Key benchmark indices were trading in narrow range in mid-morning trade. At 11:16 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was up 152.90 points or 0.49% at 31,209.30. The Nifty 50 index was up 37.15 points or 0.39% at 9,625.20. Market was hovering in the green on positive Asian cues.
The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was positive. On BSE, 1,196 shares rose and 1,094 shares fell. A total of 124 shares were unchanged.
Pharmaceutical shares declined. Wockhardt (down 5.24%), Cipla (down 2.15%), Aurobindo Pharma (down 1.2%), GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (down 1.14%), Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (down 0.93%), Lupin (down 0.79%), Dr Reddy's Laboratories (down 0.71%), Glenmark Pharmaceuticals (down 0.48%), Piramal Enterprises (down 0.46%), Strides Shasun (down 0.24%), Alkem Laboratories (down 0.2%) and IPCA Laboratories (down 0.18%), edged lower. Divi's Laboratories (up 0.23%), edged higher.
Cadila Healthcare was up 1.49%. The company announced during trading hours today, 19 June 2017, that it received the final approval from the US drug regulator to market Eletriptan Hydrobromide Tablets, 20 mg (base) and 40 mg (base). The drug which is used in the treatment of migraine, will be produced at the group's formulations manufacturing facility at the Pharma SEZ in Ahmedabad. The group now has more than 120 approvals and has so far filed over 300 Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) since the commencement of the filing process in FY 2003-2004.
Most realty shares fell. Anant Raj (down 2.18%), Housing Development and Infrastructure (HDIL) (down 1.8%), Parsvnath Developers (down 1.64%), Peninsula Land (down 1.44%), Indiabulls Real Estate (down 1.41%), DLF (down 0.96%), Godrej Properties (down 0.61%), D B Realty (down 0.58%), Sobha (down 0.48%), Prestige Estates Projects (down 0.39%) and Phoenix Mills (down 0.06%), edged lower. Oberoi Realty (up 0.05%), Omaxe (up 0.12%), Unitech (up 0.19%), Mahindra Lifespace Developers (up 0.41%) and Sunteck Realty (up 0.94%), edged higher.
Monnet Ispat & Energy tanked 19.36% to Rs 27.70, with the stock extending recent slide on media reports that the company has filed for bankruptcy. Meanwhile, Monnet Ispat in a clarification issued to the stock exchanges after market hours on Friday, 16 June 2017 with regard to aforesaid media reports said that it has not filed for bankruptcy. The reference of Monnet Ispat & Energy in the article is with reference to Gupta Coal, which has filed for bankruptcy and also supplied coal to Monnet Ispat & Energy at some point of time, the company said. Therefore, the provisions of Regulation 30 of Listing Regulations, 2015 do not apply on the company, with respect to the aforesaid news item, Monnet Ispat said.
Nucleus Software Exports rose 1.01% to Rs 339.05 after the company fixed 30 June 2017 as record date for buyback of shares.
Suprajit Engineering was up 1.05% to Rs 299.35 after Smallcapworld Fund Inc bought 11.22 lakh shares of the company at Rs 297 per share in a bulk deal on the NSE on Friday, 16 June 2017.
On the domestic economic front, the GST Council on Sunday, 18 June 2017, put a fix to nagging issues and the government put at rest speculation about a possible delay in GST rollout, paving the way for the landmark tax reforms to kick in from 1 July 2017. The government will reportedly let companies to file late returns for the first two months to let them adapt to a new system.
Overseas, Asian stocks were trading higher as markets geared up ahead of Brexit negotiations between the UK and the European Union, and as French President Emmanuel Macron's party won a parliamentary majority at the weekend.
Britain and the rest of the European Union (EU) go into the negotiations in Brussels later today, 19 June 2017, to decide the status of expats, the UK's 'divorce bill' and the Northern Ireland border, besides other compensatory issues. The UK is set to leave the EU by the end of March 2019.
In US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Friday, 16 June 2017, notched its 21st record of 2017 led by a late-stage rise in energy shares, as Amazon announced plans to buy Whole Foods. However, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite ended lower and booked a second-straight weekly loss. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 24.38 points, or 0.11%, to 21,384.28a new all-time high. The S&P 500 ended less than a point higher at 2,433.14. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 13.74 points, or 0.2%, to 6,151.76.
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