1. Sensex, Nifty end flat in a see-saw trade as Bihar exit polls predict close fight

Sensex, Nifty end flat in a see-saw trade as Bihar exit polls predict close fight

The BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty closed on a flat note on Friday ahead of the results from elections in Bihar state. Sensex closed 38.96 points down at 26,265.24 while Nifty settled the day 1.15 points down at 7,954.30.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 6, 2015 4:06 PM
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The BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty opened on a flat-to-cautious note on Friday. The BSE Sensex opened 20.19 points down at 26,284.01. Nifty opened 1.1 points up 7,956.55. (Photo: PTI)

The BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty closed on a flat note on Friday ahead of the results from elections in Bihar state. Brokers said sentiment influenced following exit polls at the end of five-phased polling in Bihar assembly elections predicted a close fight with majority of them giving an edge to the Grand Alliance of JDU-RJD-Congress over the BJP-led NDA grouping. Official results will be announced on Sunday.

Sensex closed 38.96 points down at 26,265.24 while Nifty settled the day 1.15 points down at 7,954.30.

Disappointment over some results, including at Tata Steel Ltd, also weighed on sentiment, but state-run lenders rallied after State Bank of India recorded a better-than-expected 25 per cent rise in quarterly profit. Share price of Tata Steel fell 2.44 per cent to Rs 220.10 on Friday. State Bank of India shares closed 3.86 per cent up at Rs 243.25.

Shares of Dr Reddy’s Labs closed 14.65 per cent down after saying it received a “warning letter” from US regulators over inadequate quality controls at three manufacturing plants producing drugs for cancer and other diseases.

“Markets think it will be hard for the Modi government to win Bihar elections. That, coupled with somewhat in-line results, are weighing,” said Aneesh Srivastava, ‎chief investment officer at IDBI Federal Life Insurance Co.

Among the sectoral indices on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the BSE Healthcare index slid the most — 2.84 per cent, followed by the BSE Power index (down 1.01 per cent) and BSE Auto index (down 0.74 per cent). The BSE IT index and BSE TECk index were up 0.8 per cent and 0.67 per cent, respectively.

Markets through the day

3.30 pm: Sensex fell 38.96 points to end at 26,265.24. Nifty slid 1.15 points at 7,954.30.

3.09 pm: Sensex was down 53.81 points at 26,250. Nifty was down 6 points at 7,956. Dr Reddy’s shares were down around 15 per cent at Rs 3,631.

2.28 pm: Sensex was up 4 points at 26,308. Homegrown auto major Mahindra &
Mahindra on Friday reported 2.43 per cent decline in standalone net profit at Rs 923.56 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, 2015-16. It posted net profit of Rs 946.63 crore in the July-September period of the 2014-15 fiscal.

2.03 pm: Sensex was down 79 points at 26,225. Union Bank of India today reported a jump of 77 per cent in its net profit to Rs 658 crore for the September quarter. The bank reported net profit of Rs 371 crore in the July-September quarter of the previous fiscal. Shares of Union Bank of India were up 0.25 per cent at Rs 162.40.

1.33 pm: Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Friday reported 8 per cent rise in standalone net profit to Rs 621.03 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, 2015-16. The bank had posted net profit of Rs 575.34 crore in the same quarter of the previous financial year. The share price of PNB was up 1.74 per cent at Rs 131.85.

1.07 pm: The BSE Midcap and BSE Smallcap index were down 0.32 per cent and 0.35 per cent, respectively. In the midcap index, shares of Reliance Power and Cadila Healthcare were down 5.25 per cent and 4.11 per cent at Rs 48.70 and Rs 411.50, respectively.

12.47 pm: Shares of Motherson Sumi jumped over 3 per cent after the company posted 174 per cent rise in its Q2 net profit figures at Rs 286.89 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

In a release the company said, “The growth was fueled by healthy second quarter sales across the geographies and business segments. In fact in Euro terms, SMR and SMP grew by 14 per cent and 31 per cent, respectively.”

12.33 pm: Meanwhile, State Bank of India announced its results for the second quarter ended September 30, 2015. During the quarter under review, the bank posted 25 per cent year-on-year rise in its standalone net profit figures at Rs 3879.07 crore. Shares of State Bank of India was up 3.82 per cent at Rs 243.15 apiece. Sensex was down 18 points at 26,285.

Analysts on average had expected the lender to report a net profit of Rs 3,639 crore, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.

11.53 am: Shares of Tata Steel were down by 2.79 per cent as investors reacted to the earning results of the company that were announced on Thursday post market hours.The earnings of Tata steel were hit by a flood of cheap imports from China in its key European and Indian markets. However the company’s profit rose 22 per cent, boosted by a one-time gain from the sale of its investments in group companies.

11.42 am: After recovering from day’s low, benchmark equity indices were holding their head above water and trading up with modest gains of around 0.11 per cent-0.18 per cent, on emergence of buying by funds and retail investors in select stocks. Sentiment on the street improved with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asserting that infrastructure could play a pivotal role in bolstering India’s economic growth, he has said that concerted efforts have led to rolling out of stuck projects worth Rs 4 lakh crore. Some support also came with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement that the government has set the direction of the economy and restored confidence of both domestic and foreign investors in India, while promising steps to strengthen the economy’s base to ensure the impact of any global turmoil is transient. However, losses remained capped on report that foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 991.87 crore on November 5, 2015. Sensex was up 21.34 points 26,325.

11.33 am: Shares of State Bank of India (SBI) were trading higher by 3.46 per cent at Rs 242.30 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in late afternoon trade ahead of its September quarter (Q2FY16) results scheduled for the day.

11.31 am: Dr Reddy’s Labs shares tanked over 13 per cent after the pharma major received a warning letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) over inadequate quality control procedures at three manufacturing plants in India. Sensex was up 48 points at 26,353.

10.51 am: Shares of power sector lender Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and Power Finance Corporation (PFC) declined as much as 12.83 per cent and 11.05 per cent on Friday after the government approved a turnaround plan for state electricity boards that is likely to impact the lenders’ margins. The BSE Power index was down 0.91 per cent at 1,880.83.

10.12 am: Brokers said market sentiments were influenced following exit polls at the end of five-phased polling in Bihar assembly elections predicted a close fight with majority of them giving an edge to the Grand Alliance of JDU-RJD-Congress over the BJP-led NDA grouping. Sensex was down 97 points at 26,206.

10.04 am: Meanwhile, shares of IDFC Bank which were demerged from IDFC, listed on Friday. The share price of IDFC Bank was trading 1.42 per cent up at Rs 71.50 on NSE. Sensex was up 30 points at 26,335.

9.42 am: The rupee weakened by another 12 paise to trade at a fresh one-month low of 65.87 against the US dollar in early trade today at the Interbank Foreign Exchange due to sustained demand for the American currency from importers. Sensex was down 6 points at 26,297.31

9.19 am: Share price of Bank of Baroda was down over 5 per cent at Rs 151.35. The bank announced its Q2 results on Friday before market hours. Bank of Baroda posted a net profit of Rs 124.48 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 as compared to Rs 1,104.22 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. Sensex was up 123.72 points at 26472. Nifty was up 27.60 points at 7,983. Bank of Baroda shares fall as much as 10 per cent in the early trade on Friday.

9.15 am: The BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty opened on a flat-to-cautious note on Friday. The BSE Sensex opened 20.19 points down at 26,284.01. Nifty opened 1.1 points up 7,956.55.

Asian shares slipped on Friday as investors braced for US employment data that is expected to bolster the case for a Federal Reserve interest rate increase as early as next month.

Wall Street marked modest losses after a mixed spate of earnings, as investors waited for the non-farm payrolls report. Dow Jones Industrial Average index on Thursday closed 0.02 per cent down at 17,863.43

Sensex and Nifty closed at five-week lows on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve Governor reiterated the possibility of raising interest rates in December, while caution ahead of Bihar state exit polls accelerated the selloff. Sensex ended 248.72 points down at 26,304.20. NSE Nifty closed 84.75 points down at 7,955.45.

Shreyash Devalkar, fund manager, equities, BNP Paribas Mutual Fund, said, “The next trigger for the market could very well be influenced by the outcome of the Bihar elections and could hinge upon a BJP victory in the state.”

Some of the companies like Aurobindo Pharma, Vimal Oil, Astec, Tata Motors, Tata Invest, Paper Products, Eicher Motors, Godrej Industries, Aarti Drugs, IGL, Punj Lloyd, Motherson Sumi, Lumax Tech, Voltas, TD Power, Ramco Cem, Union Bank, Essar Oil, Tata Chemicals and Great Eastern Shipping may announce their earnings on Friday.

(With inputs from agencies)

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