India is set to get a normal monsoon this year, with average rainfall likely to be 97%, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced after market hours yesterday, 16 April 2018. Between 96% and 104% of the long-period average is considered a normal monsoon, and the margin of error is 5%.
Overseas, Asian stocks were trading mixed as investors parsed a mixed set of economic numbers out of China and sought fresh leads after weeks of volatility sparked by trade frictions and geopolitical conflict. US stocks rose yesterday, 16 April 2018 as geopolitical tensions faded and investors turned to what's expected to be a blowout corporate earnings season.
Back home,the Sensex and the Nifty logged modest gains on first trading day of the week yesterday, 16 April 2018. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, rose 112.78 points or 0.33% to settle at 34,305.43. The Nifty 50 index rose 47.75 points or 0.46% to settle at 10,528.35. The Sensex and the Nifty advanced for the eight straight trading session. The Sensex and the Nifty, both, attained their highest closing levels in almost seven weeks.
The trading activity on that day showed that the foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 308.13 crore yesterday, 16 April 2018, as per provisional data released by the stock exchanges. Domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 28.97 crore yesterday, 16 April 2018, as per provisional data.
Among corporate news,Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) will be watched. HDFC Asset Management Company (HDFC AMC), a joint venture between HDFC and Standard Life Investments, reported a 31% jump in profit after tax at Rs 721.61 crore in the year ended March 2018 over the year ended March 2017. The asset management firm's total revenue rose 17.6% to Rs 1867.24 crore in the year ended March 2018 over the year ended March 2017. Total expenses were up 2.11% at Rs 804.73 crore. The announcement was made after market hours yesterday, 16 April 2018.
HDFC AMC last month filed a draft red herring prospectus with Sebi for a public offer of up to 2.54 crore shares.
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), India's leading port infrastructure developer and part of the Adani Group, said it signed a long term agreement with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to provide Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) regasification services on a use or pay basis to the state-run refiner, at its upcoming LNG import terminal at Dhamra in Odisha. As per the contract, IOC has booked 3 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) regasification capacity spread over 20 years. IOC plans to supply the gas to its refineries in Paradip in Odisha and Haldia in West Bengal. The announcement was made after market hours yesterday, 16 April 2018.
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