Weakness on the Sensex, Nifty to persist: Wednesday closing report

Nifty may be pulled lower if it closes below the days low

Market on Wednesday gave up all the intra-day gains after hitting a new life time high in the morning session. Witnessing a gradual fall, the indices closed in the negative, breaking four days of positive moves.

The S&P BSE Sensex opened at 25,651 while the NSE Nifty opened at 7,672. Both the indices hit an all-time high at 25,736 and 7,700. However the weakness in the indices set in and the market closed in the negative. Sensex hit a low of 25,366 closing at 25,474 (down 110 points or 0.43%), while the  Nifty hit a low of 7,589  and closed at 7,627 (down 30 points or 0.39%). The NSE recorded a volume of 162.15 crore shares. India VIX rose 2.39% to close at 17.0600.

The top five gainers being IT (2.19%), Pharma (0.88%), NI15 (0.78%), Service (0.31%) and Bank Nifty (0.15%). The top five losers were Realty (4.30%), Metal (2.60%), PSE (2.52%), Media (2.32%) and CPSE (2.31%).

Of the 50 stocks on the Nifty, 16 ended in the green. The top five gainers were Infosys (3.31%), Kotak Mahindra Bank (2.57%), TCS (2.13%), Hero MotoCorp (1.47%) and Dr Reddy’s Lab (1.30%). The top five losers were Tata Power (5.38%), DLF (5.38%), Hindalco (4.48%), Coal India (4.19%) and NTPC (3.94%).

Of the 1,593 companies on the NSE, 666 closed in the green, 894 companies closed in the red, while 33 companies closed flat.

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Tuesday decided to discontinue the four standing committees of the cabinet, which include the cabinet committee on management of natural calamities, cabinet committee on prices, cabinet committee on world trade organisation, and cabinet committee on unique identification authority of india. The Prime Minister will re-constitute the appointments committee of the cabinet, the cabinet committee on economic affairs, the cabinet committee on parliamentary affairs, the cabinet committee on political affairs and the cabinet committee on security.

State Bank of India (SBI) is planning to merge its three listed and two unlisted associate banks with itself. The three listed associate banks of SBI are State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur and State Bank of Travancore.

India's merchandise exports jumped 12.4% to $28 billion in May 2014 over May 2013, data released by the government today showed. Imports declined 11.41% to $39.23 billion in May 2014 over May 2013. Oil imports rose 2.5% to $14.46 billion in May 2014 over May 2013. Non-oil imports dropped 17.9% to $24.77 billion in May 2014 over May 2013.

The trade deficit declined to $11.23 billion in May 2014, from $19.37 billion in May 2013. Trade deficit for the first two months of this financial year declined to $21.32 billion, from $37.04 billion during the corresponding period in the previous year.

Again today all the pharma and software stocks in the Sensex 30 pack closed in the positive, namely,  Infosys (3.64%), TCS (2.23%), Dr Reddy’s (1.67%), Cipla (1.03%), Sun Pharma (0.78%) and Wipro (0.41%).

Tata Power (4.98%), top loser in the Sensex 30 stocks, was recently in the news as it said that the company has raised its renewable energy capacity to 1,170MW with the commissioning of its 28.8MW solar plant at Palaswadi in Maharashtra.

Suzlon Enery (4.93%) was among the top two gainers in the ‘A’ group on the BSE. The company was recently in news for winning a repeat order worth Rs 750 crore from ReNew Wind Power for its 100.8 MW project in Rajasthan. The company said the order is for supply of 48 units of S97-120m wind turbine generators at Bhesada in Jaisalmer district, where ReNew Wind Power is setting up the project.

Future Retail (7.22%) was among the top three losers in the ‘A’ group on the BSE. The board of the company is considering various options for raising of funds upto Rs2,000 crore, comprising of (i) issue of shares / warrants on preferential basis to investors and promoters of approximately Rs400 crore and (ii) issue of shares of different classes on rights basis upto Rs1600 crore; accordingly it has approved the following fund raising resolutions. The company proposes to utilise the proceeds of the various fund raising options at least 75% for its debt reduction program in addition to also fund its future growth.

US indices closed flat with a positive bias, on Tuesday 10th June.

Data showed US wholesale inventories increased 1.1% in April, higher than estimates. A separate report showed job openings rose to 4.5 million in April from 4.17 million in March.

The World Bank cut its global growth forecast amid weaker outlooks for the US, Russia and China, while calling on emerging markets to strengthen their economies before the Federal Reserve raises interest rates. The bank predicts the world economy will expand 2.8% this year, compared with a January projection of 3.2%. The US forecast was reduced to 2.1% from 2.8% while outlooks for Brazil, Russia, India and China were also lowered. The setbacks may be temporary: the 2015 estimate for world economic growth was unchanged at 3.4%.

Except for Hang Seng (0.25%), NZSE 50 (0.25 points) and Straits Times (0.11%) all the other Asian indices closed in the green. Jakarta Composite (0.52%) was the top gainer.
European indices are trading in the red. US Futures too are trading lower.


Activist urges Maharashtra home Minister to withdraw move to punish for Facebook 'like'
Bureaucrat-turned-activist and lawyer Abha Singh has termed the Maharashtra Government’s plan as 'draconian' that may set a dangerous precedent for democracy

Advocate and former bureaucrat Abha Singh has called for a withdrawal of  instructions given by Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil to Mumbai police, to book persons posting offensive comments on Facebook and even those who 'Like' such comments. 
Adv Singh, in a letter sent to the minister, said, “If such draconian instructions related to freedom of speech and expression are not curtailed at this stage, this may set a dangerous precedent for our democracy.”
“Such type of draconian instructions are contrary to the provisions of Article 19 of the Constitution of India. Further, it is a settled position in international law that a ‘Like’ in Facebook amounts to a constitutionally protected free speech. A ‘Like’ is only an expression of opinion and the person ‘Liking’ a Facebook post cannot be assigned the culpability of the person making such a post,” she said in the letter sent to the Home Minister.
According to media reports, Patil had said the state was exploring the need for legislation to prevent misuse of social media, such as 'posting', 'sharing', and 'liking' communally provocative issues and photos, to avoid communal tension. Maharashtra ranks first in the country in terms of use of social media.
This follows recent incidents where defamatory posts by unidentified persons on Facebook, regarding Shivaji Maharaj and Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray, caused the death of Pune based techie Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh. 
Even Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar was quoted by DNA as saying, “anti-social elements are misusing social media to spread hatred across the state. In the recent past, particular groups have been deliberately defaming social icons by morphing their pictures and uploading the distorted ones with fabricated messages. We want peace and harmony... (These) groups should be punished". 



Kisalay Somani

2 years ago

I think it's time Facebook pack their bags and shut shop in India - because if Maharashtra has it's way, I'll probably just go ahead and delete my Facebook account. Not that it mattered much, but was definitely a convenient way of catching up with long lost friends and family. Probably go the old school route of tracing down the person (if you are lucky) and calling them up :P

Toyota recalls 2.27 million vehicles globally over airbag defect

Toyota recalled 2.27 million vehicles globally covering 20 models, including its Corolla sedan, Yaris sub-compact and Noah minivan over an airbag system defect that could cause fires

Japanese car-maker Toyota Motor Corp on Wednesday said it recalled 2.27 million vehicles globally from 20 different variants over an airbag system defect that could cause fires.


Toyota, which has now recalled about nine million vehicles in the past two months, said the announcement covered 20 models, including its Corolla sedan, Yaris sub-compact and Noah minivan.


“The involved vehicles were equipped with front passenger airbag inflators, which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers (that) could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash.” the company said in a statement.


A company spokesman in Tokyo said the automaker had received a complaint from a Japanese customer who said his passenger seat was burned from the defect. No serious injuries or accidents linked to the defect had been reported, he added.


The fire risk covers about 1.62 million cars overseas and 650,000 in Japan, Toyota said, and follows a mass recall last year for the same glitch with the vehicles’ airbag inflator.


This recall is another blow to the world’s biggest automaker, whose safety reputation has been dented in recent years.


In April, Toyota recalled 6.39 million vehicles globally over a string of problems, and another 520,000 vehicles last month, mostly in North America, over several issues, including cable corrosion that could cause unused spare tyres to fall off.


In February, it had recalled 1.9 million of its signature Prius hybrid cars, after recalling millions of other models in recent years over a possible fire risk and other safety issues.


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