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Sensex Ends 87 Points Higher; Telecom and Auto Stocks Witness Buying
Mon, 14 Oct Closing | Monish Vora, TM Team

Indian share markets ended their trading session marginally higher.

On the sectoral front, gains were seen in the telecom sector and auto sector.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood higher by 87 points (up 0.2%) and the NSE Nifty closed higher by 24 points (up 0.2%).

The BSE Mid Cap index ended up by 0.4%, while the BSE Small Cap index ended the day up by 0.1%.

Asian stock markets finished on a positive note as of the most recent closing prices. The Hang Seng stood up by 0.81% and the Nikkei was trading up by 1.15%, while the Shanghai Composite was also trading up by 1.15%.

European markets were trading on a negative note. The FTSE 100 was down by 0.67%. The DAX was trading down by 0.83%, while the CAC 40 was down by 0.94%.

The rupee was trading at 71.13 to the US$ at the time of writing.

Speaking of Indian stocks markets, the stock market has not been kind to investors of late.

There has been a sudden shift in market sentiment on the back of same major developments.

And investors across the rank and file - from institutional to retail - have been at the receiving end. The mayhem has spared no one.

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In the news from the IPO space, IRCTC share price made a strong debut today, as the shares of the company got listed at Rs 644 on BSE, a 101.25% premium over issue price of Rs 320.

The Rs 6.5 billion initial public offering (IPO) of state-owned Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) was subscribed almost 112 times, making it the most successful share sale in over 20 months.

The offer got bids for 2,256 million shares compared to the total issue size of 202 million shares.

The portion reserved for QIBs got subscribed 108.8 times, while HNI portion got subscribed 354.5 times. Retail and employees portion got subscribed 14.6 times and 5.8 times, respectively. Both retail investors and employees will receive shares at a Rs 10 discount to the final offer price.

IRCTC is a central public sector enterprise, wholly owned by the Government of India and under the administrative control of the Ministry of Railways. It is the only entity authorized by Indian Railways to provide catering services to railways, online railway tickets and packaged drinking water at railway stations and trains in India.

The company has also diversified into other businesses, including non-railway catering and services such as e-catering, executive lounges and budget hotels, which are in line with its objective to build a "one stop solution" for its customers.

Ankit Shah has shared the detailed note of the IPO in one of the Equitymaster Insider issues. You can read the entire note here: IRCTC IPO: The IPO Season Kickstarts After Corporate Tax Cuts.

Moving on to the news from the energy sector, ONGC share price was in focus today as Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the state-owned firm was free to sell its stake in HPCL.

Note that ONGC had paid Rs 369 billion to buy government's entire 51.11% stake in HPCL.

Despite being the majority stakeholder in the company, ONGC has only got one member on the board and virtually no say in the management.

HPCL had also not recognised ONGC as its promoter for almost one-and-half-years before a Securities and Exchange Board of India rap forced it to list its majority owner as a promoter.

Since acquiring the stake, ONGC has only been able to appoint one director to that firm's board.

HPCL head Mukesh K Surana continues with the title of Chairman and Managing Director despite corporate governance structure mandate of only one chairman in a group and subsidiaries being headed by managing directors or chief executive officers (CEOs).

ONGC had hoped that the addition of an oil refining and marketing company would make it a vertically integrated oil and gas company when it had acquired government stake in HPCL in January last year.

However, no tangible synergies have flowed to the company. The acquisition turned ONGC from a zero-debt company to a firm with no cash and a huge debt pile.

As per news, it was reported that since the government had repealed the acts that nationalised HPCL and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL), ONGC is now free to sell the stake.

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

To know what's moving the Indian stock markets today, check out the most recent share market updates here.

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Stock Market Updates

ENGINEERS INDIA Plunges by 5%; BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index Down 0.2% (Today's Market)

Oct 14, 2019 03:32 PM

ENGINEERS INDIA share price has plunged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 112. The BSE CAPITAL GOODS is down by 0.2%. The top gainers in the BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index are BHARAT ELECTRONICS (up 3.6%) and SUZLON ENERGY (up 3.0%). The top losers is ENGINEERS INDIA (down 5.0%).

INDIA TOURISM DEV. Surges by 11%; BSE 500 Index Up 0.2% (Today's Market)

Oct 14, 2019 03:26 PM

INDIA TOURISM DEV. share price has surged by 11% and its current market price is Rs 269. The BSE 500 is up by 0.2%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index is INDIA TOURISM DEV. (up 11.2%). The top losers are GODREJ CONSUMER and TTK PRESTIGE .

REPCO HOME Plunges by 6%; BSE 500 Index Up 0.6% (Today's Market)

Oct 14, 2019 03:10 PM

REPCO HOME share price has plunged by 6% and its current market price is Rs 300. The BSE 500 is up by 0.6%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index are PC JEWELLER (up 9.5%) and MOTILAL OSWAL (up 8.9%). The top losers are REPCO HOME (down 6.2%) and PNB HOUSING FINANCE LTD (down 5.7%).

RELIANCE CAPITAL Plunges by 10%; BSE 500 Index Up 0.7% (Today's Market)

Oct 14, 2019 02:58 PM

RELIANCE CAPITAL share price has plunged by 10% and its current market price is Rs 17. The BSE 500 is up by 0.7%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index are PC JEWELLER (up 11.2%) and INDIA TOURISM DEV. (up 8.9%). The top losers is RELIANCE CAPITAL (down 10.0%).

BAJAJ CONSUMER CARE Plunges by 5%; BSE FMCG Index Up 0.4% (Today's Market)

Oct 14, 2019 01:54 PM

BAJAJ CONSUMER CARE share price has plunged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 243. The BSE FMCG is up by 0.4%. The top gainers in the BSE FMCG Index are P&G HYGIENE (up 3.1%) and GODFREY PHILLIPS (up 2.3%). The top losers is BAJAJ CONSUMER CARE (down 5.1%).

Indian Indices Extend Gains; Tata Motors & ONGC Climb 5% (Today's Market)

Oct 14, 2019 12:30 pm

The BSE Sensex is trading up by 218 points, while the NSE Nifty is trading up by 57 points.

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