Market Highlights: Sensex rallies 1,000 pts, Nifty ends above 9,850; RIL gains, HUL declines ahead of Q4 earnings

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Share Market News Today | Sensex, Nifty, Share Prices Highlights: Out of 30 Sensex stocks, 25 ended the session in green with ONGC as the top gainer with a growth of over 13 per cent, followed by HCL Tech, Hero MotoCorp, NTPC

Share Market Today, Share Market LiveNifty Metal and Nifty Auto indices were the top sectoral gainers, up 7.90 per cent and 6.45 per cent, respectively

Share Market News Today | Sensex, Nifty, Share Prices Highlights: Domestic equity market benchmarks Sensex and Nifty continued their momentum for the fourth consecutive day and ended with strong gains tracking global cues as positive results for experimental remdesivir drug towards coronavirus treatment lifted investor sentiment on Thursday. Equity and currency markets will remain closed tomorrow on account of Maharashtra Day. BSE Sensex surged 1,000 points or 3.05 per cent to end the session at 33,717, while the broader Nifty 50 index advanced 306 points or 3.21 per cent to 9,860. Out of 30 Sensex stocks, 25 ended the session in green with ONGC as the top gainer with a growth of over 13 per cent, followed by HCL Tech, Hero MotoCorp, NTPC and TCS. Conversely, Sun Pharma was the top Sensex laggard, down 2.48 per cent. Hindustan Unilever (HUL), IndusInd Bank, Asian Paint and ITC were other losers on the pack. Nifty Metal and Nifty Auto indices were the top sectoral gainers, up 7.90 per cent and 6.45 per cent, respectively.

The head of the Federal Reserve on Wednesday dashed lingering hopes for a fast rebound from the coronavirus pandemic, saying the U.S. economy could feel the weight of consumer fear and social distancing for a year or more in a prolonged climb from a deepening hole, Reuters reported. In its policy statement on Wednesday, the Fed left its benchmark overnight lending rate in a target range of 0% to 0.25% and repeated a vow to use its “full range of tools” to shore up the economy amid what it now says are “considerable risks” over the medium term, perhaps a year or more.

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    15:23 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Nifty Metal index soars 8%

    Nifty Metal index jumped 8 per cent led by gains in APL Apollo Tubes, JSW Steel, Jindal Steel & Power. While Nifty Pharma and Nifty Media indices were trading lower.

    15:19 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Equity, currency market will remain closed on May 1

    Equity, currency market will remain closed on May 1, 2020, on account of Maharashtra Day.

    15:17 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Buy Hexaware at target price of Rs 340: Centrum Broking

    Hexaware’s Q1CY20 results missed our estimates on USD revenues and EBIT margin. PAT was 10% ahead of our estimates led by forex gains. Hexaware has suspended revenue growth guidance for CY20E citing Covid led uncertainty. We raise TP by 9% to Rs340/sh. Our target multiple for Hexaware is at 15% discount to our target multiple for LT Infotech. Retain BUY : Centrum Broking

    15:15 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    JioMart may save small shops from e-commerce storm, help kirana stores turn tables on modern retail

    Mukesh Ambani’s JioMart is expected to script a new history for India’s kirana stores, which have been facing the onslaught of modern trade and e-commerce for some time now. As RIL’s pet project aims to bring mom and pop stores to the fore again, the Reliance Jio-Facebook-Whatsapp trio may actually help kirana stores tremendously, Prasun Basu, South Asia Zone President, and Nitya Bhalla, Data Science Leader — South Asia, Nielsen, told Financial Express Online.

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    15:00 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Hexaware Technologies share price fall 6% despite growth in profits; here’s what top brokerages say

    Despite posting a strong 26% jump in profits, brokerages are not pleased with Information Technology firm Hexaware Technologies. The firm reported a profit of $1.75 billion, helped by significant forex gains, and posted a strong order intake at $69 million for the Januar-March quarter. However, Hexaware’s revenues declined nudged by lower utilization and EBIT margin fell 160 basis points to settle at 11.8%. What irked some of the brokerages is the firm’s decision to do away with the quarterly dividend in order to maintain some cash to tide through the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what brokerages think about the scrip.

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    14:49 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Indians give up on gold: India gold demand nosedives even as global sales rise

    Even as global gold demand rose in the quarter ending March, it fell significantly in India. The demand for gold in the world rose by 1 per cent on-year while it fell by 36 per cent in the country, according to the World Gold Council (WGC). The WGC has attributed the global surge in the demand of yellow metal to it being a safe-haven, whereas economic uncertainties and coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown in India have been underlined as major reasons behind the dip in gold demand in India.

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    14:47 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Hindustan Unilever Q4 FY20 PAT seen up 22% to Rs 1,878 cr: HDFC Securities

    Revenues may rise 2.5% yoy to Rs 10189cr. EBITDA margin is expected to expand 280bps to 26.1%. PAT may increase 22% yoy to Rs 1878cr on strong margins and lower taxes.

    14:46 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    RIL Q4 FY20 PAT may grow 1% yoy at Rs 9,988 cr: HDFC Securities

    Reliance Industries (RIL) may post 10% yoy rise in revenues to Rs 153858cr. EBITDA margin may dip 100bps yoy to 14%. PAT may grow 1% to Rs 9988cr. GRM for the quarter may come in around US$ 7.5/barrel. Jio may end the year with ~38.5cr subscriber base. ARPU for the quarter may grow 7% qoq to Rs 136. Retail EBITDA is expected to stay steady on qoq basis. Company will also consider and approve rights issue.

    14:44 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    ONGC, Hero MotoCorp top BSE Sensex gainers

    BSE Sensex was trading at 33,557.12, up 836.96 points or 2.56 per cent. ONGC and Hero MotoCorp were the top Sensex gainers, up over 8.5 per cent each.

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    14:42 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    HPCL would be the biggest beneficiary in the short term

    Oil marketing companies (OMCs) have not cut retail prices of auto fuels since midMarch 2020, thereby retaining most of the benefits of the crude oil decline; marketing margins are hovering at INR18–20/liter. Although HPCL would be the biggest beneficiary in the short term due to the highestleverage to marketing margins, we continue to prefer IOCL owing to better free cash flow generation: Motilal Oswal

    14:32 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Rupee settles stronger against US dollar

    The Indian rupee settled stronger at 75.12 per US dollar as against Wednesday's close of 75.68 a US dollar

    14:26 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Startup body tells Piyush Goyal, DPIIT to exempt Chinese VCs from FDI curbs; set up emergency fund

    National association for startups in India – Startup Association of India (SAI) has written to Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and DPIIT Secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra to exempt Chinese venture capital investments, from the FDI’s government approval route, into Indian startups that have been “immensely supported” and raised over $8 billion from Chinese investors. “Government should at least exempt DPIIT-registered startups.

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    14:07 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    RBI extends truncated market hours

    In view of persisting operational dislocations and elevated levels of health risks warranting continuing restrictions on movement, work from home arrangements and business continuity plans, it has been decided that the amended trading hours i.e., from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm for RBI-regulated markets that were effective till the close of business on Thursday, April 30, 2020 vide press release dated April 16, 2020 shall be extended till further notice, RBI said in a notification

    14:04 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Glenmark Pharma gets DCGI nod for clinical trials of Favipiravir tablets on COVID-19 patients

    Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on Thursday said it has become the first company in India to receive approval from Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to conduct clinical trials of Favipiravir antiviral tablets for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Having internally developed the active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and the formulations for the product, the company filed the product for clinical trials with the DCGI and has received approval for conducting the trial on mild to moderate patients, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals said in a statement.

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    14:01 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Buy HDFC Bank shares with price target of Rs 1,233: Axis Securities

    We are initiating coverage on HDFC Bank with a Buy rating and Price Target of Rs 1,233 which implies an upside of 26% from the current levels. Our key reasons being 1) Amongst the best liability franchise/asset book which will help in consistent market share gains. 2) Proactive provisioning provides cushion for the COVID19 related stress. Asset quality looks manageable with risks in the unsecured, MSME and corporate books reined in. 3) Investments in digital strategy resulting in consistent cost rationalisation. Considering its stable margins, healthy asset quality, consistent performance and superior management, it is well placed to outperform its peers: Axis Securities

    13:51 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Rupee depreciated sharply breaching fresh record low (76.90) almost every week

    This month the movement in rupee was news-driven. Rupee depreciated sharply breaching fresh record low (76.90) almost every week, as forex market faced economic uncertainties due to the rising number of cases of coronavirus pandemic across the world. However, the fears surrounding the virus faded with the drug coming. Also, several countries are easing lockdown restrictions which means the economies will start to get back on track. However, there is still risk of a second wave of infection and India’s macros are not attractive enough to bring in heavy dollar inflows. Thus, going ahead USD/INR spot may trade above the support of 74.50 towards 75.50/76, says Rahul Gupta, Head of Research- Currency, Emkay Global Financial Services

    13:49 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Sensex, Nifty off highs

    BSE Sensex was trading at 33,503.28, up 795.85 points or 2.43 per cent, while the broader Nifty 50 index was ruling at 9,782.90, up 229.55 points or 2.40 per cent.

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    13:16 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Tata Motors shares jump 15%, auto ancillaries to pick up post lockdown; Nifty Auto surges nearly 6%

    Automobile companies shares rallied on Thursday with Tata Motors as the top gainer on the Nifty 50 index. Tata Motors share price gained as much as 14.77 per cent to Rs 89.70 apiece on NSE. Among 11 sectoral indices, the Nifty Auto index was top gainer, up 5.76 per cent led by gains in Tata Motors, Bharat Forge and Motherson Sumi Systems, all up in the range of 10-14 per cent. Tata Motors surged after the reports said that Jaguar Land Rover had restored 75 per cent of its budgeted production in China.

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    13:11 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    50 stocks hit their 52-week lows despite Sensex being up 900 points

    As many as 50 shares hit their 52-week-lows on an otherwise rallying share market on Thursday. Emami Realty was down 3.35% to trade at Rs 26 per share. Darjeeling Ropeway Company Ltd was also down 2%. On the other hand, 25 stocks on Sensex were trading at 52-week high values. 

    12:57 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Reliance Industries Q4 result today: Analysts expect fall in profits, clarity awaited on rights issue

    Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) will announce its results for the January-March quarter later today. Experts believe that Ambani’s oil and gas business is going to be on the receiving end of the fall coronavirus pandemic, with gross refining margins (GRM) falling from $9.2 per barrel to $7 per barrel. The fall in GRM is likely to steal Rs 2,000 crore in profits from Ambani, according to a report by Kotak Institutional Equities. However, the retail and telecommunication segments of Reliance Industries are to provide some cushion as the average gross revenue per user for Jio is expected to have increased in the last quarter of the previous fiscal.

    12:17 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Is tax-free bond with 5.5 % yield better than 7.75 % taxable investment? Find out

    The falling interest rate scenario coupled with impending defaults in the fixed-income segment of the market has somewhat shaken the confidence of investors. The interest rate of bank fixed deposit is lying low at around 6 per cent and on top of it, the interest earned is taxable. One fixed-income investment that may suit investors especially those in the high-income slab is tax-free bonds. The current yield in some of the tax-free bond is around 5.5 per cent while a few companies FDs and fixed deposits of small finance banks are providing interest rate of around 8 per cent.

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    11:40 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    HDFC Securities maintains 'buy' on RIL

    We upgrade BPCL to ADD (from REDUCE earlier) post the recent stock price correction. We maintain BUY on RIL and ADD on Gujarat Gas. We downgrade all other stocks to ADD from BUY, amidst volume loss in 1HFY21 and slower pick up in vols subsequently: HDFC Securities

    11:23 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Gold prices rise today as US Fed keeps interest rates near zero; silver rates gain

    Gold prices edged a tad higher on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve in its two-day policy meeting decided to keep the interest rates near zero and warned of an “unprecedented” drop in second-quarter GDP. On MCX, gold June futures were trading Rs 53 higher at Rs 45,599 per 10 grams, while silver July futures were up Rs 158 or 0.37 per cent at Rs 42,520 per kg.

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    11:05 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Facebook-owned WhatsApp eyeing India’s loan market

    WhatsApp is eyeing the loan market in India, according to the objectives of operations stated in the memorandum of association (MoA) of its local entity. The Facebook-owned company has altered its memorandum of association (MoA) to include an enabling clause to this effect, filings with the ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) reveal.

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    10:42 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Strides Pharma share price up 26% in two days, firm starts exporting drug used on Covid-19 patients

    Strides Pharma Science Ltd’s stock price zoomed 7.4% on Thursday morning, continuing their upward march after registering a 19% jump the previous day. Pharmaceutical companies have been witnessing a surge in the domestic equity markets as the battle to manufacture a drug capable to fight the coronavirus pandemic pulls investors towards listed pharma companies. Strides Pharma, on Wednesday, announced that it has developed and commercialized Favipiravir Antiviral tablets -- a generic version of Avigan of Toyama Chemical, Japan. Favipiravir had registered positive outcomes on coronavirus patients in early February when the drug was studied in China. Strides Pharma was trading at Rs 480 per share on Thursday morning.

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    10:36 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Weakness in dollar, positive risk sentiment to support Rupee

    Today is the April series equity derivative expiry. We have seen USDINR offshore points cool off drastically. Month-end exporter selling and stops going through below 75.90 saw the Rupee strengthen yesterday. Broad USD weakness and overall positive risk sentiment are likely to support the Rupee. The FOMC reiterated its commitment to keeping its current accommodative stance for as long as necessary to support the economy. Global risk sentiment is holding up as Gilead Sciences has claimed it is seeing positive data from trials for its drug as a Coronavirus treatment says Abhishek Goenka, Founder and CEO, IFA Global

    10:30 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Reopening up of major economies, improved market sentiment strengthens Rupee

    Due to positive news on a back to back basis and reopening up of major economies, market sentiments have improved leading to current strength in the rupee. Driving the same momentum, the pair is likely to make its move close to 74.80 levels. However, it shall be too early to say that the pair has reversed its momentum unless it sustains the strength. Today’s closing will be important to pave the further course for rupee, says Amit Pabari, managing director, CR Forex Advisors.

    10:28 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Sensex, Nifty rally on firm global cues; check what’s driving Dalal Street higher today

    Bulls roared for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday supported by a host of quarterly earnings, April series F&O expiry and hopes of treatment for coronavirus globally. BSE Sensex was trading 841 points or 2.57 per cent at 33,561, while the broader Nifty 50 index jumped 240 points or 2.53 per cent to trade at 9,795.

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    10:02 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Buy Bharti Airtel; Target Price: Rs 594 : Angel Broking

    Telecom operators have increased tariffs by ~35% in Nov’19. There is a possibility of another round of tariff hikes by telecom companies in FY21 given that tariffs are still very low . If Vodafone Idea goes out of business, Bharti would benefit significantly from the addition of subscribers. Upside: 19.7%

    - Angel Broking

    10:01 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Raghuram Rajan talks to Rahul Gandhi; shares formula for India to survive coronavirus, tells govt what to do

    The question of migrant workers and their livelihoods has been looming large ever since the nationwide lockdown began. While the government had announced a financial relief package of Rs 1.7 lakh crore, more needs to be done on that front, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan told Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday.

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    09:44 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Tata Motors share price soars 11%

    Tata Motors share price jumped 11 per cent to Rs 86.75 on reports of JLR restoring up to 75 per cent of its budgeted production in China.

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    09:41 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    RIL, HUL share prices gain ahead of Q4

    Ahead of fourth-quarter earnings, Reliance Industries (RIL), Hindustan Unilever (HUL) and Tech Mahindra were trading with gains.

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    09:39 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Top gainers and losers on BSE Sensex

    Barring HUL, 29 Sensex stocks out of 30 shares were trading in green today with Maruti Suzuki as the top gainer, up 6.6 per cent, followed by ICICI BankTata Steel and Infosys

    09:38 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Indian share markets outperform global peers during lockdown; Sensex, Nifty jump 22% since March 23

    In the first 30 days of the national-wide lockdown, India’s share markets have beaten the global equity benchmarks. With a 22% growth, S&P BSE Sensex and the 50-stock NSE Nifty, have outperformed the NASDAQ which grew by only 16%. Domestic share markets have also bettered the performance of S&P 500, FTSE 100, KOSPI, and the Dow Jones during this period, a report by Care Ratings said. Prior to the lockdown, Indian stock markets were among the worst-performing in the world, down 32% since the beginning of March till the lockdown was officially announced. Although volatile, both S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty-50 have continued their climb upwards.

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    09:24 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Sensex, Nifty track positive global cues

    BSE Sensex jumped 700 points or 2.12 per cent to 33,412, while Nifty 50 index touched crucial 9,750-mark in the opening trade.

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    09:05 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Derivatives expiry, corporate earnings would keep the volatility high

    The last few sessions have witnessed increasing participation from banking as well as laggards like Metals which indicates that the focus is shifting on stocks which would be impacted by regulatory and policy decisions as well as global factors. With no major event on the local front, we feel global cues viz. US Fed meet and European Central bank meet will dictate the market trend as more measures are expected to combat the virus impact. On the domestic front, scheduled derivatives expiry and earnings announcements would keep the volatility high, says Ajit Mishra, VP - Research, Religare Broking Ltd

    08:51 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Raghuram Rajan to discuss COVID-19 impact on Indian economy

    The official Twitter handle of the Congress party in its tweet said that the former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan's interaction with Rahul Gandhi can be watched on their social media platforms at 9 am on April 30.

    08:48 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan to interact with Rahul Gandhi

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will be interacting with Former RBI Governor Dr Raghuram Rajan on the critical issues related to COVID-19 and its economic impact

    08:34 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    US economy suffers sharpest decline in 11 years

    The US economy suffered its sharpest decline in 11 years. Gross domestic product declined at a 4.8% annualized rate in the first quarter, ending the longest expansion in US history, the Commerce Department reported earlier on Wednesday. Powell said he expects an “unprecedented” drop in second-quarter GDP and for there to be significant increases in unemployment, according to Reuters.

    08:28 (IST)30 Apr 2020
    F&O expiry, global cues, positive trial results of experimental COVID-19 treatment to impact sentiment

    The Nifty set to open with a one and half per cent gain due to positive global cues. The US market closed with more than 3% gain on the back of good numbers from Google, soaring oil prices, and encouraging news for an experimental COVID-19 treatment. With the exception of Nikkei, all Asian markets are trading with gains of more than 1%. Today is F&O expiry for May series and it is expected with a very sharp short recovery as major levels of 9500 have already crossed by Nifty yesterday and it is also the last day before a long weekend. So, chances of the short rollover will be on the lesser side, says Vishal Wagh, Head of Research, Bonanza Portfolio Ltd.

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