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Geo-political tensions subdue Indian equities




Mumbai, April 7

Global geo-political tensions, outflow of foreign funds and heavy selling pressure in banking, healthcare and metal stocks pulled the Indian equity markets lower on Friday.

The wider 51-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed well below its important resistance mark of 9,200 points. It fell by 63.65 points or 0.69 per cent to 9,198.30 points.

The barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 29,850.71 points, closed at 29,706.61 points — down 220.73 points or 0.74 per cent from the previous close at 29,927.34 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 29,886.12 points and a low of 29,668.45 points during the intra-day trade.

The BSE market breadth was bearish — with 1,640 declines and 1,277 advances.

In terms of the broader markets, the S&P BSE mid-cap index fell by 0.30 per cent, while the small-cap index slipped by 0.47 per cent.

Anand James, Chief Market Strategist, Geojit Financial Services, said: “Risk-appetite took a hit after geo-political tensions pulled global equities down. Soaring oil prices and continuing strength in rupee also distorted the usual sectoral diversification themes.”

“But investors will have lot to look forward to as Q4 results start trickling in soon, and as NPA (non-performing assets) resolution measures are also expected shortly.”

On the currency front, the Indian rupee strengthened by 23 paise to 64.29 against a US dollar from its previous close of 64.52 to a greenback.

In terms of investments, provisional data with the exchanges showed that the foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold scrip worth Rs 262.37 crore, while the domestic institutional investors (DIIs) purchased scrip worth Rs 414.94 crore.

According to Dhruv Desai, Director and Chief Operating Officer of Tradebulls, profit booking in index heavyweights such as Reliance Industries and Infosys pressurised the benchmark indices at higher levels.

“Among the sectors, oil-gas sector stocks outperformed bearishness in the market while almost all sector stocks witnessed selling pressure from higher levels in the second half of the session,” Desai told IANS.

Sector-wise, the S&P BSE banking index plunged by 236.57 points, followed by the healthcare index, which dipped by 220.07 points, and the metal index, which fell by 149.19 points.

On the other hand, the oil and gas index rose by 67.04 points, and the capital goods index inched up by 16.76 points.

Major Sensex gainers on Friday were: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), up 1.14 per cent at Rs 2,427.10; Bajaj Auto, up 1.01 per cent at Rs 2,829.40; Bharti Airtel, up 0.83 per cent at Rs 344.50; Hero MotoCorp, up 0.58 per cent at Rs 3,224; and NTPC, up 0.27 per cent at Rs 167.70.

Major Sensex losers were: Sun Pharma, down 3.04 per cent at Rs 665.65; Lupin, down 2.61 per cent at Rs 1,410.35; Adani Ports, down 2.37 per cent at Rs 347.55; Reliance Industries, down 2.28 per cent at Rs 1,405.55; and Dr. Reddy’s Lab, down 1.97 per cent at Rs 2,657.70.



Chanda Kochhar goes on leave, ICICI names Sandeep Bakhshi as COO



New Delhi, June 19:ICICI Bank appointed Sandeep Bakhshi, who heads the bank’s life insurance arm, as chief operating officer.

The board of directors of ICICI Bank allowed its CEO Chanda Kochhar to go on leave until a probe into her role in an alleged conflict of interest in sanctioning loans to the Videocon Group was completed.

Bakhshi, who was the deputy MD of ICICI Bank before he was made the group’s insurance head, would run the bank during the absence of Kochhar.

All executive directors on the board of ICICI Bank and the executive management will report to him, the bank said.

Monday’s statement said Kocchar will remain in her role as MD and CEO of ICICI Bank and Bakhshi will report to her.

Earlier in the day, shares of ICICI Bank rose as much as 4 per cent, amid reports of reshuffle of top management. The stock gained 3.61 per cent to settle at Rs 292.50 on BSE. In intra-day trade, it surged 4.10 per cent to Rs 293.90.

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Domestic equity indices decline, auto stocks fall



Sensex Nifty Equity

Mumbai, June 19: The key Indian equity indices traded in the red during the morning session on Tuesday as heavy selling took place in automobile, IT and banking stocks.

At 9.40 a.m., the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), traded lower by 110.61 points or 0.31 per cent.

Similarly, the wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) traded in the red. It was down 42.85 points or 0.40 per cent lower at 10,757 points.

The Sensex of the BSE, which opened at 35,552.47 points, traded at 35,437.65 points (at 9.40 a.m.), lower 110.61 points or 0.31 per cent from the previous day’s close at 35,548.26 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 35,552.47 points and a low of 35,397.96 points during the intraday trade so far.


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Trump threatens to levy additional tariff on Chinese goods



Washington, June 19: US President Donald Trump has threatened China by asking his trade advisers  to levy a 10 per cent tariff on $200 billion  of Chinese goods in a tit-for-tat trade row with Beijing.

Last week Trump announced the US would impose 25 per cent tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese goods.

Beijing responded by saying it would hit 659 US goods worth $50bn with a similar tax.

The US president released a statement on Monday night saying “these tariffs will go into effect if China refuses to change its practices, and also if it insists on going forward with the new tariffs that it has recently announced”, reports BBC.

“If China increases its tariffs yet again, we will meet that action by pursuing additional tariffs on another $200 billion of goods. The trade relationship between the United States and China must be much more equitable,” he said.

Earlier on Monday, stock markets across the globe fell amid fears of further deterioration of US-China trade relations.

The Chinese product lines that have been hit range from aircraft tyres to turbines and commercial dishwashers.

In response, China announced tariffs on $34bn of US goods including agricultural products, cars and marine products which will also take effect from 6 July.

Tariffs on other US goods will be announced at a later date, the Xinhua news agency reported.

US tariffs that affect more than 800 Chinese products worth $34bn in annual trade are due to come into effect on 6 July.

The White House said it would consult on tariffs on the other $16bn of products, and would apply these later.

The US wants China to stop practices that allegedly encourage transfer of intellectual property – design and product ideas – to Chinese companies, such as requirements that foreign firms share ownership with local partners to access the Chinese market.

However, many economists and businesses in the US say the tariffs are likely to hurt some of the sectors the administration is trying to protect, which depend on China for parts or assembly.

The US announced plans for tariffs this spring, after an investigation into China’s intellectual property practices.

It published a draft list of about 1,300 Chinese products slated for tariffs in April. The list released on Friday was slightly shorter, incorporating feedback and criticism received in the ensuing weeks.

The plans have elicited a mixed political reaction, drawing praise from Democrats and opposition from Republicans, who typically favour free trade policies.(IANS)

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