Bulls return to D-St after 6 days; Sensex up 642 pts, Nifty tad below 14750

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Stock market updates: Images on investors' trading screens turned around 180 degrees by the end of the session on Friday as bulls fought back to lift indices over a per cent higher. A drop in the US Treasury yield and a GDP growth upgrade by Moody's for India helped the markets snap 5-day losing streak.

Tracking sluggishness in the global markets, the domestic equity markets opened in a sea of red with the frontline indices dropping over a per cent. The dip was, however, quickly bought-into, pushing markets in the positive territory in less than 120 minutes into the trade. 

Mood in the global markets changed after the US Treasury yields slipped to 1.5 per cent from Thursday's high of 1.74 pe cent. Back home, Moody's Analytics said India's economy is likely to grow by 12 per cent in CY2021 following a 7.1 per cent contraction last year as near-term prospects have turned more favourable. 

Consequently, bulls reigned on Dalal Street for the first time in six days riding on the back of FMCG and metal counters. Both, the Nifty FMCG and Metal indices, ended over 2 per cent higher each, followed by gains in the Nifty Pharma and PSU Bank indices, up over 1 per cent. Other indices settled with less than a per cent gains, while the Nifty Realty index ended in the red, down 0.7 per cent.

Among the key headline indices, the 50-share barometer on the NSE closed above the 14,700-mark at 14,744 levels, up 186 points or 1.28 per cent. The 30-share benchmark Sensex, on the other hand, advanced 642 points, or 1.3 per cent, to end at 49,858 levels. In the intra-day deals, the Sensex and the Nifty touched 50,003 and 14,788, respectively jumping 1,416 and 350 points from day's low.

Individually, HUL, Power Grid, JSW Steel, Tata Steel, NTPC, UPL, Reliance Industries, Divis Labs, Gail, and UltraTech Cement were the top gainers on the Nifty, while L&T, Coal India, Tech M, Bajaj Auto, Titan, and ONGC ended as the top laggards.

In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices closed 1.35 per cent and 0.4 per cent higher, respectively.

 


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TECH VIEW :: Rohit Singre, Senior Technical Analyst at LKP Securities

Index closed a day on a positive note at 14745 with gains of more than one per cent and formed bullish piercing candle pattern on the daily chart which stands for a bullish reversal. Once nifty cross above 14800 zone bullish piercing pattern will get active and we may see a good move towards immediate hurdle zone of 14900-15000, supports still at 14650-14580 zone holding above said levels structure can be positive

MARKET CLOSING COMMENT :: Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services

The highly volatile domestic markets witnessed a smart recovery from its morning weakness and was swinging between gains and losses during the day owing to strong buying seen in FMCG, Pharma and Energy stocks. However, auto stocks were under pressure after the announcement of the government's new scrapping policy. The unsettling pace of U.S bond yields and a surge in COVID cases worldwide resulted in the global markets trading deep in red
 

Stocks that lifted the Sensex today


Sectoral trends on the NSE


Sensex Heatmap at Close


CLOSING BELL

Among the key headline indices, the 50-share barometer on the NSE closed above the 14,700-mark at 14,744 levels, up 186 points or 1.28 per cent. The 30-share benchmark Sensex, on the other hand, advanced 642 points, or 1.3 per cent, to end at 49,858 levels. In the intra-day deals, the Sensex and the Nifty touched 50,003 and 14,788, respectively jumping 1,416 and 350 points from day's low.

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NEWS ALERT :: Aarti drugs approves buyback at Rs 1000/share

The Buyback of up to 6,00,000 fully paid-up equity shares of face value of Rs. 10/- (Rupees Ten only) each of the Company, representing up to 0.64% of the total number of equity shares, at a price of Rs. 1,000 per share (including premium of Rs. 990/- per Equity Share) payable in cash for an aggregate amount of up to Rs 60 crore.

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India's economy may grow at 12% in 2021: Moody's

India's economy is likely to grow by 12 per cent in CY2021 following a 7.1 per cent contraction last year, as near-term prospects have turned more favourable, Moody's Analytics said.
 
A stronger than expected December quarter GDP growth of 0.4 percent following a 7.5 percent contraction in the previous three months has turned India's near-term prospects more favourable, it said.

Moody's saw real GDP growth of 12 percent in the 2021 calendar year, partially due to a low base-year comparison.

(Source: PTI)

Market Check :: Sensex extends gains, rises over 500 points


Stelis Biopharma raises $195 mn for vaccination unit, contract business

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MARKET UPDATE:: RIL, ITC among top contributors to Sensex's gain today


Bond market update :: US Treasury yield declines

US 10-year bond yield dips sharply to 1.67% vs yesterday's high of 1.75%

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European markets check

(Source: Reuters)


Pharma stocks trade largely higher in an otherwise volatile market

Company LATEST(rs) CHG(%)
Biocon 395.60 1.57
IOL Chemicals 576.45 -0.26
Granules India 307.05 0.29
Aurobindo Pharma 821.60 1.83
Sun Pharma.Inds. 577.75 0.57
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Progress on BPCL privatisation, but need for further clarity: Fitch Ratings

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Sector Watch :: Nifty FMCG index best sectoral performer


BOJ widens yield target band, pledges to buy risky assets only when needed

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Stove Kraft tumbles for 10th straight day, down 26% from March high

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P-notes investment climbs to 33-month high at Rs 91,658 crore in Feb

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IPO Update

Suryoday SFB IPO subscribed 1.32 times so far
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(Both issues close today)

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Bharat Dynamics in focus

>> Firm enters into contract with Defence Minstry

>> Agreement to supply of 4,960 MILAN-2T Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs) to Indian Army for Rs 1,188 crore. 
 
>> This is a ‘Repeat Order’ of contract, which was signed with co on March 08, 2016
 

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SECTOR UPDATE :: Defensive stocks lead recovery


MARKET ALERT :: Sensex jumps 200 pts


Recovery from intra-day lows in today's trade

COMPANY DAY'S LOW(RS) DAY'S HIGH(RS) LATEST(RS) RISE(%)
Sobha 402.50 455.00 452.70 12.47
Jamna Auto Inds. 61.25 67.65 67.65 10.45
Adani Total Gas 671.15 746.80 740.70 10.36
Meghmani Organ. 100.35 110.50 110.50 10.11
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MARKET CHECK :: Sensex recovers over 450 pts from day's low


Rupee Opening

Rupee opens at 72.58 per US dollar vs Thursday's close of 72.53/$

NEW LISTING :: Easy Trip Planners lists at 10% premium against issue price of Rs 187 on BSE


Most active stocks by volume

Company PRICE(rs) CHG(%)
Vodafone Idea 9.68 -2.52
B H E L 50.30 -3.45
Suzlon Energy 5.12 -4.48
Trident 13.55 -5.38
Bank Of Baroda 70.50 -2.02
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IEX scales new high in a weak market, rallies 22% in seven days

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MARKET UPDATE:: S&P BSE SmallCap index dips 3%


MARKET INSIGHT :: Investors need to wait and watch, says V K Vijayakumar

Market dynamics have become highly complex with an uncertain cocktail of positive & negative factors. The smart rebound in economic activity, sharp decline in crude by 7% overnight, reaffirmation of accommodative monetary stance by the Fed & resumption of FII buying are clear positives. But the second wave of Covid, particularly in the economically crucial state of Maharashtra,  the rise in US bond yield above 1.7% and sustained DII selling are negatives. The market direction in the short-term will be decided by either the positive or negative factors gaining traction, going forward. Investors will have to wait & watch

Note: VK Vijaykumar is Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services

ALERT :: Nifty breaks below 14,400


Weakness extends in markets


Deepak Nitrite down 1% despite rating upgrade

>> Rating agency CRISIL has upgraded long-term rating outlook for bank loan facilities of Rs 750 crore of the company, from 'AA-/Positive' to 'AA/Stable.


Godrej Properties slips 3%

>>  Rating agency ICRA has assigned 'AA' rating to the company's proposed issue of non-convertible debentures of up to Rs 1,500 crore.


GAIL India slides 2.6% amid market weakness

>> The company has signed Concession Agreement with Ranchi Municipal Corporation for setting up Compressed Biogas Plant in Ranchi.


Delhi HC upholds the Emergency Award that Amazon had won against Future Retail-RIL deal

>> Future Retail sinks 10%, RIL down 0.32%


Volatility Gauge

India VIX jumps over 4% in early deals, trades at 20.95

Sectoral trends on the NSE :: Auto, PSB indices down 1% each


Sensex Heatmap :: 27 of the 30 constituents trade in the red


Opening Bell


Opening Bell


Commodity trading at Open


Top gainers and losers on the S&P BSE Sensex in Pre-open


Markets at Pre-open


Markets at Pre-open


Top stocks to watch today

Easy Trip Planners: The shares will list on the bourses today. The IPO that was subscribed 159 times was quoting in the grey market at a 70 per cent premium, as per unlisted market watchers.
 
IT stocks: Shares of IT firms will be in focus after Accenture raised its guidance for the FY21 to 6.5-8.5% from 4-6% earlier, suggesting that Indian IT companies could also report robust growth for the March quarter next month. READ MORE

Dilip Buildcon in focus

Dilip Buildcon gets letter of acceptance from NHAI for 2 Hybrid Annuity Mode (HAM) projects worth Rs 2,241 cr in Puducherry & Tamil Nadu

Top trading ideas by Anand Rathi Shares

BUY AMBUJA CEMENTS LTD | TARGET: Rs 298 | STOP LOSS: Rs 270
 
The stock is in the cycle of higher highs, higher lows and is highly poised to test its all-time high zone in the coming future. In the past couple of sessions, it has seen some correction and is currently placed near its 21-DEMA on daily chart, from where it is expected to see some resurgence. Even on indicator front, the MACD is comfortably placed above its signal-line and the 14-period RSI is soaring northwards, affirming that the stock may surge in the coming future. READ MORE

Bulk deals on the BSE as on Thursday

Bulk deals on the NSE as on Thursday

FII/FPI & DII trading activity on NSE, BSE and MSEI


Rupee check

Source: Bloomberg


Oil steadies but Europe pandemic outlook knocks demand hopes

Oil prices edged up on Friday, but were still down more than 8% for the week as a new wave of COVID-19 infections across Europe spurred fresh lockdowns and dampened hopes that an anticipated recovery in fuel demand would come soon.

Prices plunged 7% on Thursday, falling for a fifth day in a row amid concerns about slowing vaccination programmes in Europe, even if infections have plummeted in the United States, the worst-hit country and biggest crude consumer.
 
US crude was up 10 cents, or 0.2%, at $60.10 a barrel. Brent crude was up 18 cents, or 0.3%, at $63.46 a barrel.

(Source: Reuters)

Gap-down start

>> At 8:23 am, the SGX Nifty was quoting 109 points, or 0.75 per cent, at 14,486 levels.
 

Wall Street update

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones fell 0.46 per cent, the S&P 500 lost 1.48 per cent, and the Nasdaq dropped 3 per cent

Asian markets check

Asian share markets eased on Friday as a spike in global bond yields soured sentiment toward richly priced tech stocks, while a stampede out of crowded positions in crude oil caused the sharpest setback in months. Having plunged 7 per cent overnight, and Brent crude futures were down another 38 cents at $62.90 a barrel.
 
Japan’s Nikkei dipped 0.7 per cent and South Korea 1 per cent in Friday's early deals. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan followed with a fall of 0.5 per cent as yields on US 10-year notes spiked to the highest since early 2020 at 1.754 per cent.

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