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Sensex Ends 425 Points Higher; Banking and Energy Stocks Witness Buying
Tue, 26 Mar Closing | Monish Vora, TM Team

Indian share markets witnessed buying interest during closing hours and ended their day on a positive note. Gains were largely seen in the banking sector and energy sector.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood higher by 425 points (up 1.1%) and the NSE Nifty closed higher by 139 points (up 1.2%). The BSE Mid Cap index closed up by 1.1%, while the BSE Small Cap index ended the day up by 0.7%.

Asian stock markets finished on a positive note as of the most recent closing prices. The Hang Seng stood up by 0.2% and the Nikkei was trading up by 2.2%.

European markets were also trading on a positive note. The FTSE 100 was up by 0.4%. The DAX was trading up by 0.01%, while the CAC 40 was up by 0.4%.

The rupee was trading at 68.86 to the US$ at the time of writing.

Speaking of the general mood in Indian stock markets these days, a lot of market participants are playing the prediction game ahead of the elections.

A common theme is to sit on cash to escape the volatility ahead of the upcoming elections. In case there is an unexpected event, you can then get in post the correction.

But does timing the market work?

Not really, if you see the market performance in the year of the past three national elections (2004,2009 and 2014).

Downside of Timing The Stock Market

Looking at the returns in the above chart, staying out of the market to escape volatility would have been a costly affair every time.

The market gave above average returns in all three of those years.

This does not mean one can expect the same in the future.

But there's one thing for sure. Predicting short-term directions of the market is a futile and many a times a costly affair.

That's why we believe in picking safe stocks when they are actually 'safe' i.e. during such times of high pessimism and uncertainty.

In the news from the aviation sector, Jet Airways share price was in focus today. The stock of the company extended its rally seen yesterday. Yesterday, Jet Airways' share price went up by over 12.5% as it was reported that founder and principal promoters Naresh Goyal and his wife, Anita Goyal would step down from the board.

As per an article in The Economic Times, the debt-laden airline's lenders' consortium may invoke the entire 51% stake of Naresh Goyal in the airline and start looking for a new buyer in the weeks to come.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

  • The current CEO Vinay Dube is expected to stay on and steer Jet out of the current crisis.

    Former SBI managing director and a former Jet Airways board member Srinivasan Vishvanathan may be invited to join the airline's top leadership. Vishvanathan was on Jet's board as an Independent Director till August 2018 for nearly three years.

Reportedly, this development occurred after Etihad expressed its desire to exit the airline by formally asking State Bank of India (SBI) to purchase its stake in the airline.

In 2013, Jet Airways survived a similar crisis when Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways injected US$600 million of capital for a 24% stake in the airline, three London Heathrow slots and a majority share in Jet's frequent flyer programme. The infusion helped Jet pare down debt and fight growing domestic competition.

With more than US$1 billion of debt, Jet is struggling to stay afloat. It has delayed payments to banks, suppliers, pilots and lessors - some of which have forced the airline to ground as many as 40 planes.

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

In the news from the IPO space, state-owned Rail Vikas Nigam Limited's initial public offer (IPO) is set to open for subscription on Friday. Through this IPO, the company is seeking to raise up to Rs 4.8 billion according to the government's divestment schedule.

Incorporated by the Ministry of Railways under the companies act, 1956 in 2003, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited is a project executing agency.

The objective of the company is to undertake mobilization of financial resources, rail project development, enhance golden quadrilateral and port connectivity by implementing rail projects, and raise extra-budgetary resources for project execution.

The company engages in completing all sorts of rail projects such as construction of cable-stayed bridges, major bridges, workshops, metro projects, railway electrification, gauge conversion, new lines, doubling, and institutional buildings.

The Miniratna central public-sector enterprise, incorporated by the Ministry of Railways, is offering up to 2,53,457,280 shares in the price band of Rs 17-19 per share. The issue will close on April 3.

Speaking of IPOs, we at Equitymaster believe a merit-based selection, primarily including valuation, business, and management quality, is the logical way to go about investing in IPOs.

If it means going against the herd, so be it. And going by recent past, this strategy has been proven to be successful more often.

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