Uptrend broken; Sensex, Nifty in no man’s land: Tuesday Closing Report

A close above today’s high would be needed for the market to head higher. A decline may take the Nifty to around 5,680


The market snapped its two-day winning streak and settled lower on selling pressure from banking, consumer durables and PSU stocks. A close above today’s high would be needed for the market to head higher. A decline may take the Nifty to around 5,680. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) reported a volume of 52.88 crore shares and advance-decline ratio of 691:688.

 The market opened marginally lower on nervousness ahead of the outcome of the two-day US FOMC meeting, which begins today. The meeting achieves significance as clues to the future of the US bond-buying programme are likely to emerge. The cautiousness was reflected in the Asian markets which were mixed in morning trade.

The Nifty opened eight points lower at 5,842 and the Sensex started the day at 19,329, down three points from its previous close. Pressure from capital goods stocks kept the market range-bound in the negative terrain in early trade.

Select buying was seen in IT, realty and healthcare stocks, but the gains lacked strength resulting in the benchmarks staying in the red till the noon session.  

The market made a laboured effort to bounce back from the lows with help from metal and realty stocks. The gains helped the market indices hit their highs shortly after 2.00pm. At this point the Nifty rose to 5,863 and the Sensex inched up to 19,384.

However, the benchmarks could not sustain the gains and slipped into the negative once again on selling pressure from the banking sector and healthcare major Ranbaxy on news that the Supreme Court will hear a public interest litigation on the 24th June seeking directions to cancel the company’s manufacturing license and prosecute its directors for allegedly selling adulterated medicines.

The decline led the market to its low in late trade with the Nifty falling to 5,804 and the Sensex retracting to 19,191. The benchmarks finally snapped their two-day winning streak and settled lower.

The Nifty fell 36 points (0.62%) to 5,814 and the Sensex closed the day at 9,223, a loss of 103 points (0.53%).

The broader indices outperformed the Sensex today, as the BSE Mid-cap index rose 0.03% and the BSE Small-cap index gained 0.25%.

BSE Metal (up 0.75%); BSE TECk (up 0.67%); BSE IT (up 0.57%) and BSE Healthcare (up 0.05%) were the sectoral gainers. The main losers were BSE Bankex (down 1.20%); BSE Consumer Durables (down 1.09%); BSE PSU (down 0.91%); BSE Capital Goods (down 0.86%) and BSE Power (down 0.64%).

Out of the 30 stocks on the Sensex, 10 settled higher. The top gainers were Tata Steel (up 2.89%); Tata Power (up 1.15%); Bajaj Auto (up 1.09%); Infosys (up 1.08%) and Hero MotoCorp (up 1.02%). The major losers were NTPC (down 2.20%); Bharti Airtel (down 1.67%); GAIL India (down 1.59%); HDFC Bank (down 1.48%) and ONGC (down 1.47%).
The top two A Group gainers on the BSE were—Reliance Communications (up 11.14%) and Piramal Enterprises (up 5.64%).
The top two A Group losers on the BSE were—MMTC (down 4.98%) and Ranbaxy Laboratories (down 3.56%).

The top two B Group gainers on the BSE were—GG Dandekar Machine Works (up 20%) and Kilitch Drugs India (up 19.95%).
The top two B Group losers on the BSE were— Blue Chip India (down 15.56%) and KBS India (down 15.36%).

Of the 50 stocks on the Nifty, 14 ended in the in the green. The main gainers were Tata Steel (up 2.65%); Infosys (up 1.38%); Sesa Goa (up 1.11%); Bajaj Auto (up 1.01%) and Kotak Mahindra Bank (up 0.93%). The key losers were Ranbaxy (down 3.90%); NTPC (down 2.69%); IndusInd Bank (down 2.49%); Punjab National Bank and UltraTech Cement Co (down 2.47% each).

Markets in Asia settled mostly higher on hopes of a positive outcome from the two-day FOMC meeting. News of the world leaders at the Group of Eight (G-8) meeting in Northern Ireland supporting Japanese initiatives to boost its economy also supported investor sentiment.

The Shanghai Composite rose 0.14%; the Jakarta Composite surged 1.38%; the KLSE Composite gained 0.11%; the Straits Times climbed 1.45%; the Seoul Composite advanced 0.93% and the Taiwan Weighted settled 0.23% higher. On the other hand, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.20% and the Hang Seng settled flat with a negative bias.

At the time of writing, two of the three top European markets were trading higher and the US stock futures were seen with modest gains.

Back home, foreign institutional investors were net sellers of equities amounting to Rs165.09 crore on Monday whereas domestic institutional investors were net buyers of stocks aggregating Rs361.52 crore.

Readying Religare Enterprises for a banking licence, its promoters billionaire brothers Malvinder Mohan Singh and Shivinder Mohan Singh have decided to sell nearly 23% stake, currently worth over Rs 1,000 crore, to meet the RBI eligibility norms for new banks. The stock declined 1.86% to close at Rs16 on the NSE.

Water treatment player Va Tech Wabag, in a joint venture with Pratibha Industries, has bagged a Rs262 crore order from Melamchi Water Supply Development Board, Nepal. The scope of the work comprises construction of water treatment plant at Sundarijal, Nepal with an initial capacity of 85MLD, Va Tech Wabag said in a statement. The stock surged 3.35% to close at Rs456.05 on the NSE.

Viceroy Hotels has secured its shareholders’ nod for sale of the company’s Chennai Property Division. The company had decided to sell the division to Chennai-based Ceebros Hotels Pvt Ltd for a cash consideration of Rs480 crore. Viceroy Hotels declined 1.40% to Rs17.60 on the NSE.


You Be The Judge

Love thy neighbour

Let’s see how the law applies to neighbourly relations. The biblical injunction of ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ is, unfortunately, not a common occurrence. Probably, because familiarity often breeds contempt. Two neighbours, Mr 1 and Mr 2, could not see eye to eye. No talk. No visits. Now, while one neighbour, Mr 1 is away his house catches fire. What is neighbour Mr 2 supposed to do?

The choices before him would be:

a)    Call the fire brigade
b)    Rush into the house by breaking down the door if necessary and save the belongings
c)    Make sure his own house and those of others are safe
d)    Try to contact the neighbour
e)    Call for all the possible help he can muster
f)    Do nothing. After all, it’s not HIS house.

What would you advise?
In law, neighbour 2 would be correct in taking any or all of the first five options. It is the duty of every citizen to protect property, his or anyone else’s. And neighbour 1 would not have a case against him... Even if he did not thank his enemy! We, often, hear of bystanders not interfering in a felony. It is very common and it is wrong. Each citizen is duty-bound to assist another human in need. Remember how, a few years ago, four passengers in a local train, including a journalist, stayed put while a mentally retarded girl was raped?

Good fences make good neighbours? Not always

Ardeshir Katrak was a lawyer practising in Bombay in the small causes court, mainly on Rent Act matters, protecting poor Parsis from rapacious trustees. As is our wont, we had asked him the question we ask every advocate. “Which is the most interesting case you have ever argued?” We repeat Ardeshir’s story.

Once upon a time, there were two farmers. They were neighbours. They shared a common boundary and they fought. Over what? A coconut tree.

Farmer A planted a coconut tree near the common fence. Now, trees have a mind of their own. They are living things, after all. So the tree in question decided to visit the neighbour, farmer B. As it grew, it bent over and entered the air space of the neighbour. It bore fruit. The fruit hung above the neighbour’s land. And so the neighbour laid claim to it. To whom did the fruit really belong? Now, you be the judge.

The decision was in favour of neighbour B. The law says that all the air, and beyond, over your land is yours. So, if one were to sleep on one’s plot of land and look up, straight up, that entire atmosphere is his or hers. The moral of the story: Do not plant tall trees close to the fence.

Let us think further.
1)     What if farmer A cuts down the tree out of pique, or quietly poisons it?
2)     How does farmer B reach his fruits?
3)     Who pays the taxes, if the owners are charged per tree as prevails in some districts?
4)     Will farmer A be charged with trespass, if he climbs the tree all the way to the top? We believe he would be trespassing.
Isn’t law fascinating? They say the law is an ass. But it definitely is not a donkey. You be the judge.

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A yield of 19.4%?

That is what this “investment opportunity” from India Infoline offers. This dubious fixed income proposal is for those who have nerves of steel and money to burn

One of our readers sent me an interesting investment proposal, which he received from India Infoline. It involves placing money with a Delhi-based developer of properties by the name of Pratibha Impex. The company will pay interest at 18% per annum (p.a.) with quarterly payouts in Year 1 and monthly payouts in Year 2. The principal is proposed to be repaid in 12 monthly instalments after completion of one year. The marketing document tells you that you get a yield of 19.4%, which means that if you were to reinvest all your receipts at 18% p.a., the effective return would be 19.4%. The minimum investment size is Rs.35 lakh.

Many investors may fall for the high yield, without realising the pitfalls. Here are the many problems with the issue:

  • The total amount proposed to be raised is just Rs19 crore. And the caveat is that there will not be more than 49 investors. This is to make sure that that it does not become a ‘public’ issue and remains a ‘private’ placement, thus bypassing the SEBI registration requirements.
  • There is NO credit rating. The debentures are ‘secured’ by a piece of land at Noida, which according to IIFL, amounts to twice the total debenture amount, at current market prices. IDBI Trusteeship Services P Ltd is the Trustee for the debenture holders. There is a corporate guarantee by the issuer as well as personal guarantees of promoters.
  • The allotment will be made in the form of physical certificates and an endeavour will be made to dematerialise it within 30 days. There will be NO listing.
  • The investor has to open accounts with IIFL—demat, ‘advisory’ account, trading account, etc.
  • You cannot know enough about the promoters or their business. I could not locate any website through Google or any reference to their projects. One of the promoters is a governing member of CREDAI. The presentation mentions that the company is 25-year old, has developed 7 million square feet and has Rs33 billion worth of projects under execution. It is also stated that the company has an operational hotel managed by the Radisson group. They are also stated to have interests in hospitality, healthcare, corporate spaces and facility management.
  • There is no mention about the total loans of the group. We do not have an idea as to why a company that has Rs3,300 crore of projects under development is trying to raise a measly sum of Rs19 crore through a convoluted private placement route at a high cost.
  • The cover page mentions it as a primary issue and the inside page refers to it as a ‘secondary’ market transaction. Does it mean that IIFL or someone else will take it from the issuer at a ‘discount’ and issue it to the investor at par? The presentation mentions no ‘fees’ but the yield of 19.4% is qualified by ‘before fees’. So who is paying/receiving the fees?
  • Since it is an unlisted debenture, there would be TDS. No mention about this in the presentation.


Still tempted? Remember that liquidity will be zero, so no exit till the end. Given the changes that are happening in the real estate sector, it will become more and more difficult for the real estate sector to manage cash flows. From a business risk perspective, conservative investors would be better off giving this a miss. This is for those with nerves of steel and money to burn.



Sanjay Matai

4 years ago

Very true. Please don't believe in such fancy promises. I came across a similar scheme which I analyzed on my blog post last week:'

R Balakrishnan

4 years ago

Private placement to 49 is finally got by sending mailers to a few thousand people. Statutory requirement to keep a record of who the detailed Information Memorandum goes to. But mailers? They must be getting circulated and recirculated in order to pull people. A banker is supposed to sell a pvt placement only to a known person. But if you don't have a relationship with them, you will still be welcomed with open arms.


4 years ago

India infoline is known for such gimmicks . This is the most investor unfriendly company and customer unfriendly . They only care about themselves and their revenues .

Try this out firsthand by opening an account with them .


4 years ago

India infoline is known for such gimmicks . This is the most investor unfriendly company and customer unfriendly . They only care about themselves and their revenues .

Try this out firsthand by opening an account with them .


4 years ago

You couldn't have said it better sir ... no exit till the end!


4 years ago

I think the author is ill informed – s/he has confused a private offer to select individuals with an offer open to general public. When the investment is not even available to the masses, how can the author claim they are getting fooled?? Shows very poor research and dubious integrity on her/ his part.
Apparently media in the country will go to any extent to just publish controversy generating content, thereby grabbing “eyeballs” for their own selves in the process.


Bosco Menezes

In Reply to Vgupta 4 years ago

Guptaji, do the points mentioned in the article take on a different meaning simply because the offer was to a "select" audience.
I don't think the intent is to "publish controversy", rather to educate the general public about doing proper due diligence before entertaining such offers.

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