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Sensex Trades Higher; Vedanta & Tata Steel Top Gainers
Wed, 20 Feb 12:30 pm | Monish Vora, TM Team

Share markets in India are presently trading on a positive note. Barring FMCG sector, all sectoral indices are trading on a positive note with stocks in the metal sector, oil & gas sector and capital goods sector witnessing maximum buying interest.

The BSE Sensex is trading up by 161 points (up 0.5%), while the NSE Nifty is trading up by 55 points (up 0.5%). The BSE Mid Cap index is trading up by 0.4% and the BSE Small Cap index is trading up by 0.5%.

The rupee is trading at Rs 71.20 against the US$.

On Monday, the local currency weakened by 11 paise to end 71.34 against the greenback after trade deficit for January widened compared to the previous month.

In the news from the oil & gas sector, shares of oil and gas exploration companies rose as much as 20% in early trade today as the government decided to offer bigger oil and gas areas that currently belong to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Oil India to the private sector on relaxed conditions.

As per an article in a leading financial daily, some 56 smaller contract areas of ONGC and OIL have been bid out to companies under the two rounds of discovered small fields over the last few years.

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Here's an excerpt from the article:

  • "To enhance production from existing nomination fields of ONGC and OIL, enhanced production profile will be prepared by both PSUs. For production enhancement, bringing new technology, and capital, national oil companies will be allowed to induct private sector partners,"

Duke Offshore share price is trading up by 20% as the company won a contract from Daewoo - Tata projects Limited JV.

The company has been awarded a prestigious contract by Daewoo - Tata projects Limited JV to provide one initial high-speed vessel to support construction for the Mumbai Trans Harbor Link project.

Jindal drilling share price, Hindustan Oil Exploration share price and Deep Industries share price are trading up in the range of 4% to 10%.

Moving on to the news from the banking sector, Yes Bank share price is in focus today as the company denied any wrongdoing stating that the 'zero divergence' disclosure was done to comply with the listing regulations and to ensure information symmetry.

As per reports, Yes bank said the disclosure it made on February 14 was in line with the guidelines laid down by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and markets regulator.

It said it treated the information pertaining to divergence in the RBI's risk assessment report (RAR) as unpublished price sensitive information (UPSI) and hence, it required an immediate disclosure.

Last week, shares of Yes bank recorded its sharpest intra-day rally since its listing on news that the bank received "no observation on divergence" in the bank's asset classification and provisioning in the RBI's Risk Assessment Report for FY2018.

As per an article in The Economic Times, against the Rs 7.5 billion of gross NPAs reported by the lender as on March 31, 2016, the RBI assessment showed the tally at Rs 49.3 billion, leading to a divergence of Rs 41.8 billion.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

  • 'The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cleared Yes Bank of any disparity in reporting bad loans, known as divergence in market parlance'.

    'The report observes NIL divergences in the bank's asset classification and provisioning from the RBI norms'.

Reportedly, the divergence increased to Rs 63.4 billion in FY17 which was the main reason former CEO Rana Kapoor's tenure was reduced last year by the central bank.

Yes bank share price is presently trading up by 1.5%.

To know more about the company, you can read Yes bank's latest result analysis on our website.

Speaking of interesting development in the banking sector, Tanushree Banerjee, Co-head of Research at Equitymaster believes that financial inclusion will be an important element in driving the growth for India.

Have a look at the chart below that shows the increase in Jandhan accounts over the years:

Financial Inclusion Will Be a Big Growth Driver

Here's what she wrote in one of the editions of The 5 Minute WrapUp...

  • Financial inclusion is an important element of economic growth because it enables individuals and businesses to access financial products that meet their needs.

    As mentioned earlier, the reform that the Prime Minister Modi introduced - the opening of Jandhan accounts - was a big positive for India.

    The opening of these accounts helped increase the number of savings and current accounts in the country.

    And this trend is not done. It will play out in the coming years too.

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Stock Market Updates

Top 5 Mid-Cap Gainers Today; SAIL Leads the Pack (Today's Market)

Mar 18, 2019 03:44 PM

Here's a list of 5 stocks that gained the most in the BSE Mid-Cap Index today. It also includes information on BSE Mid-Cap index and the broader benchmark indices.

J&K BANK Surges by 5%; BSE BANKEX Index Up 1.1% (Today's Market)

Mar 18, 2019 03:32 PM

J&K BANK share price has surged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 49. The BSE BANKEX is up by 1.1%. The top gainers in the BSE BANKEX Index is J&K BANK (up 5.0%). The top losers is FEDERAL BANK (down 0.1%).

VODAFONE IDEA Plunges by 5%; BSE 500 Index Up 0.2% (Today's Market)

Mar 18, 2019 03:24 PM

VODAFONE IDEA share price has plunged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 34. The BSE 500 is up by 0.2%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index are PRESTIGE ESTATES (up 16.2%) and BOMBAY DYEING (up 9.1%). The top losers are VODAFONE IDEA (down 5.0%) and IFB INDUSTRIES LTD (down 5.2%).

TTK PRESTIGE Plunges by 5%; BSE CONSUMER DURABLES Index Up 0.1% (Today's Market)

Mar 18, 2019 03:06 PM

TTK PRESTIGE share price has plunged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 8,598. The BSE CONSUMER DURABLES is up by 0.1%. The top gainers in the BSE CONSUMER DURABLES Index are SYMPHONY (up 1.2%) and VOLTAS (up 1.1%). The top losers is TTK PRESTIGE (down 5.2%)..

IFB INDUSTRIES LTD Plunges by 5%; BSE CONSUMER DURABLES Index Up 0.1% (Today's Market)

Mar 18, 2019 01:36 PM

IFB INDUSTRIES LTD share price has plunged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 980. The BSE CONSUMER DURABLES is up by 0.1%. The top gainers in the BSE CONSUMER DURABLES Index are VIP INDUSTRIES (up 1.3%) and SYMPHONY (up 1.2%). The top losers is IFB INDUSTRIES LTD (down 5.1%)..

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