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Sensex Opens Over 400 Points Down; IT Stocks Fall
Fri, 19 Oct 09:30 am | Rini Mehta, TM Team

Asian stocks are lower today as Japanese and Hong Kong shares fall. The Nikkei 225 is off 1.1% while the Hang Seng is down 0.3%. The Shanghai Composite is trading up by 0.2%. US stocks fell more than 1% on Thursday as the European Commission issued a warning regarding Italy's budget and concerns mounted over the possibility of strained relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia, further denting investors' appetite for risk amid global trade tensions and rising interest rates.

Back home, India share markets have opened the day on negative note. The BSE Sensex is trading down by 409 points while the NSE Nifty is trading down by 113 points. The BSE Mid Cap index and BSE Small Cap index opened the day down by 1.5% & 0.8% respectively.

Sectoral indices have opened the day on a mixed note with information technology stocks and capital goods stocks witnessing maximum selling pressure. While, PSU stocks and healthcare stocks have opened the day in green.

The rupee is trading at Rs 73.64 against the US$.

In the latest development, in what comes as a major blow to employees working on an H1B visa in the United States, the Donald Trump-led administration has announced that it would soon announce major changes that will likely change the definition of specialty occupations under H-1B visas.

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Furthermore, the new proposals will also revise the definition of employment under this foreign work visa category.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to hire foreign workers for special job posts that require theoretical or technical expertise. The Trump administration is reviewing the H-1B visa policy to ensure that it is not misused by companies to replace American workers.

The latest move, which has been announced as part of the Unified Fall Agenda of the Trump administration, is expected to have a bad impact on Indian IT companies and small and medium-sized contractual IT sector firms running in the country which are mostly owned by Indian Americans.

According to The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning to come out with its new proposal by January 2019. It is believed that revising the definition of specialty occupation will help in obtaining the most expertise foreign nationals via the H-1B programme.

The DHS said that making changes in the definition of employment and the employer-employee relationship will help better protect US workers and wages. The regulatory body will also reportedly propose additional requirements to ensure H-1B visa holders are paid appropriate wages by their employers.

In addition, the DHS is planning to remove regulations that make certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorization.

The department is also finalizing its interim regulations governing petitions filed on behalf of alien workers subject to the annual numerical limitations applicable to the H1-B non-immigrant classification. The rule will prevent an individual from filing duplicate petitions on behalf of the same alien temporary worker.

Moving on to the news from cement sector. ACC Ltd on Wednesday posted a 15.7% rise in quarterly profit, which fell short of market estimates as expenses rose.

Standalone profit was Rs 2.1 billion (US$28 million) for the third quarter ended September 30, compared with Rs 1.8 billion a year earlier.

Cement sales volume grew 10% to 6.6 million tonnes (MT) in the quarter, while expenses rose 9.8%.

Quarterly sales of the company, which is a unit of the world's largest cement maker, LafargeHolcim Ltd, grew 10% to Rs 33.6 billion.

The company said it will continue to maintain its focus on operating efficiencies to improve performance.

The company expects the demand drivers including growth in affordable and rural housing segments as well as infrastructure projects to remain healthy.

ACC share price opened the day down by 8.1%.

So, if the change in quarterly earnings is a misnomer, what should investors look at?

Well, as per Tanushree Banerjee, Co-head of Research believes that the annual earnings are a better and more normalized picture of the company's performance.

But the market is certainly myopic. There is typically a big contrast between annual earnings performance of companies and the extent to which they find favour amongst investors.

Follow the Quarterly Result Investing Herd at Your Own Risk

Note that, stocks that were beaten down over several quarters did brilliantly after declaring their March 2018 quarter numbers. Even if their 12-month earnings performance was a disappointment. Beware of following such herds.

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