MARKET WRAP: Sensex down 101 pts, Nifty slips below 11,450; pharma declines

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Benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty ended in the negative territory on Wednesday as investors booked profits in recent outperformers such as Reliance Industries (RIL) and financial counters. 

The S&P BSE Sensex lost 101 points or 0.26 per cent to end at 38,133, with NTPC being the top drag and YES Bank the biggest gainer. RIL, HDFC Bank, HDFC, TCS, and Infosys contributed the most to the index's loss.

In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap index gained 88 points or 0.59 per cent to close at 15,168, while the S&P BSE SmallCap index ended at 14,778, up 95 points or 0.64 per cent. 

The Nifty50 index of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed below 11,450 level at 11,445, down 38 points or 0.33 per cent.

Volatility index India VIX rose nearly 4 per cent to 17.07. 

On the sectoral front, pharma stocks bled the most followed by auto and realty stocks. The Nifty Pharma index fell 1.04 per cent to 9,149, with all the 12 components ending in the red. On the other hand, Nifty PSU Bank index gained 1.59 per cent to settle at 3,229.  

BUZZING STOCKS

Shares of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company rallied 9 per cent to Rs 349 on the BSE as the promoter’s share sale programme received good response from non-retail investors.

Shares of Vodafone Idea hit a new low of Rs 28.30, down 4 per cent, in the intra-day trade, thus falling 14 per cent in four days on the BSE, ahead of rights issue. The stock eventually closed at Rs 28.45, down 3.89 per cent.

 
GLOBAL CUES

Asian shares held steady on Wednesday as investors tried to come to terms with a sharp shift in US bond markets and the implications for the world’s top economy. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan ticked up 0.1 per cent, while Japan’s Nikkei average lost 0.2 per cent.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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3:40 PM IST The S&P BSE Sensex shed 100.53 points or 0.26 per cent to settle at 38,133 while NSE's Nifty50 index ended at 11,445, down 38 points or 0.33 per cent. 

3:29 PM IST Shares of State Bank of India (SBI) were up 2.4 per cent at Rs 311 on the NSE in intra-day trade on Wednesday. The stock of state-owned lender was up 6 per cent in the past two days, after the banks, led by SBI, said they will convert their debt into equity and take a controlling stake in the Jet Airways for a token sum of 1 rupee. The stock is 5 per cent away from its 52-week high level of Rs 326 on August 10, 2018. READ MORE

3:15 PM IST We lower ALKEM’s P/E multiple to 22x (from 24x earlier) to factor in the increased competition in the US generics space and gradual downtrend in the domestic formulation industry. We arrive at PT of INR2,170 (from INR2,368 earlier). Based on 23% earnings CAGR expected over FY19-21E and led by healthy performance in the DF segment, enhanced margins in the US generics business, and attractive valuation, we maintain a BUY rating on the stock. 

2:49 PM IST A rebound in the rupee and a government policy to boost the currency are helping to revive sales in the small market for masala bonds. HDFC, India’s largest mortgage lender, last week raised Rs 10 billion ($145 million) through a sale of the offshore rupee notes, the first in the market since November. READ MORE

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Sectoral gainers and losers on NSE


Top gainers and losers on S&P BSE Sensex


CLOSING BELL

The S&P BSE Sensex shed 100.53 points or 0.26 per cent to settle at 38,133 while NSE's Nifty50 index ended at 11,445, down 38 points or 0.33 per cent. 

Nifty PSU Bank index hits over 6-month high, SBI gains 6% in two days

Shares of State Bank of India (SBI) were up 2.4 per cent at Rs 311 on the NSE in intra-day trade on Wednesday. The stock of state-owned lender was up 6 per cent in the past two days, after the banks, led by SBI, said they will convert their debt into equity and take a controlling stake in the Jet Airways for a token sum of 1 rupee. The stock is 5 per cent away from its 52-week high level of Rs 326 on August 10, 2018. READ MORE

Motilal Oswal Securities on Alkem Laboratories

We lower ALKEM’s P/E multiple to 22x (from 24x earlier) to factor in the increased competition in the US generics space and gradual downtrend in the domestic formulation industry. We arrive at PT of INR2,170 (from INR2,368 earlier). Based on 23% earnings CAGR expected over FY19-21E and led by healthy performance in the DF segment, enhanced margins in the US generics business, and attractive valuation, we maintain a BUY rating on the stock. 

Masala bond market revives as rupee gains and tax cut lures buyers

A rebound in the rupee and a government policy to boost the currency are helping to revive sales in the small market for masala bonds. HDFC, India’s largest mortgage lender, last week raised Rs 10 billion ($145 million) through a sale of the offshore rupee notes, the first in the market since November. READ MORE



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Sun Pharma slips 1.6%


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SML Isuzu nears 52-week high; stock zooms 50% in March

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Here're the top gainers on BSE

ICICIPRULI 347.40 +27.25 +8.51
 
GICHSGFIN 268.65 +16.40 +6.50
 
UCOBANK 19.35 +1.00 +5.45
 
GODREJAGRO 508.80 +22.40 +4.61
 
JETAIRWAYS 282.80 +11.80 +4.35

Kotak Securities on real estate

Residential real estate sales saw some moderation in January 2019 (-4.6% yoy) that will likely accelerate in the succeeding two months up to March 2019 owing to the change in GST rates applicable from April 2019. Launch activity has compressed more aggressively (-60% yoy), a trend that will likely continue as marginal players face incremental pressures under a constrained liquidity environment. 

Reliance Securities on ICICI Bank

The stock currently trades at 2x FY21 ABV, lagging behind peers on valuations. We have BUY recommendation on the stock with an SOTP-based Target Price of Rs 470, implying a FY21 P/ABV of 2.4x. 

Raamdeo Agrawal sees room for more gains in stocks after Pakistan feud

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Anand Rathi on Kalpataru Power

Kalpataru Power’s robust order book and proven execution capabilities will lead to a healthy 17% revenue CAGR over FY18-21. The LMG acquisition is likely to improve its addressable market. Besides, synergies are likely to improve profitability in the acquired company.  We expect earnings to clock a 20% CAGR over FY18-21. Hence, we maintain a Buy and raise our TP to Rs 548 (on a sum-of-parts valuation).

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Vodafone Idea hits fresh low of Rs 28.30 ahead of rights issue

Shares of Vodafone Idea hit a new low of Rs 28.30, down 4 per cent, in intra-day trade on Wednesday, falling 14 per cent in four days on the BSE, ahead of rights issue. The stock fell below its previous low of Rs 28.80 touched on February 6, 2019 in intra-day trade. READ MORE



JM Financial on IT stocks

We do not expect 4QFY19 performance and lead indicators – such as TCV of deal wins and headcount addition – to drive a significant change to the FY20 USD revenue growth outlook, critical for incremental rerating. While the mid-caps IT names have seen a decent time correction, their higher vulnerability to currency movement is a risk. Thus, we advise a stock-specific play in the sector. TECHM (at 14.0x FY20F + upside from 5G capex cycle likely in FY20) is our only fundamental BUY idea; we prefer Infosys over other large caps.

United Breweries gains 6% to Rs 1,428 after block deals

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Sebi's new norms will ensure uniformity in valuation of high-risk papers

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ICICI Prudential surges 9% after good response for OFS

Shares of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company rallied 9 per cent to Rs 348 on the BSE in early morning trade as the promoter’s share sale programme received good response from non-retail investors. READ MORE

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Stocks that hit 52-week high on BSE500

COMPANY PRICE(rs) 52 WK HIGH CHG(rs) CHG(%)
ASIAN PAINTS 1490.35 1495.00 5.90 0.40
HDFC BANK 2314.10 2326.70 3.90 0.17
J B CHEM & PHARM 351.50 351.50 9.05 2.64
RBL BANK 666.10 667.40 12.60 1.93
» More on 52 Week High

UCO Bank gains 5%


Opening gainers on BSE Sensex

COMPANY PRICE(rs) CHG(rs) CHG(%) VOLUME
UCO BANK 19.45 1.10 5.99 80281
ICICI PRU LIFE 338.20 18.05 5.64 283948
GODREJ AGROVET 513.00 26.60 5.47 10269
UNITED BREWERIES 1408.80 60.90 4.52 7459451
INOX LEISURE 307.95 13.05 4.43 2447
» More on Top Gainers

Most active stocks by volume (BSE500)

COMPANY PRICE(rs) CHG(rs) CHG(%) VOLUME
UNITED BREWERIES 1396.10 48.20 3.58 7466622
GMR INFRA. 19.95 0.50 2.57 2461013
LAK. VILAS BANK 65.05 1.00 1.56 1031308
PUNJAB NATL.BANK 93.75 1.45 1.57 699093
YES BANK 257.35 3.65 1.44 686185
» More on Most Active Volume

Rupee declines 13 paise against US dollar in early trade

The rupee opened 13 paise lower at 68.99 against the US dollar on Wednesday amid mixed global cues. On Tuesday, the domestic unit appreciated by 10 paise to end at 68.86 following a robust response to RBI's maiden rupee-dollar swap auction. READ MORE

Yes Bank up over 1.34%


Allahabad Bank gains over 2% on equity capital raising announcement


Nifty PSU Bank index is trading 0.86% higher


Mindtree slips 1.50% after firm's decision to drop buyback plan


IndusInd Bank gains 4%


Punjab National Bank up 2%


GMR Infra gains 2% on report of Rs 8,000-crore investment


Jet Airways rises 4%


Nifty Bank index opens at record high


Sectoral gainers and losers on NSE


Top gainers and losers on S&P BSE Sensex


MARKET AT OPEN

At 09:18 am, the S&P BSE Sensex was trading 192 points higher at 38,426 while the Nifty50 index was ruling at 11,526, up 43 points or 0.37 per cent.  

Market at pre-open


Rupee opening

Rupee opens slightly lower at 68.99/$ vs its previous close of 68.86 against the US dollar

Market outlook by ICICI Securities

Indian markets are expected to open flat to negative on the back of mixed Asian cues. In the near term, key monitorables include currency and crude price movement. Volatility can be expected ahead of F&O expiry this week.

Stocks in focus

Sheela Foam: The offer-for-sale by Sheela Foam promoters will open today. Both the promoters, Rahul Gautam and Tushaar Gautam will sell 42.33 lakh shares, representing 8.68 per cent of the paid-up equity shares.
 
GMR Infra: According to a Bloomberg Quint report, GMR Infrastructure on Wednesday announced that a consortium of a Tata Group company, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC and SSG Capital Management, agreed to make an investment worth Rs 8,000 crore in its airport business. READ MORE

Technical calls from HDFC Securities

BUY RBL Bank (Rs 554)
Target: Rs 590
Stop loss: Rs 530
 
The stock has broken out from the pennant pattern on the daily charts and it is on the verge of registering new all-time high above Rs 661.50. READ MORE

Top trading ideas by Prabhudas Lilladher

ICICI Bank
 
CMP: Rs 394.10
Target: Rs 435
Stop Loss: Rs 380
 
The stock has recovered significantly from the low of Rs 383 to form a higher bottom formation pattern on the daily chart to show strength and with a bullish positive candle, it still has the potential to rise further to give a breakout above the previous peak of Rs 400 levels in the coming days. READ MORE

Nifty outlook by Prabhudas Lilladher

Nifty recovered strongly from the intra-day low made at around 11,310 and has formed a higher bottom formation pattern on the daily chart to signify strength and we can anticipate for further upside movement. READ MORE

SGX Nifty

At 8:20 AM (IST), Nifty futures on Singapore Exchange (SGX) were trading at 11,507, down 17 points, indicating a flat start for the domestic market

Bulk deal on NSE as on Tuesday

26-Mar-2019 ADLABS Adlabs Entertainment Ltd. INDIA ADVANTAGE FUND S3 I SELL 5,15,439 9.25 -
26-Mar-2019 AGROPHOS Agro Phos India Limited KESHAV SHARES & STOCKS LTD. BUY 1,50,000 79.83 -
26-Mar-2019 AGROPHOS Agro Phos India Limited KESHAV SHARES & STOCKS LTD. SELL 1,50,000 76.00 -
26-Mar-2019 AHLEAST Asian Hotels (East) Ltd SACHDEVA STOCKS PRIVATE LIMITED BUY 65,173 241.12 -
26-Mar-2019 AHLEAST Asian Hotels (East) Ltd SACHDEVA STOCKS PRIVATE LIMITED SELL 1,003 242.50 -
26-Mar-2019 BALKRISHNA Balkrshna Paper Mills Ltd MSPL LIMITED SELL 66,820 37.57 -
26-Mar-2019 BKMINDST BKM Industries Limited M. PRASAD & CO LIMITED BUY 6,81,000 5.65 -
26-Mar-2019 BKMINDST BKM Industries Limited MONET SECURITIES PRIVATE LTD SELL 6,81,000 5.65 -
26-Mar-2019 BLISSGVS Bliss GVS Pharma Ltd ACHINTYA SECURITIES PRIVATE LIMITED BUY 5,55,454 168.11 -
26-Mar-2019 BLISSGVS Bliss GVS Pharma Ltd ACHINTYA SECURITIES PRIVATE LIMITED SELL 7,31,535 165.79 -

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Asian Markets check

Asian shares slipped on Wednesday, giving up their small gains made the previous day, as investors tried to come to terms with a sharp shift in US bond markets and the implications for the world’s top economy.
 
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.2 per cent while Japan’s Nikkei lost 0.6 per cent.

Wall Street check

Global stock markets broadly rebounded on Tuesday after a two-day swoon while benchmark U.S. Treasury yields steadied above 15-month lows as risk appetite improved after worries of a recession clouded trading since late last week.
 
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 140.9 points, or 0.55 per cent, to 25,657.73, the S&P 500 gained 20.1 points, or 0.72 per cent, to 2,818.46 and the Nasdaq Composite added 53.98 points, or 0.71 per cent, to 7,691.52.
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