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Indian Indices Open on a Positive Note; Metal & Banking Stocks Lead
Wed, 30 Jan 09:30 am | Monish Vora, TM Team

Asian equities are higher today as investors seized on Apple Inc's earnings and comments from its chief that US-China trade tensions were easing, sending the iPhone maker's shares soaring in after-hours trade.

Back home, India share markets have opened the day on a positive note. Sectoral indices have opened the day in green with metal stocks and banking stocks witnessing maximum buying interest while realty stocks and FMCG stocks are witnessing selling pressure.

The BSE Sensex is trading up by 132 points while the NSE Nifty is trading up by 31 points. The BSE Mid Cap index opened the day up by 0.2% while BSE Small Cap index opened up by 0.6%.

The rupee is currently trading at Rs 71.32 against the US$.

Speaking of Indian share markets, the Sensex stood close to 36,000 mark during the start of this month.

Incidentally, the Sensex closed at almost the same level - 35,963 to be precise - at the end of January 2018.

But are the broader markets also back to the levels they were in January 2018?

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Ankit Shah answers this question in one of the recent editions of The 5 Minute WrapUp...

To find out, he looked at the total market capitalisation of all the listed companies on the BSE.

The 10-Trillion Rupee Gap Between the Sensex and the Broader Markets

Here's what he wrote...

  • The total equity market capitalisation of the BSE-listed companies was Rs 153 trillion at the end of January 2018.

    The market capitalisation dropped over the next few months as the markets slid into correction mode. This was a time when small and mid-cap stocks were the worst hit.

    However, the total market capitalisation went on to hit an all-time high of Rs 159 trillion in August 2018. This was driven mainly by the index heavyweight stocks. The broader markets hadn't quite recovered.

    Eventually, the markets witnessed a major correction through September and October. The Indian markets closed the month of October with a total market capitalisation of Rs 138 trillion. In two months, the markets had lost Rs 21 trillion in market capitalisation.

    There has been some recovery since then. However, the total market capitalisation is still Rs 10 trillion lower than January 2018.

So, while the Sensex is back to where it was at the end of January during the last year, the broader markets are yet to recover.

Market participants will be tracking Bajaj Auto share price, ICICI Bank share price, JSW Energy share price, and Torrent pharma share price as these companies are set to announce their December quarter results today.

You can also read our recently released Q3FY19 results: Reliance Industries, Federal Bank, Infosys, TCS, Trident, HDFC bank, Maruti Suzuki, DHFL, Gruh Finance.

In the news from the finance sector, DHFL share price is in focus today as Cobrapost has accused the company of giving Rs 310 billion of loans to 'dubious' entities. As per the news, these entities are linked to the promoters that, the news portal alleged, were the ultimate beneficiaries of the funds.

As per an article in The Economic Times, Cobrapost's editor Aniruddha Bahal alleged that DHFL's promoters, the Wadhawans, used the proceeds from the loans taken from the listed company by a network of 'pass-through' entities to create offshore assets worth approximately Rs 40 billion and to buy a cricket team in Sri Lanka.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

  • Cobrapost, known for its sting operations, also alleged that DHFL advanced donations worth around Rs 20 crore to the Bhartiya Janata Party through a network of intermediary firms that are linked to the Wadhawans. "When we advance money to people or projects, what is of concern to us is whether the money will be repaid on time and whether there will be enough security for us to repossess the property and dispose it off and recover our dues,'' said Wadhawan.

Note that DHFL is also facing questions about its financial health after the IL&FS default pushed up the cost of funds for the mortgage lender and made borrowing difficult.

How this all pans out remains to be seen. Meanwhile, we will keep you updated on all the developments from this space.

DHFL share price opened the day down by 6%.

Moving on to the news from the commodity space, crude oil prices are higher today pressured by a cloudy outlook for the global economy but supported by worries over disruptions to supply from US sanctions on Venezuelan exports.

On Monday, Washington announced export sanctions against Venezuela's state-owned oil firm PDVSA, limiting transactions between US companies that do business with Venezuela through purchases of crude oil and sales of refined products.

Global economic growth and fuel consumption are expected to slow down this year amid a trade dispute between the United States and China - the world's two biggest economies.

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Sensex Ends Marginally Higher; Automobile and Power Stocks Witness Buying (Today's Market)

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The BSE Sensex ended the day up by 39 points, while the NSE Nifty closed up by 18 points.

PIDILITE INDUSTRIES at All Time High; BSE FMCG Index Up 0.4% (Today's Market)

Aug 16, 2019 03:34 PM

PIDILITE INDUSTRIES share price has hit an all time high at Rs 1,373 (up 1.7%). The BSE FMCG Index is up by 0.4%. Among the top gainers in the BSE FMCG Index today are PIDILITE INDUSTRIES (up 1.7%) and P&G HYGIENE (up 0.2%). The top losers include AVANTI FEEDS (down 0.1%) and COLGATE (down 0.1%).

APL APOLLO TUBES Surges by 6%; BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index Down 0.1% (Today's Market)

Aug 16, 2019 03:32 PM

APL APOLLO TUBES share price has surged by 6% and its current market price is Rs 1,350. The BSE CAPITAL GOODS is down by 0.1%. The top gainers in the BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index are APL APOLLO TUBES (up 6.4%) and SUZLON ENERGY (up 6.7%). The top losers are LAKSHMI MACHINE (down 0.2%) and HONEYWELL AUTOMATION (down 0.4%).

CANARA BANK Surges by 5%; BSE BANKEX Index Up 0.8% (Today's Market)

Aug 16, 2019 03:30 PM

CANARA BANK share price has surged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 237. The BSE BANKEX is up by 0.8%. The top gainers in the BSE BANKEX Index is CANARA BANK (up 5.2%). The top losers is HDFC BANK (down 0.2%).

ECLERX SERVICES Plunges by 5%; BSE IT Index Down 0.8% (Today's Market)

Aug 16, 2019 03:30 PM

ECLERX SERVICES share price has plunged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 519. The BSE IT is down by 0.8%. The top gainers in the BSE IT Index are FIRSTSOURCE SOL. (up 3.5%) and ORACLE FINANCIAL (up 3.2%). The top losers is ECLERX SERVICES (down 5.5%).

DR. LAL PATHLABS LTD Surges by 7%; BSE HEALTHCARE Index Down 0.3% (Today's Market)

Aug 16, 2019 03:22 PM

DR. LAL PATHLABS LTD share price has surged by 7% and its current market price is Rs 1,201. The BSE HEALTHCARE is down by 0.3%. The top gainers in the BSE HEALTHCARE Index are DR. LAL PATHLABS LTD (up 7.1%) and APOLLO HOSPITALS (up 8.1%). The top losers are STRIDES PHARMA SCIENCE (down 0.1%) and SANOFI INDIA (down 0.2%).

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