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  • Key indices register weekly gains

    Key benchmarks clocked modest gains last week as the exit polls predicted a clear victory for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the assembly elections for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Investors digested the US Federal Reserve's decision of raising interest rates for the third time this year, underlining the confidence that the United States remains on solid footing. The Sensex and the Nifty, both, advanced in three out of five trading sessions. The broader market, however, witnessed selling pressure.

    In the week ended on Friday, 15 December 2017, the Sensex rose 212.67 points, or 0.64%, to settle at 33,462.97. The Nifty 50 index rose 67.60 points, or 0.66%, to settle at 10,333.25.

    The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index fell 69.64 points, or 0.41%, to settle at 16,974.72. The S&P BSE Small-Cap index fell 41.23 points, or 0.23%, to settle at 18,170.65.

    Trading for the week started on a positive note. Key benchmark indices settled with modest gains on Monday, 11 December 2017, after a range-bound session of trade, on positive global cues. The Sensex had risen 205.49 points or 0.62% to settle at 33,455.79, its highest closing level since 29 November 2017.

    The stock market registered modest losses on Tuesday, 12 December 2017, after previous three sessions of gains. The Sensex had fallen 227.80 points or 0.68% to settle at 33,227.99, its lowest closing level since 7 December 2017.

    The stock market registered modest losses in a highly volatile session of trade on Wednesday, 13 December 2017. The Sensex had fallen 174.95 points or 0.53% to settle at 33,053.04, its lowest closing level since 7 December 2017.

    Key benchmark indices ended higher after a volatile trading session on Thursday, 14 December 2017. The Sensex had risen 193.66 points or 0.59% to settle at 33,246.70, its highest closing level since 11 December 2017.

    The stock market closed with modest gains on Friday, 15 December 2017. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, advanced 216.27 points, or 0.65%, to settle at 33,462.97.

    Drug major Cipla was the top Sensex loser last week. The stock fell 4.60% to Rs 575.85.

    Drug major Lupin rose 4.86% to Rs 859.90. The company announced that it has received final approval for its Tydemy (Drospirenone, Ethinyl Estradiol, and Levomefolate Calcium Tablets, 3 mg/0.03 mg/0.451 mg and Levomefolate Calcium Tablets, 0.451 mg) from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to market a generic version of Safyral Tablets of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. The announcement was made during market hours on Thursday, 14 December 2017.

    IndusInd Bank and Yes Bank will be included in the S&P BSE Sensex, while Cipla and Lupin will be excluded from the benchmark index. The changes are effective at the open of Monday, 18 December 2017.

    Among other drug makers, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries fell 0.63% to Rs 518.20.

    Dr. Reddy's Laboratories was the top Sensex gainer last week. The stock rose 8.55% to Rs 2,372. The company said that the company has received an Establishment Inspection Report (EIR) from the US drug regulator as closure of audit for the Bachupally, Hyderabad facility. Earlier, the company had on 28 April 2017 informed about the audit of its Formulations Manufacturing Plant - 3 at Bachupally, Hyderabad by the USFDA, wherein it was issued a form 483 with 11 observations. The announcement was made after market hours on Monday, 11 December 2017.

    HDFC Bank rose 1.80% to Rs 1,873.05. The bank announced that its board will meet on 20 December 2017 to consider a proposal for raising of funds through various modes. The announcement was made after market hours on Thursday, 14 December 2017.

    Among other banks, ICICI Bank (down 2.29%) and State Bank of India (down 0.13%), edged lower. Axis Bank (up 1.04%) and Kotak Mahindra Bank (up 1.99%), edged higher.

    Most IT shares rose. Wipro (up 1.71%) and Infosys (up 2.19%), edged higher. TCS fell 2.04%.

    Auto major Mahindra & Mahindra rose 6.75% to Rs 1,482.65. The company announced that it plans to increase prices of its passenger and commercial vehicles by up to 3% effective from 1 January 2018. The announcement was made after market hours on Thursday, 14 December 2017.

    Tata Steel fell 0.27% to Rs 694.95. The company scheduled a board meeting on 18 December 2017 to consider a proposal for raising of funds through various modes. The announcement was made after market hours on Wednesday, 13 December 2017.

    Telecom major Bharti Airtel fell 1.17% to Rs 519. Bharti Airtel and Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm focused on growth investing, announced that an affiliate of Warburg Pincus will acquire up to a 20% equity stake in Bharti Telemedia, the DTH arm of Bharti Airtel, for approximately $350 million. Of this, 15% stake will be sold by Bharti Airtel and the balance by another Bharti entity which holds 5% stake. Upon closing of the transaction, Bharti Airtel will own an 80% equity stake in Bharti Telemedia. The announcement was made after trading hours on Tuesday, 12 December 2017.

    Bharti Telemedia is one of the largest Direct-To-Home (DTH) paid TV service providers in India and offers services under the Airtel TV brand. It had approximately 14 million subscribers and approximately $550 million in revenues during the 12-month period ended 30 September 2017.

    Housing finance major HDFC rose 2.72% to Rs 1,722.85.

    Cigarette major ITC rose 1.17% to Rs 264.75.

    Diversified company Reliance Industries (RIL) fell 0.11% to Rs 919.90.

    Engineering and construction major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) fell 1.31% to Rs 1,203.30.

    On the macro front, India's inflation based on the wholesale price index (WPI), stood at 3.93% for the month of November 2017 as compared to 3.59% for the previous month and 1.82% during the corresponding month of the previous year. The inflation data was released by the government during market hours on Thursday, 14 December 2017.

    The all-India general inflation based on the consumer price index (CPI) surged to 4.88% in November 2017, compared with 3.58% in October 2017. The core CPI inflation increased to 4.69% in November 2017 compared with 4.4% in October 2017. The inflation data was released by the government after market hours on Tuesday, 12 December 2017.

    India's industrial production rose at moderated pace of 2.2% in October 2017 over October 2016, while showing a deceleration in growth from 4.1% increase in September 2017, data released by the government after market hours on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 showed.

    On the political front, in a boost to Narendra Modi led NDA government at the centre, a host of exit polls predicted a clear victory for the BJP in the recently concluded assembly elections for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Exit polls predicted that the BJP will retain Gujarat while wresting power from the Congress in Himachal Pradesh.

    Poll in Himachal Pradesh took place in single phase on 9 November 2017, while in Gujarat, poll was scheduled in two phases on 9 and 14 December 2017. Results of both the states will be announced on Monday, 18 December 2017.

    The winter session of the Parliament began on Friday, 15 December 2017. Disruptions marred the first day of the winter session of the Rajya Sabha as a determined opposition stalled proceedings protesting the disqualification of former Janata Dal (United) or JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav and another MP of the same party and certain recent remarks of the Prime Minister.

    This session will have a total of 14 working days. The session concludes on 5 January 2018. The government has a slew of important Bills on its agenda in this session. The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 is slated to come up in this session of Parliament. This Bill aims to limit the impact of the failure of financial institutions like banks and NBFCs. It has also been cleared by the standing committee.

    Meanwhile, the provisional figures of direct tax collections up to November 2017 showed that net collections are at Rs 4.8 lakh crore which is 14.4% higher than the net collections for the corresponding period of last year. The net direct tax collections represent 49% of the total Budget Estimates of direct taxes for the FY 2018, according to the data released by the government on Sunday, 10 December 2017.

    On the global front, the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter point after the conclusion of its two-day policy meeting on Wednesday, 13 December 2017, in a move that was widely expected by markets. That increased the central bank's target range to between 1.25% and 1.5%. The Fed also raised its GDP forecast from 2.1% to 2.5%. Its inflation forecast was raised from 1.6% to 1.7%.

    Meanwhile, the European Central Bank (ECB) hiked its growth forecasts, but admitted that inflation still will not be on target by 2020. In its final meeting of 2017 held on Thursday, 14 December 2017, the eurozone's central bank voted to leave interest rates on hold - and repeated its commitment to running an asset-purchase stimulus programme until at least next September.

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