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Indian Share Markets Open Higher; GAIL & ONGC Surge 5%
Mon, 8 Mar 09:30 am | Yash Vora, TM Team

Asian stock markets reversed early gains and are currently trading on a negative note.

The Nikkei is trading down by 0.1% while the Hang Seng is down 1.7%. The Shanghai Composite is trading lower by 1%.

In US stock markets, Wall Street's main indexes rebounded sharply on Friday in whipsaw trade, as the rise in bond yields steadied, after a stronger-than-expected monthly jobs update from the labor department that offered evidence of an economy recovering from the effects of Covid-19.

The yield on the 10-year treasury note was down about 1 basis point to 1.553%, after a sharp rise last week in the wake of comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday that were seen as insufficiently concerned about the possibility of inflation as the economy recovers with help from another dose of fiscal stimulus from Washington.

All major sectors in the S&P 500 index gained while the tech-heavy Nasdaq climbed more than 1.5% as giants Inc. and Apple Inc. recovered but the index still closed lower for the week.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended higher by 572 points or up by 1.9%.

Back home, Indian share markets have opened on a positive note, following the trend on SGX Nifty.

The BSE Sensex is trading up by 363 points. Meanwhile, the NSE Nifty is trading higher by 112 points.

ONGC is among the top gainers today. Bajaj Auto, on the other hand, is among the top losers today.

Both, the BSE Mid Cap index and the BSE Small Cap index have opened higher by 1.1%.

All sectoral indices are trading in green with stocks in the metal sector and oil & gas sector witnessing most of the buying interest.

The rupee is trading at 73.21 against the US$.

Gold prices are trading up by 0.2% at Rs 44,770 per 10 grams.

Crude oil prices rose today, with Brent crude futures jumping above US$ 70 a barrel for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began, while US crude touched its highest in more than two years, following reports of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.

Speaking of stock markets, in last week's edition of Momentum Moves, Brijesh Bhatia, Research Analyst at Equitymaster, had said that smallcaps will outperform the Nifty.

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In this week's Momentum Moves video, Brijesh explains why the Nifty is in for a time correction and why the Bank Nifty is looking weak in the short-term.

As per Brijesh, Nifty is trading in a rising channel pattern and is hovering in the range of 14,450-15,300. He believes the time correction can be expected till the index trades in this zone.

Along with the Nifty, Brijesh also shares his views on the Bank Nifty. Tune in to the video below to find out more:

In news from the mutual funds space, mutual funds pulled out Rs 163.1 billion from equities in February, making it the ninth consecutive monthly outflow as small investors booked profit amid a rally in stock markets.

Overall, mutual funds withdrew a net amount of over Rs 564 billion in 2020, data available with the markets regulator showed.

According to the data, MFs have been continuously withdrawing money from equities since June 2020 and pulled out over Rs 1.24 lakh crore till February.

On a month-on-month basis, MFs withdrew Rs 163.1 billion from equities in February, 130.3 billion in January, Rs 264.3 billion in December, Rs 307.6 billion in November, Rs 144.9 billion in October, Rs 41.3 billion in September, Rs 92.1 billion in August, Rs 92 billion in July and Rs 6 billion in June.

However, they have invested over Rs 402 billion in the first five months (January-May) of 2020. Of this, Rs 302.9 billion was invested in March last year.

On the other hand, mutual funds invested Rs 81.6 billion in debt markets in the month under review.

The surge in markets, despite the withdrawals from mutual funds in the last few months, has continued to rise on robust flows from FPIs.

Benchmarks Sensex and Nifty have risen over 70% from their lows of March 2020 till date, while the BSE Midcap index has risen 95% and BSE Smallcap index rose over 120% in the same period.

Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) have put in Rs 257.9 billion in the Indian stock markets in February after investing Rs 194.7 billion in January and Rs 1.7 lakh crore in the entire 2020.

We will keep you updated on the latest developments from this space. Stay tuned.

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Moving on to stock specific news...

Titan Company is among the top buzzing stocks today.

India's largest watch maker on Friday introduced a range of products under its youth centric Fastrack brand, expanding offerings in the wearables segment as well as entering the audio accessories market as it plans to corner a bigger share in the country's growing market for wearables and audio products.

Fastrack Reflex was launched in 2017, marking its entry into the smart wearable devices. Fastrack by Titan is largely targeted towards younger consumers or GenZ.

On Friday, the company announced multiple launches -- Fastrack Reflex 3.0 smart bands, Fastrack Reflex 2C Pay -- a fitness band that enables contactless payments in association with YONO SBI, and smart audio accessories under Fastrack Reflex Tunes.

Note that Titan has been expanding its offerings under smart-watches, and other wearable devices as consumers in India increasingly swap regular timepieces with those that are functional and work across various technology platforms. Recently, the company launched a collection of smart watches under TRAQ catered towards sports enthusiasts.

In the December quarter, Titan Company's watches and wearables division reported a recovery rate of 88% compared to a year ago period. It recorded revenues of Rs 5.5 billion.

India's wearables market grew 144.3% YoY in 2020 with shipments of 36.4 million units, according to the worldwide quarterly wearable device tracker report by International Data Corp. (IDC).

Titan share price has opened the day down by 7%.

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Sensex Trades Marginally Higher, Dow Futures Up by 17 Points (Today's Market)

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BSE Sensex is trading up by 167 points, while the NSE Nifty is trading up by 50 points.

Indian Share Markets Open Marginally Higher; ONGC and M&M Top Gainers (Today's Market)

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Indian share markets open in green. The BSE Sensex opened up by 156 points, while the Nifty is trading higher by 52 points.

HEG Share Price Up by 5%; BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index Up 0.7% (Today's Market)

Apr 13, 2021 09:32 AM

HEG share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 2,177. The BSE CAPITAL GOODS is up by 0.7%. The top gainers in the BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index are HEG (up 5.3%) and GRAPHITE INDIA (up 7.5%). The top losers are KALPATARU POWER (down 0.1%) and HONEYWELL AUTOMATION (down 0.4%).

BANK OF MAHARASHTRA Share Price Up by 6%; BSE BANKEX Index Up 1.0% (Today's Market)

Apr 13, 2021 09:32 AM

BANK OF MAHARASHTRA share price is trading up by 6% and its current market price is Rs 24. The BSE BANKEX is up by 1.0%. The top gainers in the BSE BANKEX Index is BANK OF MAHARASHTRA (up 5.9%). The top losers is KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK (down 0.3%).

ADANI PORTS & SEZ Share Price Down by 5%; BSE 500 Index Up 0.1% (Today's Market)

Apr 13, 2021 09:26 AM

ADANI PORTS & SEZ share price is trading down by 5% and its current market price is Rs 755. The BSE 500 is up by 0.1%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index are GRAPHITE INDIA (up 5.4%) and GSK CONSUMER (up 5.1%). The top losers are ADANI PORTS & SEZ (down 5.3%) and MAH. SCOOTERS (down 5.2%).

MAHINDRA HOLIDAYS Share Price Down by 6%; BSE 500 Index Up 0.1% (Today's Market)

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MAHINDRA HOLIDAYS share price is trading down by 6% and its current market price is Rs 221. The BSE 500 is up by 0.1%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index are GRAPHITE INDIA (up 5.4%) and GSK CONSUMER (up 5.1%). The top losers are MAHINDRA HOLIDAYS (down 6.4%) and MAH. SCOOTERS (down 5.2%).

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