Sensex, Nifty gathers more steam: Wednesday closing report

The indices have broken out into a new orbit. But bulls must be cautious at these levels

The weakness on the Indian exchanges for past three days was completely wiped off today. The bourses witnessed a range bound session up to 1.30pm after which it gathered momentum and started rocketing higher and closed at its all time high. The stock markets was closed on Tuesday on account of Ram Navami.


The BSE 30-share Sensex opened at 22,389 while the NSE 50-share Nifty opened at 6,722. Sensex moved up to the level of 22,740 after hitting a low of 22,380 and closed at 22,702 (up 359 points or 1.61%). Nifty hit a low of 6,705 before reaching a high of 6,809 and closed at 6,796 (up 101 points or 1.51%). The NSE recorded a huge volume of 100.09 crore shares.

The lone loser among the other indices on the NSE was I T (1.04%). The top five gainers were P S U Bank (3.91%), Bank Nifty (3.45%), Finance (3.20%), Pharma (2.60%) and Smallcap (2.43%).

Of the 50 stocks on the Nifty, 39 ended in the green. The top five gainers were Sun Pharma (6.78%), Bank of Baroda (5.32%), Axis Bank (4.54%), Tata Motors (4.50%) and P N B (4.02%). The top five losers were Tech Mahindra (3.01%), H C L Technologies (2.04%), Infosys (1.30%), O N G C (1.11%) and T C S (0.87%).

Of the 1,563 companies on the NSE, 1,119 companies closed in the green, 376 companies closed in the red while 68 closed flat.


The share prices on the BSE had stopped updating for about 15-20 minutes, marking it the second consecutive session in which trading has been disrupted due to a technical issue. BSE has upgraded its trading on new platform, Bolt Plus.


The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Monday partially reversed curbs on dollar-rupee forward contracts that were imposed last year after the rupee hit record low against the dollar. SEBI had doubled the margin requirement on the domestic dollar-rupee forward trades last year in a bid to arrest the steep decline of the rupee.


Sun Pharma today again came out in the lead in the Sensex 30 stock. The stock rose 6.91% to close at Rs627.80 on the BSE. Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI were among the top six stocks in the Sensex pack.


Banking stocks may be in focus in the time to come after the recent comment of RBI governor Raghuram Rajan that the central bank had opened the possibility of creating a differentiated banking license, one allowing banks to operate in niche areas.


Both the software stocks on the Sensex constituents were among the laggards. Infosys fell 1.16% to close at Rs3,253.10 on the BSE while TCS fell 0.72% to close at Rs2,134.90 on the BSE.


Despite losing out in competitive bidding, ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL), the overseas arm of state explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), may still get a stake in a deep-sea block in Myanmar. OVL had bid for two of the 10 shallow-water blocks that Myanmar had auctioned in December but drew a blank when the fields were awarded on March 26. “We had a pre-bid understanding with an international oil company that if we were to win any shallow-water acreage, they will farm-in (pick up stake). Similarly, in case that company was successful in picking up any of the deep-sea acreages it bid for, we would get a stake,” OVL Managing Director S P Garg said. Mr. Garg refused to identify the company and said OVL could get up to 49 per cent in the deep-water oil and gas block won by the international company. However ONGC fell 0.95% to close at Rs322.45 on the BSE.


Moody's Investors Service said that the banking systems in ASEAN and India are resilient to the financial impacts of the reduction of monetary stimulus by the US Federal Reserve, or the risk of higher interest rates more generally.


Indian Bank, South Indian Bank, Union Bank were among the top 10 positive performers in the Group ‘A’ on the BSE.


US indices closed Tuesday in the positive. The US Federal Reserve releases minutes of its March 18-19 gathering today.


Stronger US growth this year and next will help the world economy withstand weaker recoveries in emerging markets including Brazil and Russia, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a report on Tuesday. The IMF predicted global growth of 3.6% this year, compared with a January estimate of 3.7%. Next year, the expansion will accelerate to 3.9%, unchanged from the prior forecast. Developing Asian economies are forecast to grow 6.7% this year, the IMF said.


Except for Nikkei 225 (2.10%) all the other trading Asian indices closed in the positive. Hang Seng  (1.09%) was the top gainer.


European indices were trading in the green as also US Futures.


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International transit points on alert to check black money during election

The DRI has asked customs officials posted at international transit points to remain vigilant during the Lok Sabha polls and keep a check on passengers and baggage coming from sensitive sectors, including the Gulf

All international airports, ports and land borders in India have been put on alert by the Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to check the circulation of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) and black money during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.


The DRI, the lead agency to check smuggling and import duty evasion, has asked customs officials posted at international transit points to remain vigilant during the Lok Sabha polls and keep a check on passengers and baggage coming from sensitive sectors, including the Gulf.


The alert was issued some time back following an input that there may be a spurt in smuggling of fake currency notes from abroad during the polls.


There are 18 international airports in the country — Amritsar, Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Nagpur, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Goa, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kozhikode, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Port Blair.


Customs officials have been also asked to be alert at international transit land routes, including the Attari-Wagah border (Punjab) and Munabao Railway Station in Jodhpur (Rajasthan), among others.


“Ports along the country’s coast lines bringing in cargo from other nations have also been alerted to keep a check on smuggling of fake currency notes and circulation of black money,” an official said.


The customs officials are also maintaining a strict vigil on frequent passengers to and from Gulf nations and the South-East sector (Malaysia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand, among others).


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