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Diwali Muhurat trading: Top stock picks and analyst takes for Samvat 2074

The one-hour session will be held between 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm, pre-opening session will start at 6:15 pm

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

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Key Indian equity will hold a special "Muhurat" trading session on Thursday to mark the start of the Hindu New Year — The session, considered auspicious for stock markets, will be held between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. While draws to a close with robust gains, adding over Rs 25 lakh crore to investors’ wealth, are poised for another year of double-digit growth, with traders remaining cautiously optimistic about the near-term market direction. Nifty During the past samvat, the benchmark Sensex gained 4,642.84 points, or 16.61 per cent, while the broader Nifty surged 1,572.85 points, or 18.20 per cent. The 50-share Nifty fell by 23.60 points, or 0.23 per cent, to close at 10,210.85 on Wednesday, after moving between 10,175.75 and 10,236.45 through the day. Early in the day, the Sensex had opened lower at 32,518.56 and fallen further to a low of 32,462.85 before ending at 32,584.35, down 24.81 points or 0.08 per cent. (More details here) What is trading? trading is a special trading session for investors conducted by the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the BSE on the occasion of literally means ‘an auspicious hour’. The practice of deciding the astrologically significant time for the so-called trading, or auspicious trading session, comes from the Gujarati culture. Gujaratis are a dominant community among investors on Dalal Street. For the trading, the NSE and BSE usually wear a distinctly ethnic look with designed rangoli patterns and innumerable diyas lined up to welcome goddess Lakshmi. Data compiled by Bloomberg shows that in the past 10 years, the trading has ended on a positive note seven times with stocks closing lower 80 per cent of the time. Graph Compiled by BS Research Bureau; Source Exchange Significance of Muhurat It is believed that at the time of Muhurat, planets align themselves in a certain way to make work done during this time fruitful and free of evil forces' influence. As also marks the beginning of the New Year, trading on this day is believed to bring in wealth and prosperity throughout the year. Stocks bought on this day are more for traditional, religious and sentimental reasons. The business community marks the new financial year on with ‘Chopda’ or ‘Sharad Puja’, where old account books or ledgers are closed and new ones are opened for a promising business year. Trading from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm The annual one-hour session this year will be held between 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm and the pre-opening session will start at 6:15 pm.

The bourses will remain closed on Friday for ‘Balipratipada’. Which stocks to buy? samvat

HDFC SECURITIES: Bajaj Auto, Birla Corp, Divi's Lab, ICICI Pru Life Insurance, Persistant Systems
IDBI CAPITAL: Bata India, Cyient Ltd, Larsen & Toubro, Manappuram Finance, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts, Sundram Fasteners, Trent
ANGEL BROKING: Dewan Housing, Karur Vysa Bank, Asian Granito, Blue Star, Siyaram Silk Mills, Maruti Suzuki, TV Today Network, Music Broadcast, KEI Industries, GIC Housing Finance, Navkar Corp, Alkem Laboratories
RELIANCE SECURITIES Large-Caps Hero MotoCorp – Target price Rs 4300 Indiabulls Housing Finance – Target price Rs 1,600 ITC – Target price Rs 336 L&T – Target price - Rs 1,400 Mid-Caps Can Fin Homes – Target price – Rs 3,200 CDSL – Target Price Rs 450 Glenmark Pharma – Target price Rs 900 Natco Pharma – Target price - Rs 1,200 Somany Ceramics – Target price Rs 1,020
Advice for trading While it is considered auspicious to trade on day, it can only be token investment, due to the shallow market and wide bid-ask spread in trading for short period on the day. One can buy any of the shortlisted stocks in a small quantity to adhere to the traditions. Analysts' take Investors adopted a cautious approach ahead of the long weekend, while a weak rupee too affected sentiment, brokers said. Going ahead, analysts caution that the pace of local flows will depend on how the economy and corporate earnings shape up. That apart, will also track global developments, such as monetary policies of central banks, geopolitical situation and commodity prices, especially oil. Market verdict: Bull run to continue in new Samvat Analysts at HDFC Securities say the Nifty50 could correct sharply in the early part of Samvat 2074, but could later revisit the highs and attempt to breach them. On the other hand, analysts at Kotak Securities expect returns in to moderate in view of weak near-term earnings growth and higher than average valuations. (Read more) Yogesh Mehta, VP-Retail Research, at Motilal Oswal Securities expects the market to remain in a range, albeit with higher volatility.

First Published: Thu, October 19 2017. 15:28 IST