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Stock Market Highlights: Sensex ends 70 points higher, Nifty settles above 13,750 amid volatility; IT, pharma stocks outperform

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Stock Market Highlights: Indian benchmark equity indices, Sensex and Nifty ended Friday's choppy session little higher. The Sensex gained 70.35 points or 0.15 percent to close at 46,960.69 while the Nifty ended at 13,760.55, up 19.85 points or 0.14 percent.

Stock Market Highlights: Sensex ends 70 points higher, Nifty settles above 13,750 amid volatility; IT, pharma stocks outperform
  • Rusmik Oza, Executive Vice President, Head of Fundamental Research at Kotak Securities

    The Nifty-50 Index has gained 1.8% this week while the Nifty-Mid Cap 100 Index and BSE Small Cap Index have gained 1.9% and 1.4%, respectively. The market remained buoyant on the earlier-than-expected deployment of Covid-19 vaccines, impending US fiscal stimulus and decreasing domestic Covid-19 cases. FIIs flows though strong have moderated some bit from the previous week. The average daily FII flows in the first four days of the week was around Rs.3200 crore. Going forward expect FII flows to slowdown in the next two weeks as we head towards Christmas vacation.

    Markets could turn volatile next week due to the monthly expiry and lesser participation from FIIs. We expect Nifty50 to consolidate between 13,000 & 14,000 levels by the end of this month.

  • Manish Hathiramani, Proprietary Index Trader and Technical Analyst, Deen Dayal Investments

    The Nifty has closed above 13,700 once again which is a positive sign. We continue to remain in bullish territory as long as 13.400-13.500 holds. Any intraday correction can be utilized to accumulate long positions for higher targets. It is imperative stop losses are strictly maintained as a correction might stir the volatility levels.

  • Market At Close

    Sensex & Nifty Recover To Close At Record Highs For 6th Straight Day

    Benchmark Indices Reverse Losses To End The Friday Session Near Day’s High

    Nifty Gains 102 Points & Sensex 330 Points From Lows

    Sensex Ends 70 Points Higher At 46,961 & Nifty 20 Pts Higher At 13,761

    Accenture’s Strong Earnings Lead IT Stocks Higher; Nifty IT Up Over 1%

    All Nifty IT Stocks Close In The Green; Infosys, Mphasis, Wipro Top Gainers

    Midcap Index & Nifty Bank Underperform Benchmark Indices

    Nifty Bank Slips 132 Pts To 30,715 & Midcap Index 52 Pts To 20,797

    HDFC Bank Drags Nifty Bank By 212 Pts While ICICI Bk Lifts By 112 Pts

    Burger King Closes At Lower Circuit For 2nd Straight Day

    L&T Tech Surges 13% After CLSA’s Upgrade To Outperform

  • Stock Market Highlights | Indian benchmark equity indices, Sensex and Nifty ended Friday's choppy session a little higher. The Sensex gained 70.35 points or 0.15 percent to close at 46,960.69 while the Nifty ended at 13,760.55, up 19.85 points or 0.14 percent. Broader indices underperformed as Nifty Midcap100 and Nifty Smallcap100 ended over 0.2 percent lower each.

    Among sectors, The Nifty IT and Nifty Pharma rose the most, up 1.5 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively while Nifty FMCG also added 0.3 percent. However, the banking and financial services index ended the day in the red. Nifty Metal also lost around 0.3 percent.

    On the Nifty50 index, Dr Reddy's, Bajaj Auto, Infosys, Wipro and Cipla were the top gainers while IndusInd Bank, HDFC Bank, ONGC, Maruti and IOC led the losses.

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    Stock Market Highlights: Sensex ends 70 points higher, Nifty settles above 13,750 amid volatility; IT, pharma stocks outperform
  • HG Infra Engineering | The company has received LoA from NHAI for a project in Rajasthan worth Rs 1,198.93 crore.

  • Surya Roshni | The company has obtained an order worth Rs 72.62 crore (excluding GST) for supply of API 5L Grade 3LPE Coated and bare Pipes to Indian Oil Corporation Limited for Gas pipeline project.

  • KNR Construction | The company's board has approved a bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1.

  • Market Update | Indian indices pared morning losses to trade flat as selling in banking and financial stocks were countered by gains in IT and Pharma stocks. Sensex was trading 8.57 points or 0.02 percent higher at 46,898.91 while the Nifty inched 4.20 points or 0.03 percent higher at 13,744.90 at 2:10 pm. Infosys, HCL Technologies, Bajaj Auto and TCS were the top Sensex gainers while IndusInd Bank, ONGC, and HDFC twin were the top laggards.

    Stock Market Highlights: Sensex ends 70 points higher, Nifty settles above 13,750 amid volatility; IT, pharma stocks outperform
  • Strides Pharma Science | The company has received US FDA approval for Oxybutynin Chloride tablets used for the treatment of overactive bladder and urinary conditions.

  • Market Watch: Hemen Kapadia of KRChoksey Securities

    A buy call on Bajaj Auto. It has been consolidating for around 14 trading sessions, today it is setting the stage for a breakout, it has moved up a bit, but I would suggest a buy at Rs 3,330, stop loss Rs 3,260 and target of Rs 3,470. A breakout would take it pass Rs 3,500 actually.

    A buy on Hindustan Unilever (HUL), buy Rs HUL at around Rs 2,320, stop loss at Rs 2,290 and target at Rs 2,380, this call would be valid for a couple of weeks.

    Lastly, a buy call on Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, it has gone into the consolidation phase, once again around 11-12 trading sessions old. But the undercurrent is distinctly bullish, long term I would say we are at Rs 524, we are heading towards Rs 900 couple of years around the line, but I am anticipating an upwards breakout. So buy Sun Pharmaceutical at Rs 570 stop loss Rs 555 target Rs 600.

  • RITES | The company has secured project management consulting work of Rs 62 crore.

  • Burger King hits 10% lower circuit for 2nd day; No impact on listing of Mrs Bector's Food, say analysts

    Burger King India shares hit a 10 percent lower circuit for the second consecutive day in a row. The stock price of the quick-service restaurant chain was locked at Rs 161.45 per share on BSE, due to profit booking.

    On Thursday, the stock had slipped 10 percent to Rs 175 per share on the NSE. This came after the stock witnessed a spectacular listing earlier this week.

    However, despite the fall, Burger King shares are 169 percent up from its listing price.

    In the case of Burger King, the valuation was unrealistic post-listing, so some amount of correction was expected, said Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Group Chairman, Inditrade Capital.

    On the other hand, Mrs Bector's Food Specialities' public issue was subscribed 198 times on Thursday. Analysts do not expect any impact of profit-taking in the Burger King shares on Mrs Bector Food's listing. Read more here.

  • Steel Strips Wheels | The company has bagged export orders of nearly 51,000 wheels for EU market, to be executed in the month of January and February 2021 from its Chennai plant. Orders of similar capacity are anticipated from the same customer base as businesses continue to recover rapidly, it said. The company expects to grow its exports by over 40 percent in 2020-21.

  • Aviation Data | November 2020 domestic air passenger traffic rose 20 percent to 63.5 lakh from 52.71 lakh in October 2020. IndiGo’s passenger load factor (PLF) rises to 74 percent from 68.2 percent and SpiceJet’s PLF rises to 77.7 percent from 74 percent, MoM.

  • Market Watch: Sachin Shah, Emkay Investment Managers

    On Markets

    COVID has played a role of catalyst for the entire Indian corporates. The kind of cost structures, efficiencies that we are seeing in the last 6 months is amazing and a lot of that will stay in the next few quarters also. So, if I think about the next 12-18 months, finally we are in for a good earnings growth from many companies across the sectors and from that perspective we will see this rally much broad based, much stronger over a period of next 12-18 months.

     On PSU stocks

    For the last 5-7 years we have completely avoided investing in the PSU stocks. The last 5-7 years we have seen humungous amount of price destruction or the wealth destruction that has happened with the PSU companies. Everything is good at a price and bad at a price and probably at a price where they are today there is very deep value. So as a trade maybe there is some profit to be made, but if I think about on a secular way, if I have to take a 3-5 years view, whether I see earnings growing significantly, do I see a paradigm shift in terms of their of operations, I am not very sure at this point in time.

  • DHFL creditors to evaluate bids today; voting set to begin next week


    The race for DHFL is now down effectively to 2 bidders - Piramal Group and Oaktree Capital. The Creditors of Company (CoC) are set to meet today (December 18) to evaluate the bids with voting expected to begin next week. All suitors will make presentations to the CoC today while SBI Capital will make present evaluation matrix to the committee today. Piramal is likely to have an edge over Oaktree Capital because it offers a higher cash up front and also it is easier to take over being an Indian entity. However, Oaktree Capital has been looking at ways to make its offer more attractive. They have offered to drop some of the conditions that were seen as hindrances. According to sources, Oaktree Capital was mulling legal action against CoC for alleged discriminatory treatment. However, so far they have not taken any concrete action. For more details, watch video.

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  • IT shares outperform on Accenture's improved full-year sales forecast


    IT shares outperformed in a weak market on Friday after better than expected earnings by US technology firm Accenture boosted hopes for the Indian IT industry. The sentiment was also lifted after the IT company raised its full-year sales forecast. Accenture has forecast the fiscal year 2021 revenue growth between 4 percent and 6 percent, above its previous estimate of growth between 2 percent and 5 percent. Meanwhile, it expects second-quarter revenue to be between $11.55 billion and $11.95 billion, above the Wall Street estimates of $11.35 billion. The Nifty IT index was up over 1.5 percent as against a 0.3 percent fall in the benchmarks. All constituents of the index were also trading in the green. Coforge rose the most, up 2.5 percent followed by Infosys and HCL Tech, up over 2 percent each. Meanwhile, Mphasis, TCS, L&T Infotech, and Wipro also rose over a percent each.

  • Supreme Court reserves judgement in Tata-Mistry case


    The Supreme Court has reserved its verdict in the Tata-Mistry case. Both sides have completed their arguments in the case. On Thursday, Tata Group offered to buy out Mistry family's 18 percent stake in Tata Sons at a fair value if required. However, Tata Group also lashed out at Mistry camp accusing them of trying to break-up the group by sleight of hand. Senior advocate Harish Salve appearing for Tata Sons said that Article 71 of Articles of Association clearly provides for a buyout. Salve said Tata Sons would be willing to buy out the 18.37 percent stake of Shapoorji Pallonji Group in Tata Sons provided it is held that Tata Sons acted in an oppressive manner. Watch the video for more.

  • Buzzing | Defence shares gain after govt nod to proposals to buy equipment worth Rs 28,000 crore

    Shares of defence sector companies BEML, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Bharat Electronics, Bharat Dynamics, Apollo Micro Systems, Walchandnagar Industries among others gained over 1-4 percent in trade on Friday after the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved proposals to procure equipment worth Rs 28,000 crore.

    The DAC, in its meeting on Thursday, held under the Chairmanship of Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh approved Capital Acquisition proposals of various Weapons/Platforms/Equipment/Systems required by the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force at an approximate overall cost of Rs 28,000 crore. Read more here.

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  • See strong recovery in India, expect GDP to grow 10% next year, says Nomura


    Nomura expects rupee to strengthen against the dollar, said Rob Subbaraman, Chief Economist, Asia Ex-Japan on Friday. “We have a forecast of a very strong India recovery next year, we forecast almost 10 percent real gross domestic product (GDP) growth for India next year,” he said in an interview with CNBC-TV18. In terms of dollar index, he said, “Our view at Nomura is that it still has a room to weaken further and we think in particular as we look into 2021, in the first quarter of 2021, it is going to be a sharp dive down in the dollar.” More here

  • TCS share price hits 52-week high on opening of buyback offer

    Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) share price added nearly 2 percent in the early trade on December 18 as company's Rs 16,000 crore share buyback offer opened for investors today. TCS has decided to buyback upto 5,33,33,333 equity shares and the floor price for this offer has been fixed at Rs 3,000 per share. The offer, as per the schedule, will close on January 1, 2021. This is the third share buyback offer from the company after August 2018 and May 2017. Experts advised investors to tender their shares in the buyback offer if they want to hold for less than one year period given the good price offered by the company.

  • Surging investor interest sends bitcoin to peak past $23,000


    Bitcoin rose to a record high on Thursday, just a day after passing the $20,000 milestone for the first time, amid surging interest from larger investors. The world's highest-profile cryptocurrency jumped 10.5 percent to $23,655, taking its gains this year past 220 percent, buoyed by demand from larger investors attracted to its potential for quick gains and perceived inflation-hedging qualities. Smaller coin ethereum, which often moves in tandem with bitcoin, was trading 1.75 percent higher. With bitcoin's supply capped at 21 million, investors see in the cryptocurrency a hedge against the risk of inflation as governments and central banks turn on the stimulus taps in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stock Market Highlights: Indian benchmark equity indices, Sensex and Nifty ended Friday's choppy session a little higher. The Sensex gained 70.35 points or 0.15 percent to close at 46,960.69 while the Nifty ended at 13,760.55, up 19.85 points or 0.14 percent. Broader indices underperformed as Nifty Midcap100 and Nifty Smallcap100 ended over 0.2 percent lower each.