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Business News/ Markets / Stock Markets/  Stocks to Watch: Reliance Industries, Shriram Finance, UPL, Vodafone Idea, PB Fintech

Stocks to Watch: Reliance Industries, Shriram Finance, UPL, Vodafone Idea, PB Fintech

Here are a few stocks likely to be in focus on Thursday, February 29:

THE NSE F&O ban list for February 29 include Indus Towers, and SAIL. (Photo: AP)Premium
THE NSE F&O ban list for February 29 include Indus Towers, and SAIL. (Photo: AP)

Reliance Industries: On February 28, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), led by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, and global media giant Walt Disney, announced their decision to merge their media operations in India. This merger will create a media powerhouse valued at 70,352 crore. As part of this agreement, Viacom18’s media business will be integrated into Star India through a court-approved arrangement, the conglomerate said in an exchange filing. After completion of this deal, Reliance will hold a 16.34% stake in the joint venture, Viacom 46.82%, and Disney will hold 36.84%. Nita Mukesh Ambani will be the chairperson of the JV, with Uday Shankar as vice-chairperson.

Shriram Finance, UPL, Jio Financial Services: The National Stock Exchange has announced that Shriram Finance will join the Nifty 50, replacing UPL, effective from March 28, 2024. Jio Financial Services will also be added to the Nifty Next 50. Analysts anticipate an inflow of $217 million to Shriram and an outflow of $114 million from UPL as a result of the reshuffling in Nifty 50. Along with Jio Financial Services, Adani Power, Indian Railway Finance Corporation, Power Finance Corporation, and REC will also be included in the Nifty Next 50.

Vodafone Idea: The company is considering raising a portion of the 20,000 crore through a public sale of new equity shares. The rest of the funds may be contributed by the promoter, Aditya Birla Group, which would receive preference shares in return, according to insiders familiar with the telecom company's fundraising efforts, reported CNBC-TV18. On February 28, Vodafone Idea's shares dropped over 11% drop, following the company board's approval of the fundraising proposal the previous day.

ICICI Securities: On Wednesday, February 28, brokerage firm ICICI Securities announced that Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has issued an administrative warning to the company concerning its merchant banking operations, in an exchange filing. The company clarified that this warning does not have an immediate effect on its financial or operational activities. ICICI Securities has affirmed its commitment to continue its operations in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.

Yes Bank, Paytm: Prashant Kumar, Managing Director and CEO of Yes Bank, has expressed the bank’s interest in acquiring the merchants that have been secured by Paytm Payments Bank (PPBL). However, he emphasized that this would necessitate the completion of a KYC (Know Your Customer) compliance check and due diligence, as it aligns with the bank’s business strategy. Kumar highlighted the significant customer base of Paytm within the merchant sector, stating that this presents a lucrative opportunity for Yes Bank.

Vedanta: The mining conglomerate is setting its sights on achieving pre-tax profits of $6 billion in the upcoming fiscal year, with plans to increase it to $7-7.5 billion in the subsequent year. This growth is expected to be fueled by operational efficiencies across their businesses. “The foundations for EBITDA growth are already established and largely within our control. The surge will be propelled by continuous cost reduction, price hikes, and volume escalation," said Ajay Goel, CFO of Vedanta Limited, at a recent meeting with analysts. The company anticipates an EBITDA of nearly $5 billion in FY24. However, after accounting for one-time gains from the Cairn arbitration, the operational EBITDA for FY24 is projected to be $4.4 billion.

PB Fintech: Policybazaar Insurance Brokers, a fully owned subsidiary of PB Fintech, has received a Certificate of Registration from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), authorizing it to operate as a composite insurance broker as of February 28. Consequently, Policybazaar’s classification has been updated from Direct Insurance Broker (Life & General) to Composite Insurance Broker.

Coal India: The government-owned coal mining company has entered into a joint venture agreement with BHEL to venture into the coal-to-chemicals industry. Their initial project involves establishing a plant capable of converting coal to 2,000 TPD of ammonium nitrate, utilizing BHEL’s proprietary PFBG (pressurised fluidised bed gasification) technology. In this partnership, Coal India will possess a 51% stake, while BHEL will own the remaining 49% stake.

Brightcom Group: Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has confirmed its directives for 20 of the 25 entities implicated in the Brightcom Group case. During an investigation into a preferential issue of shares and warrants by Sebi, it was found that some allottees had only made partial payments, as reported by Moneycontrol. Following this, Sebi issued an interim order on August 22, 2023, and a confirmatory order on February 28. Ashwani Bhatia, a Whole-time Member of Sebi, suggested in the order that it should be sent to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for further scrutiny.

Punjab & Sind Bank: On Wednesday, the board of the government-owned bank gave its approval to raise a maximum of 2,000 crore. This fund-raising could be accomplished in one or more installments over the next 12 months through various methods such as a Follow on Public Offer, Rights Issue, Qualified Institutional Placement (QIP), Preferential Issue, or any other combination. In addition, the board has sanctioned the raising of funds through Basel-III compliant Additional Tier-I and Tier-II bonds.

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Pranay Prakash
My experience as a Finance Journalist has involved working as a Web Producer and Sub Editor at a wire agency and business magazine, respectively, where I have curated various domain specific news pages, and later edited long-form, in-depth pieces on everything from India's corporates to the state of the economy, and various sectors. At Mint, I am involved in the editing of market copies and the curation of the live markets blog. Apart from the financial markets, my interest encompass topics related to the economy, the political economy of a growing economy, the space of policy design, and how it affects the wider economy and the decisions of corporates and consumers alike.
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Published: 29 Feb 2024, 07:34 AM IST
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