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Sensex Up Over 500 Points; IndusInd Bank, HDFC Bank & Hero MotoCorp Surge 5%
Thu, 28 May 12:30 pm | Monish Vora, TM Team

Share markets in India are presently trading on a strong note, in line with global peers that rallied as optimism over the reopening of economies buoyed investor sentiment.

The BSE Sensex is presently trading up by 548 points, while the NSE Nifty is trading up by 156 points.

The BSE Mid Cap index is trading up by 0.9%, while the BSE Small Cap index is trading up by 1.3%.

Sectoral indices are trading mixed with stocks in the capital goods sector and banking sector witnessing buying interest, while IT stocks are witnessing selling pressure.

The rupee is trading at 75.71 against the US$.

Gold prices are currently trading down by 0.1% at Rs 46,540.

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Market participants are tracking Ceat share price, Lupin share price, and TVS Motor Company share price as these companies are scheduled to announce their March quarter results (Q4FY20) later today.

You can read our recently released Q4FY20 results of other companies here: Lakshmi MachineBirla CorporationBata IndiaColgateHoneywell AutomationHawkins CookersBayer CropscienceJSW SteelDCB Bank.

In news from the automobile sector, Eicher Motors share price is in focus today.

Shares of the company are trading higher for the third straight day today, after the company announced stock split plan to make the stock more affordable for small retail investors and increase liquidity.

In an exchange filing on Monday, the company said "the board of directors of the company is scheduled to meet on June 12, 2020, to consider and approve sub-division/split of the equity shares of the face value of Rs 10 each of the Company in such manner as may be determined by the board."

The board will also consider and approve audited standalone and consolidated financial statements for the four-quarter and financial year ended March 31, 2020.

Shares of Eicher Motors are presently trading up by 4%.

Moving on to news from the economic space, S&P Global Ratings has forecasted Indian economy to contract 5% in the current fiscal as the lockdown imposed to contain Covid-19 pandemic has curtailed economic activity severely.

In a statement, S&P said, "the Covid-19 outbreak in India and two months of lockdown - longer in some areas - have led to a sudden stop in the economy. That means growth will contract sharply this fiscal year. Economic activity will face ongoing disruption over the next year as the country transitions to a post-Covid-19 world."

The rating agency said India has limited room to maneuver on policy support. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut policy rates by 40 basis points in May, meaning the repo rate is 115 basis points lower since February.

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It further added that despite the cuts, India banks have been unwilling to extend credit. Small and mid-size enterprises continue to face restricted access to credit markets despite some policy measures aimed at easing financing for the sector.

S&P said the government's stimulus package, with a headline amount of 10% of GDP, has about 1.2% of direct stimulus measures, which is low relative to countries with similar economic impacts from the pandemic.

The remaining 8.8% of the package includes liquidity support measures and credit guarantees that will not directly support growth.

Earlier this week, rating agencies Fitch and CRISIL too had projected a 5% contraction for the Indian economy.

Note that the Indian economy was grappling with its own issues and COVID-19 has made matters worse.

The industry was facing demand problems, due to which business houses were reluctant to undertake capex plans. Unemployment was at its peak and exports were consistently down for several months.

India's GDP growth has been on a consistent decline after peaking out at 7.9% in Q4 of FY18 to 4.7% in Q3 of FY20. This is evident in the chart below:

The numbers are expected to have fallen further in Q4FY20 due to Covid 19.

Interestingly, there's a silver lining in all this. India can become an outsourcing hub. The global slowdown will mean that countries like the US, will be looking out for low-cost outsourcing destinations like India.

Further, a lot of global buyers have already shifted to India to source ceramics, home appliances, fashion, and lifestyle goods.

Meanwhile, as per the reports, around a thousand foreign manufacturers want to relocate their production to India, a country they see as an alternative to China.

Here's an excerpt from one of the articles, co-head of Research Tanushree Banerjee wrote on Indian economic recovery:

  • It's also a fact that India's importance in the global supply chain has never looked better. PM Modi himself referred to that.

    Therefore, utilising the stimulus package to tighten India's presence in the global supply chain will be the fastest way to move up the Swoosh index. Any delay or disregard would cost India dearly.

    True that Apple, Samsung and several smartphone manufacturers are already considering an expansion of their Indian capacities.

    But the land, labour, liquidity, and legal reforms cannot remain on paper if the Make in India dreams are to be realised.

    I expect to gather more cues about India's prospects on the Swoosh index over coming months.

Watch this space as Tanushree tracks these Rebirth of India megatrends closely.

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

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ESCORTS LIMITED at All Time High; BSE AUTO Index Down 0.6% (Today's Market)

Jul 10, 2020 03:30 PM

ESCORTS LIMITED share price has hit an all time high at Rs 1,141 (up 0.8%). The BSE AUTO Index is down by 0.6%. Among the top gainers in the BSE AUTO Index today are ESCORTS LIMITED (up 0.8%) and BAJAJ AUTO (up 0.5%). The top losers include BALKRISHNA INDUSTRIES (down 0.2%) and HERO MOTOCORP (down 0.4%).

LAURUS LABS LTD Share Price Up by 5%; BSE HEALTHCARE Index Up 0.7% (Today's Market)

Jul 10, 2020 03:18 PM

LAURUS LABS LTD share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 604. The BSE HEALTHCARE is up by 0.7%. The top gainers in the BSE HEALTHCARE Index is LAURUS LABS LTD (up 5.2%). The top losers are ALKEM LABORATORIES (down 0.1%) and PROCTER & GAMBLE HEALTH (down 0.1%).

GUJARAT GAS Share Price Up by 5%; BSE OIL & GAS Index Up 0.2% (Today's Market)

Jul 10, 2020 03:16 PM

GUJARAT GAS share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 306. The BSE OIL & GAS is up by 0.2%. The top gainers in the BSE OIL & GAS Index is GUJARAT GAS (up 5.3%). The top losers are IOC (down 0.3%) and INDRAPRASTHA GAS (down 0.6%).

PERSISTENT SYSTEMS Share Price Down by 5%; BSE IT Index Up 0.1% (Today's Market)

Jul 10, 2020 02:34 PM

PERSISTENT SYSTEMS share price is trading down by 5% and its current market price is Rs 749. The BSE IT is up by 0.1%. The top gainers in the BSE IT Index are FIRSTSOURCE SOL. (up 7.4%) and TCS (up 0.7%). The top losers is PERSISTENT SYSTEMS (down 5.0%).

RELIANCE IND. at All Time High; BSE OIL & GAS Index Down 0.1% (Today's Market)

Jul 10, 2020 01:54 PM

RELIANCE IND. share price has hit an all time high at Rs 1,879 (up 2.7%). The BSE OIL & GAS Index is down by 0.1%. Among the top gainers in the BSE OIL & GAS Index today are RELIANCE IND. (up 2.7%) and INDRAPRASTHA GAS (up 0.6%). The top losers include IOC (down 0.6%) and PETRONET LNG (down 1.3%).

Sensex Slips 200 Points; IndusInd Bank & HDFC Top Losers (Today's Market)

Jul 10, 2020 12:30 pm

The BSE Sensex is trading down by 213 points, while the NSE Nifty is trading down by 64 points.

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