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Stocks Radar: Adani Enterprises, DHFL, Eicher Motors, Swan Energy

Indian equity benchmarks opened lower on account of growing geopolitical tensions with neighbour Pakistan. The S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty 50 Index fell as much as 1.3 percent each, to 35,762.60 and 10,733.75 respectively, as of 9:45 a.m.

The market breadth was tilted towards sellers. All of the 11 sectoral gauges compiled by the NSE fell, led by the Nifty FMCG’s 3.41 percent decline.

Stocks Moving The Market This Morning:

DHFL Plummets After ICRA Downgrade

Shares of the Mumbai-based non-banking lender declined 7.4 percent intraday, the most in nearly 2 weeks, to Rs 126.60 apiece.

Credit rating agency ICRA downgraded the company’s commercial papers worth Rs 8,000 crore to ‘A2+’ from ‘A1+’, according to its statement. That's the second-best rating on ICRA's scale, signifying instruments that “carry lowest credit risk”.

However, DHFL said that the rating action wasn't merit based. ICRA hadn't taken cognizance of its intent to extinguish commercial papers by March, according to its notification to the bourses.

The stock declined 76 percent in the past 12 months compared with a 6.1 percent gain in the BSE Sensex Index.

Also read: ICRA Downgrades DHFL’s Debt

Sharda Motor Gains After Entering Into A Joint Venture

Shares of the New Delhi-based auto parts maker rose for the fifth session in a row after it rose as much as 6.4 percent to Rs 1,487.75 per share.

Sharda Motor Industries entered into a joint venture with Germany-based Eberspaecher Exhaust Technology. The company says that in order to comply with Bharat Stage VI norms, the joint venture will develop, produce and sell exhaust after-treatment systems for Indian commercial vehicle manufacturers. The products will be utilised in trucks and buses from 2020.

The trading volume of the shares was over 70 times the 20-day average for this time of the day, according to Bloomberg data. The stock rose nearly 25 percent in the past five trading sessions.

Stocks Radar: Adani Enterprises, DHFL, Eicher Motors, Swan Energy

Adani Enterprises Falls Despite Emerging Highest Bidder For Five Airports

Shares of the mining conglomerate snapped its two-day gain and fell as much as 3 percent to Rs 128 apiece.

Adani Enterprises emerged as the highest bidder to manage five non-metro airports under a public private partnership with the Airports Authority of India. The winning bid will be decided on the basis of the highest monthly per passenger fees quoted by the bidder, according to an AAI statement. The fee will be payable to the state-run airports manager.

The stock traded 25 times its estimated earnings per share for the coming year, Bloomberg data showed.

Also read: Adani Highest Bidder To Manage Five Airports

Swan Energy Jumps Nearly 15%; Volumes Surge

Shares of the Mumbai-based natural gas explorer rose as much as 14.9 percent to Rs 134.20, the highest since Oct. 08, 2018.

Trading volume was more than 30 times its 20-day average, Bloomberg data showed. The stock had declined 39 percent in the past 12 months compared with a 6.1 percent gain in the Sensex.

Stocks Radar: Adani Enterprises, DHFL, Eicher Motors, Swan Energy

Eicher Falls After Labour Strikes Impacts Production

Shares of the Royal-Enfield parent halted its two-day gain and fell nearly 1.4 percent to Rs 20,427 apiece.

The company said labour strike at its Oragadam facility in Tamil Nadu impacted output of 3,200 motorcycles, in an exchange notification. The entire workforce reported to work from February 23, the filing said.

23 out of 42 analysts tracked by Bloomberg have a ‘Buy’ rating on the stock, while seven analyst recommended ‘Hold’ and 12 had a ‘Sell’ rating.