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  • Broader market rallies on BJP's win in Gujarat, HP

    The stock market rallied in the week ended Friday, 22 December 2017, on the back of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) win in the recently concluded assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex and the Nifty 50 index closed at record highs.

    The Sensex surged 477.33 points, or 1.42%, to settle at 33,940.30. The Nifty advanced 159.75 points, or 1.54%, to settle at 10,493.

    Broader market rallied. The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index jumped 3.52%. The S&P BSE Small-Cap index spurted 4.51%. Both these indices outperformed the Sensex.

    The BJP's win in the assembly elections in two states will boost the morale of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the centre to continue with its bold reforms in the run-up to the 2019 general elections.

    Coming to the session-wise details, the stock market settled with modest gains on Monday, 18 December 2017, after witnessing sharp volatility at the onset of the session as assembly elections results showed that BJP will return to power for a sixth straight term in Gujarat and will overthrow Congress rule to form government in Himachal Pradesh. The Sensex had risen 138.71 points or 0.41% to settle at 33,601.68, its highest closing level since 29 November 2017.

    The stock market registered decent gains on Tuesday, 19 December 2017, as firmness in most global stocks supported gains on the domestic bourses. The Sensex gained 235.06 points, or 0.7%, to settle at 33,836.74, a record high.

    Key benchmark indices settled with small losses after a range bound and lackluster session of trade on Wednesday, 20 December 2017, as profit booking emerged after market hit record high. The Sensex had fallen 59.36 points or 0.18% to settle at 33,777.38, its lowest closing level since 18 December 2017.

    Key benchmark indices settled marginally lower after a range bound trade on Thursday, 21 December 2017 amid subdued global cues. The Sensex had fallen 21.10 points or 0.06% to settle at 33,756.28, its lowest closing level since 18 December 2017.

    The stock market settled with modest gains on Friday, 22 December 2017 as firmness in most global stocks perked up sentiment. The Sensex had risen 184.02 points or 0.55% to settle at 33,940.30, its record high.

    Coming to the stocks, ICICI Bank surged 4.27% at Rs 316.40. The bank's subsidiary ICICI Securities has filed a draft red herring prospectus with Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for a public offer of up to 6.44 crore equity shares of face value of Rs 5 each of ICICI Securities, representing approximately 20% of its equity share capital as on date, for cash through an offer for sale (OFS) of up to 6.44 crore equity shares by ICICI Bank.

    The offer includes a proposed reservation of up to 32.21 lakh equity shares (up to 5% of the offer) for individual and Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) shareholders of ICICI Bank. The announcement was made after market hours on Friday, 15 December 2017.

    HDFC Bank was up 0.23% at Rs 1,877.35. The bank said that its board of directors, at a meeting held on 20 December, 2017, approved raising of funds aggregating up to Rs 24000 crore. The announcement was made during market hours on Wednesday, 20 December 2017. Out of which, the amount of Rs 8500 crore shall be raised through equity issue on a preferential basis to HDFC, the promoter of the bank. The balance shall be raised through issuance of equity shares/convertible securities/depository receipts.

    IndusInd Bank dropped 1.85% at Rs 1,648.85. The bank announced approval of the Competition Commission of India to the proposed amalgamation of Bharat Financial Inclusion (formerly known as 'SKS Microfinance) with IndusInd Bank. The announcement was made after market hours on Tuesday, 19 December 2017.

    Wipro rose 3.9% at Rs 301.10. The company announced a partnership with Headspin, a San Francisco-based powerful, easy-to-use mobile experience platform, to offer next-generation mobility quality engineering and testing solutions on global mobile networks. Wipro Ventures, the strategic investment arm of Wipro that is focused on investing in early-to-mid-stage startups, made an investment in Headspin in October 2017. The announcement was made after market hours on Friday, 15 December 2017.

    Bharti Airtel advanced 2.33% at Rs 531.05. The company said that through its subsidiaries it has entered into a definitive agreement with Millicom International Cellular S. A. under which Airtel Rwanda will acquire 100% equity interest in Tigo Rwanda. The acquisition will consolidate the Rwandan telecom market and position Airtel as a strong number 2 operator in Rwanda. The announcement was made before market hours on Tuesday, 19 December 2017.

    NTPC rose 1.41% at Rs 179.75. The company said that the Central Electricity Authority has deleted the capacity of 325 megawatts (MW) of the company's subsidiary Patratu Vidyut Utpadan Nigam (PVUNL) from the database of All India Installed Capacity, based on the decision of the board of directors of PVUNL. Accordingly, NTPC Group's installed capacity is revised from 51,708 MW to 51,383 MW and Group's commercial capacity stands revised from 50,908 MW to 50,583 MW. The announcement was made during market hours on Monday, 18 December 2017.

    Dr Reddy's Laboratories fell 1.64% at Rs 2,333.05. The company has clarified with regards to reports of Aurobindo Pharma and Dr Reddy's Laboratories are frontrunners to buyout bankrupt Orchid Pharma, that the report relating to merger & acquisition activity of the company is purely speculative and the company has not made any official statements related to the matter. The clarification was issued during market hours on Monday, 18 December 2017.

    Index heavyweight and housing finance major HDFC was down 0.84% at Rs 1,708.35. The board of directors of the company approved raising funds by issuing equity shares and/or other permissible securities up to an aggregate amount not exceeding Rs 13000 crore. HDFC will consider raising funds by issue of equity shares or compulsorily convertible debentures or warrants or a combination thereof. The issue will be through a preferential issue or qualified institutions placement basis or through any other permissible mode or combination thereof, subject to necessary shareholder and regulatory approvals. The announcement was made after market hours on Tuesday, 19 December 2017.

    HDFC said that it has approved the sale of 6.3% of the equity of Computer Age Management Services to Great Terrain Investment, Mauritius, an affiliate of Warburg Pincus group at a total consideration of Rs 209.05 crore. Post sale, company will continue to hold 4.8% of the equity capital of CAMS. The announcement was made after market hours on Wednesday, 20 December 2017.

    Coal India dropped 1.86% at Rs 266. The company said that its board has introduced evacuation facility charges at Rs 50 per tonne for dispatch of coal on all dispatches except dispatch through rapid loading arrangement. It will come into force with immediate effect. The announcement was made after market hours on Tuesday, 19 December 2017. As a result, the company would be generating around an additional revenue of Rs 2500 crore for the full year and around Rs 800 crore for the balance period of FY 2018.

    Hero MotoCorp surged 7.72% at Rs 3,772.20. 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 on Friday, 22 December 2017.

    On the macroeconomic data front, India's merchandise exports surged 30.5% to $26.2 billion in November 2017 over a year ago. Meanwhile, merchandise imports increased 19.6% to $40.02 billion. The trade deficit rose 3.2% to $13.83 billion in November 2017 from $13.01 billion in November 2016.

    India's services exports improved 7.9% to $14.15 billion in October 2017 over October 2016. Meanwhile, India's services imports galloped 13.3% to $8.70 billion in October 2017. India's services trade surplus rose 0.3% to $5.45 billion in October 2017 from $5.43 billion in October 2016.

    Meanwhile, the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2017 which seeks to bring about major changes in the Companies Act, 2013, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 by a voice vote. The bill, which was adopted by the Lok Sabha in July, will now have to receive the assent of the President to become law. The amendment seeks to strengthen corporate governance standards, initiate strict action against defaulting companies and help improve ease of doing business in the country.

    On the global front, in the US, the House of Representatives on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 passed a historic tax bill, which they voted on for the second time due to a technical irregularity the day before. The bill includes a reduction in the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%.

    German business confidence fell unexpectedly in December after hitting an all-time high in the previous month, a survey showed. The Munich-based Ifo economic institute said its business climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 firms, edged down to 117.2 from an upwardly revised reading of 117.6 in November which was the highest on record.

    Confidence in France's manufacturing sector fell in December, statistics agency Insee said. Business confidence in manufacturing declined in December to 112 points from 113 points in November, in line with economists' expectations.

    China's central bank raised interest rates on reverse repurchase agreements, or reverse repos, used for open market operations by 5 basis points for the 14-day tenor, following upward adjustments on other tenors last week.

    Japan's government revised up its growth projections for the current and next fiscal years, forecasting the economy to expand 1.9% and 1.8% respectively on the back of steady improvement in domestic demand, the Cabinet Office said.

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