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With Q1 earnings, WPI data scheduled equity indices await eventful week ahead

Market is expecting 19 per cent growth in PAT (profit after tax) for Sensex index stocks and 14.7 per cent for Nifty50 index stocks in Q1, FY19 compared to a washout in last quarter.

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Mumbai, July 15 : After reaching new landmarks in the last couple of trading sessions, the key Indian equity indices are likely to witness another eventful week (June 16-20), with major quarterly earnings and a key macro-economic data point, the Wholesale Price Index, due in the next few days.

According to market observers, further developments in the ongoing trade tensions between the US and China also would set the cues for the global markets.

“The markets next week would look forward to the earnings season as larger companies such as HUL (Hindustan Unilever), Bajaj group of companies will come out with their results,” said Devendra Nevgi, founder and Principal Partner at Delta Global Partners.

According to Geojit Financial Services’ Head of Research, Vinod Nair: “Market is expecting 19 per cent growth in PAT (profit after tax) for Sensex index stocks and 14.7 per cent for Nifty50 index stocks in Q1, FY19 compared to a washout in last quarter.”

“From here on market trend will largely depend on progress of results season,” he said.

Gaurav Jain, Director of Hem Securities said: “We will continue to see stock-specific approach as heavyweights like HDFC Bank, Hindustan Unilever, Ashok Leyland, Zee Entertainment, Ultratech Cement, MindTree, Bajaj Finance, and Kotak Mahindra Bank are scheduled to report their quarterly earnings.”

On the macro front, the government will announce wholesale price inflation (WPI) for June 2018 on Monday, July 16, Jain added.

Further, on the global side, markets would be hoping for easing of trade related issues between the US and China, said Sanjeev Zarbade, Vice President for Research at Kotak Securities.

Noting the significance of oil prices, Zarbade said: “Crude oil prices have corrected a bit and further softening in prices would be positive for global markets”.

In the week ended Friday, fall in crude oil prices was a major factor for the positive trend in the global and domestic equity markets.

As per Delta Global Partners’ Nevgi, the fall in crude prices and weaker US dollar would help the sentiments in the rupee market.

On Friday, the Indian rupee closed at 68.53, strengthening by 35 paise from its previous week’s close of 68.88 per greenback.

Talking on the investor sentiments in the Indian equity market, Nevgi told IANS,the support comes from domestic investors as foreign ones continue to be net sellers.

In the week gone by, provisional figures from the stock exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold scrip worth Rs 1,801.65 crore, while the domestic institutional investors purchased stocks worth Rs 2,288.08 crore.

During the upcoming week, Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research at HDFC Securities feels, “further upsides are likely, once the immediate resistance band of 11,078-11,171 (Nifty50) is taken out.”

The level of 10,893 points would be a crucial support for the Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange, he added.

On Friday, the Nifty50 closed at 11,018.90 points — up 246.25 points or 2.29 per cent — from its previous week’s close.
The Sensex on BSE rose by 883.77 points or 2.48 per cent to close at 36,541.63 points on a weekly basis.
On Thursday, the barometer 30-scrip Sensex touched a record high of 36,699.53 points, only to surpass the level the very next day and set a fresh all-time high of 36,740.07 points.

It had also set a new closing high of 36,548.41 points on Thursday.

With another eventful week expected to follow, these instances of fresh benchmarks and landmarks, may not end here.

(Rituraj Baruah can be contacted at [email protected] )

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Sensex opens in green, all eyes on Fed

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Mumbai, Dec 19: Amid mixed Asian cues and falling crude oil prices, the domestic indices opened in the green on Wednesday.

The Sensex of the BSE opened at 36,441.46 from its previous close at 36,347.08 on Tuesday as investors were cautious of the ongoing Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting that was expected to raise interest rates that has kept the sentiments tepid, analysts said.

All sectors, except power and Teck, traded in green.

At 9.20 a.m., the Sensex traded at 36,486.30 higher by 139.22 points or 0.38 per cent.

The Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) opened at 10,930.55 after closing at 10,908.70 on Tuesday.The Nifty traded at 10,954 during the morning trade session, up 45.30 points and 0.42 per cent.

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Don’t want RBI money, but can’t let economy starve: Jaitley

“The main issue was not the economic capital framework. It’s an issue for a medium term. But the immediate issue is we can’t allow our economy to starve (on liquidity),” Jaitley said at a summit hosted by television channel Republic TV here.

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Mumbai, Dec 18 : Admitting using Section 7 of the RBI Act to force a discussion with the central bank on liquidity and credit issues, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said he could not have let the economy starve for liquidity.

As for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s economic capital, he said it was never the main issue between the government and the RBI and that the government does not want any money from the bank’s reserves to fix its fiscal deficit.

“The main issue was not the economic capital framework. It’s an issue for a medium term. But the immediate issue is we can’t allow our economy to starve (on liquidity),” Jaitley said at a summit hosted by television channel Republic TV here.

Stating that his government had the best fiscal deficit track record, he declared that even in the current year, he will meet the announced fiscal deficit target within the available resources.

“I don’t want any money from the Reserve Bank’s reserves at the moment. The only question which was raised were really two…there were several questions around two important facts — first relating to liquidity in certain sectors of the economy and availability of credit,” he said.

In his tiff with the RBI, which ended with Governor Urjit Patel resigning last week, Jaitley said he always respects the bank’s autonomy, but as a sovereign and accountable government, he had to flag the liquidity issue for which he used all tools available.

“We used every instrument available to our advantage to force a discussion and whatever steps we took — informal plus formal and statutory — were really to flag the issue of liquidity and credit,” he said hinting at the Section 7 of the RBI Act, which was never used earlier.

The section empowers the government to give directions to the central bank on matters of public interest even if the RBI or its Governor holds a different view.

Stating that there was never a breakdown in his relationship with the central banker, Jaitley said he wanted the autonomous and independent RBI to hold stakeholder consultations and resolve the problem, which was related to monetary policy.

“I say I have read some books, some data, some research papers, some statistics and I am forming an opinion. The empirical evidence in the market would be entirely different… All these institutions must be autonomous but must never be isolationist. If they are isolationists, there is a fair chance they will go wrong,” he added.

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Indian small businesses thrive on Amazon special sales day

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Bengaluru, Dec 18 : Indian small businesses and enterprises (SBEs) witnessed a 1.4x spike in the sale of their products on Amazon during its ‘Small Business Day’ sales event, said the world’s leading e-tailer on Tuesday.

“The online sales event held on December 16 had orders coming from 20,400 pin codes across the country, where buyers could find products offered by small and medium businesses,” said the Indian arm of Amazon in a statement here.

Handmade products by weavers and artisans were popular during the sale, and witnessed a sales spike of over 60 per cent compared to average business days, the company said.

Nearly 2,000 sellers witnessed a sales spike more than four times compared to an average business day, and 4,100 sellers saw a two times spike, it added.

Organic skin products, handmade and handloom products were among the top-selling categories during the Small Business Day.

“Few of the small businesses had quit their day jobs to sell on our platform, hired more employees and grew their sales as customers from across the country responded equally well,” said Amazon India Director (Seller Services) Gopal Pillai in the statement.

Tribes India, a handmade products brand under the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED), saw a spike of 4x over average business day during the one-day event, the statement noted.

The online sales event was aimed at promoting small businesses and micro entrepreneurs and encouraging shoppers to discover and buy products directly offered by them.

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