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Sensex Ends Flat; Wipro & Hindalco Industries Among Top Nifty Gainers
Fri, 16 Apr Closing | Yash Vora, TM Team

Indian share markets witnessed volatile trading activity throughout the day today and ended on a flat note.

Benchmark indices gave up early gains during closing hours as investors worried about the surge in Covid cases in the country and the WPI inflation soaring to an eight-year high.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood higher by 28 points (up 0.1%).

Meanwhile, the NSE Nifty closed higher by 36 points (up 0.3%).

Asian Paints and UltraTech Cement were among the top gainers today.

ICICI Bank and Bajaj Finance, on the other hand, were among the top losers today.

The SGX Nifty was trading at 14,640, up by 46 points, at the time of writing.

The BSE Mid Cap index and the BSE Small Cap index ended higher by 1.2% and 1.1%, respectively.

Sectoral indices ended on a mixed note with stocks in the automobile sector and power sector witnessing most of the buying interest.

Banking stocks, on the other hand, witnessed selling pressure.

Shares of DCM Shriram and Bajaj Electricals hit their 52-week highs today.

Asian stock markets ended on a positive note today as China's economy grew at a record pace in the first quarter, expanding 18.3% from a year earlier as the recovery from the coronavirus slump accelerated.

The Hang Seng and the Shanghai Composite ended the day up by 0.9% and 0.8%, respectively. The Nikkei ended up by 0.1%.

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US stock futures are trading on a positive note today with Dow Futures trading up by 51 points.

The rupee is trading at 74.32 against the US$.

Gold prices for the latest contract on MCX are trading down by 0.4% at Rs 46,999 per 10 grams.

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In news from the retail sector, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala has offloaded 2.27 million shares in one of his favourite picks Titan Company in the March quarter of the financial year 2021.

As per data available with BSE, Jhunjhunwala and wife Rekha Jhunjhunwala together held 45 million shares, or 5% stake of Titan at the end of the March quarter. Jhunjhunwala held 35.3 million shares, while Rekha has 9.6 million shares.

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) also trimmed their stake to 160.7 million shares (18.1% stake) in the Tata Group company in the March quarter against 165 million shares (18.6% stake) in the previous quarter.

LIC of India, however, raised its stake in Titan to 30.5 million (3.9% stake) shares in Q4FY21 against 30.2 million (3.6% stake) shares in Q3FY21.

Mutual funds also increased their holding to 30.9 million (4.4%) shares in the March quarter against 30.7 million shares (4.2%) in the December quarter.

Titan share price ended the day up by 0.6% on the BSE.

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Moving on to news from the realty sector, Ashoka Buildcon was among the top buzzing stocks today.

Ashoka Buildcon share price rallied 11% in today's intra-day session after winning Gujarat Rail Infrastructure project worth Rs 3.3 billion.

Ashoka Buildcon received a letter of award (LoA) from Gujarat Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (G-RIDE) for gauge conversion of Bechraji-Ranuj section for total length of 38.15 kilometers from meter gauge to broad gauge.

The project also includes electrification of the railway line with 25 KV AC electrification. The project falls under the Ahmedabad division of Western Railways, Ashoka Buildcon said in a press release.

Ashoka Buildcon share price ended the day up by 2% on the BSE.

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India's Exports Jump 60% in March, Contracted by 7.2% In FY21

India's merchandise exports surged to US$ 34.5 billion, up 60% year-on-year (YoY) in March, on the back of a low base effect in the lockdown-hit corresponding month last year.

Exports grew exponentially in the previous month which is overall higher than 0.7% growth in February, with March becoming the fourth consecutive month of growth in FY21. Also mark that for the full year, exports fell by 7.3% versus FY20.

According to provisional data released by the commerce and industry ministry on Thursday showed, gold imports surged almost 592% on-year, leading to a 53.7% rise in overall imports and widening the country's trade deficit to US$ 13.9 billion against a deficit of US$ 10 billion during the year-ago period.

In FY21, merchandise exports fell by 7.3% YoY at US$ 290.6 billion. Similarly, imports also shrank 18% to US$ 389.2 billion, mainly due to delay in revival in domestic manufacturing due to the pandemic.

In FY20, the trade deficit for the entire fiscal year narrowed to US$ 98.6 billion, against US$ 161.4 billion.

As per the data released, two categories out of 30 major exports witnessed growth in March including iron ore, electronic goods, carpets, handicraft, gems and jewellery, ceramic products and engineering goods among others. Exports of oil seeds and cashew witnessed decline in the last month.

We will keep you posted on all the news from this space. Stay tuned.

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Stock Market Updates

Indian Indices Extend Gains; Bajaj Auto & Bajaj Finance Surge 4% (Today's Market)

May 18, 2021 12:30 pm

The BSE Sensex is trading up by 641 points, while the NSE Nifty is trading up by 190 points.

Sensex Zooms 650 Points, Reclaims 50,000 Mark; Bajaj Finance & IndusInd Bank Top Gainers (Today's Market)

May 18, 2021 09:30 am

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BLISS GVS PHARMA Share Price Up by 6%; BSE HEALTHCARE Index Up 0.4% (Today's Market)

May 18, 2021 09:48 AM

BLISS GVS PHARMA share price is trading up by 6% and its current market price is Rs 115. The BSE HEALTHCARE is up by 0.4%. The top gainers in the BSE HEALTHCARE Index are BLISS GVS PHARMA (up 6.2%) and SHILPA MEDICARE (up 7.3%). The top losers are APOLLO HOSPITALS and ABBOTT INDIA (down 0.1%).

FEDERAL BANK Share Price Up by 5%; BSE BANKEX Index Up 1.6% (Today's Market)

May 18, 2021 09:40 AM

FEDERAL BANK share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 86. The BSE BANKEX is up by 1.6%. The top gainers in the BSE BANKEX Index is FEDERAL BANK (up 5.3%).

HINDUSTAN COPPER Share Price Up by 5%; BSE METAL Index Up 2.7% (Today's Market)

May 18, 2021 09:38 AM

HINDUSTAN COPPER share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 179. The BSE METAL is up by 2.7%. The top gainers in the BSE METAL Index is HINDUSTAN COPPER (up 5.2%).

ADANI TRANSMISSION at All Time High; BSE POWER Index Up 2.0% (Today's Market)

May 18, 2021 09:34 AM

ADANI TRANSMISSION share price has hit an all time high at Rs 1,245 (up 3.5%). The BSE POWER Index is up by 2.0%. Among the top gainers in the BSE POWER Index today are ADANI TRANSMISSION (up 3.5%) and SIEMENS (up 0.2%). The top losers include KALPATARU POWER (down 0.2%) and RELIANCE INFRA (down 1.1%).

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