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  • Sensex jumps over 300 pts amid positive Asian signals

    Key equity benchmarks ended with modest rise in Friday, tracking gains in global peers amid easing US-China trade tensions. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, rose 337.35 points or 0.92% to 36,981.77. The Nifty 50 index rose 98.30 points or 0.91% to 10,946.20.

    Buying was wide spread. The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index rose 0.61%. The S&P BSE Small-Cap index rose 0.79%.

    The market breadth was strong. On the BSE, 1590 shares rose and 915 shares fell. A total of 153 shares were unchanged.

    Among the sectoral indices on the BSE, the S&P BSE Auto index (up 2.54%), the S&P BSE Power index (up 2.09%) and the S&P BSE Metal index (up 1.91%) outperformed the Sensex.

    The S&P BSE Realty index (down 0.71%), the S&P BSE FMCG index (down 0.16%) and the S&P BSE IT index (up 0.15%) underperformed the Sensex.

    In the foreign exchange market, the rupee edged higher against the dollar. The partially convertible rupee was hovering at 71.6725, compared with its close of 71.84 during the previous trading session.

    In the commodities market, Brent crude for October 2019 settlement was down 93 cents at $60.02 a barrel. The contract rose 25 cents or 0.41% to settle at $60.95 a barrel during the previous trading session.

    Overseas, most European stocks were trading lower. Investors continue to monitor political uncertainty in Britain, with 55 days to go until the world's fifth-largest economy is scheduled to leave the European Union (EU).

    Asian stocks ended higher on Friday amid signs of easing US-China trade tensions. As per reports, China and the US have agreed to hold the next round of trade negotiations in Washington in early October to end the bruising trade war following an agreement that both sides will jointly take concrete actions to create favourable conditions for the talks.

    US stocks surged on Thursday on expectations of de-escalation in trade tensions after Washington and Beijing agreed to hold high-level talks next month, while strong US economic data eased fears of a domestic slowdown.

    In economic data, the US services sector slowed in August, according to the Markit Services Purchasing Managers' Index, which fell from 53 in July to 50.7 in August. The more closely watched ISM non-manufacturing index, however, came in at 56.4%, up from the 53.7% reading in July.

    On the equity front back home, auto shares were in demand. Eicher Motors (up 4.26%), Escorts (up 3.11%), Bajaj Auto (up 2.90%), TVS Motor Company (up 2.79%), Tata Motors (up 2.58%), Mahindra & Mahindra (up 2.46%), Hero MotoCorp (up 2.15%) and Ashok Leyland (up 1.27%) jumped.

    Car major Maruti Suzuki India gained 3.61%. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control over a newly created joint venture in India, by Toyota Tsusho India of India, its parent Toyota Tsusho Corporation of Japan, and Maruti Suzuki India of India. The joint venture will supply, dismantle and process end-of-life vehicles and market and sell scrap and other products generated from such activities in India.

    Last week, the media reported that Toyota and Suzuki entered into a capital alliance agreement. Toyota is planning to acquire 4.9% stake in Suzuki worth 96 billion yen. Likewise, Suzuki plans to acquire a stake in Toyota worth 48 billion yen.

    On Thursday, Union Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari said at the annual SIAM Convention that he will recommend a reduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) to help the auto sector come out of a prolonged slump. He also said that India will not ban petrol and diesel vehicles.

    Tech Mahindra rose 3.77% after the company announced multi-year agreement to accelerate AT&T's technology transformation. The announcement was made after trading hours yesterday, 5 September 2019.

    Axis Bank rose 3.35% to Rs 671. A research house has maintained buy call on the stock, but cut target to Rs 875 from Rs 900 per share.

    Sun Pharmaceutical Industries fell 1.63% after the drug major informed that the stock market regulator Sebi has ordered forensic audit on company's financial statements.

    With reference to media article captioned, "Sun Pharma slides 4% on report of Sebi ordering forensic audit", Sun Pharmaceutical Industries clarified after market hours yesterday, 5 September 2019, that that a forensic audit has been ordered by Sebi with reference to the financial statements of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries for the financial years ending 31 March 2016, 31 March 2017 and 31 March 2018. The said forensic audit is presently ongoing.

    Drug major Lupin rose 0.88%. The company announced that it has received approval for its Fosaprepitant for injection, 150 mg single-dose vial, from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). The drug is the generic version of Emend injection. Fosaprepitant for injection, 150 mg Single-Dose Vial, had annual sales of approximately $285 million in the US (IQVIA MAT June 2019).

    Shares of four Indiabulls group companies tumbled amid reports that a public interest litigation has been filed against Indiabulls Housing Finance's accounting practices.

    Indiabulls Housing Finance, Indiabulls Integrated Services, Indiabulls Ventures and Indiabulls Real Estate fell by between 1.21% to 6.04%.

    Indiabulls Housing Finance (IBH) clarified to the bourses before trading hours today, that it has learned through the media that a PIL (public interest litigation) has been filed against the company (IBH) & promoters in Delhi High Court. The petition has not yet been filed in High Court as per its website, but leaked in social media with malicious intent to create turbulence in IBH stock price.

    Realty major DLF fell 3.20%. The real estate company clarified that the DLF group has had financing transactions with the Indiabulls group since 2011 and all such transactions were completely on an arms length basis. The firm has repaid all loans taken from Indiabulls by 30 June 2019 ahead of schedule, except for one loan of Rs 175 crore, which was downsold by IBHFL to a foreign bank, and is reflected the company's books as such. As on date, the DLF Group has no exposure or investment in the Indiabulls group or any of the ventures of its promoters.

    Prabhat Dairy hit an upper circuit limit of 20% at Rs 78.15. The firm announced after market hours yesterday, that its board will meet on 10 September 2019 to consider voluntary delisting of the equity shares of the company. The promoters intend to acquire a 49.9% stake from the public shareholders and then go for voluntary delisting. As on 30 June 2019, promoters held 50.10% stake in the integrated milk and dairy products company.

    Hinduja Global Solutions climbed 8.81% after the company said it has recovered one billion dollars in denied insurance payments on behalf of healthcare systems. The announcement was made after market hours yesterday, 5 September 2019.

    State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals (Bhel) rose 1.17%. The company said it secured an order for emission control equipment for 2x250 MW Bhilai Expansion power project in Chhattisgarh. Valued at around Rs 450 crore, the order has been placed on Bhel by NTPC-SAIL Power Company (A joint venture of NTPC and Steel Authority of India).

    Capacite Infraprojects rose 3.37%. The company said that it received maiden order worth Rs 4,502 crore from City & Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) of Maharashtra for construction of approximately 21,346 dwelling units with development of commercial area and onsite infrastructure works at Navi Mumbai.

    Suzlon Energy slumped 9.86% to Rs 3.20 after media reported that the wind turbine maker withdrew an offer to repay about Rs 8500 to lenders after Vestas Wind Systems A/C, which was backing the proposal, pulled out of the debt-resolution plan.

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  •  ( 15:57) Asian stocks end mostly lower  
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