Investors watch the trading board at the Colombo Stock Exchange. (Photographer: Luis Enrique Ascui/Bloomberg News)

Stocks Radar: Tata Motors, Reliance Infra, Indian Oil Corp, Vedanta

Indian equity benchmarks remained flat in early trade as the gains in oil marketing companies and State Bank of India were offset by losses in Tata Motors, HDFC Bank and Bharti Airtel.

The S&P BSE Sensex rose for the ninth session and traded 0.2 percent higher at 36,698 as of 09.45 a.m. The NSE Nifty 50 Index rose as much as 0.27 percent at 11,378.75.

The market breadth was tilted in favour of buyers. Eight of the 11 sectoral gauges compiled by the National Stock Exchange gained, led by a 0.48 percent rise in the Nifty FMCG Index. The Nifty Financial Services Index was the biggest sectoral loser, down 0.14 percent.

Here Are The Stocks Moving The Market This Morning

Tata Motors Plunges After Posting Surprise Loss In First Quarter

Shares of the automaker dropped as much as 6.6 percent—the most in over a month—to Rs 248 apiece after the company reported its worst quarterly loss in over nine years.

The parent of the Jaguar Land Rover reported a net loss of Rs 1,902.4 crore in the quarter ended June compared with a net profit of Rs 3,199 crore a year ago.

The company has decided to stop manufacturing operations in Thailand and will switch to a distribution model, according to its exchange filing.

The stock, the worst performer on the Sensex, trades at 17 times trailing 12-month earnings per share, according to Bloomberg data.

Also read: Q1 Results: Tata Motors Posts Worst Quarterly Loss In Nine Years

Indian Oil Gains On Taiwan Deal

Shares of the state-run oil company gained as much as 2.83 percent to Rs 167.80 apiece.

Taiwan’s state-owned CPC Corp proposed to invest $6.6 billion in petrochemical projects in India, using feedstock from Indian Oil Corporation, according to Bloomberg.

The trading volume of Indian Oil stock, the best performer on the NSE Nifty 50 Index, was 1.2 times the 20-day average.

Other oil stocks such as Hindustan Petroleum Corp. and Bharat Petroleum Corp., too, gained 2.18 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

Vedanta Gains Even As First Quarter Profit Misses Estimates

Shares of the mining company gained as much as 3.06 percent to Rs 224.60 apiece even as the company’s first quarter profit missed estimates.

Net profit grew 2 percent over last year to Rs 1,533 crore, according to its exchange filing. Earnings in the April-June period were impacted by lower zinc and iron ore output and the shutdown of a key copper smelter in South India.

The stock trades at 6.6 times trailing 12-month earnings per share and the volume was 3.3 times the 20-day average, Bloomberg data showed.

Also read: Q1 Results: Vedanta’s Profit Misses Estimates 

Bank Of Baroda Falls After Shutting Foreign Branches

Shares of the state-owned bank fell as much as 2.05 percent to Rs 151.40 apiece after the lender shut operations at its Oman and Bahrain branch.

Analysts at Arihant Capital, however, upgraded the stock to ‘Accumulate’ from ‘Hold’.

The stock’s trading volume was 23.7 times the 20-day average, Bloomberg data showed.

Also read: Q1 Results: Bank Of Baroda’s Profit Beats Estimates

Jindal Steel Gains After Winning Railway Tender

Shares of the steelmaker gained as much as 2.73 percent to Rs 209.25 apiece.

Jindal Steel & Power Ltd. bagged 20 percent of the Rs 2,500-crore global tender of the Indian Railways to supply long rails, newswire PTI reported.

The stock trades at 21 times its estimated earnings per share for the coming year, according to Bloomberg data.

Reliance Infrastructure Plunges After Crisil Cuts Two Bonds On Non-Payment

Shares of the Anil Ambani-led company fell as much as 7 percent, the most in over five months, to Rs 371 after credit rating agency Crisil downgraded two bonds to D rating citing non-payment of interest, principle obligations.

Crisil lowered rating on Reliance Infrastructure’s non-convertible debentures of Rs 585 crore and bonds of Rs 125 crore from ‘BB+’, the ratings agency said in a statement.

On July 28, the Reliance Infra said it expected to make payments in early August from the proceeds of sale of its Mumbai power business to Adani Transmission.

Other Reliance Group stocks:

  • Reliance Capital falls 3.8 percent.
  • Reliance Home Finance declines 3.75 percent.
  • Reliance Power slips 3 percent.