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Market Closing: IT stocks lift indices to record highs; Sensex zooms 847 points; Nifty near 21,900; Infy jumps 8%

Market Closing: Benchmark indices hit record highs on Friday with Sensex surging 847 points and Nifty ending near 21,900 as IT stocks touched new peaks after analysts said the worst is probably behind for the sector

Sensex Today | Share Market Live Updates. Markets will focus on the earnings of major companies and CPI data today. (Image: Pixabay).

Market Closing: Key share indices hit record highs on Friday with Sensex surging 847 points and Nifty ending near 21,900 as IT stocks touched new peaks after analysts said the worst is likely behind for the sector. Nifty IT zoomed 5% with Infosys gaining 8%, and Wipro, HCL Tech and TCS surging 4%. The Indian rupee rose 9 paise to settle at 82.92 against US dollar. The Street now awaits key earnings and macroeconomic data like IIP and CPI today.

Asian markets ended mixed with the Nikkei 225 Stock Average completing the biggest weekly gain since March 2022. Hong Kong and Shanghai fell as data showed Chinese exports declined for the first time in seven years. European stocks were higher as traders stuck to their expectations for US interest-rate cuts this year. 

The US consumer price index rose 0.3% last month after nudging up 0.1% in November, while jobless claim applications fell to 202,000 for the week ended 6 January, down by 1,000 from the previous week.

12 Jan 2024, 03:32 PM IST Market Closing: Indices at record high: Sensex zooms 847 points; Nifty near 21,900; Infy jumps 8%

Key share indices hit record highs on Friday gaining more than 1% as IT stocks touched new peaks after analysts said the worst is likely behind for the sector. Sensex soared 847.27 points to close at 72,568.45, while Nifty surged 247.35 points to settle at 21,894.55.

Nifty IT zoomed 5% with Infosys gaining 8%, and Wipro, HCL Tech and TCS surging 4% each. Besides IT, banks, realy and oil & gas sectors also saw robust gains. Broader market indices also closed with decent gains mirroring gains in the benchmarks. The Indian rupee rose 9 paise to settle at 82.92 against US dollar.

12 Jan 2024, 03:23 PM IST Sensex Today Live: Reliance launches entry-level recruitment drive for engineer graduates across business verticals

12 Jan 2024, 03:16 PM IST Sensex Today Live: HDFC Life net profit up 16% YoY in December quarter at ₹367; net income at ₹365 crore

12 Jan 2024, 03:06 PM IST Sensex Today Live: SBI launches green rupee term-deposit scheme to mobile funds for climate-friendly projects

The bank said the scheme is open to all individuals including non-resident Indians and offers investors the flexibility to choose from three distinct tenors: 1,111 days, 1,777 days, and 2,222 days.

12 Jan 2024, 02:53 PM IST Sensex Today Live: Asian markets end mixed; Europe gains amid expectations for US interest-rate cuts this year

Asian markets were mixed with the Nikkei 225 Stock Average completing the biggest weekly gain since March 2022, of more than 6%. Hong Kong and Shanghai fell as data showed Chinese exports fell for the first time in seven years.

European stocks were higher as traders stuck to their expectations for US interest-rate cuts this year. The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.9%.

12 Jan 2024, 02:42 PM IST Sensex Today Live: India's JSW proposes to top Adani's bid for coal-power plant: Reuters

The tussle for the 1,980-megawatt plant in central India, ensnared in insolvency proceedings, comes after the power minister called last November for more private investment to meet a dramatic rise in electricity demand. (Reuters)

12 Jan 2024, 02:30 PM IST Sensex Today Live: Infosys Q3 earnings: Make hay while the sun shines

The Infosys stock trades at FY25 price-to-earnings multiple of around 23 times, according to analysts estimates. While Infosys' fundamentals are robust, its valuation seems expensive unless more clarity emerges on sector's revenue recovery path. (Full report)

12 Jan 2024, 02:17 PM IST Sensex Today Live: Godrej Consumer Products says Argentine Peso devaluation to have negative mid-single digit impact on sales

12 Jan 2024, 02:05 PM IST Sensex Today Live: Markets at 2 pm: Indices at record high; Sensex soars 850 points; Nifty at 21,890; Infy jumps 7.5%; Tech Mahindra, Wipro, TCS gain around 4% each

12 Jan 2024, 01:55 PM IST Nifty Today Live: Japan regulator orders SBI to halt part of IPO business for price manipulation: Reuters 

Japan's financial regulator on Friday ordered SBI Securities to halt part of its business related to initial public offerings (IPOs) for a week through Jan. 18 as a penalty for having manipulated clients' post-IPO share prices.(Reuters)

12 Jan 2024, 01:38 PM IST Nifty Today Live:  Passenger vehicle wholesales rise 4% to 2,86,390 units in December: Siam

Domestic passenger vehicle wholesales grew 4% to 2,86,390 units last month, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers said on Friday.

Dispatches of passenger vehicles (PVs) from manufacturers to dealers were 2,75,352 units, while two-wheeler domestic wholesales stood at 12,11,966 units, a growth of 16%. (PTI)

12 Jan 2024, 01:25 PM IST Nifty Today Live: PSU bank index jumps 2.8%; Bank of India, Union Bank gain around 6%

12 Jan 2024, 01:11 PM IST Nifty Today Live: Markets at 1: Nifty surges to fresh record high of 21,850, Sensex zooms 700 points led by IT pack

12 Jan 2024, 12:57 PM IST Nifty Today Live: Gold gains as Middle East tensions lift safe-haven appeal

Gold prices rose on Friday as the strike on Houthi rebels by the US and its allies have added to fears of further escalation in the Middle East conflict, pushing up the bullion's safe-haven appeal.

Spot gold was up 0.3% at $2,034.84 per ounce. US gold futures rose 1% to $2,039.10.

12 Jan 2024, 12:46 PM IST Sensex Today Live: Infosys biggest contributor to the 650 points rally on the index; TCS, ICICI Bank are other major contributors 

12 Jan 2024, 12:32 PM IST Nifty Today Live: Vedanta cut to selective default by S&P after debt extension: Bloomberg

Vedanta Resources has been downgraded to selective default by S&P Global Ratings after the miner concluded a deal with creditors to extend the maturities of its three-dollar bonds.

“We regard the transaction as distressed under our criteria," the ratings agency said in a statement on Friday. The company also “lowered the issue ratings on the company’s bonds due January 2024, August 2024, and March 2025 to ‘D’ from ‘CC’." (Bloomberg)

12 Jan 2024, 12:20 PM IST Nifty Today Live: Oil climbs as US and allies launch strike on Houthis in Red Sea

Oil jumped as the US and allies launched airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen, stepping up retaliation for attacks on ships in the Red Sea. Global benchmark Brent crude rose as much 2.5% to above $79 a barrel

12 Jan 2024, 12:05 PM IST Nifty Today Live: Noon Update: Nifty up 0.8% at fresh record high; broader indices also gain in line with benchmarks

12 Jan 2024, 11:51 AM IST Sensex Today Live: HG Infra surges 3.8% as company seen winning project worth ₹716 crore

The company has been declared L-1 bidder for a project worth 716 crore by Central Railway on engineering, procurement, and construction basis.

12 Jan 2024, 11:39 AM IST Sensex Today Live: IKIO Lighting gains over 3%; Anand Rathi initiates coverage with a ‘buy’

Brokerage firm Anand Rathi initiated coverage on IKIO Lighting with a ‘Buy’ rating on the stock by assigning 36x of FY25E earnings with a target price of 390 per share, implying an upside of more than 22% from Thursday’s closing price for a time horizon of 12 months.

12 Jan 2024, 11:25 AM IST Sensex Today Live: TCS shares jump 4% post better-than-expected Q3 earnings 

Avinash Gorakshkar, head of research at Profitmart Securities said, “TCS has reported better-than-expected Q3 results. The company has reported profit while the market was expecting muted numbers. The company's margins and revenue have also improved as it has got forex benefits. But, the single quarter results won't be enough for the re-rating of the stock. So, one needs to remain vigilant about the company's business in North America and the UK in upcoming quarters."

12 Jan 2024, 11:11 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Nifty hits fresh record high, up 0.8% at 21820 as IT stocks zoom  

12 Jan 2024, 10:55 AM IST Sensex Today Live: BSE Midcap and smallcap gain in line with broader indices 

12 Jan 2024, 10:42 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Sensex jumps 600 points to 72,331; Infosys soars 7%

12 Jan 2024, 10:24 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Bitcoin at $46,050 in morning trade, down 0.91% over 24 hours despite US ETF push

12 Jan 2024, 10:07 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Gaurav Jani - Research Analyst, Prabhudas Lilladher HDFC Asset Management Q3 earnings

We upgrade core earnings for by 10.5%/15.1% led by strong equity MAAuM growth in FY24 YTD (+46% for HDFC AMC vs +37% for industry). The company saw a good quarter yet again. QAAuM was a bit lower; revenue was in-line suggesting tad better realization at 48.7bps (49bps in Q2’24). Change in TER slabs for 61% of active equity was offset by increase in equity mix by 2.9% QoQ and fall in debt/liquid, protecting blended yields. Equity performance within 1-yr and 3-yr buckets remains best-in-class which has resulted in strong net flows’ market share of 23% over Apr-Nov’23 (vs 8.6% in FY23). Hence equity market share at 12.6% further expanded (+26bps QoQ). Over FY23-26E we see core PAT CAGR of 18.0% (earlier 12.5%). Stock is trading at 34.4x; rolling forward to FY26E core EPS we raise multiple to 39x from 35x (5yr avg. of 40x) since HDFC AMC should continue to deliver better than industry equity returns. Our TP rises to Rs3,900 from Rs3,000. Retain BUY.

§ Healthy equity growth drives better revenue: QAAuM was a tad lower at Rs5514bn (PLe Rs5538bn) growing by 5.1% QoQ; equity QAAuM grew by 10.5% QoQ. Revenue was exactly in-line at Rs6.71bn led by increasing equity share. Hence annualised yields were slightly ahead at 48.7bps (PLe 48.5bps). Opex was largely as expected at Rs1.76bn (PLe Rs1.79bn). ESOP cost was Rs130mn for Q3’24. Led by strong revenue, core income was higher at Rs4.96bn (+0.8% ahead of PLe) resulting in operating yields at 36bps (35.6bps last qtr). Other income was ahead at Rs1.4bn (PLe Rs1.1bn). Tax rate was a bit lower at 23.3% compared to 25.7% last quarter due to increase in DTA led by certain investments transitioning from short-term to long-term. Hence core PAT yields were a shade better and inched up to 27.6bps from 26.4bps QoQ. PAT was 4.0% ahead of PLe at Rs3.81bn due to higher other income.

§ Equity share continues to improve protecting yields: During Q3FY24, due to strong equity market growth, 61% of equity AuM (incl. balanced) saw a change in its TER threshold causing tailwinds to yields. However, this was offset by increase in (1) Equity mix (incl. balanced) QoQ from 55.1% to 57.9% (2) fall in debt/liquid share by 1.5%/1.7% to 23.3%/11.3% respectively, protecting blended yields. Driven by superior equity performance leading to market share gains in net equity flows, market share in equity+bal QAAuM has been enhancing post Q1FY23; it improved QoQ by 26bps to 12.6%. As of Dec’23, basis weighted average equity performance, HDFC AMC remains the top performing fund (rank 1) in the 1-yr and 3-yr bucket.

§ Retail contribution increasing; 24 branches added in Jan’24: Retail AuM (stickier) is enhancing; in Nov’23 individual MAAuM accounted for 70% of total, compared to 59% for the industry. Over the last 1-yr the market share in unique investors has enhanced from 17% to 21% while incremental market share in a quarter was strong at 50%. Yields as at Dec’23 end were: equity-63bps and debt at 28-29bps. On opex, 24 branches were in Jan’24 of which 22 were opened in B-30. Hence, as per the company, additional cost in Q4’24 may not be material. On staff cost, management had hinted last quarter that annual increase in employee cost could range between 10-12%.

Rating: BUY | CMP: Rs3,501 | TP: Rs3,900

12 Jan 2024, 09:58 AM IST Sensex Today Live: HCL Tech at 52-week high ahead of Q3 earnings

The company is likely to report a 6.3% growth in net profit to 4,063 crore, driven by robust revenue expansion and a 5.47% sequential uptick in EBIT to 5,204 crore, During the second quarter, HCL recorded profit at 3,832 crore, and revenue from operations at 26,672 crore.

12 Jan 2024, 09:47 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Polycab shares gain 3% after falling 28% in last 5 sessions

Polycab was in the spotlight over the last few sessions amid reports of tax evasion allegations against the company. Amid this backdrop, the company shares tumbled from 5,404 apiece to 3,878.45 apiece. Polycab later clarified it has not received any written communication from the IT department regarding the outcome of the December raids and that there is no material adverse impact on the financial position of the company.

12 Jan 2024, 09:34 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Infosys share jumps 6%, top gainer indices, on better-than-expected Q3 results

Infosys share price rallied over 6% in early trade on Friday after the IT services major reported better-than-expected earnings for the third quarter of FY24, despite a fall in revenue and net profit.

12 Jan 2024, 09:24 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Nifty IT zoomed 3% with Infy gaining 5%, and TCS surging 3%

12 Jan 2024, 09:20 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Sensex gains 350 points, Nifty above 21,700; Infy gains 5%, TCS surges 3%

12 Jan 2024, 09:16 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Sensex, Nifty open higher; Infy, TCS in focus

12 Jan 2024, 09:10 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Rupee opens at 83.08 per US dollar against Thursday’s close of 83.03

12 Jan 2024, 09:04 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Sensex, Nifty up in pre-opening trade; Infy, TCS in focus

At 0902 am, Sensex was up 300 points at 72,020.31. TCS, Infosys, M&M Ultratech Cement, LIC, HG Infra will be in focys today.

12 Jan 2024, 08:58 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Stocks to Watch: TCS, Infosys, M&M Ultratech Cement, LIC, HG Infra

TCS, Infosys, M&M, Wipro, HCL Tech, Ultratech Cement, LIC, HG Infra are some of the stocks to watch today. 

HCL Technologies, Wipro, HDFC Life Insurance Company, Tata Metaliks, Anand Rathi Wealth, Artson Engineering, Bharat Bijlee, Aditya Birla Money, Den Networks, Just Dial, Harshil Agrotech, Hathway Bhawani Cabletel & Datacom, Hi-Tech Pipes, JTL Industries, will announce their quarterly earnings on Friday.

12 Jan 2024, 08:53 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Sanctions cloud: SBI avoids Russia oil bills

State Bank of India (SBI) has long avoided payment transactions for Russian oil bought by state-run refiners to avert US sanctions that came into force on 5 December 2022, two people aware of the matter said.

SBI, India’s largest lender, is the authorized dealer bank for foreign transactions of state-run refiners. The sanctions of the US treasury department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on maritime transportation of the Russian Federation-origin oil took effect on 5 December 2022, and for seaborne transportation of petroleum products on 5 February 2023.

12 Jan 2024, 08:40 AM IST Sensex Today Live: TCS edges past Infosys in slow December quarter

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Ltd grew faster than its closest rival Infosys Ltd in the December quarter and beat profit estimates, even as both IT industry heavyweights remain at risk of clocking some of their weakest growth numbers in 2023-24.

At least a third of TCS’s incremental growth in the third quarter was driven by the large contract it secured from state-owned telecom firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL). Excluding that, its performance was only a tad better than that of Infosys, which posted a third straight quarter of muted performance with both revenue and profit falling short of Street expectations.(read more)

12 Jan 2024, 08:27 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Net direct tax receipts rise 19.4% to ₹14.7 trillion

The Central government’s net direct tax receipts after refunds rose 19.4% year-on-year to 14.7 trillion this fiscal till 10 December 2023, showing strong tax buoyancy.

Net direct tax receipts so far this year make up 80.61% of the budget estimates for direct taxes for the current fiscal.

The Centre had a direct tax collection target of 18.2 trillion this financial year, expecting to collect 10.5% more than the year before. 

12 Jan 2024, 08:14 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Crude oil prices surge as US and allies launch strikes on Houthi rebels

Oil prices rose as the US and its allies launched airstrikes against Houthi rebel targets in Yemen, stepping up retaliation for attacks on ships in the Red Sea. While Brent rose as much 2% to near $79 a barrel, West Texas Intermediate was close to $74.

12 Jan 2024, 08:01 AM IST Sensex Today Live: US inflation climbs, jobless claims lower than forecast

US consumer prices increased more than expected in December. The consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.3% last month after nudging up 0.1% in November, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Thursday. In the 12 months through December, the CPI rose 3.4%.

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level in nearly three months last week. Jobless claim applications fell to 202,000 for the week ended 6 January, down by 1,000 from the previous week, the Labor Department reported.

12 Jan 2024, 07:50 AM IST Sensex Today Live: China consumer prices drop for third month on weak demand

China’s consumer prices fell for a third straight month in December, a sign of weak domestic demand that’s leading economists to call for more stimulus. The country’s consumer price index fell 0.3%. The producer price index, which measures factory-gate prices, fell 2.7% on-year. (Bloomberg)

12 Jan 2024, 07:38 AM IST Sensex Today Live: Asian markets mixed; Wall Street ends muted 

Equity markets in Asia were mixed Friday as traders digested conflicting signals in US inflation data. Japanese stocks opened higher on Friday, extending gains from the previous day's session. Australian shares and Hong Kong equity futures fell. US futures were little changed after the S&P 500 ended Thursday flat. The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 closed 0.2% higher overnight.

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