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Sensex, Nifty hold gains: Thursday closing report
Watch out for close below the day’s low for a minor bout of weakness 
 
With most of the Asian indices moving higher on the back of positive news from US and the efforts by the China's central bank to bring in money into the banking system for the first time in nine weeks, the Indian indices too edged higher marginally after again hitting another new high.
 
Both BSE 30-share Sensex and NSE 50-share Nifty witnessed a highly volatile session on Thursday. Sensex opened at 22,729 while Nifty opened at 6,803. Sensex moved between 22,644 and 22792.49 and closed at 22,715 (up 13 points or 0.06%). The Nifty moved between 6,777 and 6,819 and closed at 6,796 (up 0.20 points). The NSE recorded a huge volume of 119.24 crore shares, one of the highest ever.
 
NTPC was in news for settling dues of two Coal India subsidiaries, bringing an end to a tussle over quality of fuel the state-run miner was providing. NTPC dues have now come down to about Rs2,000 crore. Earlier, the finance ministry had advised both the companies to arrive at a price based on the average quality of coal supplied by Coal India's subsidiaries. The miner had initially rejected the proposal, saying it would violate the terms of the contract signed with NTPC, but later agreed after executives of the two companies met. NTPC was among the top three gainers in Sensex 30 stocks.
 
The Adani Group companies were the major outperformers today. Adani group is known for its proximity to Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Investors are betting that the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will be able to form the next government at the centre with support from some regional parties after Lok Sabha elections which conclude in mid-May this year. Adani Enterprises rose 23.15% to close at Rs470.25, Adani Ports rose 5.68% to close at Rs193.65 while Adani Power rose 1.35% to close at Rs56.50 on the BSE.
 
US indices closed Wednesday in the green. The published rate forecasts of the current 16 Fed policymakers, known as the "dots" charts, suggested the federal funds rate would end 2016 at 2.25%, a half percentage point above Fed officials' projections in December. In minutes of the March 18-19 meeting published on Wednesday, several of the meeting's participants said the charts "overstated the shift in the projections," suggesting the Fed is not as eager to tighten policy as the dots had seemed to suggest. The minutes also showed that officials wanted to emphasize that the official policy statement, and not the dots charts, give a better indication of the likely path of rates. After its March meeting, the Fed said in a statement that it would wait a "considerable time" following the end of its bond-buying program before finally raising interest rates.
 
Except for Jakarta Composite (3.16%) and Straits Times (0.16%) all the other Asian indices closed in the green. Hang Seng (1.51%) was the top gainer.
 
European indices were trading in the green while US Futures were trading marginally lower.

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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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BSE again faces glitch in trading

According to reports, there was technical glitch on BSE's Bolt Plus for a brief period in the morning on Wednesday which was later rectified

The BSE on Wednesday witnessed a brief trading disruption, the second time this week, after it introduced a new trading platform, Bolt Plus.

 

On Monday the bourse, introduced what it claims as one of the fastest trading platform. Bold Plus has a response time of about 200 micro seconds, BSE claims.

 

According to reports, there was technical glitch on the exchange for a brief period in the morning today and the same was rectified later.

 

On Monday also, the bourse had witnessed glitch on its new trading platform. There was a minor glitch for four minutes, when the system migrated to new platform on that day.

 

The new technology offers an order execution speed of 200 microseconds and can handle 5 lakh orders per second. This is based on T7, the global trading architecture of Deutsche Borse AG.

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