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Sensex, Nifty Recover from Day's Low to End Flat; Adani Ports and Bajaj Auto Among Top Gainers
Fri, 18 Jun Closing

Indian share markets recouped early losses during closing hours and ended today's volatile session on a flat note.

Benchmark indices witnessed volatile trading activity and fluctuated between gains and losses amid indications that the US Federal Reserve may speed up the pace of policy reversal.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood higher by 21 points (up 0.1%).

Meanwhile, the NSE Nifty closed lower by 8 points (down 0.1%).

Adani Ports and Bajaj Auto were among the top gainers today.

ONGC and Coal India, on the other hand, were among the top losers today.

The SGX Nifty was trading at 15,731, up by 39 points, at the time of writing.

The BSE MidCap index and the BSE SmallCap index ended down by 0.7% and 0.9%, respectively.

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Sectoral indices ended on a mixed note with stocks in the telecom sector, consumer durables sector and FMCG sector witnessing most of the buying interest.

Power and metal stocks, on the other hand, witnessed selling pressure.

Shares of Marico and Somany Ceramics hit their respective 52-week highs today.

Asian stock markets ended on a mixed note today after following a rally in US tech shares.

The Hang Seng ended up by 0.9%, while the Shanghai Composite ended the day on a flat note.

The Nikkei ended down by 0.2% in today's session.

US stock futures are trading on a flat note today with the Dow Futures trading up by 4 points.

The rupee is trading at 73.86 against the US$.

Gold prices for the latest contract on MCX are trading up by 0.4% at Rs 47,130 per 10 grams.

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Natco Pharma's Profit Dips 43% in March 2021 Quarter

In news from the pharma sector, Natco Pharma was among the top buzzing stocks today.

Drug firm Natco Pharma on June 17 said its consolidated net profit declined by 43% to Rs 530 m for the fourth quarter ended 31 March 2021.

The Hyderabad-based company had posted a net profit of Rs 930 m for the January-March quarter of 2019-20 fiscal.

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Total income during the fourth quarter stood at Rs 3.6 bn, down from Rs 4.8 bn in the fourth quarter of the financial year 2019-20.

For the entire 2020-21 fiscal, the company posted a consolidated net profit of Rs 4.4 bn as compared with Rs 4.6 bn in 2019-20.

Total income increased to Rs 21.6 bn in the last fiscal from Rs 20.2 bn in the financial year 2019-20.

'In spite of the significant negative impact of the pandemic on the base business, the company was able to sustain its revenue during the year', the drug firm noted.

The company expects strong growth during the current financial year due to multiple high-value product launches in the US, rebound in domestic India business with new products, and contribution from the Crop Health division, it added.

Natco Pharma share price ended the day up by 1.7% on the BSE.

Moving on to news from the energy sector...

HPCL Becomes First Oil Firm to Start Ethanol-Blended Petrol Supply in J&K and Ladakh

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) has become the first oil firm to start supplies of ethanol-blended petrol in the Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh region.

The fuel to the Ladakh region is supplied from its Leh depot, situated at an altitude of 11,500 feet, HPCL said in a statement.

"Conquering the fuel requirement at such high altitude / low temperature and duly backed by robust quality checks, HPCL has become the first oil marketing company in the country to launch ethanol-blended petrol in Ladakh region," it said.

The government has mandated oil companies to mix ethanol in petrol to help cut emissions and reduce the oil import bills.

A target of mixing 20% ethanol in petrol has been set for 2025.

HPCL's Leh depot, which was commissioned in 2018 with total tankage of 4,450 kilolitres, is a crucial oil depot in the northernmost part of the country as it caters to the local demand and requirements of the Indian Armed Forces deployed along the borders.

The depot has enough capacity to cater to the entire region during the harsh winter months when supply to the region is not possible due to road blockages.

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HPCL was also the first oil marketing company of the country to start selling ethanol-blended petrol from its retail outlets situated in the Jammu and Kashmir region.

Stating that ethanol has become one of the major priorities of 21st century India, HPCL said the focus on ethanol is helping the cause of a better environment and is also bringing in a positive impact on the lives of farmers.

HPCL share price ended the day down by 4% on the BSE.

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QUESS CORP Share Price Up by 5%; BSE IT Index Up 0.7% (Today's Market)

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QUESS CORP share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 874. The BSE IT is up by 0.7%. The top gainers in the BSE IT Index are QUESS CORP (up 5.2%) and TECH MAHINDRA (up 9.3%). The top losers are INFOSYS (down 0.1%) and WIPRO (down 0.3%).

Sensex, Nifty Open Flat; Tech Mahindra Zooms 8% Post June Quarter Results (Today's Market)

Jul 30, 2021 09:30 am

Indian share markets open flat. The BSE Sensex opened down by 16 points, while the Nifty is trading lower by 9 points.

RATNAMANI METALS Share Price Up by 5%; BSE METAL Index Up 0.3% (Today's Market)

Jul 30, 2021 09:35 AM

RATNAMANI METALS share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 2,208. The BSE METAL is up by 0.3%. The top gainers in the BSE METAL Index is RATNAMANI METALS (up 5.3%). The top losers are SAIL (down 0.1%) and HINDALCO (down 0.5%).

MOTILAL OSWAL Share Price Down by 6%; BSE 500 Index Up 0.1% (Today's Market)

Jul 30, 2021 09:31 AM

MOTILAL OSWAL share price is trading down by 6% and its current market price is Rs 1,007. The BSE 500 is up by 0.1%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index are TECH MAHINDRA (up 7.8%) and TEJAS NETWORKS (up 5.0%). The top losers are MOTILAL OSWAL (down 5.9%) and SWAN ENERGY (down 6.3%).

TECH MAHINDRA at All Time High; BSE IT Index Up 0.6% (Today's Market)

Jul 30, 2021 09:31 AM

TECH MAHINDRA share price has hit an all time high at Rs 1,217 (up 7.8%). The BSE IT Index is up by 0.6%. Among the top gainers in the BSE IT Index today are TECH MAHINDRA (up 7.8%) and ORACLE FINANCIAL (up 1.0%). The top losers include HEXAWARE TECHNOLOGIES and INFOSYS (down 0.1%).

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