Market Live: Sensex, Nifty continue to remain sluggish; Tata Steel up 4% ahead of Q1
Mon Aug 07 2017
Rajesh Sharma (2003 articles)

Market Live: Sensex, Nifty continue to remain sluggish; Tata Steel up 4% ahead of Q1

2:21 pm Buzzing: Sharon Bio Medicine shares climbed nearly 10 percent after CNBC-TV18 reports quoting Cogencis said UK drug regulator has cleared Sharon Bio’s Dehradun unit.

2:15 pm USFDA nod: Drug firm Wockhardt has received approval from the US health regulator for its generic Oxacillin injection used for treatment of bacterial infections, the company said today.

The company has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Oxacillin injections in the strengths of 1 gm and 2 gm, Wockhardt said in a filing to the BSE.

The company is expected to launch this product in the United States soon, it added. “The product is being manufactured at a contract manufacturing facility, based near Milan, Italy,” Wockhardt said.

Oxacillin, an antibiotic, is used to treat many different infections caused by penicillin-resistant Staphylococcal and other bacterias, including urinary tract infections, respiratory tract issues, septicemia, wounds and bacterial meningitis, among others, it added.

2:00 pm Wind project: Veer Energy has received a letter of interest from Maharashtra Energy Development Agency, Pune, on installation of solar or hybrid project at its existing wind projects.

The company has decided to start hybrid division. It wants to develop 10 MW solar or hybrid project on their existing approval of wind farm project for 10 MW at Dhule.

The new introduction of hybrid division in which installation/development cost would reduce by 50 percent.

1:45 pm Stock split: Atlas Cycles (Haryana) informed exchanges that the board of directors approved proposal of sub-division of the equity shares of the company, subject to approval of the Shareholders in the 66th Annual General Meeting of the Company.

“One equity share of face value of Rs 10 each will be split into two equity shares of face value of Rs 5 each,” it said.

1:31 pm Results: Eveready Industries today reported 39.36 percent decline in standalone net profit to Rs 13.56 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, hit by de-stocking in trade channels ahead of GST implementation.

The company had posted standalone net profit of Rs 22.36 crore in the same quarter previous fiscal, Eveready Industries said in a BSE filing.

Revenue from operations during the period under review were at Rs 357.66 crore as against Rs 371.79 crore in the same period last fiscal, down 3.8 percent.

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1:15 pm Market Check: Consolidation in the market continued in the afternoon session, with indices trading almost flat.

The Sensex was up 2.01 points at 32327.42, while the Nifty was up 6.45 points at 10072.85. The market breadth was narrow as 1,458 shares advanced against a decline of 932 shares, while 127 shares were unchanged.

Tata Steel, Adani Ports, and Indian Oil gained the most on both indices, while Tata Motors DVR and TCS lost the most.

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12:50 pm Buzzing Stock: Shares of Dabur India rose nearly 4 percent intraday on Monday as investors cheered the positive brokerage recommendations on the stock.

The fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) major reported 10 percent drop in its consolidated net profit for the June quarter at Rs 265 crore against Rs 293.6 crore posted during the same period last year. It must be noted that there was a one-time loss of Rs 14.5 crore due to the provisions made for goods and services tax (GST).

Brokerage houses highlighted that they see a gradual recovery in the volumes going forward and expect the second half to be better.

12:29 pm Market Check: Equity benchmarks continued to be rangebound in afternoon trade as investors looked for remaining corporate earnings due this week.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 7.37 points at 32,332.78 and the 50-share NSE Nifty gained 8.80 points at 10,075.20.

The broader markets extended gains, with the BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices rising nearly 1 percent on strong breadth.

About 1,424 shares advanced against 911 declining shares on the BSE.

IOC rallied further today, up nearly 3 percent on top of 8 percent rally in Friday’s session post better-than-expected refining margin.

12:15 pm Results: Bakery and dairy products maker Britannia Industries’ consolidated profit in April-June quarter fell 1.4 percent year-on-year to Rs 216 crore despite topline and operational growth. Profitability was impacted by higher tax rate and lower margin.

Consolidated revenue during the quarter grew by 6.5 percent to Rs 2,339.81 crore compared with year-ago quarter, driven by better volume growth.

Domestic volume growth in Q1 stood at 3 percent against a CNBC-TV18 poll estimates of 0-1 percent. Total volume growth for the quarter was at 2.5 percent.

11:55 am Buzzing: Asian Oilfield Services shares rallied 6 percent intraday on winning contract by its Dubai subsidiary.

“Wholly owned subsidiary, Asian Oilfield & Energy Services DMCC, Dubai has received a letter of intent (LOI) for a contract of USD 20 million from Stratum Energy Romania, LLC,” the company said in its filing.

The letter of intent is for acquisition of 730 sq km of 3D seismic data in EV-1 Moinesti Block in onshore Romania.

This letter of intent is subject to the parties concluding a contract with mutually acceptable terms, the company said.

11:40 am Order win: Asian Oilfield Services said wholly owned subsidiary, Asian Oilfield & Energy Services DMCC, Dubai has received a letter of intent (LOI) for a contract of USD 20 million from Stratum Energy Romania, LLC for acquisition of 730 sq km of 3D Seismic Data in EV-1 Moinesti Block in onshore Romania.

This LOI is subject to the parties concluding a contract with mutually acceptable terms.

11:25 am Buzzing: Share price of Indian Hume Pipe Company advanced 6.4 percent intraday on the back of bagging work order worth Rs 257.44 crore.

The company has secured a work order of Rs 257.44 crore from Madhya Pradesh Urban Development Company.

The aim of the project is to improve the water supply in Bhedaghat, Katangi, Patan, Majholi & Panagar Nagar Parishads and Sihora Nagar Palika in Jabalpur district and Tendukheda Nagar Parishad in Damoh district in Madhya Pradesh including operation and maintenance for a period 10 years.

This work is to be completed within 28 months.

11:01 am Market Check: Equity benchmarks continued to be volatile in morning, with the Nifty trading in a tight range of 30 points.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 52.37 points at 32,377.78 and the 50-share NSE Nifty rose 14.10 points to 10,080.50.

About 1,350 shares advanced against 808 declining shares on the BSE.

10:58 am Market Outlook: As the strong momentum in the market continued, with the Nifty clocking levels of above 10,100, several participants have pointed out the pace of earnings growth does not commensurate with the rally.

Having said that, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company (AMC) believes the earnings scenario in case of Nifty companies is divided into half and is a matter of perception.

Given that 25 companies saw poor earnings, while the rest posted strong numbers, one should look at sectors and companies with strong profit growth, Nilesh Shah, Managing Director of Kotak AMC told CNBC-TV18 in an interview.

In such a scenario, what should be an investor’s approach? Shah added that the market is divided into four components and one must choose the strategy accordingly.

10:45 am FIIs investment: The foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have remained gung-ho on Indian stocks which is now getting reflected in their ownership pattern. As of end-Jun FII ownership of the BSE500 was back near all-time highs, at 21.2 percent, rising 0.5 pp on a year-to-date (YTD) basis, Credit Suisse said in a report.

Domestic MF holding increased 0.6 pp YTD to 5.6 percent, another record high; other domestic institutional investors (DIIs) saw a decline though. “We believe both P/E multiples for the BSE500 and overall market flows still have strong global linkages, even though the cash pile and inflows for domestic MFs provide a buffer to the downside,” said the report.

As of end-Jun FII ownership of the BSE500 was back near all-time highs. Domestic MF holding increased 0.6 pp YTD to 5.6 percent – another record high.

On YTD basis DIIs net buying of USUSD 3.3 billion has been USUSD 5.2 billion lower than FIIs, as strong MF buying has been offset by selling by insurance and banks.

The foreign investors continue to focus on large caps as their share of Nifty is now at all-time high 26.2 percent, but their share of non-Nifty stocks is still at Dec-14 levels.

10:25 am Acquisition: Shares of Adani Transmission added 5.8 percent in morning as it has acquired 100 percent equity capital in two SPV companies.

The company has acquired 100 percent equity capital of two SPV companies namely Barmer Power Transmission Service and Thar Power Transmission Service from Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (RVPN) on August 4, 2017.
The said SPV companies were incorporated in June 2016 by RVPN.

The companies were incorporated for the development of 132 KV grid sub-stations along with associated transmission lines and associated schemes/work on PPP mode and the company has acquired it from RVPN pursuant to competitive bidding process carried out by Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam.

10:15 am Buzzing: Tata Steel shares touched a fresh 52-week high of Rs 594.70, up 3.3 percent intraday ahead of June quarter earnings due later today.

Analysts feel earnings are expected to be strong on year-on-year basis, though sequentially numbers may be weak.

Consolidated profit in April-June quarter is likely to be at Rs 1,100 crore against loss of Rs 3,183 crore in year-ago quarter, according to average of estimates of analysts polled by CNBC-TV18.

Sale of investment in Tata Motors will aid profitability during the quarter. The company sold stake in Tata Motors at a price of Rs 453 per share to Tata Sons and that will realise income to the tune of Rs 3,700 crore.

Revenue from operations may increase 9.5 percent to Rs 28,902 crore compared with Rs 26,406 crore in same quarter last year.

Operating profit (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation – EBITDA) is seen rising 30 percent year-on-year to Rs 4,200 crore and margin may expand 220 basis points to 14.5 percent in the quarter ended June 2017.

9:55 am Market Check: Equity benchmarks erased early gains, with the Sensex down 27.38 points at 32,298.03 and the Nifty down 3.45 points at 10,062.95.

TCS, Infosys, HUL, Reliance Industries, HCL Technologies, Yes Bank and ONGC were under pressure while ICICI Bank, Tata Steel, Maruti Suzuki, Hero Motocorp and Vedanta gained strength.

The broader markets outperformed benchmarks, with the BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices rising half a percent each. About two shares advanced for every share falling on the BSE.

9:40 am Earnings Estimates: Amara Raja Batteries’ first quarter profit is seen falling 9 percent year-on-year to Rs 118 crore on weak operational performance.

Revenue during the quarter is likely to fall 3 percent to Rs 1,424 crore on year-on-year basis but it may be supported by increased prices in the OEM segment. Telecom segment is expected to post flattish revenues in Q1.

Operating profit may decline 7 percent to Rs 212 crore and margin may contract by 60 basis points to 14.8 percent compared with same quarter last year due to increase in raw material prices, according to average of estimates of analysts polled by CNBC-TV18.

Lead prices increased more than 25 percent since January 2017.

9:27 am: FII View: With foreigners turning net sellers in eight of the last nine days, Sakthi Siva of Credit Suisse the research house highlighted net foreign selling in Emerging Asia ex-China ex-Malaysia of USD 2.6 billion.

While MSCI Asia ex-Japan recently hit the year-end target of 640 and Credit Suisse has highlighted poor seasonals in August, the silver lining from this foreign selling is that on a rolling 12-month basis net foreign buying has dropped from a recent high of 0.7 percent to 0.3 percent in August.

9:15 am Market Check: Equity benchmarks opened moderately higher on Monday, with the Nifty inching towards 10,100 level following positive global cues.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 51.89 points at 32,377.30 and the 50-share NSE Nifty gained 14.10 points at 10,080.50.

Tata Steel gained 2 percent ahead of Q1 earnings. Tata Motors rose 1 percent despite weak JLR’s UK sales.

Nifty Midcap was up 0.5 percent as about two shares advanced for every share falling on the BSE.

L&T Finance Holdings, Jaiprakash Associates, Sarda Energy, Apollo Tyres, Bhushan Steel, Wockhardt, Sintex, Eros International, Cadila Healthcare and Torrent Power rallied up to 10 percent.

Repco Home Finance, GSFC, HPCL and SPARC were down up to 5 percent.
Asia markets were mostly higher, with investors’ risk sentiment likely improving from Friday’s better-than-expected US jobs number as they await to hear Pyongyang’s response to UN sanctions over the weekend.

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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