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Business News/ Markets / Live Blog/  Sensex closes 70 pts lower; IT, Consumer Durable drag; PSU Bank shines

Sensex closes 70 pts lower; IT, Consumer Durable drag; PSU Bank shines

Share Market Close: Indices trimmed some of the intraday losses and closed in the flat territory on Thursday. Sensex was down 70 pts and Nifty 30 at the end. SBI, Titan and UPL gained, while Hindalco, Tech Mahindra and Powergird shed in today's session.

Stock Market Today: Interest rate hikes and inflation back in focus (Photo: Mint)Premium
Stock Market Today: Interest rate hikes and inflation back in focus (Photo: Mint)

Most markets ended in red on Thursday after Fed Chair Jerome Powell hinted the Fed would raise interest rates more in the future. Korea, Mainland China and Hong Kong closed lower today, while the European market also traded in red in the morning session. 

03 Nov 2022, 03:38:38 PM IST

Indices trim losses and end flat on Thursday. Sensex closed 70 points lower and Nifty 30 points

Indices felt the pressure of the Fed's hawkish statements on future interest rates on Thursday but cut some of their losses towards the end flat.

Sensex which was down 250 points intraday closed 70 points lower at 60,836. Nifty shed 30 points to defend the 18,000 mark and closed at 18,052.

PSU Bank index had a stellar day and gained more than 2%. IT, Consumer Durable and Auto index dragged in today's session.

Among stocks, SBI, Titan, UPL and Bharati Airtel had a decent run today, while Tech Mahindra, Hindalco and Powergird struggled throughout the session.

Most markets reacted sharply to U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's hawkish comments after a fourth straight 75-basis-point rate hike and closed lower.

Japan's Nikkei remained closed for a holiday. South Korean shares fell on Thursday as the benchmark KOSPI fell 0.33%. Losses were capped by battery manufacturers on solid earnings.

Hong Kong and China stocks fell on Thursday after a two-day rally as rising COVID-19 cases in China fanned concerns about a further slowdown in global economic growth.

The Hang Seng index dropped 3.1%. In China, the blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.8%, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.2%.

European shares also opened lower on Thursday after investors lost any hopes of a downshift in central banks' aggressive fight against inflation. The pan-European STOXX 600 dropped almost a per cent in the morning trading.

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03 Nov 2022, 03:24:04 PM IST

Credit Suisse Saudi Backer Sheds $7 Billion Over Stake Deal

Investors have wiped about $7 billion off Saudi National Bank’s market value amid growing concern after the lender announced plans to purchase a stake in Credit Suisse Group AG a week ago.

The Saudi lender, which is 37% owned by the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, is set to become one of the Swiss bank’s biggest investors in its first major international acquisition. It’s poised to own a stake of 9.9% if it participates in Credit Suisse’s rights offering, after agreeing to buy shares for about 1.17 billion Swiss francs ($1.16 billion).

Credit Suisse plans to raise 4 billion francs through a rights issue and selling shares to investors including SNB. The overhaul is an urgent attempt to restore credibility at the bank after a succession of big losses and management chaos shattered its status as one of Europe’s most prestigious lenders. (Bloomberg)

03 Nov 2022, 03:17:29 PM IST

Infosys closing the gap with Cognizant in terms of revenues: Report

Cognizant's September 2022 quarter revenue growth of 5.6% was below guidance of 7.5-8.5% as execution challenges hit performance. Growth in key verticals—financial services and healthcare—has slowed down to low-to-mid single digits, as per a report by brokerage and research firm Kotak Securities.

“The company has cut revenue growth guidance once again to 7% in c/c for CY2022E from 8.5-9.5%. Infosys is catching up with Cognizant (CTSH) in size, with the gap between the two down to just 6% in revenues. The company has ceded wallet share in key verticals. Not much read-through for other IT services companies from these results," the note stated.

Cognizant has enjoyed a comfortable lead over Infosys in revenues, as per the brokerage. That lead is narrowing, with the gap in revenues between the two companies down to just 6.6%. (Read More)

03 Nov 2022, 02:56:11 PM IST

India's October iron ore exports 'nearly zero' - mining body official

India's iron ore exports dropped to "nearly zero" in October, and overseas shipments of the steelmaking raw material are expected to continue to languish due to higher export taxes and lower demand from China, a senior industry official said on Thursday.

India in May raised the export tax on low-grade iron ore lumps and fines - with iron content below 58% - to 50% from zero, and hiked the duties on pellets to 45% from zero, as part of efforts to meet rising local demand.

"In October, exports were nearly zero, and it will be so while the duty remains," R.K. Sharma, secretary-general of the Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI), told Reuters in an interview.

Other than New Delhi's higher export taxes, an economic slowdown in China, India's top buyer of iron ore, would hit overseas shipments of the steelmaking ingredient, Sharma said. (Reuters)

03 Nov 2022, 02:54:52 PM IST

HDFC Ltd Q2 profit rises 24% to ₹7,043 crore

Mortgage lender HDFC Ltd on Thursday said its consolidated net profit increased by 24% to 7,043 crore in the September 2022 quarter.

It had reported a 5,670 crore net profit in the year-ago period, HDFC said in a regulatory filing.

Its total income on a consolidated basis rose to 43,927 crore in the said quarter from 38,603 crore a year ago.

On a standalone basis, its net profit increased by 18% to 4,454 crore from 3,780 crore a year back.

The total income (standalone) rose to 15,036 crore from 12,226 crore in the same quarter last year. (PTI)

03 Nov 2022, 02:33:59 PM IST

State Bank of India climbs in today's session, gains more than 1.5%

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03 Nov 2022, 02:13:48 PM IST

HPCL posts ₹2,475.7 cr net loss in Q2

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) on Thursday reported a second straight quarterly loss as it held prices of petrol, diesel and LPG despite rising costs.

The company registered a net loss of 2,475.69 crore in July-September, according to a company's filing with the stock exchanges.

HPCL had posted 1,918.89 crore net profit in the same period a year back.

Revenue was up 30 per cent to 1.13 lakh crore. (PTI)

03 Nov 2022, 01:57:10 PM IST

Asia Pacific region faces risks from global financial tightening, slowdown in China: IMF official

The Asia Pacific region is facing three main risks, including due to global financial tightening and a slowdown in China, according to an IMF official.

Shanaka Jayanath Peiris, Division Chief of Regional Studies Division, Asia Pacific Department at the IMF, also said that currencies in the region have depreciated sharply while public debt ratios have increased.

"We have identified three main risks to the region -- global financial tightening, Ukraine-Russia war, which has raised commodity prices, but (has) also slowed external demand, particularly from Europe and the slowdown in China," Peiris told PTI.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the NSE–IMF Seminar on Regional Economic Outlook for Asia-Pacific here on Wednesday. (PTI)

03 Nov 2022, 01:43:46 PM IST

Axis Securities recommendation on Cholamandalam Finance and Karnataka Bank

Cholamandalam Finance: Robust growth in Disbursement; Improved Outlook!

BUY with TP of 845

With the improved outlook for growth across the segments, we increase our FY23E and FY24E earnings estimates by 0.3% and 1.5%, respectively to factor in AUM growth with a focus on high-yielding segments. We update our target multiple to 4.75x envisaging a further diversified loan book (which would create the next legroom for growth for the company) and improved growth outlook for the vehicle segment (driven by improving CV and Passenger Vehicle sales). With this improved outlook, we revise our rating on the stock from HOLD to BUY with a target price of 845/share (4.75x FY24 P/ABV), implying an upside of 13% from the CMP.


Karnataka Bank: Beat in Expectations on All Fronts; Poised for Re-rating

BUY with TP of 156

The management commentary on the expectation of robust loan growth with a strong credit pipeline, sustaining NIM at 3.5%, continuous improvement in the asset quality, and stable CAR has been encouraging. With improving asset quality and the management’s guidance for further improvement in G/NNPA, NIMs, slippages, and an overall 15% growth in loan book, we believe KBL commands re-rating and better valuation. However, we would monitor the company’s performance closely to see if it achieves guided performance in a sustainable manner. Thus, considering the above factors, we change our rating on the stock from HOLD to BUY with a revised target price of 156/share (~0.6x FY24E ABV), implying an upside of 40% from the CMP.

03 Nov 2022, 01:31:24 PM IST

Adani Wilmar Q2 results: Net profit plunges 73% on cost rise; shares lower

Adani Wilmar Ltd on Thursday reported a 73% slump in the second quarter profit, as the Fortune cooking oil maker reeled under dull demand from rural areas and wrestled with industry-wide input cost inflation. The company's consolidated net profit for the second quarter ended September 2022 or Q2 FY23 fell to 48.7 crore from 182 crore a year ago.

Adani Wilmar, a joint venture between Indian conglomerate Adani Group and Singapore's Wilmar Group, saw revenue from operations climb more than 4% year-on-year (YoY) to 14,150 crore as against 13,558 crore. The growth pace has been dragged by a decline in mainstay edible oil. Meanwhile, its total expenses rose to 14,149.6 as compared to 13,354 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal. (Read More)

03 Nov 2022, 01:18:18 PM IST

Gujarat to go polls on 1, 5 December, counting of votes on 8 December. Check the link for live updates

Gujarat will go to polls in two phases on December 1 and 5 with the counting of votes on December 8 along with that of Himachal Pradesh The poll panel last month announced the schedule for Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. Catch all the live updates

03 Nov 2022, 01:16:44 PM IST

Auto Index sheds in today's session, most stocks in red

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03 Nov 2022, 01:09:37 PM IST

IPO flurry continues as Archean Chemical to launch issue next week. Check GMP, price band

The initial public offering (IPO) of specialty chemical manufacturer Archean Chemical Industries Ltd will open for public subscription next week on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. The three-day issue will conclude on Friday, November 11. The bidding for anchor investors will open on November 7. The company has fixed a price band of 386 to 407 per share for its initial share sale.

As per market observers, Archean Chemical shares are commanding a premium (GMP) of 80 in the grey market today. The shares of the company are expected to list on leading stock exchanges BSE and NSE on Monday, November 21, 2022. (Read More)

03 Nov 2022, 01:08:32 PM IST

SIS Q2 net dips marginally to ₹67 crore

SIS Ltd has posted a marginal decline of 1.46 per cent in net profit at 67.4 crore for the second quarter ended September 30.

The net profit of the company in the July-September quarter of the preceding fiscal stood at 68.4 crore.

Its revenue for the quarter increased by 14 per cent to 2,767.7 crore, from 2,430.9 crore a year ago, the firm engaged in security, facility management and cash logistics solutions said in a statement on Thursday.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) or operating profit declined by 11 per cent to 109.8 crore as of September 30 this fiscal, from 123.1 crore in the same period a year ago. (PTI)

03 Nov 2022, 12:39:43 PM IST

Nykaa's bonus shares issue, ESOP plan get shareholders nod

FSN E-commerce Ventures Ltd, which runs the online fashion retailer Nykaa, on Thursday announced that the company has received approval from shareholders on the bonus shares issue and new employee stock options (ESOP) and employee stock unit plan (RSU) with an overwhelming majority.

“The board on October 3, 2022, approved Bonus Issue of Equity Shares in the proportion of five fully paid-up Equity Shares for every one fully paid-up equity share each held by the shareholders of the company. Pursuant to this, the company held a postal ballot for the issue of Bonus Shares out of its securities premium reserves from October 4, 2022 to November 2, 2022. The company received an overwhelming response from its shareholders and witnessed 100% of the voting in favour of the Bonus Resolution," Nykaa informed in an exchange filing today. (Read More)

03 Nov 2022, 12:20:17 PM IST

Vijay Kedia hikes stake in this multibagger portfolio stock

Indian ace investor and stock market trader Vijay Kedia has increased his stake in his portfolio stock Elecon Engineering Company Ltd during the second quarter of the current fiscal (Q2 FY23) as his stake rose from what he had held in the previous quarter of June 2022.

As per the recent shareholding data released for the quarter ended September released on the BSE, the veteran investor holds 1.94% stake or 21,75,000 equity shares in the company as of September 2022, which is higher from 1.85% stake or 20,75,000 shares that Vijay Kedia had held in the previous quarter of April-June 2022 period. (Read More)

03 Nov 2022, 12:19:35 PM IST

India banks' reliance on bulk deposits rises amid strong credit growth, tight liquidity

Indian banks may rely more on raising funds through certificates of deposits for the rest of the year, as credit demand remains strong and inflows from retail deposits lag, leading to tighter liquidity in the banking system, analysts said.

Banks have raised over 3.51 trillion Indian rupees($42.41 billion) through certificate of deposits (CDs)in April-October, 22% higher than the 2.87 trillion rupees raised in 2021-2022, data from Prime Database showed. Mutual funds are the biggest buyers of CDs.

"CD issuances should rise, especially now because we are entering into a busy credit season, so liquidity mismatch in the system should only increase," said Anil Gupta, senior vice president and company group head for financial sector ratings at ICRA. In that scenario, CDs will be an important source of funds for banks. (Reuters)

03 Nov 2022, 12:07:39 PM IST

Prabhudas Lilladher stock report on - Cholamandalam Investment, Max Healthcare and LIC Housing

Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company (CIFC IN) – Akshay Ashok – Research Analyst – Rating: BUY | CMP: Rs745 | TP: Rs792

Q2FY23 Result Update - Strong AUM Growth, New Businesses Ramping Up Very Well

Overall, the company is expected to deliver strong return profile for FY24 (19.7%/2.9% RoE/RoA) and hence would continue to command rich valuations. We maintain our estimates. We value CIFC at 4.2x PABV Sep’24E and maintain our price target of Rs792. Maintain ‘BUY’.


Max Healthcare Institute (MAXHEALT IN) – Param Desai – Research Analyst – Rating: BUY | CMP: Rs465 | TP: Rs500

Q2FY23 Result Update - In line EBITDA; aided by healthy utilization

We ascribe 24x EV/EBITDA (22x earlier) to hospital segment and 25x EV/EBITDA to diagnostic segment. Maintain ‘Buy’ rating with increased TP of 500/share (earlier at 427/share), as we roll forward to Sept 2024.


LIC Housing Finance (LICHF IN) – Gaurav Jani – Research Analyst – Rating: ACCUMULATE | CMP: Rs367 | TP: Rs410

Q2FY23 Result Update - Earnings volatility hindering upside

Earnings remain volatile which has weighed on the stock and we trim our multiple from 1.1x to 0.9x. Due to cut in NII we reduce FY23/24/25 earnings by 15%/5%/3%. As we roll forward to Sep’24 ABV our TP is lowered from Rs450 to Rs410. Change rating from BUY to ACCUMULATE.

03 Nov 2022, 12:02:23 PM IST

Noon Update: Indices trading flat with a slight tilt to the red on Thursday. Sensex is down 100 points and Nifty has dropped around 35 points

IT and Consumer Durable indices are under pressure, while PSU Bank index gains.

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03 Nov 2022, 11:52:57 AM IST

Hindalco stock under pressure in today's session, sheds 2%

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03 Nov 2022, 11:51:19 AM IST

upGrad files Merger Scheme to consolidate all M&As into Parent Company

Asia's largest higher EdTech player upGrad today announced comprehensive plans to merge all its M&As in India into 'One upGrad' and complete the integration process by March to June 2023. All costs restructuring and integration growth capital to be expensed out in FY22 and partly in FY23. (ANI)

03 Nov 2022, 11:38:19 AM IST

Mahindra's financial services arm surges on profit beat, asset quality "surprise"

Shares of Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services (MMFS) surged more than 10% on Thursday, a day after the vehicle financing arm of the Mahindra group beat estimates for second-quarter profit and improved its asset quality.

Profit came in at 4.48 billion Indian rupees ($54.08 million) for the three months ended Sept. 30, handily beating analysts' expectations for a profit of 3.9 billion rupees, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

However, profit was still 56.2% lower from year ago due a reversal of impairment provisions recorded.

The lender's asset quality also improved sharply, with gross stage 3 loans -- loans overdue for over 90 days -- easing to 6.7% at September-end from 8% at end of June. (Reuters)

03 Nov 2022, 11:34:49 AM IST

Karnataka Bank shares trade around 3-year high, up 90% this year. Anand Rathi has 'Buy' tag

Shares of Karnataka Bank continued their bullish momentum with the stock surging for the second straight day on Thursday after reporting an all-time high profit during the second quarter of the current fiscal year or Q2 FY23. Net profit soared to 412 crore, its all-time high, in the quarter ended September 30, from 126 crore a year earlier.

"A steep rise in margins and negative provisions led to Karnataka Bank’s Q2 strong profitability, with its RoA at 1.7%. With most pandemic related stress already recognised/re-structured, the focus now shifts toward growth. Key positives were 1) strong traction in retail loans, 2) moderation of slippages and 3) strong margin improvement. With credit growth picking up and moderating credit costs, earnings are expected to normalise in the medium term," said domestic brokerage and research firm Anand Rathi. (Read More)

03 Nov 2022, 11:14:12 AM IST

Consumer Durable index shed in today's session, most stocks in red

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03 Nov 2022, 11:12:15 AM IST

Covid-19 in India: More than 1,300 test positive; 9 dead in 24 hrs

India's coronavirus infection surges to 4,46,57,149 after 1,321 people tested positive in 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The active cases declined to 16,098. A decrease of 145 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,41,10,590, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.19%. (Read More)

03 Nov 2022, 10:59:01 AM IST

Indian corp loan demand tepid despite buoyant economy -Kotak Mahindra Bank exec

Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd, India's fourth-largest private lender, sees tepid demand for corporate credit even though conditions to lend to companies have improved, a top company executive told Reuters in an interview.

The credit environment has never looked better, KVS Manian, group president in charge of wholesale banking, institutional & investment banking and wealth management business at Kotak Mahindra Bank, said on Wednesday. But demand from corporate borrowers is still not very strong, he said.

Indian corporations have deleveraged their balance sheets significantly over the past few years by raising equity and refinancing high-cost debt. This has opened opportunities for banks, which have seen growth coming mostly from retail lending in recent years. (Reuters)

03 Nov 2022, 10:50:02 AM IST

India's services sector recovers growth momentum in October: PMI survey

Activity in India's dominant services industry gathered pace in October despite high inflationary pressures, underpinned by robust domestic demand, leading to the second fastest hiring pace in over three years, a private survey showed.

The S&P Global India services Purchasing Managers' Index edged up to 55.1 in October from September's six-month low of 54.3, easily beating the Reuters poll expectation for 54.6 and above the 50-mark that separates expansion from contraction for the fifteenth month. (ReadMore)

03 Nov 2022, 10:36:45 AM IST

Amidst a stagnant market, Bajaj Auto gains more than 1.5%

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03 Nov 2022, 10:33:58 AM IST

Oil slips on strong dollar after Fed rate hike, tight supply lends floor

Oil slipped on Thursday as a U.S. interest rate hike pushed up the dollar and fuelled fears of a global recession, although losses were capped by concerns over tight supply.

Brent crude shed 37 cents, or 0.4%, to $95.79 a barrel at 0426 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures dipped 60 cents, or 0.7%, to $89.40.

Both benchmarks settled up more than $1 on Wednesday, aided by another drop in U.S. oil inventories, even as the Fed boosted interest rates by 75 basis points and Chair Jerome Powell said it was premature to think about pausing rate increases. (Reuters)

03 Nov 2022, 10:29:31 AM IST

Fusion Microfinance IPO: GMP, subscription status on day of the issue

The initial public offering of Fusion Micro Finance was subscribed 12 per cent on the first day of subscription on Wednesday. The initial public offering (IPO) of microlender Fusion Microfinance opened for subscription on November 2, 2022 and the issue, with a price band of 350-368 a share, will conclude on Friday, November 4, 2022. The company on Tuesday said it has raised a little over 331 crore from anchor investors ahead of its initial share sale.

As per market observers, Fusion Microfinance shares are commanding a premium (GMP) of 24 in the grey market today. The company's shares are expected to list on stock exchanges BSE and NSE on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. (Read More)

03 Nov 2022, 10:10:03 AM IST

PSU Bank index shines in today's trading, gains 1% with almost all stocks in the index in green

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03 Nov 2022, 10:04:47 AM IST

Ashika Stock Broking on today's market: Overall positive structure in Index remains with an expectation that it would head towards 18600.

Tirthankar Das, technical & derivative analyst, retail, Ashika Stock Broking: On the technical front, Nifty formed a bearish candle on the daily chart following a Doji indecisive candle the previous session, suggesting of a possible selling pressure might develop near 18,150-18,200 levels. However temporary breather from here on can be expected though such price structure should not be construed as negative. Instead, dips should be used as buying opportunity as it seems unlikely that Index might breach the support level of 17500. Overall positive structure in Index remains with an expectation that it would head towards 18600. Positive outlook in the Index is based on the observation that recent Nifty has provided a breakout from past three week’s consolidation (17500-16900) along with broader participation and relative outperformance against global peers. Elevated support base for the market is at 17500 as it happens to be the 50 days EMA. The momentum indicator RSI (relative strength index) is above the 60-level mark, which further reaffirms that positive momentum of the index for the short to medium term is likely to remain. During the day index is likely to open on a negative note due to negative global cues as Fed pumped up its benchmark interest rate and hinted that it could soon reduce the size of its rate hikes rather than a pause. Hence lower levels of 17800-17835 should provide some cushion for the market.

03 Nov 2022, 09:41:49 AM IST

Tech Mahindra comes under pressure early; sheds 2%

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03 Nov 2022, 09:35:38 AM IST

IPO reports by stock brokers on Bikaji Food and Global Health Ltd

LKP Securities on Bikaji Food International Ltd: BFIL, with its strong market position across its diversified product portfolio, strong distribution, strategically manufacturing facilities, strong brand visibility and consistent financial performance is in a good position with healthy visibility going ahead. We recommend investors to SUBSCRIBE to the IPO of BFIL

Geojit Financial Services on Global Health Ltd: Considering its strong brand value, new hospital addition, rise in ARPOB, pick up in medical tourism, increasing affordability for healthcare services and promising industry outlook, we assign a “Subscribe" rating on a short to medium term basis.

03 Nov 2022, 09:25:38 AM IST

IT Index sinks in early trading, drops more than a per cent; all stocks in red

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03 Nov 2022, 09:23:40 AM IST

DCX Systems IPO: GMP, share allotment, listing date details

The initial public offering of DCX Systems, manufacturer of cables and wire harness assemblies, received 69.79 times subscription on the final day on Wednesday. The IPO received bids for 101.27 crore shares against 1.45 crore shares on offer, according to NSE data.

As per market observers, DCX Systems shares are commanding a premium (GMP) of 74 in the grey market today. The shares of the company are expected to list on stock exchanges BSE and NSE on Friday, November 11, 2022. The finalisation of the share allotment of the DCX Systems IPO is expected to take place on Monday, November 7, 2022. Link Intime India Private Ltd is the registrar of the share sale. (Read More)

03 Nov 2022, 09:21:27 AM IST

Sensex drops 300 points at open and Nifty 80 points as Fed maintain its stance of interest rate hikes

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03 Nov 2022, 09:12:59 AM IST

Geojit Financial Services views on today's market: India’s outperformance is likely to continue since leading indicators like credit growth, capital expenditure and auto sales point to robust economic recovery

Dr V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services: The Fed commentary after the expected 75bp rate hike, particularly Jay Powell’s remark that the terminal rate is likely to be higher than thought earlier, disappointed markets which resulted in a sell-off in US markets. But it is important to note that when asked about moderating rate hikes he said, “ that time is coming and it may come as soon as the next meeting or the one after that." So, it is possible that the markets can again bounce back since the economy continues to be strong and unemployment is at record lows indicating that a recession is not imminent. India’s outperformance is likely to continue since leading indicators like credit growth, capital expenditure and auto sales point to robust economic recovery.

FPI buying of 12610 crores during the last 5 trading sessions can provide support to the market at lower levels. Large-cap banks, capital goods and the premium auto segment can be bought on declines.

03 Nov 2022, 09:07:48 AM IST

Relaxo Footwears net profit falls 67% to ₹22.4 crore

Relaxo Footwears Ltd on Wednesday reported a decline of 67.38% in its net profit at 22.40 crore for the second quarter ended September 2022 on account of volume decline and high raw material prices.

It had posted a net profit of 68.69 crore in the July-September quarter a year ago fiscal, Relaxo Footwears said in a regulatory filing.

Its revenue from operations was down 6.26% to 669.65 crore during the period under review as against 714.43 crore in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.

"This was a result of a decline in volumes of the categories serving the mass segment who were under inflationary pressures with reduced affordability," its earning statement said. (PTI)

03 Nov 2022, 09:03:44 AM IST

Sensex drops 500 points at the preopen session; Adani Transmission, Dabur India, JSW Steel in focus today

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03 Nov 2022, 08:57:35 AM IST

SBI mutual fund IPO not coming anytime soon

The IPO plans of State Bank of India's mutual fund subsidiary has been shelved for the time being. In December 2021, SBI had announced its plan to offload some stake in SBI MF through an IPO. SBI currently holds 63% stake in its mutual fund subsidiary while 37% stake is held by AMUNDI Asset Management through a wholly-owned subsidiary, Amundi India Holding.

Initially, this 37% holding was held by Societe Generale Asset Management S.A. (“SGAM"), a subsidiary of Societe Generale S.A (“SG") which was transferred to Amundi in June 2011. (Read More)

03 Nov 2022, 08:56:38 AM IST

Asia shares slip, Fed flags higher peak for rates

Asian shares slipped on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve shifted the outlook on tightening from short and sharp to long and high, putting to rest any thought of a near-term pause.

Tokyo is closed for holiday. South Korean shares fell nearly 1%. 

Investors were initially cheered that the Fed at least opened the door to a slowdown in the pace of hikes after raising interest rates 75 basis points to 3.75-4.0%, by noting that monetary policy acted with a lag.

But Chair Jerome Powell soured the mood by saying it was "very premature" to think about pausing and that the peak for rates would likely be higher than previously expected.

"The Fed is now more comfortable with taking smaller rate increases for a longer period than delivering larger increases now," said Brian Daingerfield, an analyst at NatWest Markets. (Reuters)

03 Nov 2022, 08:49:52 AM IST

Bank of England set for biggest rate hike in 33 years

The Bank of England is widely expected to hike its key interest rate on Thursday by the biggest amount since 1989 as it bids to cool sky-high British inflation.

Following a regular meeting, the BoE is seen lifting borrowing costs by 0.75 percentage points to three percent, according to market consensus, which would be the highest level since the 2008 global financial crisis.

Some analysts, however, are predicting a rise of one percentage point, also a 33-year high.

The move would mirror aggressive rate-tightening by central banks worldwide as economies battle the highest prices in decades. (Read More)

03 Nov 2022, 08:41:46 AM IST

Inflation may fall below 6 per cent by Dec 2022: PHDCCI

The wholesale price index (WPI) inflation has softened to 10.7 per cent in September 2022 from its peak of 16.2 per cent in June 2022, Saket Dalmia, president, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said.

The president of the industry body on Wednesday said calibrated efforts undertaken by the government and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have significantly impacted the escalation in the wholesale prices.

Though RBI took an aggressive move to tame the inflation and increased the repo rate by 190 bps during the last six months in May 4.4 per cent to 5.9 per cent in October, gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate has also been maintained with a lesser deceleration as compared with many economies, said Dalmia. (ANI)

03 Nov 2022, 08:37:24 AM IST

Stocks to Watch: Adani Transmission, Mahindra Finance, Dabur, PNB, JSW Steel, Mahindra Holidays, JK Paper, TCI, Dalmia Bharat, Manali Petrochemicals

Adani Enterprises, Bank of India, HDFC, HPCL, Vodafone Idea, UCO Bank and Raymond will be among the stocks in focus as they declare their September quarter earnings today. (Read More)

03 Nov 2022, 08:35:42 AM IST

Dalmia Bharat Q2 profit falls 77% to ₹47 crore

Cement maker Dalmia Bharat Ltd on Wednesday reported a 76.84% decline in consolidated net profit at 47 crore for the quarter ended September.

The company had posted a net profit of 203 crore during the July-September quarter a year ago, Dalmia Bharat said in a regulatory filing.

Its revenue from operations increased 15.11% to 2,971 crore in the second quarter of the current fiscal. In the year-ago period, the same stood at 2,581 crore.

Dalmia Bharat's total expenses rose nearly 29 per cent to 2,980 crore in the latest quarter under review.

Sales volume increased 13.72 per cent in the September quarter to 5.8 Million Tonnes (MT) compared to the year-ago period. (PTI)

03 Nov 2022, 08:20:17 AM IST

Elon Musk to lay off 50% Twitter workforce, revoke work-from-anywhere policy and ask employees to get back to office

In an effort to reduce costs, Elon Musk plans to cut around 3,700 workers at Twitter, or 50% of the workforce, according to Bloomberg sources. Twitter's new owner intends to inform impacted employees on November 4. The remaining staff will be asked to go to offices as Musk also plans to alter the company's current work-from-anywhere policy. Sources say that some exceptions may still be granted.

Musk has to find methods to reduce the expenditures of a company that he claims he overpaid. In April, just as markets began to decline, the billionaire committed to paying $54.20 per share. He then allegedly claimed that the corporation had deceived him about the popularity of bogus accounts while he tried for months to back out of the transaction. In recent weeks, Musk gave in and decided to close the purchase under the predetermined terms after the San Francisco-based company had filed a lawsuit to ensure Musk fulfils his commitment. (Read More)

03 Nov 2022, 08:11:33 AM IST

Bikaji Foods IPO: GMP, other details as issue opens today. Should you subscribe?

Bikaji Foods International Ltd's initial public offering (IPO) will open for public subscription on Thursday, November 3, 2022 and the three-day issue conclude on Monday, November 7, 2022. The price band has been fixed in the range of 285 to 300 per share for its 881 crore-initial share sale.

Bikaji Foods IPO consists of 2.93 crore shares in the public issue, which will be a pure offer for sale (OFS) by its promoters and existing shareholders. Since the IPO is completely an OFS, the company will not receive any proceeds from the issue. At the upper end of the price band, the IPO is expected to fetch 881 crore.

As per market observers, Bikaji Foods shares are commanding a premium (GMP) of 71 in the grey market today. (Read More)

03 Nov 2022, 08:10:40 AM IST

INDIA BONDS-Bond yields seen tracking U.S. peers' rise post Fed remarks

Indian government bond yields are expected to trend higher in early trades on Thursday, tracking their U.S. peers, after the U.S. Federal Reserve stuck to its hawkish tone on monetary policy, dampening hopes of a moderation in rate hikes.

The benchmark 10-year yield is likely to be in a 7.41%-7.46% band, a trader with a private bank said. The yield ended at 7.4044% on Wednesday.

"There was an initial dovish reading of the Fed's statement, but (Fed Chair Jerome) Powell made it amply clear in his remarks at the press conference that there will still be more rate hikes, even though 75 bps moves are less likely to be repeated," the trader said. (Reuters)

03 Nov 2022, 07:56:33 AM IST

Oil PSUs asked to come up with better asset monetisation plans

State-run oil and gas companies have been ordered back to the drawing board after failing to come up with “comprehensive" plans to monetize their assets.

Earlier this year, these marketing companies -- HPCL, GAIL, and Indian Oil-- told the petroleum ministry that monetizing assets such as oil and gas pipelines was not a viable proposition, arguing it was an expensive way to raise capital.

Following this, the government agreed to shelve the plan but told them to come up with alternatives within a month.

Two officials aware of the development said the ministry eventually received a few alternative proposals but did not find them comprehensive or practical and has now asked the companies to come up with “more comprehensive" proposals. (Read More)

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