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Nifty, Sensex are in the hands of bulls – Wednesday closing report
Nifty has to remain above7,943 for the market to remain bullish
 
We had mentioned in Tuesday’s closing report that Nifty, Sensex were back in an uptrend and that Nifty would have to stay above 7,920 for the index to remain bullish. The major indices in the Indian stock markets were trading flat on Wednesday and closed with small gains. The trends of the major indices in Wednesday’s trading are given in the table below:
 
 
The logjam in parliament, coupled with caution ahead of US monetary policy review and mixed Asian indices, depressed the Indian equity markets on Wednesday. Consequently, the key indices of the Indian equity markets traded flat on Wednesday. The BSE market breadth was slightly tilted in favour of the bears -- with 1,308 declines and 1,220 advances. Investors were seen cautious ahead of the US FOMC (US Federal Open Market Committee) meet and the Bank of Japan (BoJ) monetary policy review. The US FOMC meet assumes significance as it will decide the future course of the US interest rates. A hike in interest rates is expected to lead away Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) from emerging markets such as India. Besides, the unwinding of long positions ahead of the futures and options (F&O) expiry and the ongoing logjam in parliament dampened sentiments. Investors are worried that the logjam might postpone key economic legislation from getting passed.
 
American credit rating agency Moody's on Wednesday retained India's outlook at 'positive' saying the country's history of double-digit inflation, high government debt levels, weak infrastructure and a complex regulatory regime have constrained its credit profile. 
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is set to construct an elevated corridor at the cost of Rs100 crore in Uttarakhand that will offer a big relief to pilgrims undertaking Char Dham Yatra. The one-km long corridor, set to come up in the state's Sonprayag area, is expected to facilitate lakhs of pilgrims heading towards Kedarnath. A private Ukrainian company has been contracted to build the corridor. During Char Dham Yatra, Sonprayag usually experiences huge traffic snarls and the elevated corridor will prove helpful to pilgrims as well as administrative authorities. NHAI's senior official P.K. Mourya said the one-km, two-lane elevated corridor will enable the visitors to even skip Sonprayag during their pilgrimage. It will not just be the state's longest but highest corridor as well. This development is expected to be a boost to the infrastructure sector in the North.
 
Biotech major Biocon has posted profit of Rs361 crore for the fourth quarter (January-April) of 2015-16, registering a whopping 79% growth year-on-year (YoY) from Rs201 crore in the like period a year ago. Revenue for the quarter under review (Q4), however, grew 17% YoY to Rs1,004 crore from Rs854 crore in same period year ago," the city-based company said in a statement on Wednesday. For entire fiscal (FY 20-16), net profit shot up to Rs896 crore from Rs497 crore in previous fiscal (2015), registering 80% growth YoY, while revenue, however, grew 14% YoY to Rs3,570 crore from Rs.3,143 crore year ago. Earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization (Ebitda) for quarter increased 18% YoY Rs.238 crore from Rs203 crore in like period and 21% YoY to Rs903 crore for fiscal from Rs749 crore year ago. "Ebitda (operating) margin remained flat YoY for quarter at 24% and marginally 1% up to 25% for fiscal from 24% year ago," the statement said. Net profit margin 36 percent YoY for Q4 grew from 24% in like quarter year ago and to 25% YoY for fiscal from 16% year ago. Biocon shares closed at Rs570.50, up 1.1% on the BSE.
 
US stocks closed mixed as investors digested gains in oil prices and the newly-released economic data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Tuesday edged up 13.08 points, or 0.07%, to 17,990.32. The S&P 500 rose 3.91 points, or 0.19%, to 2,091.70. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 7.48 points, or 0.15%, to 4,888.31, for its four-day losing streak. Oil prices rose on Tuesday as the declining US dollar made the dollar-priced crude less expensive and more attractive for buyers holding other currencies. On the economic front, new orders for manufactured durable goods in March increased $1.8 billion, or 0.8%, to $230.7 billion, missing market consensus of 1.6%, reported the US Labour Department on Tuesday. The top gainers and top losers of the major indices are given in the table below:
 
 
The closing values of the major Asian indices are given in the table below:
 

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