A bout of volatility was seen in morning trade as the key benchmark indices once again regained strength after trimming early gains. At 10:28 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was up 81.93 points or 0.26% at 31,157.66. The Nifty 50 index was up 31.90 points or 0.33% at 9,609.95. Gains were led by index heavyweights ITC and Reliance Industries.
Domestic stocks nudged higher in early trade on positive Asian stocks.
The broad market depicted strength. There were more than two gainers against every loser on BSE. 1,431 shares rose and 637 shares fell. A total of 101 shares were unchanged.
Overseas, most Asian stocks were trading higher. US stocks fell for the fourth time in five days as selling in technology shares resumed.
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) left policy unchanged today, 16 June 2017, maintaining its aggressive monetary stimulus aimed at lifting inflation, which continues to show weakness despite brighter spots elsewhere in the economy. The BOJ board voted to keep its target for 10-year Japanese government bond yields at around zero and a shorter-term interest rate at minus 0.1%, as widely expected by economists. The bank also reiterated that it would continue to buy government bonds at an annual pace of about 80 trillion ($720 billion).
Meanwhile, Washington remained in focus as the special counsel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election was said to be planning to interview two top U.S. intelligence officials about whether President Donald Trump sought their help to get the FBI to back off a related probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
US markets have risen since November's election, in large part on bets that Trump's economic agenda would accelerate growth and stoke corporate profits. However, various controversies with his administration have been seen as reducing the odds he can get those initiatives passed.
Back home, cement stocks gained. Ambuja Cements (up 0.53%), ACC (up 0.56%) and Shree Cement (up 0.65%) gained. UltraTech Cement (down 0.04%) fell.
Grasim Industries was up 0.67%. Grasim has exposure to the cement sector through its holding in UltraTech Cement.
Realty stocks extended recent gains on follow-up buying. DLF (up 1.12%), Indiabulls Real Estate (up 2.78%), Housing Development and Infrastructure (up 1.69%), D B Realty (up 0.8%), Unitech (up 1.57%), Sobha (up 1.41%), Godrej Properties (up 1.32%), Prestige Estates Projects (up 1.6%), Oberoi Realty (up 0.6%) and Parsvnath Developers (up 2.54%) gained.
IPCA Laboratories lost 12.89% after the company said its facilities at Indore, Silvassa and Madhya Pradesh have been banned from the US market. The announcement was made after market hours yesterday, 15 June 2017.
IPCA Laboratories said that drugs manufactured at its facilities at SEZ Indore (Pithampur), Piparia (Silvassa) and Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh) have been banned from the US market by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). The drug regulator cited violation of current good manufacturing norms for taking the step against the company. The USFDA has refused admission to all drugs made at the company's Pithampur and Silvassa facility.
All drugs, except API Chloroquine Phosphate, made at Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh) unit have also been denied entry in the US, it further said. The ban will continue until the company can demonstrate that the drugs manufactured from these manufacturing sites and intended for the US market are in compliance with the current good manufacturing practice regulation (cGMP).
On the macro front, merchandise exports have shown growth of 8.32% in dollar terms valued at $24014.62 million during May 2017 as compared to $22170.62 million during May 2016. Merchandise imports rose 33.09% and were valued at $37856.34 million during May 2017 from $28443.52 million in May 2016. The trade deficit for May 2017 was estimated at $13841.72 million as against the deficit of $6272.90 million during May 2016. The data was released by government after market hours yesterday, 15 June 2017.
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