Share prices to remain range-bound: Tuesday Closing Report

The support for the Nifty now lies at 5,418 and resistance at 5,550

The market closed with modest gains amid high volatility on the back of a sharp rise in headline inflation numbers for May and worries that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) could toughen its stance at its monetary policy review on Thursday.

The market snapped its four-day losing streak, opening higher this morning, tracking the gains in Asian markets on the back of Chinese inflation numbers that were in line with analysts' expectations. The Sensex opened 11 points higher at 18,277 and the Nifty added three points to its Monday's close to open at 5,846. Early gains were supported by buying in oil & gas, metals and banking stocks.

The market touched its intra-day high in the first half hour with the Sensex climbing to 18,380 and the Nifty to 5,520. However, some profit-taking resulted in the indices paring some of the gains. While the market maintained its positive momentum, a rise in the monthly inflation numbers for May pushed the benchmarks southwards. The choppiness continued on concerns of higher prices of food as well as non-food items.

The indices touched the day's low in noon trade with the Sensex and the Nifty paring all their gains, almost touching their previous closing figures. The positive opening in key European markets and higher US futures lifted the domestic market in late trade. The market closed in the positive, with the Sensex adding 43 points to 18,309 and the Nifty gaining 18 points to 5,501, above the psychological 5,500 level.

The advance-decline ratio on the National Stock Exchange was a positive 777:598.

The market is expected to continue its range-bound movement over the next few days. The next support for the Nifty lies at 5,418 and resistance at 5,550.

The broader indices outperformed the Sensex, with the BSE Mid-cap index rising 0.60% and the BSE Small-cap index gaining 0.37%.

In the sectoral space, BSE Capital Goods (up 1.03%), BSE Power (up 0.96%), BSE Fast Moving Consumer Goods (up 0.86%), BSE Bankex (up 0.83%) and BSE Realty (up 0.65%) were the top gainers. BSE Consumer Durables (down 1.42%), BSE Oil & Gas (down 0.77%) and BSE Auto (down 0.19%) were the losers.

The top gainers on the Sensex were Reliance Infrastructure (up 2.35%), Bajaj Auto (up 2.26%), Jindal Steel (up 1.97%), ICICI Bank and ITC (up 1.52% each). Tata Motors (down 2.84%), Hindalco Industries (down 2%), HDFC (down 1.42%), Reliance Industries (down 1.41%) and Cipla (down 1.09%) ended at the bottom of the index.

The top gainers on the Nifty were Reliance Infra (up 2.63%), Axis Bank (up 2.38%), Bajaj Auto (up 2.30%), Jindal Steel (up 2.23%) and Reliance Capital (up 1.95%). The major losers were Tata Motors (down 2.89%), IDFC (down 2.05%), Hindalco (down 2.02%), Cipla (down 1.60%) and RIL (down 1.53%).

Citigroup today said that it has reduced its 11.4% stake in Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) by 1.5% to 9.9%. The reduction in its holdings in HDFC to below 10% is a part of Citi's mitigation efforts ahead of the adoption of Basel III capital rules. The transaction resulted in a pre-tax profit of approximately $160 million, the bank said in a statement.

India's headline inflation went up to 9.06% in May on rising prices of manufactured products and petrol which is widely expected to prompt the RBI to go for another rate hike mid-quarterly review meeting this week. Inflation, as measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), stood at 8.66% in April. It was 10.48% in May 2010.

Markets in Asia, with the exception of the Hang Seng and Straits Times, closed with gains, as Chinese inflation data was in line with expectations. However, the announcement of the hike in bank reserve requirements by the People's Bank of China pulled down stocks in Hong Kong. China's inflation accelerated in May to a 34-month high of 5.5% and up from 5.3% in April. Later in the day, the country's central bank announced a 50 basis point increase in reserve requirements for lenders.

This apart, the Bank of Japan kept its interest rates steady at 0%-0.1% and added 500 billion yen ($6 billion) to its 3-trillion-yen loan scheme, aimed at boosting lending to industries with growth potential.

The Shanghai Composite was up 1%, the Jakarta Composite rose 0.65%, the KLSE Composite gained 0.17%, the Nikkei 225 climbed 1.05%, the Seoul Composite advanced 1.37% and the Taiwan Weighted jumped 1.33%. On the other hand, the Hang Seng and the Straits Times lost 0.05% each.

Back home, foreign institutional investors were net sellers of equities worth Rs304.17 crore on Monday whereas domestic institutional investors were net buyers of stocks worth Rs27.34 crore.


HC admits Sahara’s claim of Rs2,000 crore against Jet

In its appeal, Sahara has staked its claim for Rs2,000 crore, the original price for the buyout. It said the court had erred in holding that Jet Airways was liable to pay the renegotiated amount of Rs1,450 crore

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today admitted an appeal filed by Sahara India challenging its earlier single-bench order which had held that Jet Airways was liable to pay Rs1,450 crore for the purchase of Sahara Airlines (now Jetlite) in 2007, reports PTI.

Sahara's appeal was admitted by a division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice Girish Godbole who fixed the matter for hearing on 19th July.

In the appeal, Sahara has staked its claim for Rs2,000 crore, the original price for the buyout. It said the court had erred in holding that Jet Airways was liable to pay the renegotiated amount of Rs1,450 crore.

Sahara had earlier sought a stay on the order passed by justice DY Chandrachud on 5th May. The judge had asked Jet Airways to pay the remaining amount of Rs478 crore (from the purchase price of Rs1,450 crore) within two weeks to Sahara for the buyout.

The Rs478 crore comprises interest accrued at the rate of 9%, as ordered by the judge, on the initial pending amount of Rs402 crore.

Sahara has pleaded in the appeal that the 9% interest was less and that it should get more. After the deal was signed, Jet had paid Rs900 crore to Sahara and agreed to pay the remaining amount in four instalments from 2008.

The Income Tax department had earlier slapped a notice of Rs107 crore on Sahara. While Jet said Sahara was liable to pay this amount as it pertained to period before acquisition of the airline, Sahara argued it was not liable to pay for it.

On account of the I-T notice, Jet deducted Rs37 crore and Rs50 crore, respectively, from the two instalments it paid to the Lucknow-based corporate group.


Gitanjali Gems buys Italian jewellery firm

Gitanjali Gems has acquired DIT Group SpA, which owns brands like Stefan Hafner, for $11 million

Leading jewellery brand Gitanjali Gems said it has acquired Italy-based jewellery firm DIT Group SpA, which owns brands like Stefan Hafner, for $11 million.

“We have acquired DIT Group Spa for $11 million,” Gitanjali Gems managing director Mehul Choksi told PTI.

DIT, a unit of Dubai-based jewellery group Damas International, had filed for bankruptcy and was under liquidation process with Civil Court of Alessandria in Italy.

“The liquidation process has been completed and we have got permission to officially acquire the assets of DIT Group Spa,” he said.

“Along with DIT Group Spa, Gitanjali has acquired its operating vehicle ‘BLU Srl’, which was set up to help the four brands [Stefan Hafner, IO Si, Roberta Porrati, and Nouvelle Bague] keep working when DIT had sought to restructure debt,” he said.

Choksi further said that there is good brand equity of these brands in Italy and the takeover of the company will help Gitanjali with DIT’s Italian techniques and creativity for high-end products.

Gitanjali has brands such as Nakshatra, Asmi, Gilli and D’Damas.

On Tuesday, Gitanjali Gems ended 1.64% up at Rs297.85 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex gained 0.23% to 18,308.66.


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