A divergent trend was witnessed as the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, provisionally settled with small gains while the Nifty 50 index settled a tad lower. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, rose 30.13 points or 0.1% at 30,464.92, as per the provisional closing data. The Nifty 50 index was off 1.55 points or 0.02% at 9,427.90, as per the provisional closing data. Gains triggered by the GST Council finalising rates for goods and services tax (GST) and positive global stocks were mostly offset by profit booking.
Domestic stocks saw a gap-up opening boosted by the goods and services tax (GST) Council finalising rates and backed the 1 July 2017 deadline for rolling out the unified indirect tax. Key indices extended early gains and hit fresh intraday high with Sensex scaling record high in morning trade. Stocks slipped into the red in early afternoon trade after trimming gains in mid-morning trade. Market moved in a small range near the flat line thereafter.
The Sensex rose 277.56 points or 0.91% at the day's high of 30,712.35 in morning trade, a record high. The index fell 96.27 points or 0.31% at the day's low of 30,338.52 in early afternoon trade, its lowest level since 15 May 2017. The Nifty rose 76.30 points or 0.8% at the day's high of 9,505.75 in morning trade, its highest level since 17 May 2017. The index fell 38.70 points or 0.41% at the day's low of 9,390.75 in early afternoon trade, its lowest level since 12 May 2017.
The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was weak. On the BSE, 1,764 shares fell and 979 shares rose. A total of 168 shares were unchanged.
The total turnover on BSE amounted to Rs 4127.47 crore, lower than the turnover of Rs 4311.27 crore registered during the previous trading session.
State Bank of India rose 1.9% after net profit rose 122.72% to Rs 2814.82 crore on 7.83% increase in total income to Rs 57720.10 crore in Q4 March 2017 over Q4 March 2016. The result was announced during trading hours today, 19 May 2017.
Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) stood at Rs 112342.99 crore as on 31 March 2017 as against Rs 108172.32 crore as on 30 December 2016 and Rs 98172.80 crore as on 31 March 2016.
The ratio of gross NPAs to gross advances stood at 6.9% as on 31 March 2017 as against 7.23% as on 31 December 2016 and 6.5% as on 31 March 2016. The ratio of net NPAs to net advances stood at 3.71% as on 31 March 2017 as against 4.24% as on 31 December 2016 and 3.81% as on 31 March 2016.
The bank's provisions and contingencies fell 10.88% to Rs 11740.09 crore in Q4 March 2017 over Q4 March 2016. Of this, provisions for NPAs fell 9.44% to Rs 10992.92 crore in Q4 March 2017 over Q4 March 2016. Provision coverage ratio of the bank was at 65.95% as on 31 March 2017.
Index heavyweight and cigarette major ITC jumped 3.31% to Rs 287.25. The stock had hit a high of Rs 295.50 in intraday trade, which is also a record high. The stock had hit a low of Rs 280.35 in intraday trade.
Hindustan Unilever (up 2.19%), Britannia Industries (up 1.35%), Colgate-Palmolive (India) (up 3.64%), Dabur India (up 1.17%), Godrej Consumer Products (up 1.19%), Marico (up 1.34%), Nestle India (up 0.04%) and Tata Global Beverages (up 1.42%) rose.
Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care (down 0.51%), Jyothy Laboratories (down 1.63%), Bajaj Corp (down 0.52%) and GlaxoSmithkline Consumer Healthcare (down 0.23%) fell.
Meanwhile, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council in its meeting yesterday, 18 May 2017 broadly approved the GST rates for goods at nil rate, 5%, 12%, 18% and 28% to be levied on certain goods. The Council has also broadly approved the rates of GST Compensation Cess to be levied on certain goods.
Items such as cereals, which were taxed earlier at 5%, will now be zero-rated. Coffee, sugar, tea and edible oil will attract a lower GST rate of 5%. Capital goods, a key asset for the manufacturing sector, will be taxed at 28%. Several daily-use items such as hair oil, toothpaste and soap have been kept in the 18%-slab instead of at 28%.
Tax incidence on cars will remain the same. All cars will be taxed at 28% and a 1%, 3% or 15% cess is likely to be levied based on current tax incidence. Motorcycles above 350cc engine capacity will face a cess of 3%.
Overseas, European stocks were trading higher as German producer prices posted their strongest annual gain in over five years in April, as higher metals prices drove up the costs for intermediate goods, Germany's statistics office, Destatis, said. Producer prices jumped 3.4% from April last year, which marks the strongest increase since December 2011.
Asian stocks gained after a sluggish start on strong US economic data overnight as some risk appetite returned despite caution over political turbulence in the United States.
US stocks closed higher yesterday, 18 May 2017 following the previous session's brutal selloff, as positive data offered a glimmer of optimism and technology provided an additional fillip to the market.
Investors were still watching Washington closely after reports the US President tried to interfere with an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's ties with Russia. In one recent development, former FBI head Robert Mueller has now been named as special counsel to investigate potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
US economic data released yesterday, 18 May 2017 showed that initial jobless claims fell by 4,000 in the latest week, the second-lowest reading of the economic recovery, which began eight years ago. Continuing claims were at their lowest level since 1988. Separately, the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index jumped to a reading of 38.8 in May from 22 in April.
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