Market Live: Nifty opens above 10,100, Midcap outperforms Sensex; BPCL, IOC up
Thu Sep 14 2017
Rajesh Sharma (2003 articles)

Market Live: Nifty opens above 10,100, Midcap outperforms Sensex; BPCL, IOC up

10:23 am Bullet train: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan PM Shinzo Abe laid the foundation for 508-km bullet train project.

Abe said today is a historic day; India and Japan formed a new partnership. “We feel privileged to be a partner in India’s first bullet train project,” he said.

The bullet train project is expected to be completed within 2023, after which the train will be capable of running at the high speed of 350 km per hour.

The project, funded 80 percent by the Japan Investment Cooperation Agency (JICA) as a soft loan spread over 50 years at minimal interest rate, will reduce travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad from seven to two hours. The rest of the funding, amounting to Rs 9,800 crore, is borne by the Indian Railways, making the project one of its costliest.

For this project, the new Shinkansen Technology from Japan will come to India and be developed under Make in India scheme, as per Railway minister Piyush Goyal.

10:17 am Telecom subscribers: India’s telecom subscriber base dipped marginally by 1.3 lakh to 121.07 crore in July, as per latest data published by regulator Trai.

Only three operators — Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and state-run BSNL — reported subscriber additions in the month, while eight other operators including Idea Cellular and Vodafone, saw a decline.

“The number of telephone subscribers in India slightly declined from 1,210.84 million at the end of June 2017 to 1,210.71 million at the end of July 2017,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said in its monthly subscribers report.

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10:13 am Buzzing: Bharti Airtel rebounded with 0.6 percent gains today after falling a percent in previous session.

On Wednesday, the telecom operator announced strategic partnership with South Korean telecom operator SK Telecom, known for using latest technologies, to build the most advanced telecom network in India.

The two companies will also collaborate on an on-going basis to evolve standards for 5G and advanced technologies like network functions virtualisation (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN) and Internet of Things (IoT), Bharti Airtel said in a statement.

The companies will jointly work towards building an enabling ecosystem for the introduction of these technologies in the Indian context.

10:08 am Mini-Budgets: When finance minister Arun Jaitley stands up in Lok Sabha early next year to present the budget for 2018-19, it will mark the beginning of a new course in India’s annual accounting process. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s fifth and, possibly the last full budget in this term, will also be a breakout financial plan.

The roll out of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1 has meant that the central finance minister will have very little discretionary powers in changing a jumble of indirect levies.

India is in the midst of overhauling its tax system by consolidating an untidy patchwork of local and central duties such as VAT, central excise, special additional duties, cesses and service tax into a single levy –GST—that seeks to make tax administration more efficient, bring in transparency, remove red tape and turn India into a common national market by removing fiscal barriers among states.

The GST council, chaired by the Union finance minister and ministers from states as its members, now decides on GST rates, implying that `Part B’ central budget speeches from 2018 onwards will not contain the long list of indirect taxes that the finance minister presents every year.

10:05 am Market Check: Equity benchmarks extended gains in morning trade, with the Nifty inching towards its previous record high.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 115.84 points at 32302.25 and the 50-share NSE Nifty gained 40.65 points at 10,119.95.

The broader markets continued to outperform benchmarks as the BSE Midcap index rallied 1 percent and Smallcap index rose 0.9 percent on strong breadth.

About three shares advanced for every share falling on the BSE.

9:55 am Asia weak: Major indexes in Asia were mostly flat with a negative bias after the release of softer-than-expected China data. Markets also digested the rise in US Treasury yields overnight following tax reform headlines out of Washington, although the dollar’s advance paused.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 edged down 0.12 percent after three straight days of gains. Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi rose 0.24 percent.

The S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.16 percent while the Hang Seng Index declined 0.42 percent. The Shanghai Composite traded 0.17 percent lower.

9:45 am Order win: Share price of Thermax gained 3.5 percent on the back of first EPC order in the GCC region.

The Thermax Group has won a USD 43 million contract from a leading cement company in the UAE for a turnkey captive power plant.

MS Unnikrishnan, MD & CEO of Thermax said, “This is the first EPC order that Thermax will be executing for a GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council) country. We intend to expand our footprint in this region where we have been providing business solutions.”

9:35 am Oil Minister: Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday ruled out government intervention to disrupt the daily revision in petrol and diesel prices despite Rs 7.3 per litre spike in rates since July, saying the reform will continue.

He however remained non-committal on cutting taxes to soften the blow of relentless rise in prices since July 3, the government need to finance huge infrastructure and social projects has to be balanced with consumer needs.

Terming the criticism of spike in rates as unfair, he said the drop in prices for over a fortnight after the daily price revision was introduced on June 16 has been ignored and only “temporary” phenomenon of rising trend is being highlighted.

India relies on imports to meet 80 per cent of its needs and so domestic fuel rates have been aligned to movement of equivalent product prices in the international market since April 2002.

9:25 am Buzzing: Shares of Godrej Properties rose more than 3 percent in the early trade as it has bagged a residential project in Thane.

The company has entered into a joint venture with Nirmal Ventures for developing a residential project located on the Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Thane West.

This project will be developed under a development management agreement.

“The project spread over 14 acres and will offer approximately 1,95,000 square metres (2.1 million square feet) of saleable area and will be developed as a residential development comprising of modern residential apartments of various configurations along with a small retail component to support this residential development,” company said.

9:15 am Market Check: Equity benchmarks opened higher amid consolidation Thursday, with the Nifty reclaiming 10,100 level despite weakness in Asian peers.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 81.95 points at 32,268.36 and the 50-share NSE Nifty gained 23.70 points at 10,103.

Sun Pharma rallied nearly 4 percent, followed by Dr Reddy’s Labs, Lupin, Reliance Industries, Tata Motors, GAIL and Aurobindo Pharm.

Wipro plunged 3.5 percent. Kotak Mahindra Bank, HDFC Bank, HDFC, TCS, HUL, Tech Mahindra and Power Grid were also under pressure.

HPCL, BPCL and IOC rallied 3 percent each as the government ruled out oil price cut.

Thermax, Jubilant Foodworks, Tata Chemicals, Cyient and Deepak Fertilisers gained up to 4 percent.

The Indian rupee opened lower by 17 paise at 64.17 per dollar today against previous close of 64.
“In the absence of any major triggers, the rupee is expected to stay in a tight range with trading range for the day at 64-64.30,” Mohan Shenoi of Kotak Mahindra Bank said.

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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