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Sensex Trades Over 400 Points Higher; Dow Futures Up by 165 Points
Wed, 21 Oct 12:30 pm | Monish Vora, TM Team

Share markets in India are presently trading on a strong note.

The BSE Sensex is trading up by 408 points, up 1%, at 40,953 levels.

Meanwhile, the NSE Nifty is trading up by 115 points.

Power Grid Corporation of India and Tata Steel are among the top gainers today. Britannia and Hero MotoCorp are among the top losers today.

The BSE Mid Cap index is trading up by 0.9%

The BSE Small Cap index is trading up by 0.6%

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On the sectoral front, stocks from the telecom sector are witnessing most of the buying interest.

On the other hand, stocks from the oil & gas sector and metal sector are witnessing most of the selling pressure.

US stock futures are trading higher today, indicating a positive opening for Wall Street indices.

Nasdaq Futures are trading up by 63 points (up 0.5%), while Dow Futures are trading up 165 points (up 0.6%).

Gold prices are trading up by 0.2% at Rs 51,000 per 10 grams.

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The rupee is trading at 73.4 against the US$.

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Moving on to stock specific news...

Among the buzzing stocks today is L&T Infotech Limited.

In a statement released on October 20, IT company L&T Infotech Limited (LTI) reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 4.6 billion, a 26.7% increase, against a net profit of Rs 3.6 billion in the same period a year ago for the quarter ended September 2020.

The company's revenue grew 16.6% to Rs 30 billion in the reported quarter from Rs 25.7 billion in the year ago period.

Sequentially, the net profit was up 9.7%, while the topline rose 1.7%. In constant currency terms, the revenue increased 2.3% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) and 10.5% year-on-year (YoY).

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LTI said its digital revenues accounted for 42.9% of its overall revenues. The company's large deal pipeline remains strong as well and it sees increased traction in digital, cloud and analytics space. It has announced a large deal with net new TCV (total contract value) in excess of US$ 40 million in analytics.

The company's board of directors also declared an interim dividend of Rs 15 per equity share and approved a scheme of arrangement for the merger of Syncordis Software Services India and Ruletronics Systems with the company.

Syncordis India and Ruletronics India are wholly-owned subsidiaries of LTI.

At the time of writing, L&T Infotech share price was trading up by 4.8% on the BSE.

Moving on to news from the metals and mining sector ...

Hindustan Zinc Declares Highest Interim Dividend In 12 Years

According to an exchange filing, Hindustan Zinc Ltd., a subsidiary of metal major Vedanta Resources Ltd (VRL) announced a dividend of Rs 21.3 per share, its highest interim dividend in 12 years, days after the failed delisting offer of its parent.

Hindustan Zinc had previously paid a higher dividend of Rs 30 per share in July 2008.

The record date for paying the dividend is October 28.

The company also reported a strong 25% year-on-year (YoY) and 42% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) growth in revenue led by higher volumes for the quarter ended September. During the quarter, the zinc and lead segment put together, which accounts for 74% of its revenue, witnessed 13% YoY growth in volumes due to higher production and demand.

Despite being a cash-rich company, the company has some debt on its books. However, in a post-earnings conference on October 20 the company said it would strike a balance between preserving its balance sheet and giving out dividends to maximize return to its shareholders.

Vedanta Resources Ltd., which holds 64.9% stake in Hindustan Zinc, is expected to get nearly Rs 58.4 billion of the total interim dividend of Rs 90 billion, but it is not clear if the same will be passed through to Vedanta's shareholders. The company has yet to distribute the dividend it received from its subsidiary in the quarter ended March.

Meanwhile, Moody's Investor Service placed Vedanta Resources' ratings under review for downgrade after its failure to acquire the remaining shareholding as the delisting of the Indian unit failed.

We will keep you updated on all the news from this space. Stay tuned

Speaking of the metal sector, note that metal stocks have rebounded sharply from their March lows, with revival in both domestic and global demand.

Have a look at the chart below which shows returns of the major sectoral indices since 23 March 2020.

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How metal stocks perform in the coming months remains to be seen.

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Stock Market Updates

TATA ELXSI Share Price Up by 6%; BSE IT Index Down 0.8% (Today's Market)

Nov 27, 2020 03:34 PM

TATA ELXSI share price is trading up by 6% and its current market price is Rs 1,610. The BSE IT is down by 0.8%. The top gainers in the BSE IT Index are TATA ELXSI (up 6.3%) and L&T INFOTECH (up 5.4%). The top losers are PERSISTENT SYSTEMS (down 0.6%) and MPHASIS (down 0.9%).

NESCO Share Price Up by 5%; BSE REALTY Index Up 2.5% (Today's Market)

Nov 27, 2020 03:34 PM

NESCO share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 547. The BSE REALTY is up by 2.5%. The top gainers in the BSE REALTY Index are NESCO (up 5.5%) and INDIABULLS REAL EST (up 6.5%). The top losers are OMAXE (down 0.4%) and PRESTIGE ESTATES (down 3.2%).

J.B.CHEMICALS Share Price Up by 6%; BSE HEALTHCARE Index Up 1.0% (Today's Market)

Nov 27, 2020 03:34 PM

J.B.CHEMICALS share price is trading up by 6% and its current market price is Rs 1,006. The BSE HEALTHCARE is up by 1.0%. The top gainers in the BSE HEALTHCARE Index are J.B.CHEMICALS (up 5.6%) and PROCTER & GAMBLE HEALTH (up 8.8%). The top losers are SUN PHARMA (down 0.1%) and PFIZER (down 0.3%).

V GUARD INDUSTRIES Share Price Up by 5%; BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index Up 0.3% (Today's Market)

Nov 27, 2020 03:32 PM

V GUARD INDUSTRIES share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 186. The BSE CAPITAL GOODS is up by 0.3%. The top gainers in the BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index are V GUARD INDUSTRIES (up 5.1%) and THERMAX (up 6.8%). The top losers are GRAPHITE INDIA (down 0.1%) and SIEMENS (down 0.2%).

RATNAMANI METALS Share Price Up by 5%; BSE METAL Index Down 0.1% (Today's Market)

Nov 27, 2020 03:32 PM

RATNAMANI METALS share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 1,725. The BSE METAL is down by 0.1%. The top gainers in the BSE METAL Index is RATNAMANI METALS (up 5.3%). The top losers are NMDC (down 0.1%) and HINDALCO (down 1.7%).

Sensex Trades Marginally Lower; Dow Futures Up by 13 Points (Today's Market)

Nov 27, 2020 12:30 pm

BSE Sensex is trading down by 44 points, while the NSE Nifty is trading flat.

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