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Sensex Ends 693 Points Higher; IT, Energy and Healthcare Stocks Rally
Tue, 24 Mar Closing | Monish Vora, TM Team

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

Benchmark indices climbed off day's high after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that an economic package was still underway even as she announced a slew of other measures, mainly with regard to regulatory compliance matters.

In early trade today, Sensex rose more than 1,450 points as global sentiments improved after the US Federal Reserve pledged to spend as much as needed to steady the financial system. However, gains were wipes as the session progressed.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood higher by 693 points (up 2.7%) and the NSE Nifty closed higher by 191 points (up 2.5%).

The BSE Mid Cap index ended up by 1.6%, while the BSE Small Cap index ended the day on a flat note.

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

Note that, since the coronavirus outbreak, all BSE indices and NSE indices are down in the range of 25-35%.

In the article titled Worst Hit Indian Sectors Amid Coronavirus Pandemic: 10 Points to Know, we dive deeper and look at how the impact has been on individual sectors...

Asian share markets ended on a positive note. As of the most recent closing prices, the Hang Seng was up 4.4% and the Shanghai Composite stood higher by 2.3%.

Gold prices are currently trading up by 0.3% at Rs 41,291. The rupee is currently trading at 76.20 against the US$.

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Note that the NSE Nifty saw its sharpest one-day fall yesterday, crashing 13%, as the virtual shutdown of the economy to contain the spread of coronavirus spooked investors.

The selloff shaved off a record Rs 14 trillion of market capitalisation.

Many state governments announced lockdowns, as the tally of those infected surged past 500 and the death toll reached ten, raising fears of a community spread.

Speaking of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the Indian economy, here's what Tanushree Banerjee wrote about the same in a recent edition of The 5 Minute WrapUp...

  • The coronavirus impact has woken everyone up. The dependence on one country and its dangers have been exposed to the whole wide world.

    There are short-term and long-term impacts of this wake-up call.

    The short-term impact is what we're seeing every day. Countries in lockdown, screening of travelers, quarantines, etc.

    But what about the long-term impact?

    We will see this once the crisis is over.

    And this impact will be huge.

Also, talking of the Indian economy, 1991, in a lot of ways, can be termed as the turning point of India's economic story.

From being largely isolated from the outside world, India suddenly became a big part of the new global era.

Exports also became a big contributor to India's GDP. From contributing around 7% of GDP before 1991, exports contribute close to 20% of GDP now.

Is This the 1991 Moment for India Again?

As per Tanushree, if things go India's way, as she believes it will, the aftereffect of the coronavirus will have an even bigger impact than 1991.

As per her, it will have a positive impact on what she calls the Rebirth of India.

She is focused on finding strong businesses with the capacity to take advantage of this huge opportunity.

And these businesses will create a lot of wealth in the long-term.

In news from the banking sector, shares of IndusInd Bank plunged as much as 30% to hit an 8-year low of Rs 235.55 today, after the bank's managing director and chief executive officer Romesh Sobti retired on Monday.

Sobti retired on Monday as he turned 70. The RBI norm does not allow the position to be held by anyone beyond 70 years.

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The private lender's market-capitalisation slipped below the Rs 200 billion-mark in early trade today.

The bank said that it has appointed Sumant Kathpalia as the managing director and chief executive officer. Kathpalia's appointment as MD & CEO will be placed for approval of the shareholders at the ensuing annual general meeting, the bank said in a statement.

However, shares of IndusInd Bank recovered most of the early losses and ended the day down by 7%.

In news from the aviation sector, airline stocks including SpiceJet and IndiGo were locked in lower circuit limit today after the central government announced suspension of the domestic flights in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

A government notification said that "the operation of all scheduled domestic flights (except all-cargo flights) by any aircraft operator holding an air operator certificate issued by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) shall cease with effect from 23:59 hrs. IST on 24 March 2020. The restriction shall remain in force till 23:59 hrs. IST on 31 March 2020."

The notification added that the operation of flights by the holders of Non-scheduled operator permit and flights by private aircraft operators shall also cease with effect from 23:59 hrs. IST on 24 March 2020.

Moving on to news from the commodity space, crude oil prices rose around 4% today on hopes that the US will soon reach a deal on a US$ 2 trillion coronavirus aid package that could blunt the economic impact of the outbreak and in turn support oil demand.

On the Multi Commodity Exchange, crude oil for April delivery surged by Rs 117 to Rs 1,931 per barrel.

The US Federal Reserve on Monday rolled out an extraordinary array of programs to backstop an economy reeling from restrictions on commerce that scientists say are needed to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

Note that, crude oil prices had crashed earlier this month 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

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

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Speaking of crude oil, in the video below, Ajit Dayal, founder of Quantum group, shares his views on the impact of oil price war on the Indian economy and the stock markets.

He also talks about the market crash and how to invest your hard-earned money across various assets in these difficult times.

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