Indices end lower for 2nd day; Sensex drops 441 pts but up 2.5% this week

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Stock market updates: Domestic markets snapped the streak of weekly losses even as sombre global mood butchered bulls at the bourses for two days straight. A rise in Brent crude prices along with a jump in bond yields acted as the double whammy on stocks on Friday, pushing benchmark equity indices down by nearly a per cent. However, a tilt towards defensives towards the fag-end of the session lifted markets off-lows.

Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex ended at 50,405 levels today, erasing 441 points or 0.87 per cent. From the day's high of 50,886, the index tumbled 726 points to hit a low of 50,160. Financial, pharma, and IT counters were the top drags on the index today with IndusInd Bank, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HCL Tech, Bajaj Finserv, Infosys, Dr Reddy's Labs, Sun Pharma, and HDFC leading the list of losers. All these stocks were down in the range of 1.7 per cent to 5 per cent.

On the upside, ONGC, Maruti Suzuki, Nestle India, Titan, Reliance Industries, and L&T supported the markets with up to 2.5 per cent gains.

On the NSE, the Nifty50 settled above the 14,900-mark at 14,938, down 143 points or 0.95 per cent. 38 of the 50 stocks declined on the Nifty today, while 12 advanced.

All the sectoral indices were painted red amid across-the-board sell-off. The Nifty PSU index plunged 4 per cent on the NSE, followed by the Nifty Metal index (down 3 per cent), and the Nifty IT and Realty indices (down 2 per cent each). The Nifty Bank, Auto, FMCG, and Financial Services indices slipped between 0.5 per cent and 1.7 per cent.

In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices dropped 1.9 per cent and 1.5 per cent, respectively.

The overall market breadth favoured bears with 1,904 stocks ending the day in the red, compared with around 1,083 stocks that advanced on the BSE.

Global markets
A late rally in Chinese shares on Friday helped pull Asian stocks off one-month lows as investors picked bargains while attention shifted to US non-farm payrolls due later in the day.

Australian stocks dropped more than 0.7 per cent, Japan's Nikkei share average shed 0.2 per cent, and shares in South Korea fell 0.4 per cent.

Chinese shares, which had opened in the red, reversed losses with the bluechip CSI300 index up 0.3 per cent. That left MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside of Japan down 0.4 per cent.

In Europe, the pan-European STOXX 600 fell 0.7 per cent.

In the commodities market, oil prices jumped more than $1 a barrel on Friday, hitting their highest levels in nearly 14 months, after OPEC and its allies agreed not to increase supply in April.

Brent crude futures for May rose to as high as $68 a barrel on Friday, a level not seen since Jan. 8, 2020. The contract was on track for a near 3 per cent gain in the week.


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

On the weekly basis, despite the market closed in the positive territory the market mood was sluggish. A substantial jump in the long term treasury yields and upward activity in the dollar index towards 92, resulted in weakness across the globe. The Nifty/Sensex closed below the crucial supports of 14950 and 50500 on a daily basis. The bank nifty has narrowed down the trading range and closed at an unchanged level on a weekly basis. The dollar index has formed a series of higher high and higher low that could be the cause of concern as it controls or curtail inflows for emerging markets.

On a daily basis, the market has formed the long-legged Doji formation, which is an indication of indecisiveness. However, in the short term until the market is not breaking 15280 levels our bias should be on the downside.

Outlook: In the coming week, we could see, Nifty/Sensex touching minimum 14750/50000 or 14550/49300 levels. On the higher side, 15150/51200 and 15280/51600 would be major hurdles. The focus should be on FMCG and Auto companies.”

TECH VIEW :: Ashis Biswas, Head of Technical Research, CapitalVia Global Research

The market witnessed some lackluster movement. Nifty 50 Index is still trading below the resistance level of 15250. the expected level should range between 14900 and 15250, and it’s going to be crucial for the short-term market scenario to stay above the 15050 levels. While it is subject to further price action evolution, It is prudent to wait for a decisive breakout above 15250 and technical factors to improve before going long in the market. the traders are advised to refrain from building a new buying position until further improvement.

MARKET RECAP :: S Ranganathan, Head of Research at LKP Securities

Indices opened weak on the back of Jerome Powell remarks and rising oil prices. Profit booking in Metals & Financials kept markets in the red throughout the day. The key highlight was the huge response seen to the IPO of MTAR Technologies as investors rushed subscriptions on its last day today

IPO Update :: MTAR Tech issue subscribed 200x till 3:50 PM on final day of the issue

SECTOR OF THE DAY :: FMCG stocks outperform in a subdued market

SECTOR OF THE DAY :: PSBs bleed; Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank top losers

Stocks that dragged the Sensex lower today

Sectoral trends on NSE at Close

Sensex Heatmap at Close


Among headline indices, the S&P BSE Sensex ended at 50,405 levels today, erasing 441 points or 0.87 per cent. From the day's high of 50,886, the index tumbled 726 points to hit a low of 50,160.
On the NSE, the Nifty50 settled above the 14,900-mark at 14,938, down 143 points or 0.95 per cent. 38 of the 50 stocks declined on the Nifty today, while 12 advanced.

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Laurus Labs falls 5% as promoters sell 1.3% stake in company

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OPEC ignores India's call; Saudi asks New Delhi to use cheap oil it bought last year

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Powell disappointment hits European stocks, tech slides again

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Market breadth in favour of seller

> Advance-decline ratio on BSE stood at nearly 1:2 in afternoon session

Sensex Heatmap | Top gainers & losers as index slides 650 points

India VIX jumps nearly 8% to 26.02

> VIX is a measure of volatility in the market

Value of delisting offers at record-high amid pandemic surge, shows data

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Quick Heal zooms 8%, hits 52-wk high as board to consider buyback proposal

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Vodafone Idea slips 4% amid reports of fund raising plan hitting a snag

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(Source: PTI)

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

Company PRICE(rs) 52 WK HIGH CHG(%)
ACC 1855.00 1893.80 0.01
Adani Power 74.95 74.95 4.97
Adani Total Gas 698.20 725.00 1.40
Affle India 5949.95 6287.00 -1.56
Amber Enterp. 3565.30 3667.50 2.31
» More on 52 Week High

Wipro's $1.45 bn deal with Capco disappoints Street; here's why

Dalal Street gave a lukewarm response to Wipro's buyout worth $1.45 billion (over Rs 10,500 crore), its biggest ever, of London-headquartered Capco as the shares of the firm tanked 4 per cent on the BSE to Rs 421.30 in Friday's trade following the announcement of the deal. Wipro, on Thursday, said the acquisition will provide it access to 30 new large banking and financial clients and strengthen its position in the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) sector. READ MORE

IndusInd Bank slips to day's low

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Deepak Nitrite: Analysts see further upside despite 135% rally in 6 months

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Commodity View | Jigar Trivedi, Research Analyst- Commodities Fundamental, Anand Rathi

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Tech view: How to trade Wipro post $1.45 billion acquisition of Capco

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Nifty sectoral indices at this hour

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PSU banks stage a comeback as tactical picks on sustained performance

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Top losers on BSE at this hour

Company PRICE(rs) CHG(%)
Hindustan Copper 130.70 -3.79
Apollo Hospitals 2935.00 -3.56
Cyient 638.60 -3.15
Shri.City Union. 1522.80 -3.02
Zensar Tech. 298.25 -2.85
» More on Top Losers

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MARKET CHECK :: Sensex turns positive


10-year benchmark bond yield opens at 6.18% vs previous close of 6.21% 

NEW LISTING:: Heranba Industries lists at Rs 900 on BSE, at 43% premium over issue price

MARKET UPDATE:: Sensex off early lows

Most active stocks by volume

Company PRICE(rs) CHG(%)
Vodafone Idea 10.87 -1.18
B H E L 54.00 -0.46
O N G C 117.75 4.48
Punjab Natl.Bank 42.75 -1.95
Ashok Leyland 130.40 -0.38
» More on Most Active Volume

MARKET VIEW | V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services

The 'bond bears vs equity bulls' game continues in the US market with similar reverberations in other developed and emerging markets. The highly valued Nasdaq appears to be in a short- phase of reversion to mean, having declined 10% from record highs. The US 10-year yield has again spiked to 1.575% giving further ammunition to bond bears. Back home, both FIIs & DIIs turned sellers yesterday impacting market sentiments. The steady rise in dollar index also is not good news for FII inflows. Inspite of all these the texture of the market remains ' buy on dips' since the 'growth & earnings recovery story' is in tact and ample liquidity is available waiting to be invested. The comments of the Fed chief Jerome Powel before the FOMC Meet will be keenly watched by the market. The outperformance of mid-small-caps is likely to continue.

Indiabulls Housing Finance dips 1% despite fund raising plan

>> The company has raised $150 million (Rs 1,091 crore) by issuing foreign currency convertible bonds, the company said on Thursday. The bonds are proposed to be listed on Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd.

Indian Bank up half a per cent

>> The company has reported three accounts as fraud to the RBI with total outstanding of over Rs 35 crore.

Mindspace Business Parks REIT trades marginally lower despite fund raising plan

>> Mindspace Business Parks REIT plans to raise up to Rs 450 crore through the issue of debt securities.

Axis Bank declines 1%

>>  The private lender, on Thursday, said that one of its promoters, National Insurance Company, has asked it to classify the insurer as a public shareholder.

Wipro slips in trade despite $1.45 billion deal

>> Set to be its biggest ever buyout, Wipro will acquire London-headquartered Capco in a $1.45 billion (over Rs 10,500 crore) deal.

Sectoral trends on NSE :: All indices barring media trade in the red

Sensex Heatmap at Open :: ONGC, NTPC trade higher in a weak market

Opening Bell

Opening Bell

Commodity Heatmap

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

Markets at Pre-open

Markets at Pre-open

Tejas Networks in focus :: GigNet selects co for its Metro Optical network in Cancun

Top stocks to watch today

Wipro: Set to be its biggest ever buyout, Wipro will acquire London-headquartered Capco in a $1.45 billion (over Rs 10,500 crore) deal.
Heranbas Industries: Shares of Heranba Industries will list on the bourses today. The issue price has been fixed at Rs 627 per share. READ MORE

Bull Spread strategy on Dr Reddy's Labs

Buy DR REDDY'S MARCH 4,600 Call at Rs 182 & simultaneously sell 4,800 Call at Rs 106
Lot Size: 125
Cost of the strategy: Rs 76 (Rs 9,500 per strategy)
Maximum profit: Rs 15,500 If Dr Reddy's closes at or above 4,800 on March 25 expiry.
Breakeven point: Rs 4,676 READ MORE

Top trading ideas by Anand Rathi Shares

The stock is in the cycle of "higher highs-higher lows" and is strongly poised to test its 52-weeks high zone in the coming future. In the past couple of sessions, it has consolidated near the previous high, indicating strong hands accumulating the counter at higher levels and also witnessed a run-away gap on daily chart affirming the bullish trend. Even on the front of the indicators, MACD is comfortably placed above its signal-line and 14 period RSI has witnessed positive crossover re-affirming the stock to surge higher in the coming future. READ MORE

Bulk deals on the NSE as on Thursday

Bulk deals on the BSE as on Thursday

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

Rupee check

Source: Bloomberg

Oil extends gains on OPEC+ supply restraint

>> Oil prices rose early on Friday, adding to big gains overnight after OPEC and its allies agreed to not increase supply in April as they await a more solid recovery in demand from the coronavirus pandemic.

>> US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures climbed 17 cents, or 0.3%, to $64.00, holding below a 13-month high hit on Thursday.
>> Brent crude rose 10 cents, or 0.2%, to $66.84 a barrel, but down from a high of $67.75 hit on Thursday.

(Source: Reuters)

SGX Nifty indicates gap-down start

>> At 8:35 AM, the index was at 14,941 levels, down 130 points.

Wall Street check

In the overnight session, Wall Street indices ended sharply lower after remarks from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell disappointed investors worried about rising longer-term US bond yields.
Powell’s comments, which did not point to changes in the Fed’s asset purchases to tackle the recent jump in yields led to a 1.533% spike in 10-year Treasury yield but was still lower than last week’s one-year high of 1.614%.
Following this, The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.11% while the S&P 500 lost 1.34%. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 2.11%, down 9.7% from February's high.

Asian market check

Asian stocks followed U.S. peers lower. Japan’s Topix index slid 1%, South Korea’s Kospi index fell 1.6% and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 declined 1.3%. S&P 500 futures were lower by 0.4%.

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