Share Market highlights: Sensex ends 53 points up, Nifty above 11,050; Yes Bank, Powergrid top losers

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Updated:Aug 19, 2019 3:47:14 pm

Share Market highlights: The headline indices Sensex and Nifty closed marginally higher on Monday afternoon, tracking global cues. The Sensex ended 53 points up at 37,402.49.

Sensex, FPI tax proposal, HCL Technologies, Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Bajaj Auto, Index membersSun Pharma, VEDL shares were among the biggest gainers, jumping up to 2%. (Reuters)

Share Market Highlights: The headline indices Sensex and Nifty closed marginally higher on Monday afternoon, tracking global cues. The Sensex ended 53 points up at 37,402.49, while the Nifty ended above the 11,050-mark.  Sun Pharma, Tech Mahindra shares were among the biggest gainers, jumping up to 2.60%. Yes Bank, Powergrid, ONGC shares were among the biggest losers, shedding up to 3.5%. Asian stocks rose on Monday as hopes of more stimulus from central banks around the world and steps being taken by major economies such as Germany and China soothed investors’ fears of a sharp global economic slump. Over recent weeks, recession anxiety – triggered by an inversion in the US bond yield curve – has led to a shakeout in financial markets. That has driven speculation of more support from policy makers, including from the US Federal Reserve which last month cut rates for the first time since the financial crisis, Reuters reported.

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    15:46 (IST)19 Aug 2019
    BSE live: Sensex ends 53 points up, Nifty above 11,050; Yes Bank, Powergrid top losers

    The headline indices Sensex and Nifty closed marginally higher on Monday afternoon, tracking global cues. The Sensex ended 53 points up at 37,402.49, while the Nifty ended above the 11,050-mark.  Sun Pharma, Tech Mahindra shares were among the biggest gainers, jumping up to 2.60%. Yes Bank, Powergrid, ONGC shares were among the biggest losers, shedding up to 3.5%. A look at LIVE Sensex heatmap.

    15:28 (IST)19 Aug 2019
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    15:23 (IST)19 Aug 2019
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    15:06 (IST)19 Aug 2019
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    14:52 (IST)19 Aug 2019
    Hotelier’s association calls on Zomato, Swiggy, others for “win-win outcome”

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    14:17 (IST)19 Aug 2019
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    12:31 (IST)19 Aug 2019
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    11:11 (IST)19 Aug 2019
    Asian markets rally amid fresh hopes for trade talks

    Asian markets rallied Monday following a strong lead from Wall Street and comments from Donald Trump's top economic adviser hailing "positive" trade talks with top Chinese negotiators. Optimism that central banks will provide fresh support to head off a global economic recession has also lent much-needed support to regional equities after last week's sell-off, with eyes on an upcoming speech by Federal Reserve boss Jerome Powell for clues about its plans.

    10:22 (IST)19 Aug 2019
    US may be headed towards recession in 2020 or 2021: Economists

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    09:48 (IST)19 Aug 2019
    Union Bank of India targets Rs 1,000 crore net profit in FY20

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    09:23 (IST)19 Aug 2019
    BSE live: Sensex up 200 points, Nifty near 11,100; Sun Pharma, VEDL top gainers

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    09:08 (IST)19 Aug 2019
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    09:06 (IST)19 Aug 2019
    Vedanta: Latest entrant in steel industry eyes the big league

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    09:05 (IST)19 Aug 2019
    Oil rises after Saudi oilfield attack, but recession worries cap gains

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    09:04 (IST)19 Aug 2019
    Gold prices fall on stronger dollar, equities

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    09:03 (IST)19 Aug 2019
    China warns Canada to stop meddling in Hong Kong

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    09:03 (IST)19 Aug 2019
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    09:02 (IST)19 Aug 2019
    Apple CEO Tim Cook warns Donald Trump about China tariffs, Samsung competition

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    09:01 (IST)19 Aug 2019
    Donald Trump ‘not ready’ for China trade deal, dismisses recession fears

    U.S. President Donald Trump and top White House officials dismissed concerns that economic growth may be faltering, saying on Sunday they saw little risk of recession despite a volatile week on global bond markets, and insisting their trade war with China was doing no damage to the United States. “We’re doing tremendously well, our consumers are rich, I gave a tremendous tax cut, and they’re loaded up with money,” Trump said on Sunday. But he was less optimistic than his aides on striking a trade deal with China, saying that while he believed China was ready to come to an agreement, “I’m not ready to make a deal yet.” He hinted that the White House would like to see Beijing resolve ongoing protests in Hong Kong first. “I would like to see Hong Kong worked out in a very humanitarian fashion,” Trump said.

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