2 March 2017

Morning Live Updates ; Market Opens at New 52-Week High; Sensex Up 150 pts

Today Live Equity benchmarks started off session at fresh 52-week high on Thursday, with the Nifty March futures hitting 9000 level, backed by banks, auto, technology and metals stocks. The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 148.09 points at 29132.58 and the 50-share NSE Nifty gained 41.90 points at 8987.70. About 673 shares advanced against 106 declining shares on the BSE. 

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Tata Motors, ICICI Bank, Wipro, Bajaj Auto, GAIL, Hindalco and Tata Motors (DVR) were early gainers while Dr Reddy's Labs and Coal India were under pressure. The Indian rupee gained by 8 paise at 66.75 per dollar versus 66.83 Wednesday. Tirthankar Patnaik of Mizuho Bank says he expects the USD-INR to range between 66.50-67.50/dollar in the near term with the State election results on March 11 crucial for its continued strength. 

The dollar hit a seven-week high after hawkish comments from two Federal Reserve officials increased expectations that the US Central Bank is closer to raising interest rates. Futures traders are now pricing in a 69 percent chance of a Fed hike in March, up from 35 percent on Tuesday. Asia markets traded mostly higher, tracking gains in the US where the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 21,000 on the back of President Donald Trump's speech to lawmakers.

1 March 2017

Sensex, Nifty, Midcap Hold Morning Gains; Tata Motors Falls

Equity benchmarks as well as broader markets maintained morning gains, driven by banking & financials, FMCG and pharma stocks after Q3 GDP data surprised street. 
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The 30-share BSE Sensex gained 194.54 points at 28937.86 and the 50share NSE Nifty rose 51.75 points to 8931.35 while the Nifty Midcap and Smallcap indices were up around 0.6 percent. About 1593 shares advanced against 936 declining shares on the BSE.

India's real gross domestic product (GDP) beat consensus estimates, growing 7 percent YoY in Q3FY17 as private consumption grew at the fastest pace in 17 quarters. Tata Motors fell over a percent ahead of February sales data due later today. Maruti Suzuki was up 0.2 percent after sales in the month gone by grew 11 percent while Eicher Motors fell 0.6 percent as Royal Enfield sales missed analysts' expectations, growing 19 percent year-on-year. 

Index heavyweights HDFC, Infosys, ITC and ICICI Bank continued to support the market, up 1-2 percent. Gold fell today as the dollar strengthened on hawkish comments overnight from US Federal Reserve officials, while an eagerly awaited speech by US President Donald Trump contained few specifics or surprises.