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Sensex jumps 437 pts, Nifty ends above 16,600; RIL, Sun Pharma, HCL top gainers

Market Closing: Indian indices ended higher on Thursday, adding around 0.7% after recovering from early losses in a choppy trading session. (MINT_PRINT)Premium
Market Closing: Indian indices ended higher on Thursday, adding around 0.7% after recovering from early losses in a choppy trading session. (MINT_PRINT)

  • Market Closing: Indian indices on Thursday snapped their losing run to close higher as a late surge helped both the Sensex and Nifty add around 0.7%.

Indian indices on Thursday registered gains as both the Sensex and Nifty gyrated between gains and losses amid weak global sentiments, before settling in the green. World shares were mixed on Thursday, with European benchmarks opening higher after a broad decline in Asia. Oil prices fell by more than $2 a barrel ahead of a meeting of OPEC set for later in the day. Shares rose in Shanghai, while it fell in Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

02 Jun 2022, 03:42:06 PM IST

Sensex rises 437 pts, Nifty ends above 16,600; IT, realty, energy, oil & gas stocks gain

Indian indices on Thursday jumped higher at close led by strong buying support in the heavyweights Reliance Industries, Bajaj Finserv and Tata Consultancy Services.

The Sensex advanced 436.94 points, or 0.79%, to close at 55,818.11, while Nifty50 gained 105.25 points to end at 16,628. Sectorally, energy, IT, realty, power, oil & gas, among others, closed higher, while auto, banks, and financials struggled.

On the 30-stock index, the most gains were made by Reliance Industries, Bajaj Finserv, Sun Pharma, and HCL, among others, while HDFC, HUL, and PowerGrid were among the biggest losers.

On Nifty50, Reliance, Bajaj Finserv, Sun Pharma, and TCS made the most gains, while Apollo Hospitals, Hero Motocorp, and Eicher Motors were among the biggest laggards.

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02 Jun 2022, 03:17:32 PM IST

Stocks rise as investors mull oil drop, rate fears

US futures and European stocks climbed Thursday as investors assessed attractive valuations and a drop in oil prices against hawkish messages from central bankers on reining in inflation.

S&P 500 contracts climbed 0.5% and those on the Nasdaq 100 were 0.6% higher. Europe’s Stoxx 600 Index rose, with construction and consumer shares leading gains, while energy stocks were laggards. Trading volumes are lighter than usual, with UK markets shut for holidays to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. Among individual moves, Remy Cointreau SA gained after the spirits maker forecast solid sales growth.

Crude oil slid on a report that Saudi Arabia is ready to pump more oil if Russian output declines. OPEC+ is scheduled to meet to discuss supply policy.

02 Jun 2022, 02:59:57 PM IST

Ashok Leyland unveils eight-wheel truck AVTR 2620

Hinduja Group flagship company Ashok Leyland on Thursday said it has unveiled its first eight-wheel truck -- AVTR 2620 -- making the company to be the only player to have full range of trucks based on lift axle technology.

The new product would offer excellent operational flexibility to customers to choose the option based on their load, best in class Total Cost of Operation benefits, the company claimed in a statement here.

02 Jun 2022, 02:57:11 PM IST

Kotak Investment Advisors launches curated investment management platform

Kotak Investment Advisors, a subsidiary of Kotak Mahindra Bank, has announced the launch of Kotak Cherry, a curated tech-led investment management platform.

02 Jun 2022, 02:40:05 PM IST

2 bonus shares and 1 stock split to watch next week

The shareholders of Varun Beverages and NINtec SYSTEMS should watch the stocks next week as both scripts are going to turn ex-bonus while G G Engineering shareholders should be aware of a stock split that will take place next week. These three corporate actions are signalling how the stocks will react in the second week of June.

02 Jun 2022, 02:24:09 PM IST

Sensex at 2:20 pm: Reverses losses, jumps over 450 points; Reliance, HCL, Bajaj Finserv, Infosys rally

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02 Jun 2022, 02:10:45 PM IST

Delhivery shares surge to highest level since listing

Shares of Delhivery Ltd rose to its highest level of 617 apiece since listing on the BSE in Thursday's trading session. The stock, which made its market debut last week on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 on the domestic stock exchanges, has risen more than 13% in over a week.

02 Jun 2022, 01:54:03 PM IST

Sectoral indices: IT, media, PSU bank stocks shine, auto stocks drag

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02 Jun 2022, 01:49:40 PM IST

Broad market indices: Nifty50 up marginally in choppy trade

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02 Jun 2022, 01:35:43 PM IST

Multibagger stock hits intraday high as the board approved 5:1 stock split

PDS Multinational Fashions is a worldwide customer-centric textile company that serves 22 nations and serves the world's largest brands and retailers. The company is a small size company in the sector, with a market valuation of 4,460.63 Cr.

02 Jun 2022, 01:23:02 PM IST

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala portfolio stock plunges after investor cuts stake

Shares of Delta Corp plunged about 2% on the BSE in Thursday's trading session after Indian ace investor and stock market trader pared his stake in the company from 27 May to 31 May, 2022. The stock has fallen more than 21% in a month.

02 Jun 2022, 01:06:30 PM IST

Rate hikes spur bets that Asian central banks will keep going

Traders are rushing to price in a higher peak to the rate cycle in emerging Asian markets, as they anticipate that central banks will have to hike faster and more aggressively.

Central banks raising rates from India to Malaysia have spurred bets in swap markets, with traders raising terminal rate expectations in the South Asian nation by more than 75 basis points in recent weeks. Even countries in the region, like New Zealand, which have been ahead of others in policy normalization, are raising the peak rate forecasts.

Those who have bet that rate hikes have been largely priced in are increasingly at risk of being proven wrong. Inflationary pressures are refusing to ebb across the globe as oil trades near a three-month high while European inflation data for May topped economists’ forecast.

02 Jun 2022, 01:03:09 PM IST

Royal Enfield grows 133% y-o-y, sells 63,643 motorcycles in May 2022

Royal Enfield posted sales of 63,643 motorcycles in the month of May against the sale of 27,294 motorcycles for the same month last year. The company registered a growth of over 133% in sales over the pandemic affected May last year. The company sold its highest ever 10,118 motorcycles in overseas markets, marking a YoY growth of over 40%. Royal Enfield continued its stable performance in the domestic market and posted an improvement over April 2022.

02 Jun 2022, 12:51:54 PM IST

Foreigners pull out of Asian equities for fifth straight month in May

Asian equities continued to witness foreign outflows for a fifth consecutive month in May, hit by concerns over monetary tightening measures by major central banks and supply chain disruptions due to strict lockdowns in China.

Overseas investors withdrew $3.69 billion out of Asian equities, data from stock exchanges in Taiwan, India, South Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand showed. However, the outflows were the smallest in the last five months.

02 Jun 2022, 12:42:25 PM IST

Lemon Tree's stock outlook is improving, but don't expect a run-away rally

Shares of Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd have risen around 15% since the company announced its Q4FY22 earnings on 27 May. The rise has come despite a poor earnings performance in the quarter gone by. Omicron-led disruption in the initial part of the March quarter weighed on its operations. The company has around 86% inventory in the business segment and nearly 40% old inventory in Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Bangalore, the management said. Consequently, it disappointed on key parameters as occupancy dropped 967 basis points year-on-year and stood at 46.1% in Q4FY22. One basis point is 0.01%.

02 Jun 2022, 12:30:54 PM IST

Shanghai copper gains on demand hopes as China eases COVID curbs

Shanghai copper prices gained on Thursday as the lifting of COVID-19 curbs in top metals consumer China buoyed hopes of demand recovery, although a stronger U.S. dollar limited the upside.

The most-traded July copper contract in Shanghai was up 0.5% at 71,990 yuan ($10,742.53) a tonne, as of 0531 GMT, in tepid trade as the London Metal Exchange was shut for a public holiday.

Shanghai sprung back to life after two months of bitter isolation under a ruthless COVID-19 lockdown, with shops reopening and people going back to offices, parks and markets, hoping to never go through a similar ordeal again.

02 Jun 2022, 12:26:31 PM IST

SBI revises up FY23 economic growth forecast to 7.5%

SBI Research has projected the Indian economy to grow at 7.5 per cent in 2022-23, an upward revision of 20 basis points from its earlier estimate.

As per official data, the economy grew by 8.7 per cent in FY22, net adding 11.8 lakh crore in the year to 147 lakh crore, the report said, adding this was however only 1.5 per cent higher than the pre-pandemic year of FY20.

"Given the high inflation and the subsequent upcoming rate hikes, we believe that real GDP will incrementally increase by 11.1 lakh crore in FY23. This still translates into a real GDP growth of 7.5 per cent for FY23, up by 20 basis points over our previous forecast," SBI chief economist Soumyakanti Ghosh said in a note on Thursday.

Nominal GDP expanded by 38.6 lakh crore to 237 lakh crore, or 19.5 per cent annualised. In FY23 also, as inflation remains elevated in the first half, nominal GDP will grow 16.1 per cent to 275 lakh crore, he said.

02 Jun 2022, 12:21:15 PM IST

Greaves Cotton shares rally as Saudi Arabia's Abdul Latif Jameel to invest in EV arm

Shares of Greaves Cotton surged about 8% on the BSE in Thursday's early deals after the company announced that Saudi Arabian firm Abdul Latif Jameel International will invest in the firm's electric vehicle (EV) arm, Greaves Electric Mobility (GEM).

02 Jun 2022, 12:08:20 PM IST

Tokyo stocks close lower

Tokyo stocks closed lower on Thursday as falls on Wall Street weighed on the market, with investors focused on inflation ahead of US jobs data due later this week.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.16 percent, or 44.01 points, to 27,413.88, while the broader Topix index ended down 0.63 percent, or 12.25 points, at 1,926.39.

02 Jun 2022, 12:07:23 PM IST

Inflation, recession worries drag down Asian shares; oil skids

Asian share markets slipped on Thursday on widespread investor concern over high inflation and the threat of recession, while oil prices slumped following a report of reassurances from Saudi Arabia over production.

In Europe, shares were set to nudge higher at the open after regional indexes notched two days in the red. Euro Stoxx 50 futures were up 0.16% and German DAX futures added less than 0.1%, while FTSE futures were flat.

Global benchmark Brent crude was down about 2% at $114.02 per barrel ahead of a meeting of oil producing countries later in the day, which is expected to pave the way for output increases. 

U.S. crude also dipped around 2% to $112.97.

The fall in oil prices gathered pace after the Financial Times reported that Saudi Arabia may be prepared to raise oil production in the event of a sharp drop in Russia's output.

02 Jun 2022, 12:00:22 PM IST

Aether Industries shares listing likely tomorrow. What to expect

Shares of specialty chemical firm Aether Industries are expected to list on Friday, June 3, 2022. Its three day initial public offer (IPO) was subscribed 6.26 times by the end of its subscription, helped by a strong interest from institutional buyers. Stock market analysts expect Aether Industries' shares listing to be moderate.

02 Jun 2022, 11:47:50 AM IST

Gradual improvement in despatches MoM: ICICI Securities on Automobile industry

Modest growth in 2W and tractor despatches signals rural market revival expectations from OEMs. PV OEMs are gradually ramping-up production with improving chip supply as volume rebound continues with focus on launches of CNG variants and refreshes of popular models, even as acceptance of new brands gets reflected in improved overall volumes of XUV700, Tata Punch. Continued price hikes (~10% across segments since Jan’21) and recent price hike of 1-2% in Apr’22, coupled with incremental risk of rising fuel costs could impact the focus on hygienic personal mobility as offices/schools resume.

02 Jun 2022, 11:40:53 AM IST

Two-wheelers (2Ws)- Domestic despatches post modest growth: ICICI Securities

Hero Motocorp (HMCL) reported wholesale volumes of ~487k units, up 16% MoM and 2.7x YoY. Motorcycle segment volumes grew 15% MoM while scooter volumes rose 33% MoM. We believe with marriage season approaching and improvement in rural consumer sentiment reflected in improving tractor sales, HMCL is preparing for higher potential sales apart from inventory build-up.

Bajaj Auto (BAL) sales were down 11% MoM at ~276k units. Domestic sales were up 10% MoM to ~112k units while exports were down 22% MoM to ~164k units. On a segment level, motorcycle sales were down 11% MoM (domestic: 3%, exports: -19%) to ~250k units while 3Ws fell 9% MoM to ~26k units. Exports got impacted due to chip shortage and management expects exports to revive July onwards.

TVS Motors (TVSM) reported 3% MoM volume growth in 2Ws at ~287k units, up 86% YoY. Domestic 2W volumes grew 6% MoM, rose 3.7x YoY, at 191k units  while 2W exports fell 4% MoM at ~95k units. Overall 3W volumes at 16k units were up 4% MoM (up 28% YoY) with 14.7k units exported (up 19% YoY). On a sub-segment basis, motorcycle volumes grew 7% and scooter fell 3%, MoM. Moped volumes were flat 1% MoM to 40k units. Overall, sales were resilient in an adverse demand situation in domestic 2Ws, although premium models continue to be partly impacted by chip shortage.

Royal Enfield reported 2% MoM growth in sales volumes to ~69k units (up 2.4x YoY) with highest-ever exports at 10.1k units, up 22% MoM (up 40% YoY). Motorcycle sales in 350cc segment were up ~4% MoM to ~54k units and that in >350cc segment were down 7% to ~9.8k units. Overall, with chip-supply easing gradually, RE was able to push wholesales post weak sales since Jan’22.

02 Jun 2022, 11:38:01 AM IST

April credit sectoral deployment - Non-food credit growth YoY in double digit led by retail, NBFC and MSME lending: ICICI Securities

Bank credit sectoral deployment data for Apr’22 suggests YoY uptick across all verticals –14.7% in retail credit, 11.1% in services, 10.6% in agri portfolio and 8.2% in industry. Overall, non-food credit stood at Rs119.55trn, up 11.1% YoY / 0.5% MoM; YoY credit growth settled in double digit after a long hiatus. However, YoY growth will also be optically higher due to lower base in Apr’21 on account of covid second wave. Key trends include: 1) Incremental bank credit accretion in the past 12 months was Rs11.2trn, of which 50% was contributed by three components, viz., housing (18%), MSME (18%) and NBFC (14%). 2) For Apr’22, incremental credit offtake was Rs760bn, of which 75% was towards retail, 23% towards agri, 2% towards services and industry was flat MoM. 3) Industry credit MoM growth was flat in Apr’22, post average MoM growth of 2.4% during Dec’21-Mar’22. On a low base, industry credit surpassed 8% YoY growth mark (highest in 7 years). 4) Vehicle loans saw another strong month wherein after an average MoM growth of 19.6% in the past two months, it further rose 2.7% MoM in Apr’22. 5) Small-ticket loans are trending with 4.6% MoM uptick in consumer durables and credit card portfolio was also up 4.0% MoM. This shows not only normalisation in spending, but also a rise in revolver and EMI facilities. 6) Home loans portfolio, post a robust 6.7% MoM uptick in Mar’22, further gained 1.3% MoM in Apr’22. Thereby, YoY growth stood at 13.7%, highest in the past 24 months.

We believe India Inc, after undergoing a phase of deleveraging over the past few years, is now better positioned to embark on re-leveraging. Recovery in economic activity, derivative effect of increased investments and spending on consumption may sustain the momentum of >12% growth over FY22-FY25E.

02 Jun 2022, 11:28:40 AM IST

RBI repo rate rate hike expected to reach terminal level early in 2023: Reuters Poll

According to a Reuters poll of analysts, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will focus on interest rate hikes in the coming months as part of a relatively brief tightening cycle, with the repo rate expected to reach its terminal level early in 2023. Following a surprise rate hike on May 4, several members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) advocated for even more in upcoming sessions this year to keep sticky price pressures under control, which reached an eight-year high in May. The central bank is expected to hike its benchmark policy rate by at least 100 basis points during the next four MPC meetings, according to a Reuters poll.

02 Jun 2022, 11:18:44 AM IST

Top BSE losers: Future Retail, Apollo Hospitals biggest losers

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02 Jun 2022, 11:17:27 AM IST

Top BSE gainers: Raymond, Religare Enterprises, Fine Organic Industries top performers

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02 Jun 2022, 11:15:41 AM IST

BSE indices trade flat in choppy session

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02 Jun 2022, 10:57:19 AM IST

Immense opportunities, execution remains key: Prabhudas Lilladher on HDFC Bank

Rating: BUY | CMP: Rs1,395 | TP: Rs1,740

We recently attended the HDFC Bank analyst meet where the strategy and outlook across business verticals was laid out while further issues relating to the merger were also clarified by the MD&CEO, Mr. Jagdishan. Some key takeaways were (i) post-merger balance sheet might double every 5 years and liability growth would outpace that of assets. (ii) RBI may approve the holding company structure and a NOHFC may would not be required. (iii) CRB would remain the growth engine while retail could surpass corporate. (iv) More aggression would be seen in Government businesses (assets and liabilities) which could intensify competition for SBI and other PSU Banks. On the flipside, acquisition strategy of a PSU bank customer would be the key. We maintain our estimates for FY23/24E and Retain BUY with TP of Rs1,740 based on 3.2x FY24 ABV.

02 Jun 2022, 10:48:30 AM IST

Axis Securities' top picks for June 2022

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02 Jun 2022, 10:29:49 AM IST

Operating margins remained under pressure: YES Securities on Greenlam Industries

We believe volatility in input cost to continue & though company will take price hikes, the same will be implemented with a lag‐impact.

However, with better product mix & no further plant closures, EBITDA margins should not contract further. Hence, we expect EBITDA margins to come in at 13.3%/14.2% in FY23E/FY24E.

At CMP, GRLM is trading at 32.7x/25.1x on FY23E/FY24E EPS of Rs9.8/12.8 respectively. We continue to value the company at 25x on FY24E EPS & maintain our target price of Rs320 on the stock. We have assigned an ADD rating to the stock.

02 Jun 2022, 10:23:57 AM IST

Oil prices fall as investors await OPEC+ policy

Oil prices fell on Thursday as investors cashed in on a recent rally ahead of a key producers meeting later in the day, with some speculation that Saudi Arabia may boost oil production in response to urging by the United States.

Brent crude was down $2.08, or 1.8%, at $114.21 a barrel at 0410 GMT, having risen 0.6% the previous day.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude dropped $2.25, or 2.0%, to $113.01 a barrel, after a 0.5% rise on Wednesday.

02 Jun 2022, 10:23:12 AM IST

This public sector bank hikes interest rates on term deposits: Check details

Indian Bank, a public sector lender, has raised interest rates on domestic term deposits of less than 2 crore. The bank announced the change on June 1, 2022, and as a result of the revision, the bank has raised interest rates on various tenors, promising 2.80 per cent to 5.35 per cent on deposits of 7 days to 5 years and above.

02 Jun 2022, 10:12:44 AM IST

Petrol, diesel prices today: Fuel rates remains steady for nearly two weeks. Check latest rates

The prices of petrol and diesel remained steady on Thursday for nearly two weeks since Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a cut in excise duty on petrol by 8 per litre, and 6 rupees per litre on diesel.

02 Jun 2022, 10:06:29 AM IST

Gold steady as lower bond yields offset dollar strength

Gold held its ground on Thursday, with greeenback-priced bullion caught between support from slightly lower U.S. Treasury yields and pressure from a firm dollar.

Spot gold was steady at $1,844.57 per ounce, as of 0305 GMT. U.S. gold futures were down 0.1% to $1,846.80.

Gold has been in a narrow range between $1,828 and $1,864, for about a week, hovering around $1,850 overall, and prices are consolidating now, GoldSilver Central MD Brian Lan said, adding that (trading in) this range could continue with some investors sitting on the sidelines due to an absence of major news.

02 Jun 2022, 09:55:30 AM IST

Rupee slips 12 paise to 77.62 against US dollar in early trade

The rupee slipped 12 paise to 77.62 against the US dollar in early trade on Thursday, tracking the strength of the American currency in the overseas market.

At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened at 77.61 against the American dollar, then lost ground to quote at 77.62, registering a fall of 12 paise from the last close.

On Wednesday, the rupee recovered from its record low to close 21 paise higher at 77.50 against the American currency.

The Indian rupee opened weaker against the dollar on Thursday, weighed down by a recovery in the US dollar and strengthening bond yields, said Sriram Iyer, Senior Research Analyst at Reliance Securities.

However, a sell-off in the crude oil prices on Thursday morning could cap the depreciation bias, Iyer noted.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude futures fell 1.57 per cent to USD 114.46 per barrel.

02 Jun 2022, 09:49:44 AM IST

Indian shares edge lower, Hero MotoCorp top loser

Indian shares inched lower early on Thursday, dragged by losses across the board as global sentiment soured and investors moved away from riskier assets due to concerns over high inflation and the risk of recession.

The NSE Nifty 50 index was down 0.23% at 16,485.65 by 0353 GMT, while the S&P BSE Sensex fell 0.12% to 55,315.87.

In the previous session, both indexes swung between gains and losses for most of the day and settled slightly lower as pharma and technology stocks fell.

On Thursday, automaker Hero MotoCorp and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation fell 2.6% and 1.9%, respectively, and were the top percentage losers on the Nifty 50 index.

A 1% gain in index heavyweights Tata Consultancy Services and Reliance Industries limited losses on the Nifty 50.

02 Jun 2022, 09:36:40 AM IST

Aether Industries IPO: What GMP signals ahead of shares listing

Speciality chemicals company Aether Industries' three day initial public offer (IPO) was subscribed 6.26 times on the final day of its subscription, helped by a strong interest from institutional buyers. The issue was open from May 24 to May 26, 2022.

02 Jun 2022, 09:28:46 AM IST

Nifty50 at open: Slips below 16,500; TCS, Cipla, Reliance top performers, Hero Moto, Apollo Hospitals to laggards

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02 Jun 2022, 09:26:26 AM IST

Sensex at open: Tumbles around 100 points; TCS, Reliance top gainers, PowerGrid, Bharti Airtel top drags

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02 Jun 2022, 09:13:14 AM IST

Nifty50 at pre-open: Plunges below 16,500; Grasim, Asian Paints jump, SBI Life, ONGC decline

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02 Jun 2022, 09:11:16 AM IST

Sensex at pre-open: Trades flat tracking weak Asian trends; Asian Paints rise over 3%, Bharti Airtel slips over 1.3%

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02 Jun 2022, 08:47:34 AM IST

Day trading guide for Thursday

6 stocks to buy today — 2nd June

02 Jun 2022, 08:41:10 AM IST

Bitcoin closes down 5.2% at $30,121.82

Bitcoin, the world's biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, closed down 5.2% at $30,121.82 on Wednesday, losing $1,657.93 compared to its previous closing price.

It was down 37.6% from the year's high of $48,234 hit on March 28.

Ether, the coin linked to the ethereum blockchain network, dropped 6.21% to close at $1,820.05, losing $120.5 from its previous closing price.

02 Jun 2022, 08:33:59 AM IST

Rising US yields help dollar higher

The dollar hit a three-week high against the yen in early trade on Thursday and was holding firm against other majors, supported by rising U.S. Treasury yields, which hit two-week peaks overnight.

The dollar rose as far as 130.23 yen, its highest since May 11, extending Wednesday's 1.1% gain and heading back towards its 20-year peak of 131.34 hit in May.

The euro was at $1.0654, having fallen 0.81% to a 10-day low overnight, and sterling was at $1.2485 after losing 0.96% on Wednesday. This left the dollar index on the front foot at 102.53.

02 Jun 2022, 08:33:19 AM IST

Stocks slide as strong economic data raises rate worries

A swift jump in Treasury yields rattled Wall Street on Wednesday, pulling stocks broadly lower at the start of another month in what's been a turbulent year for the market.

The S&P 500 ended 0.7% lower after an early morning gain quickly gave way to choppy trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 0.5% and the Nasdaq fell 0.7%.

02 Jun 2022, 08:32:32 AM IST

Asian shares fall on inflation, recession concerns

Asian share markets fell on Thursday on widespread investor worries over high inflation and the threat of recession, while oil prices slumped following a report of reassurances from Saudi Arabia over production.

Global benchmark Brent crude was last down more than 2% a barrel at $113.86 ahead of a meeting of oil producing countries later in the day, which is expected to pave the way for output increases.

U.S. crude also dipped more than 2% to $112.55 per barrel.

02 Jun 2022, 08:30:22 AM IST

OPEC debates oil output boost amid Russian isolation

Major oil producers led by Saudi Arabia and Russia hold talks Thursday on whether to adjust output, hard on the heels of an EU ban on Russian oil imports.

Analysts had expected OPEC producers to likely stick to their policy of only increasing output modestly, as they have done since May 2021.

However, a Wall Street Journal report on Monday that said OPEC was considering suspending Russia from the output deal has sown doubts.

"Such a move would effectively bring a premature end to the group's supply agreement and pave the way for an unrestricted increase in output," Stephen Brennock, an analyst at PVM Energy, said.

02 Jun 2022, 08:27:37 AM IST

Maruti Suzuki posts highest-ever monthly exports in May

India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki said on Wednesday its exports more than doubled to touch a record high of 27,191 units in May 2022 as compared to 11,262 units in the same month last year.

Total vehicle sales of Maruti Suzuki stood at 161,413 units in May 2022.

The company's total sales in the month included domestic sales of 128,000 units and sales to other original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of 6,222 units and its highest ever monthly exports of 27,191 units.

The shortage of electronic components had a minor impact on the production of vehicles, mainly on domestic models. The Company took all possible measures to minimise the impact, Maruti Suzuki said in a regulatory filing to the stock exchanges.

02 Jun 2022, 08:16:42 AM IST

Hero MotoCorp reports 4,86,704 wholesales in May

he country's largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp on Wednesday said its total sales stood at 4,86,704 units in May.

The company had sold 4,18,622 units in April this year and 1,83,044 units in May 2021 when the sales were impacted due to the second wave of COVID-19.

Domestic sales stood at 4,66,466 units last month. The company had dispatched 1,59,561 units in the domestic market in May 2021.

The two-wheeler major also announced postponement of its first electric vehicle unveil, which was earlier scheduled to take place in July, to the festive season later this year.

02 Jun 2022, 08:15:43 AM IST

Vedanta's committee of directors to consider raising up to ₹4,100 cr via debentures

Vedanta Ltd on Wednesday said a committee of its directors will meet this week to consider raising up to 4,100 crore via debentures.

"The company proposes to offer rated, secured, redeemable, non-cumulative, non-convertible debentures aggregating up to 4,100 crore in one or more tranches and in this regard, is holding a meeting of its duly constituted Committee of the Directors on Saturday, June 4," Vedanta Ltd said in a BSE filing.

The above issuance is pursuant to the board of directors' resolutions passed at their meetings on May 7, 2019 and October 3, 2020.

02 Jun 2022, 07:57:22 AM IST

Biden takes aim at inflation but short on weapons

US President Joe Biden has launched a battle against soaring prices as he tries to claw back waning public support ahead of key congressional elections, but is finding he has few tools to defuse sky-high inflation.

Consumer prices have surged at the fastest pace in more than 40 years, overshadowing an otherwise strong US economy. Supply chain snarls brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic were exacerbated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, sending prices up as demand rapidly outstripped the supply of available goods, while a worker shortage pushes up wages.

Biden has been left scrambling for solutions as he tries to ease the pain faced by American families ahead of November midterm elections in which his Democrats are forecast to lose control of Congress to opposition Republicans.

02 Jun 2022, 07:54:31 AM IST

FMCG volumes dip in Q4 as prices bite

Pricier soaps, shampoos and snacks forced consumers to trim purchases and switch to smaller packs in the March quarter, squeezing volumes at fast-moving consumer goods companies. Researcher NielsenIQ said packaged consumer goods sales volume fell 4.1% from a year earlier in the quarter, but the industry reported a value growth of 6%, thanks solely to aggressive price hikes.

02 Jun 2022, 07:42:04 AM IST

Global stocks mostly fall on inflation worries as dollar gains

European and US stocks slipped on Wednesday, while the dollar rallied as traders digested data indicating that inflation shows no sign of easing.

Wall Street stocks began June on a high note, but early gains petered out following mixed economic data.

Earlier, Frankfurt, Paris and London all finished in the red.

02 Jun 2022, 07:41:10 AM IST

Tech, financials drag Australian shares lower

Australian shares edged lower on Thursday, in tandem with global markets, dragged by losses in technology and banking stocks as investors remained wary of potential rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 1% to 7,164.50 by 0031 GMT. The index gained 0.3% on Wednesday.

02 Jun 2022, 07:40:57 AM IST

Tokyo shares open lower after Wall Street loss

Tokyo stocks opened down Thursday following falls on Wall Street as investors eyed inflation worries.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.51 percent, or 140.57 points, to 27,317.32, while the broader Topix index dropped 0.81 percent, or 15.62 points, to 1,923.02.

The dollar stood at 129.93 yen, nearly flat from 130.15 yen seen Wednesday in New York.

Fresh data pointed to US economic strength, but the market reacted negatively amid lingering worries about inflation.

US yields rose, which also weighed on the global market as investors also braced themselves for further US tightening on solid US indicators.

02 Jun 2022, 07:33:15 AM IST

Oil slides on report Saudi Arabia prepared to boost production

Oil tumbled below $113 a barrel following a report that Saudi Arabia is ready to pump more should Russian output decline substantially due to increasing sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine.

West Texas Intermediate futures slumped as much as 3% in Asian trading after closing higher on Wednesday. The Financial Times reported that Saudi Arabia had indicated to Western allies that it is prepared to increase oil supply. The news comes ahead of a monthly OPEC+ meeting on Thursday at which the group is expected to ratify a modest increase in output for July.

The Biden administration has called repeatedly for the cartel to increase production faster to deal with surging gasoline prices and the hottest inflation in decades, which has been fanned by the war in Ukraine. The rising cost of everything from food to fuel is spurring aggressive monetary tightening by many central banks, which is threatening the global growth outlook.

02 Jun 2022, 07:30:27 AM IST

Asia stocks drop as rate fears escalate; oil sinks

Stocks in Asia fell Thursday as central bankers amplify hawkish messages in their quest to rein in inflation and JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Jamie Dimon sounded alarm bells on the economy.

An MSCI Inc. gauge of Asia-Pacific shares retreated for a second day, with equities in Hong Kong and Japan sliding. US contracts fluctuated after stocks dropped on Wall Street. Data showed an unexpected advance in US manufacturing activity as well as exceptionally high job openings, fueling concern the Federal Reserve will need to get more restrictive to slow runaway price gains.

The yield on 10-year Treasuries was around 2.90% after spiking overnight. Traders raised bets on the path for rate hikes and the Fed started its balance-sheet reduction process. The dollar was little changed. Crude oil declined on a report Saudi Arabia is ready to pump more oil if Russian output declines. OPEC+ is scheduled to meet to discuss supply policy.

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