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Indian Stock Market near Lifetime High; Waiting Election Results

Indian stock market is trading near its lifetime high and investor community is waiting for results. While many market and technical analysts have downplayed the role of politics and have said that Indian economy is strong, there is growing concern over the next government in India.

The ongoing elections have created an uncertainty in the mind of investors. Markets are staying range-bound and waiting for election outcomes on 16 May.

The business community favors a stable government. There is growing consensus that the major opposition party BJP could make the next government. However, the AAP factor could spoil the BJP campaign. Many regional parties have also decided to keep BJP out of power. The future of the country will depend on the number of seats NDA combine will get in the elections.

Among Indian stocks, major gainers on Friday were Tata Power, Ambuja Cements, Lupin, BPCL and HCL Tech. Among major losers were Jindal Steel, Tata Steel, Larsen, Sesa Sterlite and Maruti Suzuki.

The earnings season has some positive surprises for investors. While automobile sector is suffering due to lower sales, Bajaj Auto has managed to increase its market share to 20 percent compared to 17 percent in December.

Stock Markets Trade Flat; Aptech, HCL Tech Zoom

Stock Markets were trading flat in the afternoon session on Thursday. BSE Sensex was down by 30 points at 19960 while NSE Nifty was trading with a loss of 11 points. Most of the heavyweight index stocks were trading flat.

Among major gainers in today’s session were PNB (trading 4.8% higher), HCL Tech (trading 3.8% higher), Ambuja Cements (up by 2%) and Aptech (trading with gain of over 11%). HDFC touched 52-week high of Rs 900 in today’s trading session.

Among major losers were Sun Pharma, Ranbaxy Labs, Axis Bank and NMDC. Standard Chartered has expressed positive sentiment about the earnings for fourth quarter from majority of Indian companies.

German car maker BMW’s Indian arm received Rs 650 crore showcause notice from Income Tax department.

Indian markets are expected to remain rangebound for today’s session. Asian markets closed mixed on Thursday.

Indian Stock Market Trades Higher; DLF and Hero MotoCorp Gain

Indian Stock Markets were trading marginally higher during afternoon trade with Hero MotoCorp, Maruti Suzuki and DLF among major gainers. At 14.28 pm IST, BSE Sensex was up by 46 points at 19300 while NSE Nifty was trading higher by 10 points at 5828.

European markets have opened marginally higher. FTSE was up by 0.2 per cent at 6440. DAX and CAC were also marginally higher.

Among major gainers in today’s trade were Hero MotoCorp with gain of 4.2% at Rs 1716. Maruti Suzuki was higher by 1.8% at 1450. DLF and Larsen were up by nearly 2 per cent.

Among major losers were Jindal Steel, HUL, Tata Motors and Ambuja Cements. Reliance, ONGC and Coal India were trading marginally lower.

Indian currency was slightly higher compared to US dollar and Euro. Gold was trading at Rs 29555 for 10 grams in Mumbai market while Silver was at Rs 55050 for 1000 grams.

Indian Stock Market Gains Marginally; Dr Reddys Labs Touches 52-week High

Indian Stock Market gained in the last two hours of trading session. The market was helped by the buying witnessed in HDFC and ITC. BSE Sensex closed 51 points higher while NSE Nifty closed 13 points higher.

Pharmaceutical major Dr Reddys Labs touched 52-week high of Rs 1921 and the stock closed at Rs 1908. Idea Cellular also touched 52-week high of Rs 112. Other stocks touching 52-week high included ING Vysya Bank, K Sera Sera, Cipla, Bank of Maharashtra, Marico, Nahar Spinning, Pantaloon Retail, Oracle Financial, RS Software and SBI.

Indian Currency gained compared to US dollar and Euro. Gold price remained flat while Silver was up by 0.4%.

Fitch Ratings has again raised the alarm against the Indian economy and growth outlook. The rating agency has cited high fiscal deficit as a reason for upcoming downgrades for Indian economy.

Finance Minister was quick to respond to Fitch’s report of future downgrades for India. He added that India is not concerned about downgrade as he is confident of containing the fiscal deficit.

Indian Market Slips; European Indices Also Close Lower

Indian Stock market slipped on Monday after a very good start for the New Year 2013. Stock market experts are still positive about the movement of the Indian stock market. Goldman Sachs has given positive rating for Indian and Chinese markets.

BSE Sensex closed 93 points lower at 19691 and NSE Nifty closed 27 points lower at 5988. Among major losers in today’s trade were Larsen, Jaiprakash Associates, HDFC and HUL.

Goldman Sachs has given a strong guidance for Indian stock markets with 7000 as target for NSE Nifty by the year end. The brokerage house has upgraded the GDP growth for Asian region to 6.9 compared to earlier estimates of 6.2 per cent.

Bajaj Auto MD has expressed worries over lower sales in auto sector. He has pointed that Bajaj Auto expects flat sales in year 2013.

Major gainers in today’s session were BPCL, Maruti Suzuki, Cipla and Tata Steel.

Indian Stock Market Gains; PSB Gains 10%

Indian Stock Market closed higher on Tuesday after US managed to escape the fiscal cliff for the moment. BSE Sensex closed 154 points higher at 19580 and NSE Nifty closed 46 points higher at 5950. Next major resistance for NSE Nifty is 6000.

Among European markets, CAC was up yesterday while FTSE and DAX closed lower. US Markets are expected to remain positive in the start of New Year 2013. Markets closed with decent gains with Dow Jones gaining 1.28% and Nasdaq closing 2 per cent higher.

Punjab & Sind Bank gained 10% in today’s session after the bank announced that the board has approved the plan to raise Rs 1000 crore. The stock touched intraday high of Rs 81.75 on NSE and closed Rs 8.10 higher.

Among other major gainers were Reliance Infra, Jindal Steel, Hindalco and PNB. Among banking counters ICICI Bank, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank closed positive.

Power Grid, NTPC, Infosys Technologies and Asian Paints were among major losers in today’s trade.

Indian currency gained smartly compared to USD. USD was down by 31 paisa at 54.68. Euro-INR was trading at 72.28.

Indian Market Closes Marginally Lower; Metal Stocks Shine

Indian Stock Market closed marginally lower after hovering in negative territory for the trading session. European markets closed marginally higher compared to previous closing. BSE Sensex was down by 22 points at 19453 during the closing bell.

USD gained further ground compared to Indian currency. USD-INR was trading at 54.85. Euro was also trading strong at 72.81. Euro is near its all time high compared to Indian currency.

Among major gainers in today’s session were metal stocks. Hindalco gained 2.35% to close at Rs 132. Jindal Steel gained 2.2%. Tata Steel was also higher by 1.77% at Rs 431.

Major losers included Ambuja Cements, Sun Pharma, BPCL and Jaiprakash Associates.

Among major companies, Reliance, ONGC, ITC and Coal India closed flat. TCS gained Rs 19.4 to close the day at Rs 1252.

The banking amendment bill received final approval in the parliament today. BJP has retained similar number of seats in Gujarat. Congress won 36 seats in Himachal Pradesh.

Indian Market Closes Higher; CAC Gains; FTSE Flat

Indian Stock Markets closed marginally higher on Tuesday. BSE Sensex closed 42 points higher at 19348 and NSE Nifty closed 5 points higher compared to yesterday’s close. Among European stocks, CAC was up by 0.8%. DAX and FTSE were marginally higher.

Jaiprakash Associates was among major gainers in today’s trade. The stock closed above Rs 100 after gaining 4.4%. Tata Power, Reliance and Ranbaxy Labs were among major gainers.

Top losers included Ambuja Cements, Mahindra & Mahindra, Wipro and TCS. The markets are looking at FDI in retail decision as various political parties have kept their cards hidden on the issue.

Rating agency Moody’s has maintained negative outlook for Indian banks. The financial services and banking sector is facing pressure on margins.

USD was trading at 54.68 compared to INR. Euro was strong compared to Indian currency at 71.52. Gold prices were down by 0.44% at Rs 31125 per 10 grams.

Indian Stock Market Gains; Ambit Capital Expects Sensex at 23000 in 12 Months

Ambit Capital has expressed bullish view about Indian stock market with 23000 as target for BSE Sensex in coming 12 months. Saurabh Mukherjea, Head Equities, Ambit Capital said during an interview to CNBC TV18 that he expects markets to move higher. The current results are an indication of bottoming out of the earnings for Indian majors. He expects Indian markets to outperform other emerging markets.

Indian stock market was trading higher on Monday. BSE Sensex was up by 92 points at 18774 and NSE Nifty was trading higher by 22 points at 12.02 PM IST.

Among majors gainers were TCS, ICICI Bank, Mahindra & Mahindra and NTPC. Bank of Baroda, Ambuja Cements, ITC and Jindal Steel were among major losers in today’s trading session.

TCS management has expressed satisfaction over the current market condition. The outlook for the upcoming quarters is positive and the stock has been performing well on the bourses.

If the government pushes forward with reforms agenda, the investment climate in India can improve. The country faced rating downgrade from major rating agencies including S&P. If the UPA government is successful in reducing the current account deficit, the markets may look up in medium term.

Indian Markets Recover; Asian Markets Lower

Indian Markets bounced back on Thursday with NSE Nifty strongly over 5000 mark and BSE Sensex nearly a per cent higher at 16635.

Gold was trading at 28,440 per 10 grams while Silver was nearly a per cent down at 54,700.

In today’s trading session, IDFC was up by 5% at Rs 121. Cairn India was trading higher by 3.9% at Rs 320. BHEL and Kotak Mahindra Bank were also among major gainers.

After yesterday’s rally, pharmaceutical major Ranbaxy Labs was trading lower today. PNB was also trading lower. Among other losers were auto major Maruti Suzuki and technology leader Infosys Technologies.

Indian markets are expected to close positive today. Among sectoral indices, BSE Auto was up by 101 points. Capital Goods and BSE Metals indices were also trading with decent gains.