Sensex, Nifty may dip and then rally: Monday closing report

The Nifty may dip a bit and then rally

All the Asian indices opened in red after the weak closing in the US on Friday. Slowdown in job creation has raised question mark over the prospects for US growth. Making things worrisome was the outcome of European elections over the weekend where a Socialist victory added jitters about the eurozone's future. On the domestic front both the Sensex and the Nifty too opened in the negative at 16,620 and 5,018 respectively.

In Friday's closing report we had mentioned that we may now see the index falling to the level of 5,045 and then to 5,000. Today in the morning session itself the Nifty was below the second support and went on to hit a low of 4,988, the lowest since 18 January 2012 in the afternoon session. A smart recovery took place after the finance minister announced that GAAR implementation has been postponed for one year. From here the Nifty may dip a bit and then rally If on any day the benchmark closes above previous day's high.The National Stock Exchange (NSE) saw a higher volume of 71.87 crore shares

Back home all the eyes were set on the finance minister Pranab Mukherjee move of taking up the Finance Bill 2012 for debate in Lok Sabha today. In the Budget 2012-13 tabled in the parliament in mid-March 2012, the finance minister had proposed tax-avoidance legislation viz. General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR). He also has proposed to amend the Income Tax Act, 1961 with retrospective effect to bring into tax net overseas mergers and acquisitions involving domestic assets.

However the Sensex and the Nifty could recover from the lows of 16,514 and 4,988 after finance minister said in parliament that the application of GAAR have been deferred by one year and will be implemented from April 2013. Mukherjee also said that the proposed retrospective amendment of income tax laws will not override tax break treaties. In the closing hours the benchmarks hit a high of 16,944 and 5,125. Both the indices managed to gain some strength and end in the positive. After three days of consecutive losses, the Sensex gained 82 points (0.49% up) to close at 16,913 and while the Nifty rose 27 points (0.54% up) to close at 5,114

The advance-decline ratio on the NSE was 804:842.

Among the broader indices the BSE Mid-cap index gained 0.52% while the BSE Small-cap index rose 0.30%.

The top five gainers in the sectoral indices were BSE Capital Goods (up 3.87%); BSE Power (up 1.82%); BSE Metal (up 1.57%); BSE Consumer Durables (up 1.45%); BSE Auto (up 1.23%). The five sectoral indices which fell today were, BSE FMCG (0.72%); BSE Oil & Gas (0.51%); BSE IT (0.41%); BSE Health Care (0.13%); BSE TECk (fell 0.04%).

BHEL (up 6.12%); Larsen & Toubro (up 4.79%); DLF (up 4.34%); Jindal Steel (up 3.54%); Maruti Suzuki (up 2.46%) were the top gainers on the Sensex. The top losers were Reliance Industries (fell 1.53%); Hero MotoCorp (fell 1.21%); Hindustan Unilever (fell 1.17%); HDFC Bank (fell 0.86%); Wipro (fell 0.71%)

The Nifty toppers were BHEL (up 5.56%); BPCL (up 4.84%); Larsen & Toubro (up 4.61%); Jindal Steel (up 4.54%); DLF (up 4.47%). The main laggards were Cairn (fell 2.27%); Jaiprakash Associates (fell 2.25%); HCL Technologies(fell 1.97%); Dr. Reddy's (fell 1.92%); Reliance Industries (fell 1.51%)   

Data showed 115,000 jobs were added to the US economy last month, well below the market expectations of 163,000 job additions. In France, Nicolas Sarkozy was ousted as president by socialist Francois Hollande, who has indicated that he wants to renegotiate Europe's fiscal compact, which aims to impose tough budget rules for Europe. In Greece, the two most established parties, the center-right New Democracy Party and the center-left Pasok party -- both supporters of the country's most recent bailout, dealt major blows in parliamentary elections on Sunday.

According to Macquarie, flows into India are likely to remain limited in the near term, as relative valuations of stocks versus emerging markets do not look attractive. It added that India "may be staring at possible negative 12 month forward returns". Controversy over taxation for foreign investors and the macro challenges are the key reasons for net outflows of foreign institutional investors in April vs strong Jan-March inflows.

Nikkei 225 fell 2.78%, Hang Seng fell 2.61%, Taiwan Weighted fell 2.11%, All Ordinaries and Straits Times both fell 2.19%, Kospi Composite Index fell 1.64%, Jakarta Composite fell 1.37%, KLSE Composite fell 0.39%, NZSE 50 fell 0.27%, Shanghai Composite ended flat

All the European indices and American Futures were trading sharply in the red while writing this report

Elder Pharmaceuticals has made a clarification in relation to the news making round that the company considering the sale of nutrition business. The company clarified to BSE that it has no intentions to sell any business nor is in any discussion with any party. The stock rose 4.30% to close at Rs 331.05 on the BSE

IRB Infrastructure Developers fell for the fourth consecutive trading session after Virendra Mhaisker, the promoter, along with two other officials of the company, have been asked to undergo polygraph tests in relation to an investigation in the matter of a murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty. The stock fell 7.03% to close at Rs 119.70 on the BSE


Jet Airways temporarily suspends Johannesburg flight service

The airline would redeploy its assets on its existing route network and passengers who have already booked tickets for these flight will be suitably accommodated

Mumbai:  Private carrier Jet Airways on Monday said it has decided to temporarily suspend its Mumbai-Johannesburg flight service from next month, reports PTI.

"As a part of its ongoing network evaluation with a clear focus on profitability, Jet Airways will be redeploying its assets on its existing route network. This has hence necessitated the temporary suspension of the airline's A330 Mumbai - Johannesburg flights effective June 12," a company release said.

The airline would redeploy its assets on its existing route network and the passengers who have already booked tickets for these flights will be suitably accommodated, it said.

"Jet Airways will work closely with its interline partners and ensure that affected guests are rebooked on alternate flights for their travel from June 12 in order to minimize inconvenience caused (to the passengers)" the release said.


Indian Overseas Bank plans to raise $500 million through MTN

Last year the lender raised $500 million for its overseas operations and the issue was oversubscribed four times

Mumbai: Public sector lender Indian Overseas Bank plans to raise funds of about $500 million through Medium Term Notes (MTN) this year, a senior bank official said, reports PTI.

"We are looking at raising $500 million in the current year through MTN. We have already appointed merchant banker for the same and waiting for conducive market conditions," IOB Chairman and Managing Director M Narendra told reporters.

The bank raised $500 million last year for our overseas operations, Mr Narendra said, adding that the issue was oversubscribed by four times.

The bank hopes to achieve 20% topline growth in FY13. The bank planned to achieve total business of Rs4 lakh crore in FY13 from Rs3.85 lakh crore, Mr Narendra said.

The bank will focus on retail, SME and agriculture sector in the current year, he said.

The Bank reported a net profit of Rs528.81 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 2012, up from Rs434.29 crore in the same period in the previous year. Its total income grew to Rs5,415.09 crore in fourth quarter FY12 as compared to Rs3,916.58 crore in the same period last year. Net interest income rose to Rs1,340.58 crore (Rs1,215.28 crore). Interest on advances stood at Rs3,740.56 crore (Rs2,615,64 crore).

During FY12, IOB's gross NPA stood at Rs3,920.07 crore as against Rs3,089.59 crore in FY11 with gross NPA ratio of 2.74% and 2.72%, respectively. Its net NPA in FY12 stood at Rs1,907.44 crore in FY12 as against Rs1,328.42 crore in FY11.


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