Market currently directionless on account of big investors abstaining from the market
Each day the effort to revive by the benchmarks is being met with more weakness. On Thursday, the indices opened in the green and tried edging higher but by 11am lost its strength and started trending lower. By around 12.15 pm the Indian indices entered into the negative zone and moved close to yesterday’s close and finally closed marginally higher.
The BSE 30-share Sensex opened at 22,382 and moved in the range of 22,277 and 22,443 and closed at 22,344 (up 20 points or 0.09%). The NSE 50-share Nifty opened at 6,670 and moved between 6,639 and 6,688 and closed at 6,660 (up 7 points or 0.11%).
The NSE recorded a lower volume of 59.70 crore shares. India VIX rose 2.05% to close at 34.3.
Among the other indices on the NSE, the top five gainers were Bank Nifty (0.77%), Auto (0.64%), Finance (0.58%), Service (0.35%) and Metal (0.21%). The top five losers were FMCG (0.87%), Realty (0.85%), Nifty Midcap 50 (0.60%), Dividend Opportunities (0.51%) and Pharma (0.28%).
Of the 50 stocks on the Nifty, 24 ended in the green. The top five gainers were BHEL (3.76%), HCL Technologies (1.83%), Tata Motors (1.72%), Power Grid (1.66%) and Hindalco (1.41%). The top five losers were BPCL (1.85%), Hero Moto Corp (1.36%), ITC (1.34%), Lupin (1.18%) and Bharti Airtel (0.96%).
Of the 1,543 companies on the NSE, 644 companies closed in the green, 807 companies closed flat while 92 companies closed flat.
BHEL was the top gainer (3.22%) in the Sensex 30 pack and among the top two gainers in the ‘A’ group on the BSE. BHEL has successfully commissioned yet another Gas Turbine Generating unit in Oman in the Middle-East region. This is the second successive project after the successful commissioning of the 2x126 MW Fr-9E PDO Amal GTG project in 2012.
ITC, top loser (1.34%) in the Sensex 30 stock, was in news for it being in the advanced negotiations with Bangalore-based Balan Natural Food to acquire its juice brand B Natural, which will mark the group's entry into the beverage market. The acquisition is expected to cost less than Rs80 crore.
Weak quarterly and annual result made Union Bank of India come out as the top loser (8.55%) in the ‘A’ group on the BSE.
Following the arrest of Financial Technologies chairman Jignesh Shah in connection with the Rs5,500 crore-fraud at the National Spot Exchange or NSEL, FTIL (5.00%) and Multi Commodity Exchange of India (6.99%) were among the top three losers on the ‘A’ group on the BSE.
India Ratings & Research, a Fitch Group Company expets gold prices to decline in FY15, in view of the gradual winding-up of unconventional monetary policy in the US. The rating firm see the prices of domestic gold declining to the range of Rs25,500/10g to Rs27,500/10g.
US indices showed a mixed performance on Wednesday. On Wednesday the Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled continued support for the economy. The Labor Department said that US nonfarm productivity fell at its fastest pace in a year in the first quarter because of severe weather. That led to the largest gain in unit labor costs in more than a year. Productivity fell at a 1.7% annual rate in the quarter, the Labor Department said.
Except for Jakarta Composite (0.02%) and NZSE 50 (0.53%) all the other Asian indices closed in the positive. Nikkei 225 (0.93%) was the top gainer.
China's exports and imports unexpectedly rose in April. Overseas shipments increased 0.9% from a year earlier, when figures were inflated by fraudulent invoicing, data from the Beijing-based customs administration showed today. Imports gained 0.8%, leaving a trade surplus of $18.46 billion.
European indices were trading in the green while US Futures were trading flat.
During the March quarter, Aditya Birla Chemicals' net profit fell 91% even as its sales rose 33%
Aditya Birla Chemicals (India) Ltd shares fell over 18% on Thursday following a steep fall in its March quarter net profit.
For the quarter to end-March, Aditya Birla Chemicals' net profit fell 91% to Rs0.74 crore from Rs7.84 crore even as its total revenues, including sales, grew 33% to Rs281.74 crore from Rs211.80 crore, same period a year ago.
For the 12 months to end-March, the chemical producer reported a net profit of Rs49.74 crore and total revenues, including sales of Rs1,066 crore.
The company clarified that its FY14 results are not fully comparable with earlier period.
Aditya Birla Chemicals has acquired the business comprising of Chlor Alkali & Phosphoric Acid plant at Karnataka and salt works at Gujarat from Solaris Chemtech Industries for Rs153 crore on 1 September 2013, which contributed to sales growth of the Aditya Birla Chemicals during the FY14.
Aditya Birla Chemicals has made provisions of Rs20.72 crore for current tax, wealth tax and deferred tax. Its reserves and surplus increased 12.90% to Rs399.40 crore from Rs353.76 crore a year ago period.
Aditya Birla Chemicals declared a dividend of Rs1.50 per share.
Aditya Birla Chemicals closed Thursday 18% down at Rs158 on the BSE, while the S&P BSE Sensex ended the day marginally higher at 22,376.
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National Insurance rejected cataract claim of a senior citizen on flimsy grounds of policy break-in due to gap of one day in renewal. Moneylife Foundation’s intervention helped him get Rs80,000 from the insurer
National Insurance Company (NIC) has paid Rs80,000 for cataract claim of both eyes to a senior citizen after Moneylife Foundation Insurance Helpline took up the case. In this case, the third party administrator (TPA), had rejected the claim citing one day delay in policy renewal.
It was a case of Heritage TPA (third party administrator) harassment of senior citizen even though they should know the rules of policy break-in. The TPA, while rejecting the claim had stated, “As per Department Office details received, policy is in first year as gap on renewal of policy is not condoned. As per policy terms and conditions, expenses related to cataract are not payable in first year of policy. Hence this claim is non payable and repudiated under clause 4.3.”
The TPA’s letter states that gap of one day in policy renewal was not condoned by the department office. It shows that NIC department office themselves are either ignorant of mediclaim rules or hand-in-glove with the TPA to deny the claim benefits of cataract procedure.
So, gap of one day in policy renewal is wrongly interpreted as if policy is in first year even though the insured was in third policy year. Cataract has two year waiting period and hence the insurer/TPA makes is non-payable with policy as if is in first year due to break-in of one day.
Moneylife Foundation Insurance Helpline reported the matter to NIC corporate office. They immediately emailed to division and regional office to pay the claim.
It is surprising that even after Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) guidelines effective October 2013, TPAs are still settling claims and sending rejection letters. Heritage TPA claims rejection letter to the policyholder is dated 14 November 2013. NIC and Heritage TPA were conveniently trying to reject claim even when the IRDA guidelines are clearly spelt. Will IRDA take cognisance of the TPAs doing business as usual and insurers not taking charge of claims settlement and denial?
Importantly, not many insured are really aware of the IRDA guidelines. Even the policyholder in this case was not aware of it, but was lucky to have approached Moneylife to seek clarity on the issue.
The case also highlights that you may not get condoned for any delay in genuine cases. Insurers are making it stringent for hospitalisation intimation and claims submission after discharge. Will genuine delay be condoned by department or regional office? You can never rely on it.
IRDA had issued renewability of Health Insurance guidelines with effect from 31 March 2009, allowing a grace period of 15 days for renewal of health insurance policies. This grace period was to condone delay in renewal of health policies up to 15 days for the sake of allowing continuity for waiting periods as well as pre-existing disease (PED) cover. However, any loss occurring during the grace period would not be covered as there is no valid insurance contract during the grace period. The grace period of 15 days was increased to 30 days during implementation of health insurance portability guidelines.
It clearly means gap of one day for policy renewal should not have restarted the waiting period for PED (pre-existing disease) or specific ailment. It only means that any claim arising for service done on that one day cannot be paid. It seems to be a silly reason to reject a claim as there is no question to ask for condone for one day gap in renewal. NIC should have paid the claim, but TPA did nothing for six months. Policyholder pleas to Heritage TPA were going nowhere.
These are the cases which make existing prospective customers stop trusting the insurance company, which is one of the reasons general insurance penetration in India is abysmal. There are apprehensions about insurance companies based on unfair claims rejection examples.