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Indian Indices End on a Strong Note; Sensex Ends 489 Points Higher
Thu, 20 Jun Closing | Monish Vora, TM Team

After opening the day marginally lower, Indian share markets witnessed most of the buying interest during closing hours and ended their trading session on a strong note. Gains were largely seen in the automobile sector, capital goods sector and healthcare sector.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood higher by 489 points (up 1.3%) and the NSE Nifty closed higher by 140 points (up 1.2%). The BSE Mid Cap index ended the day up 1.6%, while the BSE Small Cap index ended the day up by 1.1%.

The rupee was trading at 69.57 against the US$.

In the news from aviation sector, falling for 13 sessions in a row, Jet Airways share price plunged around 18% in early trade today to hit its fresh all-time low of Rs 27.

The selling pressure came as Indian lenders' efforts to initiate insolvency proceedings against Jet Airways are facing a fresh challenge. As per the news, the trustee appointed by a Netherlands court, which had last month declared the grounded airline bankrupt, is seeking to intervene.

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Later during closing hours, shares of Jet Airways zoomed around 125% as reports stated that the tribunal will pass order on company's insolvency case at 5 pm today.

Earlier this week, State Bank of India filed insolvency petition against the company to recover dues.

Insolvency proceedings against Jet Airways has started as a consortium of lenders led by the State Bank of India (SBI) failed to find a buyer for the beleaguered airline.

Note that Jet Airways has a debt of nearly Rs 85 billion on its books with total liabilities of around Rs 250 billion.

Several people from the top management have left the airline company in the past few months. Lenders to the cash-strapped airline, led by the SBI are seeking investors to recover their dues.

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

Moving on to the news from the engineering sector, Blue Star share price was in focus today. The stock of the company witnessed buying interest after the company bagged a contract worth Rs 2.5 billion from the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC).

The company yesterday said it has bagged a contract from MMRC for the tunnel ventilation system and environmental control system works for the section BKC to Mumbai Central on its Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ, metro-3 corridor.

A week ago, reports stated the air conditioner-maker, which forayed into the water purifier business in 2016, has set a target revenue of Rs 1.2 billion from this segment during this financial year.

In the news from the commodity space, crude oil prices rose around 3% today on the back of escalating tensions in the Middle East.

As per the news, a US official said one of the country's military drones was shot down by an Iranian missile.

As per the official, the drone was downed in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.

Buying interest was also seen as members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed to meet on July 1, followed by a meeting with non-OPEC allies on July 2.

OPEC and its allies are going to discuss whether to extend a deal on cutting 1.2 million barrels per day of oil production that runs out this month.

We will keep you updated on all the developments from this space. Stay tuned.

To know more about commodity and currency markets and which are the best counters to trade in this space, you can read one of Vijay Bhambwani's recent articles: Why Do I Recommend Trading Only Nickel, Crude oil, Gold, Copper, and USDINR?

From the construction sector, IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company was in focus today after the company announced that it has received approval from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) for revival/ restart of the road project which was previously referred for amicable foreclosure by the competent Authority.

PSP Projects share price was also in focus after the company said it has bagged big institutional and residential projects.

The infrastructure company informed exchanges that the company received new work orders worth Rs 6 billion (excluding GST) for institutional and residential projects from various clients.

The order includes a major project of Rs 6 billion for construction of flat type high rise buildings cum commercial units including on-site development with all infrastructure services for economical weaker section (EWS) scheme at Bhiwandi, Maharashtra and remaining from other clients.

With the above order, the total work orders received by the company during the FY20 (till date) on standalone basis amounts to Rs 7.6 billion.

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