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Buying activity intensified in the afternoon session as Indian markets surged and finished strong for third consecutive session amid strong global markets. The sentiments were also upbeat as oil advanced $50 a barrel for the first time this year. At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex closed higher by 486 points, the NSE Nifty finished higher by 135 points. The S&P BSE Midcap the S&P BSE Small Cap finished up by 1% and 0.9% respectively. Gains were largely seen in capital goods and banking stocks.
Asian markets finished higher today with shares in China leading the region. The Shanghai Composite is up 0.26% while Hong Kong's Hang Seng is up 0.14% and Japan's Nikkei 225 is up 0.09%. European markets are higher today with shares in Germany leading the region. The DAX is up 0.36% while France's CAC 40 is up 0.11% and London's FTSE 100 is up 0.09%.
The rupee was trading at 67.29 against the US$ in the afternoon session. Oil prices were trading at US$ 49.85 at the time of writing.
Shares of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) surged more than 13% in today's trade after the company reported 18.5% increase in consolidated net profit for the March quarter. Consolidated net profit in the three months ended March was up 18.5% YoY. Net sales rose 18.5% YoY.
About 54% of the total revenue in the quarter came from its infrastructure business (Subscription Required), in which revenue rose about 19% YoY. L&T garnered fresh orders worth Rs 1.3 trillion at the group level during the quarter, which constituted 62% of domestic and 32% of international orders. The consolidated order book of the group rose 7% to Rs 2.5 trillion for the year ended 31 March, with international orders constituting 28% of the total. Reportedly, the company is expecting 12-15% increase in revenues and a 15% growth in its order inflows for 2016-17. The company is looking at countries like Mozambique, Tunisia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Algeria, Botswana and Zimbabwe for its international business .
The engineering industry in India has grown tremendously over the years. But that growth has been marked by extreme volatility. Over the last eight years, the sector has seen numbers ranging from an output growth of 48% YoY in one year, to a contraction of 6% YoY in another. In our recent edition of the The 5 Minute Wrap Up Premium, we explain what factors to look for when picking an engineering stock (Subscription Required).
Moving on to news from mining sector. According to an article in The Economic Times, Coal India is in talks with power companies in Bangladesh to supply coal. This is the first time Coal India will be exporting the fossil fuel on a commercial basis.
Reportedly, Coal India subsidiaries, Bharat Coking Coal and North Eastern Coalfields, plan to supply coal to Bangladesh. It is likely to be transported to Haldia port in West Bengal from where it could be forwarded through sea route to ports in Bangladesh. Coal India could not afford to export coal till last year because the fossil fuel was in short supply. The scenario changed last year when the company managed to pull up production at a considerable pace. Surplus stocks at pit head and slow lifting by power companies have prompted the company to explore the international market.
Apart from local Bangladeshi companies Coal India has also initiated talks with NTPC's joint venture in Bangladesh, the 1,320 mw Maitree Project at Rampal in Bagerhat district. The project is a 50:50 JV between NTPC and the Bangladesh Power Development Board. Coal India finished the trading on a flat note.
Mining stocks finished the day on a positive note with MMTC and MOIL leading the gainers. After much deliberation and delay, the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 had been recently revised and Rajya Sabha approved the amended Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation (MMDR) Bill, 2016. In a recent edition of The 5 Minute WrapUp Premium, we looked at the impact of the Act on various mining and metal companies (Subscription Required).
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