Markets end flat on Friday. SBI gains over 2% as banking stocks rally


Benchmark indices settled on a flat note tracking mixed cues from global peers after ECB unexpectedly reduced its monthly asset buys but pledged to keep its quantitative easing (QE) program beyond 2017, if needed. Nifty saw the biggest weekly gain since the first week of September and comfortably maintained its crucial 8250 levels in today’s session.

S&P BSE Sensex settled the day 53 points higher at 26,747 while Nifty50 gained 15 points to end at 8,262.  In broader markets, BSE Midcap gained 0.21% while BSE small cap was up 0.52%.

Banking sector gained after RBI reversed its order forcing lenders to surrender all their extra cash and place it under the cash reserve ratio.

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Rupee, IT stocks, global cues take the Sensex 456 points higher on Friday


Snapping previous session’s losses, the benchmark indices on Friday staged a smart recovery led by gains in IT and pharma stocks after the rupee on Thursday hit its all-time low against dollar. Positive global cues as dollar retreated from 14-year high mark also added to the gains.

The S&P BSE Sensex settled the day at 26,316, up 456 points, while the broader Nifty closed at 8,114, up 149 points. In broader markets, BSE Midcap was up 1.3% while smallcap ended 2% higher.

Export-driven businesses like information technology (IT) and pharmaceutical rallied on the index today after rupee touched its record low on Thursday. These stocks earn more revenues on rupee depreciation as every dollar earned through exports means more rupees added to their bottom line.


Sensex ends 248 points lower on weak global cues


Markets on Friday ended lower, amid weak global cues, as investors booked profits after sharp gains in the previous session which lifted the benchmarks to 18-month highs. Further, testing of a nuclear weapon by North Korea also dampened sentiment for riskier assets.

The S&P BSE Sensex ended down by 248 points at 28,797 and the Nifty50 slipped 86 points to settle at 8,867. In the broader markets, BSE Midcap and the Smallcap indices eased between 0.5%-1% each. Market breadth ended weak with 1604 losers and 1146 gainers on the BSE.

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Sensex up 293 pts, Nifty ends at 8672; SBI gains 7%, Sun Pharma up


Banks led the major support with the PSU Bank index surging 6.5 percent. State Bank of India and Bank of India rallied 8-9 percent due to stable asset quality in Q1.

Shares of public sector undertaking (PSU) banks have rallied by up to 11% in intra-day trade after the State Bank of India (SBI) and Bank of India (BOI) reported June quarter results in line with the analyst forecast.
and BOI rallied more than 8% each, while Indian Bank, Punjab National Bank, Union Bank of India, Dena Bank, Canara Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Vijaya Bank, Allahabad Bank, Bank of Baroda and Syndicate Bank were up between 3%-6% on the National Stock Exchange (NSE).

The market has ended on a strong note with support from index heavyweights. The Sensex ended up 292.80 points or 1 percent at 28152.40, and the Nifty was up 80 points or 0.9 percent at 8672.15. About 1246 shares have advanced, 1413 shares declined, and 181 shares are unchanged.

SBI was up 7 percent, Axis Bank, Tata Motors, M&M and HDFC were top gainers while Cipla, Infosys, Sun Pharma, Asian Paints and Lupin were losers.

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