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Sensex slips 111 pts, Nifty ends around 15,750; ITC gains, OIL, ONGC, RIL tank

Market Closing: Indian indices on Friday began the new quarter on a negative note. Losses in Wall Street and Asian indices, along with risk of recession dampened the market sentiments as the stocks ended in the red. (MINT_PRINT)Premium
Market Closing: Indian indices on Friday began the new quarter on a negative note. Losses in Wall Street and Asian indices, along with risk of recession dampened the market sentiments as the stocks ended in the red. (MINT_PRINT)

  • Market Closing: Indian indices on Friday closed lower as imposition of export tax on crude and ATF by the Centre pushed major energy and oil stocks down. However, buying towards the fag end of the session helped the indices recover some of the intra-day losses. 

Indian indices on Friday were hammered by major losses in market heavyweights Reliance Industries and ONGC after govt announced export duties on oil products to boost domestic supplies as the indices closed the first session of the second quarter on a negative note. However, fag-end buying in ITC, Bajaj twins, and HDFC helped the indices trim some of the decline. The Indian rupee rose 6 paise to close at 79.00 (provisional) against US dollar. European shares edged higher after Asian benchmarks finished lower on Friday, as a quarterly report by Japan’s central bank rekindled worries about the world’s third largest economy. Shares fell in Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Shanghai.

01 Jul 2022, 03:52:19 PM IST

Sensex drops 111 pts, Nifty ends around 15,750; Oil & Gas, energy stocks bleed, FMCG, realty shine

Indian indices on Friday started the fresh month of July on a negative note amid continuing volatility in global markets.

The Sensex lost 111.01 points, or 0.21%, to close at 52,907.93, while Nifty50 declined 28.20 points to end at 15,752.05. Sectorally, oil & gas and energy stocks tumbled, while FMCG and realty advanced.

On the 30-stock index, ITC, Bajaj twins, Asian Paints, and HUL were the top performers, while Reliance Industries, PowerGrid, and Bharti Airtel were among the biggest losers.

On the Nifty50 index, ITC, Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Finserv, Cipla, and BPCL registered the biggest gains, while ONGC, Reliance, and PowerGrid were the biggest laggards.

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01 Jul 2022, 03:25:01 PM IST

Govt to review new taxes levied on crude, diesel, ATF every fortnight: FM

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the government will review every fortnight the new taxes levied on crude, diesel and ATF based on international prices.

She said these are "extraordinary times" and oil prices are internationally unbridled.

"We do not want to discourage export, but want domestic availability to increase," Sitharaman told reporters here.

She said that if oil is not being available and exports are happening at such phenomenal profit, we need at least some of it for our own citizens.

"We need to take this twin-pronged approach," the minister added.

The government on Friday slapped an export tax on petrol, diesel and jet fuel (ATF) while also joining nations like the UK in imposing a windfall tax on crude oil produced locally.

01 Jul 2022, 03:04:24 PM IST

Goldman Strategists Warn Risk of Stock Selloff Is Still High

The risk of a renewed selloff in equity markets is still high as investors are only pricing a mild recession, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. strategists.

“Much of the valuation de-rating this year has been due to higher rates/inflation," strategists led by Christian Mueller-Glissmann wrote in a note dated June 30. “Unless bond yields start to decline and buffer rising equity risk premiums due to recession fears, equity valuations could decline further."

Stock markets globally have just experienced one of their worst six months on record as stubbornly high inflation and hawkish central banks raised the specter of a sharp economic slowdown. The US S&P 500 Index had its worst first-half performance since 1970, losing over $8 trillion in market capitalization.

01 Jul 2022, 03:03:26 PM IST

Second half starts with a fresh drubbing for stocks

The second half of the year started with another first class drubbing for global stock markets on Friday, as the recession concerns that have built in recent weeks also shoved oil and metals lower again.

MSCI's world stocks index has had its worst start to a year since its 1990 creation over the last six months and a 1% early tumble in Europe and for Wall Street futures pointed to more pain ahead.

Asia had thudded lower too with the heaviest fall in Taiwan, where the growth-sensitive benchmark index slid more than 3% to its lowest since late 2020.

Japan's Nikkei fell 1.75%. The Australian and New Zealand dollars each fell 1% to two-year lows. Growth-sensitive copper was down 2.7% and heading for its forth straight weekly drop, while U.S. Treasuries and German Bunds rallied in the bond markets.

01 Jul 2022, 02:59:44 PM IST

Broad market indices: Nifty50 slips around 0.45%

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01 Jul 2022, 02:38:35 PM IST

Indian rupee hits record low, breaches 79-mark on dollar strength

The Indian rupee plunged on Friday to mark the fourth straight session of record lows, breaking below the 79-per-dollar mark, weighed down by broad strength in the greenback and as investors retreated from the domestic share markets.

The U.S. dollar remained strong against major peers due to the prospects of aggressive U.S. interest rates and fears of a widespread recession. [USD/]

As of 0820 GMT, the partially convertible rupee was trading at 79.10/11 per dollar, after touching a record low of 79.1150. The unit had ended at 78.9675 on Thursday.

"The rupee-dollar exchange rate will remain volatile with a depreciation bias in near term due to a widening trade deficit, foreign portfolio investment outflows and strengthening of the U.S. dollar index," economists at rating agency CRISIL wrote in a note on Friday.

"We expect the exchange rate to settle at 78/$ by March 2023, compared with 76.2/$ in March 2022," the economists added.

Traders said there was sporadic dollar-selling intervention seen in the market, but the depreciation pressure on the rupee was large.

01 Jul 2022, 02:38:08 PM IST

Maruti Suzuki sees 5.7% increase in total wholesales in June

The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Friday reported a 5.7% increase in total wholesales at 1,55,857 units in June. The automaker had dispatched 1,47,368 units to dealers in June 2021, the company said in a statement.

01 Jul 2022, 02:22:37 PM IST

Hero MotoCorp to raise prices of two wheelers from today. Check details here

Hero MotoCorp has announced that it will increase the prices of its motorcycles and scooter from today, July 1, 2022. The company, it its regulatory filing on June 23, notified that it will raise the prices of its motorcycles and scooter by up to 3,000 across the entire range from 1 July, 2022 onwards.

01 Jul 2022, 02:19:32 PM IST

5 stocks that stand to gain big from a weakening rupee

The value of the Indian rupee with respect to the US dollar has fallen significantly in 2022. The primary reason for this has been the strength of the US dollar.

01 Jul 2022, 02:02:30 PM IST

Financials, IT sectors see bulk of FPI selling

Fears of aggressive quantitative tightening by the US Federal Reserve to tame inflation has triggered selling of Indian stocks by foreign portfolio investors (FPIs). In fact, the current spree FPI selling in Indian equities is turning out to be the highest ever since the global financial crisis of 2008, as per an analysis by ICICI Securities Ltd.

01 Jul 2022, 01:46:00 PM IST

GST collections up 56% to over ₹1.44 trillion in June: FM Nirmala Sitharaman.

01 Jul 2022, 01:45:22 PM IST

Oil & Gas stocks drop over 3.4%

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01 Jul 2022, 01:39:32 PM IST

Energy stocks plunge, drop over 4%

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01 Jul 2022, 01:19:48 PM IST

Govt slaps tax on petrol, diesel and ATF exports: No impact on domestic prices

To ease the domestic fuel supply crunch the government has decided to slap an export tax on petrol, diesel and jet fuel (ATF) shipped overseas by firms like Reliance Industries. It has also imposed a windfall tax on crude oil produced locally by companies such as ONGC and Vedanta.

01 Jul 2022, 01:16:01 PM IST

India imposes windfall tax on oil producers. What it means?

The government has announced taxes on windfall gains made by crude oil producers. The government slapped a 23,230 per tonne additional tax on domestically produced crude oil to take away windfall gains accruing to producers from high international oil prices.

01 Jul 2022, 01:13:41 PM IST

Indian Oil shares trade ex-bonus. Buy or Hold? What ICICI Securities recommends

Shares of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) plunged more than 1% to 73 apiece on the BSE in Friday's trading session on the record date of the bonus shares issue. The stock started trading ex-bonus from Thursday, June 30, 2022.

01 Jul 2022, 01:09:22 PM IST

Gold keeps its shine for investors as other precious metals fade

Investors cut holdings in exchange-traded funds for silver, platinum and palladium in the second quarter on fears that a potential recession will reduce industrial demand, but gold assets held up because of its role as a haven, and that may persist.

Gold-backed ETFs shrank by just over 1% in the three months through June, or 43 tons, after an 8% surge in the first quarter helped by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. By contrast, silver holdings contracted almost 5%, and the outflow in tonnage terms was the biggest since 2011.

The amount in gold ETFs is the lowest since March, while assets in the other three precious metals are around the smallest since 2020.

Gold has held up well relative to silver and platinum. One ounce of gold now buys 90 ounces of silver, the most in almost two years.

01 Jul 2022, 12:54:38 PM IST

Top BSE losers: ONGC, OIL, MRPL top laggards

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01 Jul 2022, 12:53:23 PM IST

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01 Jul 2022, 12:51:27 PM IST

ONGC falls over 12% over export tax on crude oil, ATF 

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01 Jul 2022, 12:50:37 PM IST

Reliance Industries continues to bleed after govt slaps export tax on crude and ATF

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01 Jul 2022, 12:40:07 PM IST

Competition Comm approves Google-Bharti Airtel deal

Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Thursday approved Google's proposed acquisition of a minority stake in telecom major Bharti Airtel.

The deal has been cleared on the basis of modifications offered by the acquirer, according to an official release.

Google International LLC and Airtel have entered into an investment agreement to buy a minority and non-controlling stake of 1.28 per cent of equity share capital in the telecom player.

01 Jul 2022, 12:38:59 PM IST

Lupin gets USFDA nod for generic drug

Drug maker Lupin on Thursday said it has received approval from the US health regulator to market Paliperidone extended-release tablets, used to treat Schizophrenia, in the American market.

01 Jul 2022, 12:11:42 PM IST

Ten-year treasury yield falls below 3% as recession fears mount

Treasuries began the second half of the year on the front foot Friday as concerns continued to mount that Federal Reserve rate hikes will lead to a recession.

Benchmark 10-year yields fell six basis points to 2.95% in a fourth day of declines and looked set for their biggest weekly drop in seven weeks. The move spread to other markets with Australia’s three-year yields tumbling as much as 21 basis points, just days before its central bank is expected to announce a half-point rate increase.

“The focus is shifting away from inflation and is now centered on growth as fears of a recession grow, hence markets are scaling back expectations for near-term and terminal rate hikes," said Prashant Newnaha, a rates strategist for TD Securities. “Friday’s moves accelerated because of thin liquidity and key breaks in technical levels."

01 Jul 2022, 12:10:27 PM IST

India bans some single-use plastic as part of broader plan

India banned some single-use or disposable plastic products Friday as part of a federal plan to phase out the ubiquitous material in the nation of nearly 1.4 billion people.

For the first stage, it has identified 19 plastic items that aren't very useful but have a high potential to become litter and makes it illegal to produce, import, stock, distribute or sell them. These items range from plastic cups and straws to ice cream sticks. Some disposable plastic bags will also be phased out and replaced with thicker ones.

Thousands of other plastic products — like bottles for water or soda or bags of chips — aren't covered by the ban. But the federal government has set targets for manufacturers to be responsible for recycling or disposing of them after their use.

01 Jul 2022, 12:07:26 PM IST

Oil feels sting of recession concerns as weekly losses pile up

Oil headed for a third weekly drop, its longest losing run this year, on concern that a potential recession will cut into energy demand.

West Texas Intermediate fell toward $105 a barrel after tumbling on Thursday as commodities were pummeled. The US benchmark has shed more than 2% this week despite signs that the physical crude market remains tight.

India on Friday increased levies on exports of gasoline and diesel as part of a drive to control a fast-widening currency deficit. The nation has become an important destination for Russian crude this year as other nations shun flows because of the war in Ukraine. The new levies may crimp product exports.

Oil fell about 8% in June as investors fretted over a potential global slowdown, eroding a rally spurred by the war in Ukraine, interruptions to supplies and rising demand. The jump in prices alarmed President Joe Biden, who’s spearheading efforts to get producers in the Middle East to boost crude output.

01 Jul 2022, 12:03:24 PM IST

GM calls off plan to sell India car plant to China's Great Wall

General Motors (GM) said on Friday it had called off the sale of a shuttered Indian plant to China's Great Wall Motor after they failed to obtain regulatory approvals, amid a tougher stance by New Delhi towards investments from Beijing.

GM struck a deal in January 2020 to sell the plant to Great Wall, with the Chinese SUV-maker expected to pay up to $300 million as part of a broader plan to invest $1 billion to establish a presence in India's growing car market.

The agreement, which was extended twice, expired on June 30.

01 Jul 2022, 12:02:47 PM IST

Tokyo markets end lower

Tokyo stocks ended lower Friday, following falls on Wall Street with investors spooked by a lacklustre rise in US consumer spending.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index dropped 1.73 percent, or 457.42 points, to end at 25,935.62 yen, while the broader Topix index ended down 1.38 percent, or 25.78 points, at 1,845.04.

01 Jul 2022, 11:55:37 AM IST

Nifty50 breaks below 15,600; ONGC, Reliance Industries bleed

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01 Jul 2022, 11:53:15 AM IST

India's June factory growth at 9-month low as inflation worries bite

India's factory output expanded at its slowest pace in nine months in June as elevated price pressures continued to dampen demand and output, according to a private survey, which also showed business confidence was at its lowest in over two years.

Although inflation eased in May to 7.04% after touching an eight-year high of 7.79% in April, a meaningful decline is not seen anytime soon even as the Reserve Bank of India is expected to continue with aggressive rate hikes.

While the Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, compiled by S&P Global, remained resilient, it fell to a nine-month low of 53.9 in June from May's 54.6, lower than the Reuters poll median prediction of 54.5.

It has been above the 50-level separating growth from contraction for a year, indicating growth in the sector has remained solid.

01 Jul 2022, 11:52:18 AM IST

Plunging Rupee Pushes India to Raise Taxes on Gold, Oil

India tightened exports of oil and imports of gold in an all-out effort to rein in the rupee that plunged to a fresh record Friday.

The administration raised import taxes on gold, while increasing levies on exports of gasoline and diesel as it sought to control a fast-widening currency deficit. The measures sent Reliance Industries Ltd. and other energy exporters tumbling, bringing down the benchmark index by as much as 1.7%. The currency fell again.

The rupee has tested a series of record lows, underscoring the economic challenges faced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government as inflation accelerates and external finances worsen. The central bank has been battling to slow the currency’s decline, and runway rupee depreciation will worsen price pressures, and may spur more rate hikes that weigh on growth.

01 Jul 2022, 11:51:30 AM IST

Ditch risk is the second half mantra as recession spooks traders

Global risk assets were at the epicenter of a selling spree Friday as investors kicked off the second half of the year with recession concern front and center.

Stocks and equity futures from Japan to the US tumbled, extending their historic first-half rout, while every Group-of-10 currency fell against havens, the dollar and the yen. Commodities retreated while global bonds continued their late-June rally.

01 Jul 2022, 11:40:51 AM IST

Sebi introduces new format for disclosure of shareholding patterns

With an aim to provide further clarity and transparency in the disclosure of shareholding pattern to investors, Sebi on Thursday came out with a new format for disclosing shareholding pattern of the public shareholders. Also, the regulator has specified that all listed entities will have to disclose details pertaining to foreign ownership limits in the a prescribed format, according to a circular.

01 Jul 2022, 11:33:21 AM IST

Sensex at 52,529.88, down 489.06 pts; Reliance bleeds after govt imposes export tax on crude and ATF, Titan, HDFC, Infosys, Maruti slip

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01 Jul 2022, 11:28:35 AM IST

BSE indices trade weak amid negative global sentiments

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01 Jul 2022, 11:00:16 AM IST

Govt slaps export tax on petrol, diesel; windfall tax on domestic crude oil

The government on Friday slapped a 6 per litre tax on exports of petrol and ATF and 13 per litre on exports of diesel.

The government also slapped a 23,230 per tonne additional tax on domestically produced crude oil to take away windfall gains accruing to producers from high international oil prices, a separate government notification showed.

The tax on exports follows oil refiners, particularly the private sector, reaping huge gains from exporting fuel to markets such as Europe and the US.

The tax on domestically produced crude oil follows local producers reaping windfall gains from the surge in international oil prices.

01 Jul 2022, 10:54:43 AM IST

Reliance plunges 7.6% after India raises fuel export taxes

Reliance Industries Ltd. slumped the most since December after the Indian government raised taxes on exports of petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

The heavyweight’s stock fell as much as 7.6%, dragging the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex lower amid broad declines in Asian equities.

01 Jul 2022, 10:52:43 AM IST

In fine fettle amidst global uncertainty: Prabhudas Lilladher on Reliance Industries

Rating: BUY | CMP: Rs2,596 | TP: Rs3,277

We increase our FY23/24E earnings estimate by 23%/13% as we increase our refining margin assumptions to USD18/13/bbl (+USD6.5/1.5/bbl), while we increase our input price assumptions for petchem. Low product inventory (US diesel inventory lowest since CY08), reduced Chinese exports (May 22 diesel exports down 75% vs CY18-21 avg) and low exports from Russia have pushed Q1 diesel margins to USD42/bbl (Q4: USD18) and gasoline margins to USD 34/bbl (Q4: 16). RIL with access to discounted Russian crude (discount at over USD 30/bbl) and EU exports is best placed to capitalize on tight market conditions, given high refining complexity. We believe higher gas prices along with strong growth in telecom (continued tariff hikes) and retail (store expansion), make RIL a preferred play in challenging times. Reiterate ‘BUY’ with revised PT of Rs3,277 (Rs3,000).

01 Jul 2022, 10:34:17 AM IST

Hindustan Copper to seek shareholders' nod to raise ₹500 crore via debentures

State-owned Hindustan Copper on Thursday said that its board has suggested seeking shareholders' approval to raise up to 500 crore through debentures.

The board has also recommended taking the approval of the shareholders in the ensuing annual general meeting for raising funds by issue of equity shares through Qualified Institutional Placement.

"The board of directors of Hindustan Copper Ltd ...has recommended seeking approval of the shareholders in the ensuing AGM to authorise the board... to offer, issue and allot secured or unsecured non-convertible debentures or bonds on private placement basis up to 500 crore," the state-owned company said in a filing to BSE.

01 Jul 2022, 10:34:00 AM IST

Indian Bank raises MCLR rates by 0.15 pc across tenors

State-owned Indian Bank on Thursday said it has raised the Marginal Cost of Funds based Lending Rates (MCLR) across tenors by 0.15 per cent with effect from Sunday.

The benchmark one-year tenor MCLR -- against which most of the consumer loans are based upon -- will be 7.55 per cent as against 7.40 per cent presently, Indian Bank said in a regulatory filing.

Other MCLRs ranging from overnight to 6 months tenors have been raised by similar margins in the range of 6.75 to 7.40 per cent per annum.

Besides, the bank has also hiked the Treasury Bills Linked Lending Rates (TBLR), base rate and Benchmark Prime Lending Rate (BPLR).

01 Jul 2022, 10:10:24 AM IST

Bitcoin pares jump amid dip buying in hope of better second half

Bitcoin dip buyers are hoping things won’t get much worse for cryptocurrencies in the remainder of this year judging by the latest surge in the virtual coin.

The largest digital token rallied as much as 11.3% in Asia on Friday, briefly closing in on the $21,000 level. The climb cooled to 5% as of 1 p.m. in Tokyo, leaving Bitcoin at about $19,660.

Some optimism was also evident for coins such as Ether, Solana and Avalanche, but the crypto universe was off session highs as a bout of risk aversion swept across global markets.

Bitcoin has been gyrating around the $20,000 mark after a 57% slide this year. The retreat has become emblematic of depressed investor spirits as liquidity evaporates amid tightening monetary policy to fight inflation.

01 Jul 2022, 09:58:13 AM IST

Rupee hits record low of 79.11 against US dollar in early trade

The rupee depreciated 5 paise to a record low of 79.11 against the US dollar in opening trade on Friday as persistent foreign funds outflows weighed on investor sentiments.

At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened on a weak note at 78.99 against the American dollar, then lost ground to quote at 79.11 -- its all-time low level, registering a fall of 5 paise from the last close.

On Thursday, the rupee fell 3 paise to close at a fresh lifetime low of 79.06 against the US dollar.

Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading 0.21 per cent higher at 104.90.

01 Jul 2022, 09:57:57 AM IST

India raises import tax on gold to 12.5% from 7.5%

India has raised its basic import duty on gold to 12.5% from 7.5%, the government said in a notification on Friday, as the world's second biggest consumer of the precious metal tries to dampen its demand.

India fufills most of its gold demand through imports, which were putting pressure on the rupee which hit a record low earlier this week.

01 Jul 2022, 09:40:03 AM IST

SEBI slaps ₹1.6 cr penalty on Kotak AMC chief Nilesh Shah, 6 others for flouting Mutual Fund rules

Capital markets regulator Sebi on Thursday slapped penalties totalling 1.6 crore on seven entities, including Kotak Mahindra Trustee Company and Managing Director of Kotak AMC Nilesh Shah, for flouting rules pertaining to mutual funds while investing in Essel Group companies.

01 Jul 2022, 09:38:30 AM IST

Ajay Shah, NSE others to pay ₹11 crore for misuse of exchange data

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Thursday imposed a penalty of 11 crores on Ajay Shah, National Stock Exchange, Ravi Narain, Chitra Ramakrishna and four others in a case of misuse of exchange data for commercial gains.

01 Jul 2022, 09:31:47 AM IST

Asia's factories feeble despite China bounce, feeds global recession fears

Asia's manufacturing activity stalled in June as many companies were hit by supply disruptions caused by China's strict COVID-19 lockdowns, while sharp economic slowdown risks in Europe and the United States reinforced fears of a global recession.

A string of surveys on Friday showed China's factory activity bouncing solidly in June though a slowdown in Japan and South Korea, as well as a contraction in Taiwan, highlighted the strain from supply disruptions, rising costs and persistent material shortages.

China's manufacturing activity expanded at its fastest in 13 months in June, a private survey showed, as the lifting of COVID lockdowns sent factories racing to meet solid demand.

The roll-backs of China's lockdowns could ease supply chain snags, and allow automakers and other manufacturers to resume operations after suffering severe disruptions.

01 Jul 2022, 09:28:53 AM IST

Consumer durables struggle in early morning trade, drop nearly 1%

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01 Jul 2022, 09:18:25 AM IST

Nifty50 opens below 15,700; Titan, Tata Motors, ONGC top losers

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01 Jul 2022, 09:17:20 AM IST

Sensex opens over 350 points lower amid weak global cues

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01 Jul 2022, 09:12:42 AM IST

Nifty50 at pre-open:  Trades around 15,700; Titan, ONGC top laggards

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01 Jul 2022, 09:11:37 AM IST

Sensex at pre-open: Slips around 150 points; Titan, Wipro top losers

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01 Jul 2022, 08:51:31 AM IST

Day trading guide for Friday

4 stocks to buy or sell today — 1st July

01 Jul 2022, 08:50:39 AM IST

Portea files draft papers with Sebi

Healthvista India Ltd, (Portea), India’s largest home healthcare provider, on Thursday filed its draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India(Sebi) for its initial public offering(IPO).

01 Jul 2022, 08:50:11 AM IST

Oil Heads for Worst Run of Losses This Year on Recession Concern

Oil headed for a third weekly drop, its longest losing run this year, on concern that a potential recession will cut into energy demand.

West Texas Intermediate edged above $106 a barrel after tumbling on Thursday as commodities were pummeled. The US benchmark has shed more than 1% this week despite signs that the physical crude market remains very tight.

Data this week showed weakness in US consumer spending, which is by far the biggest contributor to gross domestic product. That follows a pivot by the Federal Reserve earlier this year to aggressively tighten monetary policy to quell raging inflation.

Oil fell about 8% in June as investors fretted over a potential global slowdown, eroding a rally spurred by the war in Ukraine, interruptions to supplies and rising demand. The jump in prices alarmed President Joe Biden, who’s spearheading efforts to get producers in the Middle East to boost crude output.

01 Jul 2022, 08:42:00 AM IST

Core industries' output grows by 18.1 percent in May; cement, coal lead

India's eight core industries, which include coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilizers, steel, cement and electricity, grew 18.1 per cent year-on-year in May, the government data showed.

The production of cement, coal, fertilizers and electricity industries recorded high growth in May 2022 over the corresponding period of last year.

Coal industries grew by 25.1 per cent and fertilizer industries were up by 22.8 per cent. While the cement industries zoomed by 26.3 per cent, whereas the electricity sector increased by 22 per cent.

Coal production increased by 25.1 per cent in May, as its cumulative index increased by 26.9 per cent during April to May, 2022-23 over corresponding period of the previous year.

Crude oil production increased by 4.6 per cent in May. Its cumulative index increased by 1.8 per cent during April to May over the corresponding period of previous year.

Further, natural Gas production increased by 7.0 per cent in May. Its cumulative index increased by 6.7 per cent during April to May over the corresponding period of previous year.

Petroleum refinery production increased by 16.7 per cent in May. Its cumulative index increased by 12.8 per cent during April to May over the corresponding period of previous year.

Fertilizers, steel, cement, and electricity production increased 22.8 per cent, 15.0 per cent, 26.3 per cent, and 22.0 per cent, respectively in May.

01 Jul 2022, 08:34:18 AM IST

Dollar heads for weekly gain as investors weigh rates, recession risks

The dollar was little changed against major peers on Friday, but was on track for its best week in four as investors weighed the boost from tighter Federal Reserve policy and the risks of a U.S. recession.

The dollar index, which measures the currency against six counterparts, inched up 0.07% in Asian trading, after a 0.32% drop overnight when it was undermined by weaker-than-expected consumer spending data.

For the week, it has gained 0.66% in a complex push and pull as fears of a global slowdown burnished the greenback's appeal due to its haven status. The market will be watching for weakness in U.S. ISM manufacturing figures due later in the day.

01 Jul 2022, 08:28:48 AM IST

Asian markets struggle as traders gripped by recession fear

Asian markets struggled again Friday following another selloff on Wall Street fuelled by recession fears, with warnings of a bleak outlook for the global economy as central banks slam on the brakes to battle soaring inflation.

Data showing US consumers -- the backbone of the world's top economy -- were growing increasingly reticent about spending dealt a fresh blow to equities Thursday, with the S&P 500 suffering its worst January-June since 1970.

With the war in Ukraine showing no sign of ending -- keeping energy costs elevated -- there is an expectation that borrowing costs will continue to rise and send economies into recession.

01 Jul 2022, 08:19:24 AM IST

Further pain in store for Asian currencies after turbulent first-half

Asian currencies will wallow in the near-term, analysts forecast this week, with any respite from their first-half losses only likely to come in the form of proactive policy normalization by regional central banks combined with a Chinese recovery.

A mix of elevated commodity prices and narrowing interest rate differentials have piled pressure on most Asian currencies, with some hitting multi-year lows in recent weeks.

Foreign money has flowed out of emerging Asia, excluding China, for five months in a row in the face of a reluctance among central banks to hike rates.

The Taiwanese dollar, South Korea's won and the Philippine peso have all weakened by more than 6.8% against a strong U.S. dollar this year, while the Indian rupee is near record lows.

Mounting fears of a global recession have forced investors to flee stocks and riskier Asian assets in favor of bonds and the greenback, which recently hit a nearly two-decade high against major currencies.

While Asian central banks have turned more hawkish recently to control spiking prices, a focus on growth and relatively controlled inflation has meant rate hikes have not been as aggressive as those by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

01 Jul 2022, 08:18:13 AM IST

More Pain for Rupee Likely on India’s Trade Gap, Capital Outflow

India’s ballooning trade gap and capital outflows are raising new risks for the rupee, just as the currency’s plunge to a record low adds to inflation woes.

“India’s external balances are deteriorating," economists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. wrote in a note Thursday, citing the terms-of-trade shock from higher commodities prices and weakening global growth. “Going forward, the trajectory of the rupee is likely to be pushed weaker versus the dollar on account of the deteriorating external balances."

While the Reserve Bank of India has begun raising rates, which usually supports currencies, the moves also deflate the domestic stock market, and can accelerate rupee-weakening outflows. Meanwhile, demand for dollars is rising, further pressuring the currency and forcing the RBI to dip into its reserves pile to support it.

The central bank says the risks are so far manageable and the external sector is “well-buffered to withstand the ongoing terms-of-trade shocks and portfolio outflows."

01 Jul 2022, 08:17:38 AM IST

Bitcoin Surges 11% on Dip Buyers Yearning for Better Second Half

Bitcoin dip buyers are hoping things won’t get much worse for cryptocurrencies in the remainder of this year judging by the latest surge in the virtual coin.

The largest digital token rallied as much as 11.3% at one point in Asian trading Friday and was at $20,300 as of 10:20 a.m in Tokyo, an 8% gain. The bout of optimism was also evident in coins such as Ether, Solana and Avalanche.

Bitcoin has been gyrating around the $20,000 mark after a 56% slide this year. The retreat has become emblematic of depressed spirits in global markets as liquidity evaporates amid tightening monetary policy to fight inflation.

Outrageous crypto swings have sometimes buffeted traditional assets this year. This time around, the latest jump higher failed to alleviate the gloom enveloping US equity futures, which remained in the red.

01 Jul 2022, 07:38:40 AM IST

Tokyo shares sag in early trade

Tokyo stocks fell into negative territory in early trade on Friday after opening higher, tracking slumps on Wall Street.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index dropped 0.37 percent or 97.27 points to 26,295.77 yen in early trade after marking solid gains at the opening bell.

The broader Topix index followed the same pattern and slipped 0.22 percent, or 4.04 points, to 1,866.78.

The dollar stood at 135.90 yen, firmer than the 135.75 yen seen Thursday in New York.

01 Jul 2022, 07:36:57 AM IST

JPMorgan’s Michele warns on recession as brutal first half draws to end

Bob Michele kicked off his Wall Street career during the stagflation crisis of the early 1980s.

More than four decades later, JPMorgan Asset Management’s chief investment officer says the economic outlook today looks even worse -- with a US recession now looking more likely than a soft landing.

Central banks are a long way from reversing the most flagrant excesses of the easy-money era while inflation looks ever-more entrenched, per Michele.

His pessimism is reflected in an historically bad first half of a year that’s just drawn to a close. Stocks and bonds around the world combined have fallen by the most on record, according to Bloomberg data going back to 1990, with $8 trillion wiped off the S&P 500 alone.

“This current period is no doubt the most challenging in my career," Michele said in an interview. “You are stuck with a lot of liquidity in the system and rates that look ridiculously low relative to the levels of growth and inflation that we are seeing and where employment is."

With books now closed, the Nasdaq 100 has fallen nearly 30% in the first half while the MSCI World Index has shed more than 20%.

01 Jul 2022, 07:35:38 AM IST

Stock doomsayers vindicated in historic first half

The selloff in stocks deepened after weak consumer-spending data fueled worries about a recession, with the S&P 500 suffering its cruelest first half since Richard Nixon’s presidency.

It was a rout for the history books, with the equity gauge down about 21% in the first six months of the year -- the most for such a span since 1970. The superlatives kept piling up across Wall Street. Treasury 10-year yields sank to 3% from a decade-high of 3.5% in mid-June while the dollar had its best quarter since 2016.

US consumer spending fell for the first time this year, suggesting an economy on somewhat weaker footing than previously thought amid rapid inflation and Federal Reserve hikes. A view that central banks need to act fast because they misjudged inflation has roiled markets, with traders ramping up bets the recovery will buckle under aggressive tightening.

“The stagflation that has gripped our country right now is going to make it tough on the stock market over the intermediate term," said Matt Maley, chief market strategist at Miller Tabak. “When demand is not the key reason why inflation is a problem, a slower economy is not going to help bring inflation down as much as some experts seem to think."

Key segments of the world’s biggest bond market -- such as the difference between five and 10-year yields -- have inverted, signaling bets that higher rates will hurt the economy. Inversions have generally preceded recessions by about six to 18 months, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

01 Jul 2022, 07:34:02 AM IST

US stocks fall as S&P 500 concludes worst H1 since 1970

Wall Street stocks fell on Thursday, a fitting end to a bruising first half of 2022, finishing solidly lower after US data showed persistently high inflation pinching consumer spending.

The broad-based S&P 500 finished at 3,785.38, down 0.9 percent for the day and a loss more than 16 percent for the last six months, the worst first half of a year since 1970.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 0.8 percent to 30,775.43, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index tumbled 1.3 percent to 11,028.74.

The market has fallen most of the year, breaking the trend only in late March and for other brief stretches in a fairly steady retreat.

A series of bad inflation readings have prompted the Federal Reserve to undertake increasingly aggressive measures to try to rein in growth and pricing pressures.

01 Jul 2022, 07:33:01 AM IST

Stocks and oil sink on recession fears

World stock markets mostly sank Thursday on intensifying recession fears, while oil prices receded after an OPEC decision to proceed with a limited boost to output.

London ended the day down two percent, with both Frankfurt and Paris close behind.

That followed a largely downbeat performance in Asia, although Shanghai rose after data showed a forecast-beating improvement in China's services sector on easing Covid restrictions.

Later on, Wall Street joined the sell-off, with major indices falling around one percent, concluding the S&P 500's worst first six months of a year since 1970.

Crude futures slumped as major oil producers led by Saudi Arabia and Russia kept to a decision on a limited boost to output despite the risk that high oil prices may help push the global economy into recession.

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