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The benchmark indices continued trading lower in afternoon trade. At 13:28 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was down 28.95 points or 0.07% at 38,691.62. The Nifty 50 index was down 17.30 points or 0.15% at 11,541.30. The losses in Titan Company offset the gains in Sun Pharmaceutical Industries and Bajaj finance.

The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index was up 0.36%. The S&P BSE Small-Cap index was up 0.11%.

The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was almost even. On the BSE, 1110 shares rose and 1126 shares fell. A total of 133 shares were unchanged.

The government's move to increase minimum public shareholding in listed companies disappointed domestic investors. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden Budget speech on Friday, 5 July 2019, urged Sebi to consider increasing the minimum public shareholding in listed firms to 35% from 25%. As many as 1,037 companies need to dillute promoter holding to bring public shareholding to 35% as proposed by the 2019-20 Union Budget. Of these, 62 companies had market cap of more than Rs 10,000 crore.

Further, in order to discourage the practice of avoiding dividend distribution tax (DDT) through buyback of shares by listed companies, the government proposed that listed companies shall be liable to pay additional tax of 20% in case of buyback of share, as is the case for unlisted companies.

Forty-four companies announced/closed their buybacks after 1 April 2019. Of the Rs 26562.69-crore proposed outgo from companies, investors have received Rs 3033.58 crore.

FIIs turned net sellers of Indian equities. The trading activity on Monday, 8 July 2019, showed that the foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 401.99 crore yesterday, 8 July 2019, as per provisional data released by the stock exchanges. Domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 321.13 crore yesterday, 8 July 2019, as per provisional data.

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (up 5.82%), Indian Oil Corporation (up 4.34%), Bajaj Finserv (up 3.45%), UltraTech Cement (up 2.36%), Grasim Industries (up 1.74%) advanced.

UPL (down 3.43%), Asian Paints (down 2.78%), GAIL (India) (down 2.65%), Bharti Infratel (down 1.35%), ITC (down 1.35%) and Yes Bank (down 1.34%) declined.

Most realty shares rose while the S&P BSE Realty Index was up 1.54%.

Oberoi Realty (up 4.36%), Sobha (up 3.58%), Prestige Estates Projects (up 3.52%), D B Realty (up 2.05%), Phoenix Mills (up 1.09%), Mahindra Lifespace Developers (up 0.94%), DLF (up 0.66%), Parsvnath Developers (up 0.58%), Sunteck Realty (up 0.57%), Godrej Properties (up 0.43%), Indiabulls Real Estate (up 0.18%), Anant Raj (up 0.17%) and Omaxe (up 0.15%) edged higher.

Housing Development and Infrastructure (HDIL) (down 1.89%), Peninsula Land (down 1.5%) and Unitech (down 0.85%) edged lower.

Bajaj Finance was up 6.11% to Rs 3623.25. The company reported that on a consolidated basis, its customer franchise rose by 30.38% to approximately 36.9 million customers in Q1 June 2019 as compared to 28.3 million customers in Q1 June 2018, adding a total of 2.5 million new customers during the quarter. The company further reported that new loans booked during Q1 June 2019 were 7.3 million as compared to 5.6 million in Q1 June 2018. Further, the assets under management (AUM) stood at approximately Rs 129,000 crore as in Q1 June 2019 as compared to Rs 91,287 crore in Q1 June 2018 and Rs 115,888 crore as in Q4 March 2019.

Most IT stocks fell. The S&P BSE IT Index was down 1.58%.

HCL Technologies (down 2.59%), MphasiS (down 1.94%), MindTree (down 1.77%), Tech Mahindra (down 1.47%), Infosys (down 0.82%), Hexaware Technologies (down 0.68%) and Wipro (down 0.39%) edged lower.

Persistent Systems (up 0.94%) and Oracle Financial Services Software (up 0.27%) edged higher.

IT major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) was down 2.78%. The IT major announces its Q1 June 2019 result today, 9 July 2019.

Hero MotoCorp rose 0.51%. Hero MotoCorp has made an upward revision in the ex-showroom prices of its motorcycles and scooters, effective 8 July 2019. The price increase across its range of two-wheelers has been 1% (of the ex-showroom price), although the exact quantum of the increase will vary on the basis of the model and the specific market. The announcement was made after market hours yesterday, 8 July 2019.

In a separate announcement during market hours today, 9 July 2019, the two-wheeler major said that its has assigned the role of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to Vikram Kasbekar, while Rajat Bhargava has been given the responsibility to head the newly created 'Emerging Mobility' Business Unit.

Titan Company was down 12.47% to Rs 1096.40. the company, in an announcement after market hours yesterday, 8 July 2019, said it witnessed a tough macro-economic environment in April-June quarter with consumption being hit. The company said very high gold prices particularly in June also impacted growth in the jewellery industry. Against this background, the company's growth particularly in the jewellery segment was lower than planned even though the gains in market share were sustained.

In the jewellery business, revenue grew by a muted 13% in Q1 as sharp increase in gold prices dented consumer demand significantly in the month of June, Titan said.

For its watch business, Titan said the division continued with good sales momentum with revenue growth of 19%, partly aided by execution of a large institutional order from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Tech-enabled wearable has been the new driver for the division, it added. During the quarter, Titan's watch division launched a new segment of mechanical watches, which takes back time pieces to an era of hand craftsmanship and precision. While, the eyewear division witnessed revenue growth of 13%, aided by the activation during the quarter, Titan added.

A foreign brokerage reportedly downgraded the stock to neutral from outperform with a target price at Rs 1,250, implying flat growth from current levels. The research house further said it would look for a better entry point. It cut earnings estimates by 2%. The brokerage feels stretched valuations and near-term softness cap upside.

HDFC was down 2.24% to Rs 2210.30. The bank announced issue of fresh secured redeemable non-convertible debentures (NCD) under Series V-006. The coupon rate on these NCDs is 7.99% and only selected investors are eligible to apply. Both CRISIL and ICRA have issued AAA rating on these NCDs. The issue size is Rs 2000 crore with over-subscription option of upto Rs 3000 crore. The tenor for NCDs is 5 years with redemption date set at 11 July 2024.

Larsen & Toubro was up 0.72% to Rs 1500.95. The company, after market hours yesterday, 8 July 2019, announced the final scheme of amalgamation between Larsen & Toubro and L&T Shipbuilding, the company's wholly owned subsidiary. The company said that the proposed merger hence can facilitate utilization of the shipyard facility in an optimum manner by leveraging its superior pre-qualification and financial capability and by also achieving better execution through pooling of human capital with diverse skills, talent and vast experience. The company further added that the proposed amalgamation would be beneficial from a revenue generation and cost optimization perspective as Larsen & Toubro would continue to reap the benefits of qualifications/certifications of L&T Shipbuilding post amalgamation.

In a separate announcement during market hours today, 9 July 2019, Larsen & Toubro said it will consider Q1 June 2019 results on Tuesday, 23 July 2019.

Overseas, European stocks opened lower, while most Asian stocks were trading lower Tuesday after their US counterparts slipped overnight.

US stocks dropped Monday as investors scaled back expectations for interest-rate cuts following last week's strong June jobs report.

The key testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell this week will be closely watched, as investors assess prospects for monetary easing following some conflicting signals on the US economy. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before Congress on monetary policy and the state of the US economy on Wednesday (the House of Representatives) and Thursday (the Senate).

In Europe, the UK Conservative Party members start voting to choose Theresa May's successor. Front-runner Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt will appear at events through the week, including a televised debate on July 9.

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First Published: Tue, July 09 2019. 13:29 IST