early trade to Rs 3,211.85 on the BSE, however, it recouped losses to trade marginally in the green at Rs 3,271.05 around 10.40 am. Analysts largely hold bullish views on the stock although they are concerned about the valuations. Most expect TCS to bounce back following a blip in the Q1 earnings show. The technical charts signals for the stock in the days ahead are as below: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Likely target: Rs 3,700 and Rs 3,900 Upside potential: 8% and 15% Read more

Macrotech Developers surges 14 percent post June quarter business update

Friday, July 9, 2021
Shares of Macrotech Developers, the recently listed real estate company, surged 10 percent to Rs 754 on the BSE in the intra-day trade on Friday, having rallied 14 percent in two days, after the company reported an 88 percent rise in its sales bookings at Rs 957 crore for the quarter ended June on strong demand despite the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. The company's sales bookings and collections from customers stood at Rs 509 crore and Rs 384 crore, respectively, in the year-ago period. However, pre-sales were down by 62 percent from Rs 2,531 crore in the March 2021 quarter. "While April and May had very limited pre-sales on account of the second Covid wave in India, June saw pre-sales of Rs 654 crore. This pick-up in June is despite some continuing Covid related restrictions in our operating markets," the management said. It added that subject to no further Covid related disruptions, the company is on track to meet its pre-sales guidance. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 183 points, Nifty at 15689.80

Friday, July 9, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 182.75 points or 0.35% at 52,386.19, and the Nifty was down 38.10 points or 0.24% at 15,689.80. Tata Steel was the top gainer, followed by Bajaj Auto, Bharti Airtel, and NTPC. On the other hand, Bajaj Auto was the top loser followed by TCS, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, and Reliance Industries. About 1693 shares have advanced, 1252 shares declined, and 107 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Private Bank index was the biggest drag, down 0.6 percent. On the upside, the Nifty Realty index zoomed 2.4 percent and metal 2 percent. BSE midcap and smallcap indices rose 0.4-0.6 percent. India VIX slipped 4%.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex fell 310 points to 52,260 levels and Nifty gave up the 15,700-mark

Friday, July 9, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices fell over half a percent in morning deals today(9th July 2021), tracking weak cues from their Asian peers. The S&P BSE Sensex fell 310 points, or 0.6 percent, to 52,260 levels and the Nifty50 index gave up the 15,700-mark. Axis Bank, indusInd Bank, and Reliance Industries were the top Sensex drags. The stock of TCS was trading 0.85 percent lower at Rs 3,229 at 09:32 am, marginally recouping the morning loss. It had hit a high of Rs 3,274 in opening trade. There is a sudden bout of negative news for markets. The elusive virus, which is foxing even the World's best epidemiologists, has again become a threat with countries like South Korea and Australia imposing fresh restrictions. However, the valuations are excessive and there is room for markets to correct significantly. 'Buy on dips' may not prove to be a good strategy now. Profit booking and increasing the cash component in the portfolio are advisable, according to analysts.

Bajaj Healthcare gains 11 percent after receiving DRDO nod to manufacture 2-DG

Thursday, July 8, 2021
Shares of Bajaj Healthcare surged 11 per cent and hit 52 weeks high of Rs 1,009.80 on the BSE in intra-day trade on Thursday after the company received a licence from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to manufacture and market "2-Deoxy-D-Glucose" (2-DG) as approved medication for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The 2-DG Ccovid-19 control and treatment drug has been developed by the DRDO laboratory's Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), in collaboration with the pharma major Dr Reddy’s Laboratories. It has already received emergency approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for use on Covid-19 patients in the country. The drug comes in powder form and retails at Rs 990 per sachet, which is taken orally by dissolving it in water. It accumulates in the virus-infected cells and prevents virus growth by stopping viral synthesis and energy production. Read more

Global sell-off, slowing growth drag Sensex 480 pts lower; Nifty ends below 15,750

Thursday, July 8, 2021
Mainly due to slowing growth and sinking Dow futures ahead of US market opening benchmark indices ended the day deep in the red today(8th July 2021), dragged by banks and metal stocks. The move was volatile as profit booking near all-time high levels continued. Fitch, meanwhile, cut India’s FY22 GDP growth forecast to 10 percent but sees revival if vaccination is rapid. Anxiety that the spread of Covid-19 variants could upend growth going forward, back-pedaled reflation trades in global markets. The frontline S&P BSE Sensex ended 486 points down at 52,569 levels while the broader Nifty50 defended the psychological zone of 15,700 to end at 15,728 level, down 152 points. The BSE MidCap and BSE SmallCap indices slipped 0.37 percent and 0.09 percent in the broader markets, respectively. Read more

Zomato prices its IPO at Rs 72-76 per share

Thursday, July 8, 2021
Major food delivery company Zomato has priced its initial public offer (IPO) at Rs 72-76 per equity share. The offer will open on July 14 and close on July 16. Investors can bid for a minimum of 195 Equity Shares and in multiples of 195 thereafter. The anchor investors will be allotted shares on July 13. The IPO is comprised of a fresh issue of shares worth Rs 9,000 crore and an offer sale of shares amounting to Rs 375 crore. It includes a reservation of 6.5 million shares for employees. At the top end of the price band, the company could raise Rs 9,375 crore and is valued at Rs 64,365 crore. The company plans to utilise the net proceeds from the IPO towards funding organic and inorganic growth initiatives. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 485 points, Nifty at 15727.90

Thursday, July 8, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 485.82 points or 0.92% at 52568.94, and the Nifty was down 151.80 points or 0.96% at 15727.90. Reliance Industries, ICICI Bank, and HDFC Bank were the top losers in the Sensex pack. Tech Mahindra was the top gainer followed by Bajaj Auto, Power Grid, HCL Technologies, and IndusInd Bank.About 1277 shares have advanced, 1648 shares declined, and 112 shares are The nifty Metal index fell 2.19%, the Nifty PSU Bank index closed 1.96% lower and Nifty Bank ended 1.39% in the red. Only the Nifty IT index ended in the green-up 0.05 percent. The BSE MidCap and BSE SmallCap indices slipped 0.37 percent and 0.09 percent, respectively. India VIX rose 11%.unchanged.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex hovered around 52,920 levels, down 120 points and Nifty gave up the 15,850 level

Thursday, July 8, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices edged lower in morning deals today(8th July 2021), ahead of the weekly options expiry. The S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 52,920 levels, down 120 points and the broader Nifty50 index gave up the 15,850 level. Hindustan Unilever, Sun Pharma, and Nestle India were the top Sensex drags. The Nifty sectoral indices were mixed, with the Nifty IT index, up 0.5 percent, leading the gainers. Read more

Titan shares dips 3 percent after June quarter business update

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Shares of Titan Company dipped 3 percent to Rs 1,717.55 on the BSE in intra-day trade on Wednesday after the watch-to-jewelry maker released a business update for the first quarter of FY22. The company recorded revenue growth of around 117 percent year-on-year (YoY), excluding bullion sales, in the April-June quarter of the financial year 2021-22 (Q1FY22), with revenue contribution of nearly 50 percent 10 percent and 40 percent coming from April, May and June months, respectively. The company’s sales were hit amid the second COVID-19 wave, which led to temporary closures of stores in key states. Jewellery division in Q1FY22 grew by around 107% (excluding bullion sales), compared to last year, primarily due to zero sales in April of last year. The watches and wearables division grew by around 280% over Q1FY21. Eye Wear division grew by around 117% over Q1FY21. Read more

Cabinet reshuffle: 43 ministers likely to take oath today

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Forty-three ministers will take oath today(7th July 2021) in the Union Cabinet expansion which includes the names of Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Pashupati Kumar Paras, Bhupender Yadav, Sarbananda Sonowal, Anurag Singh Thakur. The new set of India's Council of Ministers has been chosen with emphasis on representation, experience, and education. Multiple ministers have also resigned from their positions in the past 24 hours. Ministers who've submitted their resignation so far before the big reshuffle: 1. Union Minister Chemicals and Fertilizers Sadananda Gowda 2. MoS Consumer Affairs Danve Raosaheb Dadarao 3. Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar 4. Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank 5. Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre Read more

Cement stocks are signalling up to 16% upside

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Shares of cement companies are showing positive signals on tech charts While the S&P BSE Sensex managed to stage a new all-time high of 53,129 yesterday(6th July 2021); the overall sentiment remains tepid. The current momentum in the cement sector indicates an upside of nearly 10 percent in select stocks. Further, if the breakout is supported by volume, the sector could be in for a sharp upside in the short term. Shares of UltraTech Cement and Grasim Industries, for instance, are only a few bucks short of their lifetime high of Rs 7,055 and Rs 1,547, respectively. Even fundamentally, the outlook for the cement sector remains strong. " All key consumption drivers are showing signs of traction, which will aid the cement companies to sustain robust earnings growth. Thus, a valuation re-rating is on the cards for the cement companies in light of promising growth visibility," say some research analysts. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 193 points, Nifty at 15879.65

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 193.58 points or 0.37% at 53054.76, and the Nifty was up 61.40 points or 0.39% at 15879.70. Tata Steel, Bajaj Finserv, and HDFC were the top gainers on Sensex. Titan, Maruti Suzuki India, and Reliance Industries were the top laggards. About 1737 shares have advanced, 1372 shares declined, and 136 shares are unchanged. The reality and metal indices rose 2 percent each. All other key sectoral indices gained up to 0.6 percent each, except the Nifty Auto index, which slipped 0.07 percent. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices rallied 0.58 percent and 0.38 percent, respectively. India VIX closed 0.50 percent lower

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex hovered around 52,800 levels, down 60 points and Nifty slipped below the 15,800-mark

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices traded flat with a negative bias in early deals today(7th July 2021), amid weak global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 52,800 levels, down 60 points and the broader Nifty50 index slipped below the 15,800-mark. Titan fell over 1 percent and was the top Sensex laggard post Q1 update. Mahindra & Mahindra and IndusInd Bank were the other top laggards. All the Nifty sectoral indices, barring the Nifty Realty index, traded in the red, with the Nifty Auto index, down 0.6 percent, blee. ding the most. Read more

Tata Motors Tanks 10 percent as company flags concerns over chip shortage

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Shares of Tata Motors tanked 10 per cent to Rs 311.53 on the BSE in intra-day trade on Tuesday after its UK subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said it expects an operating cash outflow of about £1 billion, with negative earnings before interest tax (EBIT) margin in the second quarter ended September 2021 (Q2FY21), due to the supply constraints. Based on recent input from suppliers, the company now expects chip supply shortages in the Q2FY22 to be greater than in the first quarter, potentially resulting in wholesale volumes to be about 50 percent lower than planned, although it said it is working to mitigate this. We expect the situation will start to improve in the second half of our financial year, the company said.“The present semiconductor supply issues represent a significant near-term challenge for the industry which will take time to work through but we are encouraged by the strong demand we see for when supply recovers,” said Thierry Bollore, chief executive officer, JLR. Read more

Closing Bell:Sensex ends flat, Nifty at 15818.25

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
At Close, the Sensex was down 18.82 points or 0.04% at 52861.18, and the Nifty was down 16.10 points or 0.10% at 15818.30. UltraTech Cement, HDFC Bank, and Bajaj Finance were the top gainers on Sensex while Tech Mahindra, TCS, Maruti Suzuki India, Tata Motors, and Reliance Industries were among the drags. About 1557 shares have advanced, 1624 shares declined, and 121 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Bank was the top-performing index, up 0.9 percent, trailed by the Nifty Financial Services index, up 0.8 percent. Nifty Media and Nifty private bank index closed with gains. On the flip side, the Nifty Auto was the biggest loser, down 1.8 percent. The BSE MidCap index settled 0.12 percent higher while the BSE SmallCap index closed 0.26 percent lower.

Frontline equity indices turned highly volatile towards the fag-end of the session

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
The frontline equity indices turned highly volatile towards the fag-end of the session today (6th July 2021) as profit-booking in all but the financial sector dragged them in the negative territory. The 30-share BSE barometer dropped 268 points from the record peak of 53,129, touched earlier today, to settle at 52,861 levels, down 19 points or 0.04 percent. Only 11 of the 30 constituents on the index managed to end in the green led by UltraTech Cement (up 3 percent), HDFC Bank, Bajaj twins, Kotak Bank, IndusInd Bank, and Tata Steel. On the NSE, the broader Nifty50 declined 16 points, or 0.10 percent, to end at 15,818 levels. Tata Motors, down 8.5 percent, ended as the top laggard on the index after its UK subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said it expects an operating cash outflow of about £1 billion, with negative earnings before interest tax (EBIT) margin in the second quarter ended September 2021 (Q2FY21), due to the supply constraints. Read more

June GST collection falls below Rs 1 trn-mark after 8 months

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
GST collections for the month of June fell below Rs 1 trillion for the first time in months, according to the government data released today(7t6th July 2021). The gross GST revenue collected in the month of June is Rs 92,849 crore. The collection dropped below the Rs 1 trillion marks after posting above the mark for eight months in a row. GST collections moderated to an eight-month low of Rs 1.02 trillion in May. The revenues for the month of June 2021 are 2 percent higher than the GST revenues in the same month last year. The figures include GST collection from domestic transactions between June 5 to July 5 since taxpayers were given various relief measures in the form of waiver/reduction in interest on delayed return filing for 15 days for the return filing month June for the taxpayers with the aggregate turnover up to Rs 5 crore in the wake of covid pandemic second wave.

Some hot stocks to keep your portfolio cool this summer

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
So far shares of household appliances companies have seen a mixed trend during the current year. Among individual stocks, shares of Bajaj Electricals and Orient Electric have beaten the overall segment with a surge of 100 percent 50 percent, respectively. On the other hand, Blue Star surged over 20 percent before retracing, while stocks like Symphony Limited and Whirlpool have not delivered any significant return, so far. Although the overall trend in the segment seems sideways, the ongoing consolidation in some stocks may lead to a breakout, according to technical charts' observations. Read more

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex traded 60 points up at 52,940 levels and Nifty holding the 15,800-mark

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
The benchmark indices in Indian markets traded flat with a positive bias in morning deals today(6th July 2021). The S&P BSE Sensex traded 60 points up at 52,940 levels and the Nifty50 index was holding the 15,800-mark. HDFC Bank, Maruti Suzuki, and Bajaj Finance were the top Sensex gainers. The Nifty sectoral indices traded mixed, with the Nifty Realty index, up 0.55 percent, leading the gainers. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices traded 0.23 percent and 0.47 percent higher in the broader markets, respectively. Shares of cement companies were in focus on the bourses today in an otherwise subdued market with Ambuja Cement (up 6 percent to Rs 360) and JK Lakshmi Cement (up 4 percent at Rs 622.50) hitting their respective record highs on the expectation of the profitability of the sector companies remaining intact despite cost rise.

BSE Smallcap index hits new high

Monday, July 5, 2021
Shares of small-cap companies were on a roll today (5th July 2021) with the S&P BSE SmallCap index hitting a new high of 25,809 on the BSE in the intra-day trade on the back of a strong rally in telecom, agrochemicals, fertilizers, chemicals, information technology (IT), textiles and pharmaceutical stocks. The S&P BSE SmallCap index was up 0.90 percent as compared to a 0.70 percent rise in the S&P BSE Sensex and a 0.29 percent gain in the S&P BSE MidCap index. In the past one month, the SmallCap index has outperformed the other two by surging 6.4 percent. In comparison, the benchmark Sensex and the MidCap indices gained 1.4 percent and 0.28 percent, respectively. Individually, HFCL, OnMobile Global, Zuari Agro Chemicals, Grauer & Weil (India), Jindal Worldwide, Apex Frozen Foods, Accelya Solutions India, Newgen Software Technologies, and KRBL soared between 11 percent and 20 percent in the intra-day trade today. Read more

Is building a completely self-sufficient supply chain in semiconductor technology unrealistic?

Monday, July 5, 2021
American government worried these days about computer chips and China’s ambitions with the foundational technology. But a machine sold by a Dutch company has emerged as a key lever for policymakers — and illustrates how any country’s hopes of building a completely self-sufficient supply chain in semiconductor technology are unrealistic. The machine is made by ASML Holding, based in Veldhoven. Its system uses a different kind of light to define ultrasmall circuitry on chips, packing more performance into the small slices of silicon. The complex machine is widely acknowledged as necessary for making the most advanced chips, an ability with geopolitical implications. The Trump administration successfully lobbied the Dutch government to block shipments of such a machine to China in 2019, and the Biden administration has shown no signs of reversing that stance. Read more

Panacea Biotec gains 9 percent on regulator’s nod to produce Sputnik V jabs

Monday, July 5, 2021
Shares of Panacea Biotec surged 9 percent to Rs 411 on the BSE in the intra-day trade on Monday after the company announced that it has received a manufacturing license to produce Sputnik V vaccine at its Baddi (Himachal Pradesh) plant, after the first batch of the covid-19 vaccine cleared all quality-control tests at the Gamaleya Center, Russia, the company said. “Panacea Biotec is delighted to announce the obtaining of the manufacturing license to produce Sputnik V vaccine in India. On this occasion, we thank the leadership of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi Ji and Government of India for timely handholding and expediting clearances to enable ‘Make in India’ vaccines," said Dr. Rajesh Jain, Managing Director, for Panacea Biotec. Sputnik V has been part of India’s covid vaccination drive since 14 May after receiving the emergency use authorization on 12 April. Sputnik V has been registered in 67 countries globally, covering a total population of over 3.5 billion people. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 395 points, Nifty at 15834.35

Monday, July 5, 2021
At Close, the Sensex was up 395.33 points or 0.75% at 52,880, and the Nifty was up 112.20 points or 0.71% at 15,834.40 as bulls asserted control on Dalal Street. State Bank of India was the top index gainer, followed by Tata Steel, Bajaj Finserv, and Larsen & Toubro. Tech Mahindra, Dr. Reddy’s, HCL Technologies, Titan, and Bharti Airtel were the only Sensex constituents to close in Red. All, except the IT and Pharma indices, ended in the green. Of these, the Nifty Realty index was the top gainer, up nearly 3 percent. The BSE SmallCap index gained 0.87 percent and the BSE Midcap index gained 0.35 percent higher.India VIX ended in the red.

MARKET UPDATE: Sensex up 310 points at 52,800 and Nifty traded above the 15,800-mark;All Nifty sectoral indices traded in green

Monday, July 5, 2021
The benchmark indices in Indian markets rose half a percent in morning deals today(5th July 2021), tracking firm cues from other Asian markets. The S&P BSE Sensex was up 310 points, or 0.6 percent, at 52,800, and the broader Nifty50 index traded above the 15,800-mark. Bajaj Auto, TCS, and PowerGrid were the top Sensex gainers. All the Nifty sectoral indices traded in the green, led by Nifty Realty and Nifty Auto indexes, both up 0.6 percent. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices rose 0.3 percent and 0.6 percent in the broader markets, respectively.

57 stocks in the Nifty 500 index are trading in the overbought category of Relative Strength Index (RSI)

Saturday, July 3, 2021
The current momentum in the domestic benchmark indices, Sensex and Nifty, shows weak sentiment and a confused state of mind of traders and investors. Quite a few stocks are reflecting extremely bullish sentiment in their overall trend. According to analysts at the current momentum, a total of 57 stocks in the Nifty 500 index are trading in the overbought category of Relative Strength Index (RSI). This indicator analyses the impact of change in price to identify the overbought and oversold territory. Investors consider the overbought situation as the area to look for profit booking or selling stocks. Likewise, oversold condition indicates bullish entry. Read more

Asset managers worried about the steep run-up in mid-, small-cap space

Friday, July 2, 2021
The mid and small-cap indices, which underperformed large-caps until early 2020, have covered lost ground, gaining 73 percent and 104 percent, respectively, in the last year. “The economy is likely to see a cyclical upturn which makes us feel that the outlook for the broader market is likely to be good going forward. However, the euphoric rise in many poor-quality small-cap names driven by higher retail participation is a cause for concern,” say experts. On aggregate, the entire universe of Flexi cap schemes, which invest across market capitalisations, had 71.5 percent of their assets invested in large caps, 23.4 percent in mid-caps, and 5 percent in small caps as of May 31, data. Read more

NTPC plans IPO for Rs 2.5 trillion expansion of renewables business

Friday, July 2, 2021
India’s largest power generator and State-run Company NTPC has plans to list its arm NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd in 2022-23, to raise funds for achieving its ambitious target of 60 GW installed renewable energy capacity by 2032, which entails a total investment of Rs 2.5 lakh crore, a source said. The Company did not disclose the quantum of money to be raised through the initial public offering (IPO) of the NTPC Renewable Energy but said that the equity component of the firm would be around Rs 50,000 crore and rest of the requirement would be met through long-term loans, debentures, bonds and other such modes. It’s intended to enable a dramatic transformation over the next decade for a company that relies on coal to produce the vast majority of its electricity. NTPC is aiming to double generation capacity to 130 gigawatts by 2032 and slash the share of fossil fuels in that energy mix to about half from 92% currently. Read more

Chris Wood launches India-dedicated equity portfolio

Friday, July 2, 2021
In his Asia ex-Japan long-only portfolio, Christopher Wood, global head of equity strategy at Jefferies has launched India long-only equity portfolio with 16 stocks, which include marquee stocks such as ICICI Bank, HDFC, Bajaj Finance, Reliance Industries (RIL), ONGC, Maruti Suzuki India, Tata Steel, and Jubilant FoodWorks. India always had a significant representation in GREED & fear’s long-only Asia ex-Japan portfolio, launched nearly 19 years ago at the end of the third quarter of 2002 (Q3-2002). The move comes despite the Indian equities nearing all-time high levels and rich valuations. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex gains 166 points, Nifty at 15722.20

Friday, July 2, 2021
At close, the Sensex was up 166.07 points or 0.32% at 52484.67, and the Nifty was up 42.20 points or 0.27% at 15722.20. Reliance Industries and ICICI Bank were the top gainers on BSE Sensex, followed by the State Bank of India, HDFC, and Mahindra & Mahindra. Tata Steel, Power Grid, and Asian Paints were the top laggards. About 1874 shares have advanced, 1279 shares declined, and 120 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Pharma index was the top gainer, up 0.6 percent, followed by the Nifty Bank index, up 0.4 percent. Conversely, the Nifty Metal index was the top sectoral loser on the NSE, down 1.5 percent.BSE midcap ended flat, while smallcap index added 1 percent. India VIX dived 6%.

MARKET UPDATE:Indices trade flat;Sensex hovered around 52,320 levels and Nifty below the 15,700-mark

Friday, July 2, 2021
The benchmark indices in India traded flat in early deals (2nd July 2021), despite favourable global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 52,320 levels and the Nifty50 index was below the 15,700-mark. TCS, Infosys, and Tata Steel were the top Sensex laggards, while ICICI Bank and Reliance Industries gained the most. The Nifty sectoral indices traded mixed, with the Nifty Realty index, up 0.9 percent, leading the gainers. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap index was flat while the SmallCap index rose half a percent.

Bulls are in a 'fatigue stage'

Thursday, July 1, 2021
The benchmark indices (BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty) are struggling to cross their recent record levels and are in a consolidation phase, which according to analysts, is a sign that the bulls are in a 'fatigue stage'. The BSE barometer Sensex is currently trading 800 points down from its all-time high of 53,126 while Nifty50 is off some 200 points from the record peak of 15,915. While the overall trend for the benchmark indices looks positive, the current scenario is reflecting a confused state of mind among market players. In the first half of the current year 2021, Sensex and Nifty have gained 10 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Read more

Rainfall over country is most likely to be normal: IMD

Thursday, July 1, 2021
Rainfall over the country as a whole is most likely to be normal, as per IMD's forecast for July. According to IMD, monthly rainfall for July 2021 over the country is most likely to be normal (94 to 106 % of Long Period Average - LPA). "The latest global model forecasts indicate that the prevailing neutral ENSO conditions are likely to continue over the equatorial Pacific Ocean and that there is enhanced possibility of development of negative IOD conditions over the Indian Ocean during July to September 2021. As sea surface temperature (SST) conditions over the Pacific and the Indian Oceans are known to have a strong influence on Indian monsoon, IMD is carefully monitoring the evolution of sea surface conditions over these Ocean basins," the weather department said.

Vodafone Idea slips 15% after posting loss in Q4

Thursday, July 1, 2021
Shares of Vodafone Idea tanked 15 percent to Rs 8.46 on the BSE in Thursday's intra-day trade after the company reported a big loss of Rs 7,023 crore during January-March quarter as against Rs 4,532 crore in the previous quarter (Q3FY21). The revenues declined sharply by nearly 12% on a quarter-on-quarter basis to Rs 9,608 crore, much below analyst expectations of Rs 10,040.50 crore. Ebitda (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization), however, increased 2.8% sequentially to Rs 4,408 crore. Ebitda margins came in at 45.9%, a sharp increase of 660 basis points quarter-on-quarter.The company’s average revenue per user (Arpu) during the quarter declined to Rs 107 compared with Rs 121 in the preceding quarter. Average data consumption, however, rose to 13,068 MB against 12,288 MB in the previous quarter. Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 164 points, Nifty at 15680.00

Thursday, July 1, 2021
At close, the Sensex was down 164.11 points or 0.31% at 52318.60, and the Nifty was down 41.50 points or 0.26% at 15680 as new Delta and Delta plus variants of novel coronavirus push Covid-19 cases higher across the globe. Bajaj Finserv, Infosys, UltraTech Cement, Tech Mahindra, IndusInd Bank, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), HDFC Bank, Bharti Airtel, TCS were among the top index draggers. While Dr. Reddy’s Lab, Bajaj-Auto, Sun Pharma, Asian Paints, Maruti Suzuki, Titan Company, SBI were Sensex gainers. About 1632 shares have advanced, 1516 shares declined, and 118 shares are unchanged. The Nifty Auto index and Nifty Pharma ended 0.8 percent higher, PSU Bank ended in the green, WhileNifty Bank fell 0.25 percent. Selling was seen in the energy, bank, metal, infra, and IT names. The BSE MidCap index dipped 0.19 percent. However, the BSE SmallCap index added 0.32 percent.

MARKET UPDATE:Volatile market;Sensex traded around 52,480 levels, and Nifty hovered near the 15,750-mark

Thursday, July 1, 2021
The benchmark indices in India fluctuated between gains and losses in early deals today(1st July 2021), amid mixed cues from other Asian markets. The S&P BSE Sensex traded around 52,480 levels, and the broader Nifty50 index hovered near the 15,750-mark. IndusInd Bank, Infosys, and Ultratech Cement were the top Sensex laggard. On the other hand, Mahindra & Mahindra, Bajaj Auto, and Asian Paints were the top Sensex gainers. The Nifty sectoral indices were largely in the green, led by the Nifty Auto index, up 0.8 percent. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap index traded flat, while the SmallCap index ticked up 0.2 percent.

Mid-, Smallcaps outperform in first half of 2021

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Mid- and small-cap indices have outperformed the S&P BSE Sensex and the Nifty50 in the first half of the calendar year 2021 (H1-CY21) by rallying 26 percent and 39 percent, respectively. The trend, analysts believe, is likely to continue in H2-CY21 as well. The outperformance in H1-CY21 comes on the back of improved earnings and strong inflows from the foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) in Indian equities. However, good monsoon so far, gradual opening up of the economy, and the pick-up in the pace of vaccination provides support to the market. Another key mover of these two segments over the past few months has been retail investors, who according to analysts, have flocked to these two market segments after tasting success with their investments in 2020. Read more

Market may again favour the bulls soon

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
The market mood is changing towards a bull run again, according to some analysts. The major positives for the market now are the steadily declining fresh Covid cases and fast-rising vaccinations, which will facilitate the further easing of restrictions and rebound in economic activity. From the market perspective, the fact that FPIs have ceased selling and the DIIs have turned aggressive buyers are strong positives. Therefore, it is quite possible that the market may again favour the bulls and the 'buy on dips strategy' may resume. Since exports are doing well & INR has depreciated, exporters are likely to do well. In banking, the share of the private sector in credit approvals has risen above 36% which is positive for the leading private bank majors.

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex gained 100 points at 52,650 levels and Nifty topped the 15,750-mark

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
The benchmark indices in India edged up in early deals today(3othJune 2021), amid largely positive cues from other Asian markets. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 100 points at 52,650 levels and the broader Nifty50 index topped the 15,750-mark. Maruti Suzuki, Titan, and Tata Steel were the top Sensex gainers. All the Nifty sectoral indices, barring Nifty Realty, traded in the green, led by the Nifty Metal index, up 0.75 percent. In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices traded 0.2 percent and 0.5 percent higher, respectively. More than 900 companies including SpiceJet, Vodafone Idea, Dish TV India, IRCON International, and Sadbhav Engineering are scheduled to release their quarterly earnings today. Read more

10club raised $40 mn in seed funding

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
10club has raised $40 million in seed funding. The funding round was co-led by Fireside Ventures and an international investor active in the space. HeyDay, a leading player in the roll-up space, PDS international, Class 5 Global, Secocha Ventures led by Sanket Parekh, boAt founders Aman Gupta & Sameer Mehta (in their individual capacity) and several other global strategic investors participated in the funding round. The funding will primarily be used for expanding 10club’s portfolio of brands, investing in building its technology stack, and for working capital purposes. Vinay Singh, Partner- Fireside Ventures will join the company’s board. 10club partners with e-commerce product sellers in India by acquiring their businesses. The firm said it works with their teams to help them grow 10x in size. Read more

FDI in India is to pick up going ahead on the back of a strong rebound in growth

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
After a March 2020 low, the valuation of Indian stock market has become a concern now, HSBC said in their Asian outlook conference for the second half of 2021. It expects foreign direct investment (FDI) to pick up pace going ahead as the economic recovery gathers steam. “FDI in India is likely to pick up going ahead on the back of a strong rebound in growth. Any pullback in FDI, I think, will only be temporary. The government’s latest stimulus measures announced Monday are marginally positive. However, relative to the economic dislocation seen in India, the package is not very large. Most emerging markets (EMs) witnessed healthy flows for the most part of FY21 as global central banks, especially the US Federal Reserve (US Fed), remained ‘accommodative’ and pushed liquidity to help revive economic growth. Read more

S&P Global cuts India's growth forecast to 9.5% from 11%

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
S&P Global cut its growth forecasts for some of Asia's top economies including India, the Philippines, and Malaysia on Monday, offsetting upgrades to China and South Africa, and much of Latin America. The estimates, which feed into S&P's closely-followed sovereign ratings, saw India's growth projection cut to 9.5% from 11% due to its COVID-19 outbreak, the Philippines' lowered to 6% from 7.9% and Malaysia's downgraded to 4.1% from 6.2%.In contrast, China's forecast was surged up to 8.3% from 8%, Brazil's was upgraded to 4.7% from 3.4%, Mexico's to 5.8% from 4.9% while those of South Africa, Poland, and Russia were lifted to 4.2%, 4.5%, and 3.7%, respectively, from 3.6%, 3.4%, and 3.3%. "The top risk facing emerging market economies (EMs) is a slower-than-expected rollout of the vaccines," S&P's economists said in a news report, adding that the pandemic would only subside once vaccinations "reach a level consistent with herd immunity". Read more

Closing Bell: Sensex down 189 points, Nifty at 15748.45

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
At Close, the Sensex was down 185.93 points or 0.35% at 52,549.66, and the Nifty was down 66.20 points or 0.42% at 15,748.50. Power Grid Corporation of India, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Nestle India, IndusInd Bank, Asian Paints, RIL, Titan were among top Sensex gainers. On the flip side, Kotak Mahindra Bank, ICICI Bank, Tech Mahindra, Bajaj-Auto, Mahindra & Mahindra, SBI, Axis Bank were among the top index losers. About 1440 shares have advanced, 1536 shares declined, and 87 shares are unchanged. The Nifty PSU Bank, Auto, Metal, and PSB index slipped between 1 percent and 1.5 percent on the NSE While the Nifty FMCG index and Nifty Pharma gained half a percent. The BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices closed 0.42 per cent and 0.07 percent lower, respectively

MARKET UPDATE:Sensex hovered around 52,750 levels and Nifty fell below the 15,850-mark

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
The Indian benchmark indices traded flat in early deals today(29th June 2021), amid largely weak cues from other Asian markets. The S&P BSE Sensex hovered around 52,750 levels and the Nifty50 index fell below the 15,850-mark. Asian Paints, Reliance Industries, and Larsen & Toubro were the top Sensex gainers. On the other hand, HDFC Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank were the top laggards. The Nifty sectoral indices were mixed, with Nifty Private bank, down 0.4 percent, taking the deepest cuts. The broad