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Midcaps outshine the broader markets
Fri, 30 Sep 11:30 am

Indian stock market indices are trading in the green after opening the trade on a weak note. Stocks from the consumer durables and capital goods space are leading the pack of gainers. However, PSU and Power stocks are the top losers.

The BSE-Sensex is trading up by 11 points and NSE-Nifty is trading up by 4 points. BSE Mid Cap and BSE Small Cap indices are trading higher by 0.6% and 0.3% respectively. The rupee is trading at 49.12 to the US dollar.

Pharma stocks are trading firm led by Ranbaxy Labs and Orchid Chemicals. According to a leading financial daily, Wockhardt has informed the Bombay high court that it would clear all its dues to the bondholders amounting to Rs 3.58 bn. This amount is inclusive of interest and installments. The pharma company is expected to submit a detailed repayment plan to the court soon. It may be recollected that a Singapore based hedge fund QVT Financial LP along with an overseas unit of Sun Pharma had filed a petition against Wockhardt for nonpayment of the due amount. Earlier this month, the high court had asked Wockhardt to give a timeline regarding repaying the Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds (FCCB) bondholders.

Aluminium stocks are trading in the red. Hindalco is the biggest loser while Nalco is the biggest gainer. According to a leading financial daily, state run National Aluminium Company (Nalco) is planning to diversify into nuclear power generation. The company will invest Rs 114.4 bn jointly with Nuclear Power Corporation of India in the project. The company has already identified Kakarapar Atomic Power Station (KAPS) project for development. The recommendation for the investment is under consideration by the government. Nalco is also planning to set up a smelter and power project in Indonesia due to availability of good quality coal at economic prices. Two coal mining firms have been identified for long term arrangement for sourcing coal for the planned project.

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