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Indian Indices Trade in Red; US-China Trade War Back On; IPO Buzz and Top Stocks in Action
Wed, 20 Jun Pre-Open | Parth Parekh, TM Team

On Tuesday, share markets in India opened flat and ended the day in red. The S&P BSE Midcap Index ended down by 1% while S&P BSE Small Cap Index ended down by 1.3%.

The BSE Sensex closed lower by 262 points to end the day at 35,287. While the NSE Nifty ended down by 89 points to end the day at 10,710.

Among BSE sectoral indices, metal sector fell the most by 1.7% followed by realty sector at 1.%. SAIL and Indiabulls Real Estate were among the top losers.

Top Stocks in Action

Yes Bank share price is likely to be in focus today as the company received final approval and registration from the stock markets regulator for acting as Custodian of Securities.

'Custodian of Securities' is a license granted by the regulator, to eligible entities allowing them to offer custodial services to financial market participants including Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) and Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs).

Solar Industries share price is likely to be in focus today, as the company has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with EURENCO for the supply of Propellants, Bombs, Ammunition filling and Modular Charges technologies under the 'Make in India' policy for the private sector.

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories share price is likely to be in focus as the company launched a new drug - Levetiracetam in Sodium Chloride Injection.

The injection is a therapeutic equivalent generic version of HQ Specialty Pharma Corporation's Levetiracetam in Sodium Chloride Injection, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).

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Global Markets Uneasy as Trade War Back on Cards

The US-China trade war is showing no signs of slowing down, as US President, Donald Trump is threatening to slap more tariffs on Chinese imports.

Donald Trump instructed the US Trade Representative's office to identify US$200 billion in imports from China for additional tariffs of 10%.

The US President said the 10% tariffs would come into effect if China refuses to change its practices. Last week he threatened 25% tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese products with another $100 billion targeted beyond that.

The move would be a major escalation of the dispute. World stock markets have suffered sharp falls as a result.

China responded by accusing the US of blackmail, raising fears of a full-blown trade war.

Post the latest salvo, Asian indices took a beating.

The Shanghai Composite was down 3.8% while Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down 2.8% and Japan's Nikkei 225 was lower by 1.8%.

IPO Buzz

The initial public offer of Varroc Engineering Limited is set to hit the market on 26 June. The price band for the issue has been fixed at 965-967 per share.

The auto parts manufacturer aims to raise over Rs 19.5 billion through its IPO, which is a pure offer for sale, with no fresh issue of capital.

The market is gearing up for a burst of activity, with at least 12 companies planning to raise more than Rs 170 billion over the next two months, after a quiet start to the June quarter.

Rhe last IPO to hit the primary market was IndoStar Capital Finance Ltd, which raised Rs 18.4 billion through its share sale in May.

Reportedly, the introduction of the new Indian accounting standards (IndAS) as one of the reasons why IPO-bound companies have not approached the market so far, this quarter.

All companies, including unlisted ones, having net worth of between Rs 2.5 billion and Rs 5 billion have to prepare their financial accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018 as per the IndAS accounting standards. Companies with net worth of Rs 5 billion or more had to implement the new standard a year earlier.

As per the reports, the pipeline in the June quarter will be very healthy. The market/IPO outlook continues to be strong and robust for the next two quarters if not the entire year.

Several major IPOs, including those of HDFC Asset Management Co. Ltd, auto parts maker Varroc Engineering Ltd, non-banking financial company IndoStar Capital Finance Ltd, microfinancier CreditAccess Grameen Ltd and women's apparel maker TCNS Clothing Co. Ltd, are set to hit the market this quarter.

Other companies that may launch their IPOs in the quarter include seafood exporters Devi Seafoods Ltd and Nekkanti Sea Foods Ltd. Both said they would decide on the timing of the launch after they get regulatory approval for their respective share sales.

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