Private banks to levy up to Rs 150 for cash transactions

Top-three-Private-sector-banks-in-IndiaMajor private banks have begun reintroducing transaction charges for cash deposits and withdrawals at their branches in a move that is being seen as one aimed at discouraging cash transactions and furthering the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government’s digital payments drive.

Banks including HDFC Bank   , ICICI Bank   and Axis Bank    on Wednesday began charging a minimum amount of Rs 150 per transaction for cash deposits and withdrawals beyond four free transactions in a month.

ATM intercharge charges have also been re-introduced.

The charges would apply to savings as well as salary accounts effective from Wednesday, leading private sector player HDFC Bank said in a circular.

The bank would also cap the third party cash transactions at Rs 25,000 per day, while cash handling charges would be withdrawn effective on Wednesday, the circular added.

The move was seen in some quarters as aimed at discouraging cash transactions and furthering the digital payment drive.

In his Budget speech last month, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had imposed a cap on cash transactions above Rs 3 lakh, taking forward the agenda to move towards a cashless economy.

For the basic no-frills accounts, maximum four cash withdrawals would continue to remain free and there would be no fees for cash deposits.

In case of ICICI Bank, the charges are same as they were before the demonetisation move announced on November 8, while there is an increase in such fees in case of some others.

According to details on ICICI Bank website, there will be no charge for first four transactions a month in home branch while Rs 5 per thousand rupees would be charged thereafter subject to a minimum of Rs 150 in the same month.

The third party limit would be Rs 50,000 per day.

For non-home branches, ICICI Bank would not charge anything for first cash withdrawal of a calendar month and Rs 5 per thousand rupees thereafter subject to a minimum of Rs 150.

For anywhere cash deposit, ICICI Bank would charge Rs 5 per thousand rupees (subject to a minimum of 150) at branches, while deposit at Cash Acceptance Machine would be free of charge for first cash deposit of a calendar month and Rs 5 per thousand thereafter.

At Axis Bank, the first five transactions or Rs 10 lakhs of cash deposits or withdrawals would be free and charged at Rs 5 per thousand rupees or Rs 150, whichever is higher.

It could not be ascertained whether the public sector banks have also begun imposing such charges.

When contacted, a senior official said there has been no directive from the government to the banks regarding levy of such charges.

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Nifty Eyes 8150; SBI Tanks 5%, Auto & Oil Stocks Lead

Bussing stocks11:55 am Exclusive: Speaking to CNBC-TV18 from the sidelines of Pune Inc Conclave Power Minister Piyush Goyal said demonetization has huge advantages. It will take India to digital banking and make it a cashless society.

He said the government will use the money from demonetization to pump prime economy.

When asked what one should expect from the Union Budget on February 1, Goyal said ‘Good things’. He said: “The Finance Minister over the last three Budgets – July’14, Feb’15 and Feb’16 has consistently worked on a series of measures. He focused on a sustainable framework for India’s development.”

FM Arun Jaitley never tinkered with rates, minor changes but looked at structural improvements, so that India could move towards and economy, which like China sees 2-3 decades of high-level growth, said Goyal.

11:45 am Sameer Nair Group CEO of Balaji Telefilms says that new shows have a much lower margin and hopes to have 10 shows on air by FY17 end.

TV business gross margin is likely to be up 25 percent by this fiscal year, he believes.

The plan now is to get next releases of movies in the next fiscal year, he says, adding that film business will likely book profit in FY18.

Balaji Telefilms will look to air new shows on Sony, Sun TV and Doordarshan.

11:30 am Exclusive: The demonetization move by the government on November 8 seems to have put the buzzing FMCG sector on a pause mode.

Industry sources told CNBC-TV18 that top FMCG companies like HUL , Nestle India , ITC, as well as Dabur are adopting a ‘wait and watch’ mode with regards to new product launches and may defer new launches of high-end, premium products by one-two quarters.

They would look at geography specific launches to minimise the impact of demonetization, say sources, adding that the worst hit categories are luxury chocolates, premium cookies and ice-creams.

Nestle, ITC may defer launches in premium chocolate, confectionery & cookies space, and HUL, Dabur may defer product launches in premium personal care space, say industry sources.

The market has recovered from early weakness but the Nifty is almost nearing 8150. The 50-share index is up 6.80 points at 8121.10 and the Sensex is up 21.34 points at 26337.68. About 1457 shares have advanced, 652 shares declined, and 112 shares are unchanged.

Bharti Airtel, Cipla, Hero MotoCorp, BHEL and Bajaj Auto are top gainers while ICICI Bank, Wipro, TCS and Axis Bank are losers in the Sensex. SBI is down 5 percent intraday on Monday after RBI increased cash reserve ratio (CRR).

India is proving to be immune from the heavy selling in global emerging market debt, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clampdown on undeclared cash has sparked expectations of a rate cut and pushed issuers to take advantage of low yields.

Indian Railways Finance Corporation, NTPC, Vedanta Resources, Exim India and Axis Bank all rushed to print rupee notes last week to access cheaper funding.

“The debt market is very compelling,” said Killol Pandya, head of fixed income at Peerless Funds Management. “Issuers that were otherwise going to banks are approaching the bond market as banks are yet to cut lending rates.”

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Sensex, Nifty Post Biggest Loss in a Series Since Aug 2013..

Dalal Street CapitalHeight3:30 pm Market closing: Both the Sensex and Nifty posted biggest loss in a series since August 2013. The Sensex was down 191.64 points or 0.7 percent at 25860.17 and the Nifty was down 67.80 points or 0.8 percent at 7965.50. About 1345 shares have advanced, 1210 shares declined, and 171 shares are unchanged.

TCS, Bajaj Auto, Infosys, SBI and Tata Steel were top gainers while Tata Motors, Adani Ports, Axis Bank, Sun Pharma and M&M were losers in the Sensex.

3:05 pm Market Update: Equity benchmarks fell to near day’s low again. The Sensex was down 208.75 points to 25843.06 and the Nifty declined 62.85 points to 7970.45 despite positive market breadth.

About 1309 shares advanced against 1192 declining shares on the BSE.

2:58 pm Earnings: Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail’s second quarter profit increased 7 percent year-on-year to Rs 64.9 crore, supported by revenue but margin restricted the growth.

Revenue during the quarter rose 13.1 percent to Rs 1,886.7 crore, largely supported by Pantaloons business.

Pantaloons business jumped 21.7 percent year-on-year to Rs 726.71 crore with EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) at Rs 17.51 crore against EBIT loss of Rs 11.39 crore in year-ago period.

Madura Fashion & Lifestyle reported a 4.8 percent growth in revenue at Rs 1,171.3 crore but its EBIT fell 24 percent to Rs 89.52 crore on yearly basis.

EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) grew by 4.6 percent year-on-year to Rs 164.8 crore but margin contracted by 67 basis points to 8.83 percent in Q2.

2:44 pm Interview: Biotech entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has said the demonetization of high-value currency notes is an opportunity to leapfrog into a digital cashless economy, even as she called for a effective monitoring to prevent accumulation of fresh black money.

The CMD of Biocon Ltd, which was rated among the world’s top ten employers in the biotechnology industry by an international magazine recently, said she is confident that the demonetized currency would be replaced by the new notes reasonably soon.

“The objectives of flushing out counterfeit currency, illicit funding of businesses and illicit activities including extremism and terrorism and ‘havala’ transactions will certainly be achieved,” Mazurka-Shaw told PTI.

Demonetization would also serve to be a deterrent to corruption in the short-term. “However, what remains to be seen is for how long can we stave off the re-emergence of black money,” she said.

2:30 pm Demonetization risks: Economic risks faced by banks in India have increased amid deteriorating credit profile of corporate, while demonetization could hurt lenders’ asset quality in the short-term, S&P Global Ratings said today.

It said while the demonetization of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would be positive in long-term, it will have a transitory impact on growth in the short-term and could hurt banks’ asset quality.

“Bank deposits would benefit due to demonetization, though not all inflows will remain in the banking system on a permanent basis,” S&P said in a report titled ‘Banking Industry Country Risk Assessment: India’.

“The economic risks facing financial institutions in India have increased amid structural and cyclical challenges that Indian companies face,” it added.

Economic risks faced by banks in India have increased amid deteriorating credit profile of corporate, while demonetization could hurt lenders’ asset quality in the short-term, S&P Global Ratings said today.

It said while the demonetization of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would be positive in long-term, it will have a transitory impact on growth in the short-term and could hurt banks’ asset quality.

“Bank deposits would benefit due to demonetization, though not all inflows will remain in the banking system on a permanent basis,” S&P said in a report titled ‘Banking Industry Country Risk Assessment: India’.

“The economic risks facing financial institutions in India have increased amid structural and cyclical challenges that Indian companies face,” it added.

Weak Indian currency is dragging the market but the Nifty is defending crucial 7950. Traders are also cautious ahead of November Futures and Options (F&O) expiry. The Sensex is down 160.84 points or 0.6 percent at 25890.97, and the Nifty down 53.35 points or 0.7 percent at 7979.95. About 1141 shares have advanced, 1246 shares declined, and 171 shares are unchanged.

TCS , Infosys, Bajaj Auto, Wipro and SBI are gainers while Tata Motors, NTPC, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and GAIL are losers.

As weak rupee spreads panic on street, Khoon Goh of ANZ Research said rupee may depreciate another 2-4 percent. However, he does not expect it to weaken much further because the RBI has plenty of forex reserves.

NS Venkatesh, ED, Lakshmi Vilas Bank said the fundamentals of rupee are still intact and as equity market stabilises, rupee too will follow suit.

Bhaskar Panda of HDFC Bank does not see the rupee going past 69.25 to the dollar anytime soon because according to him the slide is overdone. He also does not expect the dollar index to rise further than 104 because it could impact American exports and jeopardise their Make in America programme.

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Weak Rupee Drags Market, Traders Cautious Ahead of F&O Expiry

bear_nse_bse_sensex_down_chart_board_graph_red-traders_markets_sensex2:44 pm Interview: Biotech entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has said the demonetization of high-value currency notes is an opportunity to leapfrog into a digital cashless economy, even as she called for a effective monitoring to prevent accumulation of fresh black money.

The CMD of Biocon Ltd, which was rated among the world’s top ten employers in the biotechnology industry by an international magazine recently, said she is confident that the demonetized currency would be replaced by the new notes reasonably soon

“The objectives of flushing out counterfeit currency, illicit funding of businesses and illicit activities including extremism and terrorism and ‘havala’ transactions will certainly be achieved,” Mazumdar-Shaw told PTI.

Demonetization would also serve to be a deterrent to corruption in the short-term. “However, what remains to be seen is for how long can we stave off the re-emergence of black money,” she said.

2:30 pm Demonetization risks: Economic risks faced by banks in India have increased amid deteriorating credit profile of corporate, while demonetization could hurt lenders’ asset quality in the short-term, S&P Global Ratings said today.

It said while the demonetization of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would be positive in long-term, it will have a transitory impact on growth in the short-term and could hurt banks’ asset quality.

“Bank deposits would benefit due to demonetization, though not all inflows will remain in the banking system on a permanent basis,” S&P said in a report titled ‘Banking Industry Country Risk Assessment: India’.

“The economic risks facing financial institutions in India have increased amid structural and cyclical challenges that Indian companies face,” it added.

Economic risks faced by banks in India have increased amid deteriorating credit profile of corporate, while demonetization could hurt lenders’ asset quality in the short-term, S&P Global Ratings said today.

It said while the demonetization of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would be positive in long-term, it will have a transitory impact on growth in the short-term and could hurt banks’ asset quality.

Bank deposits would benefit due to demonetization, though not all inflows will remain in the banking system on a permanent basis,” S&P said in a report titled ‘Banking Industry Country Risk Assessment: India’.

“The economic risks facing financial institutions in India have increased amid structural and cyclical challenges that Indian companies face,” it added.

Weak Indian currency is dragging the market but the Nifty is defending crucial 7950. Traders are also cautious ahead of November Futures and Options (F&O) expiry. The Sensex is down 160.84 points or 0.6 percent at 25890.97, and the Nifty down 53.35 points or 0.7 percent at 7979.95. About 1141 shares have advanced, 1246 shares declined, and 171 shares are unchanged.

TCS , Infosys, Bajaj Auto, Wipro and SBI are gainers while Tata Motors, NTPC, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and GAIL are losers.

As weak rupee spreads panic on street, Khoon Goh of ANZ Research said rupee may depreciate another 2-4 percent. However, he does not expect it to weaken much further because the RBI has plenty of forex reserves.

NS Venkatesh, ED, Lakshmi Vilas Bank said the fundamentals of rupee are still intact and as equity market stabilises, rupee too will follow suit.

Bhaskar Panda of HDFC Bank does not see the rupee going past 69.25 to the dollar anytime soon because according to him the slide is overdone. He also does not expect the dollar index to rise further than 104 because it could impact American exports and jeopardise their Make in America programme.

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Axis Bank to raise upto Rs 1,800 crore via debentures

axis-bank -CapitalHeightAxis Bank said it proposes to raise funds by issuing unsecured redeemable non-convertible subordinated debentures (Basel- III compliant Tier II debentures) (Series – 25) of the face value of Rs 10 lakh each for cash at par aggregating to Rs 1,800 crore.

The board of directors of the bank will consider the proposal to issue and allot the above securities through circular resolution.

Axis Bank Ltd is currently trading at Rs 467.65, up by Rs 1.8 or 0.39% from its previous closing of Rs 465.85 on the BSE.

The scrip opened at Rs 469.9 and has touched a high and low of Rs 471 and Rs 465.25 respectively. So far 1444359 (NSE+BSE) shares were traded on the counter. The current market cap of the bank is Rs 111,376.83 crore.

The BSE group ‘A’ stock of face value Rs 2 has touched a 52 week high of Rs 638 on 07-Sep-2016 and a 52 week low of Rs 366.65 on 18-Jan-2016. Last one week high and low of the scrip stood at Rs 503.45 and Rs 463.5 respectively.

The promoters holding in the company stood at 28.89 % while Institutions and Non-Institutions held 58.14 % and 8.78 % respectively.

The stock is currently trading below its 100 DMA.

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Live Stock Market Updates – Sensex, Nifty erase morning gain

Dalal Street CapitalHeightAt 10:10 AM, the S&P BSE Sensex is trading at 26,292 down mere seven points, while NSE Nifty is trading at 8,145 up 33 points.

The BSE Mid-cap Index is trading down 0.21% at 12,019, whereas BSE Small-cap Index is trading down 0.41% at 11,859.

Axis Bank, Tata Motors, Lupin, SBI, Bharti Airtel and ICICI Bank are among the gainers, whereas Wipro, Dr Reddy’s, Sun Pharmaceuticals, Power Grid and Coal India are losing sheen on BSE.

Some buying activity is seen in banking, auto financial services, FMCG and realty sectors, while media and IT sectors are showing weakness on NSE.

The INDIA VIX is down 6.75% at 18.1850. Out of 1,853 stocks traded on the NSE, 524 declined, 927 advanced and 402 remained unchanged today.

A total of three stocks registered a fresh 52-week high in trade today, while 16 stocks touched a new 52-week low on the NSE.

Moody’s has affirmed India’s Baa3 rating and the positive outlook but no upgrade is on the anvil.

Global cues turned weak as profit booking sets in after a week of heady gains both on the indices & bond yields. With US dollar also weakening emerging markets saw a relief rally with Brazilian index up almost 2% even as most European markets ended in the red. We could see some Asian markets also bounce from oversold territory as value buying emerges.

On the global front, all eyes will be on Janet Yellen as she speaks before congress today.

Nasscom cut growth guidance for the industry to 8-10 % in constant currency terms from 10-12%. According to the guidance, India will continue to gain market share of 7% of global software and IT services and 56% of global sourcing.

New Delhi has woken up to tremors as a 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck on the Delhi-Haryana border early morning. The first day of Parliament’s Winter session saw the Opposition launch an attack on the government for the demonetisation of high value currencies.

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Nifty reclaims 8200, Sensex rises over 300 pts; Tata Motors up

Dalal Street CapitalHeight9:30 am Downgrades:  Credit Suisse has downgraded cement stocks like UltraTech Cement, Ambuja Cements and discretionary stocks like Asian Paints, Eicher Motors to underperform and Kajaria Ceramics to neutral. It has We reverted to an overweight on IT and pharma.

Neelkanth Mishra of Credit Suisse said, “While there would be significant but short-term growth disruption from demonetisation for most sectors, for some, impact could last longer. It may take years for currency in the black market to replenish, hurting real estate volumes and prices. NBFCs, construction, cement and discretionary demand to be hurt.”

The market has seen a super strong opening after losing 1200 points in last two consecutive sessions. The Nifty is up 95.45 points or 1.2 percent at 8203.90 and the Sensex is up 257.01 points or 0.9 percent at 26561.64. About 781 shares have advanced, 134 shares declined, and 25 shares are unchanged.

NS Venkatesh of Lakshmi Vilas Bank said, “The rupee fell to a 4-month low on expectations that Trump’s policies may boost inflation in the US and lead to higher interest rates. It is expected to take cues from the equity market and also take support from balance of trade published yesterday which was favourable.”

The dollar held near an 11-month high against a basket of currencies as some stability returned to the US bond market following a vicious sell-off, helped by unexpectedly strong data on US October retail sales.

Global markets are higher as the Trump rally continues and oil rebounds.

Asian shares won the reprieve from a rally in Wall Street shares as the sell-off in global bonds and sharp gains in the dollar paused for now.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2 percent in early trade on Wednesday, bouncing back from a four-month low touched the previous day. Japan’s Nikkei rose 1.0 percent to nine-month high thanks to the fall in the yen against the dollar.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.29 percent to a record high while the S&P 500 gained 0.75 percent.

Since Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the US Presidential election last week, US shares have rallied while US bond prices tumbled, pushing up their yields sharply, as investors expect higher inflation under his presidency.

Voltas, SCI and Ramco Industries will announce September quarter results today. Oil market companies will be in focus as petrol price was  cut by Rs 1.46 a litre and diesel by Rs 1.53 per litre, reversing the rising trend of the past few weeks.

In the currency space, the dollar held near an 11-month high against a basket of currencies as some stability returned to the US bond market following a vicious sell-off, helped by unexpectedly strong data on US October retail sales.

Saudi energy minister is expected to travel to Doha, this week for meetings with oil-producing countries on the sidelines of an energy forum.

Gold edged higher, snapping a three-session losing streak, on uncertainty over the economic policies of US President-elect Donald Trump. Trump has vowed to boost domestic spending, which has the potential to stoke inflation and dent demand for non-yielding bullion, but the market is seeking more detail on his policies.

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Nifty hits 8550, Sensex over 350 pts; Sun Pharma up 3%

Dalal Street CapitalHeight9:45 am Demonetisation: I&B minister M Venkaiah Naidu asked opposition parties to not try scoring “political points” on the Centre’s move to demonetise Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes as it will help in containing inflation, making housing affordable but will hit people like unscrupulous arms dealers. “Apart from curbing corruption and black money, this will bring down inflation, land prices will also get reduced and home buyers will have happy news,” Naidu who is also the minister for Urban Development as well Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation said at a press conference here.

9:30 am Market outlook: The realty, agriculture and banking sector will greatly benefit from the surprise demonetization carried out by the government on Tuesday, says Rashesh Shah, Chairman & CEO, Edelweiss Financial Services.

There may be many difficulties across several sectors due to this move. But in the medium to long-term, India’s economy will see a deflationary trend. The sudden ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes helps the government not only crack down on black money, but also counterfeiting of currency, says Shah.

He expects global growth to remain lukewarm with periodic shocks in the global market. Although he adds that he is positive on India and says it is very well insulated from global volitility.

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The market has opened higher fueled by global market momentum. The Sensex is up 368.97 points or 1.3 percent at 27621.50 and the Nifty is up 114.80 points or 1.4 percent at 8559. About 270 shares have advanced, 25 shares declined, and 3 shares are unchanged.

Sun Pharma, ICICI Bank, Adani Ports and Axis Bank are top gainers, no stock is in red in the Sensex. The Indian rupee opened marginally lower at 66.49 per dollar versus previous close 66.43.

Mohan Shenoi of Kotak Mahindra Bank said, “Trump presidency has triggered volatility in global equity, bond and currency markets. Dollar after initial sell-off rebounded well against major currencies.”

The US dollar rose broadly against its major rivals post trump’s victory. The Mexican Peso plunged to record lows on Wednesday, losing 7.8 percent to trade at 19.79 to the dollar.

Asian shares rebounded and the dollar firmed after global markets made a remarkable comeback from the shock of Republican Donald Trump’s presidential victory, dumping safe-havens for the tempting returns of risk assets.

Analysts were more than a little puzzled by the sharp reversal after global markets plunged initially on Wednesday as Trump swept to power. The Nikkei duly recouped all of Wednesday’s 5 percent loss and more to trade up 6 percent.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.7 percent, while Australian stocks soared 3 percent in the largest daily gain since late 2011.

Investors again revised the outlook for US interest rates, with the probability of a December rate hike by the Federal Reserve going from as low as 30 percent to as high as 80 percent.

S&P 500 futures had shed 5 percent at one stage only to stand 1.1 percent higher late in the day.

S&P 500 futures had shed 5 percent at one stage only to stand 1.1 percent higher late in the day.

The Dow jumped 1.4 percent, while the cash S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both added 1.11 percent. Trading volume was the highest since June, when Britain also shocked traders by voting to abandon the European Union. The CBOE Volatility index , a gauge of investor anxiety, fell 23 percent and was on track for its biggest daily drop since late June.

Crude oil prices rose, as US financial markets bounced back from a early Brexit-like slide. Crude had tumbled as much as 4 percent early in the session, in the immediate aftermath of the US presidential election results. US crude tumbled to near USD 43, a near two-month low.

Gold held steady early on Thursday after briefly surging to a six-week high in the previous session, as global markets and the U.S. dollar showed surprise gains in the wake of Republican Donald Trump’s presidential victory.

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Live Stock Market Updates – Nifty trades below 8650

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The domestic market are trading flat as global investors remained cautious as the acrimonious US presidential election campaign entered its final week. The Bank of Japan on Tuesday held off on expanding stimulus and maintained short-term interest rate target. Market is also watching global cues, with the U.S. Federal Reserve’s meeting set to begin on Tuesday, which could provide clues on a December rate hike.

The Indian equity market opened higher on Tuesday after Chinese manufacturing gauges climbed to two-year highs and Bank of Japan kept monetary rates unchanged.

At 1:36 PM, the S&P BSE Sensex is trading at 28,009 up 78 points, while NSE Nifty is trading at 8,662 up 36 points.

The Nikkei Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) a gauge of manufacturing performance jump to 54.4 in October from 52.1 in September, indicative of a robust improvement in manufacturing business conditions in the country. Manufacturing sector growth in India hit a 22-month high in October, driven by a sharp and accelerated increase in new orders, purchasing activity and output.

The BSE Mid-cap Index is trading up 0.37% at 13,523 whereas BSE Small-cap Index is trading up 0.21% at 13,612.

HDFC, Hero MotoCorp, Tata Steel, Lupin and Adani Ports are among the gainers, whereas ONGC, Axis Bank, Infosys, M&M, Coal India and Sun Pharmaceuticals are losing sheen on BSE.

Some buying activity is seen in metal, telecom, power, utilities and basic materials sectors, while consumer durables, banking,power, IT, teck and FMCG are showing weakness on BSE.

The INDIA VIX is up 0.85% at 15.6225. Out of 1,888 stocks traded on the NSE, 760 declined, 832 advanced and 296 remained unchanged today.

A total of 115 stocks registered a fresh 52-week high in trade today, while 10 stocks touched a new 52-week low on the NSE.

Ashok Leyland Ltd is currently trading at Rs 91.55, up by Rs 0.2 or 0.22% from its previous closing of Rs 91.35 on the BSE. The company posted its total sales in October at 12,533 vehicles versus 9,803 vehicles last year. The company said October M&HCV sales were at 9,574 vehicles versus 7,176 vehicles last year. Its LCV sales stood at 2,959 vehicles compared to 2,627 vehicles last year.

PC Jeweller Ltd is currently trading at Rs 497.5, down by Rs 13.55 or 2.65% from its previous closing of Rs 511.05 on the BSE.

Nihar Info Global Ltd advanced 1.6%. The company has received the Purchase Orders from My Home Constructions, Rain Industries and Pamidi RSB Build Tech in the last ten days.

Eicher Motors jumped 3% after the company reported a 33% increase in total sales in October 2016 at 59,127 units as against 44,522 units in the same month last year. During October 2016, the number of motorcycle units exported, increased by 95% to 748 units from 384 units in October 2015.

Strides Shasun Limited gained 1% after the company announced that it has received approval from the United States Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) for Abacavir Tablets USP, 300 mg.

Maruti Suzuki dropped 0.32% to Rs 5,880 after its sales dipped in the month of October. The company sold 1,33,793 units in October compared to 1,34,209 vehicles in October 2015.

BGR Energy Systems soared 5.3% after the company has been awarded the Balance of Plant (BoP) Contract from TANGEDCO for 1×800 MW North Chennai Thermal Power Project – Stage III. BGR Energy secured this contract in an International  competitive bidding which witnessed stiff competition. The value of the contract is Rs 2,600 crore The contract completion period is 36 months from the date of award.

Allcargo Logistics rose 1% to Rs 191 after the company said its board will meet on 7 November 2016, to consider a proposal for buyback of the equity shares of the company.

Sical Logistics gained 2% to Rs 222.10 after the company securing contract from West Bengal Power Distribution Corporation.

Kitex Garments tanked 10.4% to Rs 458 on BSE after net profit fell 52.4% to Rs 12.92 crore on 20.5% decline in net sales to Rs 95.55 crore in Q2 September 2016 over Q2 September 2015.

Bharti Infratel zoomed 2%. KKR and pension giant Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) are in talks with Bharti Airtel to acquire a significant stake in its listed tower arm Bharti Infratel, as per media reports.

Reliance Industries is trading marginally higher on the BSE. The Directorate General of Hydrocarbons is understood to have computed the penalty payable by Reliance Industries (RIL) for exploiting natural gas that migrated to its KG-D6 block from ONGC’s adjacent asset at upwards of $1 bn, as per media reports.

NBCC inched up 1% after the government will engage state-run construction company NBCC to monetise around 771 acre of prime land held by erstwhile VSNL, a company that the government had sold to the Tata group in 2002 as part of its asset-sale programme.

ONGC slipped 1% to Rs 287.  ONGC Videsh Ltd, the overseas arm of state-owned ONGC, has completed the acquisition of additional 11% interest in Russia’s Vankor oilfield, taking its total stake to 26%.

Karnataka Bank is trading lower by 0.57% on the BSE. The bank informed the BSE that the board of directors at its meeting held on Friday finalised the right issue opening and issue closing dates. The issue opens on November 7, and closes on November 21. Last date for request of split application form is November 15.

Ujaas Energy climbed 13.8%. The company reported a net profit of Rs 9.7 crore for the quarter ended September 30 compared with Rs 3.3 crore reported in the year-ago period.

Heritage Foods slipped 2.4%. The company said it would acquire the dairy business of Reliance Retail through a slump sale. The company has executed a binding agreement for the acquisition. The proposed transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other conditions and procedures that are customary for similar transactions, Heritage Foods said in a BSE filing.

Avanti Feeds gained 2% after the company reported its consolidated net revenue for Q2 of FY17 was 34% higher YoY at Rs 713 crore. However, reported Ebitda fell by 11% YoY to Rs 56 crore and Ebitda margins shrank 397 bps YoY to 7.9%.

The rupee opened higher by seven paise at 66.72/$ as against the previous close of 66.79/$.

Asian markets opened on a weak note following the US indices which closed marginally in the red after very range bound trade. Uncertainty on the US elections which are due next week coupled with rise in bond yields kept sentiment weak. The only exception continues to be Brazil & Russia where the indices continue to tread higher with more money chasing growth as economies see better times ahead. Mutual Funds pumped in net Rs. 8,106 crore, foreign funds pulled out more than Rs. 10,000 crore in October; a bulk of the withdrawals was in debt.

The dollar has weakened. China’s manufacturing sector saw its fastest pace of expansion in recent years as Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) moved higher to 51.2 in October.

Crude oil prices, which were subdued for weeks rose marginally on expectations of some consensus among OPEC members in managing production. The email saga may be haunting Clinton but polls suggest she is still ahead in the race for US President. The Bank of Japan maintained status quo on rates. Fed outcome tomorrow will be eyed though nothing much is expected ahead of US presidential elections.

India’s core sectors grew 5% in September driven by strong growth in the steel and petroleum products sectors. The growth in the Index of Eight Core Industries is stronger than the 3.2% rise in August.

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Sensex falls over 250 points ahead of Oct F&O Expiry

stock market downThe Indian stock market closed down for the second straight day, dragged lower by financial stocks such as Axis Bank after the lender reported a quarterly profit slump and on the back of muted second quarter earnings by some companies.

Besides banks, Tata Group stocks extended their fall after the abrupt ouster of Chairman Cyrus Mistry on Monday, lower global crude oil prices and dampened sentiment ahead of the October month F&O expiry on Thursday.

Among the 50-stocks of Nifty, Idea Cellular, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Hero MotoCorp, Bharti Airtel, Maruti Suzuki and HUL were among the gainers on NSE, whereas Axis Bank, Tata Motors DVR, Tata Steel, Tata Motors, ICICI Bank, Bharti Infratel and Tech Mahindra were among the losers today.

Finally, the BSE Sensex ended with a loss of 255 points at 27,837. The BSE Sensex opened at 28,051, touched an intra-day high of 28,050.55 and low of 27,760.

The NSE Nifty closed with a loss of 76 points at 8,615. The NSE Nifty opened at 8,657 hitting a high of 8,657.30 and low of 8,597.

Heavy selling pressure was witnessed in banking, metal, financial, industrial, pharma, and power stocks, while telecom and consumer durables stocks were among the gainers.

On the economy front, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman expressed disappointment at India’s rank remaining low on the ease of doing business front. The efforts and reforms undertaken by the Centre and states have not been adequately captured in the ranking released by the World Bank, Nirmala Sitharaman said.

On the global front, Asian markets closed in red. The Nikkei 225 closed marginally higher. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index and Shanghai Composite index closed in red.

European markets were trading in red on Wednesday, as oil prices extended losses and investors digested a slew of mixed earnings reports. The FTSE 100 and the CAC 40 were trading lower by 2% each. DAX slipped 1.02%.

The India VIX (Volatility) index was down 0.20% at 14.4525. Out of 1,481 stocks traded on the NSE, 982 declined and 457 advanced today.

The rupee was trading up one paise at 66.82 per US dollar.

Axis Bank tanked 8% to Rs 486 on the BSE. The bank has posted a net profit of Rs 319 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 as compared to Rs 1915.6 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Cadila Healthcare dropped 4.8% after the pharma company posted a net profit after taxes, Minority Interest & Share of Profit/Loss of Associates of Rs 338 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 as compared to Rs 475 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Suzlon Energy gained 0.48% after the company signed a Share Subscription and Shareholders’ Agreement with Ostro Energy Private Limited for setting-up of a solar power project under Prathamesh Solarfarms Limited, presently a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, and eventually sale of Prathamesh.

Navneet Education inched up 1% at Rs 110 on the BSE. The company announced the acquisition of Chicago-based Britannica’s Indian curriculum business. Under the agreement, the current Britannica business unit will become an independent company with Navneet.

ITC Ltd closed marginally higher on the BSE. The company posted a net profit of Rs 2,500 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 as compared to Rs 2,262.5 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Bharti Airtel Ltd zoomed 2%. The company has posted a net profit of Rs 1460 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 as compared to Rs 1536 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

A total of 102 stocks registered a fresh 52-week high in trade today, whereas seven stocks touched a new 52-week low on the NSE.

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