Domestic stocks began trading on a subdued note on negative Asian stocks. At 9:18 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was down 99.54 points or 0.29% at 33,757.24. The Nifty 50 index was down 35.30 points or 0.34% at 10,391.55.
The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was weak. On the BSE, 620 shares fell and 301 shares rose. A total of 49 shares were unchanged.
Overseas, Asian stocks declined following an overnight slide in US equities after a fresh personnel shakeup in the Trump administration spurred concerns about a unilateral approach to trade, national security and foreign affairs.
US equities fell in choppy trade yesterday, 13 March 2018 after tech shares pulled back amid concerns trade tensions between the US and China could increase. The sudden firing of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took some by surprise less than a week after top economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned from the White House. US President Donald Trump has nominated CIA director Mike Pompeo, an ex-congressman, to replace Tillerson.
IT major TCS rose 0.94% to Rs 2,919.50. Tata Sons sold 3.12 crore shares, or 1.63% equity, of TCS in two separate bulk deals on NSE yesterday, 13 March 2018. Tata Sons offloaded 2.05 crore shares at Rs 2,876.46 each. Another 1.06 crore shares were sold at Rs 2,872.19 each. As on 31 December 2017, Tata Sons held 73.52% stake in TCS.
Bharat Financial Inclusion (BFIL) rose 0.26% while IndusInd Bank fell 0.69%. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has, vide its letter dated 13 March 2018, conveyed its 'no objection' for the voluntary amalgamation of BFIL with IndusInd Bank, subject to compliance with the terms and conditions specified therein. The announcement was made after market hours yesterday, 13 March 2018.
The approval of the merger by the board of directors of BFIL was intimated to the stock exchanges on 14 October 2017. The amalgamation received the approval of the Competition Commission of India on 19 December 2017.
The proposed merger still requires approval from the stock exchanges/Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the National Company Law Tribunal, the respective shareholders and creditors of BFIL and IndusInd Bank and other applicable statutory and regulatory approvals.
Punjab National Bank (PNB) lost 3.93%. With respect to news titled, "CBI to Special Court: Fraud amount by Gitanjali group companies increases by Rs.942.18 crs; Total amount of fraud in PNB case now stands at over Rs.13,600 crs; CBI also adds Section 409(IPC), Criminal breach of trust in FIR," PNB issued a clarification after market hours yesterday, 13 March 2018.
PNB clarified that the amount of Rs 942 crore were the regular limits sanctioned to Geetanjali Group under consortium lending, and were standard credit exposure at the time of detection of the fraud. Now, this exposure is being added to the existing fraudulent amount. This amount has nothing to do with any new fraudulent letters of undertakings (LoUs)/letters of comfort (LoCs).
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