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Sensex Ends 354 Points Higher; Banking and Finance Stocks Rally
Fri, 28 Aug Closing | Monish Vora, TM Team

Indian share markets continued their momentum during closing hours today and ended on a strong note.

Benchmark indices gained for the sixth straight day today, amid positive global equities, led by heavy buying in banking and financial stocks.

Bluechip financial counters such as Axis Bank, ICICI Bank and SBI boosted market sentiment as analysts turned positive on the sector.

According to global brokerage UBS, the economy is recovering gradually, lowering the risks of bad loan formation.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood higher by 354 points. Meanwhile, the NSE Nifty stood higher by 96 points.

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The top gainers in NSE today were Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank, and UPL.

SGX Nifty was trading at 11,690, up by 131 points, at the time of writing.

The BSE Mid Cap index ended up by 0.6%. The BSE Small Cap index ended down by 0.2%.

Sectoral indices ended on a positive note with stocks in the banking sector and finance sector witnessing buying interest.

Asian stock markets ended on a mixed note today. As of the most recent closing prices, the Hang Seng was up 0.6% and the Shanghai Composite stood higher by 1.6%. The Nikkei ended down by 1.4%.

US stocks scaled new peaks for a third straight day on Thursday and bond yields surged on the Federal Reserve's average-inflation strategy, as well as a promising development in curbing the coronavirus pandemic.

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Fed Chairman Jerome Powell laid out a policy that aims for 2% inflation on average so that too low a pace would be followed by an effort to lift inflation "moderately above 2% for some time."

The rupee is trading at 73.39 against the US$.

Gold prices are trading up by 0.8% at Rs 51,319.

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In news from the mining sector, shares of NMDC, India's largest iron ore miner, rallied over 10% today, a day after the company reported its earnings for the quarter ended June 2020 (Q1FY21).

NMDC's net profit for the quarter under review slumped 55% to Rs 5.3 billion as both production and sales were impacted due to the Covid-19-induced lockdown, the state-owned miner said on Thursday.

The company had posted net profit of Rs 11.8 billion in the corresponding quarter in 2019-20.

NMDC's turnover during the first quarter was Rs 19.4 billion compared to Rs 32.6 billion during the corresponding quarter last fiscal.

Earlier this month, the company hiked rates of iron ore by Rs 300 to Rs 2,950 a tonne. Iron ore is the key raw material used in steel making. Any change in its prices has a direct impact on the rates of steel.

NMDC's Q1 results were hit hard by covid-19 lockdown, but the firm's plans to demerge its upcoming steel unit in Chhattisgarh surprised the Street.

Reports state that demerger of the steel plant would reduce the stress on its parent company's balance sheet. The three-million-tonne steel plant coming up in Nagarnar, Chhattisgarh, has been delayed, and could be commissioned next year.

NMDC share price ended the day up by 11.8%.

Moving on to news from the automobile sector, Maruti Suzuki was among the top buzzing stocks today.

Country's largest carmaker today announced the launch of its subscription programme to offer easy and flexible car ownership options to individuals.

Maruti Suzuki has tied up with Myles Automotive Technologies to launch Maruti Suzuki Subscribe as a pilot project in select Indian cities - Hyderabad and Pune.

Subscribe programme offers solutions for consumers who are seeking to experience the benefits of owning a car without purchasing it.

In other news, as per a leading financial daily, Thailand's Royal Thai Army is in the process of placing an order for 600 military trucks with Tata Motors.

The company's Chairman N Chandrasekaran said on August 25 that the company aimed to reduce its total debt to near-zero levels in three years and generate free cash flows from FY22 onwards.

Chandrasekaran, while addressing shareholders at Tata Motors' 75th annual general meeting, said the company would also look to unlock non-core investments in order to deleverage the business.

Tata Motors share price ended the day down by 1.3%.

Speaking of the automobile sector, note that the sector has rebounded sharply from its March lows.

Have a look at the chart below:

Healthcare sector is at the top, followed by the automobile sector.

As per Apurva Sheth, the auto index entered the greed phase in September 2019 and will stay there until December 2021. This means there is still a lot of fuel left for auto stocks.

How automobile stocks perform in the coming months remains to be seen. Stay tuned for more updates from this space.

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