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Indian share markets witnessed volatile trading activity throughout the day today and ended lower.

Benchmark indices extended losses in the second half, dragged by the bank, pharma, and metal stocks. 

RBI’s statement that equity market valuations is stretched added to the pressure.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood lower by 396 points (down 0.7%).

Meanwhile, the NSE Nifty closed lower by 110 points (down 0.6%).

Maruti Suzuki and Mahindra & Mahindra were among the top gainers today.

Shree Cement and Reliance Industries, on the other hand, were among the top losers today.

The SGX Nifty was trading at 17,998, down by 143 points, at the time of writing.

The BSE MidCap index ended down by 0.2%, while the BSE SmallCap index ended up by 0.2%.

Sectoral indices ended on a mixed note with stocks in the energy sector and oil & gas sector witnessing most of the selling pressure.

Auto stocks, on the other hand, witnessed buying interest.

Shares of eClerx Services and Finolex Cables hit their respective 52-week highs today.

Asian stock markets ended on a mixed note today.

The Hang Seng ended up by 1.3%, while the Shanghai Composite ended down by 0.3%. The Nikkei ended up by 0.1% in today’s session.

US stock futures are trading flat today with the Dow Futures trading down by 3 points.

The rupee is trading at 74.37 against the US$.

Gold prices for the latest contract on MCX are trading up by 0.5% at 49,530 per 10 grams.

In news from the realty sector, Macrotech Developers was among the top buzzing stocks today.

Shares of Mumbai-based real estate developer Macrotech Developers rose as much as 13.7% to hit record high of 1,459 after the company informed stock exchanges that its board of directors will meet on 18 November 2021 to consider fund raising by allotting equity shares to qualified institutional buyers. 

Meanwhile, according to a Reuters report, the company has raised 40.3 billion by issuing 34 million shares via a qualified institutional placement (QIP).

Macrotech approved opening of the QIP and set a floor price for the issue at 1,184.7 per share, a 7.8% discount to its closing price on 15 November.

A QIP helps publicly-listed companies raise capital from domestic markets without the usual standard regulatory compliance and allows only institutional investors to take part in the offer.

Macrotech, formerly known as Lodha Developers, had also said it may offer an additional 5% discount on the floor price.

The company, which has most of its residential projects concentrated in the country's financial capital of Mumbai, had seen a tepid market debut on Indian exchanges in April earlier this year.

Macrotech Developers share price ended the day up by 9.7% on the BSE.

Moving on to news from the paints sector…

Asian Paints hikes prices

Asian Paints has hiked its prices by 4-5% yet again after taking a price increase of 7-10% in November.

According to a report, the company has increased the price by 10% from December but due to various schemes, the effective rise would be only 4-5%.

Paint companies such as Asian Paints, and Berger Paints India had increased prices in high single-digits in November, in their highest-ever increase to offset the impact of rising inputs costs on account sky-high inflation.

In the second quarter of the financial year 2022, Asian Paints had a 34% volume growth on a base of 11% but earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (ebitda) and gross margins dipped 900-1,000 basis points each. Asian Paints’ profitability had been significantly impacted by the steep material inflation leading to PBT (profit before tax) loss, according to chief executive officer and managing director Amit Syngle.

While addressing investors after reporting the second-quarter results earlier this month, Syngle had said that steep inflation seen in raw material prices, since the beginning of this calendar year, has been phenomenal and has impacted gross margins across all businesses in the quarter.

Asian Paints share price ended the day down by 0.6% on the BSE.

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