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  • Market gains in truncated week

    The market rose last week as positive trade data and encouraging comments from the IMF chief on the outlook for Indian economy cheered investors. Sentiment was also cheerful ahead of Diwali. The Sensex and the Nifty, both, attained record high levels during the week. Key indices declined marginally in two out of three trading sessions.

    The Indian stock market remains closed tomorrow, 19 October 2017, on account of Diwali Laxmi Pujan and again on Friday, 20 October 2017, on account of Diwali Balipratipada. However, markets will remain open for Muhurat trading tomorrow, 19 October 2017. The Muhurat trading session on account of Diwali Laxmi Pujan will be between 18:30 IST to 19:30 IST tomorrow, 19 October 2017.

    In the week ended Wednesday, 29 October 2017, the Sensex rose 151.66 points or 0.47% to settle at 32,584.35. The Nifty 50 index rose 43.40 points or 0.43% to settle at 10,210.85.

    The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index advanced 149.29 points or 0.94% to settle at 16,115.98. The S&P BSE Small-Cap index gained 137.73 points or 0.81% to settle at 17,063.39.

    Trading for the week started on a positive note. Key benchmark indices ended with modest gains on Monday, 16 October 2017, amid positive sentiment in other Asian bourses and record closing on the Wall Street last week. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, rose 200.95 points or 0.62% to settle at 32,633.64. The Nifty 50 index rose 63.40 points or 0.62% to settle at 10,230.85.

    Key benchmark indices closed the range-bound trading session near the flat line on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, fell 24.48 points or 0.08% to settle at 32,609.16. The Nifty 50 index rose 3.60 points or 0.04% to settle at 10,234.45.

    Key benchmark indices closed the lackluster trading session with small losses on Wednesday, 18 October 2017. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex lost 24.81 points or 0.08% to settle at 32,584.35. The Nifty 50 index fell 23.60 points or 0.23% to settle at 10,210.85.

    Telecom major Bharti Airtel was the top Sensex gainer last week. The stock rose 7.19% to Rs 462.65 after the company and Millicom International Cellular S.A. announced the closure of the deal to combine their operations in Ghana. The announcement was made during market hours on Monday, 16 October 2017.

    Under the joint agreement, Airtel and Millicom will have equal ownership (50:50) and governance rights in the combined entity, which will have revenues of around $300 million. Both Airtel and Millicom will have board representations and management positions in the merged entity.

    Bharti Airtel had jumped 7.89% to Rs 431.60 on Friday, 13 October 2017 after the company and Tata, India's leading conglomerate, announced that they have entered into an understanding to merge consumer mobile businesses (CMB) of Tata Teleservices (TTSL) and TTML into Bharti Airtel. The announcement was made after market hours Thursday, 12 October 2017.

    Index heavyweight Reliance Industries rose 4.23% to Rs 913.75 after consolidated net profit rose 12.79% to Rs 8097 crore on 19.42% rise in total income to Rs 93812 crore in Q2 September 2017 over Q2 September 2016. The result was announced after market hours on Friday, 13 October 2017.

    Reliance Industries' (RIL) operating profit before other income and depreciation increased by 39.4% to Rs 15565 crore in Q2 September 2017 over Q2 September 2016. Strong operating performance was driven by the refining, petrochemicals, retail businesses and positive contribution from digital services starting from this quarter. Gross refining margin (GRM) rose to $12 per barrel in Q2 September 2017 from $11.90 per barrel in Q1 June 2017 and $10.10 in Q2 September 2016. The capital expenditure for the quarter ended 30 September 2017 was Rs 15653 crore including exchange rate difference capitalization. Capital expenditure was principally on account of ongoing projects in the petrochemicals and refining business at Jamnagar and digital services business.

    Power Grid Corporation of India rose 3.67% to Rs 213.10 after the company said that it won bid to establish eastern region strengthening scheme. The announcement was made after trading hours on Tuesday, 17 October 2017.

    Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) said that it has been declared as the successful bidder under tariff-based competitive bidding to establish 'Eastern Region Strengthening Scheme (ERSS-XXI)' on build, own operate and maintain (BOOM) basis. The letter of intent (Lol) has been received on 17 October 2017, company added. The transmission system traverses in Bihar and includes establishment of three new 400 kilovolt (kV) substations and associated 400 kV transmission lines.

    Two-wheeler maker Bajaj Auto gained 1.91% to Rs 3.225.10 after the company announced Q2 results. Bajaj Auto's consolidated net profit fell 0.6% to Rs 1193.58 crore on 1.3% rise in total income to Rs 6863.51 crore in Q2 September 2017 over Q2 September 2016. As on 30 June 2017, surplus cash and cash equivalents stood at Rs 13256 crore.

    Auto major Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) rose 3.39%. Auto major Tata Motors rose 2.14%. Two-wheeler major Hero MotoCorp fell 0.17%. Car major Maruti Suzuki (India) fell 1.05%.

    Axis Bank was the biggest loser in the Sensex pack last week. The stock slumped 12.30% to Rs 464.35 as the bank's bad loans rose sequentially and annually in Q2 September 2017. Axis Bank's net profit rose 35.5% to Rs 432.38 crore on 0.9% increase in total income to Rs 13820.62 crore in Q2 September 2017 over Q2 September 2016. The result was announced after trading hours on Tuesday, 17 October 2017.

    The bank's gross non-performing assets (NPAs) rose to Rs 27402.32 crore as on 30 September 2017 from Rs 22030.87 crore as on 30 June 2017 and Rs 16378.65 crore as on 30 September 2016. The ratio of gross NPAs to gross advances rose to 5.9% as on 30 September 2017 from 5.03% as on 30 June 2017 and 4.17% as on 30 September 2016. The ratio of net NPAs to net advances rose to 3.12% as on 30 September 2017 from 2.3% as on 30 June 2017 and 2.02% as on 30 September 2016. The bank's provisions and contingencies fell 13.3% to Rs 3140.41 crore in Q2 September 2017 over Q2 September 2016. The bank's Net Interest Income (NII) grew by 1% to Rs 4540 crore in Q2 September 2017 over Q2 September 2016. Net interest margin stood at 3.45% in Q2 September 2017.

    Among other banks, State Bank of India (down 3.27%) and ICICI Bank (down 3.08%), edged lower. HDFC Bank (up 0.87%) and Kotak Mahindra Bank (up 1.39%), edged higher.

    Most drug makers rose. Cipla (up 3.14%), Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (up 1.06%) and Dr. Reddy's Laboratories (up 1.40%), edged higher. Drug major Lupin fell 1.18%.

    IT major Wipro gained 1.10% to Rs 295.05 after consolidated net profit rose 5.13% to Rs 2189.60 crore on 1.48% decline in net sales to Rs 13423.40 crore in Q2 September 2017 over Q1 June 2017. The result was announced after trading hours on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. The results are as per International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Wipro said that it expects revenues from its IT services business to be in the range of $2.014 billion to $2.054 billion in Q3 December 2017.

    IT major TCS gained 1.26% to Rs 2,589.05 after the company announced that BMB Investment Bank, Bahrain selected TCS BaNCS for Treasury to drive innovation and enhance customer experience. The announcement was made during market hours on Tuesday, 17 October 2017.

    In a separate announcement during market hours on Monday, 16 October 2017, TCS said that BNP Paribas Securities Services teamed up with the company to transform asset servicing industry using blockchain technology.

    IT major Infosys fell 0.80% to Rs 924.45.

    On the macro front, the annual rate of inflation, based on monthly wholesale price index (WPI), stood at 2.6% (provisional) for the month of September 2017 as compared to 3.24% (provisional) for the previous month and 1.36% during the corresponding month of the previous year. The data was released by the government during market hours on Monday, 16 October 2017.

    India's merchandise exports rose by 25.67% to $28.61 billion in September 2017 over September 2016, helping the trade deficit narrow to $8.98 billion, the data released by the government after market hours on Friday, 13 October 2017, showed.

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said that the Indian economy is on a solid growth track in the medium and long term due to the structural reforms undertaken by the government, and the current slowdown due to implementation of the goods & services tax (GST) and demonetisation is short term. The IMF has last week lowered India's growth forecast for 2017-18 to 6.7% from its earlier estimate of 7.2%, citing lingering impact of demonetisation and transition cost to GST.

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