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Closing Bell: Nifty cuts losses, Sensex ends above 38,000, led by recovery in rupee, buying in pharma, auto, metal shares

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Indian equity indices reduced losses at close on Wednesday led by recovery in the rupee and late buying in pharma, auto, metal stocks, in particular. Earlier, indices traded sharply lower as the Indian rupee weakened to fresh record low against the dollar. The BSE Sensex ended above the 38,000 mark, but the NSE Nifty 50 ended below 11,500. Here are the main highlights from the stock markets today:

Closing Bell: Nifty cuts losses, Sensex ends above 38,000, led by recovery in rupee, buying in pharma, auto, metal shares
  • Sensex gainers and losers at market close##Sensex gainers and losers at market close

    Closing Bell: Nifty cuts losses, Sensex ends above 38,000, led by recovery in rupee, buying in pharma, auto, metal shares
  • Closing Bell: Sensex ends above 38,000 mark, Nifty reduces steep losses##Closing Bell: Sensex ends above 38,000 mark, Nifty reduces steep losses

    The BSE Sensex ended nearly 140 points lower at 38,018, while the NSE Nifty 50 settled at 11,477, down by 44 points, or 0.38 percent. Indices reduced losses ahead of the closing trade led by a recovery in the Indian rupee against the dollar and buying in metal, pharma , auto and IT stocks. Banks too recouped losses but ended in the red overall. Yes Bank, Vedanta, Hindalco, Wipro, Tata Motors, Adani Ports, Sun Pharma surged by up to nearly 3 percent. Bharti Infratel, Idea Cellular, Hindustan Unilever, Zee Entertainment, Titan, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Reliance Industries, HDFC declined by up to 4.47 percent. Midcaps too ended off from the day's low recovering nearly 300 points. Nifty MidCap declined by 0.42 percent, while the BSE MidCap lost 0.61 percent.

  • Rupee recovers 26 paise from record low of 71.92/$##Rupee recovers 26 paise from record low of 71.92/$

  • NR Agarwal Industries jumps 12% as July-September seen robust##NR Agarwal Industries jumps 12% as July-September seen robust


    Shares of NR Agarwal Industries surged 12 percent to hit an over four month high of Rs 522.90 aided by talk of strong growth in profits and sales in July-September. The company's July-September results are likely to be exceptionally good as the company is seen benefiting from strong demand for paper and packaged products in both domestic and international market. At 3.15 pm, shares of NR Agarwal Industries traded at Rs 491.55, up 4.24 percent. So far in 2018, the stock has risen 15.4%. (Cogencis)

  • Biocon jumps over 6%, reverses two-day downtrend##Biocon jumps over 6%, reverses two-day downtrend

    Shares of Biocon ltd jumped 5.04 percent to Rs 625, gaining Rs 30 in value at 3.10 pm, reversing two days of consecutive fall. The largecap pharma stock touched an intra-day high of Rs 631.07 percent, rising 6.07 percent.  

  • Page Industries shares dip over 3%, 12% from record high##Page Industries shares dip over 3%, 12% from record high


    Shares of Page Industries, the makers of Jockey brand innerwear, dipped 3.02 percent, to trade at Rs 32,588.20 at 3.01 pm. The stock has lost Rs 1013.65 in value and dipped around 12 percent from its record high of Rs 36,335.95. It opened at Rs 33,500 today and touched an intra-day high of Rs 33,752.55. The large cap lifestyle stock has been losing for the last 6 days and shed nearly 10 percent in the period. It has traded higher than 50 day, 100 day and 200 day moving average but lower than 5 day and 20 day moving average. Meanwhile, the BSE Sensex has further reduced losses, trading above 38,000 mark. At 3.07 pm, it was down by 134 points to 38,024. The NSE Nifty 50 traded lower by over 48 points, or 0.42 percent, to 11,472.

  • Nifty FMCG sheds over 1% on profit-booking, Britannia, HUL down##Nifty FMCG sheds over 1% on profit-booking, Britannia, HUL down

    Closing Bell: Nifty cuts losses, Sensex ends above 38,000, led by recovery in rupee, buying in pharma, auto, metal shares
  • Cyient shares gain over 5%, wins order from Indian Army##Cyient shares gain over 5%, wins order from Indian Army

    Cyient shares hit a month's high of Rs 774.40, building on yesterday's gains as the company's JV with Israel-based BlueBird Aero Systems, has received an order from the Indian Army to supply mini unmanned aerial vehicle systems. Shares traded at Rs 769.10, up by 5.32 percent, adding Rs 38.85 in value. Meanwhile, indices recouped some losses with the BSE Sensex lower by 235 points to trade at 37,924.

  • Sical Logistics jumps over 17% on huge volumes##Sical Logistics jumps over 17% on huge volumes

    Shares of Sical Logistics ltd jumped over 17 percent on huge volumes. The microcap stock traded at Rs 197.20, adding Rs 29.15 in value, surging by 17.35 percent. The stock opened at Rs 171.50 and has outperformed the sector by nearly 15 percent. It is gaining for the last 5 days and has risen over 18 percent in the period.

  • Market update: Sensex, Nifty continue sharp downtrend##Market update: Sensex, Nifty continue sharp downtrend

    Indian shares extended their losses and fell sharply on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the last hour of trade, tracking the Indian rupee which fell to a fresh record low at 71.96 against the dollar, nearing the 72 mark. Consumer and bank stocks particularly saw sustained selling along with other sectors except pharma and to some extent IT shares. At 2.10 pm, the BSE Sensex traded lower by 356 points, or 0.93 percent, to trade at 37,802.13. The NSE Nifty 50 hovered just above 11,400 mark, trading at 11,401.75, lower by 118 points, or over a percent. 

  • FMCG shares extend losses on profit-booking##FMCG shares extend losses on profit-booking

    Major FMCG shares traded weak on sustained selling seen this week. Britannia Industries traded 3.96 percent lower at Rs 6,091.90, losing Rs 251.60 in value, at 1.43 pm on the BSE. It earlier declined to an intra-day low of Rs 6,075.55, after opening at Rs 6290. For the week, Britannia has declined by 11 percent. Nestle India shares also saw a steep fall of 5 percent to an intra-day low of Rs 10,300. It traded at Rs 10,305.90, down by 4.90 percent, losing Rs 531.25 in value at 1.45 pm. On a weekly basis, it dropped 9.5 percent. Godrej Consumer Products also fell 5.23 percent, trading lower at Rs 1,327.15. The stock's value was down by over Rs 75. It has declined 8 percent on a weekly basis.

  • Jefferies starts Finolex, V Guard with "buy"; says bullish on sector##Jefferies starts Finolex, V Guard with "buy"; says bullish on sector

    Jefferies initiates coverage of Finolex Cables Ltd with a “buy” rating and price target of Rs 690, Havells India Ltd with “hold” and a price target of Rs 745 and V Guard Industries Ltd with a “buy” and price target of Rs 260. Brokerage bullish on Indian electricals companies, says sector to benefit from nationwide Goods and Services Tax (GST) and required billing mechanism called E-Way Bill. Key emerging trend among electricals is rapid diversification into durables and appliances, which helps de-risk their business models and optimize product mix, says Jefferies. Price differential between branded and unbranded converges, foresee accelerated demand transition to organized players, it added. Demand shift to organized segment, government’s thrust on housing and rural electrification, new product launches, and deeper penetration in rural regions are among key catalysts for electricals companies, Jefferies adds. Shares of Finolex, Havells, V Guard were down between 1.46 percent and 3.28 percent, while broader market was down on a weaker rupee. Eight out of 9 analysts covering Finolex rate the stock a “buy”, 11 of 19 have a “buy” rating on V Guard and 27 of 37 rate Havells “buy.” (Reuters)

  • Here are key facts on rupee's depreciation against the US dollar##Here are key facts on rupee's depreciation against the US dollar

  • Havells India dips over 3% as Syska Group cuts LED prices##Havells India dips over 3% as Syska Group cuts LED prices


    Shares of Havells India declined by 3.29 percent to trade at Rs 646.50, losing Rs 22.95 in value,  on concerns that company's margins may reduce after rival Syska Group slashed prices of light-emitting diode products by 10-15 percent recently. After opening at Rs 670, the scrip has ranged between Rs 672 and Rs 646. 


    Meanwhile, equity indices sharply extended losses as the Indian rupee weakned further against the dollar. The BSE Sensex has slipped over 292 points or by 0.77 percent to 37,865.59. The NSE Nifty 50 too fell by 103 points or 0.90 percent to 11,417.15. The rupee so far has hit a record low of 71.96 against the dollar in intra-day trade, nearing 72/$ mark. Midcaps are also under severe pressure with the Nifty MidCap lower by 1.7 percent and the BSE MidCap down by 1.65 percent. Top laggards included Tata Motors, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Hindustan Unilever, Tata Steel, Reliance , Idea Cellular, Bharti Infratel, Titan, Zee Entertainment, falling by up to 4.25 percent. Top gainers were Wipro, Yes Bank, Bajaj Auto, Tech Mahindra, ITC, Bajaj Auto, Sun Pharma, rising by up to 1.16 percent.

  • Rupee near the 72 per dollar mark, hits 71.96/$##Rupee near the 72 per dollar mark, hits 71.96/$

  • Jet Airways falls to 4-week low after report that it delayed salaries of some staff##Jet Airways falls to 4-week low after report that it delayed salaries of some staff

    Shares of Jet Airways (India) Ltd fell as much as 3.2 percent to Rs 263, their lowest since August 10. The embattled carrier has delayed paying salaries of 20 percent of its staff, mostly in higher pay brackets including its pilots. As of last close, Jet Airways stock was down 67.35 percent this year, making it the worst performing Indian airline in the period. At 12.24 pm, Jet Airways stock traded at Rs 265.10, lower by 2.57 percent. The benchmark BSE Sensex traded lower by 209 points, or 0.55 percent lower, at 37,949. The NSE Nifty 50 declined by 0.64 percent, or 74 points, to 11,445.

  • Market update: Sensex, Nifty extend losses as rupee slips to 71.75 against the dollar##Market update: Sensex, Nifty extend losses as rupee slips to 71.75 against the dollar

    The BSE Sensex plunged by 120 points to 38,038, while the NSE Nifty 50 traded at 11,471, slipping lower by nearly 50 points. The 30-share S&P BSE index has ranged between a high and a low of 38,250 and 38,008, respectively, after opening at 38,193. The Sensex had lost 738.71 points in the previous five sessions. The broader 50-share NSE index has traded in a range between 11,542 and 11,475. It started at 11,515. Top laggards include Coal India, Indiabulls Housing Finance, UltraTech Cement, Bharti Infratel, Hindustan Unilever, IOC, HPCL, Bajaj Finance, IndusInd Bank, ONGC, Vedanta, Bharti Airtel and Axis Bank, dipping by 2.34 percent. Major gainers were ITC, Tech Mahindra, UPL, Yes Bank, Wipro, Sun Pharma, Bajaj Auto, rising by up to 1.26 percent.

     
  • Market update: Sensex, Nifty trade lower on rupee woes, macro data##Market update: Sensex, Nifty trade lower on rupee woes, macro data

    The BSE Sensex traded lower by 41 points or 0.11 percent to 38,116.68, while the NSE Nifty 50 was down by 21 point, or 0.18 percent, to trade at 11,500 at 11.15 am. Midcaps also slipped lower well over half a percent. The Nifty MidCap was down by 0.58 percent, while the BSE MidCap dipped 0.55 percent. Shares of Yes Bank, Sun Pharma, Tech Mahindra, UPL, ITC, Wipro, Bajaj Auto surged by up to 1.77 percent, while Coal India, ONGC, Bharti Infratel, Zee Entertainment, Hindustan Unilever, Vedanta, IndusInd Bank declined by 2.52 percent. Barring Nifty IT and Pharma, all sectoral indices on the NSE were in the red. Realty traded lower by 2.03 percent, while Nifty Bank was down by 0.26 percent. Meanwhile, the Indian rupee touched a fresh record low of Rs 71.74 against the dollar.

  • India August Nikkei composite PMI 51.9 vs 54.1 in July##India August Nikkei composite PMI 51.9 vs 54.1 in July

    Services activity in India slowed down to a three-month low of 51.5 in August, primarily on account of moderation in growth in new business, Nikkei India services Purchasing Managers' Index showed. The services PMI in August fell from a 21-month high of 54.2 a month ago, IHS Markit, which compiles the index, said. A PMI reading of above 50 shows expansion in activity and below 50.0 indicates contraction. The Nikkei India manufacturing PMI had declined to 51.7 in August from 52.3 in July. Consequently, the composite PMI, which is a weighted average of the manufacturing and services indices, fell to 51.9 in August from 54.1 a month ago. (Cogencis)

  • Rupee hits fresh record low against the dollar##Rupee hits fresh record low against the dollar

  • L&T Infotech down on profit booking post OFS issue close##L&T Infotech down on profit booking post OFS issue close

    Shares of Larsen & Toubro Infotech fell nearly 3 percent today on profit booking as the stock had risen nearly 5 percent on Tuesday because of strong demand from institutional investors in the offer for sale issue by parent Larsen & Toubro. The OFS issue closed on Tuesday and was subscribed 3.18 times. On Monday, the offer-for-sale, which was open only for non-retail investors, saw bids for 29.80 million shares as against 9.47 million shares offered. The retail portion of the offer was subscribed 1.63 times and the non-retail portion 1.54 times. (Cogencis)

    Shares traded at Rs 1,838.10, down by 1.18 percent, losing Rs 21.90 in value, at 10.21 am on the BSE. It hit and intraday low of Rs 1802.70, after starting at Rs 1803.

  • CRISIL withdraws its 'D' rating on Reliance Infra's NCD worth Rs 710 crore##CRISIL withdraws its 'D' rating on Reliance Infra's NCD worth Rs 710 crore

    Shares of Reliance Infrastrucuture were up 1.48 percent to trade at Rs 460, rising by Rs 6.70 in value. The stock has hit an intra-day high of Rs 462. CRISIL has withdrawn its 'D' rating on the ADAG company's NCD worth Rs 710 crore. The BSE Sensex traded at 38,159, up by just a point at 10.17 am.

  • Sun Pharma advances nearly 2%, nears 52-week high##Sun Pharma advances nearly 2%, nears 52-week high

    Shares of Sun Pharma advanced nearly 2 percent to Rs 667 on the BSE at 9.55 am. The midcap pharma stock is just over half a percent away from touching its 52-week high of Rs 673.60. So far, it has touched an intra-day high of Rs 671.80. Meanwhile, the Indian rupee trades near 71.51 levels against the dollar.

  • 9.6 lakh shares of BEL trade in a block on NSE at Rs 102.35/share##9.6 lakh shares of BEL trade in a block on NSE at Rs 102.35/share

  • Muthoot Finance rises over 5%, Sensex, Nifty turn positive##Muthoot Finance rises over 5%, Sensex, Nifty turn positive

    Shares of Muthoot Finance surged 5.13 percent to trade at Rs 420, adding Rs 20.50 in value on the BSE at 9.40 am. The midcap scrip opened at Rs 405.05 has gained after two days of consecutive fall, touching an intra-day high of Rs 422. Meanwhile, benchmark indexes turned green. The BSE Sensex traded at 38,210, higher by 52 points, or 0.14 percent, while the NSE Nifty 50 also rose to 11,522.10, up by 1.80 points, or 0.02% at 9.40 am.

  • Pharma, IT, Reliance Industries among top Sensex gainers, Coal India top laggard##Pharma, IT, Reliance Industries among top Sensex gainers, Coal India top laggard

    Closing Bell: Nifty cuts losses, Sensex ends above 38,000, led by recovery in rupee, buying in pharma, auto, metal shares
  • Opening Bell: Sensex, Nifty start flat on weak cues, turn volatile soon##Opening Bell: Sensex, Nifty start flat on weak cues, turn volatile soon

    The BSE Sensex opened in the green, rising by 35 points, or 0.09 percent, to 38,198.95, while the NSE Nifty 50 started marginally lower at 11,514.85, down by 5.45 points, or 0.05 percent. Midcaps were again under pressure, opening lower by 0.15 percent. Bank Nifty was flat, starting lower by 0.08 percent, slighltly above 27,400 mark. In initial trade, the Sensex rose 38 points, or 0.10 percent, to 38,195.69, but soon turned negative. 

  • 7.17%, 2028 Govt bond yield opens at 8.05% Vs previous close of 8.06%##7.17%, 2028 Govt bond yield opens at 8.05% Vs previous close of 8.06%

  • Indian rupee opens at 71.40 against the dollar##Indian rupee opens at 71.40 against the dollar

    The Indian rupee opened slightly stronger against the dollar at 71.40. The Indian rupee ended at record low of 71.58 against the dollar on Tuesday against Monday's close of 71.21. The home currency fell against the greenback for the fifth consecutive session.

  • Total JLR US sales up 2% at 9,648 units YoY##Total JLR US sales up 2% at 9,648 units YoY