Indian stock markets are likely to open lower on the back of negative global cues which led to a sell-off in major markets across the globe including Wall Street. The benchmark index of NYSE, Dow Industrials plunged about 666 points, its biggest single-day percentage loss in last 20 months on Friday last week while India’s headlines index Sensex lost 840 points on the same day. The early indicator of NSE Nifty, SGX Nifty Futures was also trading down 1.1% at 10,601.5 on the Singapore Stock Exchange. Shares of Bosch and Tata Motors will be in focus ahead of their respective third-quarter earnings. Other major companies which are also lined up with their Q3 results are Colgate Palmolive, Ujjivan Financial Services, Cochin Shipyard, ENIL, Eveready Industries, Greaves Cotton, Hudco, IFCI, Timken India and Westlife Development.
These stocks will be in focus today
Bharti Telecom: Singapore-based telecom operator Singtel will invest Rs 2,649 crore in Bharti Telecom, increasing its stake in the Indian telecom major to 48.9%.
Telecom stocks: The Department of Telecom (DoT) is likely to float draft of the National Telecom Policy 2018 within a week for public comments, PTI reported citing an unidentified official.
ICICI Bank: The larger private sector lender ICICI Bank expects its domestic net interest margin (NIM) to be stable in the March at around 3.50%, PTI reported citing an unidentified official.
NBCC: Construction company NBCC said it has received Rs 2,000 crore order from Assam government for the construction of twin tower trade centre in the state.
UCO Bank: Public sector UCO Bank said its board will meet on February 9 to discuss issuing equity shares to the government in lieu of capital infusion of Rs 5,132 crore.
Union Bank of India: Front-loading of provisions for the NCLT accounts led state-run Union Bank of India reported a net loss of Rs 1,250 crore in the December quarter as against a net profit of Rs 104 crore a year ago. The bank’s gross non-performing assets rose to 13.03% from 11.7%.
New India Assurance Company: Public sector New India Assurance Co Ltd reported a net profit of Rs 617 crore in the October-December quarter compared to a loss of Rs 24 crore in the same period of the last fiscal.
Reliance Industries: Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani had announced an investment of Rs 2,500 crore in Assam in various sectors, including retail, petroleum, telecom, tourism and sports, creating jobs for at least 80,000 people over the next three years.
The Indian rupee on Friday
The Indian rupee weakened against the US dollar slipping 47 paise as the benchmark Sensex sank 947 points in two days after Finance Minister taxed the LTCG (Long-Term Capital Gain) on equities over Rs 1 lakh at 10% in Budget 2018. The rupee witnessed a decline of 3 paise after shedding 17 paise in the intraday trades to close at 64.06.
Indian stock markets on Friday
In a major offshoot of Union Budget 2018 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday, the 30-share Sensex registered its biggest single-day fall in two-and-a-half years and plummeted by 840 points to settle at 35,066.75. During the week, Sensex had fallen 983.69 points below from the previous week’s closing of 36,050.44. The broader Nifty ended below the 10,800-mark, shedding as much as 256.3 points or 2.33% to finish at 10,760.6 as the post-Budget sell-off continued for the second straight day.
US stock markets on Friday
Worries about the impact of a tightening job market on the prospects for inflation and a surge in bond yields sent investors fleeing equities on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrials Average swooning almost 666 points, for its biggest daily percentage loss in 20 months, Reuters said in a report. It was the biggest daily point fall in the Dow since December 2008 during the financial crisis. With Friday’s rout, Wall Street’s three major indexes logged their biggest weekly losses in two years, after closing at record highs the previous week. The S&P 500 and Dow saw their worst weeks since early January 2016 while Nasdaq had its worst week since early Feb 2016, Reuters added. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 665.75 points, or 2.54% to 25,520.96, the S&P 500 lost 59.85 points, or 2.12% to 2,762.13 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 144.92 points, or 1.96% to 7,240.95.