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Sensex, Nifty Close in the Red; Realty Stocks Lead Losses
Thu, 18 May Closing

After opening the day marginally lower, share markets in India halted the rally witnessed in previous sessions and ended the day in red. Losses were largely seen in the realty sector and metals sector, while stocks in the IT sector ended the day in green.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood lower by 224 points (down 0.7%) and the NSE Nifty closed lower by 96 points (down 1%). The BSE Mid Cap index ended the day down by 2.2 %, while the BSE Small Cap index ended the day down by 2%.

Asian stock markets too finished in red as of the most recent closing prices. The Hang Seng dropped 0.62% and the Nikkei lost 1.32%. The Shanghai Composite dropped 0.74%. European markets too are trading lower today. The FTSE 100 is down 1.34% while Germany's DAX is trading lower by 0.86% and France's CAC 40 is down 1.1%. The rupee was trading at 64.83 to the US$ at the time of writing.

In news about the economy. The Goods and Service Tax (GST) reform moved another step closer to meeting the July 1 deadline after the GST council approved the final set of rules for the new tax framework.

The nine rules finalised by the council pertain to composition, valuation, transition, input tax credit, invoice, payment, refund, registration, and return.

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The council, chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, comprises states' finance ministers. In its two-day meeting, the council is expected to finalise the GST rules and discuss fitment of rates, with less than 50 days to go for the rollout. This meeting will, in fact, decide the fate the rollout of GST on July 1, 2017.

According to The Economic Times, the council has begun its discussion on the list of items that will attract 0% GST. Most states have pitched for keeping items sensitive to their states out of the list.

The Centre is keen on keeping the list small because a large list of exemptions would hurt the objective of base expansion. Exemption of essential services will also be discussed.GST, when implemented will bring in a host of regulations to enable transparency in the tax regime.

This will no doubt lead to added costs for implementation of regulations. Unorganized players may bear the brunt of added costs of compliance and may find it difficult to comply with the GST norms and compete with the well-established organised players.

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Moving on to news from stocks in the auto sector. Bajaj Auto share price ended the day lower by 1.9% today after the company declared its fourth quarter results.

Bajaj Auto posted a 15.5% decline in its net profit at Rs 8,020 million for the fourth quarter ended March 31 due to lower sales. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 9,490 million during the same period previous fiscal.

A rise in input material cost and expenses on transition to BS-IV compliant vehicles hurt margins.

The company sold 36,65,950 units during the 2016-17 fiscal, down 5.8%, from 38,93,581 units in the previous fiscal.

Total revenue from operations dipped 6.9% to Rs 52.1 billion during the reporting quarter as against Rs 56 billion posted in the same quarter of the previous year.

After notebandi in the third quarter, the company suffered another major blow in the March quarter from the BS III ban which brought its net profit down by 15%.

One must note that Bajaj Auto had significant levels of unsold BS III vehicle inventories as on 20 March 2017, which it had to liquidate before 1 April 2017 following the Supreme Court directive on 28 March 2017.

Bajaj Auto's board recommended a dividend of Rs 55 per share.

And here's a note from Profit Hunter:

IT stocks are the top gainers for the day. Wipro (+2.85%), TCS (+2.84%), and Infosys (+1%) are the top three stocks in the Nifty 50 Index.

In an earlier note, we told you the Nifty IT Index is trading in a descending channel and how it gave a false breakout above the channel's resistance line. We also showed you how the RSI indicator is stopping short of the overbought territory of 70, indicating weakness in price action.

The index slipped from there but it did not go below its previous low. It found support from its uptrend support line, and today it is back near the channel's resistance line.

Today, the index hit a high of 10,705 and closed at 10,545. The channel's resistance line is again acting a strong hurdle. The RSI indicator is still trading below 70.

So will the index overcome resistance and come out of the downtrend? Let's wait and watch...

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