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Sensex, Nifty end lower; RIL, HDFC Bank lead losses

  • Sun Pharma, State Bank of India, M&M among major gainers
  • On the Nifty, 34 stocks advanced while the rest declined

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31 Jul 2020, 03:44:06 PM IST

Sensex, Nifty end in the red for the third consecutive day

Indian equities ended lower for the third straight day on Friday, snapping four consecutive weeks of gains. The Nifty slipped below the crucial 11,1000-mark.

The Sensex fell 129.18 points or 0.34% to close at 37606.89, while the Nifty was down 28.70 points or 0.26% at 11073.50. About 1,221 shares advanced, 1,407 declined, and 168 were unchanged.

Eicher Motors, Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank, Asian Paints and Bajaj Auto were among major losers on the Nifty, while gainers were Cipla, Grasim Industries, Sun Pharma, SBI and UPL.

Pharma index was the best performer among all sectoral indices. FMCG, IT and metal indexes also higher, while energy, auto and infra declined.

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31 Jul 2020, 03:31:52 PM IST

Nifty broad market indices

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31 Jul 2020, 03:31:03 PM IST

Sensex contributors

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31 Jul 2020, 03:28:48 PM IST

Volume toppers on Sensex

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31 Jul 2020, 03:22:19 PM IST

Market check

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31 Jul 2020, 03:12:27 PM IST

BSE SmallCap up 0.76% amid weakness in broader market

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31 Jul 2020, 03:10:48 PM IST

BSE MidCap at 13,762.19, up 0.38%, despite weakness in broader market

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31 Jul 2020, 03:07:00 PM IST

New norms for margin collection in cash market to be effective 1 September: Sebi

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31 Jul 2020, 03:00:11 PM IST

Sun Pharma Q1 numbers

Sun Pharma on Friday reported a net loss of 1,655.6 crore for the June quarter compared with net profit of 1,387.48 crore in the year-ago period. Net loss due to one-time loss of one-time loss at 3,633.3 crore.

Revenue was at 7,585.3 crore, down from 8,374.36 crore year ago.

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31 Jul 2020, 02:45:46 PM IST

Nifty Pharma extends gains, up over 3%

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31 Jul 2020, 02:43:28 PM IST

Infosys also pares gains, trading flat

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31 Jul 2020, 02:37:01 PM IST

Eurozone economy shrank 12.1% in June quarter: AP

The economy of the 19-country eurozone shrank a devastating 12.1% sequentially during the June quarter as coronavirus lockdowns froze business and consumer activity, AP reported. It was the largest drop on record.

Spain, which suffered a severe virus outbreak that devastated its tourism industry, shrank 18.5%, the French 14% and Italy 12.4%.

31 Jul 2020, 02:32:10 PM IST

European shares rise led by gains in tech stocks

European stocks rose on Friday, with technology shares leading the way after bumper earnings from Wall Street's big tech names and Nokia eased nerves about global growth amid surging coronavirus cases, Reuters reported.

The pan-European STOXX 600 rose 0.7% after a tepid start, with technology stocks jumping 2.5% after Apple , Amazon and Facebook reported forecast-beating results overnight.

31 Jul 2020, 02:26:34 PM IST

Nepal reopens Everest despite coronavirus pandemic uncertainty: AFP

Nepal has reopened its mountains, including Everest, for the autumn trekking and climbing season to revive the struggling tourism sector, officials said Friday, despite coronavirus uncertainty.

The Himalayan country shut its borders in March just ahead of the busy spring season when hundreds of mountaineers usually flock to the country, costing jobs and millions of dollars in revenue.

A nationwide lockdown was lifted last week, and Nepal is now open "for tourism activities, including mountaineering and trekking." Mira Acharya of the tourism department told AFP.

31 Jul 2020, 02:21:18 PM IST

TCS erases intraday gains, slips into the red

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31 Jul 2020, 02:14:06 PM IST

India rupee ends at 74.81/dollar vs Thursday's close of 74.74

The Indian rupee pared intraday gains but ended higher at 74.81 per dollar compared with Thursday's close of 74.85. The unit had opened at 74.74 today.

31 Jul 2020, 02:12:06 PM IST

Indian Oil Q1 numbers

Indian Oil Corporation on Friday reported a standalone net profit of 1,910.8 crore while revenue was at 62,396.6 crore.

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31 Jul 2020, 02:01:49 PM IST

Gold set for best month in 4 years after record-breaking gain: Bloomberg

Gold is set for its biggest monthly gain in more than four years after a weaker dollar and low rates fueled its surge to a record high. Silver is headed for its best month since 1979.

Spot bullion has risen 11% in July as a gauge of the dollar slumped, prompting concerns that its status as the world’s reserve currency of choice is at risk, and U.S. real yields fell to a record low. While the ferocity of gold’s rally cooled as the week wore on, it’s only about $10 shy of its all-time high and most market watchers predict there may be more gains ahead.

31 Jul 2020, 02:00:00 PM IST

SC adjourns till 10 August hearing on plea to cancel final-year university exams

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to pass an interim order on a batch of pleas seeking quashing of the University Grants Commission's (UGC) guidelines that directed universities to conduct final-year examinations by 30 September. The court has adjourned the hearing till 10 August.

The apex court bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, asked the home ministry to clarify its stand on the UGC's 6 July guidelines and the challenges filed by petitioners.

31 Jul 2020, 01:55:31 PM IST

SBI extends gains as Q1 net profit higher than year ago, estimates

State Bank of India on Friday reported a net profit of 4,189.crore for the June quarter, helped by one-time gain of 1,539.7 crore. The net profit is higher than 2,312 crore in the year-ago period and also more than the estimated 3,375 crore according to a Bloomberg poll of 15 analysts.

Gross NPA was at 5.44% compared with 6.15% in the previous quarter. Net NPA declined to 1.86% from 2.23% sequentially.

The bank made additional provision of 1,836 crore on account of Covid-19, while fresh slippages were at 3,637 crore.

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31 Jul 2020, 01:38:04 PM IST

UCO Bank reports net profit of ₹21 crore for June quarter

UCO Bank on Friday reported a net profit to 21.45 crore for the June quarter on the back lower provisions and higher other income.

The bank had posted a net loss of 601.45 crore in the corresponding quarter last year.

Net interest income, or the difference between interest earned on loans and that paid on deposits, fell 5.1% to 1266.78 crore for the quarter ended 30 June from 1334.97 crore for the same quarter last year.


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31 Jul 2020, 01:34:45 PM IST

SBI advances further, top gainer on Sensex as of now

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31 Jul 2020, 01:17:10 PM IST

PNB to infuse up to ₹600 core in PNB Housing Finance

Punjab National Bank will infuse up to 600 crore in its subsidiary PNB Housing Finance Ltd through preferential issue/rights issue, among others, subject to regulatory approvals, the bank said in a notification to the exchanges.

31 Jul 2020, 01:11:15 PM IST

Apple confirms iPhone 12 supply delay, but should hit India in time for Diwali

As predicted by some analysts earlier, Apple, in its Q3 2020 earnings call, confirmed that the supply of upcoming iPhone 12 smartphones will be delayed by a few weeks. This means the new handsets are unlikely hit stores by the end of September as their predecessors. Unless Apple decides to start with limited units and ramp it up later, iPhone 12 models are likely to arrive in stores sometime after mid October.

New iPhone models typically hit stores in India a week after the US. For instance, the iPhone 11 models were available in stores in the US on September 20 while in India they arrived on September 27.

Experts believe the delay in the US will also result in delay in roll out in the India market.

"Delay would mean global delay. Release in India will also be delayed," said Navkendar Singh, Research Director, client devices & IPDS with IDC India.

31 Jul 2020, 12:59:18 PM IST

TCS pares gains, off day's high

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31 Jul 2020, 12:55:45 PM IST

HDFC Bank top loser on Sensex in this hour

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31 Jul 2020, 12:50:33 PM IST

SC bars registration of BS-IV vehicles pending decision on sales during lockdown: PTI

The Supreme Court on Friday barred registration of BS-IV vehicles with the authorities till it decides on the issue of sale of such vehicles during the period of the lockdown.

The top court was irked over the violation of its order and had pulled up the automobile dealers association by saying that the BS-IV vehicles were sold during the lockdown in last week of March and after March 31 also.

31 Jul 2020, 12:43:37 PM IST

Top losers on BSE

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31 Jul 2020, 12:41:17 PM IST

Top gainers on BSE

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31 Jul 2020, 12:39:47 PM IST

Market check

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31 Jul 2020, 12:02:31 PM IST

TikTok owner ByteDance considers listing China business in Hong Kong or Shanghai: Reuters

Chinese tech giant ByteDance is considering listing its domestic business in Hong Kong or Shanghai, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, against a backdrop of rising Sino-U.S. tensions over its hit non-China video app TikTok.

Of the two venues, the company prefers Hong Kong, according to two of the people. One of the two also said ByteDance is simultaneously studying the option to list its smaller, non-China business - which includes TikTok that is not available in China - in Europe or the United States.

31 Jul 2020, 11:54:50 AM IST

Facebook wants to use Jio deal to expand WhatsApp Business and take it global

Facebook chief, Mark Zuckerberg, has said the Jio partnership in India will help the company bring “millions of small businesses" onto WhatsApp. “A big part of the partnership that we have with Jio will be to wire up and get thousands of small businesses across India on-boarded onto WhatsApp, to do commerce there," Zuckerberg told analysts on the companies June quarter earnings call this morning.

The chief executive of the world’s largest social media platform said he is "excited about the opportunity" here and the company plans to expand to other others once the platform is proved in India. "Once we prove that out with Jio in India, we’re planning on expanding it to more folds in India and to other countries as well."

31 Jul 2020, 11:48:37 AM IST

TVS Motor Company to focus on boosting exports over 5 years

In an attempt to consolidate its presence overseas, TVS Motor Company Ltd plans to focus on boosting export volumes over the next 3-5 years, said Sudarshan Venu, joint managing director, at the company’s annual general meeting.

In February, the company had signed a deal with Honduras-based Motomundo SA, a local distributor appointed for sales and service of TVS vehicles while expanding business in Central America.

TVS Motor has also signed up distributors in the United Arab Emirates, in Guatemala and El Salvador.

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31 Jul 2020, 11:32:36 AM IST

Reliance Power, JERA sign loan pact to develop gas-fired power plant in Bangladesh

Reliance Power Ltd and JERA Co., through their project company, are developing a new gas-fired power generation project in Bangladesh. The project company has now signed a loan agreement for full financing totaling $642 million with a group of banks that includes the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

The project is to build, own, and operate a 745 MW natural gas combined-cycle power project in Meghnaghat, Naranganj, located approximately 40 km southeast of Dhaka. The electricity generated will be sold under a long-term power purchase agreement with the Bangladesh Power Development Board for a period of 22 years from the start of commercial operation.

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31 Jul 2020, 11:21:24 AM IST

Bharti Airtel up, company may raise tariffs again

Bharti Airtel's chief executive officer Gopal Vittal on Thursday hinted at another tariff hike, stressing that the telecom company’s average revenue per user (Arpu) needs to move to 200, and eventually to 300 per month, for a sustainable business model. Vittal, however, did not specify the timeline for hike in calls and data tariffs.

Airtel reported a massive loss of 15,933 crore for the June quarter due to 11,746 crore worth of provisions for statutory dues

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31 Jul 2020, 11:14:37 AM IST

SBI rises ahead of Q1 numbers

India’s largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), is expected to post a net profit of 3,375 crore for the June ended quarter, higher than 2,312 crore in the same period last year, according to a Bloomberg average of estimates of 15 analysts.

Analysts at Motilal Oswal said SBI appears well-positioned to report strong uptick in earnings.

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31 Jul 2020, 11:04:44 AM IST

Torrent Pharma hits 52-week high on robust Q1 numbers

Drug firm Torrent Pharmaceuticals has reported a 48.6% year-on-year rise in its June quarter consolidated net profit to 321, primarily led by robust sales in the domestic market.

The company had posted a net profit of 216 crore for the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.

Consolidated revenue from operations stood at 2,056 crore for the quarter, up from 2,022 crore for the same period a year ago.

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31 Jul 2020, 10:57:57 AM IST

Nifty Pharma top gainer among sectoral indices led by Torrent Pharma

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31 Jul 2020, 10:50:37 AM IST

Nifty IT index major gainer among sectoral indices

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31 Jul 2020, 10:34:14 AM IST

Sun Pharma higher ahead of June quarter earnings

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31 Jul 2020, 10:30:45 AM IST

India says China yet to disengage troops fully from border area

India on Thursday called out China’s claims that the disengagement of troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) was complete in many areas, saying the process was yet to be completed. This comes as the two sides are looking at holding senior military commander level talks to work out details of a pullback of troops from along the border.

“There has been some progress made towards this objective but the disengagement process has as yet not been completed. The senior commanders of the two sides will meet in the near future to work out steps in this regard," Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said during a weekly briefing.

31 Jul 2020, 10:28:43 AM IST

Tough laundering rules may hinder Gujarat GIFT from getting Singapore trades

India's strict rules to prevent money-laundering could impede its ambitious plan to bring Nifty derivatives volumes from the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) to the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) in Gandhinagar, Mint reported citing two people aware of the challenges.

The success of GIFT is critical for the fledgling International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Gujarat.

While Indian exchanges follow a ‘segregated nominee account structure’ for client accounts, which helps depositories and exchanges identify the ultimate beneficiary of these accounts, SGX allows an ‘omnibus account structure’, where regulators get no such information.

31 Jul 2020, 10:15:48 AM IST

Nifty Financial Services hit most among sectoral indices

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31 Jul 2020, 10:08:54 AM IST

India rupee at 74.74 per dollar against Thursday's close of 74.85

31 Jul 2020, 10:06:45 AM IST

HDFC Bank in the red

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31 Jul 2020, 09:53:01 AM IST

Domestic commercial vehicle sales to touch a decade-low in FY21: Icra

Commercial vehicle sales in India is expected to decline 25-28% and touch a decade's low in FY21 due to the pandemic-induced disruption, ratings agency Icra has said.

Manufacturers of trucks and buses, already reeling under a sharp drop in volumes due to the economic slowdown and revision in load carrying norms, have seen their businesses take a further hit because of the coronavirus pandemic.

31 Jul 2020, 09:48:55 AM IST

Nifty view: Ajit Mishra, VP - Research, Religare Broking

"We’re not surprised by the recent profit-taking phase and expect further correction ahead. Markets will first react to the index heavyweight, Reliance results in the early trade on Friday i.e. July 31 and that may set the tone for the rest of the session. Traders should keep a close eye on 11,050 in Nifty as its breakdown would trigger a fresh decline towards 10,950 levels else consolidation will continue. Traders should prefer hedged bets and maintain positions on both sides."

31 Jul 2020, 09:46:16 AM IST

RIL worst hit stock on Sensex as of now

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31 Jul 2020, 09:41:48 AM IST

Gilead plans to make two million Remdesivir doses this year: Bloomberg

Gilead Sciences Inc. has said it expects to make more than 2 million doses of covid-19 treatment remdesivir by the end of the year.

In May, the antiviral therapy received an emergency-use authorization to treat Covid-19 after a major trial found it sped recovery by about four days in hospitalized patients. It is already being used in clinical practice.

31 Jul 2020, 09:39:19 AM IST

Tata Motors marginally higher ahead of June quarter numbers

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31 Jul 2020, 09:30:43 AM IST

Nifty losers/gainers

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31 Jul 2020, 09:29:34 AM IST

Top gainers/losers on Sensex

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31 Jul 2020, 09:20:43 AM IST

Nifty check

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31 Jul 2020, 09:19:24 AM IST

Market check

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31 Jul 2020, 09:17:10 AM IST

India gold prices higher

Gold and silver prices rose in Indian markets after taking a breather in the previous session. On MCX, October gold futures were up 0.83% at 53,216 per 10 gram while silver futures surged 1.4% to 63,535 per kg. Gold has hit new highs this week, driven by a rally in global markets.

In global markets, gold prices were steady today as a softer US dollar and concerns over mounting coronavirus cases supported the safe-haven demand of the metal. Spot gold was steady at $1,958.99 per ounce while US gold futures rose 0.5% to $1,953. So far this month, gold has risen 10%, its biggest percentage rise in over four years.

31 Jul 2020, 09:05:27 AM IST

Sensex stocks at pre-open

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31 Jul 2020, 09:04:23 AM IST

Nifty check

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31 Jul 2020, 09:04:03 AM IST

Market check

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31 Jul 2020, 09:00:23 AM IST

At 85.9%, Delhi's covid-19 recovery rate is best in India

Sixteen states and UTs, including Delhi, Gujarat Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, have a covid-19 recovery rate higher than the national average of 64.44%, the Union health ministry said as India's case count rose to 15,83,792 and the death toll touched 34,968.

With 32,553 patients discharged in the last 24 hours, total recoveries have jumped to 10,20,582. The recovery rate today stands at 64.44% while the gap between recovered patients and active cases stands at 4,92,340.

31 Jul 2020, 08:52:25 AM IST

Tata Capital Growth to invest ₹225 crore in Biocon Biologics for 0.85% stake

Tata Capital Growth Fund will invest around $30 million ( 225 Crore) in Biocon Biologics for an equity stake of 0.85%, valuing the entity at $3.5 billion, parent Biocon Ltd said in a notification to the exchanges.

The transaction is subject to standard condition precedents and approvals. After the completion of this transaction, Biocon will hold 95.25% stake in Biocon Biologics.

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31 Jul 2020, 08:48:22 AM IST

Oil prices higher in Asian deals

Oil prices rose on Friday, recovering from the previous session's three-week lows hit by a record decline in US growth as the coronavirus ravaged the world's biggest economy and oil consumer, Reuters reported.

Brent crude was up by 40 cents, or 0.9%, at $43.34 a barrel. On Thursday, Brent closed down 1.9% but had recovered much of the ground lost from the lowest level since July 10.

U.S. crude gained 35 cents, or 0.9%, to $40.27 after dropping 3.3% the previous session, again recovering from lows not seen since July 10.

31 Jul 2020, 08:46:13 AM IST

SBI expected to report a net profit of ₹3,375 crore for June quarter

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31 Jul 2020, 08:43:47 AM IST

RIL beats estimates as Q1 net profit rises 31% on one-time gain

Reliance Industries (RIL), country's largest listed company by market capitalisation, on Thursday reported a consolidated net profit of 13,248 crore for the April-June quarter, aided by exceptional income of 4,966 crore. Net profit was up 31% year-on-year.

Revenue from operations for the quarter came in at 88,253 crore.

According to a Bloomberg survey of 10 brokers, net profit was seen at 7,119 crore while net sales were projected at 1 trillion, according to an estimate of 11 analysts.

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31 Jul 2020, 08:16:15 AM IST

Stocks to Watch

In today's trade, shares of RIL, Bharti Airtel, HDFC, Adani Power, Torrent Pharma will be in focus.

State Bank of India, Tata Motors, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Indian Oil Corporation, among others, will announce their June quarter earnings today.

31 Jul 2020, 08:07:53 AM IST

SGX Nifty futures marginally higher

SGX Nifty futures traded 0.38% higher at 11,126.50, indicating a flat to positive start for domestic benchmark indices.

On Thursday, domestic benchmark indices erased opening gains to close lower for the second straight day, down nearly 1% each, dragged down by banks and financial stocks.

The Sensex ended 335 points lower at 37,736 while the Nifty lost 101 points to settle at 11,102.

31 Jul 2020, 08:05:08 AM IST

Asian equities under pressure following mixed session on Wall Street

Tokyo stocks opened lower on Friday as a higher yen against the dollar and mixed US stocks weighed on the market.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was down 0.2% at 22,295.05 in early trade, while the broader Topix index slipped 0.40% or 6.11 points to 1,533.36.

South Korea’s Kospi index fell 0.3%, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index declined 1.6%. Hong Kong shares were slightly higher.

31 Jul 2020, 08:00:00 AM IST

US equities slip but gains in tech stocks arrest losses: Agencies

Most US stocks stumbled Thursday, but yet another rise for big technology stocks helped keep the market’s losses in check.

The S&P 500 dropped 12.22 points, or 0.4%, to 3,246.22, with nearly three out of four stocks in the index falling.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 225.92 points, or 0.9%, to 26,313.65. Earlier in the morning, though, the market had seemed set for a much steeper fall. The Dow was down as many as 547 points, while the S&P 500 tumbled 1.7% within the first hour of trading.

Stronger-than-expected profit reports from UPS and other companies helped the market trim its losses through the day. So did steadying prices for Amazon and other big tech-oriented stocks, which reported their own results after the day’s trading ended. Anticipation for their reports, which proved to be even better than Wall Street expected, helped the Nasdaq composite completely erase its early loss and climb 44.87, or 0.4%, to end the day at 10,587.81.

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