Market Live: Sensex, Nifty consolidate ahead of RBI policy; India Grid falls 6%
Tue Jun 06 2017
Ramesh Sridharan (877 articles)

Market Live: Sensex, Nifty consolidate ahead of RBI policy; India Grid falls 6%


11:30 am New foray: Multi-business conglomerate, ITC, has now forayed into the frozen foods market with the launch of frozen prawns under the ITC MasterChef brand created earlier in the year to roll out export quality spices. The frozen prawns market, currently dominated by brands like IFB, Sumeru, Cambay Tiger, among others, is estimated to be worth Rs 300-crore.

Starting with New Delhi and Hyderabad, ITC plans to sell its frozen prawns in seven metro cities covering 200 top retail outlets in each city, by year-end. The 200-gram packs are priced between Rs 185 and Rs 350 and they will also be sold on online like BigBasket. The company even plans to take care of the delivery if required.

As part of its strategy to enter one new category every quarter, the salt-to-cigarette company next plans to launch vegetable and fruits later this year before moving on to sauces, dips and condiments. However, ITC may consider creating a new brand for fresh vegetables, fruits and organic products. The ITC MasterChef brand will cover only processed and frozen foods.

11:15 am Market Check: Benchmark indices were sluggish after opening at record highs, as consolidation mode set on the Street on Tuesday.

The Sensex was down 48.12 points at 31261.37, while the Nifty was down 12.75 points at 9662.35. The market breadth was negative as 907 shares advanced against a decline of 1,310 shares, while 138 shares were unchanged.

IT stocks Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys and HCL Technologies gained the most on both indices, while ITC, ONGC and Indiabulls Housing Finance lost the most.

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10:45 am Adani Enterprises in focus: India’s Adani Enterprises said that it has given final investment approval for the Carmichael mine and rail projects in Queensland.

“The project has Final Investment Decision approval, which marks the official start of one of the largest single infrastructure and job-creating developments in Australia’s recent history,” Adani Chairman Gautam Adani said in a statement.

The company has said the project, at an initial cost of USD 4 billion, would pay billions of dollars in royalties and taxes, create jobs and export coal to India help bring electricity to rural regions.

10.22 am Market Check: Equity benchmarks continued to be rangebound after hitting record highs in opening. Investors awaited the outcome of two-day RBI monetary policy due on Wednesday.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 9.78 points at 31,319.27 and the 50-share NSE Nifty fell 3.50 points to 9,671.60.

TCS was the biggest gainer among Sensex stocks, up 4 percent followed by Infosys, HDFC and SBI while ITC, Asian Paints, ONGC, L&T, Adani Ports, Tata Motors and Bharti Airtel were under pressure.

The broader markets also entered into consolidation. About 1,152 shares declined against 881 advancing shares on the BSE.

10:06 am IPO Listing: India Grid Trust shares started off trade on a negative note. The stock price opened at Rs 99.70 against issue price of Rs 100 on the National Stock Exchange.

It fell as much as 6.3 percent in early trade to Rs 93.70 amid consolidation in the market. Even the subdued response to its public issue, which was subscribed 1.17 times, indicated some correction in the stock.

At 10:06 am hours IST, the stock price was trading at Rs 96.20, down 3.8 percent or Rs 3.8.

India Grid Trust, second in the infrastructure investment trusts (InvIT) space, raised Rs 2,250 crore through initial public offering that was opened for subscription during May 17-19.

9:52 am Buzzing Stock: Shares of State Bank of India were higher by around 2 percent intraday on Tuesday as investors cheered the lender’s plan to raise funds.

The country’s largest lender on Monday opened share sale through a private placement at Rs 287.58 a piece to raise Rs 11,000 crore.

This is part of plans to garner Rs 15,000 crore capital from markets in the current fiscal.

9:36 am Rupee Update: The Indian rupee gained further in early trade. It opened at 64.32 against the US dollar, up 4 paise compared with previous close of 64.36 a dollar.

Bhaskar Panda of HDFC Bank said the rupee has showed strength and is trading near the 64.30 a dollar pivot which is expected to hold.

He expects USD-INR pair to trade within a range of 64.30-64.50 a dollar for the day.

9:25 am Bond outlook: Bhaskar Panda of HDFC Bank said Indian 10-year benchmark bond yield has continued to move down on the expectation of a dovish pronouncement in the coming policy.

He expects the yield to remain range bound within 6.62-6.65 percent for today.

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9:15 am Market Check: Equity benchmarks started off Tuesday’s session on a strong note, with the Nifty hitting 9,700 level for the first time and the Sensex also at record high in early trade but could not hold all gains.

The 30-share BSE Sensex rose 101.24 points to 31,410.73 and the 50-share NSE Nifty was up 26.10 points at 9,701.20.

SBI, TCS, Tata Motors, Axis Bank, Infosys, HCL Technologies and Aurobindo Pharma were lead gainers in early trade while Bharti Airtel and ONGC were losers.

Asian markets were in the doldrums today, following the lower close on Wall Street and as markets digested the impact of diplomatic tensions between Qatar and other Middle Eastern nations. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index declined 0.52 percent.

Ramesh Sridharan

Ramesh Sridharan

Ramesh Sridharan is our Stock Market Correspondent covering events and daily movements of stock markets in Asia. He is based in Mumbai

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