Market Live: Sensex, Nifty maintain early gains; Midcap outperforms, BPCL up 2%
Tue Sep 12 2017
Rajesh Sharma (2003 articles)

Market Live: Sensex, Nifty maintain early gains; Midcap outperforms, BPCL up 2%

11:30 am Bullet train: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal yesterday said the fare of the high-speed bullet train would be “affordable for all”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe are scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the much-anticipated bullet train project on September 14.

The railways will initially operate 35 bullet trains and by 2053, the number was expected to go up to 105, they added.

While covering the 508-km stretch between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the train will stop at 10 stations — Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand and Sabarmati.

The bullet train will run at an average speed of 320 km per hour with a maximum speed of 350 km per hour.

11:25 am Profit booking: IndusInd Bank fell more than 2 percent after hitting a record high of Rs 1,818 in early trade, dragged by profit booking.

The stock rallied 5.6 percent in previous session after the company entered into exclusivity agreement to evaluate with microfinance company Bharat Financial Inclusion for proposed potential strategic combination by way of amalgamation through a scheme of arrangement, or any other suitable structure.

Bharat Financial Inclusion was also down 0.6 percent on profit taking.

11:20 am Buzzing: Jaypee Infratech was locked at 5 percent upper circuit and Jaiprakash Associates lost 3.6 percent after the Supreme Court ordered JP Associates yesterday to deposit Rs 2000 crore before the court by October 27.

The directors of Jaypee Infratech and JP Associates have also been restrained from travelling abroad without permission of the SC. They have also been directed to take the permission of IRP before selling any property. The next date of hearing is November 13.

All proceedings in other forums have been stayed. What this means is all cases pending before consumer courts, NCDRC, etc., will be stayed while the corporate insolvency resolution process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 is on.

11:16 am Rupee loses: The rupee dropped further by 6 paise to 63.99 against the US currency in morning at the interbank foreign exchange today as the dollar strengthened overseas.

Dealers said increased demand for the US currency from importers and the greenback’s gains against other currencies overseas weighed on the rupee.

Currency traders also turned cautious ahead of release of key macro data, including IIP and inflation, later in the day. They said gains in domestic equity markets capped the losses.

11:06 am Market Check: Equity benchmarks extended gains in morning trade, with the Nifty reclaiming 10,050 level on support from FMCG and banks stocks.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 174.24 points at 32,056.40 and the 50-share NSE Nifty gained 50.95 points at 10,057.

The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices also extended gains to 0.8 percent each. About 1,327 shares advanced against 840 declining shares on the BSE.

10:58 am Market Expert: As the market stares at issues of high valuation and lack of commensurate growth with fundamentals, Harsha Upadhyaya, CIO-Equity, Kotak Mutual Fund believes only a select few pockets are overbought. The market entirely is not expensive.

This, in the context of surged inflows of Rs 20,000 crore into equity mutual funds in August, is going to be a challenge for fund managers, Upadhyaya told CNBC-TV18 in an interview. However, one could look for stories in sectors with inexpensive valuations. Investors could well be cautious in such a scenario, he advised.

He pointed out to the slow growth trend reflected in June quarter results with no growth in export basket, and disappointing PSU banks’ performance.

One must wait for September and December quarters, which could see better performance, he said. This could largely be due to sectors which are likely to see normalization of numbers, post GST disruption, in this and the next quarter. But, overall, he sees no major change in the economy.

10:45 am Stake buy: Tata Sons, the promoter of major Tata group companies, will hike its shareholding in Tata Global Beverages and Tata Chemicals by up to 6.84 percent and 4.39 percent respectively for a total estimated value of Rs 1,458 crore.

Tata Sons will acquire up to 4.31 crore shares or 6.84 percent stake in Tata Global Beverages Ltd (TGBL) from Tata Chemicals as a part of restructuring of its investment portfolio, TGBL said in a regulatory filing.

Tata Chemicals said Tata Sons will acquire up to 1.11 crore shares or 4.39 per cent stake in the company from Tata Global Beverages Ltd (TGBL).

TGBL and Tata Chemicals said the proposed date of acquisition is on or after September 18 and the shares are proposed to be acquired at the prevailing price on the date of acquisition.

10:35 am Order win: Shares of Larsen and Toubro (L&T) touched 52-week high of Rs 1,231.95, rising more than 1 percent intraday as it has won orders worth Rs 2525 crore.

The construction arm of the company has won orders worth Rs 2525 crore across various business segments.

The metallurgical and material handing business has bagged orders worth Rs 2271 crore in the domestic market to strengthen its presence in the metallurgical sector.

Meanwhile, the other business segments of the L&T construction have won orders worth Rs 254 crore.

The power transmission and distribution business has bagged an order from electricity generating authority of Thailand.

The smart world and communication business has received an order from Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu.

10:25 am Buzzing: Shares of Liberty Shoes and Tata Coffee touched 52-week high, gaining 16 percent intraday as Equity Intelligence of Porinju Veliyath has bought stake in the companies.

Equity Intelligence India [P M S] bought 3,21,308 shares of Liberty Shoes at Rs 235.48 and bought 10,00,000 shares of Tata Coffee at Rs 150 on the NSE on Monday.

10:15 am Market Outlook: Suresh Soni, Chief Executive Officer, DHFL Pramerica Asset Managers Private Ltd said stock prices are the slave of corporate earnings, and the ability of the company to compete in the market place. However, in the short term markets are subject to fluctuations due to a variety of reasons, many of which are transient and short term in nature.

You should indeed be looking at selling your shares if you see a sustained impact on your company’s earnings due to a potential US/ N Korea conflict.

Time and again the markets’ reaction to events has given opportunities to acquire stocks at attractive valuations. As equity investors, we will keep reading headlines like Brexit, Greek crisis, Fed moves, potential war etc.

None of these can be forecasted beforehand nor are they likely to have any direct impact on corporate earnings. Investors will do well to ignore these events and stay focused on their long term investment journey.

10:04 am Market Check: Equity benchmarks maintained early gains amid volatility, backed by metals, FMCG, infrastructure and banks stocks.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 77.99 points at 31,960.15 and the 50-share NSE Nifty gained 24.35 points at 10,030.40.

The broader markets continued to trade with half a percent gains as about three shares advanced for every two shares falling on the BSE.

Asian markets also continued their ascent, following a firm lead from Wall Street as concerns faded over the potential damage of Hurricane Irma and as Korean Peninsula tensions took a backseat.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 1 percent as the dollar held onto overnight gains against the yen.

9:56 am Tata Steel rallies 4%: Tata Steel has concluded a new agreement under which its UK business stands separated from the 15-billion pound British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS).

“Tata Steel UK has received confirmation from the pensions regulator that it has approved a regulated apportionment arrangement (RAA) in respect of BSPS,” Tata Steel said in a statement.

As part of the arrangement, a payment of 550 million pounds has been made to BSPS by Tata Steel UK and shares in Tata Steel UK, equivalent to 33 percent stake, have been issued to the BSPS trustee, the steel giant said.

The BSPS has now been separated from Tata Steel UK and a number of affiliated companies, it added.

Last month, Tata Steel had announced clinching of the deal facilitating detachment of the BSPS from its UK business.

9:45 am SEBI approval: Godrej Industries arm Godrej Agrovet has received capital markets regulator Sebi’s go-ahead to raise an estimated Rs 1,000-1,200 crore through an initial public offering.

The company had filed draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with Sebi in July and received its ‘observations’ on September 8, which is very necessary for any company to launch public offer, as per the latest update with the markets regulator.

Godrej Agrovet’s public issue comprises fresh issue of shares worth Rs 300 crore besides an offer for sale of scrips of up to Rs 300 crore by Godrej Industries and up to 1.23 crore shares by V-Sciences, as per the DRHP.

Besides, the company is considering a pre-IPO placement of up to 5.6 lakh equity shares worth up Rs 252 crore.

9:35 am IPO: The initial public offer (IPO) of, which runs online match-making portals, was subscribed 67 percent on the first day of bidding on Monday.

The IPO, with an aim to raise over Rs 500 crore, received bids for 18,78,510 shares against the total issue size of 28,11,280 shares, data available with the NSE showed.

The portion set aside for qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) was subscribed 83 per cent and retail investors 1.19 times.

The company had on Friday raised nearly Rs 226 crore from anchor investors.

The price band is Rs 983-985 per share for the IPO which will close on September 13.

9:25 am FII View: Neelkanth Mishra of Credit Suisse said the research house estimated if inflows into life insurance and provident/pension funds do not grow, households’ gross financial savings this year could be Rs 21 trillion versus Rs 18 trillion in FY17.

The challenge increasingly is deployment, he added. The balance of payments surplus is playing a role as well, he feels.

The RBI is thus forced to continue absorbing liquidity, he said.

He feels cost of capital should hence remain low, manifested in low interest rates and high P/E for equities.

Mishra said non-banking finance companies (NBFC) growth should continue, net interest margin though may compress. LIC Housing Finance and Indiabulls Housing Finance should benefit, he added.

9:15 am Market Check: Equity benchmarks opened higher on Tuesday, continuing uptrend for the second consecutive session.

The 30-share BSE Sensex reclaimed 32,000 level in early trade, up 118.77 points at 32000.93. The 50-share NSE Nifty rallied 27.35 points to 10,033.40.

The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices gained half a percent each on positive breadth. About three shares advanced for every share falling on the BSE.

Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Sun Pharma, HUL, Reliance Industries, Larsen & Toubro, TCS, Lupin, Wipro and Vedanta gained up to 2 percent in early trade.

Bharti Infratel, Coal India and ONGC were under pressure on profit booking.

Tata Coffee and Liberty Shoes rallied 12-16 percent post bulk deals.
Cochin Shipyard, Jet Airways, InterGlobe Aviation, Bata India, Mirza International, Redington India, HCL Infosystems, Emkay, RPG Life, IIFL Holdings, Religare Enterprises and Adani Transmission were early gainers in broader space.

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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