Nifty, Sensex to remain subdued – Tuesday closing report

Nifty may try to rally. But the rally is likely to be muted


On Monday, we had mentioned that NSE's CNX Nifty may give up some gains. After an indecisive move in the morning session, the indices plunged in the negative towards the end of the morning session. The S&P BSE Sensex opened at 26,350, while the Nifty opened at 7,875. After hitting the day’s high in the morning session at 26,482 and 7,915 the indices went lower. After hitting the day’s low at 26,315 and 7,862 the benchmarks recovered sharply. The effort to rise made the Sensex close marginally higher, while Nifty closed in the negative for the second consecutive session. Sensex closed at 26,443 (up 6 points or 0.02%) while the Nifty closed at 7,905 (down 2 points or 0.02%). The NSE recorded a volume of 83.21 crore shares. India VIX rose 0.83% to close at 13.9025.

The top five gainers among the other indices on the NSE were Pharma (1.15%), FMCG (1.14%), Metal (0.60%), Consumption (0.25%) and MNC (0.25%), while the top five losers were Infra (1.01%), PSE (0.91%), Energy (0.88%), CPSE (0.87%) and PSU Bank (0.67%).

Of the 50 stocks on the Nifty, 24 ended in the green. The top five gainers were Hindalco (3.82%), Tata Steel (2.53%), Lupin (1.88%), Bhel (1.61%) and Gail (1.54%) while the top five losers were Jindal Steel (6.19%), IDFC (2.79%), ACC (2.72%), Tata Power (2.71%) and ONGC (2.03%).

Of the 1,611 companies on the NSE, 516 companies closed in the positive, 1,045 companies closed in the negative while 50 companies ended flat.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has levied a total penalty of Rs2,544.64 crore on 14 car makers at the rate of 2% of the average turnover. The penalty is to be deposited within 60 days of receipt of the order. The CCI said that it found the conduct of the car companies was in violation of the provisions of section 3(4) of the Competition Act, 2002 with respect to its agreements with local original equipment suppliers (OESs) and agreements with authorised dealers, whereby it imposed absolute restrictive covenants and completely foreclosed the aftermarket for supply of spare parts and other diagnostic tools. Having a monopolistic control over the spare parts and diagnostic tools of their respective brands, the car companies charged arbitrary and high prices for their spare parts. The car companies were also found to be using their dominant position in the market for spare parts and diagnostic tools to protect their market for repair services, thereby distorting fair competition, the CCI said.

Hindalco, which was among the top losers in the Sensex 30 pack on Monday,  ended as the top gainer (3.64%) today. The stock was affected yesterday after the Supreme Court ruling that deemed all coal block allocations made since 1993 as illegal. The quashing of these allocations still remains to be decided in further hearings. The court suggested the appointment of a panel of retired apex court judges to help the court in this matter. The case will be heard on 1 September next. Tata Power (2.77%), which is also affected by this ruling, was the top loser today in the Sensex 30 stock.

Post stock-split, Havells today hit its 52-week high and was the top gainer (9.40%) in ‘A’ group on the BSE. It had announced a stock split in the ratio of 5:1, that is every share with face value Rs5 will be split into five shares of Re1 each and had fixed August 27, 2014 as record date for the purpose.

Reliance Power (6.79%) was the top loser in ‘A’ group on the BSE. Its Sasan based ultra-mega power project (UMPP) has started power generation from the fifth unit of 660 Mw. This takes the cumulative operational capacity of the plant to 3,300 MW out of the planned 3,960 mw. The sixth and last unit of the power plant is anticipated to commission in few months. It plans to achieve a capacity of 6,000 MW by the end of 2014.

US indices closed positive again on Monday. The pace of new-home sales in US fell to the slowest in four months in July. Purchases unexpectedly declined 2.4% to a 412,000 annualized pace, Commerce Department data showed on Monday. June purchases were revised up to a 422,000 rate after a May gain that was also bigger than previously estimated.

Except for NZSE 50 (0.25%), Seoul Composite (0.35%) and Taiwan Weighted (0.04%) all the other Asian indices closed in the positive.

European indices were trading in the green. US Futures too were trading marginally higher.


EPFO retains PF interest rate at 8.75% for FY15

Despite some protest by the trade union members of the CBT, The board decided to retain interest rate on the PF deposits at last year's level of 8.75% for FY2015


The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on Tuesday decided to retain interest payment on provident fund deposits for FY2014-15 at 8.75%.


"It has been decided to pay 8.75% interest in the current fiscal," Central Provident Fund Commissioner (CPFC) KK Jalan was quoted in news reports.


Earlier, the Central Board of Trustees (CBT), the apex decision making body of the EPFO had a meeting to finalise interest rate for FY15.


The EPFO has about five crore subscribers and the decision will have a bearing on their retirement fund.


The decision to retain the interest rate on the PF deposits at last year's level was taken despite some protest by the trade union members of the CBT, sources said.


The final notification for payment of the interest rate for the current fiscal will be issued by the Finance Ministry later.


The EPFO had provided 8.75% rate of interest on PF deposits for 2013-14, which was higher than 8.5% paid for the previous fiscal.


Kingfisher Airlines move Delhi HC against PNB notice

PNB has said if there is no reply to its notice within seven days, then it would declare Kingfisher Airlines and its guarantors United Breweries and Vijay Mallya as wilful defaulter


Vijay Mallya-owned Kingfisher Airlines on Tuesday moved the Delhi High Court against Punjab National Bank (PNB)'s notice alleging the carrier has wilfully defaulted in payment of dues of over Rs770 crore.


In its notice on 21 August 2014, the state-run lender said, if no reply is received within seven days then the airline and its guarantors, United Breweries (Holdings) Ltd (UBHL) and Vijay Mallya would be declared "wilful defaulters".


The matter was mentioned by the airline through senior advocate Rajiv Nayyar before a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul which listed it for hearing on Wednesday.


Kingfisher has sought directions to the bank to rescind the notices and also restrain it from taking any action against the airline pursuant to the same.


The petition has also made the Ministry of Finance and the bank as parties in the case.


Central government Standing Counsel Anil Soni and advocate Naginder Benipal will appear for the ministry.


The airline has contended that the bank had denied legal representation to it in the hearings held pursuant to two notices issued last year and it apprehends that the same may happen in connection with the latest notice of 21st August.


It has contended that such act of the bank is "arbitrary, unreasonable, untenable and unlawful".


The airline, in its plea filed through advocate Ajay Bhargava, has contended that the August 21 notice "for the first time and as a complete after thought has sought to rely on additional alleged facts in support of its decision to classify the petitioner, UBHL and Vijay Mallya as wilful defaulters".


The bank has issued the notices under the 1 July 2013 master circular of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) which pertains to steps to be taken by commercial banks with respect to non-performing assets (NPAs).



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