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Sensex, Nifty come off day's high

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The market came off day's high and was trading with modest gains in morning trade. At 10:30 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was up 67.57 points or 0.19% at 36,510.11. The Nifty 50 index was up 28.15 points or 0.26% at 11,015.60. The Nifty crossed the psychologically important 11,000 mark.

Among secondary barometers, the BSE Mid-Cap index was up 0.58%. The BSE Small-Cap index was up 0.83%. Both these indices outperformed the Sensex.

The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was strong. On BSE, 1470 shares rose and 657 shares fell. A total of 104 shares were unchanged.

ICICI Bank (up 2.01%), State Bank of India (up 1.79%), Vedanta (up 1.40%), Bajaj Finance (up 1.16%), ITC (up 1.06%), ONGC (up 0.87%) and Reliance Industries (up 0.68%), were the major Sensex gainers.

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (down 1.37%), HCL Technologies (down 1.14%), Hero MotoCorp (down 1.13%), Tata Motors (down 1.06%), Yes Bank (down 1.05%) and Axis Bank (down 1.02%), were the major Sensex losers.

Larsen & Toubro was up 0.83%. The company announced during trading hours today, 6 March 2019, that heavy civil infrastructure business of L&T Construction has secured orders from Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation for the design and construction of the phase - 2 works.

Cipla was down 0.46%. Cipla before trading hours today, 6 March 2019, announced a phased launch of generic cinacalcet hydrochloride tablets (30mg, 60mg and 90mg) in the USA. The launch is a subject of ongoing litigation.

Cipla's cinacalcet hydrochloride tablets (30mg, 60mg and 90mg) is AB-rated generic therapeutic equivalent version of Sensipar, a branded drug marketed by Amgen, Inc. Cinacalcet tablets are indicated for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (HPT) in adult patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on dialysis, for the treatment of hypercalcemia in adult patients with Parathyroid Carcinoma, and for treatment of severe hypercalcemia in adult patients with primary HPT who are unable to undergo parathyroidectomy.

On the economic front, the unemployment rate in February 2019 was 7.2%. This was higher than the 7.1% unemployment rate in January 2019 and much higher than the 5.9% unemployment rate in February 2018 or the 5% in February 2017, according to data compiled by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) that was released on Tuesday.

Overseas, shares in Asia were mixed, following an overnight slip on Wall Street as investors watched developments on the US-China trade front.

US stocks finished lower Monday, as investors turned cautious after initially cheering reports that the US and China were close to completing a landmark trade deal. Profit booking on the back of a two-month rally from December lows also weighed on sentiment.

On the US data front, the Institute for Supply Management's survey of senior executives at banks, retailers, restaurants and the like rose to 59.7% last month from 56.7% in January.

Meanwhile, the US plans to end preferential trade status for India, under a scheme which allows certain products to enter the US duty-free. President Donald Trump reportedly said India had failed to assure the US it would provide reasonable access to its markets. India said the US move would have a "minimal economic impact".

United States of America on 5 March 2019 gave a 60-day withdrawal notice to India on the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits extended by US. GSP benefits are envisaged to be non-reciprocal and non-discriminatory benefits extended by developed countries to developing countries. In India's case the GSP concessions extended by the US amounted to duty reduction of only $190 million per annum.

The issue of Indian tariffs being high has been raised from time to time. It is pertinent that India's tariffs are within its bound rates under WTO commitments, and are on the average well below these bound rates. India's trade weighted average tariffs are 7.6%, which is comparable with the most open developing economies, and some developed economies. On developmental considerations there may be a few tariff peaks, which is true for almost all economies. India was agreeable to a very meaningful mutually acceptable package on the above lines to be agreed to at this time, while keeping remaining issues under discussion in the future, Ministry of Commerce & Industry said in a statement on 5 March 2019.

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First Published: Wed, March 06 2019. 10:32 IST