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Rising Crude Oil Prices, Q1FY20 Results, and Top Stocks in Focus Today
Thu, 1 Aug Pre-Open | Monish Vora, TM Team

On Wednesday, share markets in India witnessed buying interest during closing hours and ended marginally higher.

The BSE Sensex closed higher by 84 points to end the day at 37,481. Yes Bank and IndusInd Bank were among the top gainers.

While the broader NSE Nifty ended up by 33 points to end at 11,118.

Among BSE sectoral indices, metal stocks gained the most by 2.4%, followed by automobile stocks and oil & gas stocks.

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Top Stocks in Focus Today

From the banking sector, Allahabad Bank share price will be in focus today as the lender received its board's approval to raise up to Rs 20 billion via qualified institutional placement. This is part of the bank's plan to raise up to Rs 40 billion this fiscal to propel business growth.

Market participants will be tracking CARE ratings share price, IOC share price, and Trent share price as these companies announced their June quarter results yesterday.

You can read our recently released Q1FY20 results: Force Motors, Maruti Suzuki, Vedanta, Tata Motors, Supreme Industries.

June Quarter Results

Hero MotoCorp share price will be in focus today as the company reported 38.3% rise in its net profit at Rs 12.6 billion for the quarter ended 30 June 2019 as compared to Rs 9.1 billion for the same quarter in the previous year.

However, total income of the company decreased by 7.6% at Rs 82.5 billion for Q1FY20 as compared Rs 89.3 billion for the corresponding quarter previous year.

On the consolidated basis, the company has reported a rise of 35.9% in its net profit at Rs 12.6 billion for the quarter under review as compared to Rs 9.2 billion for the same quarter in the previous year.

However, total income of the company decreased by 6.9% at Rs 84.1 billion for Q1FY20 as compared Rs 90.3 billion for the corresponding quarter previous year.

In other news, private lender Axis Bank reported 95% year-on-year (YoY) rise in net profit for June quarter aided by good performance in its key operating parameters although slippages and provisioning remained on the higher side.

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The net profit for the quarter was at Rs 13.7 billion, compared to Rs 7 billion in the year-ago quarter. However, analysts were expecting the bank to post profit of Rs 18.6 billion.

Bank's net interest income rose 13% to Rs 58.4 billion in Q1FY20, compared to Rs 51.7 billion in the same period of FY19.

Non-interest income of the lender saw a 32% rise at Rs 38.7 billion in Q1, compared to Rs 29.3 billion in the same period last year. Net interest margin (NIM) stood at 3.40% for the quarter, against 3.46% in the year-ago period.

Asset quality remained stable, with gross non-performing assets (NPA) ratio staying at 5.25% in Q1FY20, against 5.26% in the March quarter.

Crude Oil Continues Momentum...

In the news from the commodity space, crude oil rose for the fifth day yesterday and witnessed buying interest. Most of the gains were seen on the back of a bigger than expected drop in US inventories.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) on Tuesday reported a decrease of 6.024 million barrels in the US crude oil inventories for the week ending July 26.

In the previous week ending July 19, API reported a decrease of 10.961 million barrels of crude oil inventories, the largest draw this year.

Also, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a decline of 10.835 million barrels for the same period.

Further, expectations that the US Federal Reserve will cut interest rates meant the commodity trade on a positive note.



Note that crude oil has been witnessing volatility lately amid weekly declines in US inventories and rising geopolitical tensions between Iran and other countries.

Meanwhile, volatility was also seen on the back of ongoing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.

Iran said that a small oil products tanker missing in the Strait of Hormuz was in its territorial waters. This stoked fraught relations with Iran's neighbors and the West over threats to shipping in the key oil chokepoint.

How this all pans out remains to be seen. Meanwhile, we will keep you updated on all the developments from this space.

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