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Markets will remain closed on 30th November, 2020 on account of Guru Nanak Jayanti.

Sensex Trades Over 300 Points Lower; Dow Futures Down by 521 Points
Fri, 30 Oct 12:30 pm | Ayesha Shetty, TM Team

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

The BSE Sensex is trading down by 325 points, down 0.8%, at 39,423 levels.

Meanwhile, the NSE Nifty is trading down by 86 points.

Adani Ports & SEZ and BPCL are among the top gainers today . Bajaj Finance and Maruti Suzuki are among the top losers today.

The BSE Mid Cap index is trading up by 0.2%.

The BSE Small Cap index is trading down by 0.3%.

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On the sectoral front, stocks from the telecom sector and finance sector are witnessing most of the selling pressure.

On the other hand, stocks from the power sector are witnessing most of the buying interest.

US stock futures are trading lower today, indicating a negative opening for Wall Street indices.

Nasdaq Futures are trading down by 270 points (down 2.4%), while Dow Futures are trading down by 521 points (down 2%).

The rupee is trading at 74.1 against the US$.

Gold prices are trading up 0.2% at Rs 50,404 per 10 grams.

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In global markets, gold prices edged higher today due to weakness in the US dollar. But the gains remained capped amid uncertainty over the US stimulus package. Tracking international cues, gold prices in domestic markets also edged higher after two days of decline.

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Moving on to stock specific news...

Among the buzzing stocks today is Hindustan Petroleum.

The board of Hindustan Petroleum Corp Limited (HPCL) announced that on November 4 it will consider a share buyback plan as the management feels the share price is lower than the value it deserves.

HPCL, a subsidiary of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), has no immediate history of a share buyback.

In a notice to the stock exchanges, the company said its board of directors will meet on November 4 to consider financial results for the second quarter (July-September) and consider a proposal to buyback the fully paid equity shares of the face value of Rs 10 each of the company.

HPCL is the nation's second biggest oil retailer. It owns two refineries - a 7.5 million tonnes unit in Mumbai and another 8.3 million tonnes facility at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

It also owns half of the 11.3 million tonnes Bathinda refinery in Punjab and is a 16.9% owner of the 15 million tonnes Mangalore Refinery.

How this share buyback pans out remains to be seen. Meanwhile, we will keep you updated on all the news from this space. Stay tuned.

At the time of writing, Hindustan Petroleum share price was trading up by 4% on the BSE.

Moving on to news from the pharmaceutical space...

Laurus Labs Q2FY21 Results: Net Profit Jumps Over Four-Fold to Rs 2.4 Billion

Hyderabad-based Laurus Labs reported a net profit of Rs 2.4 billion for the quarter ended September, showing a 325% year-on-year (YoY) growth.

The company's revenue went up to Rs 11.4 billion, up 60% YoY while its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) went up by 172% YoY.

The company's formulations business showcased a growth of over 180% YoY for the quarter, mainly led by higher LMIC (low and middle-income countries) business and new launches in various markets. The division now contributes about 40% to overall revenues.

The generic API (active pharmaceutical ingredients/bulk drugs) division also recorded a healthy growth of 22% YoY for the quarter, led by higher growth in the anti-retroviral (ARV) API business. Custom synthesis continues to maintain its growth trajectory with a healthy pipeline and good visibility.

With improved demand visibility and strong profitability, the company plans to undertake larger capital expenditures for all divisions and will initiate new manufacturing units on a greenfield basis. It is confident that the new capital expenditure will have a shorter payback period.

The board of directors also approved an interim dividend of 80 paise per equity share.

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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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