Bulls get stronger: Thursday closing report

Nifty will move between 5,360 and 5,190

Positive opening on the Asian bourses and an overnight rally in the US ensured that domestic markets opened in the positive and hit the highest intra day high since 9 November 2011. The positive move is on the back of news of growth in the manufacturing activity the US, India and China, thus fuelling optimism the global recovery. In yesterday’s closing report we mentioned that the Nifty may oscillate between 5,130 and 5,290, with a downward bias. The index reached exactly the upper end of the range today. The benchmark will have to sustain above today’s high to reach the level of 5,360; else we may see it going down to level of 5,190. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) saw its highest volume since beginning of January 2012 of 113.29 crore shares.

Today’s upmove was dented with the Supreme Court’s verdict in 2G telecom scam, when the Court ordered the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to cancel all the 122 mobile telecom services licenses it allotted after January 2008. However, the index recovered smartly from this, proving that big buyers are eager to buy the dips.

The Sensex opened at 17,438 and the Nifty opened at 5,272. They immediately hit the intra day high at 17,504 and 5,290. After the Supreme Court verdict, the indices hit their intraday low at 17,308 and 5,226, close to yesterday’s closing. The Sensex closed at 17,432, 131 points up (0.76%) while the Nifty closed at 5,270, 34 points up (0.65%), their highest close since 8 November 2011. The advance-decline ratio on the NSE was 1008:753.

Among the broader indices, the BSE Mid-cap index surged 0.55% and the BSE Small-cap index climbed 0.54%.

Except for BSE Healthcare (down 0.62%), BSE Consumer durable (down 0.38%), BSE FMCG index (down 0.26%); all other BSE sectoral indices ended in positive, with the major gain in BSE TECk index which surged 2.08%. Other top five sectoral indices include, BSE IT (up 1.53%), BSE Metal (up 1.40%), BSE Capital goods (up 1.35%) and BSE Realty (up 1.25%).

The top five positive performers in the Sensex pack were, Bharti Airtel (up 6.88%); DLF (up 4.05%); Sterlite Industries (up 3.90%); Wipro (up 3.46%); GAIL (up 3.15%). Cipla, which fell 2.53% was at the bottom of the pack. ITC (fell 1.36%), Jindal Steel (fell 1.05%), Tata Motors (fell 0.99%) and Sun Pharmaceutical (fell 0.86%) were among the bottom five negative performers. Sensex had 21 stocks in the positive, while 9 stocks which fell in negative

Essar Ports posted over five-fold jump in consolidated net profit to Rs44.98 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2011, largely due to increased realisations from its operations. The company reported a net profit of Rs8.21 crore during the corresponding quarter of 2010-11. Net operating income of the company increased by 48% to Rs271.94 crore vis-a-vis Rs183.51 crore reported in the Q3 of last fiscal. Essar Ports rose 2.41% to close at Rs65.80 on the BSE.

NTPC said that it is in talks with GAIL (India) for signing a long-term pact for sourcing imported gas for its plants, provided it finds buyers for the electricity produced from those plants. NTPC rose 0.53% to close at Rs171.65 on the BSE while GAIL rose 3.15% to close at Rs388.35 on the BSE.

The FIIs are pouring money into India again. They had invested Rs1676.49 crore on Tueday, 1 February 2012. US indices ended in positive on Wednesday after manufacturing data showed growth. Except for Strait Times (fell 0.13%) all the Asian indices ended in positive. Hang Seng rose 2% followed by Shanghai Composite (1.96%), Taiwan Weighted (1.37%), Jakarta Composite (1.31%) and  Seoul Composite (1.28%). However on the flip side, ratings agency Moody's Investors Service expects negative ratings trend for Asian corporates, indicating there will likely be more ratings downgrades than upgrades this year.  They expect defaults by Asian companies are likely to rise this year as the economic environment deteriorates and credit becomes tighter with European lenders reducing their exposure to the region.

However for some positive news, discussions between Greece and its creditors continue to progress. The Greek government is “one step from closing” a debt-swap deal with private bondholders, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos told reporters in Athens yesterday. The US index futures were trading in the positive.


Railway modernisation requires Rs14 lakh crore over next 10 years

The Railways would require Rs14 lakh crore for modernisation of rail network which include automation of signalling system, strengthening of track and procurement of modern rolling stock

New Delhi: Aiming to take railways to the next generation, India's Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Thursday said his department has prepared a blue print envisaging Rs14 lakh crore investment in the next 10 years, reports PTI.

"The present railway system has outlived its utility. We are in some kind of Victorian age as far as the railways are concerned. Signalling is archaic. We have to embark upon a new generation," Mr Trivedi told reporters here.

He said there is a requirement of Rs14 lakh crore for the next 10 years for modernisation of rail network which include automation of signalling system, strengthening of track and procurement of modern rolling stock.

Asked how the massive amount will be generated, Mr Trivedi said, "I am hopeful of getting the Planning Commission to support the modernisation plan. I am in constant touch with the Commission and they are aware of it. I will be also meeting the Prime Minister for this."

Besides the Planning Commission, he said, "A part of it will also be from internal generation and private investment through public-private partnership (PPP) model."

On the commission's role, he said, "Our plan should be in tune with the Planning Commission. If we are not in tune with it, then the Planning Commission becomes redundant. The commission has a bird's eye view."

Trivedi also favoured a national policy for railways. "I am for a national rail policy taking the opposition on the board. Let it be a collective decision."

Linking the national transporter with GDP growth, he said, "If the railways are not modernised, then there is no way we can hold to our GDP growth. Whether it is seven per cent or eight per cent, the railways have a major role to play."

On passenger safety, Mr Trivedi said, "The signalling system has to be automated. At the moment there is human intervention at every stage. As long as there will be human intervention, there will be human error also. We have to minimise the human intervention with complete automation in the system."

Giving comparisons with other railways, he said, "I am visualising Indian Railways as a totally modern... as modern as European rail system or like Japan. In Japan for 47 years there was not a single train accident."

Referring to Train Protection Warning System (TPWS), he said, "In order to prevent accidents, TPWS is a must."

He expressed dismay over the time being taken for putting into use the anti-collision device (ACD) system. "ACD trial is going on for the last ten years as a pilot project. A pilot project cannot go on for ten long years."

Advocating for e-tendering and e-auctioning as part of the modernisation exercise, Mr Trivedi said the file movement should be less in the railways and "we should be doing it on e-mode..because e-tendering and e-auctioning are more transparent. Our scrap should be sold through e-auction only."

He also mooted the idea of expanding the Railway Board to a nine-member body. Currently, it is a seven-member body including the chairman, he said, adding, "There should be a member revenue and member safety also."




5 years ago

Our Hon'ble Railway Minister is talking about Modernisation of Railways but does he know that there are some Zonal Railways like the Chennai Division of Southern Railway (SR) which deny basic rights to its passengers like not providing a PLATFORM, no toilets, no drinking water, no Sitting Chairs, no Platform shelters, no adequate lightning @ Ekkammbarakkuppam EKM Rly stn on TRT_PUT section which is in-human activity where more than 1000 Rail passengers ENTRAIN / DETRAIN everyday. So far nearly 30 Complaints had been lodged with SR, but all vein no Response from the Chennai Division of Southern Railway (SR) till date

Maruti Suzuki to set up stockyard facility in Nagpur

Maruti Suzuki would be establishing stockyards region-wise so that there would not any delay in delivery of the vehicles

Chennai: To reduce the transit time and increase delivery of vehicles, India's largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki would set up its stockyard facility in Nagpur, a top company official said on Thursday, reports PTI.

"We will be setting up one in Nagpur soon..", Maruti Suzuki India Managing Executive Officer (Marketing and Sales) Mayank Pareek told reporters here.

Asked whether the delivery of its latest sedan DZire would be increased with the setting up of stockyard, he said "We are only producing 8,000 units in our plant. We should be increasing the production.. This stockyard would help to reduce the transit time of other products..", he said.

Currently, delivery of DZire takes up to three to four months.

He said stockyard would be established region-wise so that there would not any delay in delivery of the vehicles. "We just opened one in Bangalore.. (for southern region). We will be setting up one in Nagpur soon..", he said.

Mr Pareek and senior company officials were here to launch the new DZire at Tamil Nadu market.

The new DZire has at least 150 new features compared to the existing model.

The petrol variant is priced at Rs 4.77 lakh to Rs 6.20 lakh (ex-showroom Chennai) and the diesel variant from Rs 5.82 lakh to Rs 7.12 lakh (ex-showroom Chennai).

Maruti Suzuki reported a 5.18 per cent rise in sales in January at 1,15,433 units. The company had sold 1,09,743 units in the same month last year.


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