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Market Ahead, April 24: Top Factors That Could Guide Markets Today

A major event investors will track today will be the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to finalise a second stimulus package

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BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Global are flat to lower this morning. On Wall Street, the main US stock indexes lost momentum in overnight trade as investors digested a report that an experimental antiviral drug for the flopped in its first randomized clinical trial. At the close, the Industrial Average was up 0.17 per cent, while the and the Composite ended slightly in the red.

Asia equities were largely lower early Friday. Japan’s Nikkei and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index were both down over 1 per cent each while Australia’s ASX 200 was up half a per cent. The was down nearly 120 points at 7 AM, so the Indian might open open gap-down today.

In commodities, Brent rose 4.7 per cent to settle at $21.33 a barrel.

A major event investors will track today will be the meeting between Prime Minister and Finance Minister to finalise a second stimulus package. According to reports, the upcoming package will again be aimed at the urban and rural poor; other disadvantaged sections of society; MSMEs; and some of the worst-affected sectors.

A separate report says the government has decided to suspend insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings for at least six months owing to challenges businesses are facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In another major news, Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund yesterday decided to wind up six of its debt schemes oriented towards high-yield investments citing continued redemption pressure and lack of liquidity in the debt

Meanwhile, India's tally of cases moved up to 23,039 and 721 deaths. Globally, over 27 lakh people have so far been infected, according to Worldometer.

The Confederation of Indian Industry has painted a grim picture for the Indian economy's future due to the pandemic and said that India's GDP growth will remain between -0.9 per cent and 1.5 per cent in FY21.

In corporate results, yesterday posted a 6.89 per cent year-on-year rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 649.50 crore for the Q4 while consolidated revenue came in at Rs 3,624 crore.

Today, is slated to announce its March quarter results. The company is expected to take a hit on most of its verticals due to disruptions caused by Covid-19 with higher impact on the company's Travel and Hospitality vertical due to travel bans and restrictions.

Yesterday, market regulator, Sebi, eased the 12-month cooling-off period that companies have to observe between buybacks and equity fundraising. It also eased valuation norms for the mutual fund industry, allowing valuation agencies to make exceptions if there is a default by a corporate bond issuer because of the lockdown.

And the last bit of is that the Bharat 22 ETF scheme has been rebalanced in accordance with its underlying index and will be effective from April 27. According to reports, Axis Bank, NALCO and BEL would benefit the most from the move while SBI, and Powergrid Corporation could witness the maximum outflows.

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First Published: Fri, April 24 2020. 07:47 IST
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