Technical Experts’ View: Prakash Gaba likes Deepak Nitrate and Escorts. “Deepak Nitrate looks good to me due to a base formation. Possibly we could see an up move to around Rs 800 zone, so keep a stop loss below Rs 750.” Escorts is climbing up on levels closer to Rs 1,270 and could possibly go even higher in the days to come. Stop loss below Rs 1,230 should be fine, said Gaba.
Rupee Close: The Indian currency ended lower by 16 paise at 73.87, amid selling seen in the domestic equity market. The rupee opened flat at 73.70 per dollar against Tuesday’s close of 73.71 and trade in the range of 73.64-73.93.
COVID-19 pandemic to severely impact finances of states: RBI
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on October 27 said the COVID-19 pandemic is certain to have a severe impact on the finances of states, especially their revenue collection abilities, even as expenditure commitments continue to rise as states are at the forefront of the healthcare crisis.
“It is increasingly certain that the slump in economic activity due to COVID-19 led lockdown will adversely impact states’ revenue collections,” said the central bank in its study of state finances and their 2020-21 budgets.
Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Q2 net profit dips 30% YoY to Rs 762.3 crore; revenue rises 2%
Pharma major Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) reported a net profit of Rs 762.3 crore in the second quarter of fiscal 2021, which was better than CNBC-TV18 analysts’ poll estimates of Rs 646 crore. The net profit was down 30 percent as against Rs 1,092.5 crore in the year-ago period.
Revenue in Q2FY21 increased 2 percent to Rs 4,897 crore from Rs 4,800.1 crore, YoY.
On the operational front, EBITDA during the quarter fell 11 percent to Rs 1,267.3 crore from 1,433.7 crore while EBITDA margin contracted by 400 bps to 25.9 percent from 29.9 percent.
However, DRL’s September quarter earnings beat CNBC-TV18 analysts’ poll estimates. Read more
This tech stock has jumped 84% in a month and is tipped to rise more
Shares of classified search company Just Dial have surged about 84 percent in just the last 1 month, with analysts saying it has legs to go further.
The bull run in the stock stems from the shift to e-commerce brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as Just Dial’s positioning, including its recent efforts to foray into the business-to-business (B2B) market.
Just Dial stock has more than doubled investor wealth (up 132 percent) this fiscal, from Rs 293 to Rs 682 now, even as UBS recently upgraded its price target on the stock to Rs 800. Continue reading
Tata Group to buy majority stake in BigBasket for about $1 billion: Report
Indian online grocery startup BigBasket is in advanced talks to sell a majority stake for about USD 1 billion to salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Group, the Economic Times reported on Wednesday, citing three sources familiar with the matter. The century-old group has been planning to launch a ”super app”, one that will tie in all its consumer businesses, several media reports have said, as it competes against Amazon and Reliance Industries, who have made big bets on India’s booming e-commerce market.
Bengaluru-based BigBasket competes with Walmart Inc-owned Flipkart and Amazon’s ”Fresh” service as more consumers stay indoors and choose to shop online during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Trending Stock: Lakshmi Vilas Bank’s shares slip 5 percent lower to Rs 14.95 per share on the NSE after the Reserve Bank of India asked the Bank to reconsider the names proposed for the post of new MD & CEO, a senior official said on Tuesday.
In September, shareholders of the cash-strapped private sector lender had voted out seven board members, including MD & CEO S Sundar, at the annual general meeting. Subsequently, RBI appointed a three-member Committee of Directors (CoD) comprising independent directors Meeta Makhan, Shakti Sinha and Satish Kumar Kalra. “In the first round, we had done interviews of three candidates and sent names to RBI. But the Reserve Bank came back to us and asked whether the new management would like to reconsider the names. So we have started the process again. Now we are broadening our search with more candidates,” Sinha told PTI.
He noted that appointing a new MD & CEO is a complex and long process, and right now, the process of merger with Clix group assumes more significance.
“Normally, the appointment process for MD & CEO takes 6-9 months. We are trying to do it much faster. But right now, the major focus is on the Clix merger, which is being examined and negotiations are going on,” he said.
. @flyspicejet launches seaplane service between Ahmedabad (Sabarmati riverfront) and the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat. The flights will be operated by SpiceJet’s fully-owned subsidiary, Spice Shuttle pic.twitter.com/iueWnDG06X
— CNBC-TV18 (@CNBCTV18Live) October 28, 2020
States controlling COVID-19 testing to show lower number of cases, says Thyrocare
Thyrocare Technologies on Wednesday said that many state governments were controlling COVID-19 testing to show reduced numbers of cases due to pressure on them to show lower infections than others.
“To be very honest, government is still controlling. I am not referring to the Maharashtra government, it’s all over the country. In some states, Thyrocare has been told not to pick up samples, verbally. In some states – ‘don’t report to ICMR, reverse the data, we will tell you the cutoff, then you report’,” said A Velumani, CMD & CEO of Thyrocare Technologies, in an interview to CNBC-TV18.
“Let me tell you that because of antibody levels rising, the number of people getting admitted in hospitals is reducing, number of beds are either stagnating or coming down. So positive side is happening but the government is unnecessarily panicked to show the neighbouring state that ‘I am a better state’. They are controlling the numbers and this is unfair,” he added.
Don’t go aggressively ‘overweight/underweight’; have a balanced portfolio: Emkay
“It’s time to have a very balanced portfolio rather than trying to go aggressively ‘overweight-underweight’ in any sector,” said Krishna Kumar Karwa, MD of Emkay Global in an interview with CNBC-TV18. Karwa sees scope in the NBFC sector since it has seen some consolidation and also expects a big pick up in the residential real estate space. He further added that the return of Harley Davidson indicates there is interest in their bikes in India. For more, watch the video
Earnings Impact: Castrol India shares jump 8% on strong operating profit
Shares of Castrol India gained over 8 percent after the company announced its September quarter results. The company’s operating profits for the quarter rose 18 percent to Rs 266.70 crore on the back of higher sales and lower costs. Net profit was also up 8.6 percent YoY at Rs 204.60 per share. It reported a 4 percent rise in top-line sales for the quarter at Rs 883.10 crore. Operating profit margins also jumped 360 bps to 30.20 percent on the back of favorable working capital-related costs. More here
Tata Group to buy majority stake in BigBasket for about $1 billion: Report
Indian online grocery startup BigBasket is in advanced talks to sell a majority stake for about USD 1 billion to salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Group, the Economic Times reported on Wednesday, citing three sources familiar with the matter. The century-old group has been planning to launch a ”super app”, one that will tie in all its consumer businesses, several media reports have said, as it competes against Amazon and Reliance Industries, who have made big bets on India’s booming e-commerce market. Bengaluru-based BigBasket competes with Walmart Inc-owned Flipkart and Amazon’s ”Fresh” service as more consumers stay indoors and choose to shop online during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Tata Group and BigBasket did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. More here
Hero MotoCorp’s shares jump over 4%; Co to sell, service Harley-Davidson motorcycles in India
Hero MotoCorp’s share price surged over 4 percent on Wednesday after the two-wheeler manufacturer said that it will sell and service Harley-Davidson motorcycles in India. The stock gained as much as 4.2 percent to the day’s high of Rs 3,035 per share on the NSE. At 10:30 am, the shares traded 3.2 percent higher quoting at Rs 3,007. In its exchange filing, the company said that it will also sell parts and accessories and general merchandise such as riding gear and apparel through a network of brand-exclusive Harley-Davidson dealers and Hero’s existing dealership network in the country. Hero MotoCorp will further develop and sell a range of premium motorcycles under the Harley-Davidson brand name. More here
Wait for a pullback to buy Kotak Mahindra Bank, says Mehraboon Irani
If one is interested in buying Kotak Mahindra Bank, one should wait for the pullback in the stock, said Mehraboon J Irani, managing director and chief executive officer at Gini Gems in an interview with CNBC-TV18. The stock remains one of the core picks for him along with HDFC Bank. “People who are holding on, may continue to hold on. People who would want to buy it fresh, I would possibly advise them to wait for a pullback in the stock,” he said.
According to Irani, things are working in favour of tyre segment, “The stock or company management doing the right thing in the tyre sector would be JK Tyre and Industries. I am ready to stick my neck out and say that JK Tyre and Industries could possibly be the best in the overall tyre segment for the next one-three quarters,” he stated. More here
Market Watch: Ruchit Jain of Angel Broking
“First buy call is on L&T Finance Holdings, this stock has given a breakout from an inverted head and shoulder pattern on the daily charts. Post the breakout the volumes on the upmove are also good so one can go long with stop below Rs 64 now for near term targets of Rs 70.”
“Bharat Forge is a second recommendation that we are quite positive on, in these couple of days the stock has given a breakout from a triangle pattern. Keeping a stop below Rs 461 we recommend to buy Bharat Forge for near term targets of Rs 500.”
MakeMyTrip Q2 loss narrows to $12.9 million
Leading online travel firm MakeMyTrip on Tuesday said its adjusted operating loss narrowed to USD 12.9 million (around Rs 95 crore) in the second quarter ending September 30. The company had reported adjusted operating loss of USD 19.3 million (over Rs 140 crore) for the corresponding period previous fiscal, MakeMyTrip said in a statement.
The company’s revenue stood at USD 21.1 million (over Rs 155 crore) in the quarter under consideration, compared to USD 118 million (over Rs 869 crore) in the same quarter last fiscal, it added. “Our results for the 2Q21 have continued to be significantly and negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic conditions,” MakeMyTrip said. More here
Technical View | The Index is still stuck in a range between 11,650 and 12,050. While choppy markets can test a trader’s patience, one must exercise caution and avoid trading in rangebound markets. If we can get past 12,050, the Nifty can achieve 12,200-12,300. If it breaks 11,650, we could drop to 11,400-11,450, says Manish Hathiramani, Proprietary Index Trader and Technical Analyst, Deen Dayal Investments.
Buzzing: Bharti Airtel hits 10% upper circuit post Q2 earnings
Shares of Bharti Airtel were locked in a 10-percent upper circuit on Wednesday after the telecom major reported a substantial narrowing of losses. The telco posted a consolidated net loss of Rs 763.2 crore in Q2 against a loss of Rs 23,044.90 crore in the year-ago quarter (Q2FY20). The sentiment was also lifted after brokerages maintained ‘buy’ calls on the stock after Q2. The stock rose a much as 10 percent to Rs 476.30 per share on BSE. The company posted revenues of Rs 25,785 crore for the September 2020 quarter, up 22 percent over the corresponding period last year. Among brokerages, Goldman Sachs maintained a ‘buy’ call on the stock with a target at Rs 635 per share. It said that the company’s execution continues to be near-flawless.
Market Watch: VK Sharma, EVP, HDFC Securities
“HCL Technologies is a stock which we have seen open interest being built in the current series, but the stock hasn’t moved up yesterday. So I am buying the 850 Call and this is a pre-emptive buy. I am buying 850 Call at Rs 6.5 because the amount is less so there is no need for a stop loss, Rs 6.5 is the money that you will lose and the target is Rs 20 here.”
“ICICI Bank on the other hand has not seen any kind of built up in the entire series. Yesterday we had seen 4 percent open interest rise but that has only negated the shorts which were built earlier. But the stop has gone up 22 percent, so I am buying the 410 Call at Rs 5.75, I will keep a stop loss at Rs 3 target of around Rs 12.”
Opening Bell: Sensex opens marginally lower, Nifty holds 11,850; Bharti Airtel top gainer
Sensex, Nifty opened marginally lower on Wednesday dragged by banks and FMCG stocks, however, gains in IT stocks and heavyweights Bharti Airtel capped some losses. Bharti Airtel rose over 4 percent post its September quarter earnings. At 9:18 am, the Sensex was trading 88 points lower at 40,433 while the Nifty fell 22 points to 11.867.
The bank and fin servcies indices fell the most around 0.8 percent each while Nifty FMCG lost 0.7 percent. Nifty Metal and Nifty Realty were also down 0.6 percent each. However, Nifty IT, Nifty Pharma and Nifty Auto continued to trade in the green. Among stocks, Bharti Airtel, Hero Moto, Tata Motors, M&M and L&T were the top gainers on the Nifty50 index while Kotak Bank, Nestle, HDFC, Adani Ports and Hindalco led the losses.
JM Financial Q2 net profit up 7.3% at Rs 139 crore
JM Financial on Tuesday reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 139.06 crore for the quarter to September, a growth of 7.31 percent over the same period last fiscal, despite a 5.6 percent decline in revenue due to the pandemic. Total income declined to Rs 803.40crore, down 5.64 percent, the company said in a statement. For the first half of the year, its net profit rose 17.5 percent to Rs 392.17 crore on an income of Rs 1,707.52 crore, which grew 12.5 percent year on year. The company has made a special pandemic provision of Rs 123 crore for the quarter. More here
ICICI Pru Q2 net profit flat at Rs 303 cr on higher tax outgo
Leading private sector life insurer ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co on Tuesday reported a flat net profit of Rs 303.22 crore in the September quarter, weighed down by higher tax outgo which offset the high underwriting profit and record margin from new premium income. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 301.86 crore in the year-ago quarter, it said in a statement. The value of new business margin expanded to a record 27.4 percent for the quarter from 21.1 percent in the year-ago period. “We had very high underwriting profit, which clipped at 32 percent in the reporting quarter, while the margin in the value of new business jumped to a record 27.4 percent in the reporting quarter, yet higher tax outgo offset these gains,” the company’s managing director and chief executive N S Kannan told PTI. More here
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