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  • Indices post modest losses on geopolitical tensions

    Key indices posted modest losses in the week ended 8 September 2017, as rising geopolitical tensions between the US and North Korea dampened sentiment. Meanwhile, the threat from North Korea lingered. US President Donald Trump said it's not inevitable that the US will wind up in a war with North Korea over its continued development of nuclear weapons, though military action remains an option. Pyongyang may test a missile this weekend to coincide with its founding day on 9 September 2017.

    Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that cumulative area weighted rainfall for the country as a whole till 5 September 2017 was 5% below normal. The quantum of the rainfall and its spatial and temporal distribution are critical for the country's agriculture. Around 70% of the country's farmlands are rain-fed.

    The Sensex declined 204.71 points or 0.64% to settle at 31,687.52. The Nifty dropped 39.60 points or 0.39% to settle at 9,934.80.

    The BSE Mid-Cap index rose 0.43%. The BSE Small-Cap index gained 1.15%. Both these indices outperformed the Sensex.

    Trading for the week started on a weak note. Key benchmark indices logged modest losses on first trading day of the week on Monday, 4 September 2017, on weak global stocks. The Sensex lost 189.98 points or 0.6% to settle at 31,702.25, its lowest closing level since 30 August 2017.

    Key benchmark indices logged modest gains in volatile session of trade on Tuesday, 5 September 2017, as positive European stocks boosted sentiment. The Sensex rose 107.30 points or 0.34% to settle at 31,809.55, its highest closing level since 1 September 2017.

    Key benchmark indices registered modest losses on Wednesday, 6 September 2017, in line with drop in global peers as rising geopolitical tensions between the US and North Korea dampened sentiment. The Sensex fell 147.58 points or 0.46% to settle at 31,661.97, its lowest closing level since 30 August 2017.

    Key indices settled with small gains on Thursday, 7 September 2017 on firm global stocks. The Sensex rose 0.77 points to settle at 31,662.74, its highest closing level since 5 September 2017.

    Key indices settled with tiny gains in rangebound trading session on Friday, 8 September 2017. The Sensex rose 24.78 points or 0.08% to settle at 31,687.52.

    From the 30-share Sensex pack, 21 stocks fell and only nine rose.

    Dr Reddy's Laboratories lost 2.64%. The company announced that on 7 September 2017, the Regulatory Authority of Germany (Regierung von Oberbayern), concluded an audit of the company's formulations manufacturing facility in Duvvada, Vishakapatnam, with zero critical and six major observations. Products manufactured at the facility are not currently exported to the European Union (EU). The announcement was made during market hours on Thursday, 7 September 2017.

    The company said it will submit a Corrective and Preventive Action plan (CAPA) to the authorities. The auditor has cautioned that the facility will receive European Union Good Manufacturing Practice (EU-GMP) certification from the regulator upto November 2018 only when the Regulator approves the CAPA. The facility's compliance with the CAPA and other applicable regulations will be reviewed again by the regulator by the November 2018 for continuation of the facility's EU-GMP certification.

    Bank stocks were mixed. ICICI Bank fell 2.08%. The bank said it has fixed the price band for the proposed initial public offer (IPO) of its insurance subsidiary viz. ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company at Rs 651 to 661 per share. The announcement was made after market hours on Thursday, 7 September 2017.

    State Bank of India (SBI) (down 2.07%) and Axis Bank (down 2.84%) declined. HDFC Bank (up 1.11%) and Kotak Mahindra Bank (up 1.41%) gained.

    Coal India surged 6.75% and was the top gainer from the Sensex pack.

    Wipro rose 1.21%. The company announced the launch of its newest digital pod in Edinburgh, Scotland, deepening its commitment to offer digital services at close proximity to its UK and European customers. The announcement was made after market hours on Monday, 4 September 2017. The Edinburgh Pod is purpose built for Wipro's digital strategy, design and engineering teams to work in a collaborative and adaptive workspace, along with clients. Digital pods allow teams to work with the necessary autonomy to facilitate speed, continually evaluating progress with user research and technical performance data.

    Lupin declined 2.55%. The company announced the launch of its Olmesartan Medoxomil tablets, 5 mg, 20mg and 40mg having received an approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration earlier. The announcement was made during market hours on Monday, 4 September 2017.

    Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone (down 2.52%), Bharti Airtel (down 4.37%), Mahindra & Mahindra (down 4.01%), Tata Motors (down 4.01%), ITC (down 3.93%), Infosys (down 3.88%), Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (down 3.27%), Cipla (down 3.16%), Dr Reddy's Laboratories (down 2.64%), Hero MotoCorp (down 2.63%), and Powergrid Corporation of India (down 1.59%) declined.

    L&T (up 2.86%), Maruti Suzuki India (up 2.05%) and ONGC (up 1.25%) gained.

    On the political front, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's expansion and reshuffle of his Council of Ministers took place on Sunday, 3 September 2017. Nine new Ministers of State made it to the Union Cabinet, while four existing ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi were promoted to Cabinet rank.

    Nirmala Sitharaman was named as Defence Minister. Piyush Goyal was named the Railway Minister with additional charge of Ministry of Coal. Suresh Prabhu was moved to the Commerce Ministry. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was given additional charge of the Skill Development Ministry. Uma Bharti has been divested of her portfolio of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, which is now with Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore replaced Vijay Goel in the Sports Ministry.

    On the macro front, data released during market hours on Tuesday, 5 September 2017 showed the Nikkei India Services Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 47.5 in August from July's 45.9. The Indian service sector was again impacted by the goods and services tax (GST) during August as a second consecutive drop in new business resulted in another monthly decline in activity, the PMI survey said.

    China's Caixin/Markit August services purchasing managers' index (PMI) today, 5 September 2017 showed an increase to 52.7 from 51.5 in the previous month. A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points toward contraction.

    The US economy added 156,000 jobs in August. The unemployment rate stood at 4.4% in August, rising by 0.1 percentage point from July. Average hourly wages increased by 0.1% in August from a 0.3% increase in the previous month.

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