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Indian Share Markets End at Record High; Financial and FMCG Stocks Top Gainers
Mon, 7 Dec Closing | Monish Vora, TM Team

Indian share markets extended gains as the session progressed and ended on a strong note.

The Sensex, which crossed the 45,000-mark last week for the first time, continued momentum and rose more than 340 points today supported by financials, pharma and FMCG stocks.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood higher by 347 points (up 0.8%).

The NSE Nifty closed higher by 97 points (up 0.7%).

Adani Ports and UPL were among the top gainers today.

The SGX Nifty was trading at 13,421, up by 94 points, at the time of writing.

The BSE MidCap index and the BSE SmallCap index ended up by 1% and 1.3%, respectively.

On the sectoral front, gains were largely seen in the telecom sector, FMCG sector and finance sector.

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Asian stock markets ended on a negative note today. As of the most recent closing prices, the Hang Seng ended down by 1.2% and the Shanghai Composite ended down 0.8%. The Nikkei ended down by 0.7%.

The rupee is trading at 73.88 against the US$.

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In news from the commodity space...

Gold prices for the latest contract on MCX are trading flat at Rs 49,152 per 10 grams.

Gold prices were mixed today in Indian markets as optimism around Covid-19 vaccines roll-outs offset hopes of a US stimulus package being passed this week.

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Yes Bank was among the top buzzing stocks today.

Yes Bank including four other firms- Adani Enterprises, PI Industries, Hindustan Aeronautics and Jubilant Food-Works - are likely to get upgraded as part of the half-yearly market-cap categorization by mutual fund industry body Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI), which is expected to release a fresh list by January 5.

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As per a report in the Economic Times, ICICI Securities has assigned a high probability to the first four and a low probability for Jubilant FoodWorks for getting upgraded to large cap stock.

Note that AMFI categorises stocks into large caps, midcaps and smallcaps stocks based on the average market capitalisation every six months. Mutual fund schemes are required to align their portfolios based on the share categories.

ICICI Securities said it expects 4-5 switches between large caps and midcaps and 11-12 switches between midcaps and smallcaps.

The lower end of the size limit for large caps and midcaps have increased to Rs 276 billion and Rs 82 billion respectively based on market data for the second half of 2020 available so far.

As per a circular dated October 6, 2017 by the Indian stock market regulator, mutual funds have one month to align their portfolios as per the fresh list.

NMDC, MRF, United Breweries, Container Corporation, General Insurance, and Bank of Baroda may be recategorised as midcap from large cap.

Meanwhile, IndiaMart InterMesh, Laurus Labs, Navin Fluorine, Dixon Technologies, Alok Industries, AstraZeneca Pharma, Deepak Nitrite, Bombay Burmah and Suven Pharma are likely to be recategorized as midcap from smallcap.

As per market experts, if Yes Bank shares get upgraded to large cap as expected, then the stock may witness buying from mutual funds.

How this pans out remains to be seen. Meanwhile, we will keep you updated on all the developments from this space.

Moving on to news from the IPO space...

Premium biscuit-maker and leading supplier of buns to fast-food chains like Burger King and McDonald's, Mrs Bectors Food Specialities, is preparing up to launch its initial public offering (IPO) next week.

The move comes a few days within the Burger King IPO, which opened on December 2, which saw impressive response from stock markets and was oversubscribed 157 times.

As per the news, the IPO is being driven by the private equity investors CX Partners and Gateway Partners who are seeking a partial exit.

The company manufactures and markets a range of biscuits under its flagship brand 'Mrs Bectors Cremica' and its bakery products under the brand 'English Oven'.

ITC & Britannia are the firm's key listed peers in the biscuits and bakery products segment while other branded rivals include Parle, Modern and Harvest Gold.

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

Speaking of IPOs, so far this year, 12 companies have raised nearly Rs 250 billion through IPOs compared with Rs 123.6 billion raised by 16 companies in 2019.

Some of the companies that had deferred their IPO plans, now want to tap the market again on robust investor appetite.

Furthermore, nearly half a dozen companies are lining up to launch their IPO this month.

Companies like Suryoday Small Finance Bank, ESAF Small Finance Bank, Nazara Technologies, RailTel, Kalyan Jewellers and Antony Waste Management are among those that are conducting road shows and planning IPOs in December, The Economic Times mentioned in a report citing bankers.

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 out the same here: My View on the IPO Market.

And to know what's moving the Indian stock markets today, check out the most recent share market updates here.

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Stock Market Updates

ADANI TRANSMISSION at All Time High; BSE POWER Index Up 0.9% (Today's Market)

May 7, 2021 01:12 PM

ADANI TRANSMISSION share price has hit an all time high at Rs 1,188 (up 4.1%). The BSE POWER Index is up by 0.9%. Among the top gainers in the BSE POWER Index today are ADANI TRANSMISSION (up 4.1%) and TORRENT POWER (up 0.3%). The top losers include BHEL (down 0.1%) and JSW ENERGY (down 0.2%).

Sensex Trades Marginally Higher, Dow Futures Up by 22 Points (Today's Market)

May 7, 2021 12:30 pm

BSE Sensex is trading up by 180 points, while the NSE Nifty is trading up by 70 points.

Sensex Gains 400 Points, Nifty Tops 14,850; Banking & Metal Stocks Rally (Today's Market)

May 7, 2021 09:30 am

Indian share markets open on a positive note. The BSE Sensex opened up by 405 points, while the Nifty is trading higher by 121 points.

TATA STEEL at All Time High; BSE METAL Index Up 2.5% (Today's Market)

May 7, 2021 09:34 AM

TATA STEEL share price has hit an all time high at Rs 1,147 (up 3.3%). The BSE METAL Index is up by 2.5%. Among the top gainers in the BSE METAL Index today are TATA STEEL (up 3.3%) and JSW STEEL (up 2.0%).

ADANI TRANSMISSION at All Time High; BSE POWER Index Up 0.9% (Today's Market)

May 7, 2021 09:34 AM

ADANI TRANSMISSION share price has hit an all time high at Rs 1,175 (up 2.7%). The BSE POWER Index is up by 0.9%. Among the top gainers in the BSE POWER Index today are ADANI TRANSMISSION (up 2.7%) and SIEMENS (up 0.2%). The top losers include POWER GRID (down 0.5%) and THERMAX (down 0.7%).

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

May 7, 2021 09:34 AM

ERIS LIFESCIENCES share price has hit a 52-week high. It is presently trading at Rs 650. BSE 500 Index is up by 0.7% at 20,055. Within the BSE 500, ERIS LIFESCIENCES (up 7.0%) and IRB INFRA (up 5.3%) are among the top gainers, while top losers are VAIBHAV GLOBAL and SRF.

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