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Stock Market Highlights: Sensex ends 113 points higher; Bajaj Finance up 3%, Infosys, Wipro 2%

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Stock Market Highlights: Indian equity benchmarks Sensex and Nifty50 ended a choppy session higher on Thursday in a rebound after four days of losses. Gains in IT, oil & gas and consumer stocks were offset by losses in financial, automobile and pharmaceutical shares. Broader markets weakened, with the Nifty Midcap 100 and Smallcap 100 indices ending with cuts of 0.7-0.8 percent. Supriya Lifescience's IPO was fully subscribed on the first day of bidding.

Stock Market Highlights: Sensex ends 113 points higher; Bajaj Finance up 3%, Infosys, Wipro 2%
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  • Cautiously optimistic outlook for 2022, long-term India story intact: Equitymaster's Rahul Shah

    Rahul Shah, Co-Head- Research at Equitymaster, has a cautiously optimistic outlook for the coming year. "There is a strong possibility we may witness a correction of 20 percent or more in the coming year.  In fact, we are already down seven percent from the October highs and may go down further," he said.

    "Valuation-wise also, the market is expensive with the Sensex currently trading at a PE multiple of more than 27 times its long-term average of around 21 times," he said. If earnings growth does not come in as strong as expected, the market may perhaps disappoint in 2022, he added.

    "It may not be a bad idea to book profits in stocks that have gone up a lot over the last 1-2 years and take some money off the table," according to Shah. 

    'Long-term India story intact'

    "Make no mistake, the long-term India story does remain intact... But it is always a good idea to take advantage of these small bull and bear markets within the larger, longer-term bull market, and give your portfolio that extra edge. On the stocks front, prefer stocks with strong balance sheets and reasonable valuations and maintain a safe distance from highly speculative counters where the track record is hardly inspiring," he added.

  • Nifty50 poised to test 17,350-17,400 hurdle in coming sessions: Gaurav Ratnaparkhi

    Gaurav Ratnaparkhi, Head of Technical Research at Sharekhan by BNP Paribas, said the Nifty looks poised to test the barrier of 17,350-17,400 in the coming sessions. Overall, he sees levels of 17,000-17,600 as the broad short-term range for the index. "Within that, 17,170-17,400 will be the tight range over the next few sessions," he added.

  • Expect more aggressive action from Fed sooner than later: Mehta Equities' Prashant Tapse

    Prashant Tapse, Vice President (Research) at Mehta Equities, said the picture has become murkier for equity benchmarks in the near term after the Fed signaled three rate hikes for 2022. "Headline inflation in the US accelerated at the fastest annual pace since 1982... this ideally means more aggressive action from the Fed sooner than later," he said. 

    "Volatility is likely to be the hallmark in the market and the bulls will majorly heave a sigh of relief only above 17,607," he said.

  • Gold Outlook For 2022 | Here's what brokerages say on the precious metal

    Gold has disappointed in 2021 so far, after significant returns in the last three years.

    Here's what brokerages think about the yellow metal now:

    ANZ is bearish on gold and expect it to hit the $1,600/ounce mark.

    JPMorgan is also bearish, and has given a target of $1,630/oz.

    Capital Economics expects the first half of 2022 to be positive for gold, but expects the year to close at $1,600/oz. (Read more on gold)

    Stock Market Highlights: Sensex ends 113 points higher; Bajaj Finance up 3%, Infosys, Wipro 2%
  • All major events now behind, global market performance to be critical in coming days: Religare Broking's Ajit Mishra

    Ajit Mishra, VP-Research at Religare Broking, believes the performance of global markets will be critical in the coming days given that all the major events are now behind. "We expect the buzz to continue in the primary market. Among sectors, only the IT pack looks decisive to us while others are witnessing mixed trends. Participants should plan accordingly," he said.

  • Traders should expect volatility in coming days: Manish Shah  

    Independent technical analyst Manish Shah believes the Nifty cannot remain in a narrow range for long. "The index needs to break below 17,180 to move lower, in which case a drop to 16,900 is likely. On the upside, resistance is at 17,400. If this level gets taken out, we will see the Nifty revisit 17,700," he said. 

    "For directional traders, it is best to let the Nifty resolve out of this range... The spring is wound and volatility compressed. Either way, when volatility expands, there should be a swift move," he added.

  • Market At Close | Reliance, Infosys hold Nifty in green territory; ICICI Bank drags index

    Here are some highlights: 

    --Broader indices fail to hold on to day’s gains; Nifty Bank retreats 611 points from top

    --Midcap index 475 points off high; Torrent Power, TVS contribute most to losses

    --Hindalco, Cipla, ICICI Bank, Maruti top index losers 

    --Torrent Pharma in red despite no Form 483 to Pennsylvania manufacturing unit

    --Gujarat Fluoro falls 8% after company reports fire at Halol unit

    --17 crore Vedanta shares trade on exchanges; stock near day’s high

    --Market breadth in favour of bears; advance-decline ratio at 1:2

    (Read more on how the market fared at the close)

  • Rupee ends higher at 76.09 vs US dollar

    The rupee closed at 76.09 against the greenback as against its previous close of 76.23.

    Stock Market Highlights: Sensex ends 113 points higher; Bajaj Finance up 3%, Infosys, Wipro 2%
  • Bullish on KIMS, target price Rs 1,512: Ambareesh Baliga

    Independent market expert Ambareesh Baliga is bullish on Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS). "It is one of the largest corporate healthcare groups in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is into multidisciplinary integrated health services with a focus on primary, secondary and tertiary care. It has a decently large bed capacity of 3,000-plus, out of which, about 2,500 were operational as of the last year. I think most should be operational in the first two quarters, although I don't really have the numbers right now. In fact, they recently took about 55 percent stake in Sunshine Hospitals, where they added about 600 beds, which is again the into orthopaedics and cardiac, and planning an expansion into five geographies Kondapur, which is close to Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bengaluru and Chennai. They should be adding about 1,500 more beds in these locations in the next four years," he said.

    "If you look at the performance in the last five years, it has delivered a CAGR of about 50 percent in the last five years of profit growth. For FY23, I am expecting EPS of about Rs 42. So even giving it a 36x, which is a major discount to the major listed ones, like Apollo. I am having a target price of about Rs 1,512," he said. 

  • Prefer ancillaries in auto pack: Kotak AMC's Harish Krishnan 

    Harish Krishnan, Executive VP and Senior Equity Fund Manager at Kotak AMC, said the auto sector has underperformed from a 3-5 year perspective. "A lot of underpenetration that these segments cater to will likely manifest in the form of demand over the course of the next 24-36 months. So our preference is more towards auto ancillaries where there are plays catering to both the domestic as well as global auto cycles,” he said.

  • Market At Close | Bajaj Finance, Infosys, BPCL, Wipro among top blue-chip gainers; Hindalco, Cipa, Sun Pharma, ICICI Bank top laggards

    Disclaimer: Network18, the parent company of CNBCTV18.com, is controlled by Independent Media Trust, of which Reliance Industries is the sole beneficiary.

    Here's how the Sensex pack fared at the close: 

    Stock Market Highlights: Sensex ends 113 points higher; Bajaj Finance up 3%, Infosys, Wipro 2%
  • Closing Bell | Sensex up 113 points at 57,901, Nifty at 17,248 as market rebounds

    The 30-scrip index ended 113.1 points or 0.2 percent higher at 57,901.1 and the broader Nifty50 benchmark settled at 17,248.4, up 27 point or 0.2 percent from its previous close. Both benchmark indices closed in the green after four straight sessions, helped by gains in IT and select oil & gas stocks.

  • E-commerce, edtech have high growth potential: JPMorgan’s Ankur Rudra

    Ankur Rudra of JPMorgan told CNBC-TV18 he thinks the pandemic has made digitisation even more important. “Growth has never been a challenge; growth probably becomes a lot easier now. But the main thing the industry needs to figure out is what are the sustainable unit economics in every different part of the internet economy that we are looking at,” he said. (Read more)

  • Good time to buy financial stocks: Deven Choksey 

    Deven Choksey of KRChoksey believes it is a good time to buy stocks from the financial basket. "This correction is a meaningful correction. Many of the stocks corrected 10-15 percent from highs and gave an opportunity. The fundamentals of the banking space, private banks in particular, are extremely strong,” he said.

    Speaking on pharmaceutical stocks, he said Sun Pharma could be the one to watch out for given the launches in its pipeline.

  • Alembic Pharma Gujarat plant hits regulatory hurdle; shares down over 2%

    Alembic Pharma’s Gujarat facility received 10 observations from the US drug regulator. The facility was inspected twice in 2021 by the regulator, before the second wave of the pandemic, and then from October 28 to November 10.

    Alembic Pharma shares were down 2.4 percent at Rs 772.1 apiece on BSE minutes before the closing bell.

  • As US begins rate hikes, RBI needs to move on normalisation path: Morgan Stanley's Chetan Ahya

    The RBI needs to move on the policy normalisation path as the Federal Reserve begins to hike key rates, Chetan Ahya of Morgan Stanley said in an interview to CNBC-TV18. His remarks come days after the RBI held the key interest rates on hold and decided to continue with its 'accommodative' stance of monetary policy.

    Ahya, Chief Asia Economist at Morgan Stanley, expects India's monetary policy to remain 'accommodative'. He expects the effective policy rate to increase by 150 basis points in 2022. (Read more)

  • BEML signs MoU with RITES for joint Metro system bids 

    BEML signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with RITES to explore and jointly bid for opportunities in the fields of Metro systems and export of rolling stock.

    As part of the agreement, RITES will provide expertise in design, engineering, marketing and any other support that may be required for tapping domestic and overseas opportunities. BEML will be responsible for manufacturing of customised metro coaches and rolling stock. 

    BEML shares were down two percent at Rs 1,851.7 apiece on BSE, and the RITES stock down 0.1 percent at Rs 266. 

  • 17 crore Vedanta shares worth Rs 6,000 crore trade on NSE at Rs 352.7 apiece

    Vedanta shares were up 1.2 percent at Rs 357.3 apiece on the bourse. 

  • ICICI Bank, SBI, IndusInd Bank fall up to 1.5%

    The Nifty Bank was down 0.8 percent in late afternoon deals, failing to stay in the green. The index rose as much as one percent earlier in the day. 

    Here's how the S&P BSE Bankex components fared:

    Stock Market Highlights: Sensex ends 113 points higher; Bajaj Finance up 3%, Infosys, Wipro 2%
  • Expect IT space to do well: Pathik Gandotra

    Pathik Gandotra, Partner at Dron Capital Advisors, is positive on the IT basket. "One can argue about valuations, but those will correct once in a while... Eventually, the trend is on the upside and IT is a sector that one should really bet on,” he added.

  • ICICI Bank, HDFC, SBI, ITC pull Sensex lower

    On the other hand, gains in stocks such as Infosys, Reliance Industries, Bajaj Finance and Titan provided some support to the 30-scrip index.

    Disclaimer: Network18, the parent company of CNBCTV18.com, is controlled by Independent Media Trust, of which Reliance Industries is the sole beneficiary.

    Stock Market Highlights: Sensex ends 113 points higher; Bajaj Finance up 3%, Infosys, Wipro 2%
  • Bank staff on two-day nationwide strike from today, services may be affected; all you need to know

    Nearly nine lakh employees of several public sector banks, including the State Bank of India, are on a two-day nationwide strike starting today to protest the Centre’s plan to privatise two state-run lenders.

  • ITDC off lows after sources tell CNBC-TV18 that cabinet may take up monetisation proposal for Hotel Ashok by early January

  • TVS falls 6% following extended collaboration with BMW Motorrad

    TVS Motor Company Ltd’s share price declined almost 6 percent on Thursday following the two-wheeler maker’s extended collaboration with BMW Motorrad for its foray into the electric vehicles and future technologies segments. CitiGroup has a ‘sell’ rating on the TVS Motor stock with a target price of Rs 540 as it believes the company’s electric bike offering iQube is relatively weak compared to peers. 

  • Market Watch | Buy HDFC Bank, Titan: Himanshu Gupta of Globe Capital

    - HDFC Bank is a buy with a stop loss of Rs 1,419 and a target of Rs 1,545-1,550

    - Titan is a buy with a stop loss of Rs 2,325 and a target of Rs 2,370-2,390

  • Tata Steel to invest Rs 400 crore for new alternate rail line for Kalinganagar plant

    Tata Steel Ltd executed a long-term agreement with Angul Sukinda Railway Ltd for 20 years to set up an alternate railway line to meet logistical requirements for Kalinganagar plant. The steel major will invest an amount of Rs 400 cr for the new alternate rail line.

  • Cement demand not robust; prices down due to sharp fall in raw material costs: Shree Cement

    HM Bangur, managing director of Shree Cement, on Thursday said that cement demand has been weak in the month of November-December 2021. He further said that the construction ban in National Capital Region (NCR) has impacted demand. “Therefore, numbers will be 10-15 percent lower than last year.”

  • Market Watch | Sell Axis Bank, Shriram Transport Finance: Jay Thakkar, Marwadi Shares & Finance

    - Axis Bank is a sell with a stop loss of Rs 720 and a target of Rs 670-688.

    - Shriram Transport Finance is a sell with a stop loss of Rs 1,400 and a target of Rs 1,200-1,250

  • Stock market likely to consolidate for next 2 qtrs; positive on IT: Vinit Sambre

    The headline index Sensex has declined nearly 4 percent in the past month after crossing a lifetime high of 61,700 in October 2020. Now the market is expected to consolidate for the next two quarters after the steep run, Vinit Sambre of DSP Investment said. 

    “The next two quarters to be more in a consolidation phase and the long-term view generally remains positive for us, as is the case always, as far as we are concerned, as we look at the long-term visibility of businesses and companies, those remains intact, but the near-term is definitely anything bit more challenging,” he said.

Stock Market Highlights
: Indian equity benchmarks Sensex and Nifty50 ended a choppy session higher on Thursday in a rebound after four days of losses. Gains in IT, oil & gas and consumer stocks were offset by losses in financial, automobile and pharmaceutical shares. Broader markets weakened, with the Nifty Midcap 100 and Smallcap 100 indices ending with cuts of 0.7-0.8 percent. Supriya Lifescience's IPO was fully subscribed on the first day of bidding.