Sensex, Nifty—a short rally may have started: Friday Closing Report

The market made a new low today but ended in the positive. It had to cross a previous day high to be bullish

The Sensex opened in the green while the Nifty had a flat opening today. The market witnessed some upmove as investors resorted to bargain hunting. However, lower IIP numbers for December led the indices into the red in morning trade. The indices touched the day’s lows around noon, after which select buying led to a bounce-back.

Buying continued in the post-noon session, giving a further thrust to the market. After being mauled for a couple of days, the broader markets were in the limelight today, outperforming the Sensex with a huge gain. The market closed with gains of over 1.5%.

Yesterday, we had suggested that if yesterday’s low holds we could see a short rally. The market made a new low today and then rose. It was the second day the market has tried to rally from around the same level. The Sensex opened with a gap up of 56 points at 17,519, while the Nifty opened with a negative gap of six points at 5,220. The Sensex immediately slipped below yesterday’s closing. The Sensex and Nifty continued to decline, touching new eight-month lows at 17,296 and 5,178 respectively. However, after hitting these lows the market started gaining strength.

Although the Sensex couldn’t cross yesterday’s high, the Nifty managed to surpass its Thursday high to reach 5,319. Both the Sensex and Nifty ended in the positive with the Sensex gaining 266 points at 17,729 while the Nifty settled 84 points higher at 5,310. Reversing the trend seen in the last few days, the advance-decline ratio on the National Stock Exchange was 1326:397.

The market breadth on the key benchmarks was in favour of the gainers. The Sensex closed with 21 stocks in the green and nine in the red. The Nifty went home with 32 gainers, 17 losers while one remained unchanged. The broader markets closed with good gains. The BSE Mid-cap index surged 2.92%, while the BSE Small-cap index jumped 2.94%.

BSE Bankex index (up 3.50%) was the top sectoral gainer, followed by BSE Consumer Durables (up 2.58%), BSE Auto (up 2.56%), BSE Capital Goods (up 2.04%) and BSE Realty (up 1.75%). BSE IT (down 0.12%) and BSE TECk (down 0.08%) were the only two losers today.

Jaiprakash Associates (up 7.35%), Reliance Infrastructure (up 5.20%), ICICI Bank (up 4.17%), Larsen & Toubro (up 3.99%) and HDFC (up 3.89%) were the major gainers on the Sensex. The losers were led by Hindalco Industries (down 2.27%), Tata Power (down 1.59%), Bharti Airtel (down 1.08%), Hindustan Unilever (down 1.03%) and Tata Steel (down 0.79%).

Industrial growth slowed even further to a dismal 1.6% in December 2010, from 2.7% in November and 18% in the same period a year ago. The decline in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) has been attributed to the poor performance of the manufacturing sector.

Industrial growth during April-December this fiscal stood at 8.6%, unchanged in comparison to the corresponding period of the previous year, according to official data published today.

Markets in Asia settled mixed on Friday as political developments in the Middle East and its ramifications on the global economy spooked investors. Protestors in Egypt decided to pursue their campaign to force president Hosni Mubarak to resign, as they were not satisfied with his move to delegate powers to the country’s vice-president.

Earlier in the day, the Bank of Korea kept the seven-day repurchase rate unchanged at 2.75%, even as inflation breached the central bank’s 4% cap. However, investors felt that the pause was temporary and that the central bank would soon move to hike key rates.

The Shanghai Composite gained 0.34%, the Hang Seng gained 0.53% and the Jakarta Composite rose 0.54%. On the other hand, KLSE Composite fell 0.63%, the Nikkei 225 shed 0.11%, the Straits Times declined 0.84%, the Seoul Composite tanked 1.56% and the Taiwan Weighted tumbled 2.57% in trade.

Back home, foreign institutional investors were net sellers on Thursday, offloading stocks worth Rs954.87 crore. On the other hand, domestic institutional investors were net buyers, pumping in Rs637.30 crore in the equities segment.

Essar Shipping Ports & Logistics (up 9.21%) has informed the BSE that the company has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Port of Antwerp International for strategic collaboration in the areas of consultancy, investment, training and enhancing commercial relations in the fast-growing ports sector in the India and abroad.

Lanco Infratech (up 1.13%), as a part of its integrated business strategy, is setting up India’s first integrated Solar PV manufacturing Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh. The SEZ project is being developed in phases and will have integrated facilities for manufacture of polysilicon, ingots, wafers, PV cells and PV modules with capacities of 250MW/year equivalent. The state-of-the-art project is the first such integrated solar facility coming up in India, putting the country and the state of Chhattisgarh on the global map for polysilicon production units.

Tantia Constructions (up 0.31%) has informed the BSE that the company has received a project from Eastern Railway, Kolkata, for construction of a steel structural shed with foundation, building, pathway, drains, heavy-duty flooring, pits, washing apron and other ancillary works inside the Liluah Workshop, in connection with the modernisation of the workshop (Phase-I). The project is valued at Rs24.10 crore.


TRAI dismisses GSM operators’ loss concerns

TRAI has recommended fixation of uniform licence fees at 6% of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) over a period of time, compared to 6%-10% now, depending upon the circles

New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today dismissed GSM operators' charges that its recommendation to revise second generation (2G) spectrum prices will hit them hard and said they (telcos) were looking at the issue from a narrow perspective, reports PTI.

"Telecom firms should not look at only payout charges. This is just one element of the recommendations. There are other elements which will result in huge savings for the operators," TRAI chairman JS Sarma told reporters.

TRAI has recommended fixation of uniform licence fees at 6% of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) over a period of time, compared to 6%-10% now, depending upon the circles, he said, adding that, "We have also recommended rationalisation of annual spectrum charges."

Sarma's comments came after incumbent GSM operators like Bharti, Vodafone and Idea Cellular and new service providers like Tata Docomo and Reliance Communications attacked TRAI for coming out with "irrational and discriminatory" recommendations on spectrum prices.

In fact, both factions-new and old GSM service providers-accused TRAI of making recommendations that benefited the other.

The new operators termed TRAI's recommendation as a complete sell-out to old GSM players, saying the extra spectrum hoarded by old operators would be legalised at a fraction of the actual cost.

They said that the operators should be asked to return the extra airwaves or else there should be a recurring cost and not a one-time entry fee, as proposed by TRAI.

In contrast, Vodafone Essar said TRAI's new set of recommendations are flawed, illogical and discriminatory against the operators that were the first to invest deeply to build the sector.

Similarly, Bharti also said that, "The recommendations by TRAI go against the stated principle of the government to offer affordability, fairness and a level playing field. There seem to be huge inconsistency in terms of the differences of prices in various circles, which defies logic."

TRAI said that taking all elements of its recommendations in totality, the operators would actually save money over the licence period.

Besides lowering licence fees and rationalisation of spectrum charges, TRAI is also in favour of lowering operators' contribution to the Universal Service Obligation (USO) fund, a levy which is used to subsidise operators to offer services in rural areas and villages.

Mr Sarma urged the operators to look at all elements of its recommendations collectively and not selectively, on the basis of spectrum prices alone.


Tata Motors Q3 net climbs to Rs2,420 cr on robust sales

Company’s Jaguar Land Rover unit, which the company bought from Ford Motor in 2008  is doing particularly well

Tata Motors, the country's largest truck and bus maker, on Friday reported a consolidated net profit of Rs2,420 crore for the third quarter ended 31 December 2010, from Rs650 crore in the corresponding period a year ago, on robust sales at home and improving demand at its Jaguar and Land Rover unit.

Standalone net profit increased 2.46% at Rs410 crore in the period compared to Rs400.14 crore in the previous corresponding period, the company said in a statement.

Consolidated revenue rose 22% to Rs31,685 crore from the year-ago period. Net sales during the October-December quarter stood at Rs11,458.95 crore compared to Rs8,923.99 crore in the corresponding period of the previous financial year.

During the period under review, consumption of raw materials and components cost stood at Rs 6,498.97 crore. (Compared to Rs 4,975.29 crore in the previous period.) Vehicle sales got better in the quarter at 1,94,085 units compared to 1,65,413 units in the year-ago period.

The company, whose products include utility vehicles, cars and the ultra-cheap Nano, is seeing a surge in demand within the country amid rapid economic growth. The Jaguar Land Rover business also reported profit after tax of Rs1,958 crore, Tata Motors said.

Tata Motors shares closed the week at Rs 1,144.65 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), up 3.79% from the previous close compared with the Sensex gain of 1.5%.


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