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Sensex, Nifty will be in a narrow range: Friday Closing Report

It will probably take 2-3 trading days to form a clear direction

 

The market settled in the red on a bleak outlook for FY13 given by software major Infosys this morning. After making a higher high and higher low, the Nifty ended in the negative. We may continue to see the weakness prevailing on the bourses. However, in case the benchmark manages to close above the previous day’s high in consecutive trading sessions for a few trading days, we may see the trend reversing but the probability of this happening is weak. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) saw a volume of 80.90 crore shares and advance decline ratio of 776:923.
 
The marked witnessed a gap down opening on a dismal outlook for the current fiscal by IT services major Infosys. The company cut its earnings per share (EPS) guidance for the full year to Rs160.61 a share from Rs166.46 a share earlier and also reduced constant currency dollar revenues guidance to 5.7% versus 6%. 
 
Select buying resulted in a gradual improvement with the benchmarks emerging into the positive around 10.45am. The gains helped the market hit its intraday high a short while later. At the highs, the Nifty rose to 5,725 and the Sensex climbed to 18,844.
 
However, volatility kept a check on the gains and a fresh bout of selling and a weak opening of the key European markets pushed the local indices into the red in noon trade.
 
The selling intensified in the last hour, dragging the benchmarks to their lows. At this point the Nifty slipped to 5,659 and the Sensex dropped to 18,638. 
 
A minor recovery helped the market settle off the lows, albeit in the red. The Nifty fell 32 points (0.56%) down at 5,676 and the Sensex declined 130 points (0.69%) to finish at 18,675.
 
The broader markets closed marginally higher; the BSE Mid-cap index added 0.08% and the BSE Small-cap rose 0.03%. 
 
The gainers in the sectoral space were BSE Consumer Durables (up 0.60%); BSE Healthcare (up 0.49%) and BSE Fast Moving Consumer Goods (up 0.21%). The top losers were BSE IT (down 2.59%); BSE TECk (down 2.26%); BSE Realty (down 0.88%); BSE Auto (down 0.73%) and BSE Capital Goods (0.43%).
 
Fourteen of the 30 stocks on the Sensex closed in the positive. The key gainers were GAIL India (up 1.16%); Cipla (up 1.01%); HDFC Bank (up 0.94%); TCS (up 0.66%) and Hindustan Unilever (up 0.60%). The major losers were Infosys (down 5.36%); Bharti Airtel (down 2.58%); BHEL (down 2.46%); Wipro (down 2.01%) and Hero MotoCorp (down 1.61%).
 
The top two A Group gainers on the BSE were—J&K Bank (up 4.67%) and Century Textiles & Industries (up 4.25%).
The top two A Group losers on the BSE were—TTK Prestige (down 9.55%) and Infosys (down 5.36%).
 
The top two B Group gainers on the BSE were—Microsec Financial Services (up 18.17%) and Bio Green Industries (up 16.36%).
The top two B Group losers on the BSE were—Paradip Overseas (down 19.95%) and Koa Tools India (down 15.38%).
 
Out of the 50 stocks listed on the Nifty, 20stocks settled in the positive. The key gainers were ACC (up 3.92%); Lupin (up 2.89%); Ambuja Cement (up 2.28%); Jaiprakash Associates (up 1.43%) and Grasim Industries (up 1.37%). The losers were led by Infosys (down 5.65%); BHEL (down 2.64%); Bharti Airtel (down 2.53%); Wipro (down 2.32%) and IDFC (down 2.27%).
 
Markets across Asia settled mostly higher on gains in mineral stocks. However, worries about the slowing economic growth and its impact on corporate earnings made investors nervous.
 
The Shanghai Composite added 0.10%; the Hang Seng surged 0.65%; the Jakarta Composite climbed 0.62%; the Straits Times gained 0.30% and the Seoul Composite settled 0.01% up. Among the losers, the KLSE Composite slipped 0.13%; the Nikkei 225 fell 0.15% and the Taiwan Weighted was down 0.20%.
 
At the time of writing, the key European markets were lower while the US stocks futures were trading marginally in the positive.
 
Back home, foreign institutional investors were net buyers of shares totalling Rs1,043.01 crore on Thursday whereas domestic institutional investors were net sellers of stocks aggregating Rs573 crore.
 
Electrosteel Castings, part of Electrosteel Steels on Thursday began trial production at its rebar rolling mill with bought out billets. The mill is expected to produce 0.5 million tonnes of TMT bars next year. The rebar rolling mill is part of ESL’s 2.51 million tonnes-a-year and Rs 9,562 crore steel plant project, located in the Bokaro district of Jharkhand. Electrosteel Castings closed 1.35% up at Rs22.45 on the NSE.
 
Srei Infrastructure Finance and BNP Paribas have invested around Rs200-crore worth equity in their equal joint venture—Srei Equipment Finance. The equity infusion will take the networth of Srei Equipment Finance to over Rs1,660 crore, according to a company press statement. Srei Infrastructure Finance rose 0.18% to close at Rs27.75 on the NSE.
 

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eBay sellers, beware of insurance fine print

Consumer Affairs, a US-based consumer news and advocacy site says a coin seller on eBay found that the shipping insurance he purchased for numerous sales he did was worthless. Of course, he found this only after filing the insurance claim when there was an issue with shipping

 
Sellers on e-commerce websites like eBay buy shipping insurance for the items they sell. Here is the reason given by eBay India website: In most circumstances, buyers do not expect to pay for the cost of shipping insurance. This change also reflects the industry— and eBay—standard practice that sellers are responsible for their items until they are safely in their customers’ hands.” 
 
The eBay India website also has following FAQ about coin shipping insurance : “I sell rare, antique, or one-of-a-kind items that I must insure. How can I insure these items? There are several ways to the insure items you sell. Check with your shipping carrier for insurance options, or contact a third-party shipping insurance provider for insurance coverage.” eBay India is clearly putting the onus on the seller to do the due diligence on the insurance cover fine prints. 
 
eBay (US) is facing a lawsuit from one disgruntled seller. A lawsuit alleges that eBay insurance doesn't cover commonly-shipped items. A coin seller insured his coins only to learn the policy doesn't cover coins. The revelation came only after a claim was filed when there was shipping problem.
 
According to ConsumerAffairs.com – 
 
In a US federal class action, lead plaintiff Luke Knowles claims eBay knows its ShipCover insurance excludes entire categories of products from coverage, but doesn’'t disclose that to sellers when they buy the shipping insurance. 
 
Knowles said he regularly sells coins on eBay and buys ShipCover insurance to cover them. When a buyer notified him that a package he sent arrived open, with the coin missing, Knowles says, he refunded the buyer the purchase price and then filed a claim under the ShipCover insurance, but the claim was denied by eBay’s insurer, which claimed that the item insured is on the list of items that are ineligible for coverage.
 
Knowles says he selected the proper category—“Coins & Paper Money”—when he bought the insurance. If the company was not going to cover coins, it should not have taken his premium. The ShipCover policy excludes from coverage coins, bullions, loose diamonds or stones, stocks, bonds, currency, deeds, evidences of debt, travelers checks, money orders, gift certificates, calling cards, lottery tickets, admission tickets, or any other negotiable documents. These exclusions are not evident on the checkout page, even though that page offers the insurance sets the insured value, and that determines the price of insurance. 
 
Knowles said he would not have bought insurance to protect coins if he had known that it did not, in fact, cover coins and asserts that no one else would buy such insurance either.
 
His suit names eBay, eBay Insurances Services, Brown & Brown of Missouri, and Fireman's Fund Insurance Co.
 

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LIC says ready to pick SUUTI's stake in Axis Bank, L&T and ITC if asked

SUUTI, created in 2002 after the then UTI was wound up, owns stakes in ITC, Axis Bank and L&T, which the government is planning to en-cash as its effort to meet the fiscal deficit target

 
Mumbai: State-run Life Insurance Corp of India (LIC) on Friday said it has not been approached by the government to pick up stakes in Axis Bank, L&T and ITC, currently held by the Special Undertaking of Unit Trust of India (SUUTI), but added if it is so asked, it will definitely look at it, reports PTI.
 
"As far as LIC is concerned, we have not been approached (to buy the government's stakes in Axis Bank, L&T and ITC). In case they approach us, we will definitely have a look at it," DK Mehrotra, chairman of LIC told reporters on the sidelines of a capital markets summit organised by industry body FICCI.
 
SUUTI, created in 2002 after the then UTI was wound up, owns strategic stakes in three listed blue-chip entities: ITC (11.54%), Axis Bank (23.6%) and L&T (8.3%).
 
Besides, SUUTI also owns significant stakes in unlisted companies such as the Stock Holding Corporation of India (SHCIL), in which it owns 16.96% that is valued at about Rs300 crore.
 
The government is planning to en-cash these holdings which are worth over Rs40,000 crore, as part of its efforts at meeting the fiscal deficit target by divestment.
 
The plan is to sell the SUUTI stakes to an special purpose vehicle (SPV). The SPV holding will not pledge shares but will borrow funds by way of negative liens, under which it cannot sell the shares without the permission of lenders and the government.
 
When asked about the 10% equity exposure cap, Mehrotra said: "The corporation has been approaching the regulators and the finance ministry on this issue for quite some time. I think, both of them have taken it very positively. Hopefully, something should come and we will get some headroom".
 
LIC, which had bailed the government last March when the follow-on option of ONGC was bombed by picking up almost the entire stake worth over Rs12,000 crore, plans to invest Rs2.4 lakh crore this fiscal.
 
"We propose to invest Rs2.4 lakh crore this fiscal and have invested Rs65-70,000 crore so far," Mehrotra said, adding of the total investment, 10-15% constitute pure equity investments out of which it has invested Rs7,000-Rs8,000 crore as of now.
 

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