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Sensex Ends Marginally Lower; Telecom and IT Stocks Witness Selling
Tue, 26 May Closing | Monish Vora, TM Team

After opening the day on a strong note, Indian share markets witnessed selling pressure during closing hours today and ended marginally lower.

Benchmark indices gave up early gains and slipped into the red during the last hour of trading.

At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood lower by 63 points and the NSE Nifty closed down by 10 points.

The BSE Mid Cap index ended the day up by 1.2%, while the BSE Small Cap index ended up by 0.6%.

Sectoral indices ended on a mixed note with stocks in the telecom sector and IT sector witnessing selling pressure, while metal stocks witnessed buying interest.

Asian stock markets finished on a strong note today. The Nikkei ended 2.6% higher after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday lifted the state of emergency for the entire nation and gave his support for a huge new stimulus package.

Meanwhile, the Hang Seng advanced 2%, recovering some ground after investors were stunned by news last week that Beijing plans to implement a controversial national security law in the financial hub.

The Hang Seng had its worst day in nearly five years on Friday after Beijing said that it would effectively bypass Hong Kong's legislature to enact the law.

European stock markets and US futures rose today. Meanwhile, the FTSE index gained more than 2% after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans to reopen all shops by the middle of June.

The rupee is trading at 75.66 against the US$.

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Gold prices are trading down by 0.6% at Rs 46,681.

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One day we hear positive news of a vaccine for the virus. Another day, a WHO scientist says we might have to live with this virus for years.

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Moving on, market participants were tracking Deepak Nitrite share priceWonderla Holidays share price and Torrent Pharma share price as these companies announced their March quarter results (Q4FY20) today.

You can read our recently released Q4FY20 results of other companies here: NescoSanofi IndiaApollo TyresAjanta PharmaGrindwell NortonJubilant Foodworks, Lakshmi Machine, Birla Corporation, Bata India.

In news from the banking sector, IDFC First Bank share price was in focus today.

Shares of the private lender surged as much as 7% today after the lender swung to profit in the March quarter.

IDFC First Bank on Friday reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 763.6 million for Q4FY20. It had posted a loss of Rs 2,120 million during the corresponding quarter a year ago.

The bank's total income rose to Rs 45.5 billion as against Rs 39.7 billion during the same period last year.

For the full year 2019-20, the bank reported a net loss of Rs 28.4 billion as against Rs 19.1 billion in the previous fiscal.

The bank said that in view of accounting for IDFC - CFL (Capital First) merger from appointed date of October 1, 2018, the figures of the year ended March 31, 2020, are not comparable.

To know more, you can read IDFC First Bank's latest result analysis on our website.

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In other news, former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Yes Bank, Ravneet Gill told the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that Yes Bank issued large amounts of credit to several companies that had stressed assets and liquidity issues.

An ED chargesheet quoted Gill as saying that the private lender on March 31, 2019, had put out a credit watch list naming several large corporates/borrowers.

These included Reliance Group, Essel Group, Cox & Kings, Dewan Housing Finance (DHFL), Omkar Group, Radius Developer and others.

ED in its report said that the bank took a contingency provision of Rs 20 billion as a measure of prudent accounting and transparency.

Yes Bank share price ended the day up by 3%.

Moving on to news from the commodity space, crude oil prices rose today on clear signs that producers are sticking to commitments to cut crude supply as more cars get back on the road with coronavirus lockdowns easing around the world.

Oil markets were buoyed by comments from Russia reporting its oil output had nearly dropped to its target of 8.5 million barrels per day (bpd) for May and June under its supply cut deal with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other leading producers.

At the time of writing, US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were trading up by 2.3% at US$ 34.00. Meanwhile, Brent crude futures were trading up by 0.7% at US$ 35.76.

OPEC+ countries are set to meet again in early June to discuss maintaining their supply cuts to shore up prices.

In April, the big producers had agreed to cut output by nearly 10 million bpd for May and June.

Russia's energy ministry on Monday quoted minister Alexander Novak as saying a rise in fuel demand should help cut the current global surplus of around 7-12 million bpd by June or July.

Speaking of crude oil, on a year-to-date (YTD) basis, crude oil prices are down about 42%.

Crude Oil Prices Fall Sharply

Crude oil witnessed selling during the start of the year due to oversupply concerns amid subdued demand.

Prices crashed further in March in what was the worst price dip since the 1991 Gulf War with Brent prices plunging to US$ 31 per barrel.

In April, crude oil futures crashed and briefly went to negative prices, implying that investors would need to pay buyers to take delivery of crude oil amid dwindling storage space.

What effects crude oil prices have on Indian stocks markets and the Indian economy remains to be seen. Meanwhile we will keep you updated on the latest developments from this space.

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

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STRIDES PHARMA SCIENCE Share Price Up by 15%; BSE HEALTHCARE Index Up 4.8% (Today's Market)

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PC JEWELLER Share Price Down by 5%; BSE 500 Index Up 0.8% (Today's Market)

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PC JEWELLER share price is trading down by 5% and its current market price is Rs 18. The BSE 500 is up by 0.8%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index are HIMACHAL FUTURISTIC (up 20.0%) and EMAMI LTD (up 20.0%). The top losers are PC JEWELLER (down 5.0%) and BIRLA CORPORATION (down 7.4%).

BOMBAY BURMAH Share Price Up by 12%; BSE 500 Index Up 0.7% (Today's Market)

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BOMBAY BURMAH share price is trading up by 12% and its current market price is Rs 1,533. The BSE 500 is up by 0.7%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index are BOMBAY BURMAH (up 11.8%) and DIVIS LABORATORIES (up 11.9%). The top losers are MAHARASHTRA SEAMLESS and WELSPUN CORP .

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