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Nifty, Sensex to head higher – Wednesday closing report
We had mentioned in Tuesday’s closing reply that Nifty, Sensex might rally. The major indices of the Indian stock markets on Wednesday made a strong rally and closed 0.81%-0.94% over Tuesday’s close. The trends of the major indices in the course of Wednesday’s trading are given in the table below:
 
 
Positive global indices, along with a rise in crude oil prices and a firm rupee, buoyed the Indian equity markets on Wednesday. Consequently, the key indices closed the day's trade with appreciable gains, as healthy buying was witnessed in automobile, information technology (IT) and consumer durables sectors. The BSE market breadth was skewed in favour of the bulls -- with 1,848 advances and 752 declines. 
 
British shares and the pound continued to regain some of the ground lost in the wake of the UK voting to exit the European Union (EU). After rising 2.6% on Tuesday, the FTSE 100 share index was up 1.8% at 6,253.07 in early morning trade on Wednesday. The FTSE 250 index -- which contains more UK-focused companies -- rose 1.1%. On Tuesday it closed 3.6% higher. The pound was up 0.4% against the dollar at $1.3398, but it still remained well below levels reached before the referendum held on June 23. The pound rose as high as $1.50 on June 23 before the result of the referendum was announced the next day. On Monday, the pound hit a 31-year low against the dollar. Shares in the financial sector -- which had been particularly hard-hit in the wake of the referendum -- continued to recover, with Prudential up 5.9% and Barclays 3.6% higher.
 
With the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on top of the government's agenda, Parliament's monsoon session will be held from July 18 to August 12, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu announced here on Wednesday. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, attended among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. At the meeting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said if members raise issues concerning the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and matters concerning foreign trips of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others, she is willing to make a statement, Naidu informed. International news and news from Parliament are likely to have a strong effect on the major indices next month.
 
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the 7th Pay Commission will bring a "historic rise" in the salaries of government employees and pensioners. “Congratulations to central government officers, employees and pensioners on a historic rise in their salary and allowances through the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission),” Jaitley tweeted after the panel recommendations were approved by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The recommendations will impact some 47 lakh employees in the central government and 52 lakh pensioners. Increased savings from the employees are likely to bring some more investments into the stock markets, especially through mutual funds.
 
State-run Allahabad Bank aims at 10% business growth in the current fiscal (2016-17) year, a top official of the bank said on Wednesday. "Business growth target is 10% this fiscal. It grew about 3.4% in the last fiscal," bank's Chairman and Managing Director Rakesh Sethi told IANS after the 14th Annual General Meeting. The total business of the bank stood at Rs358,352 crore as of March 31, 2016 as compared to Rs346,519 crore the previous year. Going forward, the bank was looking at a growth of 20% in the retail credit portfolio. Also, a major thrust will be given to loans having low capital requirement such as housing loans and gold loans, Sethi told shareholders during the meeting. The retail credit portfolio stood at Rs25,894 crore, up 19.20% against Rs21,723 crore in the previous year. The lender said it would adopt a three-pronged strategy -- recovery of overdues, achieving healthy growth in retail advances and mobilising CASA deposits on liability side with emphasis on savings bank accounts. The shares of the bank closed at Rs68.35, up 0.22%.
 
Oil prices gained after slumping for two sessions on Britain's surprise vote to leave the European Union. The West Texas Intermediate for August delivery on Tuesday gained $1.52 to settle at $47.85 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for August delivery added $1.42 to close at $48.58 a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange, Xinhua news agency reported.  Oil prices suffered the biggest two-day loss since February as the Brexit vote spurred market concerns about the economic stability of the UK and euro zone, triggering massive risk aversion among investors. Crude prices recovered on Tuesday as European Union leaders gathered in Brussels for a two-day meeting to discuss Britain's decision to leave the bloc, raising speculations that policy makers may take measures to limit the economic fallout.
 
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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Nifty, Sensex may put in a rally – Tuesday closing report
We had mentioned in Monday’s closing report that Nifty, Sensex were still directionless. The major indices of the Indian stock markets recovered to close in the green on Tuesday. The gains of the major indices at Tuesday’s close of trading were less than 0.50%. The trends of the major indices in the course of Tuesday’s trading are given in the table below:
 
 
A sharp rise in US futures markets, a rise in European indices, and a rebounding rupee led key Indian equity indices to trade in the green on Tuesday, while recovering considerably from last week's Brexit hangover. Healthy buying was particularly witnessed in stocks of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and healthcare. The BSE market breadth was tilted in favour of the bulls -- with 1,596 advances and 999 declines.
 
The United Kingdom is likely to explore direct bilateral trade agreements with India post the vote to exit from the European Union, thereby giving a boost to slowing UK-India trade, Development Bank of Singapore (DBS) said on Tuesday. "Post exit EU, the UK is likely to explore direct bilateral trade agreements with other trading partners, including India," DBS said in a research note.
 
"This might provide an alternate route to India, in comparison to the tough and the drawn-out negotiations on the EU Free Trade Agreement, in turn providing a fillip to a slowing India-UK trade," said DBS. Noting that the UK accounts for 15% of India's total merchandise trade, the report said this share has, however, been declining. Trade in services has also eased. The report highlighted the notable investment links between both countries. The UK is the third largest inward investor into India, after Mauritius and Singapore, with cumulative foreign direct investment (FDI) equity investments of $22.7 billion (from April 2000 to December 2015), or 8% of the total FDI inflows. In turn, India is the third largest investor, based on the number of projects, into the UK. Indian businesses that tap the UK domestic markets are unlikely to face many challenges, DBS said.
 
State-run United Bank of India on Tuesday said it will focus its lending on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and retail and will avoid capital guzzling sectors. The bank is planning to raise up to Rs 1,000 crore ($145 million) in one or more tranches through a public issue or qualified institutional placement (QIP) or rights issue for which it sought shareholders' approval at its Annual General Meeting. "In 2016-17, the bank's focus areas for lending would be in the MSME and retail segments," Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer P. Srinivas told the shareholders. The bank will strive to achieve all its targets under Mudra Scheme, Standup India scheme and strengthen its retail channels, particularly housing, education and vehicle loan segments, he said. "While making advances, the bank will endeavour to avoid sectors which are capital guzzlers and concentrate on government guarantee schemes. The bank will also augment its resources to ensure wealth generation for the future," he said. The shares of the bank closed at Rs22.45, up 0.45% on the BSE.
 
The multiple downside risks in the proposed consolidation in the Indian public sector banking (PSB) space far outweighs the potential benefits, said global credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service. The Bank Nifty closed at 17,561.55, up 0.27%.
 
The US dollar continued to climb against most major currencies after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum. In late New York trading on Monday, the euro fell to $1.1019 from $1.1144 of the previous session, and the British pound decreased to $1.3192 from $1.3696. The Australian dollar went down to $0.7343 from $0.7508. The dollar bought 101.99 Japanese yen, lower than 102.24 yen of the previous session.  The dollar rose to 0.9776 Swiss francs from 0.9724 Swiss francs, and it climbed to 1.3092 Canadian dollars from 1.2936 Canadian dollars. Currency movements are considered important by stock market analysts in India, as a substantial portion of the investments come from foreign institutional investors into emerging markets like India. However, international interest rates in the banking sector are expected to be stable and not contribute to volatility.
 
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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