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Sensex Trades 500 Points Higher; HDFC Bank & Tata Steel Top Gainers
Tue, 16 Jun 12:30 pm | Monish Vora, TM Team

Share markets in India are presently trading on a strong note, tracking an overnight rally in global markets.

Indian stock markets took cues from global counterparts and surged today as Federal Reserve's corporate bond-buying programme boosted investor sentiment and calmed earlier worries about the second wave of coronavirus infections.

The program, targeted at companies that were in good shape before the pandemic but may now need financing to retain workers and fund operations, will offer up to US$ 600 billion in loans through participating financial institutions to US businesses with up to 15,000 employees or with revenues up to US$ 5 billion.

The BSE Sensex is trading up by 503 points, up 1.5%, at 33,700 levels.

Meanwhile, the NSE Nifty is trading up by 145 points.

The BSE Mid Cap index is trading up by 1.3%, while the BSE Small Cap index is trading up by 1.2%.

On the sectoral front, gains are largely seen in the finance sector and metal sector.

The rupee is trading at 75.85 against the US$.

Gold prices are trading up by 0.1% at Rs 47,015 per 10 grams.

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In news from the banking sector, ICICI Bank on Monday announced the launch of a facility enabling its salary account customers to get approvals for overdraft instantaneously and in a paperless manner.

Called 'Insta Flexicash', the end-to-end fully digital facility can be availed using the bank's internet banking platform.

Note that this product is being launched at a time when consumption-linked retail credit growth has slowed down. As per latest available data from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), retail loans grew just 12% year-on-year (YoY) in April against 15.7% a year ago.

The facility can be sanctioned immediately while customers can start using the approved overdraft limit within 48 hours.

The private lender said that interest payable on the overdraft is calculated on the basis of the actual amount availed by the customer, not on the full amount of the overdraft sanctioned.

It also added that the credit limit could be worth up to three times the customer's net salary.

ICICI Bank share price is presently trading up by 3%.

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In other news, Axis Bank said that Pralay Mondal will be stepping down from the role of executive director (retail banking) in September to pursue other opportunities.

Before his current stint at Axis Bank, Mondal headed the retail banking vertical at Yes Bank.

Last year, Axis Bank was reported to have seen a slew of resignations with the count going up to 15,000, including branch-level executives.

Among the more high-profile exits were those of former chief financial officer Jairam Sridharan, who now heads Piramal Enterprises' consumer finance division, and former head of bond underwriting Shashikant Rathi.

Axis Bank share price is presently trading down by 1.4%.

Speaking of the banking sector, note that the Bank Nifty index was underperforming the benchmark index Nifty after they hit their lows in March.

There were several reasons behind its underperformance - a rising NPA risk, lack of credit growth, and overcautious nature of banks in lending.

However, it is interesting to note that these problems haven't gone away, but banks have still managed to outperform Nifty in the last two weeks, as can be seen in the chart below:

As per Apurva Sheth, lead chartist at Equitymaster, the reason why banks are outperforming over the past few weeks is because of price action.

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  • The Covid-19 lockdown has hit cash flows of both individual borrowers and corporates. This, in turn, will impact their loan repayment capability.

    The RBI's repo rate cut came as a temporary lifeline for Indian companies with debt on books. It will offer both companies and retail borrowers some breather. If banks use this phase judiciously, it may save the NPA ratios from worsening significantly.

    However, only the banks that have adequate capital and provisioning cushion may be able to tide over the economic crisis. Eventually, another round of consolidation in private sector banks, like the one after 2002, cannot be ruled out.

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IFB INDUSTRIES LTD share price is trading up by 12% and its current market price is Rs 610. The BSE CONSUMER DURABLES is up by 0.1%. The top gainers in the BSE CONSUMER DURABLES Index is IFB INDUSTRIES LTD (up 11.6%). The top losers are BLUE STAR (down 0.6%) and CROMPTON GREAVES CONSUMER ELEC. (down 2.5%).

NCC Share Price Up by 5%; BSE REALTY Index Up 1.7% (Today's Market)

Sep 25, 2020 11:44 AM

NCC share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 32. The BSE REALTY is up by 1.7%. The top gainers in the BSE REALTY Index is NCC (up 5.4%).

AIA ENGINEERING Share Price Up by 5%; BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index Up 1.2% (Today's Market)

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AIA ENGINEERING share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 1,782. The BSE CAPITAL GOODS is up by 1.2%. The top gainers in the BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index are AIA ENGINEERING (up 5.3%) and GRAPHITE INDIA (up 6.7%). The top losers are THERMAX and SKF INDIA (down 0.1%).

COFORGE Share Price Up by 5%; BSE IT Index Up 2.5% (Today's Market)

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COFORGE share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 2,226. The BSE IT is up by 2.5%. The top gainers in the BSE IT Index are COFORGE (up 5.3%) and TATA ELXSI (up 5.3%). The top losers is MPHASIS .

GE POWER INDIA LTD Share Price Up by 5%; BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index Up 0.9% (Today's Market)

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GE POWER INDIA LTD share price is trading up by 5% and its current market price is Rs 443. The BSE CAPITAL GOODS is up by 0.9%. The top gainers in the BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index are GE POWER INDIA LTD (up 5.0%) and GRAPHITE INDIA (up 5.8%). The top losers are BHEL (down 0.2%) and THERMAX (down 0.2%).

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