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Sensex Zooms 1,628 Points; Energy, IT and FMCG Stocks Rally
Fri, 20 Mar Closing | Monish Vora, TM Team

Indian share markets continued to trade in the green during closing hours and ended their day on a strong note.

Benchmark indices rose over 5.5% today, tracking overseas trend as investors banked on measures announced by policymakers worldwide to prevent the virus outbreak.

Global stock markets recovered overnight from steep falls after central banks in Europe, Japan, Australia and the United States launched a fresh wave of stimulus to help businesses battered by a near halt in economic activity due to the virus outbreak.

Sentiment also got a boost after reports suggested that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at her meet with the task force today, is likely to announce measures relative to various industries that are affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

On the sectoral front, gains were largely seen in the energy sector, IT sector and FMCG sector.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood higher by 1,628 points (up 5.8%) and the NSE Nifty closed higher by 486 points (up 5.9%).

The BSE Mid Cap index ended up by 4.2%, while the BSE Small Cap index ended the day up by 4%.

Asian stock markets finished on a positive note as of the most recent closing prices. The Hang Seng was up 4.9% and the Shanghai Composite stood higher by 1.6%.

The rupee was trading at 75.02 to the US$ at the time of writing.

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  • ...at a time when you see the Sensex and large cap stocks taking big knocks, you will be completely surprised at another feature of the market.

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And here's what Tanushree Banerjee wrote about the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on the global economy in a recent edition of The 5 Minute WrapUp...

  • ...pandemics have had profound economic effects. But in the longer term, the economic effects can be positive.

    Is the assumption that Coronavirus could lead to such a massive social and economic change too farfetched?

    Not at all!

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    And therefore, global manufacturers are bound to seek geographic diversification of resources and imports.

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For bluechip stocks, she believes the time is ripe to begin buying some of the safest bluechips as there is safety in valuations and the market is offering them at deeper and deeper bargains.

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In news from the commodity space, crude oil prices rose by more than US$ 2, building on gains in the previous session after US President Donald Trump hinted, he may intervene in the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Prices were also supported by US plans to buy up to 30 million barrels of crude oil for its emergency stockpile by the end of June and reports that regulators in its largest oil-producing state Texas might curtail output.

Note that, crude oil prices had crashed last week in what was the worst price dip since the 1991 Gulf War with Brent prices plunging 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

In news from the banking sector, state-owned lender Bank of Baroda surpassed IndusInd Bank in market capitalisation ranking, after the sharp correction in the private sector lender's stock price.

In the last two weeks, IndusInd Bank's share price has tanked about 59%, after the private sector lender on March 7 announced a deferment of its plans to raise funds using additional tier-1 instruments.

In other news, shares of Yes Bank fell over 16% today amid reports that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has given Yes Bank credit support of Rs 600 billion to ensure the lender is able to meet its obligations to depositors.

This is in line with RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das's assurance that the central bank would provide necessary liquidity support.

Meanwhile, a special court in Mumbai sent Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor to judicial custody till April 2.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had custody of Kapoor, arrested on money laundering charges, till March 20.

Note that Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani was questioned by the ED for about nine hours on Thursday in connection with possible links to the case against Kapoor and others.

Anil Ambani appeared before the ED to clarify on the group's exposure to Yes Bank and sought more time from the agency to provide further clarifications on some specific queries.

The probe agency has asked him to appear again on March 30.

On March 5, the RBI had imposed a moratorium on the private lender, restricting withdrawals to Rs 50,000 per depositor till April 3, in view of its poor financial health due to bad loans.

The government on March 14 notified a rescue plan for Yes Bank, led by State Bank of India (SBI) and joined by other lenders, as it looked to shield the banking sector from a widespread crisis.

The so-called 'reconstruction scheme', cleared by the Union Cabinet, took effect on March 13.

In one of the articles, we have written about the entire timeline of how YES Bank went from a stock market darling to a pariah. You can read the entire article here: How the YES Bank Collapse Unfolded - 10 Points.

Yes Bank share price ended the day down by 14.8%.

Moving on to news from the pharma sector, Biocon has received the establishment inspection report (EIR) from US health regulator for the post-approval and good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspection of its small molecules manufacturing facility in Bengaluru.

A company spokesperson said that the EIR has been closed with a voluntary action indicated (VAI) classification.

Meanwhile, shares of IPCA Labs surged 19% intraday today after reports said the company's Active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) for Chloroquine has been approved by the USFDA.

Reports state that, Chloroquine, which is being used to treat malaria, may help treat coronavirus.

Biocon share price and IPCA Labs share price ended the day up by 9.6% and 8.9%, respectively.

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