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MARKET WRAP: Sensex slips 45 pts, RIL falls 2.75%; Rupee hits all-time low

Among sectoral indices, the Nifty Pharma index rose 2.7 per cent led by a rise in Lupin and Dr. Reddy's Laboratories. The Nifty IT index, too, settled 1.8 per cent higher.

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The benchmark indices ended flat on Friday amid weakness in the rupee, which hit a new low breaching 71 per dollar mark for the first time earlier in the day.

The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 38,645, down 45 points while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 11,680, up 4 points.

Oil-to-telecom heavyweight Reliance Industries (RIL) settled 2.75 per cent lower at Rs 1,239 on the BSE.

Among sectoral indices, the Nifty Pharma index rose 2.7 per cent led by a rise in Lupin and Dr. Reddy's Laboratories. The Nifty IT index, too, settled 1.8 per cent higher led by Tech Mahindra and MindTree. However, Nifty Bank index slipped 0.15 per cent due to a fall in YES Bank's shares.

Rupee hits 71 per dollar

The rupee slumped to a fresh record low of 71 against the dollar for the first time ever by falling 26 paise on persistent demand for the US currency amid rising crude prices.

At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market, the local currency opened lower at 70.95 a dollar and slipped further to hit its lifetime low of 71 from its previous close of 70.74.

Global Markets

Asian shares came under renewed pressure on Friday as a report US President Donald Trump was preparing to step up a trade war with Beijing sent Chinese stocks lower and partially erased gains made in this week's global rally.

Many emerging market currencies were also frail after Argentina's peso sank on Thursday despite the central bank's interest rate hike.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.7 per cent, for monthly drop of 1.5 per cent. Japan's Nikkei closed down 0.02 per cent. 

(with wire inputs)
3:39 PM

Nifty sectoral gainers and losers of the day

3:37 PM

BSE Sensex: YES Bank, RIL among top losers of the day, Tata Motors top gainer

3:32 PM

Market at close

The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 38,645, down 45 points while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 11,680, up 4 points.
3:14 PM

J B Chemicals gains as board approves buyback

J B Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals rose 1.51% to Rs 342.20 on BSE after the company's board of directors the buy-back of equity shares. The announcement was made during market hours today, 31 August 2018. READ MORE

2:58 PM

Equirus on Century Plyboards

We expect CPBI to post a 18%/21% CAGR in both EBITDA/PAT over FY18-FY21E led by higher contribution from the Laminate and MDF segments. However, we
expect some margin pressure due to higher chemical (RM) costs in laminates, and realization pressure in MDF as competition heats up in North India. We currently have an ADD rating on the stock with a Dec’19 target price of Rs 283.
2:56 PM

Top losers on BSE today

YES BANK 343.50 -18.40 -5.08 4233891
KIRLOSKAR OIL 297.80 -15.65 -4.99 7919
KWALITY 19.95 -1.04 -4.95 50184
J KUMAR INFRA 259.85 -10.15 -3.76 24828
TATA COMM 538.00 -20.50 -3.67 21605
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2:54 PM

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2:53 PM

Kotak Securities on Phoenix Mills

2:51 PM

JM Financial on textiles sector

In Jun’18, India’s market share in home textile exports to the US (sum of all products) decreased 5ppt YoY to 29%. In the same month, India’s market share in cotton sheets exports to the US (in USD terms) increased 2ppt YoY to 49%, while market share in terry towels declined significantly by 13ppt YoY to 33%.

India’s exports to the US (in USD terms) in terry towels and cotton sheets declined 16.5%/7.2% YoY YTD, respectively. a) Extension of MEIS (4% export benefit), b) INR depreciation (10% YTD-CY18) and c) settling of market place disruption in the US are a welcome relief to the home textile exporters. High cotton prices (INR 134/kg) remain a key concern.

Recovery in export volumes, increase in export subsidy (ROSL) and cotton price movement in the new season starting Oct’18 are the key monitorables. We remain positive on the space


2:48 PM

Sector watch: Automobiles

India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has maintained a stable outlook for the auto sector for the remainder of FY19. This is in line with Ind-Ra’s earlier expectations of moderate sales volume growth in the passenger vehicle (PV) segment, double-digit growth in the commercial vehicle (CV) segment and steady growth in the two-wheeler segment (2W) on a year-on-year basis.
While the growth momentum in CVs is likely to continue, thanks to improved economic activity, increased infrastructure development and improved mining activities, the growth rate is likely to moderate in 2HFY19 due to a higher base. Amid several regulatory changes undergoing in the industry, CV growth would remain susceptible to clarity regarding the new axle load norms and vehicle scrappage policy.
2:30 PM

L&T hits over two-month high; stock up 11% in two weeks

Shares of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) hit an over two-month high of Rs 1,374 per share, up 2%, gaining 11% in the past two weeks after the company announced a share buyback proposal. In comparison, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 2% during the same period. The stock was trading at its highest level since June 4, 2018, on the BSE. READ MORE

2:14 PM

RInfra's Mumbai power biz sale a positive; analysts cautiously optimistic

Completion of its Mumbai power business sale to Adani Transmission and the plan to cut debt sharply from the earlier Rs 220 billion to Rs 75 billion and become a debt-free company by next year pushed the Reliance Infra (RInfra) stock higher by over 7 per cent to Rs 477 levels on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in intra-day deals on Thursday in an otherwise weak market. READ MORE

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Market Check

Index Current Pt. Change % Change
S&P BSE SENSEX 38,601.57 -88.53 -0.23
S&P BSE SENSEX 50 12,214.58 -10.49 -0.09
S&P BSE SENSEX Next 50 35,534.15 +37.54 +0.11
S&P BSE 100 11,997.17 -6.77 -0.06
S&P BSE Bharat 22 Index 3,748.23 +13.15 +0.35

(Source: BSE)
1:45 PM

Nifty Pharma index set to post sharpest monthly rally in 9 years

Shares of pharmaceutical companies were on a roll with the Nifty Pharma index set to post its sharpest rally in past nine years on the back of a strong rally in Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Aurobindo Pharma, Glenmark Pharma and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories.
The pharma index hit a fresh 52-week high of 10,390 in intra-day on Friday, rallied 13% thus far in the month of August. In comparison, the Nifty 50 index was up 2.6% during the month. During the month of June, the pharma index had soared 11.6% against a 0.2% decline in the benchmark index. READ MORE
1:32 PM

Gold rises, but set for longest monthly losing streak in 5-1/2 years

Gold rose on Friday as investors hedged against risks stemming from the ongoing trade dispute, with $1,200 acting as a strong support, but the bullion was headed for its longest monthly losing streak since 2013.
Spot gold was up 0.6 per cent at $1,207.06 an ounce, after touching a near one-week low of $1,195.95 on Thursday. Prices are down 1.3 per cent so far this month, on track for a fifth straight monthly decline. US gold futures were up 0.7 per cent at $1,212.80 an ounce. READ MORE

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First Published: Aug 31 2018 | 8:15 AM IST

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