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Sensex, Nifty Snap 4-Day Winning Streak; Smallcap Stocks Outperform
Thu, 22 Oct Closing | Yash Vora, TM Team

Indian share markets witnessed negative trading activity throughout the day today and ended marginally lower.

Benchmark indices snapped their four-day winning streak led by losses in index heavyweights Reliance Industries, Infosys, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood lower by 149 points. Meanwhile, the NSE Nifty ended down by 41 points.

Hero MotoCorp was the top loser in NSE. Meanwhile, the top gainers in NSE today include NTPC and Tata Motors.

SGX Nifty was trading at 11,900, down by 29 points, at the time of writing.

The BSE Mid Cap index ended up by 0.5%. The BSE Small Cap index ended up by 0.9%.

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On the sectoral front, IT stocks and banking stocks witnessed selling pressure. Telecom stocks, on the other hand, witnessed buying interest.

Asian stock markets ended on a mixed note. As of the most recent closing prices, the Hang Seng ended up by 0.1% and the Shanghai Composite stood lower by 0.4%. The Nikkei ended down by 0.7%.

US stock futures are trading lower today. Nasdaq Futures are trading down by 43 points (down 0.3%), while Dow Futures are trading down by 92 points (down 0.3%).

The rupee is trading at 73.53 against the US$.

Gold prices are trading down by 0.4% at Rs 51,106 per 10 grams.

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Speaking of stock markets, the stock of ITC is a hot potato these days. There are investors who are unhappy with the company's management and wants them to pull up their socks. And then there are investors who believe that we need to be patient and that the company is on the right track.

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In news from the pharma sector, Aurobindo Pharma was among the top buzzing stocks today.

Shares of the company slipped 6% today after its arm received a warning letter from the US health regulator for its oral solid manufacturing facility situated at Dayton, New Jersey.

"The AuroLife Pharma LLC, a wholly owned stepdown subsidiary of the Company, has received a warning letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for its oral solid manufacturing facility situated at Dayton, New Jersey," Aurobindo Pharma said in exchange filing.

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Aurobindo Pharma said that its existing business from this facility will not be impacted. The exclusive sales from this facility are around 2% of the group turnover.

The company further added that it would engage with the regulator and are fully committed in resolving this issue at the earliest.

In other news, pharma major Dr Reddy's Laboratories has shut down all its production facilities across the world after a data breach was reported in its servers.

This comes just days after the pharma major received the approval from the Drugs Controller General of India to conduct the phase 2/3 trials of the Russian vaccine in India.

The company in a statement to the stock exchanges said it has isolated all data centre services in wake of the cyber-attack.

Note that the cyber-attack on Dr Reddy's Lab is second such attack on a pharma company in the past two months. In September, Chinese hackers reportedly stole data from Spanish labs working on coronavirus vaccine.

Dr Reddy's Lab share price ended the day down by 0.2%.

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In news from the IT sector, as per an article in a leading financial daily, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is in advanced talks to acquire a technology services unit of Deutsche Bank AG.

Reportedly, negotiations are ongoing and could still be delayed or fall apart.

In 2008, TCS paid US$ 505 million to acquire Citigroup Inc.'s back-office unit in what was then its biggest acquisition.

TCS share price ended the day down by 0.1%.

Moving on, in latest developments from the IPO space, the Rs 5.2 billion initial public offer of Equitas Small Finance Bank was subscribed 1.9 times today, the final day of bidding.

At the time of writing, the offer received bids for 217 million equity shares against offer size of 115.8 million equity shares.

The offer size excluded anchor book, through which company had raised Rs 1.4 billion on October 19. ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company, SBI Life Insurance, Franklin India Smaller Companies Fund, Mirae Asset Large Cap Fund and HDFC Life Insurance Company are among the anchor investors.

The portion set aside for qualified institutional investors has been subscribed 3.9 times, and that of non-institutional investors 15% and retail investors 2 times, at the time of writing.

This is the third public issue in small finance bank segment after AU Small Finance Bank and Ujjivan Small Finance Bank.

The public issue consists of a fresh issue of Rs 2.8 billion and an offer for sale of 72 million equity shares by Equitas Holdings to comply with shareholding norms set by the Reserve Bank of India.

The issue price has been fixed at Rs 32-33 per share.

How this IPO sails through remains to be seen. Meanwhile, we will keep you updated on the latest developments from this space. Stay tuned.

Speaking of IPOs, in one of his videos, Vijay Bhambwani shares his thoughts on the recent spate of IPOs and what it means for the market.

You can check the same here: My View on the IPO Market

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Stock Market Updates

Sensex, Nifty End Higher as IT and Energy Stocks Outperform; ONGC Rallies 6.8% (Today's Market)

Nov 23, 2020 Closing

Indian share markets end higher with the Sensex up by 194 points and the Nifty ending up by 67 points.

CYIENT Share Price Up by 5%; BSE IT Index Up 3.0% (Today's Market)

Nov 23, 2020 03:21 PM

CYIENT share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 487. The BSE IT is up by 3.0%. The top gainers in the BSE IT Index are CYIENT (up 5.3%) and L&T INFOTECH (up 5.9%). The top losers are MPHASIS (down 0.1%) and ORACLE FINANCIAL (down 0.4%).

PROCTER & GAMBLE HEALTH at All Time High; BSE HEALTHCARE Index Up 1.9% (Today's Market)

Nov 23, 2020 02:53 PM

PROCTER & GAMBLE HEALTH share price has hit an all time high at Rs 6,410 (up 6.2%). The BSE HEALTHCARE Index is up by 1.9%. Among the top gainers in the BSE HEALTHCARE Index today are PROCTER & GAMBLE HEALTH (up 6.2%) and PFIZER (up 1.5%). The top losers include AJANTA PHARMA (down 0.1%) and TORRENT PHARMA (down 0.4%).

DIXON TECHNOLOGIES at All Time High; BSE CONSUMER DURABLES Index Down 0.5% (Today's Market)

Nov 23, 2020 02:53 PM

DIXON TECHNOLOGIES share price has hit an all time high at Rs 10,833 (up 3.6%). The BSE CONSUMER DURABLES Index is down by 0.5%. Among the top gainers in the BSE CONSUMER DURABLES Index today are DIXON TECHNOLOGIES (up 3.6%) and WHIRLPOOL OF INDIA (up 0.7%). The top losers include BAJAJ ELECTRICALS (down 0.1%) and SYMPHONY (down 0.2%).

INFO EDGE at 52 Week High; BSE 500 Index Up 1.0% (Today's Market)

Nov 23, 2020 02:53 PM

INFO EDGE share price has hit a 52-week high. It is presently trading at Rs 4,061. BSE 500 Index is up by 0.9% at 16,911. Within the BSE 500, INFO EDGE (up 1.4%) and EQUITAS HOLDINGS LIMITED (up 20.0%) are among the top gainers, while top losers are LAKSHMI VILAS BANK and LEMON TREE HOTELS.

PROCTER & GAMBLE HEALTH Share Price Up by 5%; BSE HEALTHCARE Index Up 1.9% (Today's Market)

Nov 23, 2020 02:45 PM

PROCTER & GAMBLE HEALTH share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 6,351. The BSE HEALTHCARE is up by 1.9%. The top gainers in the BSE HEALTHCARE Index are PROCTER & GAMBLE HEALTH (up 5.0%) and JUBILANT LIFE SCIENCES (up 5.6%). The top losers are AJANTA PHARMA (down 0.1%) and TORRENT PHARMA (down 0.3%).

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