Meanwhile, positive trend was seen in Asian markets as global investors gave a guarded reception to Republican plans for massive US tax cuts, while welcoming the appointment of a centrist at the helm of the Federal Reserve.
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3:49 PMMarket rundown by Mr. Anand James, Chief Market Strategist of Geojit Financial Services“Resurgence in banks continued edging indices higher, even as new Fed chair stoked optimism that on – going FII buying in equities could continue. Market breadth was, however, relatively flat, as investors searched for more domestic cues, and could look for clues from pre – budget talks. “
Top Sectoral loser: Nifty PharmaSource: NSE
Nifty Chart for the daySource: NSE
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Nifty PSU Bank index extends gainsSource: NSE
Top Sensex gainers and losersSource: BSE
In broader markets, the BSE Midcap index fell 0.07% while BSE Smallcap index gained 0.5%
03:36 PMMarkets at close
Benchmark indices ended at record highs on Friday as Public sector banks continued their rally. The indices hit fresh highs at intra-day deals too with Nifty50 climbing to 10,461 and Sensex touching 33,726 levels.The S&P BSE index settled at 33,685, up 112 points while the Nifty50 index ended at 10,452, up 28 point.
03:16 PMReliance Nippon AMC to make stock market debut on Nov 6Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management (RNAM), which successfully concluded its initial public offer (IPO) last week, will make its stock market debut on Monday.The company’s IPO was oversubscribed 81.54 times during October 25-27, data available with the NSE showed.The Rs 1,540-crore offering saw healthy demand in all three investor categories.
03:00 PMTata Power Q2 profit falls 44% at Rs 269 cr on lower incomeTata Power Co Ltd reported an about 44 per cent slump in quarterly profit, hurt by lower income from its power generation business, missing analysts’ forecasts.Profit came in at Rs 269 crore ($41.63 million) in the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with a profit of Rs 476 crore a year earlier, the company said on Friday.
02:48 PMAmtek Auto zooms 20% as Bharat Forge participates in acquisition processShares of Amtek Group companies – Amtek Auto, Metalyst Forgings and Castex Technologies – have locked in their respective upper limit of circuit breaker on the BSE after Bharat Forge said that it has participated in the process of acquiring Amtek Auto.
Index Current Pt. Change % Change S&P BSE SENSEX 33,651.09 +77.87 +0.23 S&P BSE SENSEX 50 10,854.35 +24.03 +0.22 S&P BSE SENSEX Next 50 36,261.35 -18.66 -0.05 S&P BSE 100 10,895.20 +19.22 +0.18 S&P BSE Bharat 22 Index 3,808.41 +3.07 +0.08
02:15 PMPunjab National Bank up 8% as Q2 profit beats estimatesPunjab National Bank (PNB) moved higher by 8% to Rs 212 on the BSE in noon deals after the bank reported a better than expected net profit at Rs 561 crore in September quarter (Q2FY18). Analysts on an average expected profit of Rs 298 crore for the quarter. The state-owned bank had profit of Rs 549 crore in a year ago quarter.The assets quality of the bank improved sequentially as well as yearly with gross NPAs as a percentage of advances stood at 12.31% and net NPAs at 8.44 per cent as of end-September 2017. The gross NPAs and net NPAs were at 13.66% and 8.67%, respectively, in Q1FY18. It was 13.63% and 9.10%, respectively, in Q2FY17.02:03 PMUjjivan Financial surges 10% post September quarter resultsUjjivan Financial Services soared 10% to Rs 377 on the BSE in intra-day trade after the company announced that its consolidated net loss declined to Rs 11.95 crore in September quarter (Q2FY18) from Rs 74.94 crore in June quarter (Q1FY18).“The net loss during the quarter declined on account of moderate growth in revenue and consequently higher net interest income (interest earned minus interest expended) and lower credit costs in Q2FY18,” Ujjivan Financial Services said in a statement.
01:46 PMSAIL nears 5-year high on expectation of good Q2 results; up 60% in 1-monthSteel Authority of India (SAIL) surged 7% to Rs 85.70 in intra-day trade, extending its 36% rally of the past two weeks on the BSE, ahead of its September (Q2FY18) results next week. The stock was trading at its highest level since December 4, 2014.In the past one month, the stock has outperformed the market by surging 60% as compared to just 7% rise in the S&P BSE Sensex.
01:25 PMPunjab National Bank Q2 profit up 2%, beats estimatesIndia’s state-run Punjab National Bank, the country’s fourth-biggest lender by assets, reported a 2 per cent rise in second-quarter profit, beating forecasts.Net profit rose to Rs 561 crore for the quarter ended September 30 from Rs 549 crore a year earlier, the state-run bank said on Friday.
01:11 PMTorrent to buy Unichem’s domestic biz for Rs 3,500 crAhmedabad-headquartered pharmaceutical giant Torrent Pharmaceuticals is likely to announce the acquisition of Unichem Laboratories’ domestic business for a consideration of about Rs 3,500 crore after market hours on Friday.
Index Current Pt. Change % Change S&P BSE SENSEX 33,633.61 +60.39 +0.18 S&P BSE SENSEX 50 10,849.42 +19.10 +0.18 S&P BSE SENSEX Next 50 36,358.61 +78.60 +0.22 S&P BSE 100 10,895.99 +20.01 +0.18 S&P BSE Bharat 22 Index 3,822.52 +17.18 +0.45
12:28 PMPMI Services activity grows for 2nd straight month in OctoberServices sector activity in India expanded for the second consecutive month in October, driven up by rising new orders — the fastest pace since June — amid positive demand conditions, says a monthly survey.
12:14 PMBitcoin is very definition of a bubble: Credit Suisse CEOThe speculation around bitcoin is the “very definition of a bubble,” Credit Suisse Group AG Chief Executive Officer Tidjane Thiam said as the currency exceeded $7,000 for the first time.
11:56 AMBuzzing stocksShares of cable service providers such as Hathway Cable & Datacom Limited (Hathway), Den Networks, Siti Networks and Dish TV India rallied by up to 20% after Hathway reported good set of numbers for the quarter ending September 2017 (Q2FY18).
11:36 AMAbout Trump’s ‘safe’ choice Jerome Powell and US FedMarkets breathed a sigh of relief after President Donald Trump named Jerome Powell his pick to be the next chair of the Federal Reserve. If confirmed, Powell – considered a “safe” choice – would take over from current Chair Janet Yellen in February, becoming one of the world’s most powerful people. So what’s the big deal? Economist Greg Wright explains why who leads the US central bank matters to us all.
11:15 AMInfy, TCS, Cognizant are downsizingIndia’s information technology (IT) industry could significantly fall short of its targeted generation of 130,000-150,000 new jobs this year as large companies such as Cognizant, Infosys, and Tech Mahindra (TechM) shed people to embrace automation and focus on productivity of the workforce.
At 11:00 am, the S&P BSE Sensex was trading at 33,647, up 74 points, while the broader Nifty50 was ruling at 10,444, up 20 points.
Bharti Airtel top gainer
Bharti Airtel was up 4% to Rs 565 on the BSE in early morning trade after about 185 million equity shares of the company exchanged hands on the counter.
10:21 AMHEG hits new high on stellar Q2 performanceHEG was locked in upper circuit of 5% at Rs 1,841, also its new high on the BSE, after the company reported stellar performance in September 2017 (Q2FY18) with net profit Rs 114 crore. The company, a leading graphite electrode manufacturer in India, had recorded a net loss of Rs 14 crore in a year ago quarter. It had posted loss of Rs 50 crore in the entire previous financial year 2016-17.
10:10 AMEdelweiss Securities on HindalcoWe are upbeat on sustained high spreads and EBITDA margin in excess of 10%. We see Novelis generating quarterly EBITDA of $270-300 mn through to FY19E on improved demand outlook and ongoing cost efficiencies. This would not only aid healthy free cash generation of $400-450 mn per year, but also accelerate deleveraging. Maintain ‘BUY/SO’ with a TP of Rs 325, implying ~7.0x FY19E EBITDA.
Shriram City Union Finance shed over 3% to Rs2,245 after the company posted a decline of 3% in its net profit at Rs 198.30 crore for second quarter ended September of this fiscal. The company’s net profit stood at Rs 204.49 crore in the July-September quarter of the previous fiscal.
Sectoral trend: All sectoroal indices were trading in greenSource: NSE
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