India : Profit booking drags Sensex, Nifty; inflation, global cues weigh
Tue Aug 16 2016
Rajesh Sharma (2003 articles)

India : Profit booking drags Sensex, Nifty; inflation, global cues weigh

MUMBAI : Equity benchmarks closed lower on profit booking Tuesday after a rally in previous two consecutive trading sessions but the broader markets outperformed despite weak breadth. Fears of delay in rate cut after July inflation data and correction in global peers dented sentiment that dragged the Sensex more than 200 points intraday, though it halves losses in last hour of trade.Indices started off trade today after a long weekend as the market was shut on Monday for Independence Day holiday.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was down 87.79 points at 28064.61 and the 50-share NSE Nifty fell 29.60 points to 8642.55 while the BSE Midcap gained half a percent.

Experts see some consolidation in near term as the market digested June quarter earnings and inflation data. They don’t expect any rate cut in 2016.

While consumer price inflation (CPI) breaching the 6-percent mark is slightly worrisome, Tirthankar Patnaik of Mizuho Bank believes the Reserve Bank of India’s FY17 target of 5 percent still looks achievable.

He says the monsoon’s progress and consequent improvement in Kharif sowing this year raises confidence of food inflation easing off in the coming months. He feels it could provide RBI the space to cut rates by 25 basis points by the end of the fiscal.

Wholesale price index (WPI) inflation in July jumped to 23-month high at 3.55 percent against 1.62 percent in preceding month and estimates of 2.65 percent by a CNBC-TV18 poll. Retail inflation measured on consumer price index (CPI) for July also hit 23-month high of 6.07 percent against 5.77 percent on MoM basis.

Cipla was the biggest gainer, up 7.1 percent as few brokerages upgraded the stock despite weak quarterly earnings. Nomura upgraded the stock to buy as it expects improvement in margins and and return on equity over the time which is lower than peers. CLSA also upgraded the stock to outperform. Revenue in Q1FY17 missed estimates but margin was in line at 17 percent.

Infosys declined over a percent after the Royal Bank of Scotland cancelled IT contract last week. Reports suggested that the contract was worth USD 300 million.

Power Grid Corporation fell 0.7 percent on profit booking after investors digested better-than-expected earnings. Its profit, revenue and operating profit in Q1 grew more than 30 percent on yearly basis.

Adani Ports surged 6.7 percent followed by ITC, L&T, ICICI Bank, SBI, ONGC and Tata Steel. However, HDFC, Reliance Industries, TCS, Tata Motors, Sun Pharma and Axis Bank fell 1-2 percent.

About 1618 shares declined against 1108 advancing shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

At the time of writing this copy, European stocks were trading lower by half a percent after UK’s CPI data. Asia mostly closed in the red with Japan’s Nikkei falling 1.62 percent on surge in yen against the US dollar. Crude oil futures remained near five-week high on hopes of producers’ action.

Rajesh Sharma

Rajesh Sharma

Rajesh Sharma is Correspondent for Stock Market of South East Asia based in Mumbai. He has been covering Asian markets for more than 5 years.