We had mentioned in Monday’s closing report that Nifty, Sensex were under pressure. The major indices of the Indian stock markets suffered a correction on Tuesday and closed with losses over Monday’s close. On the NSE, there were 468 advances, 1,282 declines and 315 unchanged. The trends of the major indices in the course of Tuesday’s trading are given in the table below:
Broadly negative global cues subdued the key Indian equity indices during the pre-noon trade session on Tuesday. According to analysts, investors feared that high petrol and diesel prices and a weak rupee would pump up the retail and wholesale inflation rates, thereby mitigating chances of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India in the near term. Selling pressure was witnessed in the consumer durable, FMCG (fast moving consumer goods), telecom and capital goods stocks. On the currency front, the rupee traded over 72.30 against the US dollar around 11.35 a.m. at the Inter-Bank Foreign Exchange Market.
Inflationary risks along with broadly negative global cues depressed the Indian rupee to a new low of 72.74 to the US dollar during late afternoon session on Tuesday. At 3.35 p.m. the rupee traded around 72.64 per dollar, against the previous close of 72.45 per dollar at the Inter-Bank Foreign Exchange Market. According to analysts, expectations of higher overall inflation rate, growing protectionism in global trade and an increasing outflow of foreign funds from the country's equity market have subdued the Indian currency.
Software major Tech Mahindra announced to open two 5G Centre of Excellence (CoEs) powered by Intel technology in Redmond, Washington State and Bengaluru. The CoEs will help communication service providers (CoSPs) optimise their capital expenditure on 5G migrations and accelerate new revenue-generating services that will lead the transformation journey, the company said in a statement. "We continue to build on our strategic partnership with Intel, collaborating to develop and co-create 5G solutions. 5G as an innovation platform will unlock unprecedented opportunities in every industry vertical," said Manish Vyas, President, Communications, Media & Entertainment Business, and the CEO, Network Services, Tech Mahindra. The company has over 926 global customers including Fortune 500 companies across diverse industry verticals like healthcare, manufacturing, banking, automotive and energy. Tech Mahindra shares closed at Rs746.70, down 2.51% on the BSE.
Budget airline SpiceJet announced the launch of its dedicated air cargo services and inducted the first freighter aircraft in its fleet. The company has created a separate division christened "SpiceXpress". It will commence operations on September 18, 2018. The current cargo capacity of SpiceJet's existing fleet is about 500 tonnes per day and this would go up to 900 tonne a day in a phased manner with the addition of four freighters by March 2019. SpiceJet shares closed at Rs79.35, down 0.06% on the BSE.
Automobile major Tata Motors Group's global wholesales in August 2018, including Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) rose by 14%, as compared to August 2017. According to the group, global wholesales in August 2018, including JLR stood at 107,030 units. Tata Motors shares closed at Rs267.20, down 3.03% on the BSE.
Cadila Healthcare - Zydus received a tentative approval from the USFDA for Sitagliptin Tablets uSP, an equivalent to US RLD — Januvia® Tablets. Sitagliptin is used in treating type-2 diabetes by lowering the blood sugar levels when it is high. Cadila Healthcare shares closed at Rs408.65, down 2.89% on the BSE.
YES Bank has successfully closed USD 400 million syndicated loan facility, borrowed out of the Bank’s IFSC Banking Unit (IBU) in Gujarat International Finance Tec City (GIFT) and will be utilised to support the IBU’s growing business. YES Bank Board has approved issue of Basel III compliant Tier 2 Bonds aggregating upto Rs3,000 crore with Green Shoe Option of upto Rs1,000 crore. Yes Bank shares closed at Rs316.70, down 2.18% on the BSE.
The top gainers and top losers of the major indices are given in the table below:
The closing values of the major Asian indices are given in the table below: