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Global cues, hopes of healthy macro data lift equity indices




Mumbai, June 12: Global cues and expectations of a healthy macro-economic industrial production data aided the key Indian equity indices to close Tuesday’s trade session on a positive note.

In terms of global cues, market analysts cited the historic meet between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a major sentiment booster for investors.

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In addition, expectations of a healthy industrial production data for April also enhanced investors’ risk-taking appetite and led to a pick-up in healthcare, capital goods and banking stocks.

However, caution over a possible rise in retail inflation levels due to higher crude oil prices capped gains.

Index-wise, the broader Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed at 10,842.85 points — up by 55.90 points or 0.52 per cent — from its previous close of 10,786.95 points.

Similarly, the barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), which had opened at 35,525.30 points, ended in the green. It settled at 35,692.52 points — higher by 209.05 points or 0.59 per cent — from its previous session’s close of 35,483.47 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 35,743.08 points and a low of 35,479.07 points during the intra-day trade. The BSE market breadth was bullish with 1,440 advances and 1,224 declines.

“Markets rallied strongly on Tuesday on buying in index heavyweights. Sentiments were boosted after Trump and Kim Jong Un signed an unspecified document in Singapore,” said Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research at HDFC Securities.

Geojit Financial Services’ Head of Research Vinod Nair said: “Market edged higher supported by positive outcome from US-N.Korea summit which may lead to an end of conflicts in Korean peninsula.

“However, global market remains mixed ahead of US Fed, ECB (European Central Bank) and BoJ (Bank of Japan) policy meeting during the week.”

On the currency front, the Indian rupee weakened by seven paise against the US dollar to 67.49, from its previous close at 67.42.

Investment-wise, provisional data with exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold scrip worth Rs 1,168.88 crore while the domestic institutional investors bought stocks worth Rs 1,327.45 crore.

Sector-wise, the S&P BSE healthcare index gained 262.17 points, the capital goods index rose by 220.78 points and the banking index ended 204.94 points higher.

On the other hand, S&P BSE metal index was down by 76.85 points, followed by the basic materials and the telecom indices which were marginally down, by 9.24 points and 3.75 points respectively.

The major gainers on the Sensex were Dr Reddy’s Lab, up 5.23 per cent at Rs 2,190.25; State Bank of India, up 3.36 per cent at Rs 282.85; Hindustan Unilever, up 2.41 per cent at Rs 1,640.45; IndusInd Bank, up 2.41 per cent at Rs 1,950.45; and Hero MotoCorp, up 2.11 per cent at Rs 3,688.75 per share.

The top losers were Bharti Airtel, down 1.98 per cent at Rs 381.05; Tata Steel, down 1.52 per cent at Rs 579.80; Coal India, down 1.49 per cent at Rs 283.50, ONGC, down 1.10 per cent at Rs 171.35 and Yes Bank, down 0.98 per cent at Rs 332.40 per share.



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Oil prices rally after OPEC meeting




Vienna, June 23 (IANS) Oil prices surged as investors were closely watching the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting.

The West Texas Intermediate for August delivery on Friday rose $3.04 to settle at $68.58 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for August delivery was up $2.50 to close at $75.55 a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange, Xinhua news agency reported.

The OPEC on Friday announced an agreement to raise oil output which, in accord with non-OPEC producers, had been reduced last year in order to boost prices that had been in free fall mainly due to a supply glut.

Following a ministerial meeting here of the 14-nation cartel, the statement released, however, did not provide any details of the production increases to be allocated among members.

Current OPEC Chairman, the UAE Energy Minister Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, told reporters after the meeting that the increase agreed upon is “a little bit less than 1 million barrels” over OPEC’s current output.

OPEC and non-OPEC producers, including Russia, had put in place 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) cut from January 2017, which helped boost crude prices go over $80 a barrel last month.

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Nepal, China to enhance cooperation under Belt & Road Initiative



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Beijing, June 22 (IANS) Nepal and China have agreed to execute projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to enhance connectivity that encompasses ports, roads, railways, aviation and communications within the overarching framework of Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network.

In a joint statement issued during the visit of Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, the two sides agreed to take practical measures to promote cooperation in all fields mentioned in the MOUs that included conducting a feasibility study of Kerung-Kathmandu railway, reconstruction of two friendship fridges, protocol on the utilization of Tibetan highways for cargo transport and investment and cooperation on production capacity.

On the railway pact that aims to extend the Chinese railway network to Kathmandu, the joint statement said: “Nepal and China underscored it as the most significant initiative in the history of bilateral cooperation and believed that it would herald a new era of cross-border connectivity.

Other pacts reached during Oli’s visit from June 19-24 were setting up of a mechanism for facilitation on the implementation of China-Nepal Cooperation Programmes and Projects in the Himalayan nation, MOUs on strengthening cooperation between their Foreign Ministries, cooperation in fields of energy and human resource development.

Beijing and Kathmandu also agreed to work together in areas of economy, trade, investment, industrial capacity, post-disaster reconstruction and other mutually beneficial areas, according to the statement.

Another takeaway of the visit was an early finalization of the joint feasibility study on the China-Nepal Free Trade Agreement (FTA), establishing cross-border economic cooperation zones and an agreement on completing the post disaster recovery of two frontier inspection stations on Nepal-China border.

Beijing agreed to support the Chinese-funded banks for opening their branches in Nepal. It said that it was ready to negotiate the financing modalities of the projects on road, railway connectivity, hydropower and transmission lines, among others, proposed by Nepal.

The two sides will also boost cooperation between the law enforcement agencies on information exchanges, capacity building and training. They will negotiate the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters and Treaty on Extradition to fight against illegal border crossing and transnational crimes.

There will be more exchanges and cooperation between China and Nepal in areas of education, culture, tourism, media, think tanks, youth and people-to-people relations.

China said it will provide more government scholarships every year to Nepal, whereas Kathmandu said it will facilitate the teaching programme of volunteer Chinese language teachers.

“The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in the UN and other multilateral forums and to safeguard common interests of developing, least developed and landlocked developing countries in particular,” the joint statement added.

The two countries will also view and support each other’s participation in the regional cooperation process and enhance coordination and cooperation within the SCO, SAARC and other regional cooperation mechanisms within the agreed frameworks and guidelines.

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Banking, healthcare stocks help equity indices end in green



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Mumbai, June 22: Last hour buying in banking, healthcare and auto stocks lifted the key equity indices after a largely choppy trade on Friday.

Broadly positive European markets also supported the Indian indices, analysts said.

At 3.30 p.m., the wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) provisionally closed at 10,821.85 points, up 80.75 points or 0.75 per cent from the previous close of 10,741.10 points.

Similarly, the barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which had opened at 35,428.42 points, closed (3.30 p.m.) at 35,689.60 points (3.30 p.m.) — up 257.21 points or 0.73 per cent — from its previous session’s close of 35,432.39 points.

The Sensex touched an intra-day high of 35,741.26 and a low of 35,344.49 points. The BSE market breadth, however, was bearish with 1,411 declines and 1,167 advances.

The top gainers on the Sensex were Sun Pharma, Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M), HDFC, Axis Bank and State Bank of India whereas Reliance Industries, Wipro, Coal India, Tata Consultancy Services and ONGC were the major losers.

On the NSE, Sun Pharma, Bajaj Pharma and M&M were the highest gainers while Reliance Industries, Hindustan Petroleum and UPL lost the most.


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