Key benchmark indices trimmed some gains in mid-morning trade. At 11:28 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was up 75.63 points or 0.22% at 33,993.57. The Nifty 50 index was up 31.40 points or 0.3% at 10,452.80. The Sensex was trading below the 34,000 level after hitting an intraday high above that level in morning trade. Domestic macroeconomic data released after market hours yesterday, 12 March 2018, signalling an economic turnaround boosted the sentiment.
Volatility struck bourses in early trade as the key benchmark indices turned positive soon after an initial decline triggered by subdued Asian stocks. Stocks extended gains and hit fresh intraday high in morning trade.
The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was strong. On the BSE, 1,617 shares rose and 716 shares fell. A total of 117 shares were unchanged.
Overseas, most Asian stocks were trading lower ahead of US reading on inflation due today, 13 March 2018, which is likely to give some idea about whether the Federal Reserve will accelerate its pace of rate increases.
In US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index finished lower Monday, 12 March 2018 weighed down by the industrials sector, while the Nasdaq Composite Index closed at a record, in part due to optimism over Friday's jobs data, which showed solid economic growth without triggering wage pressure.
NTPC lost 1.63%. The company said that third unit of 800 megawatt (MW) of Kudgi Super Thermal Power Station (3 x 800 MW) has been commissioned on 12 March 2018. With this, the total commissioned capacity of Kudgi Super Thermal Power Station, NTPC and NTPC group has become 2400 MW, 45300 MW and 52191 MW respectively. The announcement was made during market hours today, 13 March 2018.
Meanwhile, in a separate announcement made during market hours today, 13 March 2018, NTPC said that the company has launched an issue of $400,000,000 4.50% Notes due 2028 priced on 12 March 2018. The Notes carry a coupon of 4.5% per annum payable semi-annually. The Notes will mature on 19 March 2018 and principal and interest payments will be made in US Dollars.
Realty stocks gained after recent macroeconomic data allayed fears of an interest rate hike by the Reserve Bank of India. Purchases of both residential and commercial property are largely driven by finance.
Oberoi Realty (up 3.52%), Housing Development and Infrastructure (up 2.29%), D B Realty (up 0.28%), Unitech (up 2.16%), Sobha (up 0.1%), Godrej Properties (up 1.41%), DLF (up 0.16%) and Indiabulls Real Estate (up 0.71%) gained. Prestige Estates Projects (down 1.41%) fell.
Domestic macroeconomic data released after market hours yesterday, 12 March 2018, signalled an economic turnaround. The lower-than-expected CPI inflation and higher-than-expected IIP data will allay fears of an interest rate hike by the Reserve Bank of India.
India's industrial production (IIP) continued to record a strong growth for the third straight month at 7.5% in January 2018 from 7.1% growth in December 2017. The manufacturing sector's production surged 8.7% in January 2018, supporting overall growth in industrial production. The mining output growth slowed down to 0.1% in January 2018, while the electricity generation growth accelerated to five-month high of 7.6% in January 2018, contributing to the improvement in overall industrial production growth in January 2018.
The all-India general consumer price index (CPI) inflation dipped to four-month low of 4.44% in February 2018, compared with 5.07% in January 2018 and at 3.65% in February 2017. The corresponding provisional inflation rate for rural area was 4.37% and urban area 4.52% in February 2018 as against 5.21% and 4.93% in January 2018. However, the core CPI inflation rose marginally to 5.04% in February 2018 compared with 5% in January 2018.
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