Sensex gains for 2nd day; ends 447 pts up at 50,297; auto, IT stocks rally

Topics MARKET WRAP | Markets | Sensex

Stock market updates: Volatility ran high in the domestic markets on Tuesday as investors tracked mixed signals from global peers and avoided taking aggressive bets in equities amid upward move in bond yields, yet again. 

European shares paused on Tuesday as investors sought to guess the bond market's next move, while weak German retail sales were a stark reminder of continued Covid-19 fallout on the region's biggest economy. Moreover, falls in Asian stockmarkets, after a senior Chinese official expressed wariness about the risk of asset bubbles in foreign markets, and a drop in oil prices also weighed on sentiment. 

The pan-European STOXX 600 share index edged 0.2 per cent higher, with Paris down, while Frankfurt and London eked out slim gains. In Asia, Chinese blue-chips slipped 1.3 per cent while Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index lost 1.2 per cent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.33 per cent and Japan's Nikkei was down 0.8 per cent.

Against this backdrop, benchmark indices witnessed wild swings during the session today. The headline S&P BSE Sensex traded in a range of 600 points and hit an intra-day high and low of 50,425 and 49,807, respectively. At close, the index was quoting at 50,297 levels, up 447 points or 0.9 per cent. 

M&M zoomed nearly 5 per cent and settled the session as the top gainer on the Sensex, followed by NTPC, Bajaj Auto, Tech M, Infosys, TCS, and Maruti Suzuki, all up in the range of 3 per cent to 4 per cent. On the downside, ONGC, HDFC, PowerGrid, Dr Reddy's Labs, and SBI were the only losers, down 0.2 per cent to 3 per cent.

Meanwhile, on the NSE, the Nifty50 settled above the 14,900-mark, at 14,919 levels. The index was up 157 points or 1.07 per cent from Monday's close.

Broader markets outperformed the benchmark indices today, highlighting underlying strength in the market. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices ended 1.55 per cent and 1.6 per cent higher, respectively.

On the sectoral front, only the Nifty PSU Bank index closed in the red for second straight day, down 0.04 per cent. On the higher side, the Nifty Auto and IT indices closed over 3 per cent higher each, while the Nifty Pharma, Realty, Private Bank, and FMCG indices ended up between 0.7 per cent and 1.5 per cent.

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MARKET CLOSING COMMENT :: Shrikant Chouhan, Executive VP, Equity Technical Research at Kotak Securities

The market has formed a continuation formation followed by the formation of the Harami pattern which it had formed on Monday. This indicates bullishness for the market. The Nifty/Sensex closed between the bearish gap, which it had left between 15065-14919 / 50250-50991 last Friday. The market breadth was also encouraging as along with IT and FMCG we saw bullish activity in financials.  Based on the daily chart the Nifty/Sensex is heading for the minimum target of 15065/50750. On the other side, 14830/50100 and 14750/49800 would be major supports. The focus should be on Technology and FMCG stocks.”
 
 

TECH VIEW :: Nagaraj Shetti, Technical Research Analyst, HDFC Securities

After showing a sustainable upside bounce on Monday, Nifty continued its upside momentum on Tuesday and closed the day with handsome gains of 157 points. After opening on a positive note, nifty made an attempt to move up in the early part of the session. Intraday profit booking has triggered in the early mid part of the session and Nifty showed intraday weakness from the highs. Later on the market sustained the gains and more upside was seen towards the end. The opening upside gap has been filled completely during intraday dip.
 
A small positive candle was formed with minor upper and lower shadow. Technically, this pattern could be considered as a comeback of bulls from the lows. Further upside from here is expected to result in a reversal of recent down trend of the market.
 
Nifty is now placed at the verge of moving above and filling the opening downside (26 Feb) and upside (25 Feb) gaps- type of island reversal. Hence, the area of 14920-15065 is expected to be a crucial resistance zone for the market for short term and a sustainable move above 15100 is likely to reverse the trend meaningfully.
 
Nifty on the weekly chart has taken the support of 10 week EMA around 14350 levels and started to bounce up. Previously, this weekly short term moving average has offered good support for few occasions in past and the market flared up. Presently Nifty is showing sustainable upside bounce, which is likely to bring hopes for bulls for more upside.
 
Conclusion: The short term trend of Nifty continues to be positive and bulls seems gaining strength in the present upside bounce. The crucial overhead resistance to be watched around 15065 and a decisive move above this gap area could open chances of new highs for the market.

MARKET CLOSING COMMENT :: Deepak Jasani, Head of Research, HDFC Securities

Indian benchmark equity indices ended higher for the second straight day, after recovering from selloff seen in the morning. At close the NSE Nifty 50 index gained another 1.07% to end at 14,919.
 
Nifty has entered the downgap area of 14919-15065 raising hopes of further upmove. Advance decline ratio also rose in line with the uppishness in the Nifty. 14782 on the downside is a crucial level to defend.

TECH VIEW :: Sumeet Bagadia, Executive Director, Choice Broking

After a positive opening leading to a highly volatile trading session that saw an intraday high followed by an intraday low, the benchmark index recovered from its day’s loss and closed near to a high at 14919 with a gain of 150 points. Sectoral wise NIFTY Auto, NIFTY IT and NIFTY FMCG were the top performer sectors while NIFTY PSU was lagging amongst other sectors. Technically, the benchmark index has taken the support of its 50 Days Moving Average which shows a bounce back movement and based on which we can see a good move in it. Moreover, the Nifty has been trading in an Upward Rising Channel formation since the last many days which is a continuation formation and suggests an upside movement in the index. At present level, Nifty has a strong support at 14750 while upside resistance comes at 15070-15180.

MARKET CLOSING COMMENT :: Ajit Mishra, VP - Research, Religare Broking

Markets extended rebound and gained over a percent amid excessive volatility. The benchmark started the day on a strong note, tracking firm global cues however profit-taking in the index majors, mainly from the banking pack, capped the upside as the session progressed. However, renewed buying in select heavyweights in the last hour helped the index to close around the day’s high. Consequently, Nifty settled above 14,900 levels; up by 1.1%. The broader market indices, midcap and smallcap, continued their outperformance and ended with strong gains of 1.6% each. On the sector front, all the indices ended in positive with IT and Auto leading the pack.
 
Markets are mirroring global indices and we expect this trend to continue in the coming sessions. Nifty is likely to fill the open gap but the performance of the banking index would be critical. We feel it’s prudent to continue with a stock-specific trading approach in the present market scenario while keeping a check on leveraged positions.

TECH VIEW :: Rohit Singre, senior technical analyst at LKP Securities

Index again opened a day with gap & hold its bullish stream for second consecutive day and activated the bullish harami candle pattern which formed in yesterday session hinting we may see some more upside if index managed to save 14500 zone in the near term. On the immediate basis, index has support near 14800-followed by 14750 zone any dip near said levels will be again buying opportunity and resistance is coming near 15k mark

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

Indian market witnessed a positive opening backed by a strong US market due to steady treasury bond yields, but market pared its gains as Asian peers traded weak. A quick recovery was seen towards the end of the session as investors hurried to buy on dips showing huge confidence & liquidity in the market. An improved outlook post-February auto sales numbers resulted in continued buying in auto stocks with IT sector also being a major contributor in the rally

MARKET CLOSING COMMENT :: S Ranganathan, Head of Research at LKP Securities

Markets exhibited buoyancy today despite its share of volatility in Tuesday's afternoon trade. IT stocks and Auto stocks led the rally while the broader market saw keen interest in Paper stocks on rising product prices
 

INDIA VIX ALERT

The volatility index ended 7.8 per cent lower at 23.6 levels.

SECOR WATCH :: Fresh breakout in IT stocks take index higher


SECOR WATCH :: Auto stocks rally for 2nd day


Stocks that lifted Sensex today


Sectoral trends on NSE at Close


Sensex Heatmap at Close


CLOSING BELL

The headline S&P BSE Sensex traded in a range of 600 points and hit an intra-day high and low of 50,425 and 49,807, respectively. At close, the index was quoting at 50,297 levels, up 447 points or 0.9 per cent. 
 
Meanwhile, on the NSE, the Nifty50 settled above the 14,900-mark, at 14,919 levels. The index was up 157 points or 1.07 per cent from Monday's close.
 

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Sensex Heatmap at this hour


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SECTOR WATCH:: Paper stocks rally as China producers hike prices

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COMPANY NAME LATEST HIGH LOW CHG(%)
Ballarpur Inds. 1.27 1.32 1.24 0.00
Orient Paper 28.85 29.05 25.20 10.96
JK Paper 157.55 159.30 146.50 7.62
Genus Paper & Bo 7.65 7.65 6.95 8.82
Yash Pakka 83.80 84.80 79.10 3.65
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European markets check

(Source: Reuters)


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Stocks that hit 52-week high on BSE today in an otherwise volatile market

Company PRICE(rs) 52 WK HIGH CHG(%)
3M India 24400.00 24716.40 1.14
Adani Enterp. 859.55 865.00 0.88
Aegis Logistics 323.95 329.50 0.61
APL Apollo Tubes 1144.00 1158.00 4.71
Astral Poly Tech 2183.70 2249.95 -0.61
» More on 52 Week High

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SECTOR WATCH:: Auto stocks hold gains

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Tata Motors 337.45 2.85
Ashok Leyland 130.75 0.85
Tata Motors-DVR 136.30 3.38
M & M 853.45 4.19
TVS Motor Co. 627.10 1.69
» More

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Fall from intra-day high in BSE500 stocks in today's session

COMPANY DAY'S HIGH(RS) DAY'S LOW(RS) LATEST(RS) FALL(%)
R C F 100.15 83.70 90.40 -9.74
MMTC 52.55 45.20 48.05 -8.56
Hindustan Copper 165.10 149.40 151.80 -8.06
Just Dial 969.30 813.00 896.50 -7.51
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Top gainers on the BSE at this hour

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Just Dial 909.00 12.17
Symphony 1344.75 11.63
JSW Energy 81.85 10.01
MOIL 173.10 8.97
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MARKET VIEW | V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services

In the brief fight between equity bulls and bond bears, it appears that equity bulls have won, at least in the first round. The US 10-year yield has stabilised at around 1.4 percent emboldening the equity bulls to come back with force pushing the US benchmark indices sharply higher on Monday. Equity bulls in India are likely to take cue from this positive global backdrop. Adding to the global positivity, there are many domestic positive economic news like Rs 1.3 lakh crore GST collections in Feb, Rs 77000 cr from the first day of spectrum auction, declining crude prices and reasonably good news from auto sales in Feb. In brief, advantage bulls!

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SBI Cards and Payment gains 3% as Credit Suisse initiates coverage

>> Large growth runway and strong profitability justify valuations Initiating coverage with OUTPERFORM,Target price (Rs): 1,250


MARKET CHECK :: Nifty tops 14,900


MARKET CHECK :: Sensex trades near's day high


Hero MotoCorp up 1.5% on solid growth in Feb exports

>> The two-wheeler maker, on Monday, reported a 1.45 per cent increase in total sales at 5,05,467 units in February. The company had sold 4,98,242 units in the same month of the previous year.


Quess Corp rallies 2%

>> The company announced the separation of roles of its Chairman and Managing Director. Suraj Moraje, currently Group CEO and Executive Director, will be elevated to Group CEO and Managing Director from April 1, while Ajit Isaac, currently Executive Chairman and MD, will continue in the role of Executive Chairman.


Tata Motors trades flat

>> The state government of Delhi has temporarily suspended incentives offered on Tata Motors’ electric sport utility vehicle, Nexon, on alleged charges by a customer that the vehicle does not have the capacity to cover as many kilometers claimed by the company in a single charge.


IRCTC gains 2% after firm decides to terminate all mobile catrring contracts

>> The Madras High Court has directed the company to terminate all existing contracts of mobile catering involving scope of work of providing cooked food to passengers prepared from base kitchens as per the existing terms and conditions.


Shipping Corporation of India soars over 14%

>> The government has received multiple bids for privatisation of Shipping Corporation of India, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey said on Monday.


BPCL advances 4% on Numaligarh refinery deal

>> Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) said it will exit Numaligarh refinery in Assam by selling its entire stake to a consortium of Oil India Ltd and Engineers India Ltd for Rs 9,876 crore.


Sectoral trends on NSE :: Metal stocks slip in a strong market


Sensex Heatmap :: ONGC, PowerGrid slip on profit-booking


First Trade


First Trade


Commodity Heatmap


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


Markets at Pre-open


Markets at Pre-open


BROKERAGE VIEW :: MOFSL on BPCL

CMP: Rs 455 | TP: Rs 520 | Reco: Buy

- BPCL’s board has approved the divestment of its entire 61.65% stake in Numaligarh Refinery (NRL) for INR98.76b to a consortium of Oil India, Engineers India and the Government of Assam (which has the first right of refusal) (press release). Oil India/ Government of Assam currently holds 26%/12.35% stake.
 
- Last week, BPCL finalized commercial terms for acquiring Oman Oil’s ~36.62% stake in Bina refinery for ~INR24b. Post completion of the transaction, it will hold 100% stake in BORL (press release).
 
- On an EV-to-EBITDA basis, the company has signed the NRL/BORL deal at 7.8x/7.4x FY20 EBITDA. On completion of the aforementioned two deals, the company would have incremental cash of INR74.8b
 
- We value the company at 2.1x FY23E book to arrive at our TP of INR520. Ascribing the aforementioned deal value of 7.5x EV-to-EBITDA to its Refining business, our SoTP suggests a standalone business value of INR400/share (at 8x FY23E EBITDA for the Marketing and Pipeline business), with additional value of investments of INR200/share. Thus, our SoTP derived valuation for BPCL stands at INR600/share. We reiterate our optimism on the divestment process going through given the earnest efforts of the management. Our SoTP valuation implies an FY23E book value of 2.4x (i.e. 15% premium to FY15-18 post reform period). Reiterate Buy.

BROKERAGE VIEW :: MOFSL on SBI Cards

CMP: Rs 1,098 | TP: Rs 1,200 | Reco: Neutral

- SBI Cards and Payments Services Ltd (SBICARD) has strengthened its position as the second largest card player in the country - with market share of ~19% in o/s cards and ~20% in overall spends. The company has an o/s card base of ~11.5m and has doubled its card base over the past three years at an average incremental market share of 23%.
 
- SBICARD has access to parent SBIN's vast network of ~22k branches and customer base of ~450m, along with strong open market sourcing capabilities. Thus, it remains well-placed to capitalize on growth opportunities in a highly underpenetrated market.
 
- The company has delivered average RoA/RoE of ~5%/29.5% over FY18-20. While COVID-19 has disrupted the growth trajectory, recovery has been fairly sharp, with retail spends surpassing pre-COVID levels.
 
- We estimate a loan book / earnings CAGR of 27%/47% over FY21-23E, while margins are likely to remain broadly stable. We estimate credit cost to moderate gradually, and expect the company to report healthy return ratios with RoA/RoE of 6.6%/28.4% in FY23. We initiate coverage with a Neutral rating and TP of INR 1,200 (43x FY23E EPS).
 

Top stocks to watch today

BPCL, OIL, Engineers India: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) said it will exit Numaligarh refinery in Assam by selling its entire stake to a consortium of Oil India Ltd and Engineers India Ltd for Rs 9,876 crore.
 
Quess Corp: The company announced the separation of roles of its Chairman and Managing Director. Suraj Moraje, currently Group CEO and Executive Director, will be elevated to Group CEO and Managing Director from April 1, while Ajit Isaac, currently Executive Chairman and MD, will continue in the role of Executive Chairman. READ MORE

Bulk deals on the BSE as on Monday

Bulk deals on the NSE as on Monday

Rupee check

Source: Bloomberg


Oil extends losses on worry over possible supply increase from OPEC

>> Oil prices fell more than 1% on Tuesday, extending losses that began last week, as investors unwound long positions on concern that OPEC may agree to increase global supply in a meeting this week and Chinese demand may be slipping.
 
>> Brent crude dropped 78 cents, or 1.2%, to $62.91 a barrel, after losing 1.1% the previous day. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude slid 74 cents, or 1.2%, to $59.90 a barrel, having lost 1.4% on Monday.

(Source: Reuters)

SGX Nifty Update

>> At 8:35 am, the index was trading 23 points higher at 14,816 levels.

Asian market check

Asian shares were also largely higher on. Korea's Kospi surged 1.7 per cent in early deals, Australian shares jumped 0.4% in early trade, while Japan’s Nikkei slipped 0.2 per cent.

Wall Street alert

In the overnight session, Wall Street indices jumped as bond markets calmed after a month-long selloff, while another Covid-19 vaccine getting U.S. approval and fiscal stimulus also bolstered expectations of a swift economic recovery.
 
The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 1.95% and Nasdaq Composite jumped 3.01%. The S&P 500 gained 2.38% and posted its strongest one-day gain since June.

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