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Sensex Ends 208 Points Lower; Oil & Gas and Metal Stocks Witness Selling
Wed, 22 Jan Closing | Monish Vora, TM Team

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India share markets continued to witness selling pressure during closing hours and ended their day on a negative note.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood lower by 208 points (down 0.5%) and the NSE Nifty stood down by 62 points (down 0.5%).

The BSE Mid Cap index ended the day down 0.3%, while the BSE Small Cap index stood down by 0.1%.

Stocks in the metal sector and oil & gas sector witnessed huge selling pressure, while IT stocks were trading in the green.

The rupee was trading at 71.22 against the US$.

Asian stock markets finished on a positive note. As of the most recent closing prices, the Hang Seng was up by 1.27% and the Shanghai Composite was up by 0.28%. The Nikkei 225 was up 0.70%.

European markets were trading on a mixed note. The FTSE 100 was up by 0.17%. The DAX was trading up by 0.08%, while the CAC 40 stood down 0.01%.

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In news from the finance sector, HDFC Asset Management Company share price was in focus today as the company reported a 45% year-on-year (YoY) jump in profit after tax (PAT) at Rs 3.5 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2019.

In comparison, the company had a posted a PAT of Rs 2.4 billion in the year-ago period.

The company's total income rose 11% to Rs 5.9 billion in the October-December quarter of the current fiscal from Rs 5.3 billion in the same period last financial year.

The total asset managed by the fund house increased by 14% to Rs 3,825 billion at the end of December, 2019 from Rs 3,350 billion in the end of December, 2018.

The average assets under management (AUM) of actively managed equity funds stood at Rs 1.66 lakh crore as on December 2019 with a market share of 15.8%. This excluded arbitrage and index funds.

Speaking of finance sector and asset management, the Indian mutual fund industry is a high growth sector.

The assets under management (AUM) of mutual funds in India grew at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.4% from Rs 1.1 trillion in March 2000 to Rs 23.8 trillion in March 2019.

In fact, the growth rate over the last five years has been even higher. The chart below shows the trend in mutual fund AUMs since FY14.

Mutual Fund AUM Tripled in Just 5 years

Over the last five years, mutual fund AUMs have nearly tripled, growing at 23.5% CAGR.

Recently, NSE-backed Computer Age Management Services (CAMS) filed a draft red herring prospectus with the market regulator. CAMS is the largest registrar and transfer agent (RTA) for mutual funds in India.

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Moving on to news from the paints sector, Asian Paints share price was in focus today as the paints maker reported an in-line net profit growth of 20.2% YoY at Rs 7.4 billion for the third quarter ending December 31, 2019. The company said while benign raw material prices worked in its favour, economic slowdown hurt volume growth.

Consolidated revenue from operations, which included accounts of subsidiaries and associates, rose 3% to Rs 54.2 billion from Rs 526.3 billion in the same quarter a year ago.

The decorative business segment in India registered a low double-digit volume growth, impacted by the slowdown in economy. The management said that automotive coatings JV (PPG-AP) business continued to be impacted by the downturn in the automobile industry while the Industrial Coatings JV (AP-PPG) business saw some demand pick-up in the Protective Coatings segment and benign raw material prices benefited the entire coatings business.

International operations performance for the company during the quarter was impacted by challenging business conditions in some key units in GCC and Sri Lanka.

Both the segments in the Home Improvement category - kitchen and bath business - continue to be impacted by the slowdown in the real estate construction space.

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