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Sensex Opens Marginally Up; Telecom Stocks Rally
Tue, 19 Nov 09:30 am | Rini Mehta, TM Team

Asian share markets are higher today as Chinese and Hong Kong shares show gains. The Shanghai Composite is up 0.6% while the Hang Seng is up 0.9%. The Nikkei 225 is trading down by 0.1%. Global equity markets edged higher on Monday, lifting prices of US government debt, as a new 90-day extension allowing US companies to do business with China's Huawei eased the latest spike in investor angst over US-Sino trade tensions.

Back home, India share markets opened higher. The BSE Sensex is trading up by 82 points while the NSE Nifty is trading up by 22 points. The BSE Mid Cap index and BSE Small Cap index opened up by 0.2% and 0.3% respectively.

Sectoral indices have opened the day on a mixed note with telecom stocks and healthcare stocks witnessing buying interest. Metal stocks and FMCG stocks are trading in red.

The rupee is currently trading at 71.94 against the US$.

In the news from the commodities space. Gold prices eased on Monday as optimism grew about US-China trade ties following a report of "constructive talks" over the weekend, while losses were capped by a softer dollar.

Spot gold was down about 0.1% to US$1,466.1 per ounce, while US gold futures were 0.1% lower at US$1,466.4.

As per the reports, 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 now await minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting, due on Wednesday, for clues about the future interest rate trajectory.

Gold is highly sensitive to interest rates, as a lower interest reduces the opportunity cost of holding the non-yielding bullion.

Speaking of gold, how lucrative gold has been as a long-term investment in India?

The chart below shows the annual returns on gold over the last 15 years...

Gold Has Been a Shining Long-Term Investment

Gold Has Been a Shining Long-Term Investment

As you can see, barring just two years - 2013 and 2015, gold has delivered positive returns in 13 of the last 15 years.

Here's what Ankit Shah wrote about this in today's edition of The 5 Minute WrapUp...

  • In fact, gold has delivered double-digit gains in 10 of the last 15 years.

    During the entire 15-year period, gold has shot up 555% (compounded annual return of 12.1%).

    During the same period, the Sensex surged 511% (compounded annual return of 12.0%). If you include dividends, the Sensex returns would be higher than gold by a couple of percentage points.

    One must note that the Sensex returns are not representative of the broader market returns. Moreover, gold was a no-brainer. You didn't have to study financial statements, business models and forecast future earnings growth to get a double-digit return on your investment.

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Meanwhile, Vijay Bhambwani also talks about how gold has been relied upon by humankind for 3000 years in one of his videos.

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Moving on to the news from the engineering sector. As per an article in a leading financial daily, Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has commissioned two more pumping units each at Package-6 (7x116 MW) and Package-8 (7x139 MW) of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (LIS).

Notably, with this, the company has successfully commissioned all 14 pumping units of these packages within a record period of six months and well within the scheduled time.

Reportedly, these are very large size pump sets with each pump designed to lift 89 cumecs of water against a head of 100 to 125 metres.

In Telangana, company has so far commissioned 39 Pump-Motor sets of various ratings aggregating to 2,306 MW.

In addition, the company is presently executing another 26 Pump-Motor sets totaling to 3,572 MW for various Lift Irrigation Schemes.

Besides Lift Irrigation projects, BHEL has made significant contribution to the hydro sector of Telangana and has commissioned 1,073 MW of hydro power projects in the state so far.

BHEL share price opened the day down by 0.7%.

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YES BANK Surges by 11%; BSE BANKEX Index Up 0.6% (Today's Market)

Dec 12, 2019 12:03 PM

YES BANK share price has surged by 11% and its current market price is Rs 48. The BSE BANKEX is up by 0.6%. The top gainers in the BSE BANKEX Index is YES BANK (up 10.5%). The top losers are CITY UNION BANK (down 0.2%) and ICICI BANK (down 0.2%).

Sensex Opens Over 100 Points Up; Realty and Automobiles Stocks Lead (Today's Market)

Dec 12, 2019 09:30 am

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