Nifty, Sensex struggling: Tuesday Closing Report

However, for the current upmove to end, Nifty should close below 6020.

The Indian equity market ended with smart gains on Tuesday. The Nifty ended just shy of hitting the 6,100 mark while the Sensex managed to surge past the 20,350 in mid-afternoon trades. The Sensex closed at 20,302, up 143 points, while the Nifty shut shop up at 6,077 over Monday's close of 6,031. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) reported marginally higher volume of 44.84 crore shares, when compared to yesterday, while advance to decline ratio was 593:566, indicating that the upmarket movement is not broad-based. On the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), 1,149 stocks advanced against 1,150 declines, while 173 remained unchanged.


In the morning, the Nifty opened 33 points higher at 6,064 and the Sensex started the day at 20,249, up 90 points from its previous close. And both indices went up from there. Nifty and Sensex touched their respective highs at 6,093.35 and 20,351.06.


Asian markets also ended with smart gains. The Shanghai Composite gained 2.89%; the Hang Seng rose 2.33%; the Nikkei 225 advanced 0.82%; the Straits Times climbed 0.60%; the Seoul Composite gained 1.27% and the Taiwan Weighted settled 1.35% higher.


The Indian market opened on a bullish note, on the back of strong sentiments in Asia, fuelled by optimism in Japan. However, as far as India is concerned, there are headwinds particularly earnings prospects as well as macro economy vis-a-vis inflation, rupee and current account deficit.  The smart upswing was led by FMCG, energy, realty, PSU banking, metals and oil and gas (energy) stocks. Only infrastructure sector ended in the red. However, midcap and smallcap stocks struggled for direction, though both ended the day in the black.


Gains in PSU banking, metals, energy and realty sectors saw the benchmarks emerge into the positive terrain in the first hour itself. The market continued to gain momentum in morning trade on support from finance, information technology and commodities. Pharmaceutical and auto sectors showed downward bias, but still finished in the black.


Meanwhile, the rupee ended the day at 59.76 to the dollar versus 59.72 on Monday.


At the time of writing, two of the three key European markets were trading with minor gains while US stock futures indicates more gains ahead. Foreign institutional investors net sales were $64.08 million On 22 July.


Shriram Transport June quarter net profit up 6% to Rs341 crore
The flagship company of the Shriram group has reported benign first quarter results, with profit just rising by 5.96% due to challenging automotive market and a sluggish trucking market
Net interest income of Shriram Transport Finance Company, for the quarter ended 30th June increased 12.43%, year-on-year (y-o-y), to Rs902.24 crore, as against Rs802.49 crore in the same period last year. Its net profit increased by 5.96% to Rs341.04 crore as against Rs321.85 crore recorded in the same period last year. The earning per share for the first quarter ended 30 June increased by 5.7% to Rs15.03 as against Rs14.22 for the corresponding period last year. A sluggish automotive sector and poor demand from truck unions were reasons for subdued performance. A sluggish economy and high interest rates meant truckers took out fewer risk to finance trucks. 
Income from operations for the quarter ended 30th June, stood at Rs1,865 crore as against Rs1,508.30 crore for the corresponding period last year, up 23%. However, profit before exceptional items stood at Rs484.51, up barely 1.7%.
During the June quarter, the company has sold off its entire 40% equity stake held in associate company Shriram Asset Management Company (SAMC), and ceased to be the promoter as well as sponsor of the SAMC, effective from 20th June. 
The company announced the final dividend of Rs4 per share, or 40% for the first quarter. The company has a live customer base of approximately 10 lakh. 
Shriram Transport closed Tuesday 2.35% up at Rs677.85 on BSE, the 30-shareSensex closed 143 points up to end at 20,302.
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Thangamayil Jewellery Q1 net profit falls 9% despite increase in sales

Relatively lower gold prices and pick up in demand boosted net sales, but it wasn’t enough for Thangamayil Jewellery to stem the steady decline in operating profit

Thangamayil Jewellery saw its net sales rise 19% year-on-year (y-o-y) during the first quarter, helped by relatively lower gold prices and pick up in demand ahead of the wedding season. Net sales for the quarter ended 30 June 2013 stood at Rs425.16 crore compared to Rs358.41 crore for the corresponding period last year. Despite pick up in revenues, the company saw its Q1 net profit drop 9.12% y-o-y, to Rs13.75 crore. This is still better compared with a loss incurred in March quarter.

According to data collected by Moneylife, the company has been posting consistent sales growth quarter after quarter. Its net sales for the quarter grew by 19% which is lower than its three-quarter y-o-y growth average of 25%. Yet, we are concerned about its operating profit and net profit, which has shown a downward bias over the last three quarters. The average three-quarter operating profit growth rate is an abysmal -44% while operating profit for the June quarter fell 11%. Its market capitalisation is quoting at 2.47 times its operating profit, which is on the cheaper end. Its return on capital employed stood at 17%.

During the quarter, Thangamayil Jewellery opened its 30th and 31st branch, at Eral and Villupuram, on 10th July. The total area of both the branches collectively totalled 2555 square feet.

As of June 2013, the promoters hold 69.04% stake of the company while foreign institution investors (FIIs) hold 1.26% of the shares outstanding. The general public holds 29.24% of the shares outstanding.

On Tuesday,  Thangamayil Jewellery dipped 4.62% to Rs190 on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) while the benchmark Sensex closed up 143 points up to end the day at 20,302.

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