Share market Highlights: Sensex ends 690 pts lower, Nifty near 10,750; Maruti Suzuki, Wipro plunge 3%

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Updated:Dec 21, 2018 5:00:45 pm

Share market Highlights: The domestic stock markets witnessed an extremely choppy session, with the Sensex and Nifty reeling under extreme pressure on Friday afternoon amid a global sell-off. Sensex closed 689.60 pts lower to 35,742.07 while the Nifty 50 closed at 10,754.85.

Share Market Live, Stock Market Live, Nifty Live, NSE live, BSE live, Live Market Update, Market Today, Indian Share Market Live, Indian Stock Market LiveShare market Highlights: Sensex is down 560 pts to 35,871.34, while the Nifty is trading below 10,800-mark.

Share market Highlights: The domestic stock markets witnessed an extremely choppy session, with the Sensex and Nifty reeling under extreme pressure on Friday afternoon amid a global sell-off. Sensex closed 689.60 pts lower to 35,742.07 while the Nifty 50 closed at 10,754.85. Bluechips stocks plunged in trade, with shares of RIL, Infosys, ICICI Bank and HDFC contributing to Sensex’s losses. Shares of India’s largest automaker Maruti Suzuki fell by more than 3.3% to hit 7,555 on BSE. Infosys share price plunged more than 2.5% to Rs 650. Wipro share price tanked by more than 3.1% to Rs 323.15.

Meanwhile, global stocks were sailing into Christmas on a sea of red on Friday, as the threat of a US government shutdown and of further hikes in U.S. borrowing costs inflamed investor unease over the economic outlook. The S&P 500 was heading for its worst quarter since the dark days of late 2008, with a loss of 15 percent so far. The Nasdaq has shed 19.5 percent from its August peak, just shy of confirming a bear market, Reuters reported. We bring to you live updates.

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    15:38 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    BSE Live: Sensex ends 690 pts lower, Nifty near 10,750; Maruti Suzuki, Wipro plunge 3%

    The domestic stock markets witnessed an extremely choppy session, with the Sensex and Nifty reeling under extreme pressure on Friday afternoon amid a global sell-off. Sensex closed 689.60 pts lower to 35,742.07 while the Nifty 50 closed at 10,754.85. Bluechips stocks plunged in trade, with shares of RIL, Infosys, ICICI Bank and HDFC contributing to Sensex's losses. Shares of India's largest automaker Maruti Suzuki fell by more than 3.3% to hit 7,555 on BSE. Wipro share price tanked by more than 3.1% to Rs 323.15. A look at Sensex heat map at close.

    15:22 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    Madan Sabnavis of Care Ratings on direction of Rupee

    "I would be cautious on extrapolating this scenario into the future. We must remember that oil prices started coming down post of the deferment of the Iran sanctions. That would come up for review in May and there can be a turnaround. The future of rupee depends on two things: our balance of payments position – in net terms do our forex reserves increase or decrease. This depends on CAD and FPI mainly. Growth in exports and software matter here. presently we cannot be sure that these will be buoyant. For FPI the Fed action indicates rates will be high and flows to debt will be constrained. The second is how strong the dollar will be. This year the dollar strengthening drove all EMK currencies down. We cannot be sure here," Madan Sabnavis told FE Online. 

    15:07 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    Robust fund flows from retail investors to help Indian stock markets sail through in 2019

    India’s $2 trillion stock market has been rattled in recent months by everything from high oil prices and tariff threats to a slumping rupee and a sell-off in non-bank lenders. The one thing that’s kept the gloom from worsening: robust flows from mom-and-pop investors. That backstop is seen extending into 2019 after the bull market over the past five years helped ingrain a buy-the-dip mentality among locals. Consider this: equity funds bought a record 1.18 trillion rupees ($17 billion) of shares this year, negating sales of $4.5 billion by foreigners. “In previous market corrections, investors would resort to panic selling, but this time they are using it as an opportunity to buy on dips,” said Kaustubh Belapurkar, director manager – research at Morningstar Investment Adviser India Pvt. “This is a trend that will continue, with investors continuing to stay invested despite volatile markets.”

    Read full story here: Robust fund flows from retail investors to help Indian stock markets sail through in 2019

    14:46 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    NDTV shares hit 10% upper circuit after its digital arm signs 5-year deal with Taboola

    Shares of NDTV surged on Friday afternoon, and were locked at the upper circuit of 10% on BSE after its digital arm NDTV Convergence signed a five-year deal worth Rs 300 crore with New York-based content discovery and advertising platform Taboola. The media firm’s stocks surged 9.94% to Rs 39.25 a piece on the BSE, while the NDTV scrip was locked at Rs 39.15, up 9.97% on National Stock Exchange. “The five-year deal ties NDTV Convergence exclusively to Taboola and involves a minimum guarantee of more than Rs 3 billion for NDTV Convergence, making it one of the largest deals not just for digital content but for the media space in its entirely,” NDTV said in a press release.

    Also read: NDTV shares hit 10% upper circuit after its digital arm signs 5-year deal with Taboola

    14:31 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    What is Rythu Bandhu? The Telangana farmers’ scheme that everyone thinks is better than loan waivers

    A few days ago, Chairman of India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI), Rajnish Kumar, said that loan waivers are not a permanent solution; instead, he argued for an investment scheme to increase the income of farmers on similar lines of Telangana’s Rythu Bandhu. Even Ashok Gulati, a noted agriculture economist, said in a column in The Indian Express that “politicians need to move from price support policies or loan waivers to income/investment support on a per acre basis”.

    Read full story here: What is Rythu Bandhu? The Telangana farmers’ scheme that everyone thinks is better than loan waivers

    14:26 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    BSE Live: Sensex down 580 points, Nifty below 10,800; Maruti Suzuki, Infosys under pressure

    The domestic stock markets continue to reel under immense pressure with the Sensex and Nifty extending losses on Friday afternoon amid a global sell-off. Sensex is down 590 points to 35,841.87, while the Nifty is trading below 10,800-mark. Bluechips stocks plunged in trade, with shares of RIL, Infosys, ICICI Bank and HDFC contributing to Sensex's losses.  A look at live Sensex heat map.

    13:06 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    BSE Live: Sensex extends losses, Nifty below 10,850; Maruti Suzuki, Infosys under pressure

    After opening with mild losses, the domestic stock markets turned choppy and extended losses on Friday afternoon, as a global sel-off spooked investors. Sensex is down 380 pts to 36,050.47 while the Nifty is trading below 10,850 level. Bluechips stocks plunged in trade, with shares of RIL, Infosys, ICICI Bank and HDFC contributing to Sensex's losses. Shares of India's largest automaker Maruti Suzuki fell by more than 3.3% to hit 7,555 on BSE, emerging as the biggest loser in the Sensex. A look at LIVE Sensex heat map.

    12:27 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    High Court dismisses appeal against LIC move to acquire 51% stake in IDBI

    The Delhi High Court dismissed an appeal against its single judge order rejecting a plea challenging the LIC's move to acquire 51 per cent stake in the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI). A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao said the single judge had considered all aspects before denying any relief to the All India IDBI Officers Association, which had opposed the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) move on the ground that change in shareholding could take away IDBI's public sector bank status. (PTI reported)

    12:19 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    Gold prices hit 6-month high on weak dollar, equity sell-off

    Gold prices steadied on Friday, holding firm near a six-month high struck in the previous session, as the dollar remained under pressure due to a subdued outlook towards U.S. interest rates and the economy, and investors shunned risky assets. Spot gold was down marginally at $1,259.16 per ounce, as of 0417 GMT, after jumping more than 1 percent in the previous session. The precious metal hit a high of $1,266.4 on Thursday, a level last seen on June 26. The bullion has gained about 1.7 percent so far this week, in what would be its second weekly gain in three.U.S. gold futures declined 0.4 percent to $1,263.3 per ounce on Friday.

    Also read: Gold prices near 6-month high: Yellow metal holds firm on weak dollar, equity selloff

    12:08 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    BSE Live: Sensex cracks over 400 pts, Nifty drops below 10,900

    Benchmark indices witnessed a sharp selloff in late morning trade Friday as heavyweights in realty, banking, IT and auto sectors bled as investors began booking profits in bluechip stocks. Negative global cues amid fears of a potential US government shutdown and rising tension between the US and China, too, weighed on investor sentiment, according to a PTI report.   After plummeting over 400 points, the 30-share Sensex was trading 372.44 points, or 1.02 per cent, lower at 36,059.23 at 1100 hrs.  The NSE Nifty, too, was trading 120.25 points, or 1.10 per cent, lower at 10,831.45. A look at live heatmap. 

    11:56 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    BSE Live: Sensex, Nifty extend losses as bluechips plunge

    After opening slightly lower, the domestic stock markets turned choppy and extended losses, tracking weak global cues. Sensex is down 430 pts to 36,002.39, while the Nifty is trading below 10,850 level. Bluechips stocks plunged in trade, with shares of RIL, Infosys, ICICI Bank and HDFC contributing to Sensex's losses. A look at live Sensex heat map.

    11:46 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    Patanjali Ayurved on revenue dip: Acharya Balkrishna explains what impacted sales in FY18

    Even as other consumer goods manufacturers saw a healthy sales growth in FY18, Patanjali Ayurved posted a flat growth – a dip for the first time in 5 years. However, the homegrown firm doesn’t consider it to be a major concern. Since company was involved in a major planning to improve sales, future investments and improving distribution network last fiscal, a slight plunge in revenue growth is obvious, Acharya Balkrishna, MD, Patanjali Ayurved told ET Now. Adding, he said that GST, demonetisation also had an impact on the FMCG sector’s growth. In FY18, while HUL recorded 12 per cent revenue growth, ITC and Nestle posted 11.30 per cent and 10.50 per cent growth, respectively in the country.

    Also read: Patanjali Ayurved on revenue dip: Acharya Balkrishna explains what impacted sales in FY18

    11:34 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    Global capital markets likely to remain volatile: SEBI Chairman

    Global capital markets, which have been volatile in the current year, are likely to remain so due to various factors, a top SEBI official said Thursday. 'The capital markets, globally, have been quite volatile during the current year and are likely to remain so in coming times on account of various factors such as US Fed rate hikes, volatile oil prices, intensifying trade conflicts and sanctions. 'The Indian markets have also been affected by these factors,' SEBI chairman Ajay Tyagi told the 8th India Finance Conference, organised by IIM-Calcutta. At the same time, the volatility in the Indian equity market which measured 12 per cent upto mid-December during the current fiscal, is among the lowest compared to major developed and emerging markets, Tyagi said.  (PTI reported)

    11:02 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    Rupee slips 37 paise to 70.07 against US dollar in early trade

    The rupee fell by 37 paise to 70.07 against the US dollar in early trade Friday amid strengthening of the US dollar against some currencies overseas and foreign fund outflows. Forex traders said besides increased demand of the US currency from importers, the dollar’s strength against some currencies overseas weighed on the rupee. The rupee opened lower at 69.93 against the dollar and dropped further to quote at 70.07, 37 paise down over its previous close.  On Thursday the domestic currency appreciated by 69 paise to close at 69.70 against the US dollar.

    Also read: Rupee slips 37 paise to 70.07 against US dollar in early trade

    10:46 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    BSE Live: Bluechips Reliance Industries, Infosys, HDFC, ICICI Bank among top draggers

    Sensex and Nifty have turned choppy in the morning trade owing to steep declines in heavyweight stocks such as Reliance Industries, Infosys, HDFC, ICICI Bank. Bluechip stocks are reeling under heavy pressure, with Infosys, RIL and HDFC emerging as the top draggers in Sensex. RIL share price plunged by more than 1.7% to intra-day low of Rs 1,109.95. Infosys plunged by more than 2.5% to Rs 650.40. HDFC shares plunged by more than 1.5% to Rs 1,945 on BSE. ICICI Bank share plunged by about 2% to hit the day's low at Rs 355.40. A look at index contributors.

    10:33 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    BSE Live: Sensex plunges 350 points; Nifty below 10,850; Yes Bank, Maruti Suzuki down up to 3%

    After opening mildly lower, the domestic stock markets extended losses on Friday morning, tracking weak global cues. Sensex is down 367 pts to 36,063.99, while the Nifty is trading below 10,850 level. Shares of India's largest automaker Maruti Suzuki fell by more than 3.3% to hit 7,555 on BSE, emerging as the biggest loser in the Sensex. Yes Bank shares too posted a decline of 2.7% to Rs 181.55.

    10:22 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    SEBI moots sandbox policy for tech firms; what it is, how it will benefit financial markets

    Capital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is planning a ‘sandbox policy’ to support technology developments in financial markets. “We will come out with a sandbox policy. We are examining whether any changes in laws are required in terms of its dispensation,” SEBI Chairman Ajay Tyagi said on the sidelines of an event organised by IIM-Calcutta. How will this new policy benefit tech companies? The ‘sandbox’ policy is being planned in order to bolster innovation in the capital markets by technological intervention. Notably, the Sandbox policy will allow companies to test products in a closed environment, a particular geography or among a set of users, before they are allowed roll out commercially meeting all regulations. SEBI Chairman Ajay Tyagi noted that this will enable the tech companies to work on innovations without regulatory changes. He said there had been huge technology interventions in capital markets in the past and it would continue.

    Also read: SEBI moots sandbox policy for tech firms; what it is, how it will benefit financial markets

    10:05 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    BSE Live: Bharti Airtel share price gains 2.5% after fundraising plans

    Shares of India's telecom major Bharti Airtel gained in trade on Friday morning, after the firm announced that it will sell 32% stake in Bharti Infratel.  Notably, Bharti Airtel has decided to sell a further 32% stake in Bharti Infratel, valued at close to Rs 15,500 crore at yesterday's closing prices, to create a war chest to bolster its countrywide 4G networks and counter Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio Infocomm. Separately, the Sunil Mittal-led telco on Thursday also appointed a panel to explore various other fundraising options. The committee will place its recommendations before the company’s board for final approval, Bharti Airtel said in a filing to the exchanges.

    09:55 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    BSE Live: FPI, DII update

    On a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth Rs 386.44 crore Thursday, and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net buyers to the tune of Rs 87.96 crore, provisional data available with BSE showed, PTI reported.  Benchmark indices opened on a choppy note Friday on negative global cues amid fears of a potential US government shutdown and rising tension between the US and China. After falling over 100 points in opening session, the 30-share Sensex was trading 14.82 points, or 0.04 per cent, higher at 36,416.85. The index had finished 52.66 points, or 0.14 per cent, lower at 36,431.67 Thursday. The NSE Nifty, too, was trading 2.25 points, or 0.02 per cent, lower at 10,949.45.

    09:26 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    BSE Live: Sensex opens mildly lower; Nifty below 10,950; Bharti Airtel gains 2%

    The domestic stock markets--Sensex and Nifty opened mildly lower on Friday morning tracking weak global cues. The 30-share Sensex opened 18 points lower at 36,449.27.27, while the broader Nifty 50 opened below 10,950-mark. Bharti Airtel share price gained by more than 2% to Rs 324. The firm is slated to sell 32% stake in Bharti Infratel. A look at live heatmap.

    09:13 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    Wall Street slides on Fed plans; Nasdaq flirts with bear territory

    U.S. stocks slid on Thursday, with the Nasdaq on the cusp of confirming bear market territory, as the Federal Reserve’s plan to continue its balance sheet reduction and the threat of a partial government shutdown fueled investor anxieties. At its session low, the Nasdaq had tumbled 2.85 percent, pushing the tech-heavy index more than 20 percent below its Aug. 29 closing high. The index, along with the Dow and the benchmark S&P 500, pared losses as the session continued. The Nasdaq ended down 19.5 percent from its closing high, just shy of confirming a bear market.

    Also read: Wall Street slides on Fed plans; Nasdaq flirts with bear territory

    09:10 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis quits over policy differences with Donald Trump

    US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis will be “retiring, with distinction,” in February, President Donald Trump has said, a day after he ordered American troops to rapidly withdraw from war-torn Syria in an abrupt decision criticised by many as premature. In his resignation letter sent on Thursday, Mattis told Trump it was the “right time” for him to step down because the US president deserved a defence secretary “whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects.”

    Also read: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis quits over policy differences with Donald Trump

    09:07 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    Asian stocks slide, investors rush to yen and bonds

    Global stocks were sailing into Christmas on a sea of red on Friday, as the threat of a U.S. government shutdown and of further hikes in U.S. borrowing costs inflamed investor unease over the economic outlook. The S&P 500 was heading for its worst quarter since the dark days of late 2008, with a loss of 15 percent so far. The Nasdaq has shed 19.5 percent from its August peak, just shy of confirming a bear market.

    Also read: Asian stocks slide, investors rush to yen and bonds

    09:05 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    Crude oil prices rise as OPEC output cuts seen deeper than previously expected

    Oil prices climbed on Friday after tumbling 5 percent in the last session, with OPEC production cuts that start next month seen being deeper then previously expected. Benchmark Brent crude futures were up 1.51 percent at $55.17 per barrel at 0112 GMT, recovering from losses of $2.89 per barrel the session before. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose 1.53 percent, or 70 cents, to $46.58 per barrel. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries plans to release a table detailing output cut quotas for its members and allies such as Russia in an effort to shore up the price of crude, OPEC’s secretary-general said in a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday.

    Also read: Crude oil prices rise as OPEC output cuts seen deeper than previously expected

    09:03 (IST)21 Dec 2018
    US dollar struggles near 1-month low, risk aversion boosts Japanese yen

    The dollar hovered near a one-month low against its peers on Friday, weighed down by a subdued outlook towards U.S. interest rates and the economy, while risk aversion in the broader markets boosted the yen. The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies stood near 96.30 after falling to 96.168 overnight, its lowest since Nov. 20. The index has lost roughly 1.2 percent this week. The greenback has slumped after the Federal Reserve signalled fewer interest rate hikes over the next few years than it previously projected and helped push long-term U.S. Treasury yields to near nine-month lows.

    Also read: US dollar struggles near 1-month low, risk aversion boosts Japanese yen

    Share market on Thursday: After trading lower on Thursday morning, the Sensex and Nifty made a smart recovery in the afternoon trade. Sensex recovered more than 200 pts from day’s lows to close at 36,431.67, while the broader Nifty 50 closed above the 10,950-mark. Notably, as compared to Wednesday’s close, the Sensex closed 52.66 pts lower or 0.14%. Yes Bank share price gained by more than 4% intra-day after the firm announced that it has sold over 2% stake in Fortis Healthcare Ltd (FHL) in tranches. Shares of India’s major automaker Maruti Suzuki slumped by more than 1.7% to hit Rs 7,800, after the firm cut sales growth forecast 8%, and said that double digit sales growth in FY19 is unrealistic. Jet Airways shares gained more than 1%  ahead of its board meet today to discuss fund raising options.