Zinc futures were trading higher during the afternoon trade in the domestic market on Wednesday as speculators created fresh positions on pick-up in demand from consuming industries at the spot markets. Market analysts attributed the rise in zinc futures to fresh bets created by participants on the back of rising demand at the domestic spot market.
At the MCX, zinc futures for July 2017 contract is trading at Rs 179.50 per kg, up by 0.17 per cent, after opening at Rs 178.65, against a previous close of Rs 179.20. It touched the intra-day high of Rs 179.65 (at 14:07 hours).
Analysts said pick-up in demand from consuming industries in the spot market mainly supported the upside in copper futures here but weak trend in overseas markets capped the gains.
At the MCX, copper futures for August 2017 contract is trading at Rs 380.40 per kg, up by 0.30 per cent, after opening at Rs 378.80, against a previous close of Rs 379.25. It touched the intra-day high of Rs 381.25 (at 14:15 hours).
Crude oil futures plunged over 2 per cent during afternoon trade in the domestic market on Friday as investors and speculators exited their positions in the energy commodity as news of a rise in US production added to earlier reports that OPEC output was also on the rise.
The news of surge in production outweighed positive sentiment from falling crude and gasoline inventories in the US.
At the MCX, crude oil futures for July 2017 contract is trading at Rs 2865 per barrel, down by 2.78 per cent, after opening at Rs 2933, against a previous close of Rs 2947. It touched the intra-day low of Rs 2863 (at 14:14 hours).
Indian equity benchmarks were trading in a narrow range with positive bias during the afternoon session on Wednesday led by buying activity mainly in the metal and healthcare sector stocks.
At 1:03 hours, the 30-share barometer index of Bombay Stock Exchange, Sensex was at 31,214.86 up by 5.07 points or 0.02 per cent while the NSE Nifty was at 9,624.05 up by 10.75 points or 0.11 per cent.
Besides, investors keenly eyed the June quarter corporate earnings that will begin next week.
The top gainers of the BSE Sensex pack were Lupin Ltd. (Rs. 1076.55,+3.10%), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (Rs. 1385.65,+2.28%), Reliance Industries Ltd. (Rs. 1441.45,+1.32%), Asian Paints Ltd. (Rs. 1120.60,+1.07%), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. (Rs. 2657.00,+1.01%), among others.
Major show spoilers were ITC Ltd. (Rs. 332.20,-1.45%), Infosys Ltd. (Rs. 949.55,-1.14%), Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Rs. 375.70,-0.95%), Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 1628.05,-0.75%), Wipro Ltd. (Rs. 258.00,-0.73%), among others.
The market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was positive. On BSE, out of the total 2725 shares traded, 1628 advanced while 954 shares declined and 143 remained unchanged.
On the global front, Asian markets were green, however, caution prevailed as Independence Day celebrations in the US kept trading activity muted and geopolitical tensions continue to heat up.
“A meeting of the board of directors of Yes Bank will be held on July 26, 2017 to consider sub-division of equity shares of the bank of the face value of Rs 10 each,” the bank said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.
However, the bank did not provide any further details on the ratio in which the shares will be divided.
Companies generally go for a stock division to improve liquidity of its shares in the stock market and to make them affordable to the small investors.
Meanwhile, shares of the Bank were trading at Rs 1490.05 apiece, down 0.22 per cent from the previous close at 12:35 hours on BSE.
The prices of metal also rose on global cues as the market fretted about shortages, dwindling stocks and expectations of strong demand from top consumer China.
At the MCX, nickel futures for July 2017 contract is trading at Rs 611.50 per kg, up by 0.74 per cent, after opening at Rs 608.30, against a previous close of Rs 607. It touched the intra-day high of Rs 612.60 (at 17:07 hours).
The key domestic benchmark indices were trading in a negative terrain in the morning trading session amid weakness in Asian stocks as markets remained under pressure.
On the corporate front, Central Depository Services (CDSL) shares debuted with 68 percent gains on the National Stock Exchange. The share price opened at Rs 250 against the issue price of Rs 149.The bumper listing was on expected lines as the issue had overwhelming response, oversubscribing 170 times. HDFC also remained in focus on the news that HDFC Life, one of the country’s leading private sector life insurance companies, will decide on the initial public offering (IPO) in its Board meeting in July.
At 10:20 a.m, the Bombay Stock Exchange bellwether Sensex was trading at 30750.94 down by 106.58 points or by 0.35 per cent, while the NSE Nifty was at 9466.2 points, trading lower by 37.9 points or by 0.4 per cent.
The BSE Sensex touched an intraday high of 30824.97 and an intraday low of 30680.66 while the NSE Nifty touched an intraday high of 9478.9 and an intraday low of 9448.75
The top gainers of the BSE Sensex pack were Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Rs. 550.00,+2.14 per cent), ITC Ltd. (Rs. 315.40,+1.28 per cent), Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (Rs. 210.00,+1.03 per cent), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. (Rs. 2670.00,+0.89 per cent), Cipla Ltd. (Rs. 549.15,+0.81 per cent), among others.
Meanwhile, Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (Rs. 1670.20,-1.89 per cent), Tata Motors Ltd. (Rs. 265.50,-1.28 per cent), Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Rs. 377.80,-1.25 per cent), Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 1612.00,-1.23 per cent), ICICI Bank Ltd. (Rs. 290.35,-1.14 per cent), were among the top losers on BSE.
The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was weak. On BSE out of total 2048 shares traded, 858 shares advanced, 1081 shares declined while 109 were unchanged.
On the global front, Asian stocks were trading lower today despite China manufacturing activity beating expectations as select tech shares around the region sold off, while the Wall Street closed lower in the previous trading session as S&P 500 and the Dow industrials suffered losses largely weighed down by technology stocks.
Further, cut down of bets by traders in the spot market was due to a fall in physical demand for mentha oil from consuming industries at the domestic spot market against sufficient stocks position on higher supplies from producing regions, influenced mentha oil prices at futures trade.
At the MCX, mentha oil futures for June 2017 contract is trading at Rs 886 per kg, down by 2.49 per cent, after opening at Rs 904, against a previous close of Rs 908.60. It touched the intra-day low of Rs 883.90 (at 17:46 hours).
Weighed down by sharp losses in rate sensitive realty and bank stocks, the Indian equities ended lower for the second straight session on Tuesday, tracking mixed cues from Asian market. On the sectoral front, banking stocks emerged as top losers after rating agency raised concerns over mounting loan-loss provisioning and said that banks will have to sacrifice nearly 60 per cent of the value of the loans extended to the 12 indebted companies recognized by the RBI. Reacting to the news, index heavyweights, PNB, Bank of Baroda, SBI, Axis Bank and Federal Bank, fell between 4.5 per cent to 2 per cent.
The 30-share barometer SENSEX closed at 30958.25, down by 179.96 points or by 0.58 per cent, and then NSE Nifty ended at 9511.4, down by 63.55 points or by 0.66 per cent.
In line with benchmark indices, the broader markets witnessed sharp selling with BSE MIDCAP falling 114.93 points, or by 0.79 per cent to settle at 14468.88, while the BSE SMLCAP ended at 15141.08, down by 240.82 points or by 1.57 per cent.
During the day’s trade, Sensex touched an intraday high of 31294.96 and intraday low of 30847.08, while the NSE Nifty touched intraday high of 9615.4 and intraday low of 9473.45.
The top losers of the BSE Sensex pack were State Bank of India (Rs. 279.40,-3.27%), Axis Bank Ltd. (Rs. 492.80,-2.34%), Infosys Ltd. (Rs. 926.35,-1.80%), Asian Paints Ltd. (Rs. 1134.00,-1.73%), Bajaj Auto Ltd. (Rs. 2779.20,-1.61%), among others.
On the flip side, Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Rs. 371.80,+1.61%), Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 159.95,+1.23%), Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (Rs. 3695.95,+0.97%), Tata Steel Ltd. (Rs. 510.45,+0.60%), Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd. (Rs. 367.25,+0.56%), were among the top gainers on the BSE.
On the sectoral front, all the indices ended bleeding in red, barring consumer durables, while rate sensitive bank and realty stocks emerged as top losers, falling as much as 1.45 per cent and 1.4 per cent respectively.
The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was weak. On BSE out of total shares traded 2967, shares advanced were 808 while 1979 shares declined and 180 were unchanged.
The Indian equities ended flat in a volatile trading session on Thursday, tracking mixed cues from Asian market, weighed down by sharp selling in oil and gas and realty stocks. The BSE Sensex opened higher today and surged 211 points to hit an all-time high of 31,522.87, but pared all the gains to close flat at 31,290, as investors pressed sell button in the final hour of the trade amid weak European cues.
The 30-share barometer SENSEX closed at 31290.74, up by 7.1 points or by 0.02 per cent, while the NSE Nifty ended at 9630, down by 3.6 points or by 0.04 per cent.
Early today, the benchmark indices witnessed surge in buying activity after capital market regulator Sebi eased takeover norms for restructuring listed companies with stressed assets, a move which will further boost fight against bad loan.
During the day’s trade, Sensex touched an intraday high of 31522.87 and intraday low of 31255.63, while the NSE Nifty touched intraday high of 9698.85 and intraday low of 9617.75.
The top gainers of the BSE Sensex pack were Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Rs. 538.70,+2.03%), State Bank of India (Rs. 294.55,+1.50%), Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 1650.35,+1.41%), Reliance Industries Ltd. (Rs. 1433.15,+1.06%), Bajaj Auto Ltd. (Rs. 2850.00,+1.02%), among others.
On the flip side, Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 160.50,-2.82%), Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (Rs. 1094.25,-2.62%), Lupin Ltd. (Rs. 1066.95,-2.49%), Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (Rs. 201.60,-2.11%), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. (Rs. 2629.45,-2.05%), were among the top losers on the BSE.
The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was weak. On BSE out of total shares traded 3009, shares advanced were 1215 while 1620 shares declined and 174 were unchanged.