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  • Sensex, Nifty log modest gains

    Local stocks snapped their two-day losing streak to settle with modest gains on positive global cues. Intraday volatility was high. The market breadth was positive. Shares of IT major Infosys scaled record high.

    The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, rose 161.83 points or 0.44% to 36,724.74. The index hit high of 36,776.31 and low of 36,776.31 during the day.

    The Nifty 50 index rose 46.75 points or 0.43% to 10,844.65. The index moved in range of 10,858.75 and 10,746.35 during the day.

    The S&P BSE Small-Cap index rose 0.14%. The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index rose 0.29%.

    The market breadth was positive. On the BSE, 1204 shares rose and 1186 shares fell. A total of 167 shares were unchanged.

    Shares of IT major Infosys rose 0.83% to Rs 821.05. The stock hit an intraday high of Rs 822.70, which is also a record high for the counter.

    Sun Pharmaceutical Industries lost 2.97%. As per reports, Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has ordered a forensic audit against Sun Pharmaceutical Industries to look into allegations of financial irregularities and lapses in corporate governance standards. The audit has been reportedly ordered based on allegations made by a whistleblower in a 150-page complaint to Sebi, accusing Sun Pharma of committing corporate governance and tax-related offences and securities market-related violations.

    Maruti Suzuki India lost 3.64%. The company decided to shut down the passenger vehicle manufacturing operations in its Gurugram plant and Manesar plant in Haryana for two days, i.e., on 7 September 2019 and 9 September 2019. The automobile company has announced that both the days will be observed as no production days.

    Bharti Airtel (up 2.87%), Tata Steel (up 2.85%), SBI (up 2.35%), Vedanta (up 2.24%) and NTPC (up 1.79%) were top gainers in Sensex pack.

    Tata Motors (down 2.62%), Asian Paints (down 2.52%), IndusInd Bank (down 2.17%) and Mahindra & Mahindra (down 1.71%) were top losers in Sensex pack.

    Shares of ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company dropped 3.86%. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) vide its letter dated 30 March 2016 had imposed lock in for a period of five years i.e. till 29 March 2021 on 40,278,460 shares (constituting 9% of the issued and paid-up capital of the company) held by FAL Corporation, an affiliate of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (Fairfax).

    The company was communicated by IRDAI vide its letter dated 3 September 2019 that pursuant to request received from Fairfax and as a matter of exception taken, the conditions of lock in period on the equity shares held by Fairfax in the company, may not be insisted upon. The announcement was made after market hours yesterday, 3 September 2019.

    BEML rose 4%. Government of India intimated that Expression of Interest (EoI) / Preliminary Information Memorandum (PIM) document in respect of disinvestment of shareholding of BEML in subsidiary Vignyan Industries (VIL) may be published at the earliest. Accordingly, the said EoI / PIM will be published today 4 September 2019.

    Tata Communications gained 1.63% after Neeco Global ICT Services announced that it has become a customer of Tata Communications to take to market and deliver Internet of Things (IoT) services for enterprises in Europe. The announcement was made after market hours yesterday, 3 September 2019.

    VST Tillers Tractors surged 8.48% after the company announced sales for August 2019. Tractor sales rose by 57.25% to 813 units in August 2019 compared to August 2018. However, sales of power tillers declined 12.7% to 1,437 units in August 2019 over August 2018.

    GE&TD India fell 0.7%. The company received a grid upgradation order from West Bengal State Electricity Transmission Company (WBSETCL). The order is worth Rs 90 crore which includes construction of three new 132/33 kilovolt (kV) substations in Ramnagar, Manbazaar and Birlapur.

    On the macro front, data released today showed that the IHS Markit India Services Business Activity Index declined to 52.4 in August from 53.8 in July, pointing to a slower rate of increase in output.

    Overseas, European markets were trading higher. Meanwhile, a cross-party alliance defeated British Prime Minister Johnson in parliament in an effort to block a “no-deal” Brexit. The vote led Johnson to push for a snap election.

    Asian markets closed higher on Wednesday after a private survey showed China's services sector activity jumping to a three month high in August. The Caixin/Markit Services Purchasing Managers' Index came in at 52.1 in August, the highest since May.

    Hong Kong's Legislative Assembly would formally withdraw the controversial bill which created the outrage for the last three months. This report comes ahead of China's 70th anniversary of Communist Party of China's victory in the civil war.

    US stocks fell on Tuesday as investors worried about global growth prospects after a private survey showed US factory activity shrank in August for the first time since 2016 and the United States and China imposed new tariffs on each other over the weekend.

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  •  ( 15:57) European shares trade mostly lower  
  •  ( 15:57) Asian stocks end mostly lower  
  •  ( 15:56) Sensex, Nifty end near the day's low ahead of Trump's visit  
  •  ( 12:25) DHFL Q3 consol. PAT up 197.81% to Rs 934.31 cr.  
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  •  ( 10:49) Brickwork Ratings downgrades bonds of Vodafone Idea to BWR BB-  
  •  ( 10:49) Thomas Cook (India) to consider a buyback of shares  
  •  ( 10:43) Market breadth positive  
  •  ( 10:43) Nifty holds above 12,100  
  •  ( 09:31) Positive market breadth  
  •  ( 09:21) Local market drifts lower in early trade  
  •  ( 08:56) Sterlite Technologies adds new orders of Rs 1,500 crore  
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