Market Live: Sensex, Nifty consolidate ahead of MPC#39;s interest rate decision
Tue Aug 01 2017
Rajesh Sharma (2003 articles)

Market Live: Sensex, Nifty consolidate ahead of MPC#39;s interest rate decision

1:26 pm Market Check: Benchmark indices remained rangebound in afternoon trade as investors await the interest rate decision from monetary policy committee due Wednesday.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was down 0.38 points at 32,514.56 and the 50-share NSE Nifty rose 8.30 points to 10,085.40.

About three shares declined for every two shares rising on the BSE.

The Nifty Auto index gained more than a percent after steady sales data in July, the first month of GST rollout.

1:20 pm Earnings: PC Jewellers today posted 27.42 percent jump in standalone net profit at Rs 135.83 crore for quarter ended June 30 on strong sales.

Net profit stood at Rs 106.59 crore in the same quarter of 2016-17 fiscal, it said in a BSE filing.

Net income grew 27.79 per cent to Rs 2,140.03 crore in April-June quarter of 2017-18 fiscal from Rs 1,674.60 crore in the year-ago period.

Revenue from domestic sales rose to Rs 1,382.55 crore from Rs 1,049.79 crore, while income from exports improved to Rs 735.99 crore from Rs 614.68 crore in the said period.

1:00 pm Auto sales: Tata Motors reported healthy and better-than-expected sales growth in July, the first month of GST rollout. The 7 percent year-on-year growth in total sales was driven by domestic commercial as well as passenger vehicles.

“Passenger and commercial vehicle total sales (including exports) in July 2017 were at 46,216 vehicles, higher by 7 percent over 43,160 vehicles sold in July 2016,” the company said in its filing.

Motilal Oswal had expected the company to post 4 percent degrowth in total sales while Nomura estimated growth at 1.9 percent for the month.

Tata Motors said domestic sales of commercial and passenger vehicles for July 2017 were at 42,775 units, a growth of 13 percent over 37,789 units sold in same month last year.

12:49 pm Earnings: Torrent Power reported solid growth in earnings led by operational and revenue performance.

Consolidated profit growth in Q1 was more than 4-fold at Rs 203 crore from Rs 45.6 crore YoY.

Revenue grew by 18.4 percent to Rs 3,059 crore while EBITDA surged 53 percent to Rs 795 crore and margin expanded by 600 basis points to 26 percent YoY.

12:41 pm Europe opening: European markets opened slightly higher on Tuesday morning as investors reacted to earnings reports and digested further upheavals at the White House.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 edged 0.26 percent higher during early morning deals with almost all sectors and major bourses in positive territory.

12:25 pm Auto sales: Eicher Motors said Royal Enfield sales grew by 21 percent to 64,459 units in July compared with 53,378 units sold in same month last year.

Exports increased 4 percent to 1,302 units from 1,250 units on year-on-year basis.

12:10 pm USFDA Approvals: Zydus Cadila has received final approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to market Temozolomide capsules in strengths of 5 mg, 20 mg, 100 mg, 140 mg, 180 mg and 250 mg.

Temozolomide capsules is a chemotherapy drug used in the management of brain tumors.

The sale of Temozolomide is estimated at USD 100.4 million, as per IMS Health.

The Group also received final approval from the USFDA to market Nadolol tablets in strengths of 20 mg, 40 mg and 80 mg.

Nadolol is used in management of hypertension (high blood pressure) and angina pectoris (chest pain).

The sale of Nadolol is estimated at USD 109.8 million, as per IMS Health.

11:57 am Market Check: Equity benchmarks continued to consolidate in late morning trade as investors looked for interest rate decision from two-day Monetary Policy Committee meeting that started today.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was down 14.62 points at 32,500.32 and the 50-share NSE Nifty rose 2.30 points to 10,079.40.

The market breadth was weak. About 1,264 shares declined against 1,073 advancing shares on the BSE.

The Development Bank of Singapore expects Reserves Bank of India to cut its policy rates by 0.25 percent on August 2.

Domestic factors are likely to be given a higher weightage in swaying the decision, compared to global factors, DBS said.

At home, Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation has undershot official projections consistently for the past six- seven months, with the June print slipping below the targeted 2-6 per cent range, it noted.

Food prices have corrected sharply, in particular the routinely volatile pulses and vegetables.

11:38 pm Auto sales: Ashok Leyland’s total sales in July grew by 14 percent year-on-year to 11,981 units from 10,492 units, driven by broadbased growth.

Ligth commercial vehicle sales increased 28 percent to 2,955 units while medium & heavy commercial vehicle sales grew by 10 percent to 9,026 units.

11:20 am Buzzing: Glenmark Pharmaceuticals shares gained as much as 2.65 percent after reporting positive data in its Phase 2a study of GBR 830 for the treatment of patients with atopic dermatitis.

GBR 830 is an investigational, anti-OX40 monoclonal antibody, in atopic dermatitis, a common and serious chronic skin disease.

This Phase 2a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, randomised 62 patients (3:1) with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis to evaluate the safety, biological and clinical activity, and pharmacokinetics of GBR 830 (relative to placebo) over 12 weeks, the global pharmaceutical company said in its filing.

Based on the results of this Phase 2a study, Glenmark said it is firmly committed to advancing GBR 830 for patients with AD and plans to initiate a Phase 2b trial in the first half of calendar year 2018.

11:05 am Factory data: Indian factory activity plunged last month and had its deepest contraction in more than nine years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new tax policy severely hurt output and demand, a survey showed.

The Nikkei/IHS Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 47.9 in July from June’s 50.9, its first reading below the 50 mark that separates growth from contraction since December and its lowest reading since February 2009.

A Reuters poll predicted a modest July dip to 50.8. But July brought the biggest month-on-month decline since November 2008, just after the collapse of Lehman Brothers triggered a financial crisis and brought on a global recession.

An output sub-index fell to 46.3, its lowest since early 2009, from 51.7 in June, while contractions were reported across all major sub-indexes in the survey, including new orders, purchasing activity and employment.

10:49 am Market Check: Equity benchmarks continued to be volatile in morning trade as investors awaited the interest rate decision from two-day Monetary Policy Committee meeting that started today.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was down 5.53 points at 32,509.41 and the 50-share NSE Nifty rose 4.10 points to 10,081.20.

The broader markets outperformed benchmarks, with the BSE Midcap up 0.4 percent. The market breadth was positive as about 1,122 shares advanced against 1,028 declining shares on the BSE.

10:25 am Auto sales: India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki reported solid growth of 20.6 percent in July sales, which was far ahead of analysts’ estimates.

“Maruti sold a total of 1.65 lakh units in July 2017, growing 20.6 percent over 1.37 lakh units sold in the same month of last fiscal,” the passenger vehicles maker said in its filing.

Domestic sales grew by 22.4 percent year-on-year to 1.54 lakh units while exports grew by 0.1 percent to 11,345 units in July.

The stock price touched a fresh record high of Rs 7,920, up 2.75 percent intraday Tuesday.

9:56 am IPO opens: Cochin Shipyard, India’s largest public sector shipyard, opened for subscription. The company intends to raise about Rs 1,400-1,500 crore through an initial public offering (IPO).

It plans to use the net proceeds for setting up of dry dock within the existing premise of the company (Rs 443 crore), setting up of an international ship repair facility at Cochin Port Trust area (Rs 229.5 crore) and general corporate purposes.

As of June 30, 2017, its total cash and bank balance stood at Rs.2,003 crore, while it had fund-based indebtedness in the form of tax-free infrastructure bonds amounting to Rs 123 crore.

9:45 am FII View: Neelkanth Mishra of Credit Suisse said all the 7 percent YoY spending growth budgeted in FY18 Budget is over.

Growth for the rest of the year should be flat YoY, he added.

Comparisons of tax versus Budget or YoY growth will be tougher from now, bringing some fiscal uncertainty, he feels. Even the feed into GDP will be disrupted, according to Mishra.

9:40 am Buzzing: Shares of Vascon Engineers advanced more than 4 percent in the early trade as the company received order worth Rs 80 crore.

“The company has received letter of award from Transcon Sheth Creators, a domestic entity, for the work of civil construction, finishing, electrical and fire fighting work of residential building No 3 and 4 (Ground plus 23 Floors) in Malad (W) amounting to Rs 80.41 crore,” as per company release.

The work has to be completed within 24 months from the date of receipt of work order.

The meeting of board of directors of company is scheduled on August 10 to consider, approve and take on record the unaudited financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, along with other matters.

9:25 am Buyback: Share price of Sobha gained 3 percent in morning trade as the company is going to consider buyback of shares.

A meeting of the board of directors of the company is scheduled on August 04, to consider and take on record, the unaudited financial results of the company for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

The board will also consider a proposal for buyback of equity shares of the company, for an aggregate amount up to Rs 62 crore.

9:15 am Market Check: Equity benchmarks opened moderately higher, with the Nifty inching towards 10,100 level as investors look for two-day monetary policy committee meeting that will being today.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 27.90 points at 32,542.84 and the 50-share NSE Nifty gained 13.20 points at 10,090.30.

Glenmark Pharma gained 1.6 percent but Biocon fell nearly 2 percent.

The Nifty Midcap was up 0.4 percent. About two shares advanced for every share falling on the NSE.
Container Corporation, BEL, JK Paper and Trent gained up to 10 percent while Siemens, Torrent Pharma, Reliance Power, Peninsula Land and Godrej Consumer were under pressure.

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.

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