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Sensex Ends 173 Points Lower; Capital Goods and FMCG Stocks Witness Selling
Thu, 29 Oct Closing | Yash Vora, TM Team

Indian share markets witnessed selling pressure throughout the day today and ended marginally lower.

Benchmark indices failed to hold on to their slight recovery in afternoon session and slipped as much as 1%, ahead of the expiry of October series derivative contracts.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood lower by 173 points. Meanwhile, the NSE Nifty ended down by 59 points.

L&T was the top loser in NSE. Meanwhile, the top gainers in NSE today include Asian Paints and Tech Mahindra.

SGX Nifty was trading at 11,660, down by 61 points, at the time of writing.

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The BSE Mid Cap index ended on a flat note. The BSE Small Cap index ended down by 0.6%.

On the sectoral front, FMCG stocks and capital goods stocks witnessed selling pressure. Energy stocks, on the other hand witnessed buying interest.

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

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

Nasdaq Futures are trading up by 133 points (up 1.2%), while Dow Futures are trading up by 176 points (up 0.7%).

Gold prices are trading up by 0.1% at Rs 50,507 per 10 grams.

The rupee is trading at 74.11 against the US$.

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The domestic currency continued its downtrend and tumbled 23 paise against the US$ to 74.11, its lowest level since August 27, amid weak domestic equity markets and a firm greenback.

The US$ held gains against a basket of major currencies as escalating coronavirus cases in Europe stoked fears across markets that fresh lockdowns would further hit the already fragile economic recovery.

Speaking of stock markets, in her latest video, co-head of Research at Equitymaster, Tanushree Banerjee explains why the proposed Kotak Bank-IndusInd Bank merger has merit and urgency.

Tune in to the video to know the math behind this proposed merger.

In news from the FMCG sector, Pidilite Industries was among the top buzzing stocks today.

Pidilite Industries has entered into a definitive agreement with Huntsman Group (USA) to acquire 100% stake in one of its subsidiaries in India, Huntsman Advanced Materials Solutions Private (HAMSPL).

The company's board on Wednesday approved this. The transaction is expected to close by next week.

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Reportedly, this is for a cash consideration of approximately Rs 21 billion, excluding customary working capital and other adjustments.

Under the terms of the agreement, Huntsman will receive approximately 90% of the cash consideration at closing and balance 10% under an earnout within 18 months if the business achieves sales revenue in line with 2019.

In 2019, HAMPSL had reported a revenue of Rs 4 billion.

Pidilite also said that in addition to the Indian sub-continent business, the acquisition includes a trademark license for Middle East, Africa and ASEAN countries.

Pidilite Industries share price ended the day up by 5.1%.

Moving on to news from the defence sector, Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) today said that it has signed a Rs 4-billion contract with Tech Mahindra for implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to support its 'Project Parivartan'.

HAL CMD R Madhavan said 'Project Parivartan' is a comprehensive business transformation exercise initiated by the company through technology enhancement and centralized ERP.

He added that this exercise will help enable HAL to adopt some of the best practices followed in some of the similar industries globally.

Tech Mahindra will transform the distributed application to a centralized application for all of HAL's 22 divisions based on a business transformation engineering process, which includes implementation of supplier relationship management (SRM) and customer relationship management (CRM).

Hindustan Aeronautics share price ended the day down by 0.6%.

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  • If you look at the chart closely, you will realise it is likely to remain among the top spenders in the coming years.

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

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Nov 23, 2020 02:53 PM

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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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