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Indian Indices Witness Biggest Intra-Day Recovery; Sensex Ends 1,325 Points Higher
Fri, 13 Mar Closing | Monish Vora, TM Team

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It was indeed a volatile trading day for share markets in India today.

Indian stock markets paused trading for 45 minutes during the early session after both the benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty hit their lower circuit limits within 15 minutes of the opening session. This was seen the first time in 12 years that trading in Indian markets had to be halted.

The carnage didn't continue, however, as Indian indices recovered after major free-fall as trading resumed after 45-minute halt.

From there on, it was an upward rally as markets went on to witness buying interest and saw their biggest intraday recovery ever.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood higher by 1,325 points (up 4%) and the NSE Nifty closed higher by 433 points (up 4.5%).

The BSE Mid Cap index ended up by 2.1% and the BSE Small Cap index ended the day up by 1.3%.

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

Asian stock markets finished on a negative note as of the most recent closing prices. The Hang Seng stood down by 1.14% and the Nikkei was trading down by 6.08%, while the Shanghai Composite was trading down by 1.23%.

European markets were trading on a positive note. The FTSE 100 was up by 4.70%. The DAX was trading up by 3.80%, while the CAC 40 was trading up by 4.65%.

The rupee was trading at 73.92 to the US$ at the time of writing.

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In news from the commodity space, gold was witnessing volatility today. The yellow metal witnessed selling as a selloff in global equities also hurt the precious metal.

In global markets, gold was heading for its biggest weekly loss since 2011, despite climbing to the highest in more than seven years earlier this week. This was seen as market participants went on to sell the metal to meet liquidity needs.

In global markets, spot gold today fell 1.3% to US$ 1,555.42 an ounce, after a 3.6% drop in the previous session. So far, this week, gold prices are down about 7% this week after touching a seven-year high of above US$ 1,700 on Monday.

Speaking of gold, how lucrative has gold been as a long-term investment in India?

Barring just two years - 2013 and 2015, gold has delivered positive returns in 13 of the last 15 years.

Here's what Ankit Shah wrote about this in one of the editions of The 5 Minute WrapUp...

  • In fact, gold has delivered double-digit gains in 10 of the last 15 years.

    During the entire 15-year period, gold has shot up 555% (compounded annual return of 12.1%).

    During the same period, the Sensex surged 511% (compounded annual return of 12.0%). If you include dividends, the Sensex returns would be higher than gold by a couple of percentage points.

    One must note that the Sensex returns are not representative of the broader market returns. Moreover, gold was a no-brainer. You didn't have to study financial statements, business models and forecast future earnings growth to get a double-digit return on your investment.

Meanwhile, in one of his latest videos, Vijay Bhambwani shares his view on gold and silver prices. He talks about how the bullion prices will move in the short term.

You can check the same here: Will Gold and Silver Prices Fall because of the Coronavirus?

Apart from gold, crude oil also witnessed selling pressure today.

This added to the losses seen this week after the US banned travel from Europe following a declaration that the coronavirus outbreak is now a pandemic.

Note that, crude oil prices had crashed more than 30% on Monday. In fact, this was the worst price dip since the 1991 Gulf War as Brent prices plunged to US$ 31 per barrel.

In a recent article, we have written the entire timeline showing economics of falling crude oil prices. You can check the same here: All About the 30% Crash in Crude Oil - 10 Points

Going ahead, market participants are expecting crude oil prices to remain low until OPEC+ resets oil production again.

Vijay Bhambwani, editor of Weekly Cash Alerts at Equitymaster, states that at this point in time, short selling natural gas & crude oil at significantly higher levels for the coming summer are high conviction trades. To know more about his view and positions, you can check out his recent article here: Energy Markets Get Muddy (requires subscription).

Moving on to news from the IPO space, SBI Cards and Payment Services, the country's second largest credit card issuer after HDFC Bank, is going to list its equity shares on bourses on March 16 after stellar subscription seen by its IPO.

It is the first listing in the current calendar year.

The recent steep fall in the secondary market has tampered expectations of strong listing gains for the stock of SBI Cards and Payments.

As per an article in The Economic Times, SBI Cards and Payments is most likely to disappoint investors as the grey market premium has dropped to zero level, signaling a tepid listing ahead.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

  • The major reason for the drop in premium is the prevailing fear in the secondary market over coronavirus pandemic and its possible impact on consumer spending. This, in turn, will hit the topline of the companies.

    If SBI Card lists at the premium that the unofficial market is demanding, it could pose a real challenge for IPO investors, who betted under the high networth individuals (HNI) quota with money borrowed at high interest rates. Those investors were expecting the listing to be at a 30-50% premium.

In the unofficial market for unlisted stocks, shares of the company traded in the Rs 755-775 range on Thursday compared with the IPO price of Rs 750-755.

The IPO was subscribed over 26 times. The quota reserved for non-institutional investors, which include HNIs was subscribed over 45 times.

The company had set aside 1,83,34,795 shares for this category of investors, expecting to raise Rs 13.8 billion.

We will keep you updated how this IPO sails through on Monday.

To know more the SBI Cards' IPO, the credit card industry, you can read one of Ankit's latest notes here: SBI Cards IPO: Apply or Avoid? (requires subscription).

And to know what's moving the Indian stock markets today, check out the most recent share market updates here.

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