Sensex tumbles 792 points on Friday; RBI holds rates; rupee hits 74.22/$


Markets ended lower on Friday after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) sprung a surprise and kept the repo rate unchanged at 6.50 per cent. Most experts had expected the central bank to hike rates by 25 bps.

The S&P BSE Sensex lost 792 points, or 2.25 per cent, to settle at 34,377 while the broader NSE’s Nifty50 index dropped 283 points, or 2.7 per cent, to close at 10,316. Among specific stocks, shares of oil marketing companies such as HPCL, BPCL and IOCL hit 52-week lows after the government announced that it will cut excise duties on petrol and diesel prices and OMCs will absorb Re 1 per litre.

Heavy losses were also visible in banking stocks with the Nifty Bank index slipping 1.5 per cent. YES Bank, State Bank of India (SBI), Bank of Baroda (BoB), IDFC Bank and ICICI Bank lost up to 5.1 per cent.

Earlier, the monetary policy committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank on Friday kept the repo rate unchanged at 6.50 per cent in its fourth bi-monthly monetary policy review of 2018-19. The central bank changed the policy stance to ‘Calibrated tightening’ from ‘Neutral’. Calibrated tightening means rate will be maintained or hiked in this cycle.

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Indices end lower, Nifty settles at 10,930; YES Bank falls 9%


The benchmark indices ended marginally lower on Friday, weighed down by automobile and information (IT) stocks. The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 36,227, down 97 points, while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 10,930, down 47 points.

In sectoral indices, the Nifty IT index settled 1.1 per cent lower due to a fall in the shares of Infibeam Avenues which crashed 71 per cent to end at Rs 57.90. The Nifty Auto Index, too, fell 2.3 per cent driven by fall in Hero MotoCorp, Apollo Tyres and Mahindra & Mahindra.

Among individual stocks, YES Bank stock fell 9.5 per cent to Rs 183.90 on the BSE. The stock had hit an intraday low of Rs 166.15.

In broader markets, the shares of midcap and smallcap companies continued to remain under pressure on Friday as well, with the S&P BSE Midcap (14,762) and the S&P BSE Smallcap (14,643) indices hitting their respective 52-week lows in intra-day trade on the BSE.

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Sensex tanks 2.5%, down 839 pts, Nifty ends below 10,800 on Budget woes


Benchmark indices tumbled on Friday as the long-term capital gains tax on equities investments dampened sentiment, while bonds slid for a second consecutive session on worries the central bank would become more hawkish on inflation.

The weak sentiment came a day after the government unveiled its budget for the year starting in April that raised spending for rural sectors and healthcare, widening the fiscal deficit target to 3.3% of gross domestic product from the previous 3.0%. The government also unveiled a 10 percent tax on long-term capital gains in equity markets.

Investors worried that higher spending and the government’s move to raise minimum support prices for crops could lead to higher retail prices at a time when consumer price inflation has already hit a 17-month high of 5.21%, well above the Reserve Bank of India’s target of 4%.

BHEL, Bajaj Auto, Bajaj Finance and Tata Power lost the most on both indices, while TCS, Wipro, Tech Mahindra, and HCL Tech were the top gainers.

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Sensex ends on Friday 152 points lower, Nifty below 9,600 as investors book profits


The benchmark indices settled lower on Friday as investors booked profits in financials such as State Bank of India and auto makers such as Maruti Suzuki India. The negative trend in European and Asian markets also impacted the sentiment.

The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 31,138, down 152 points, while the broader Nifty50 settled at 9,574, down 55 points.

In the broader market, the S&P BSE Midcap and the S&P BSE Smallcap indices shed over 1% each.

Market breadth depicted weakness. There were more than three losers against every gainer on BSE. 1,936 shares fell and 683 shares rose. A total of 137 shares were unchanged.

For the week, both the indices logged small weekly gains on hopes the Reserve Bank of India will cut interest rates after minutes from a monetary policy committee meeting earlier this month showed one member acknowledging that inflation had eased.

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Reblog: When to sell a stock


It’s better to sell when there is a deterioration in business fundamentals. Here are four triggers:

Most investment writing revolves around telling investors what to buy. But selling a stock at the right time is equally important. Many investors base their sell decisions on stock price moves. They book profits if a stock doubles or trebles.

But this can rob your portfolio of potentially big wealth creators in the long run. Instead, it is better to base your sell decision on fundamental changes in the business itself. Here are four sell triggers that work well in India.

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Sensex ends 105 points lower on Friday; Axis Bank slumps 6%


Benchmark indices lost ground in late trades to end lower as investors booked profits after gains in the previous session post the US Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates unchanged.

The S&P BSE Sensex slipped 105 points to close at 28,668 and the Nifty50 settled 36 points lower at 8,832. Among broader markets, BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices ended up 0.1%-0.3% each. Market breadth ended weak with 1496 losers and 1166 gainers on the BSE.

Foreign institutional investors were net buyers in equities worth Rs 337 crore on Thursday, as per provisional stock exchange data.

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Markets keep winning streak intact; ITC, RIL lead


Benchmark indices ended higher, amid choppy trades, after weak US data dimmed prospects of an interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve next week.

Besides, India’s trade deficit declined sharply to 38.1% to $7.67 billion in August 2016 from $12.39 billion in August 2015. Exports fell 0.3% to $21.52 billion in August 2016 over August 2015. Imports fell 14.09% to $29.19 billion in August 2016 over August 2015.
The S&P BSE Sensex rose 186 points to end at 28,599 and the Nifty50 gained 37 points at 8,780. In the broader markets, BSE Midcap index slipped 0.3% whereas the BSE Smallcap index inched up by 0.2%.

Among key stocks, Power Grid, ITC, Maruti Suzuki, Reliance Industries and Adani Ports surged between 1.5%-2.5%.

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With GST soon to become a reality, Nifty ends at 8683 and Sensex at 28078.35


The market has ended on a strong note with the Nifty above 8650. The 50-share index is up 132.05 points or 1.5 percent at 8683.15. The Sensex is up 363.98 points or 1.3 percent at 28078.35.

About 1820 shares have advanced, 915 shares declined, and 171 shares are unchanged. Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto, M&M, Axis Bank and Tata Motors are top gainers while Bharti, Sun Pharma, Infosys, TCS and Wipro are losers in the Sensex.

The domestic stock market rose in line with other Asian markets, which were trading higher after the Bank of England (BoE) lowered policy rate to 0.25 per cent from 0.5 per cent earlier for the first time in seven years and announced big stimulus package to support growth.

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A week of highs which tapered off slightly


After a lot of struggle, the market has ended lower on Friday. The Sensex is down 105.61 points or 0.4 percent at 27836.50, and the Nifty fell 23.60 points or 0.3 percent at 8541.40. About 1000 shares advanced, 1681 shares declined and 197 shares remained unchanged.

Bharti Airtel, Tata Steel, HDFC twins and Adani Ports were top gainers while Infosys, TCS, Wipro, NTPC and Coal India were top losers in the Sensex.

 

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