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Sensex Continues Downtrend; Power Sector Drags
Thu, 10 Aug 01:30 pm

After opening the day marginally lower, share markets in India had a tepid session of trading and are currently still trading in the red. Except stocks in the IT sector all sectoral indices are trading on a negative note with stocks in the power sector and stocks in the auto sector leading the losses.

The BSE Sensex is trading down by 150 points (down 0.5%), and the NSE Nifty is trading lower by 50 points (down 0.5%). Meanwhile, the BSE Mid Cap index is trading down by 1%, while the BSE Small Cap index is trading down by 1.2% The rupee is trading at 63.95 to the US$.

In news from the IPO space. State-owned general insurance company New India Assurance Co. (NIA) is set it come out with its initial public offering (IPO) soon as the company filed the draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with the regulator on Wednesday. This follows soon after General Insurance Corp (GIC) also filed its DHRP with the regulator this week.

According to the DHRP, NIA plans a total stake dilution of 14.5%. The government will sell 96 million shares in the offering, while the company will issue 24 million new shares to raise primary capital.

The stake sale is likely to net the government over Rs 70 billion. And the total size of the issue could be around Rs 100 billion considering the new share sale component.

NIA plans to use the primary capital raised to augment its capital base to support growth of its business and maintain solvency levels.

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With the filing of the prospectus, the government has lined up another mega divestment public offering.

On Monday, state-owned reinsurer GIC filed its draft documents to raise over Rs 100 billion through an IPO.

The two insurance IPOs will be among the largest share sales to hit the primary markets since record Rs 152 billion public offering in 2010.

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In news from stocks in the metals sector. Coal India share price is in focus today after the country's largest miner outlined plans to shut unprofitable mines.

The state-run coal major said that it will shut nearly 100 unprofitable mines over the next 2-3 years. Out of which, 37 will close operations this year. Coal India had shut down 15 mines in the previous year.

A study conducted by the company showed that out of the mines operated by Coal India, about 15 mines are highly profitable and 90 others can be made profitable.

The company has engaged Indian School of Mines and expertise of Singareni Collieries to chart out a roadmap for making the 90 mines profitable.

Coal India said that the process of opening new mines and closing unviable ones is a continuous process. Coal India began with 750 mines but now has 394. Low grade coal extracted from mines that produce less than one million tonnes a year are generally considered unprofitable as the scale of operation in them do not support the cost involved.

Coal India has been under pressure recently after the Coal Controller of India downgraded 50% of its 394 mines. This meant that the coal mined from these mines fetched lower prices than what it did in the previous year. The company expects revenues to be hit by Rs 100 billion due to the downgrading.

At the time of writing, Coal India share price was trading down by 1.2%.

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