Majority of the auto stocks are trading in the green with Hero MotoCorp and Maruti Suzuki being among major gainers. Tata Motors and Maharashtra Scooters are among the only stocks trading in the red. As per a leading financial daily, Maruti Suzuki reported a 27% YoY jump in sales to 1.1 lakh units in August 2014. Backed by robust performance by the compact car segment (Swift, Ritz, Dzire, Celerio) that saw a 53% surge in sales as well as a 114% jump in super compact segment (Dzire Tour) sales, passenger car sales grew by 30% YoY to 82,832 units in August 2014. On the export front, sales increased by 10.3% YoY to 12,472 units for the month. Maruti Suzuki stock is currently trading up by 3.3%.
Most of the FMCG stocks are trading firm led by Gillette and Emami. Dabur and Hindustan Unilever are among the few stocks trading in the red. As per a leading business daily, the central government will be commissioning a study to provide a boost to the export revenues of herbal drug manufacturing industry. The Department of ayurveda, yoga,unani, siddha and homeopathy (Ayush) will commission a detailed study by a market consultant. The study will determine the demand supply dynamics of medicinal plants in India and international markets, get up-to-date data on cultivation, land available and required and production. The National Medicinal Plant Board will oversee the project and create a policy framework for infrastructure, incentives and other mechanisms. This data will then be used by the government to create special economic zones to promote the sector. This move is likely to benefit companies like Dabur, Emami (Zandu), Himalaya and Charak and a host of small entities and cultivators of herbal plants.