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Bijlani told IANS that new prices will be applicable from 6 a.m. on Friday. He said, “We are expecting our business to return to normal after this reduction in next 2-3 months.”

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New Delhi July 30 : In a major relief to fuel consumers in the national capital, the Delhi government on Thursday reduced VAT on diesel from 30 per cent to 16.75 per cent, making the transport fuel cheaper by Rs 8.36 per litre.

With this, pump price of diesel will now come down to Rs 73.64 a litre from the existing level of Rs 81.94 a litre. Petrol however will continue to be priced at Rs 80.43 a litre as there is no change in state taxes on it. The price change would be reflected from Friday when retail prices are revised by oil marketing companies.

Briefing about the decision in a Press Conference, Chief Minister said, “We were receiving demands from many sectors in Delhi to reduce the VAT on diesel. This cut will strengthen the economy in Delhi.”

The proposal for reduction in VAT was passed in the cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Delhi was the only major city in the country where diesel prices were higher than that of petrol. While diesel is priced at Rs 81.94 a litre here, petrol is holding back the same price since June 29 at 80.43 a litre.

Delhi Petroleum Dealers Association (DPDA) has welcomed the Delhi government’s decision to reduce VAT on diesel. DPDA is a body of petrol pumps owners in Delhi with membership of about 400 fuel pumps.

Anil Bijlani, president of DPDA told IANS, “Delhi Government had increased Value Added Tax (VAT) on diesel to 30 per cent from 16.75 per cent on May 5. This increase in VAT had resulted in a price difference of more than Rs 8/litre in diesel with neighbouring states, which was causing a heavy loss of sales. We had approached Delhi government many times and asked them to reduce VAT on fuel prices.”

Bijlani told IANS that new prices will be applicable from 6 a.m. on Friday. He said, “We are expecting our business to return to normal after this reduction in next 2-3 months.”

Arvind Kejriwal also urged people to return to their work and restart factories and shops which were closed during the lockdown. He said, “Our government is making every effort to bring the economy back on track. The job portal, we have started is receiving a tremendous response. So far 2,04,785 jobs have been listed on the portal and 3,22,865 job seekers have applied on the portal”.

Kejriwal said he will start meeting traders and businessmen of Delhi in coming days.

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Focus to shift to Primary market – Market Watch

The Indian Rupee gained Rs 0.10 or 0.14 per cent to close at Rs 73.44. Dow Jones too ended flat for the week losing 8.22 points or 0.03 per cent to close at 27,657.42 points.

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The week gone by had plenty of action and was volatile. While the benchmark indices were just about flat, BSEHEALTHCARE and BSEIT gained significant ground and helped the benchmark indices. Similarly post the SEBI announcement on multi-cap funds being directed to match the allocation of stocks based on their definition of large cap, midcap and Smallcap at 25 per cent each as a threshold level, we saw BSEMIDCAP and BSESMALLCAP indices gain substantially.

BSESESEX lost 8.73 points or 0.02 per cent to close at 38,845.82 points while NIFTY gained 40.50 points or 0.35 per cent to close at 11,504.95 points. The broader market saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 0.67 per cent, 0.92 per cent and 1.22 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP gained 2.65 per cent while BSESMALLCAP was up 5.09 per cent. Clearly market breadth gained while the benchmark indices were flat. BSEHEALTHCARE had a huge gain of 9.14 per cent lead by Dr Reddy which was up 21.04 per cent and supported by Lupin 12.31 per cent and Cipla 11.16 per cent. Even BSEIT gained 6.19 per cent. The laggard was BSEBANKEX which was down 1.84 per cent with the banking pack losing for the third consecutive week. SBI was down 4.98 per cent for the week.

The Indian Rupee gained Rs 0.10 or 0.14 per cent to close at Rs 73.44. Dow Jones too ended flat for the week losing 8.22 points or 0.03 per cent to close at 27,657.42 points.

From the above movement one can infer that there is some fatigue factor setting in among the benchmark indices stocks. The rally which was earlier led buy one single stock Reliance has now shifted to a handful of pharma and IT stocks. With their weightage being significantly lower, the net effect is not here to be seen. The gains are offset by losses in the BFSI space. In the broader markets there is a wider participation in small and midcap stocks and people seem to be mis-reading the SEBI circular. How long this optimism remains is anybody’s guess.

There is plenty of action in the primary markets. Shares of Happiest Mind Technologies listed on Thursday and had a dream debut with the stock price gaining a massive 123.49 per cent to close at Rs 371, against the issue price of Rs 166. Considering the non-anchor portion which has a lock-in of 30 days, delivery on day one was to the extent of 92.99 per cent of the IPO size. This indicates that almost all except 7 per cent of the investors whether they be QIB, HNI or Retail sold on day one. The share closed at Rs 358.45 for the week, a gain of 115.93 per cent. Effectively we have new investors in Happiest Mind who have invested at Rs 370 instead of Rs 166.

Shares of Route Mobile Limited would list on Monday, September 21.

The week ahead sees two primary market issues open on Monday and one open on Tuesday, making a total of three issues for the week. It seems September has suddenly brought the primary markets alive and there is a strong possibility that the last week of September may see a couple of more issues opening.

The first issue opening on Monday and closing on Wednesday, September 23 is from Computer Age Management Services Limited (better known as CAMS). The issue is an offer for sale from NSE Investment for 1.82 crore shares in a price band of Rs 1,229-1,230. The company’s primary business is being an RTA (Registrar and Transfer Agent) for mutual funds. The EPS for the year ended March 2020 is Rs 35.54 and the price earning multiple at which shares are being issued is 34.58-34.61. The asking price is rich in valuation and may not offer much scope for appreciation after listing. The expected listing price is likely to be in the region of Rs 1,560-1,600.

The second issue is from Chemcon Speciality Chemicals Limited which is into the business of speciality chemicals in the pharmaceutical and completion fluids for the oil well industry. One of the raw materials for the company is the bromide family which is a hazardous chemical and a difficult material and chemistry to handle. One of the recently listed peers in the similar field in Neogen Chemicals which also processes Bromide for different application. The issue opens on Monday, September 21 and closes on Wednesday, September 23. The price band is Rs 338-340. The EPS for the year ended March 2020 is Rs 15.37 and the PE multiple is between 21.99-22.12 times. The issue consists of a fresh issue of Rs 165 crore and an offer for sale of 45 lakh shares.

The third and final issue for the week is from Angel Broking Limited which opens on Tuesday, September 22 and closes on Thursday, September 24. The company is issuing fresh shares for Rs 300 crore and an offer for sale of Rs 300 crore. The price band is Rs 305-306. The EPS for the year ended March 2020 is Rs 11.44. The PE multiple for the company based on this EPS for March 2020 is 26.66-26.75 times. Even considering the fact that the April-June quarter was a great period for the broking industry during the Covid-19 pandemic time, it is difficult to expect the good times to continue. Margin rules being changed have affected volumes at the bourses and volumes have slipped from peak levels. Secondly, while the company had garnered new clients with a massive drop and restructuring of broking rates, the newness and effectiveness of the growth on account of the same is wearing off. At the asking PE, the share is more expensive than listed players from the industry, challenging the logic to subscribe.

The week ahead sees September futures expire on Thursday, September 24. The current level of NIFTY of 11,504.95 points means that the series is lower by 54.30 points or 0.47 per cent. While the loss is marginal, the law of averages may play catch up as we have been seeing monthly gains for the last three months from June 20 expiry onwards.

Covid-19 front saw the world have 3,09,92,980 patients, 9,61,475 deaths and 2,25,87,905 people recover. In India the number of patients has increased to 54,00,619 patients, 86,774 deaths and 43.03,043 people having recovered. Compared to the previous week the world saw 20,46,352 new patients, 36,865 deaths and 17,74,755 people recovering. In India the number of new patients has increased by 6,46,263 people, 8,160 deaths and 6,00,448 people recovering.

The week ahead would see the focus shifting to the primary markets with three new issues and one new listing. Further the euphoria in the small and midcap space would in all probability reduce and people take a breather. Also, the huge rally in HealthCare and IT stocks could also see profit taking while BFSI space is likely to see some value buying. Considering all of these factors including September futures expiry, expect markets to be choppy, volatile, two sided sharp movements and mixed. Trend determination may be difficult in the week and one must be prepared to see a correction which is long overdue. Caution is drawn to people asking them to refrain from shorting the market on an overnight basis and use sharp rallies to sell and equally sharp dips to buy. Be patient.

(Arun Kejriwal is the founder of Kejriwal Research and Investment Services. The views expressed are personal)

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MTNL plans to sell assets in Mumbai through DIPAM

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New Delhi, Sep 19 : State-run telecom operator MTNL has submitted a set of assets for monetisation through the framework of the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), which comes under the Finance Ministry.

The assets proposed for sale include land, staff quarters and telephone exchange in Mumbai, said Anurag Thakur, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

“MTNL has submitted a set of assets for monetisation through the DIPAM Framework…. No property in Delhi is presently under monetisation through the DIPAM Framework,” he said.

He informed the Lok Sabha that international property consultants have been appointed for end-to-end transaction advice on monetisation of these properties.

Noting that the asset monetisation process is a complex one involving multiple stakeholders and agencies, he said that a specific time frame for the completion of these monetisation transactions cannot be defined at present.

The value at which the assets would be monetised would depend on the feasibility of monetisation of the asset, the monetisation model and the market conditions prevailing at the time of monetisation, Thakur said, adding that it would be difficult to anticipate the sale proceeds presently.

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Centre mulls closure of PSUs up for sale on case-to-case basis

Thakur noted that the government has given ‘in-principle’ approval for strategic disinvestment of 34 CPSEs, including subsidiaries and units of CPSEs.

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New Delhi, Sep 19 : The Union government may consider the closure of central public sector units (PSUs) even if they have been approved for strategic disinvestment on a case-to-case basis.

In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur said that the government follows a policy of closure of centre public sector enterprises (CPSEs) in terms of the approved revised guidelines dated June 14, 2018 issued by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE).

“The government may consider the closure of the CPSEs even in cases earlier approved for strategic disinvestment on a case to case basis,” Thakur said, adding that the guidelines issued by the DPE on the closure of CPSEs addresses the concerns regarding the employees and assets.

Thakur noted that the government has given ‘in-principle’ approval for strategic disinvestment of 34 CPSEs, including subsidiaries and units of CPSEs.

Several of these CPSEs are loss making and sick entities where the government in the past had also faced difficulties in strategic disinvestment. Such companies which have lost value could be the ones that may be recommended for closure.

In certain other CPSEs, policy of minority stake sale without transfer of management control through various SEBI approved methods is being followed in order to unlock the value, promote public ownership and higher degree of accountability, he said.

The various modes of disinvestment commonly used for minority stake sale includes Initial Public Offer (IPO), Follow on Public Offer (FPO), Offer for Sale (OFS), buyback of shares and Exchange Traded Funds (ETF).

“Transaction receipts on conclusion of disinvestment transactions depend on the prevailing market conditions and investors’ interest,” the minister said.

The budget estimate (BE) of disinvestment receipts for 2020-21 from disinvestment of CPSEs was fixed at Rs 1.20 lakh crore.

The already lagging disinvestment plans, have been severely impacted by the ongoing pandemic and deadlines for submission of bids major PSUs on the block, such as oil major BPCL and national carrier Air India have been postponed.

The government is also coming up with a new strategic disinvestment policy as announced by the Finance Minister in May. According to sources, the Cabinet may soon take up and approve the new strategic disinvestment policy, which would include the banking and insurance sector.

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