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Indian Indices End Lower, India's October Exports, and Top Cues in Focus Today
Tue, 19 Nov Pre-Open | Monish Vora, TM Team

India share markets ended their day marginally lower yesterday.

At the closing bell yesterday, the BSE Sensex stood lower by 72 points (down 0.2%) and the NSE Nifty stood flat.

The BSE Mid Cap index ended the day down 0.4%, while the BSE Small Cap index ended the day down 0.3%.

Sectoral indices ended on a mixed note. Stocks in the auto sector and capital goods sector witnessed selling pressure, while telecom stocks and metal stocks were trading in the green.

Gold Witnesses Selling Pressure

In the news from the commodity space, gold witnessed selling yesterday as optimism grew about US-China trade ties following a report of constructive talks over the weekend.

Losses for the yellow metal, however, were capped by a weakening dollar.

As per the news, Washington and Beijing had a high-level phone call on Saturday and that the two sides discussed each other's core issues for the first phase of an initial trade agreement.

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Gold is considered a safe store of value during times of economic or political uncertainty. Market participants will be tracking what effect these trade war talks have on gold prices in the coming days.

They are also awaiting minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting, due on Wednesday, for clues about the future interest rate trajectory which can influence gold prices.

Note that optimism about a possible US-China trade deal, rising equity markets and the US Fed's signal of a pause in the current easing cycle have put pressure on gold prices. Gold prices are now down about Rs 1,000 per 10 gram, from their record highs of about Rs 40,000 in early September.

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NCAER Sees India's GDP Growth Falling

With sustained slowdown in almost all the sectors, economic think-tank National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has said that India's economic growth is likely to decline to 4.9% in the second quarter of this fiscal (Q2FY20).

Earlier, the country's economy grew at 5% in the first quarter of 2019-20 - the slowest pace in over six years.

Besides, the think-tank has pegged Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth at 4.9% as for the full fiscal 2019-20 against 6.8% in 2018-19.

NCAER further said the monetary policy measures are unlikely to revive growth at this juncture and suggested providing fiscal stimulus, which too can be challenging unless it can be financed through better revenue generation.

It said 'whether the growth deceleration may be bottoming out or not, we will know in next two weeks based on the Q2 growth figures of the government. However, the current poor growth is mainly due to a demand problem. It can be addressed through fiscal measures.'

Stressing that the focus should be on fiscal measures, it said there is a need to pump up expenditure without pushing up the fiscal deficit. It said that there are ways of doing it and added that there is a huge fiscal space which has not been used.

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India's Exports Decline in October

Exports of goods declined for the third month in a row in October 2019 to US$26.4 billion posting a 1.1% fall year-on-year (YoY) with sectors such as petroleum products, leather, readymade garments, carpets and a wide range of farm products taking a hit.

The fall in imports in October 2019 was at a steeper 16.3% to US$37.4 billion which narrowed the country's trade deficit to US$ 11 billion compared to US$18 billion in October 2018.

There were, however, a number of labor-intensive sectors, such as gems & Jewellery, engineering goods, drugs & pharmaceuticals and marine products, where exports increased during the month, although marginally, indicating a possible recovery in demand in the months ahead.

In April-October 2019-20, exports fell 2.4% to US$186 billion while imports declined 8.4% to US$280.7 billion.

Trade deficit narrowed to US$94.7 billion in April-October 2019 compared to US$116.2 billion in April-October 2018.

In October 2019, petroleum imports declined 31.7% to US$9.6 billion while gold import increased 4.7% to US$1.83 billion.

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INFO EDGE Surges by 5%; BSE IT Index Up 1.7% (Today's Market)

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PC JEWELLER Surges by 11%; BSE 500 Index Up 1.0% (Today's Market)

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PC JEWELLER share price has surged by 11% and its current market price is Rs 26. The BSE 500 is up by 1.0%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index are PC JEWELLER (up 10.8%) and UCO BANK (up 11.5%). The top losers are HUL and GILLETTE INDIA .

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

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GUJARAT GAS share price has hit a 52-week high. It is presently trading at Rs 232. BSE 500 Index is up by 1.0% at 15,534. Within the BSE 500, GUJARAT GAS (up 1.9%) and TRIDENT (up 13.5%) are among the top gainers, while top losers are MANPASAND BEVERAGES and IFB INDUSTRIES LTD.

GE T&D INDIA Surges by 5%; BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index Up 1.2% (Today's Market)

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GE T&D INDIA share price has surged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 157. The BSE CAPITAL GOODS is up by 1.2%. The top gainers in the BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index is GE T&D INDIA (up 5.0%). The top losers are SKF INDIA (down 0.1%) and SIEMENS (down 0.2%).

PRESTIGE ESTATES Surges by 6%; BSE REALTY Index Up 1.8% (Today's Market)

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PRESTIGE ESTATES share price has surged by 6% and its current market price is Rs 328. The BSE REALTY is up by 1.8%. The top gainers in the BSE REALTY Index is PRESTIGE ESTATES (up 6.0%). The top losers is GODREJ PROPERTIES (down 1.3%).

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