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Global Stock Market Drivers; Falling Oil Prices; HUL, L&T Among Top Stocks in Action Today
Fri, 28 Dec Pre-Open | Rini Mehta, TM Team

On Thursday, the Indian share markets extended gains for a second straight session, tracking positive trends in Asian stocks following a rally in US stocks.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex ended at 35,807, up 157 points, while the Nifty50 index settled at 10,780, up 50 points.

IT stocks such as Infosys, TCS and Tech Mahindra led gains on the Sensex and the Nifty 50. However, a drop in shares of bank and financial services companies limited gains. Reliance and ONGC gained, while oil marketing companies HPCL, BPCL and Indian Oil declined following an 8% surge in oil prices in the previous session.

The Indian rupee traded marginally lower against the US dollar.

Top Stocks in Focus

Suven Life Sciences share price will be in focus today as the company received a product patent from each Brazil and Eurasia corresponding to new chemical entities for the treatment of disorders associated with Neurodegenerative diseases.

Hindustan Unilever said it is considering "legal options" after GST anti-profiteering authority found it guilty of not passing on rate cut benefits to consumers. The stock will be watched out for today.

Sun Pharma said its arm DUSA Pharmaceuticals has received relief from a US court in a patent infringement case.

Meanwhile, Dr Reddy's Laboratories launched Sevelamer Carbonate for oral suspension, in 0.8 g and 2.4 g packets, a therapeutic equivalent generic version of Renvela (sevelamer carbonate).

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L&T share price will hog limelight today as the construction arm of the comapny has won orders worth Rs 23.6 billion on Thursday.

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

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Global Stock Market Drivers

On Thursday, the biggest rally in American equities since 2009 flowed powerfully through to Japanese stocks. But had little momentum thereafter, with mixed trading in US futures and European and Asian stocks.

The dollar gave up some of Wednesday's advance.

Here are some events coming up:

  • US new-home sales are due today.
  • Weekly data on active US oil rigs will be released today.
  • Brazil's new president is sworn in on Tuesday.

Oil Prices Fall

Oil prices fell on Thursday after soaring at least 7.9% in the previous session. The fall came on the back of worries over a glut in crude supply and concerns over a faltering global economy pressured prices even as a stock market surge offered support.

Brent crude oil futures were down by 0.3%, at US$54.31 per barrel. They rose 7.9% to US$54.47 a barrel the day before.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 0.4% to US$46.05 per barrel. They jumped 8.7% to US$46.22 per barrel in the previous session.

Both crude benchmarks are down at least 37% from highs touched in October.

From the IPO Space...

On Wednesday, Anand Rathi Wealth Services decided to withdraw its proposed IPO and made an application for the same through the BRLMs. It had filed draft papers with the market regulator towards the end of September.

Pessimism gripped the IPO mart since September in the wake of a selloff in the secondary market.

While the last mainboard IPO of Dinesh Engineers (September 28-October 3) had to be withdrawn amid poor investor response, others such as Aavas Financiers, and Garden Reach Shipbuilders just about managed to sail through.

However, the year ahead looks promising, with some Rs 600 billion worth of issues lined up with markets regulator's clearance.

As per the reports, Renew Power, Lodha Developers, Rail Vikas Nigam, PNB Metlife India Insurance, Flemingo Travel Retail, Ask Investment Managers, Chalet Hotels, GR Infraprojects, Atria Convergence, Bharat Hotels, Muthoot Microfin and Nazara Technologies are some of the companies that are waiting with approvals to hit the markets.

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SUVEN LIFESCIENCES Surges by 5%; BSE HEALTHCARE Index Up 0.6% (Today's Market)

Aug 19, 2019 03:28 PM

SUVEN LIFESCIENCES share price has surged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 248. The BSE HEALTHCARE is up by 0.6%. The top gainers in the BSE HEALTHCARE Index are SUVEN LIFESCIENCES (up 5.5%) and THYROCARE TECHNOLOGIES (up 5.7%). The top losers are CIPLA (down 0.1%) and GSK PHARMA (down 0.3%).

ADANI TRANSMISSION Surges by 5%; BSE POWER Index Up 0.2% (Today's Market)

Aug 19, 2019 03:26 PM

ADANI TRANSMISSION share price has surged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 221. The BSE POWER is up by 0.2%. The top gainers in the BSE POWER Index is ADANI TRANSMISSION (up 5.1%). The top losers are SUZLON ENERGY (down 0.5%) and TORRENT POWER LTD (down 1.0%).

BIOCON Plunges by 5%; BSE HEALTHCARE Index Up 0.5% (Today's Market)

Aug 19, 2019 03:06 PM

BIOCON share price has plunged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 232. The BSE HEALTHCARE is up by 0.5%. The top gainers in the BSE HEALTHCARE Index are THYROCARE TECHNOLOGIES (up 5.7%) and SUN PHARMA ADV. RES. (up 3.6%). The top losers is BIOCON (down 5.0%).

INOX WIND Plunges by 6%; BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index Up 1.5% (Today's Market)

Aug 19, 2019 02:24 PM

INOX WIND share price has plunged by 6% and its current market price is Rs 44. The BSE CAPITAL GOODS is up by 1.5%. The top gainers in the BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index are V GUARD INDUSTRIES (up 2.7%) and HAVELLS IND (up 2.7%). The top losers is INOX WIND (down 6.1%).

IDBI BANK Surges by 11%; BSE BANKEX Index Up 0.7% (Today's Market)

Aug 19, 2019 02:14 PM

IDBI BANK share price has surged by 11% and its current market price is Rs 28. The BSE BANKEX is up by 0.7%. The top gainers in the BSE BANKEX Index is IDBI BANK (up 11.3%). The top losers are SBI (down 0.8%) and YES BANK (down 3.0%).

Sensex Rises 300 Points; Capital Goods & Healthcare Stocks Lead (Today's Market)

Aug 19, 2019 12:30 pm

The BSE Sensex is trading up by 306 points, while the NSE Nifty is trading up by 82 points.

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