Indian shares ended the session with gains but posted its first monthly decline for 2017. Consumer goods and pharmaceutical stocks led the gains while automobiles and real estate stocks kept gains in check.
The S&P BSE Sensex index gained 0.21 percent to end at 30,921.61. The benchmark fell 0.72 percent during the month of June. The NSE Nifty 50 index gained 0.18 percent to end at 9,520.9. The 51-stock index fell 1.04 percent during the month of June, the biggest monthly decline in seven months.
The advance-decline ratio was skewed in favour of the buyers, with 862 stocks ending with gains compared to 781 stocks that declined on the National Stock Exchange.
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- Shares of the software developer fell as much as 1.7 percent to Rs 243.25
- Brokerage firm ICICI Securities downgraded the stock rating to ‘Hold’ from ‘Add’ and decreased its price target to Rs 246 to Rs 238 earlier
- Shares of the I.T. firm fell 1.2 percent to Rs 565.15
- ICICI Securities downgraded the stock rating to ‘Add’ from ‘Buy’, however raised its price target to Rs 627 from Rs 532
- Shares of the engineering service provider fell 1.4 percent to Rs 503.15
- ICICI Securities upgraded the stock rating to ‘Buy’ from ‘Reduce’ and increased its price target to Rs 540 from Rs 475
- Shares of the consumer electronics manufacturer parred its early loss and rose 1.2 percent to Rs 454.8
- Emkay Share and Stock Brokers upgraded the stock rating to ‘Hold’ from ‘Reduce’, however lowered its price target to Rs 440 from Rs 460
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A sudden surge was seen in ITC Ltd. while the stock gained for the second straight session. The stock's Relative Strength Index (RSI) stood at 63.
The company is the most preferred tobacco company in the world with 38 analysts tracked by Bloomberg having a 'Buy' rating of the stock.
The stock has gained 31 percent in 2017. The 12-month target price of Rs 343 indicates a further 8 percent potential upside to the stock.
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Asia’s first depository Central Depository Services (India) Ltd. listed at a premium of 67 percent on the National Stock Exchange at Rs 250. The company promoted by the Bombay Stock Exchange is the eight company to list at a premium in 2017. The shares had been issued at Rs 149 apiece in the initial public offering.
The IPO had received an overwhelming response from investors with the offer being subscribed 170 times, making it the most subscribed maiden issue in over a decade.
The qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) portion was oversubscribed 149 times, non-institutional segment 563 times and retail investors 23.8 times.
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Shares of the pharmaceutical company rebounded from the day's low to gain as much as 6.33 percent to Rs 278 after its manufacturing facility at Goa received an Establishment Inspection Report (EIR) from the U.S. FDA.
The inspection was carried out between March 14-20, 2017.
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Weak global cues led to Indian shares opening with a negative bias with the NSE Nifty 50 index and the S&P BSE Sensex index shedding 0.3 percent each.
The NSE Nifty 50 index fell below the 9,500 mark to open at 9,478.50 while the Sensex opened below the 31,000 mark.
The advance-decline ratio was skewed in favour of the bears. 1,020 stocks declined compared to 498 stocks that gained.
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Money Markets Heads-Up
RBI's move to lower its inflation projections and central bank minutes that suggested monetary panel members were less hawkish at the June 7 review than in previous meeting have aided sovereign bonds to gain this quarter.
Strong buying from foreigners of rupee debt on view RBI will cut interest rates resulted in yields on 10-year government bonds to slid 18 basis points this quarter after rising 17 basis points in three months ended March. Later today, RBI will auction four government bonds worth Rs 15,000 crore.
The Indian rupee is headed for second quarterly gains on strong foreign inflows, but could come under pressure as world's biggest central banks move to tighten policy after years of easing. Later in the day, India will detail fiscal deficit data for May.
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- CDSL: To make stock market debut after IPO gets record subscription
- RCF: Share sale gets oversubscribed by institutional buyers
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- Bank Of Baroda: Nomura upgrades to buy with a price target of Rs 200
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The Singapore traded SGX Nifty, an early indicator of Nifty’s performance in India, was little changed at 9,504.
Asian equity markets slid, paring a quarterly gain, after a slump in U.S. stocks triggered a surge in volatility. The dollar held on to losses and bonds fell as central banks worldwide shift toward a more hawkish tone.
Stocks in Japan, Australia and South Korea declined after the S&P 500 Index lost the most in six weeks. Technology stocks remain under pressure, while banks have been supported on the prospect for higher rates.
Still, global equities are poised for an eighth month of gains that pushed stocks to a record high at the beginning of last week.
In commodities, West Texas Intermediate Crude rose 0.2 percent to $44.97 a barrel. Oil is up more than 4 percent this week with prices climbing as government data showed a drop in U.S. gasoline supplies.
Gold added was steady at $1,245.74 an ounce, set for its first monthly decline this year. The yield on 10-year Treasuries rose four basis points to 2.27 percent, after gaining two basis points the previous day and jumping seven basis points in the previous session.