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Stock Market Today: Investors keep caution handy amidst mixed global cues (PTI)Premium
Stock Market Today: Investors keep caution handy amidst mixed global cues (PTI)

  • Share Market Close: Stock markets closed flat on Wednesday as Apollo Hospital, Hindalco and Airtel shed, while Titan, M&M and Powergrid gained. Consumer Durable and Oil & Gas climbed more than a per cent, while Pharma, Metal and FMCG lagged.

Asian indices were mixed on Wednesday as inflation remains a concern among investors and central bankers. Tokyo and Shanghai indices fell on Wednesday, while Hong Kong did the catching-up act after a long weekend to end in the green. European markets are trading higher in the morning session.

28 Dec 2022, 03:40:05 PM IST

Indices close flat with Sensex and Nifty shedding 17 and 10 points, respectively

Investors remained cautious on Wednesday as indices remained flat for most of the trading session and ended with minor losses.

Sensex closed 17 points below yesterday's close at 60,920. Nifty managed to defend the 18,100 mark to end at 18,122, a drop of 10 points.

Consumer Durable and Oil & Gas indices were among the major gainers, while IT, FMCG and Pharma shed in today's session.

Titan jumped around 3% followed by M&M, Power Grid, UPL, and Maruti Suzuki with each gaining more than a per cent. Apollo Hospitals, Bharti Airtel and Bajaj Finserv dragged in today's session.

Japanese stocks retreated from last session's one-week highs weighed down by an overnight drop in global chip shares and worries over China's COVID-19 situation. The Nikkei share average ended 0.41% down. The index has lost about 5.9% in December.

China stocks fell while Hong Kong shares jumped as investors weighed China's dismantling of most of its COVID rules to reopen its economy to the rest of the world. China's blue-chip CSI 300 Index ended lower by 0.4%, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.3%.

The Hong Kong market reopened on Wednesday after the Christmas holidays, playing catch-up with peers on China's news of easing COVID rules. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index climbed 1.6%, while the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index added 2%.

European shares inched up on with UK's FTSE 100 outpacing peers after a long Christmas holiday weekend as investors assessed Beijing's steps towards reopening its COVID-battered economy. The region-wide STOXX 600 was trading higher while the FTSE 100 gained on the back of commodity-linked and China-exposed stocks.

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28 Dec 2022, 03:25:47 PM IST

Global prime rents continue to rise but rate of growth slowing: Report

Prime rents continue to rise in London but the rate of growth is slowing, according to Knight Frank. Across 10 global cities luxury rents increased 10.2 per cent on average in the 12 months to the third quarter (Q3) of 2022, down from a high of 11.9 per cent in the first quarter (Q1) of 2022, according to Knight Frank in a report. These cities are New York, London, Singapore, Toronto, Sydney, Tokyo, Geneva, Monaco, Hong Kong and Auckland.

New York led the rankings for the third consecutive quarter. Annual growth may have dipped from a high of 39 per cent last quarter to 31 per cent, but limited stock and continued demand is keeping rents elevated, according to Knight Frank.

The number of properties for rent across Manhattan is down 5 per cent over the quarter but 65 per cent lower compared to pandemic times in September 2020, according to StreetEasy.

Singapore sits in second place, registering a 23 per cent rise in luxury rents over the last 12 months. The opening of borders, along with the introduction of new visas to attract top talent from around the world, has generated an uptick in demand.

London completes the top three. (ANI)

28 Dec 2022, 03:13:37 PM IST

India's Sheela Foam to buy rival mattress maker Kurlon for $241 million- ET Now

Indian mattress maker Sheela Foam Ltd will soon acquire competitor Kurlon for 20 billion rupees ($241.29 million), ET Now reported on Wednesday, citing sources.

Should the deal go through, Sheela Foam could command a market share of 35-40%, Moneycontrol had reported last month, quoting a person familiar with the planned deal.

Sheela Foam and Kurlon did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for comment.

Sheela Foam, which sells the "Sleepwell" brand of mattresses, is the only listed mattress maker in the country.

The Ghaziabad-based company has a 25% market share in the sector, according to a note by ICICI Securities. The brokerage pegs India's modern mattresses sector at 175 billion rupees. (Reuters)

28 Dec 2022, 03:03:56 PM IST

Telecom department discusses service quality issues with telcos

The telecom department on Wednesday met operators to discuss rising instances of call drops and service quality-related issues, as it deliberated on policy measures that can be considered for improving call quality.

The meeting, which comes amid the rollout of massive 5G networks in the country, was chaired by Telecom Secretary K Rajaraman and attended by telecom service providers, including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea.

The discussion focused on identifying policy and operational measures that can help telcos to improve the quality of telecom services in the country, according to DoT sources.

Discussion ranged from the issue of interference caused by illegal boosters to ironing out some remaining Right of Way issues. (PTI)

28 Dec 2022, 02:37:03 PM IST

Oil & Gas index gains a per cent despite most stocks trading in red; Adani Total Gas jumps 5% to lift the index

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28 Dec 2022, 02:35:57 PM IST

Air passenger traffic to reach 93% of pre-pandemic levels in FY23: Report

Air passenger traffic will hit 93% of pre-pandemic levels in FY23 and surpass pre-covid level in FY24, with 1.12 times pre-covid air passenger traffic driven by full recovery in international traffic, CareEdge Ratings said in a report on Wednesday.

“The resumption of international traffic w.e.f March 25, 2022, increased vaccination pace, and receding impact of Covid-19 led to a steady recovery for airport passenger traffic. After the third wave in Q4FY22, passenger traffic touched 90% of pre-covid levels in Q1FY23 compared to Q1FY20. After witnessing a dip in passenger traffic recovery to 86% of pre-covid levels in Q2FY23, it rebounded again in October 2022 to 93% of the pre-covid level in October 2019," the report said. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 01:44:00 PM IST

Bharti Airtel drags in today's session, shed a per cent

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28 Dec 2022, 01:42:52 PM IST

Oil Dips in Thin Trading After Russia Bans Exports to Cap Users

Oil dipped amid thin liquidity as investors weighed the fallout from a Russian ban on exports to buyers that adhere to a price cap.

West Texas Intermediate fell toward $79 a barrel after closing little changed on Tuesday. Moscow’s restrictions will begin on Feb. 1 and last until at least July 2023, according to the decree. The guidelines avoid extreme measures — such as imposing a minimum price or prohibiting certain countries from purchases — that the market had feared would seriously disrupt trade flows.

Crude is still set for a modest gain in 2022 after a volatile year that saw prices surge following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and then gradually pull back as fears of a global slowdown grew. More recently, China’s rapid unwinding of its strict Covid Zero policy and a resulting severe virus wave have hit a market that’s prone to sharp swings due to a lack of liquidity. (Bloomberg)

28 Dec 2022, 01:24:08 PM IST

Road transport ministry introduces authorisation certificates for car dealers to check malpractices

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has introduced authorization certificates for the dealers of registered vehicles to identify the authenticity of a dealer, a move that will promote ease of doing business and transparency.

MoRTH in a notification issued on December 22, has amended chapter III of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 to build a comprehensive regulatory ecosystem for the pre-owned car market.

According to the notification, the procedure for intimation of delivery of vehicle between the registered owner and the dealer has been detailed, and the powers and responsibilities of a dealer in possession of registered vehicles have also been clarified. (PTI)

28 Dec 2022, 01:15:58 PM IST

Adani Power shares surge 5% in morning trade

Shares of Adani Power on Wednesday were trading at 303.50 a piece, which is a surge of 5 per cent over the previous close, the stock exchanges showed in the morning trade.

In the past five days, Adani Power's shares have gone up 9.21 per cent.

In a span of six months, the shares of Adani Power went up 12.30 per cent.

Adani Enterprises has surged more than 113 per cent after it became the second group firm to join the NSE Nifty 50 Index.

According to the stock exchanges, the ports-to-power conglomerate saw at least two of seven listed companies more than double in value this year. Adani Power also benefitted as there was a jump in demand for electricity. (PTI)

28 Dec 2022, 01:06:28 PM IST

Auto index gains in today's session; most stocks in green

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28 Dec 2022, 01:00:22 PM IST

GroupM India elevates Navin Khemka as CEO for EssenceMediacom South Asia

Media conglomerate GroupM India has announced the elevation of Navin Khemka as CEO for its organisation EssenceMediacom South Asia. It has also elevated Sonali Malaviya as its chief strategy and transformation officer. Earlier this year, the company had announced a global merger of Essence and MediaCom to form EssenceMediacom.

The two, the company said, will play a role in the integration of the digital and data-driven processes of Essence with the media expertise of MediaCom. Khemka has about 25 years of experience across networks. In his previous roles in GroupM, he was part of a Mindshare team and was also involved in the merger of Maxus & MEC to form Wavemaker. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 12:38:17 PM IST

Appliances, consumer electronics industry aim double-digit growth, production capacity expansion in 2023

Bolstered by premiumisation trends, pent-up demand and policy initiatives, the country's appliances and consumer electronics sector expects to continue on the double-digit growth trajectory in 2023, as companies seek to expand capacity and roll out new-age smart products.

Learning the hard way in the wake of the global supply chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic and prolonged lockdown in China, leading companies in the sector are focusing on enhancing production capacity as well as domestic supply chain to reduce dependence on imported components.

All said, geopolitical developments and rupee depreciation could have an adverse impact on companies. (PTI)

28 Dec 2022, 12:26:01 PM IST

Titan stock shines in today's trading, climbs 3%

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28 Dec 2022, 12:24:28 PM IST

Government gives official recognition to Esports: All details

The Government of India on Tuesday announced to give Esports a major boost by integrating it with mainline sports disciplines in the country. The President of India, Droupadi Murmu, in exercise of the powers "conferred by clause (3) of article 77 of the Constitution" amended the rules governing Esports and asked the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the Sports Ministry to include e-Sports as part of multi-sports events.

There had been a growing demand for Esports to be included in the curriculum of multi-discipline events after it was included in the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games as a demonstration sport, meaning medals won in the sport were not counted in the official overall medals tally. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 12:16:02 PM IST

Prabhudas Lilladher recommendations on Chalet Hotels and Bank of Baroda

Chalet Hotels (CHALET IN) – Rating: BUY | CMP: Rs331 | TP: Rs455

Company Initiation - Right time to check-in

We initiate coverage on Chalet Hotels Ltd (Chalet) with a ‘BUY’ rating, as it is a play on expected recovery in business travel complemented by an exposure to annuity business (18% share by FY25E) that acts as a hedge to deeply cyclical hospitality industry. We believe Chalet is best placed to ride the industry upcycle as it has 1) strategically located metro centric hotel portfolio where threat of new room supply is low (new supply CAGR of 6% over next 5 years in key metro cities) and 2) requisite pricing power amid affiliation with marquee global brands like Marriott and Novotel. Chalet has plans to add 88/168 rooms in Pune/Hyderabad which along with improvement in RevPAR is likely to drive hotel revenues at 12% CAGR over FY23E-FY25E, whereas annuity business is likely to grow at a CAGR of 78% over the same period amid addition of ~1.4mn sq ft of leasable area at Mumbai and Bangalore. Overall, we expect revenue/PAT CAGR of 19%/68% over FY23E-FY25E and recommend ‘BUY’ with a SOTP based TP of Rs455. We value hotels business at 16x FY25E EBITDA, annuity business at a cap rate of 10% and residential project in Bangalore at NAV of Rs15 per share.

BANK OF BARODA - Rating: BUY CMP: 180.5 TRGT: 200 SL: 172

The stock is in a strong upward trend and after the short correction recently has taken support near the significant 50EMA level of 165 and indicated a trend reversal with a decent pullback improving the overall bias on the daily chart. The RSI has shown a trend reversal with potential visible on the upside to indicate strength and can carry on the momentum still further. We suggest to buy this stock for an upside target of 200 keeping the stop loss of 172.

28 Dec 2022, 12:04:14 PM IST

Adani Wilmar share price hits 5% upper circuit for 3rd straight day

FMCG player, Adani Wilmar's shares are hitting back-to-back 5% upper circuit three days in a row. On Wednesday, this Adani Group stock extended its rally due to large trade on BSE and NSE. There has been a strong buying in Adani Wilmar since the start of this week as the stock halted an 8-day losing streak. Between December 26th to 28th, Adani Wilmar shares have risen by over 15% on exchanges, recovering losses of last week's sessions.  (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 12:01:29 PM IST

Noon Update: Indices remain flat with minor gains as Sensex gains 70 points and Nifty 15 points

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28 Dec 2022, 11:56:06 AM IST

Housing sales up 19 pc in Oct-Dec across 8 cities; demand grows 50 pc in 2022 to 3.09 lakh units: PropTiger

Housing sales increased 19 per cent year-on-year to 80,770 units during the October-December period across eight major cities on better demand, according to PropTiger.

Sales of residential properties stood at 67,890 units in the corresponding period of the last year.

According to housing brokerage firm PropTiger.com's report Real Insight, the housing sales rose 50 per cent to 3,08,940 units during this year across eight major cities as compared to 2,05,940 units sold in 2021.

Vikas Wadhawan, Group CFO, Housing.com, Makaan.com & PropTiger.com, said "Despite the steady climb in home loan interest rates, customers have been interested in locking in lower prices rather than fretting about mortgage interest rates." (PTI)

28 Dec 2022, 11:41:22 AM IST

Ashish Chugh buys 2 lakh shares of Kapil Raj Finance

On Tuesday, Delhi-based veteran investor Ashish Chugh bought 2,00,000 shares of Kapil Raj Finance Ltd at a price of 12 apiece in a bulk deal. Ashish Chugh is an independent investor known for his profit-generating picks in the market, he began his career in 2000 as an investor after earning degrees in electronics engineering. Prior to leaving his family business after a very brief tenure, he also earned an MBA. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 11:27:20 AM IST

IT index comes under pressure in today's session; most stocks in red

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28 Dec 2022, 11:16:59 AM IST

RVNL jumps on order from Maldives 

Shares of Rail Vikas Nigam (RVNL) traded higher on Wednesday after the company announced that it has been appointed the project implementation agency for development of the UTF Harbor Project in Maldives.

"This is a strategic project of the government and the cost is pegged at 1,544.60 crore," said the company in an exchange notification.

28 Dec 2022, 11:10:59 AM IST

Rupee trades flat against US dollar

The Indian rupee opened flat note against the US dollar on Wednesday amid rising crude oil prices and persistent foreign capital outflows.

Forex traders said a strengthening American currency and muted domestic equities weighed on the local unit and restricted the appreciation bias.

At the interbank foreign exchange, the domestic unit opened at 82.84 against the dollar, then fell to quote at 82.86, registering a rise of just 1 paisa over its previous close.

On Tuesday, the rupee closed at 82.87 against the dollar.

Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.14 per cent to 104.32. (PTI)

28 Dec 2022, 10:36:10 AM IST

Bajaj Finserv drags in today's trading, sheds more than a per cent

Promoter Jamnalal Sons increased its stake in NBFC-giant Bajaj Finserv on Tuesday in a block deal. The promoter purchased equity shares to the tune of 100.41 crore in the open market. On the other hand, promoter Rishab Family Trust offloaded a portion of its shareholding held in the company. Bajaj Finserv stock closed on a flat note. As per the NSE data, Jamnalal Sons bought 6,52,000 equity shares in Bajaj Finserv at 1,540 apiece aggregating to 100.41 crore. On the other hand, Rishab Family Trust sold 6,52,000 equity shares at 1,540 apiece in the company.

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28 Dec 2022, 10:21:32 AM IST

Geojit Financial Services outlook on Derivatives and USD-INR

Anand James - Chief Market Strategist at Geojit Financial Services:

Derivative:

Nifty weekly contract has highest open interest at 18,200 for Calls and 18,000 for Puts while monthly contracts have highest open interest at 18,200 for Calls and 18,000 for Puts. Highest new OI addition was seen at 18,600 for Calls and 18000 for Puts in weekly and at 18600 for Calls and 18,000 for Puts in monthly contracts. FIIs increased their future index long position holdings by -6.58%, increased future index shorts by -7.54% and in index options by -0.33% in Call longs, -0.43% in Call short, 2.43% in Put longs and 5.09% in Put shorts.

USD-INR outlook:

The spike above 82.75 forced us to abandon the downside plays, but directional moves did not set off as 82.84/88 continued to hold. While this is not a breakout level, breach of the same may encourage us to look for 83.25. We will continue to have the downside marker at 82.59.

28 Dec 2022, 10:08:36 AM IST

ONGC shines in early trading, gains 1% 

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28 Dec 2022, 10:06:26 AM IST

Japan's Nikkei pressured by drop in chip stocks, China worries

Japanese stocks on Wednesday retreated from the one-week highs hit in the previous session, weighed down by an overnight drop in global semiconductor shares and lingering worries over China's COVID-19 situation.

By mid-day, in thin year-end trading, the Nikkei Average was down 156.91 points, or 0.6%, at 26,290.96. Losses for the year so far are around 8.7%.

Traders said there was early selling of stocks after the Nasdaq Composite and the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (SOX), which have a high proportion of high-tech stocks, fell on Tuesday.

Of the 33 industries on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, six sectors rose, including electricity and gas as well as insurance, while prices fell in 26 industries, including real estate and air transportation. (Reuters)

28 Dec 2022, 09:57:09 AM IST

Active Covid cases in country rise to 3,468

India logged 188 new coronavirus infections, while the active cases increased to 3,468, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.

The Covid case tally was recorded at 4.46 crore (4,46,77,647).

The death toll stands at 5,30,696, the data updated at 8 am stated.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.14 per cent, while the weekly positivity was pegged at 0.18 per cent, the ministry said.

It said 1,34,995 tests for detection of Covid have been conducted in the last 24 hours.

The active cases comprise 0.01 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate increased to 98.80 per cent, the ministry said. (PTI)

28 Dec 2022, 09:48:36 AM IST

Consumer Durable index opens strong; adds a per cent with most stocks in green

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28 Dec 2022, 09:47:45 AM IST

FTX customers file class action to lay claim to dwindling assets

FTX customers filed a class action lawsuit against the failed crypto exchange and its former top executives including Sam Bankman-Fried on Tuesday, seeking a declaration that the company's holdings of digital assets belong to customers.

The lawsuit is the latest legal effort to lay claim to the dwindling assets of FTX, which is already feuding with liquidators in the Bahamas and Antigua as well as the bankruptcy estate of Blockfi, another failed crypto company.

FTX pledged to segregate customer accounts and instead allowed them to be misappropriated and therefore customers should be repaid first, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. (Reuters)

28 Dec 2022, 09:37:46 AM IST

Powergrid Corporation starts on a strong note, gains more than a per cent

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28 Dec 2022, 09:26:08 AM IST

Bitcoin, ether, other crypto prices today continue to decline. Check latest rates

Bitcoin price today continued to decline with the world's largest and most popular digital token trading over a per cent lower at $16,647. The global cryptocurrency market cap today remained below the $1 trillion mark, as it was down in the last 24 hours to $839 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 almost down 2% at $1,197. Meanwhile, dogecoin price today was trading over 4% lower at $0.07 whereas Shiba Inu was down 2% at $0.000008. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 09:22:51 AM IST

Indices open marginally in red with Sensex opening 150 pts lower and Nifty 50 pts

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28 Dec 2022, 09:07:18 AM IST

DICGC settles claims worth ₹8,516 crore in FY22

The Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) settled claims of 8,516.6 crore in the last financial year and bulk of them were from customers of the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank, the Reserve Bank said on Tuesday.

An amount of 3,791.6 crore was provided to Unity Small Finance Bank for making payment to the depositors of the erstwhile PMC Bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in Trends and Progress in Banking Report for FY22.

The total settlement amount includes claims settled with respect to 22 urban cooperative banks under the 'All Inclusive Directions (AID)' amounting to 3,457.4 crore, the report said. Main claims and supplementary claims in respect of 15 UCBs amounting to 1,225 crore were also settled.

The report said the financial performance of UCBs, which accounted for a bulk of the DICGC claims, showed an improvement in FY22 which was evident in their higher capital buffers, decline in gross non performing assets ratio and improved profitability indicators. (PTI)

28 Dec 2022, 09:03:55 AM IST

Sensex remains flat with a slight tilt towards red at preopen; Coal India, Bajaj Finserv, RIL in focus

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28 Dec 2022, 09:00:04 AM IST

A tough 2023 awaits Indian fintech startups as funding cools

India’s $50 billion fintech industry will face hurdles in the form of tougher regulatory scrutiny and tighter liquidity leading to higher cost of capital for some companies next year, Rakesh Pozhath, partner at consulting firm Bain & Company, said.

Investors into the country’s fintech space that has drawn heavyweights from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Group Corp., in the past few years, are getting more diligent as global financial conditions tighten. That has intensified the competition for capital, Pozhath said. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 08:44:26 AM IST

Radiant Cash Management IPO: GMP, share allotment, listing date details

The initial public offer of Radiant Cash Management Services has subscribed just 53 per cent on the last day of subscription on Tuesday, December 27, 2022. The 388-crore initial share sale received bids for 1,45,98,150 shares against 2,74,29,925 shares on offer. The issue, which opened on December 23, had a price band of 94 to 99 a share for its 388-crore public offer.

The category meant for Qualified Institutional Buyers (QIBs) was fully subscribed, while the non-institutional investors portion received 66 per cent subscription and Retail Individual Investors (RIIs) 20 per cent. IIFL Securities, Motilal Oswal Investment Advisors and YES Securities were the managers to the offer. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 08:36:57 AM IST

Reliance Securities Stock to Focus for Today: Engineers India

STOCK IN FOCUS

Engineers India (CMP 78): Considering its asset-light business model, strong clientele base, foray into newer segments and healthy execution track record, we have our BUY rating on ENGR, with a SOTP-based Target Price of Rs100.

Intraday Picks

ICICIBANK (PREVIOUS CLOSE: 901) BUY

For today’s trade, long position can be initiated in the range of Rs890-

895 for the target of Rs918 with a strict stop loss of Rs882.

TECHM (PREVIOUS CLOSE: 1,010) BUY

For today’s trade, long position can be initiated in the range of Rs995-

1003 for the target of Rs1030 with a strict stop loss of Rs985.

BRITANNIA (PREVIOUS CLOSE: 4,369) SELL

For today’s trade, long position can be initiated in the range of Rs4385-

4410 for the target of Rs4270 with a strict stop loss of Rs4450.

 

28 Dec 2022, 08:29:45 AM IST

SVS Ventures IPO: SME issue to open on December 30

SME firm, SVS Ventures will launch its initial public offering on the last working day of 2022. The offer comprises the issuance of fresh equity - 56,22,000 shares - at an issue price of 20 each. The company aims to raise 1124.40 lakhs via the IPO route.

The issue will open on December 30, 2022, and is expected to close on January 4, 2023. The equity shares offered through this offering will be listed on the SME Platform of BSE.

The minimum trading lot size is 6,000 equity shares. The lot size is the minimum number of shares that have to be bought or sold by an investor to participate in an IPO. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 08:25:24 AM IST

Stocks to Watch: Bajaj Finserv, Coal India, RIL, BPCL, IEX, Indowind, Punjab & Sind Bank, Kwality Pharma, Hariom Pipe, Suryoday SFB, and HPCL

NSE has kept Balrampur Chini Mills, Indiabulls Housing Finance, and Punjab National Bank on the list of banned securities under the F&O segment for Wednesday trading as they have crossed 95% of the market-wide position limit. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 08:10:47 AM IST

INDIA BONDS-Bond yields may rise marginally tracking U.S. peers

Indian government bond yields could inch higher in early trades on Wednesday tracking a rise in U.S. yields, while trading volume is expected to remain tepid.

The benchmark 10-year yield is likely to move in a 7.29%-7.33% band, a trader with a private bank said. The yield ended lower at 7.3077% on Tuesday.

There may be an upward move of a couple of basis points (bps), but as has been the trend, there will be ranged trading and very low volume, the trader said.

U.S. Treasury prices dropped, with the 10-year yield rising to 3.86% earlier in the day as investors tried to assess the path of interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve and China's decision to scale back some COVID-19 restrictions. (Reuters)

28 Dec 2022, 08:07:53 AM IST

Elin Electronics IPO: GMP as all eyes on shares listing after allotment

The Initial Public Offer (IPO) of electronics manufacturing services company Elin Electronics was subscribed 3.09 times on the last day of subscription that was open from Tuesday, December 20 till Thursday, December 22, 2022. The public issue received bids for 4,39,67,400 shares against 1,42,09,386 shares on offer.

As per market observers, Elin Electronics shares' premium (GMP) have slipped to discount of 7 in the grey market today. The finalisation of the basis of share allotment of Elin Electronics IPO has been done. Now, the shares of the company are expected to make its market debut on stock exchanges next week on Friday, December 30, 2022. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 08:02:59 AM IST

Direct retail flows into stock market plunge 64% in FY23

Direct investments by retail investors in equities has fallen in the current fiscal year from record levels in FY22 amid lower market returns, a rally in stocks under-owned by them and partly due to diversion into options, said equity analysts. However, they are divided on the prospects of retail inflows in FY24.

Retail inflow into NSE’s cash or secondary market stood at a net 37,400 crore in the eight months to November, down by 64% from 1.04 trillion in April-November of FY22, according to NSE data. Net value is the difference between buying and selling of equities. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 07:57:02 AM IST

India, ADB sign USD 125 mln loan to improve urban services in Tamil Nadu

The Indian government and Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday signed a USD 125 million loan to develop climate-resilient sewage collection and treatment and drainage and water supply systems in three cities of Tamil Nadu.

The signatories to the loan for Tamil Nadu Urban Flagship Investment Program were Rajat Kumar Mishra, additional secretary, Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance who signed for the government of India, and Hoe Yun Jeong, officer-in-charge of ADB's India Resident Mission who signed for the ADB, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.

"The financing is the third and the last tranche of the USD 500 million multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) for the Program approved by ADB in 2018 to build priority water supply, sewerage, and drainage infrastructure in strategic industrial corridors across 10 cities in the state. The tranche 3 loan covers Coimbatore, Madurai, and Thoothukudi," it added. (ANI)

28 Dec 2022, 07:48:26 AM IST

Direct retail flows into stock market plunge 64% in FY23

Direct investments by retail investors in equities has fallen in the current fiscal year from record levels in FY22 amid lower market returns, a rally in stocks under-owned by them and partly due to diversion into options, said equity analysts. However, they are divided on the prospects of retail inflows in FY24.

Retail inflow into NSE’s cash or secondary market stood at a net 37,400 crore in the eight months to November, down by 64% from 1.04 trillion in April-November of FY22, according to NSE data. Net value is the difference between buying and selling of equities. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 07:44:37 AM IST

Coal India to meet 700 MT production target of FY23, says chairman

Coal India Chairman Pramod Agrawal on Tuesday exuded confidence that the PSU will achieve the production target of 700 million tonnes for the current financial year.

Coal India (CIL) accounts for over 80 per cent of the domestic coal output. “ I am confident...Coal India will achieve the 700 million tonne coal production target this financial year," the chairman was quoted as saying in a statement.

Addressing virtually a team of CIL-arm MCL, Agrawal congratulated company officials for registering a growth of 15.9 per cent over the targeted production of coal, which is almost 19 million tonne. (PTI)

28 Dec 2022, 07:37:49 AM IST

Tesla shares fall with mounting demand worries in China

Tesla Inc shares fell 11.4% on Tuesday after a Reuters report that Tesla was planning to run a reduced production schedule in January at its Shanghai plant sparked worries of a drop in demand in the world's biggest car market. The stock, which fell to its lowest in more than two years and had its worst day in eight months, was the biggest drag on the benchmark S&P 500 index and the tech-heavy Nasdaq index.

It has lost more than half its value since the start of October as investors worry that Twitter was taking much of Chief Executive Elon Musk's time while fretting about his stake sale in the electric-car maker. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 07:35:18 AM IST

Promoter buys stake in Bajaj Finserv for ₹100.41 cr in block deal. Details here

Promoter Jamnalal Sons increased its stake in NBFC-giant Bajaj Finserv on Tuesday in a block deal. The promoter purchased equity shares to the tune of 100.41 crore in the open market. On the other hand, promoter Rishab Family Trust offloaded a portion of its shareholding held in the company. Bajaj Finserv stock closed on a flat note.

On NSE, Bajaj Finserv shares closed at 1,539 apiece up by 0.26%. The stock witnessed a volume of 11,02,198 equity shares exchanging hands on December 27th.

As per the NSE data, Jamnalal Sons bought 6,52,000 equity shares in Bajaj Finserv at 1,540 apiece aggregating to 100.41 crore. On the other hand, Rishab Family Trust sold 6,52,000 equity shares at 1,540 apiece in the company. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 07:32:49 AM IST

Rupee falls 25 paise against US dollar on forex outflows

The rupee declined 25 paise to close at 82.90 against the US dollar on Tuesday, as month-end dollar demand from importers and significant foreign fund outflows sapped investor appetite.

Moreover, the risk-off mood among investors and firm crude oil prices in the international market weighed on the rupee, forex dealers said.

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the rupee opened lower at 82.71 against the greenback and witnessed an intraday high of 82.69 and a low of 82.90.

It finally settled at 82.90, down 25 paise over its previous close of 82.65.

"Month-end dollar demand from oil importers and year-end rebalancing foreign fund outflows weighed on the Indian rupee in Tuesday's trade as it surrendered Monday's gain. The surge in crude and precious metal prices also weighed on the local unit," said Dilip Parmar, Research Analyst, HDFC Securities. (PTI)

28 Dec 2022, 07:31:45 AM IST

Parle Products to expand premium products range

Biscuits maker Parle Products is set to increase the share of its premium portfolio to 20-25% with new launches within two-three years and expand its distribution for brands such as Milano, Nutricrunch and Hide & Seek.

“Premium is doing well for us. There’s a good range that we have launched a few years ago and we’re looking at ramping our distribution to make it available to the remotest parts of India. Currently, it is available in most big cities or almost the entire urban India. Now, the idea is to go down in suburban semi-urban areas, as well as through smaller packs," said Mayank Shah, senior category head, Parle Products Pvt. Ltd. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 07:30:51 AM IST

Banks need robust credit appraisal policies to limit risk: RBI

Indian banks need to ensure they have robust due diligence and credit appraisal mechanisms in place to limit credit risk, given that uncertainties in the current macroeconomic conditions could be challenging, a Reserve Bank of India report said.

“If downside risks materialize, asset quality could be affected. Hence, slippages in restructured assets need to be monitored closely. Timely resolution of stressed assets is essential to prevent asset value depletion," RBI’s Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India 2021-22 said on Tuesday. (Read More)

28 Dec 2022, 07:29:05 AM IST

Stocks close lower on Wall Street on Wednesday, adding to recent losses

Stocks closed lower Tuesday, adding to the market's recent losses as Wall Street counts down its final days of a painful year for investors.

The S&P 500 fell 0.4%, while the Nasdaq composite finished 1.4% lower. Both indexes were coming off their third straight weekly loss. The Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out a 0.1% gain.

Trading was mostly muted as U.S. markets reopened following the long holiday weekend. Markets in Asia and Europe mostly rose after China said it will drop nearly all COVID-19 travel restrictions next month.

The move could ease some supply chain challenges for companies that source goods from China, but it could also lead to more spending by consumers there, which could fuel inflation, said Tom Hainlin, national investment strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. (AP)

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