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  • Share Market Close: Stock markets closed with solid gain on the first trading day of 2023 as Sensex climbed 320 pts and Nifty 100 pts. Tata Steel and Hindalco led the rally, while Titan and Asian Paints tanked. Metal and Bank shine; Pharma and Consumer Durable struggled.

Most global indices were closed for the new year with the South Korean Kospi shedding in today's session and the European market trading higher. The IMF managing director warned that 2023 would be a tougher year for the global economy as all the major engines of global growth are experiencing weakening activity. 

02 Jan 2023, 03:40:06 PM IST

Indices start '23 on a positive note with Sensex and Nifty gaining 320 and 100 pts, respectively

Indian benchmark indices had a strong start to 2023 as they registered a solid gain on Monday. Most Asian indices remained closed for the holidays and the rally was mostly influenced by investors' faith in the Indian economy.

China announced plans to raise export tariffs on aluminium from Jan. 1 in a bid to improve domestic demand, which analysts said will aid market-share growth for Indian companies.

Demand for metals would improve due to China's reopening as well, analysts added, if the COVID situation remains manageable in the world's second-largest economy.

Sensex regained the 61,000 mark to close at 61,167, a jump of 327 points, while Nifty closed above just shy of 18,200, at 18,197, a gain of 92 points.

Metals continued their forward run as the index jumped 2% in today's trading. Most indices closed in the green with Media, Bank, and Realty gaining decent value. Pharma and Consumer Durable struggled throughout the session and ended in the red.

Tata Steel soared 5% today followed by Hindalco and ONGC which gained more than 2% each. Tata Motors and ICICI Bank also ended in the green. Divi's Lab and Titan shed the most followed by Asian Paints and Bajaj Auto.

Japan, China and Hong Kong markets were closed for the new year holiday. South Korean shares reversed early gains to end the first session of 2023 lower, dragged down by institutional sell-off in relatively thin trading. The benchmark KOSPI ended down 0.48% after rising as much as 1.05%, led by electric-vehicle (EV) stocks.

European shares rose in the first trading session of 2023 after a rough year marred with fears of a recession as central banks hiked rates globally and the Russia-Ukraine war. The pan-regional STOXX 600 rose in the morning session supported by rate-sensitive technology stocks and the energy sector.

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02 Jan 2023, 03:20:47 PM IST

TVS Motor sales slip 3.58 pc to 2,42,012 units in Dec

TVS Motor Company on Monday reported a 3.58 per cent decline in total sales to 2,42,012 units in December 2022.

The company sold 2,50,993 units in December 2021, TVS Motor said in a statement.

Domestic two-wheeler sales grew 10 per cent to 1,61,369 units last month compared to 1,46,763 units in December 2021.

Motorcycle sales were lower at 1,24,705 units against 1,33,700 units in December 2021. On the other hand, scooter sales grew to 76,766 units in December 2022 from 67,533 units in the year-ago month.

TVS Motor said its electric two-wheeler iQube Electric registered sales of 11,071 units last month against 1,212 units in December 2021.

The total exports last month slipped to 79,402 units compared to 1,03,420 units in December 2021. (PTI)

02 Jan 2023, 03:13:36 PM IST

IIFL Finance to raise funds via public issue of NCDs, issue to open for subscription this week

IIFL Finance is planning to raise through the public issue of non-convertible debentures (NCDs). The issue will open for public subscription this week on Friday, January 6, 2023 and close on January 18, 2023.

The Tranche I Issue consists of public issue by the company of Secured Redeemable Non-Convertible Debentures (NCDs) of face value of 1,000 each for an amount upto 1,000 million (Base Issue Size) with an option to retain oversubscription upto 9,000 million aggregating to 10,000 million, which is within the Shelf Limit of 50,000 million. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 02:59:37 PM IST

Multibagger BSE SME stock that surged 650% in 2022 declares record date for stock split

Shares of Rajnish Wellness Ltd are one of the multibagger stocks of 2022. The SE SME stock that has surged to the tune of 650 per cent in the year gone by is soon going to trade ex-split in January 2022. As per the information available on BSE website, the board of directors of the small-cap company has fixed record date for ascertaining eligible shareholders for the stock split benefit. The board of directors of the small-cap company has already announced stock subdivision in 1:2 ratio. This means, one stock of an eligible shareholder will tune to two shares of face value Re 1 per equity share. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 02:40:21 PM IST

Media index shines in today's trading, gains a per cent with most stocks in green

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02 Jan 2023, 02:34:36 PM IST

CarDekho’s loss narrows to ₹247 crore in FY22

Girnar Software Pvt. Ltd, which runs automobile marketplace CarDekho, saw its losses narrow to 246.5 crore in financial year 2021-22 from 342.9 crore loss a year ago, thanks to a sharp rise in its operational revenue.

The Jaipur-headquartered company’s operating income grew 80.7% year-on-year to 1,597.5 crore, as per a company release. The growth in revenue, however, came at the cost of a rise in expenses, which surged to 2,170 crore in FY22 from 1277.6 crore a year ago. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 02:19:34 PM IST

Currency in circulation rises by 83 pc since demonetisation in 2016

Demonetisation of the high value currency notes of 500 and 1,000 did not have any discernible impact on currency in circulation (CIC) in the country, which has soared by almost 83 per cent since its announcement on November 8, 2016.

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the decision of the government on demonetisation.

On November 8, 2016 Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced demonetisation of old 1,000 and 500 banknotes and one of the key objectives of the unprecedented decision was to promote digital payments and curb black money flows.

According to the Reserve Bank data, the CIC in value terms soared from 17.74 lakh crore on November 4, 2016, to 32.42 lakh crore on December 23, 2022. (PTI)

02 Jan 2023, 02:04:45 PM IST

Edelweiss Financial Services to raise ₹400 crores via secured redeemable NCDs

Edelweiss Financial Services Limited today announced the public issue of its secured redeemable non-convertible debentures of the face value of 1,000 each, amounting to 200 crore, with an option to retain over-subscription up to 200 crore to 400 crore.

There are ten series of NCDs carrying fixed coupon and having tenure of 24 months, 36 months, 60 months and 120 months with annual, monthly and cumulative interest option. Effective annual yield for NCDs ranges from 8.99% to 10.46%*. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 01:45:18 PM IST

ONGC remains as one of the biggest non-metal stock gainers in today's session

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02 Jan 2023, 01:28:12 PM IST

Capacite lnfra gets contract worth ₹203 crore from Ashar ventures

Construction firm Capacit'e Infraprojects Ltd on 2 January has announced the company has received contract worth 203 crores from Ashar ventures.

The contract is for the construction of residential project Ashar Pulse, a 60 storied tower at Thane. The contract amount of 203 crore excludes GST and labour cess.

Commenting on the same, Rahul Katyal, Managing Director of Capacit'e said, “We are delighted to announce that Ashar Ventures have entrusted their trust and confidence in Capacit'e lnfraprojects Limited to undertake their super highrise 60 storied tower project - Ashar pulse at Thane." (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 01:25:02 PM IST

PTC India shareholders approve final dividend of ₹5.80 per equity share

Power trading solutions provider PTC India on Monday said its shareholders have approved a final dividend of 5.80 per equity share for 2021-22.

This final dividend is in addition to the interim dividend of 2 per equity share, a company statement said.

The shareholders during the annual general meeting (AGM) on December 30, 2022 approved the final dividend in addition to the interim dividend, making it the highest-ever dividend declared by the company, it said.

"We are also exploring opportunities in emerging areas of Green Hydrogen, Battery Energy Storage Systems through collaborations with global technology companies," Rajib K Mishra, CMD (additional charge), PTC India said.

Meanwhile, the consolidated profits for the year ending March, 2022 grew by 21 per cent. The consolidated PAT (profit after tax) increased to 552 crore for FY22 compared to 458 crore in FY21. (PTI)

02 Jan 2023, 01:17:46 PM IST

One largecap and one midcap chemical stock to buy, as per JM Financial

On a note on Indian chemicals sector, brokerage and research firm JM Financial said that amidst demand slowdown and high energy prices in Europe, contracted players provide high volume off-take visibility. Further, if any slowdown in offtake can be reversed in subsequent quarters. Hence, the brokerage house has prefered contracted players, SRF in the largecaps and Navin in the midcaps.

Barring contracted players, most chemical companies under the brokerage's coverage are likely to demonstrate weak sequential sales growth (contraction in some cases), while contracted players such as Navin Fluorine and Anupam Rasayan are likely to report strong sequential sales, expects the brokerage. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 12:52:00 PM IST

Metal Index shines in today's trading as it jumps 2% with most stocks trading in green

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02 Jan 2023, 12:50:15 PM IST

Ratio of corporate tax collection to GDP exceeds 3% in FY22 after 2 years

After a gap of two years, India's tax corporate collection exceeded 3 per cent in fiscal 2021-22 of the gross domestic product (GDP).

Increased demand of goods and services was one of the reasons which made India Inc improve in profitability.

The net corporate tax collection was 7.12 lakh crore in 2021-22 while GDP was at 236.64 lakh crore at the current market price. The percentage of net corporate tax to GDP is 3.01 per cent. This ratio was the highest in 2018-19, according to data of corporate tax collection for a span of five years. The corporate tax collection of 2018-19 stood at 6.63 lakh crore or 3.51 per cent of GDP.

In 28 years, the government had gone for the highest cut by almost 10 percentage points in corporate tax rates for new manufacturing units in 2019-20. The mop up and ratio slipped to 2.77 per cent of GDP in 2019-20 on account of reduction in corporate tax rate. (ANI)

02 Jan 2023, 12:28:34 PM IST

Multibagger SME stock rallies to hit record high on order win, up over 310% in 6 months

Shares of Knowledge Marine & Engineering Works (KMEW) surged up to 11% to hit a record high of 1,129 apiece on the BSE in Monday's early deals after the company informed that it has received an additional work order from Dredging Corporation of India.

“We are pleased to announce that KMEW has received an additional work order of 16.5 crore from Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) for the work of “Capital Dredging at Mangrol Fishing Harbour – Phase III Part -B," it announced in an exchange filing today. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 12:02:01 PM IST

Noon Update: Indices remain in green as Sensex is up around 220 pts and Nifty around 70 pts

Metal index leads the rally, while Pharma and IT struggle in today's session.

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02 Jan 2023, 11:56:56 AM IST

Prabhudas Lilladher says BUY for Navin Fluorine

Vaishali Parekh, vice president - technical research, Prabhudas Lilladher Pvt. Ltd on NAVIN FLUORINE: BUY with CMP: 4110 TRGT: 4480 SL: 3980

The stock after the short gradual correction witnessed has come near the trendline support zone of 3980 levels and with a short consolidation has shown signs of improvement with the RSI flattening out near the oversold zone and indicating signs of reversal has improved the bias with immense upside potential visible. With the chart looking good, we recommend a positional buy in this stock for an upside target of 4480 keeping a stop loss of 3980.

02 Jan 2023, 11:52:52 AM IST

India reported 173 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours

India saw a decline in daily Covid-19 cases as the country reported 173 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, taking the cumulative tally to 4.46 crore (4,46,78,822), according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. On Sunday, the country logged 265 fresh coronavirus infections.

Currently, India's active caseload stands at 2,670, that comprises 0.01% of the total infections. A decrease of 36 cases has been recorded in the active Covid caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The total tally of Covid cases has been recorded at 4.46 crore (4,46,78,822) and the death toll stands at 5,30,707 with two fatalities -- one reconciled by Kerala and one reported by Uttarakhand -- in the last 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am stated. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 11:42:24 AM IST

India Unemployment Rate Surges to 16-Month High, CMIE Data Shows

India’s unemployment rate rose to a 16-month high in December as job creation in the slowing economy failed to keep pace with the growing workforce.

The overall unemployment rate increased to 8.3%, up from 8% in November, according to data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt. Ltd. That’s the highest reading since August 2021.

The rise in unemployment comes amid a demand slowdown following a robust festive season. The Indian economy is seen slowing as tighter interest rates dampen demand for goods and services, and exports witness a fall. Borrowing costs climbed by 225 basis points last year as inflation stayed above the central bank’s target level for most of 2022. (Bloomberg)

02 Jan 2023, 11:41:49 AM IST

Indian state refiners' daily Dec diesel sales drop m/m - data

Indian state fuel retailers' diesel sales in December declined from the previous month as a cold wave in parts of the country curtailed the movement of gasoil guzzling trucks, preliminary sales data showed. Fuel demand in India, which is a proxy for oil demand in Asia's third-largest economy, typically slows in winters as Indians mostly refrain from using diesel for heating, unlike the West. State-refiners' average daily gasoil sales in December declined 3.7% month-on-month, but were 13% higher from a year earlier, the data showed. Gasoil accounts for about two-fifths of India's overall fuel demand. Indian fuel demand had surged in November due to the festive season amid higher personal mobility. (Reuters)

02 Jan 2023, 11:32:15 AM IST

Axis Securities Pick of the Week - Uno Minda

Axis Securities says BUY for Uno Minda with a Target Price of 571

Outlook & Valuation: On the back of these growth drivers and strong order books, we forecast Revenue/EBITDA/PAT CAGR of 22%/27%/42% over FY22-25E

Recommendation: We recommend a BUY rating on the stock with a target price of 571/share, implying a 10% upside from the CMP.

02 Jan 2023, 11:21:28 AM IST

InCred Capital acquires Orowealth to foray into retail wealth-tech with launch of InCred Money

InCred Capital is set to enter the retail wealth-tech industry with the launch of ‘InCred Money’. InCred Money has been launched with the acquisition of Orowealth in an all-cash deal, pending necessary clearances, the company announced on Monday.

The acquisition brings assets under management (AuM) of 1,100+ cralong with a robust technology platform and an experienced team to InCred Money. Vijay Kuppa, the co-founder of Orowealth, will lead InCred Money as the chief executive officer (CEO) going forward, it said. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 11:14:22 AM IST

Bajaj Auto is one of the biggest laggards among stocks, sheds 2%

Bajaj Auto on 2 January reported a 22% decline in total sales at 2,81,486 units sold in December 2022 as compared to 3,62,470 units sold in the same month a year ago in December 2021.

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02 Jan 2023, 11:14:23 AM IST

India manufacturing PMI in December rises to highest in over 2 years

India's manufacturing industry finished 2022 on a solid note as business conditions improved at the fastest rate in over two years, a business survey showed. The manufacturing purchasing managers' index, compiled by S&P Global, rose to 57.8 in December from November's 55.7. The December reading was better than a Reuters poll median forecast of 54.3. December was the highest since October 2020.

“Following a promising start to 2022, the Indian manufacturing industry maintained a strong performance as time progressed, wrapping the year with the best expansion in production seen since November 2021. Demand strength took centre stage among the reasons provided by firms for improvements in many measures. Additional materials were purchased and extra workers hired as companies sought to supplement production and maintain healthy levels of inventories," said Pollyanna De Lima, Economics Associate Director at S&P Global Market Intelligence. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 10:46:29 AM IST

Bank indices gain, especially the PSU Bank index which jumps around a per cent with almost all stocks in green 

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02 Jan 2023, 10:30:22 AM IST

Jefferies is cautious on Indian IT sector. This stock is its only 'Buy' pick

During Q3 FY23, global brokerage Jefferies expects aggregate revenues for its Indian IT coverage to moderate sharply to 1.4% sequentially (QoQcc), with HCL Technologies and LTIMindtree leading growth. Margins for other IT firms are likely to be steady QoQ as slower growth will offset benefits of improving pyramid and easing attrition, it said.

Given this Jefferies believes risk/reward is unfavorable as IT stocks still trade near +1 standard deviation above their 10-year average and 15% premium to Nifty, and has maintain its cautious stance with Infosys its only BUY (target price of 1,710). (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 10:20:11 AM IST

Tata Steel jumps 4% in early trading; leads the Metal Index rally

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02 Jan 2023, 10:16:52 AM IST

Toyota's Indian unit warns of a possible customer data breach

A data breach at Toyota Motor's Indian business might have exposed some customers' personal information, it said on Sunday.

Toyota India said it has notified the relevant Indian authorities of the data breach at Toyota Kirloskar Motor, a joint venture with Indian conglomerate Kirloskar Group.

"Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has been notified by one of its service providers of an incident that might have exposed personal information of some of TKM’s customers on the internet", TKM said in an emailed statement without disclosing the size of the data breach or number of customers affected.

An unrelated issue at Toyota Motor's T-Connect service potentially leaked about 296,000 pieces of customer information, it said last October. (PTI)

02 Jan 2023, 09:58:39 AM IST

Pharma index struggles in early trading as most stocks trading in red

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02 Jan 2023, 09:55:13 AM IST

Morgan Stanley sells stake in Elein Electronics after weak listing

After a weak flat listing and a further slide in Elin Electronics shares on Friday, big investment firms like Morgan Stanley Asia (Singapore), Societe General and Copthall Mauritius Investment have offloaded their respective shareholding in the company. As per the bulk deals, detail available on the official website of NSE, Morgan Stanley Asia (Singapore) has sold out 5 lakh Elin Electronics shares whereas Societe Generale sold out 3,37,897 Elin Electronics shares. Mauritius-based foreign institutional investor (FII) Copthall Mauritius Investment also sold out 5,42,828 Elin Electronics shares in a bulk deal executed on Friday, 30th December 2022. These foreign funding agencies sold out their shares after weak listing of Elin Electronics shares on BSE and NSE. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 09:42:12 AM IST

Geojit Financial Services views on today's market: Since valuations continue to be high, there can be selling pressure, particularly from FIIs

Dr V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services: There are mixed signals from the economy and markets as trading begins for the New Year. Robust GST collections at 1.49 trillion indicate the resilience of the economy and surveys among CEOs reveal that many companies are upbeat about hiring and capex in 2023. This augurs well for India’s economic outperformance again in 2023 and this can lead to market outperformance, too. However, since valuations continue to be high, there can be selling pressure, particularly from FIIs, in the early days of 2023. The rising bond yield in the US (the 10-year yield is at 3.88 %) is negative. Investors should focus on beating the market in 2023. Market-beating returns can come from banking, capital goods and construction-related sectors.

02 Jan 2023, 09:28:07 AM IST

Asian Paints sinks at open; drops more than a per cent

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02 Jan 2023, 09:26:49 AM IST

Rupee to open flat; volatility tipped to rise later in Jan

The Indian rupee is tipped to open little changed against the U.S. dollar on Monday, with traders assessing the outlook for the local currency after a difficult year.

The rupee is expected at around 82.70-82.75 per dollar at the open, compared to 82.72 in the previous session. It tumbled 11.2% last year.

The currency traded in a narrow range in the last three weeks of 2022 and traders reckon that volatility is likely to pick up later this month.

These kinds of rangebound moves do not last too long and when the breakout happens, it can be quite sizeable, a trader at a Mumbai-based bank said.

We anticipate an increase in volatility later this month on new positions and flows and before India's budget, the trader said. India's union budget will be presented on Feb. 1. (Reuters)

02 Jan 2023, 09:21:08 AM IST

Indices open the 2023 on a flat note with Metal and Auto shining 

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02 Jan 2023, 09:14:10 AM IST

Tata Steel, Hindalco stocks upgraded to 'Buy' as Jefferies turns positive on Indian metals

After almost a year of cautious view, global brokerage Jefferies said it has turned positive on India metals. China has started to ease Covid policy and support its ailing property sector. The brokerage believes the worst-margin quarter for Indian steel, and the big chunk of earnings cuts for Tata Steel/Hindalco are behind.

The brokerage turned cautious on Indian steel in January 2022, as it believed the earnings cycle was inflexion-down while market was too optimistic on a China stimulus. It finds the landscape flipped now with China policies turning supportive and the big earnings cut for TATA/HNDL behind. Jefferies believes a sequential improvement in quarterly EBITDA trend for Tata Steel/Hindalco in 2023 will help drive stock performance. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 09:09:00 AM IST

Reliance Securities Stock in Focus for Today: Sail

STOCK IN FOCUS

SAIL (CMP 83): We expect demand improvement and better pricing in 2HFY23 with likely pick up in infrastructure activities and government’s turn key projects going ahead. Therefore, we reiterate our BUY rating on the company with a Target Price of Rs95.

Intraday Picks

SUNPHARMA (PREVIOUS CLOSE: 1,001) BUY

For today’s trade, long position can be initiated in the range of Rs996-

991 for the target of Rs1,016 with a strict stop loss of Rs984.

ONGC (PREVIOUS CLOSE: 147) BUY

For today’s trade, long position can be initiated in the range of Rs145.50-

144 for the target of Rs151 with a strict stop loss of Rs142.

MUTHOOTFIN (PREVIOUS CLOSE: 1,063) SELL

For today’s trade, short position can be initiated in the range of

Rs1,068-1,074 for the target of Rs1,026 with a strict stop loss of Rs1,092.

 

02 Jan 2023, 09:03:34 AM IST

Sensex remains flat at the preopen session; TCS, Maruti Suzuki, Adani Power in focus

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02 Jan 2023, 08:56:58 AM IST

Confident to surpass 700MT production target in FY’23 but price revision crucial: Coal India chief

Coal India chairman Pramod Agrawal remained confident in surpassing the ambitious 700 million tonne production target by March 2023 and said a "price revision is essential" for the dry fuel to get the company compensated adequately.

It will be another feather in coal India's cap, once the company meets the annual production target with over 12 per cent growth for the first time set by the government, while keeping the coal price capped for nearly five years to support the nation containing the inflation to some extent.

In 2021-22, the production was 622.6 million tonne.

The Kolkata-headquartered company is extracting more coal to meet India's growing energy demand, but at the same time, it was "taking several measures to reduce emissions to support the country's net zero target by 2070". (PTI)

02 Jan 2023, 08:49:50 AM IST

Sah Polymers IPO: GMP, subscription status on day 2 of the issue

The initial public offer (IPO) of Sah Polymers was subscribed 86 per cent on the first day of subscription on Friday, December 30, 2022. The initial share-sale received bids for 48,04,470 shares against 56,10,000 shares on offer. The price band of the issue, which will conclude on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, has been fixed at 61 to 65 per share.

As per market observers, Sah Polymers shares are commanding a premium of 5 in the grey market today. The company's shares are expected to list on leading stock exchanges BSE and NSE on Thursday, January 12, 2023. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 08:48:01 AM IST

GST revenues grow 15% to nearly ₹1.50 lakh crore in December

The collections from Goods and Services Tax (GST) grew by 15 per cent to over 1.49 lakh crore in December 2022, indicating improved manufacturing output and consumption demand, besides better compliance.

This is the 10th month in a row that the revenues have remained above the 1.4 lakh crore mark. The collection in November was about 1.46 lakh crore.

"The gross GST revenue collected during December 2022 is 1,49,507 crore, of which CGST is 26,711 crore, SGST is 33,357 crore, IGST is 78,434 crore (including 40,263 crore collected on import of goods) and Cess is 11,005 crore (including 850 crore collected on import of goods)," the ministry said in a statement.

The revenues for December 2022 are 15 per cent higher than the GST collection in the same month last year, which itself was close to 1.30 lakh crore. (PTI)

02 Jan 2023, 08:34:23 AM IST

Stocks to Focus: Maruti, TCS, Adani Power, Torrent Power, Tata Motors, IEX, Shriram Finance, Kalpataru Power Transmission, Coal India, IOB

Maruti Suzuki: Maruti Suzuki India Ltd on Sunday reported a 9 per cent decline in total wholesales at 1,39,347 units in December 2022 compared to the year-ago month. The company had clocked a total sales of 1,53,149 units in the same month in 2021, Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL) said in a statement. Total domestic wholesales were at 1,13,535 units last month as against 1,26,031 units in December 2021, down 9.91 per cent, it added. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 08:31:06 AM IST

2023 will be ‘tougher’ for global economy, says IMF's Georgieva

The International Monetary Funds' (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva has said that 2023 is going to be a ‘tougher’ year for the global economy, tougher than the one left behind in 2022. Georgieva said this during an interview on Sunday morning on the first day of the new year.

The global economy's new year (2023) is going to be "tougher than the year we leave behind," IMF's Georgieva said on Sunday. She cited the simultaneous slow down of the United States, China and the European Union's economies for the same. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 08:14:25 AM IST

INDIA BONDS-Bond yields likely to rise on elevated Q4 state debt supply

Indian government bond yields are expected to rise on Monday, the first trading session of 2023, as states announced a bigger-than-expected borrowing schedule for the January-March quarter.

The benchmark 10-year yield is likely to move in a 7.32%-7.37% band, a trader with a private bank said. The yield ended at 7.3277% on Friday.

The yield eased for the second consecutive quarter in October-December, but jumped 87 basis points in 2022, its biggest such move since 2009.

Indian states plan to raise 3.41 trillion rupees ($41.22 billion) by selling bonds in 13 weekly auctions between January and March, sharply higher than market expectations of 2.70 trillion rupees to 3.00 trillion rupees. (Reuters)

02 Jan 2023, 08:13:51 AM IST

Multibagger stock to enter into new business segments, scrip hits upper circuit

With a market valuation of 108.32 Cr, Gautam Gems Ltd. is a small-cap company that operates in the consumer discretionary industry. The company manufactures, exports, and imports rough and polished diamonds. The company's registered office and corporate headquarters are in Surat, India's diamond capital. The business has declared its intention to venture into a new product.

On Friday, the company said in a stock exchange filing that “As we know India has a massive demand for energy to fuel its rapidly growing economy. Today, we are a power surplus nation with a total installed electricity capacity of over Four lakh MW. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 07:59:08 AM IST

Cryptocurrency prices today: Bitcoin, ether gain marginally; dogecoin, Shiba Inu fall

In cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin price today rose with the world's largest and most popular digital token trading almost flat with a positive bias at $16,566. The global cryptocurrency market cap today remained below the $1 trillion mark, as it was flat in the last 24 hours to $828 billion, as per the data by CoinGecko.

On the other hand, Ether, the coin linked to the ethereum blockchain and the second-largest cryptocurrency, was also trading marginally higher at $1,195. Meanwhile, dogecoin price today was trading about a per cent lower at $0.06 whereas Shiba Inu gained was down at $0.000008. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 07:57:22 AM IST

Budget 2023: PHDCCI pitches for increasing health budget by 30-40%

Industry body PHDCCI on December 29 said the health budget should be increased by 30-40 percent as there is a growing need for health facilities and infrastructure across the country. Making the suggestion for the forthcoming Union Budget, Saket Dalmia, President of PHDCCI, said the budget for health has seen a rise of about 16 per cent in absolute terms between budget estimates of 2021-22 and 2022-23.

The major focus could be on a widespread campaign for healthy living, which is the need of the hour to build up a healthy human resource for the country. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 07:48:07 AM IST

Buy or sell: Vaishali Parekh recommends 2 stocks to buy today

Vaishali Parekh of Prabhudas Lilladher has recommended two stocks to buy today. Here we list out full details in regard to those two shares:

1] Canara Bank: Buy at 333, target 345, stop loss 328; and

2] Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals: Buy at 767, target 788, stop loss 757. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 07:47:20 AM IST

Domestic passenger vehicles sales rise 23 pc to record of 37.93 lakh units in 2022

Domestic passenger vehicles sales rose by 23 per cent to a record of 37.93 lakh units in 2022 led by the likes of Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Tata Motors as the companies rode on easing of pandemic-related challenges and semiconductor shortages to cash in on pent up demand, specially for SUVs. Other manufacturers like Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Skoda India also reported record sales in 2022.

"The industry wholesales in January to December 2022 were just short of 38 lakh units. It was 37.93 lakh units against 30.82 lakh in 2021, which is a growth of 23 per cent," Maruti Suzuki India Senior Executive Officer, Marketing & Sales Shashank Srivastava told reporters in a virtual conference. He further said the 2022 wholesales are "the highest ever in the industry for a calendar year" and the last highest was in 2018 which was 33.3 lakh units. "So, this is about 14 per cent higher than the highest ever," he added.

On the reasons for the growth, Srivastava said, "I believe this resurgence to the highest ever level is partly because of the better availability of semiconductors because last year was badly affected by the semiconductor issue." (PTI)

02 Jan 2023, 07:32:22 AM IST

JSW Group mulls foray into EVs, to manufacture 4-wheelers

Sajjan Jindal-led conglomerate JSW Group is considering a foray into the manufacturing of electric vehicles, according to a top official of the group. "The group had examined EV manufacturing plans earlier also but now it is becoming attractive," JSW Group Chief Financing Officer Seshagiri Rao told news agency PTI.

The manufacturing of EVs is being discussed actively at the group level, he said while divulging JSW Group's plan to expand its presence into more sectors.

The group is looking to manufacture four-wheelers, Rao said. He said that the manufacturing location is yet to be decided. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 07:31:06 AM IST

Rupee falls over 11 pc in 2022 -- worst since 2013

The Indian rupee depreciated over 11 per cent in 2022 against the dollar -- its poorest performance since 2013 and the worst drubbing among Asian currencies -- as the US Federal Reserve's aggressive monetary policy propelled the greenback.

The rupee closed 2022 at 82.61 to the US dollar, down from 74.29 at end of 2021 as the US currency headed for its biggest yearly gain since 2015.

The Indian unit, however, fared better than some other global currencies like the Turkish Lira and British Pound.

The volatility in the forex market, prompted by a rally in global oil prices following Russia's war in Ukraine, meant the Reserve Bank had to frequently dip into its reserves as imported inflation became a challenge for policymakers.

Since mid-October, the rupee recovered from the bouts of volatility experienced in the earlier part of the year and has been trading close to its long term trend, as per the RBI's Financial Stability Report. (PTI)

02 Jan 2023, 07:30:35 AM IST

Govt may raise interest rate subsidy for MSME exporters

The government is considering raising interest equalization or subsidy benefits extended to small and medium exporters in the annual budget for 2023-24 to relieve some of the interest rate burden on them due to a tightening monetary policy.

The proposal to extend the low-interest rate benefit is being examined at a time Indian exporters are facing headwinds on account of slowing demand in key markets amid record inflation and the threat of a global recession. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 07:29:23 AM IST

Torrent Power in talks with ReNew to buy 1.1GW clean energy capacity

Torrent Power Ltd is in talks to buy clean power projects totalling 1.1 gigawatts (GW) from ReNew Energy Global Plc at an enterprise value of around $1.2 billion, two people aware of the development said.

Ahmedabad-based Torrent Power has submitted a non-binding offer (NBO) for ReNew’s solar and wind power assets of 350 megawatts (MW) and 750MW, respectively, at an equity value of around $450 million, the people cited above said on the condition of anonymity, adding discussions on valuation are continuing. (Read More)

02 Jan 2023, 07:27:54 AM IST

US stocks sink on Friday in worst yearly performance since 2008

Wall Street stocks marked a gloomy end to 2022 on Friday, slumping to close lower in their worst annual showing in years.

Surging inflation and steep interest rate hikes to cool demand have battered markets and investor sentiment this year, on top of global shocks like Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"The last trading day of the year just confirmed what we had all year, a horrible stock market," said Peter Cardillo of Spartan Capital Securities.

Key US indices saw their poorest performances since 2008, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq both seeing double-digit drops over the past year.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 0.2% to 33,147.25, while the broad-based S&P 500 lost 0.3% to 3,839.50.

The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 0.1% to 10,466.48 after bigger losses earlier in the day.

A year-end rally "looks to have eluded us this year" given the shocks of 2022 and vast uncertainty ahead, said Craig Erlam of the OANDA trading platform.

While analysts expect the worst of Federal Reserve rate hikes to be over, some caution that the coming months will remain tough. (AFP)

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