Live Stock Market Updates – Nifty holds 8,100 mark; Bharti Airtel up 4.6%

nse-buildingThe domestic market are trading flat due to lack of directional cues from global markets.The Indian stock market has opened in red as the Sensex is down 118.97 points, while the Nifty50 is down 39.25 points. Banking stocks slip in opening trade after RBI hikes CRR on incremental deposits. The central bank hopes to curtail surging banking system liquidity that risks stocking inflation.

At 1:24 PM, the S&P BSE Sensex is trading at 26,333, up 17 points, while NSE Nifty is trading at 8,136 up 22 points. Out of 1,889 stocks traded on the NSE, 400 declined, 1,150 advanced and 339 remained unchanged today.

A total of 17 stocks registered a fresh 52-week high in trade today, while 13 stocks touched a new 52-week low on the NSE.

The BSE Mid-cap Index is trading up 0.69% at 12,267, whereas BSE Small-cap Index is trading up 0.82% at 12,127.

Power Grid, BPCL, Idea Cellular, Bharti Airtel and Hero MotoCorp are among the gainers, whereas Bank of Baroda, ICICI Bank, SBI, Wipro and TCS are losing sheen on BSE.

Some buying activity is seen in media, metal, auto, pharma and IT sectors, while PSU Bank, Bank Nifty and Private Bank are showing weakness on NSE.

The INDIA VIX is down 2.01% at 17.2575.

Suzlon Energy has secured a fourth consecutive order for 50.40MW wind power project from a business house. The project consists of 24 units of S95 90m tubular tower with rated capacity of 2.1 MW. Located in the district of Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, the project is scheduled for completion in March 2017. The stock is currently trading at Rs 14.87, up by Rs 0.29 or 1.99% from its previous closing of Rs 14.58 on the BSE.

ICICI Bank Ltd is currently trading at Rs 255.1, down by Rs 4.75 or 1.83% from its previous closing of Rs 259.85 on the BSE. Around 21.3 lakh shares were traded in a single block.

Thirumalai Chemicals reported a net profit of Rs 37 crore for the first half of financial year 2017 as against a profit of Rs 4 crore a year ago. The stock is currently trading at Rs 719.05, up by Rs 34.2 or 4.99% from its previous closing of Rs 684.85 on the BSE.

Amtek Auto Ltd has informed BSE that a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company meeting will be held on November 30, to consider the proposal of infusion of fresh equity by the new investors and restructuring of the Company as proposed by investors.

Cipla rose 1.6%. Cipla Ltd is in discussions to sell Cipla Vet, its animal health division, as per media report. According to the report, the company hired global investment bank Rothschild to find potential buyers.

Shares of airline stocks rose on Monday as uncertainty over the deal to cut output by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries at a meeting on Wednesday pushed oil prices down. SpiceJet reported a rise of 103% in its net profit for the second quarter of 2016-17. The company’s Q2 net profit stood at Rs 58.9 crore from Rs 29 crore reported in the corresponding quarter of 2015-16.

Ashok Leyland inched up 1.2%. Ashok Leyland has completed the acquisition of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.’s stake in each of the three joint ventures formed between the two companies.

Aurobindo Pharma is trading lower at Rs 736. Arrow Generiques SAS, the French subsidiary of Aurobindo Pharma, has signed an agreement to acquire select commercial products in France from Teva.

BEML zoomed 2.5%. The company reported standalone net loss narrowed to Rs 16.6 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, 2016, against that of Rs 24.6 crore in the corresponding quarter of previous fiscal.

Strides Shasun gained 1%. Strides Shasun’s wholly owned subsidiary Strides Arcolab International, UK has entered into an agreement with Moberg Pharma, Sweden to acquire the ‘PediaCare’ brand for a total consideration of $5 million plus inventory value at closing.

Hathway Cable & Datacom slipped 2.6%. The company has reported a net loss of Rs 40 crore for the quarter under review as compared to a net loss of Rs 32 crore for the same quarter in the previous year.

The BSE Oil and Gas index is trading up 1.6% or 190 points at 11,943 as against the previous close of 11,753.

The BSE Oil and Gas index opened at and hit a high of 11,953.45 and a low of 11,705. The oil stocks are trading higher as international oil prices decline after a planned meeting today between OPEC and non-OPEC producers was canceled.

Oil rebounds from 2% losses as OPEC embarks on a last-ditch diplomatic push to reach a production cut and will meet in Vienna on Wednesday; a meeting with non-OPEC producers today was canceled after Saudi Arabia decided not to attend and suggested the oil-club doesn’t necessarily need to curb output.

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd is currently trading at Rs 479.4, up by Rs 17.2 or 3.72% from its previous closing of Rs 462.2 on the BSE. The scrip opened at Rs 464 and has touched a high and low of Rs 481.25 and Rs 462.35 respectively. So far 2129614 (NSE+BSE) shares were traded on the counter. The current market cap of the company is Rs 46954.05 crore.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd is currently trading at Rs 659.9, up by Rs 20.25 or 3.17% from its previous closing of Rs 639.65 on the BSE. The scrip opened at Rs 639.65 and has touched a high and low of Rs 663.85 and Rs 639.65 respectively. So far 1597983 (NSE+BSE) shares were traded on the counter. The current market cap of the company is Rs 92504.17 crore.

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd is currently trading at Rs 304, up by Rs 7.5 or 2.53% from its previous closing of Rs 296.5 on the BSE. The scrip opened at Rs 297 and has touched a high and low of Rs 306.3 and Rs 295.5 respectively. So far 1239474 (NSE+BSE) shares were traded on the counter. The current market cap of the company is Rs 143977.58 crore.

Oil India Ltd is currently trading at Rs 442.05, up by Rs 5.15 or 1.18% from its previous closing of Rs 436.9 on the BSE. The company will announce its Q2 numbers today.

Rajshree Sugars & Chemicals climbed 5.3%. The company has entered into a share purchase agreement with the prospective buyer, for the sale of the wholly-owned subsidiary Company Trident Sugars, having the sugar factory at Telangana. As per the said agreement, the prospective buyer is expected to close the sale transaction by March 31, 2017.

GPT Infraprojects advanced 1%. The company announced bourses that it has bagged an order value at Rs 73 crore from Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd.

Uflex zoomed 5.6%. The company reported 17% rise in consolidated net profit to Rs 90 crore for the quarter ended on September 30, 2016. It had posted a net profit of Rs 77 crore for July-September quarter in the year-ago period.

State Bank of India slipped 2% on the BSE. The bank said it will raise Rs 56.81 billion by issuance of preferential shares to the central government, its majority shareholder.

The Indian rupee opened higher by four paise at 68.42/$ against the previous close of 68.46/$.

The demonetization drive of the government is likely to see some protests on the street in various parts of the country as few political parties have joined hands for ‘Akrosh Divas.’

Parliament may see less activity today as attention will be on the protests and dealing with the Opposition tirade. The old tradition of Black Friday is losing its charm abroad; online sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday rose about 18 pc to $5.27 bn.

Saudi Arabia seems to suggest that oil producers need not reduce output. With the Dow Jones having crossed the key milestone of 19000 & the S&P 2200 markets could see consolidation globally as investors take stock of the last fortnight. Also the rise in bond yields in tandem with the US $ may not last & pause here would be prudent as markets digest the gains.

Falling crude prices cooled Asian shares while the dollar has stepped back against Asian peers. India’s foreign exchange reserves fell for the second consecutive by $1.542 bn to $365.5 bn in the week ended Nov 18.

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Infosys, TCS make a killing on weak rupee but should you worry?

infosys-tcsBeaten down technology stocks, which were reeling under Brexit woes and Donald Trump win in the US, saw a new lease of life this week as rupee plunged to a new low on November 24. BSE IT index climbed around 7 percent in this week starting November 18 while both the benchmark indices were marginally up 0.6 percent. Demonetization leading to shortarge of cash in the country is slowing down business and trade volume on Dalal Street is also severely affected.

Meanwhile, rupee fell to a record low of 68.85 per dollar as foreign institutional investors withdrew from emerging markets. And that’s what brought much needed relief to the technology companies as depreciating rupee drives more revenue for export oriented firms.

Gaining momentum from rupee’s weakness, Infosys   , TCS   and Wipro   rose 6.2 percent, 8.4 percent and 6.4 percent respectively in the week.
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These companies, however, have been dealing with a lot of trouble and cut guidance for FY17 on growth slowdown especially due to softness in Banking, Financial services and Insurance (BFSI) sector. After Q2 results, Infosys reduced FY17 revenue guidance for the second consecutive quarter and had already warned of risks to guidance from RBS contract cancelation and tepid business in banking, manufacturing & retail segments. The country’s second largest IT company slashed its revenue guidance for FY17 to 8-9 percent from 10.5-12 percent earlier in constant currency terms after considering performance of H2FY17 and near-term uncertain business outlook.

That had lead to a lot of selling in IT stocks this year. In November itself, BSE IT index is down 6 percent while Sensex and Nifty lost around 7 percent in this period. In year-to-date, both BSE IT index and Nifty IT fell 15 percent whereas Sensex was down 1 percent and Nifty was up 0.2 percent.

Though analysts are cautious about the sector but feel that valuations are rather tempting after price corrections. Credit Suisse says that larger IT firms’ price to equity have contracted by 10-30 percent in the last one year due to concerns on structural factors and cyclical reasons and stocks are also trading well below their 3-year average PE and close to their 3-year lows.

It says that Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric and recent comments could pose uncertainty and worst-case outcome could create 200 basis points margin pressure.

“We have cut target multiples for our universe, which reduces target prices by 4-10 percent. We believe that HCL Tech   and Tech Mahindra   are better positioned with low downside risk— business momentum is good, valuations attractive and any immigration impact would be relatively low. And they will benefit from any pick-up in discretionary spending as well,” the brokerage firm says in a note.

Also, the sector is at a risk of further pressure post Q3 results as generally this quarter is weak due to less number of working days due to US holidays.

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Sensex Up 456 Pts, Nifty Posts Biggest 1-Day Gain in Last 6 Months

stock-market-boom-capitalheightSpectacular rally on Friday helped equity benchmarks turned positive for the week as well as for the calendar year. On the first day of December series, the NSE Nifty closed above 8100 level and posted the biggest one-day gain in last six months, driven by in technology, HDFC Group and FMCG stocks.

Value buying after more than 7 percent loss in November due to demonetization & US elections and sharp recovery in rupee could be the reason for positive sentiment.

The 30-share BSE Sensex surged 456.17 points or 1.76 percent to 26316.34 and the 50-share NSE Nifty jumped 148.80 points or 1.87 percent to 8114.30. The broader markets also participated in the rally as the BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices gained 1.3 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

Dipen Shah of Kotak Securities says going ahead, the central bank meetings in India / US and the Italian referendum will be important triggers to watch out for.

Apart from this, markets will also try to gauge the medium term impact of the demonetization scheme of the government, he feels.

The recent fall in markets has made led to sizeable losses in prices of several stock. Hence, Shah says one must identify fundamentally sound stocks and accumulate them with a long term perspective.

Vinod Nair of Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services says now the market will focus over the possibility of a 50 basis points cut in repo rate by RBI in the next monetary policy.

than three shares advanced for every share falling on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

For the week, the Sensex gained 0.6 percent and the Nifty rose 0.5 percent.

Meanwhile, the rupee recovered sharply against the American currency in sustained bouts of dollar selling from banks and exporters amid rally in equities. It was trading at 68.45, up 27 paise from previous settlement, at the time of writing this article.

All sectoral indices closed in the green today. IT & Pharma gained the most, up 4.75 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

Infosys, which had seen delivery buying worth Rs 700 crore on Thursday, was up 4.8 percent. TCS and Tech Mahindra surged 5-6 percent. Wipro was up 3 percent.

Sun Pharma climbed 4 percent. Bank of America Merrill Lynch has a buy call on the stock with a target price of Rs 790 as it says seven observations for Mohali unit don’t seem incriminating and these are minor in nature but Halol plant inspection outcome will be more critical.

HDFC, HDFC Bank, ITC, Lupin, NTPC, Dr Reddy’s Labs and GAIL surged 2-3.5 percent whereas Bajaj Auto, SBI and Bharti Airtel were the only losers among Sensex 30 stocks, down 0.2-0.7 percent.

In the broader space, Bata India gained 2 percent and Shilpa Medicare surged 9 percent after quarterly earnings. J Kumar Infra was up 9.6 percent on metro orders worth Rs 1,794 crore.

Fortune Financial spiked 4.7 percent on acquisition of additional 16.4 crore shares for Rs 164 crore in ITI Reinsurance. Talwalkars gained 5 percent on demerger of gym business into Talkwalkars Lifestyle.

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Fantastic Friday! Nifty reclaims 8,100 mark, Sensex surges 456 points

nifty-upThe Sensex, Nifty kickstarted the December series on a positive note. Positive global indices, rupee appreciation and also steel makers extended gains after the government imposed anti-dumping duties on some imports lifted the Indian stock markets on Friday.

The key benchmarks traded at high point as traders opted to buy beaten-down but fundamentally strong stocks amid firm global cues. The benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty reclaimed their psychological 26,300 and 8,100 levels respectively.

On the economy front, PM Narendra Modi pushed for the need to move towards a digital economy, emphasizing that people have the right to use their money, but that can also be done digitally.

The BSE Sensex which opened at 25,953.24 points, closed at 26,316, up 456 points or 1.76% from the previous close at 25,860.17 points. The Sensex touched a high of 26,244 points and a low of 25,874.45 points during the intra-day trade so far.

The NSE Nifty closed with a gain of 142 points at 8,107. The NSE Nifty opened at 8,008 hitting a high of 8,122 and low of 7,977.

The NSE market breadth was skewed in favour of the bulls – with 1,344 advances and 293 declines.

Fitch Ratings said Demonetization will have a “negative” impact on growth in the short run but for the full fiscal, the GDP decline would be “relatively moderate”. However, it expects India’s GDP growth to trend higher than China’s in the medium term, adding that it would accelerate next fiscal on the back of reforms and monetary policy easing.

Sentiments remained up-beat from the start of the session with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying that the government’s demonetisation move is going to have a positive impact on the economy, including GDP.

The buying was so fierce that not a single sectoral index on the BSE ended with losses; IT, pharma, banking, finance, energy, media and metal stocks ended with the top gainers. Even the mid-cap and the small-cap stocks participated in today’s rally.

Among the 50-stocks of Nifty, Tech Mahindra, TCS, Infosys, HCL Tech and Sun Pharma were among the gainers on NSE, whereas ACC, Bharti Infratel, Bajaj Auto, Eicher Motors and Bharti Airtel were among the losers today.

The India VIX (Volatility) index was up 2.63% at 17.6125.

The rupee was trading marginally up by 32 paise at 68.41 per US dollar. Gold was trading at Rs 28,576 per per 10 gms and silver was trading at Rs 40,225 per kg.

On the global front, Asian stocks closed higher. The Shanghai Composite index and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index closed higher by 1%. Nikkei 225 ended in green.

European stocks were trading mostly in red due to lack of cues from the U.S. Markets. CAC 40 is trading in green, while FTSE 100 and DAX are trading lower.

J Kumar Infraprojects rallied 9.6% on the BSE.  J Kumar Infraprojects, on behalf of the J. Kumar Infra – CRTG JV, signed an agreement with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) worth of Rs 1,344.9 crore on Thursday, 24 November 2016, for Phase-2 of the Mumbai metro project and other projects worth Rs 449.19 crore.

Bata India soare 2.3%. The company has posted a net profit of Rs 35 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 as compared to Rs 54 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Talwalkars Better Value Fitness climbed 5% after the management has decided to demerge gym business, thereby transferring gym business of TBVFL to TLL, in the interest of maximising overall shareholder value.

LT Foods gained 1%. The company has inked a 51:49 joint venture with Kameda Seika, to sell rice-based snacks in India.

A total of 15 stocks registered a fresh 52-week high in trades today, whereas 13 stocks touched a new 52-week low on the NSE.

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Sensex Above 26000, Up Over 250pts; ICICI, L&T, SBI Underperform

sensex-26000-update-by-capitalheight12:59 pm Market Update: Equity benchmarks extended rally with the Sensex rising 287.04 points or 1.11 percent to 26147.21 and the Nifty climbing 102.45 points or 1.29 percent to 8067.95.

About 1845 shares advanced against 528 declining shares on the BSE.

12:50 pm Interview: Suven Life reported a flat set of numbers for the second quarter ended September 30. Profits were up 5.3 percent to Rs 26.5 crore versus Rs 25.2 crore reported same quarter last fiscal but revenues were down 1.2 percent at Rs 11.5 crore versus Rs 117 crore year on year (YoY).

Defending the revenue numbers, Venkat Jasti, Chairman and CEO, Suven Life Sciences told CNBC-TV18 that their numbers should not be compared quarter on quarter because the CRAMS is a lumpy business. Actually, the revenues were up, he said.

The profits for the quarter were up because of the product mix, said Jasti.

Jasti is confident of maintaining EBITDA margins at 32 percent or more. EBITDA margins for the quarter stood at 31.9 percent versus 26.7 percent YoY. margins,   product mix

He is also confident of 10-15 percent topline growth in FY17 and FY18.

12:35 pm Buzzing: RS Software shares surged more than 8 percent intraday after a media report indicated that the company has cancelled a restrictive deal with its key client Visa Inc.

“RS Software (India), an early bird in the payment solutions business, is parting ways with its key client, US financial services giant Visa Inc, from which it derived more than 90 percent of its revenue for years,” a media report said.

Chairman Raj Jain, in an interview to a media company said after 10 years of growth, RS Software is scaling back its engagement with Visa to tap into “multi-billion dollar opportunities” emerging in the digital payments solutions business.

12:20 pm PM on demonetization: Attacking political rivals and those opposed to the demonetization scheme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lashed out at them saying they would have lavished praise on him if he had given them time before announcing the move.

“Some people are criticising saying the government did not make ample preparation. I think that is not the issue that the government did not make ample preparation. I think the pain of such people is that the government did not give a chance to make any preparation,” he said at a book launch function .

“If these people had got 72 hours to make their preparation then they would have lavished praise that there is no one like Modi,” he stressed.

The Prime Minister’s remarks come amid a standoff in Parliament on the issue with the opposition stepping up their attack on the government. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had yesterday said the step was “a case of organised loot and legalised plunder” and reflected a “monumental management failure”.

12:00 pm Market Check
The NSE Nifty started off December series on a strong note, rising more than 1 percent on short covering as well as value buying after losing more than 7 percent in November so far.

The 30-share BSE Sensex gained 276.55 points or 1.07 percent at 26136.72 and the 50-share NSE Nifty rose 102.25 points or 1.28 percent to 8067.75. The broader markets also traded in line with benchmarks as the BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices surged 1-1.5 percent.

Even the market breadth was strong as about 1777 shares advanced against 501 declining shares on the BSE.

Technology stocks were the biggest gainers, may be on account of recent rupee fall. Nifty IT index jumped over 4 percent as Infosys, Tech Mahindra, HCL Technologies and TCS gained more than 4 percent.

However, ICICI Bank, SBI, L&T, Reliance Industries and Bajaj Auto under performed, down 0.3-0.9 percent.

Asia markets were mostly positive today, amid a lack of cues from US markets, which were shut Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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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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Live Stock Market Updates – Sensex in Red, Auto Shares Down

bear-marketAt 9:43 AM, the S&P BSE Sensex is trading at 25,933 down 122 points, while NSE Nifty is trading at 7,986 down 45 points. Out of 1,871 stocks traded on the NSE, 996 declined, 471 advanced and 404 remained unchanged today.

A total of 6 stocks registered a fresh 52-week high in trade today, while 20 stocks touched a new 52-week low on the NSE.

The BSE Mid-cap Index is trading down 0.55% at 11976, whereas BSE Small-cap Index is trading down 0.47% at 11750.

Hindalco, Infosys, Asian Paints, Dr Reddy, Hero Motors  are among the gainers, whereas Eicher Motors, Tata Motors, Kotak Bank, Bosch, Bank of Baroda, Lupin, are losing sheen on NSE in the morning trading hour.

Some buying activity is seen in Information Technology, Metal, Telecommunication sectors, while Auto, Banking, Healthcare, Capital Goods, Consumer Durables are showing weakness on BSE.

The INDIA VIX is up 2.17% at 18.4325.

Asian markets opened in the red except the Japanese ‘Nikkei” which continues to be in a new bull market orbit. With the US markets closed on Friday for an extended weekend expect profit booking as globally markets digest the gains of last fortnight. Gold prices weaken & bond yields fell as the US $ & indices hit new highs.

The US indices saw their third day of gain ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The dollar has been on a one way street strengthened by expectations of higher interest rates from the Fed sooner than later. The languishing rupee is down nearly 3pc in November giving heart-aches to importers and some comfort to export-oriented companies.

Foreign investors have offloaded nearly Rs 12,000 crore net in equities and almost similar amount in bonds during November. The usual volatility may set in towards the close of trading. Signals are mixed from Asia even as the Japanese stocks continue to appreciate. The rollovers have been the lowest in half a year, especially the Bank Nifty. Few notable sectors seeing better rolls include pharma, auto, metals and real estate.

On the economy front, Securities houses and rating agencies have cut their estimates of India’s GDP growth in anticipation of temporary headwinds from the 8 November demonetization of high-value currency notes.

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Sensex slumps over 300 pts, Nifty below 8450; Sun Pharma up 2%

Dalal Street CapitalHeightThe market has opened at lower levels. The Sensex is down 318.07 points or 1.2 percent at 27199.61 and the Nifty is down 95.55 points or 1.1 percent at 8430.20. About 206 shares have advanced, 706 shares declined, and 38 shares are unchanged.

Sun Pharma and Infosys are gainers. HDFC, Bajaj Auto, Coal India, GAIL and M&M are major losers in the Sensex.

The Indian rupee slipped in the early trade. It has opened lower by 52 paise at 67.15 per dollar versus 66.63 Thursday. NS Venkatesh of Lakshmi Vilas Bank said, “The rupee today is expected to further signs of strengthening against basket of currencies as the RBI circular on S4A will be credit positive for banking.”

The dollar climbed to over 3 month high against the yen as investors adjusted to the reality of a Donald Trump administration and increased inflation expectations.

Asian shares dipped while the dollar strengthened broadly. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.2 percent, with Korean shares off 0.5 percent. Australian shares eked out small gains of 0.1 percent.

Japan’s Nikkei also rose more than 1 percent to 6-1/2-month highs thanks to a weaker yen.

On Wall Street, US S&P 500 Index rose 0.2 percent while the Dow Jones industrial average jumped 1.2 percent, smashing through its previous record high set in August by almost 1 percent. In contrast, the technology-heavy Nasdaq fell 0.8 percent , with Apple dropping 2.8 percent.

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Sensex roars with gains, Nifty eyes 8600; SBI, Tata Steel up 8%

stock-marketAfter badly bruised yesterday, the market is picking up pace as investors are actively buying. The Sensex is up 471.03 points or 1.7 percent at 27723.56 and the Nifty is up 158.05 points or 1.8 percent at 8590.05. About 1971 shares have advanced, 310 shares declined, and 84 shares are unchanged.

SBI, Tata Steel, Cipla, ICICI Bank and Adani Ports are top gainers while HDFC Paints, Infosys, HDFC, Wipro and Hero MotoCorp are losers in the Sensex.

Gold held steady early after briefly surging to a six-week high in the previous session, as global markets and the US dollar showed surprise gains in the wake of Republican Donald Trump’s presidential victory. Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential race throws into question the core assumption in global financial markets that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates soon and follow with further gradual hikes over coming years.

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