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  • Indices scale fresh record closing high

    Trading for the week ended on a positive note as the stock market settled with modest gains to scale record high on closing as well as on intraday basis. Firmness in most global stocks perked up sentiment. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, gained 184.02 points or 0.55% to settle at 33,940.30. The Nifty 50 index rose 52.70 points or 0.5% to settle at 10,493. Indices snapped two-day losing streak. The market remains closed on Monday, 25 December 2017, on account of Christmas.

    The market opened higher and extended gains till mid-morning trade. Amid bouts of volatility, stocks scaled fresh record high later during the session.

    The Sensex gained 184.02 points or 0.55% to settle at 33,940.30, a record closing high. The index gained 208 points or 0.62% at the day's high of 33,964.28, its record high. The index gained 11.45 points or 0.03% at the day's low of 33,767.73.

    The Nifty 50 index rose 52.70 points or 0.5% to settle at 10,493, its record closing high. The index gained 53 points or 0.5% at the day's high of 10,501.10, its record high. The index rose 7.95 points or 0.07% at the day's low of 10,448.25.

    The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index rose 0.11%, underperforming the Sensex. The S&P BSE Small-Cap index gained 0.58%, outperforming the Sensex.

    The breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was positive. On the BSE, 1,576 shares rose and 1,168 shares fell. A total of 177 shares were unchanged.

    The total turnover on BSE amounted to Rs 4829.95 crore, lower than turnover of Rs 6146.58 crore registered during the previous trading session.

    Capital goods stocks advanced. Bharat Heavy Electricals (Bhel) (up 0.82%), BEML (up 1.84%), Havells India (up 0.19%), ABB India (up 0.06%), Bharat Electronics (up 1.95%), L&T (up 1.02%), and Thermax (up 3.15%) gained. Siemens fell 0.68%.

    IT stocks also gained. Tech Mahindra (up 0.1%), TCS (up 1.76%), Infosys (up 1.86%), and Wipro (up 1.06%) edged higher. HCL Technologies declined 0.29%.

    eClerx Services jumped 9.85% to Rs 1,503.85 after the company said its board approved a proposal to buyback upto 12.9 lakh equity shares at Rs 2,000 each. The announcement was made during trading hours today, 22 December 2017. eClerx Services said that its board of directors approved a proposal for buyback of equity shares of the company, subject to approval by the shareholders, for an aggregate amount not exceeding Rs 258 crore, being within 25% of the total paid-up equity capital and free reserves of the company as on 31 March 2017.

    The company will buyback shares at a price not exceeding Rs 2,000 per equity share from all existing shareholders of the company on the record date to be fixed for the said purpose. At maximum buyback price, the buyback translates into approximately 12.9 lakh equity shares of the company, representing about 3.23% of the total paid up equity share capital of the company.

    The board noted the intention of the promoters and promoter group of the company to participate in the proposed buyback.

    Stocks of most public sector banks rose. Punjab National Bank (up 1.41%), State Bank of India (up 1.04%), Bank of Baroda (up 0.3%), and Corporation Bank (up 1.01%) edged higher. Bank of India (down 0.81%) and IDBI Bank (down 1.81%) dropped.

    Canara Bank rose 0.43% after the company said it plans to pare stake in Can Fin Homes. The announcement was made after market hours yesterday, 21 December 2017. Canara Bank said it proposes to offload 4% stake in Canfin Homes (CFHL) through empanelled merchant bankers/ investment bankers. The post deal stake holding by Canara Bank in CFHL will be 26%.

    Stocks of private sector banks were mixed. ICICI Bank (up 0.52%), Axis Bank (up 0.75%) and HDFC Bank (up 0.49%) edged higher. Yes Bank (down 0.08%), IndusInd Bank (down 0.64%), and Kotak Mahindra Bank (down 0.13%) edged lower.

    Auto stocks were mixed. Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) (up 0.77%), Maruti Suzuki India (up 0.74%), Eicher Motors (up 0.34%), Tata Motors (up 0.39%) and Bajaj Auto (up 1.6%) gained. TVS Motor Company (down 0.33%) and Ashok Leyland (down 0.21%) declined.

    Hero MotoCorp dropped 0.61%. The company will be increasing the ex-showroom prices of its motorcycles, starting 1 January 2018 to partially off-set the rising input costs. The price hike translates to about Rs 400 per model. The exact quantum of the increase will vary, based on the model and the specific market. The announcement was made during market hours today, 22 December 2017.

    Overseas, European stocks edged lower. French statistics agency Insee revised upward its reading of third-quarter economic growth. French gross domestic product rose 0.6% quarter-on-quarter, 0.1 percentage points higher than the previous reading, Insee said.

    Most Asian stocks rose after positive close for US stocks overnight. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet endorsed a record $860 billion spending budget for fiscal 2018, highlighting his greater emphasis on growth than austerity, with aggressive monetary stimulus keeping borrowing costs low.

    US stock-market indexes closed modestly higher yesterday, 21 December 2017, driven by gains in the energy, financials and telecom sectors.

    On the economic data front, the US economy's pace of growth in the third quarter was lowered slightly to a 3.2% annual rate from 3.3% under the government's final revision to gross domestic product. The economy expanded at a 3.1% rate in the second quarter. Separately, initial jobless claims rose a higher-than-expected 20,000 in the latest week, though they remain at historically low levels.

    On the upside, the Philadelphia Fed's Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey jumped to a reading of 26.2 in December from 22.7.

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