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  • Market gains on positive global cues

    Domestic stocks logged strong gains in the week ended Friday, 8 December 2017, on positive global cues. Market logged gains in three out of five trading sessions of the week. The Sensex regained the psychologically important 33,000-mark during the week.

    In the week ended Friday, 8 December 2017, the Sensex rose 417.36 points or 1.27% to settle at 33,250.30, its highest closing level since 29 November 2017.. The Nifty 50 index rose 143.85 points or 1.42% to settle at 10,265.65, its highest closing level since 29 November 2017.

    The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index advanced 287.09 points or 1.71% to settle at 17,044.36. The S&P BSE Small-Cap index gained 194.40 points or 1.08% to settle at 18,211.88.

    Key benchmark indices settled with small gains on first trading day of the week on Monday, 4 December 2017 after witnessing volatility in intraday trade. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, rose 36.78 points or 0.11% to settle at 32,869.72. The Nifty 50 index rose 5.95 points or 0.06% to settle at 10,127.75.

    Key benchmark indices logged small decline in a volatile session of trade on Tuesday, 5 December 2017. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, fell 67.28 points or 0.2% to settle at 32,802.44. The Nifty 50 index fell 9.50 points or 0.09% to settle at 10,118.25.

    Key benchmark indices dropped on Wednesday, 6 December 2017 after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) left key policy rates unchanged after monetary policy review. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, lost 205.26 points or 0.63% to settle at 32,597.18. The Nifty 50 index lost 74.15 points or 0.73% to settle at 10,044.10. Negative leads from global stocks also spoiled investors sentiment.

    Key benchmark indices logged strong gains on Thursday, 7 December 2017 in a broad-based rally led by index pivotals ICICI Bank, Maruti Suzuki India and L&T. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, surged 352.03 points or 1.08% to settle at 32,949.21. The Nifty 50 index surged 122.60 points or 1.22% to settle at 10,166.70.

    Key benchmark indices spurted on Friday, 8 December 2017 on broad-based buying support as firmness in global stocks boosted sentiment. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, rose 301.09 points or 0.91% to settle at 33,250.30. The Nifty 50 index gained 98.95 points or 0.97% to settle at 10,265.65.

    Index heavyweight Reliance Industries rose 1.22% to Rs 920.95. The company announced during trading hours on Friday, 8 December 2017, that it acquired stake in a newly incorporated entity viz Dreketi S.A. in Uruguay (hereinafter called 'Dreketi') and consequentially Dreketi has become wholly-owned subsidiary of the company. Currently, Dreketi is not engaged in any business activity. This is a part of company's plan to strengthen its marketing efforts in Latin American region.

    Bank stocks rose. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) kept policy rates steady after monetary policy review on Wednesday, 6 December 2017. HDFC Bank (up 1.74%), State Bank of India (up 0.19%) and Axis Bank (up 1.66%) edged higher.

    ICICI Bank rose 1.74% to Rs 310.55. The bank acting through its DIFC (Dubai) branch, priced an issuance of 10 year fixed rate notes for an aggregate principal amount of $500 million. The notes were sold under the 144A/RegS format. The notes carry a coupon of 3.80% and were offered at an issue price of 99.728. The announcement was made after market hours on Thursday, 7 December 2017.

    Auto major Tata Motors rose 2.98%. The Tata Motors Group global wholesales, including Jaguar Land Rover, rose 22% at 1,12,473 units in November 2017 over November 2016. Global wholesales of all Tata Motors' commercial vehicles and Tata Daewoo range jumped 51% at 40,845 units in November 2017 over November 2016. Global wholesales of all passenger vehicles grew 10% at 71,628 units in November 2017 over November 2016. The announcement was made during market hours on Friday, 8 December 2017.

    Car major Maruti Suzuki India surged 5.03%. The company's production rose 8.04% to 1.55 lakh units in November 2017 over November 2016. The announcement was made after market hours on Tuesday, 5 December 2017.

    Bharti Airtel jumped 8.02%. Bharti Airtel said that it has through its wholly owned subsidiary Nettle Infrastructure Investments (Nettle), acquired a strategic equity stake in Juggernaut Books (Juggernaut), a popular digital platform to discover and read high quality, affordable books and to submit amateur writing. The announcement was made during trading hours on Monday, 4 December 2017.

    The investment is in line with Airtel's endeavour to build an open content ecosystem and bring world-class digital content to its customers. The investment from Airtel (through Nettle) will enable Juggernaut to ramp up content acquisition, digital marketing and prepare for a subscription offering launch in the next few months.

    IT major Infosys gained 4.49%. The company said its board has appointed Salil S. Parekh as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the company effective 2 January 2018. U B Pravin Rao will step down as the interim CEO and Managing Director effective 2 January 2018 and will continue as Chief Operating Officer and a whole-time Director of the company. The announcement was made on Saturday, 2 December 2017.

    IT major Wipro fell 2.14%. The company after market hours on Friday, 1 December 2017, announced that it is a subject of litigation with a long-time customer. The lawsuit relates to an ERP implementation project which began in 2009, and was undertaken by National Grid US. There were multiple vendors on the project. Wipro joined the project in 2010, and the post-Go-live process was completed in 2014. The lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Eastem District of New York seeks damages amounting to $140 million plus additional costs related to the project. The financial implication for Wipro, if any, will depend on the final judgement in the matter.

    On the macro front, data released on Tuesday, 5 December 2017, showed that the Nikkei India services Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, dipped into negative territory in November. The seasonally adjusted business activity index stood at 48.5 in November, off from 51.7 in October. A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points toward contraction.

    On the basis of an assessment of the current and evolving macroeconomic situation at its meeting on Wednesday, 6 December 2017, RBI's monetary policy committee (MPC) decided to keep the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) unchanged at 6%. Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF remains at 5.75%, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the bank rate at 6.25%. The decision of the MPC is consistent with a neutral stance of monetary policy in consonance with the objective of achieving the medium-term target for consumer price index (CPI) inflation of 4% within a band of +/- 2%, while supporting growth.

    The government on Tuesday, 5 December 2017, announced incentives worth a total Rs 8450 crore to boost exports and employment in labour-intensive sectors in the mid-term review of the five-year foreign trade policy (FTP) that was rolled out in 2015.

    Export incentives under Merchandise Exports from India (MEIS) have been increased by 2% across the board for labour intensive MSME sectors leading to additional annual incentive of Rs 4567 crore. This is in addition to the already announced increase in MEIS incentives from 2% to 4% for ready-made garments and made ups in the labour intensive textiles sector with an additional annual incentive of Rs 2743 crore.

    Further, incentives under Services Exports from India Scheme (SEIS) have also been increased by 2% leading to additional annual incentive of Rs 1140 crore. The FTP will continue to be reviewed and evaluated regularly for addressing concerns of the exporters, simplification of procedures and for promotion of exports, an official statement said.

    On the global macro front, activity in China's service sector expanded at a faster pace in November, a private gauge showed on Tuesday, 5 December 2017. The Caixin China services purchasing managers' index rose to 51.9 in November from 51.2 in October, Caixin Media Co. and research firm Markit said.

    China's exports and imports unexpectedly accelerated last month in an encouraging sign for the world's second-biggest economy. Exports in November rose 12.3% year-on-year, the fastest pace in eight months, led by strong sales of electronics and high-tech goods, while commodity purchases helped lift imports. Imports grew 17.7% year-on-year in November, the General Administration of Customs said on Friday, 8 December 2017.

    Japan's economy grew at a much faster pace than initially estimated in the July-September quarter. The nation's gross domestic product grew at an annualized pace of 2.5% from the previous three months, according to government data released on Friday, 8 December 2017.

    UK services PMI was reported at 53.8 in November compared with 55 in October. Eurozone final November composite PMI was reported at 57.5 compared with 56 in October.

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  •  ( 16:17) HDFC Bank Q3 PAT up 20% at Rs 5586 crore  
  •  ( 16:14) Sebi rejects L&T proposal for Rs 9000 crore share buyback  
  •  ( 16:08) PSP Projects wins orders worth Rs 572.17 crore  
  •  ( 12:15) MOIL signs MoU with Gujarat Mineral Development Corp  
  •  ( 08:44) Wipro consol. Q3 PAT up 31.83% YoY to Rs 2544.50 cr  
  •  ( 08:34) Wipro announces 1:3 bonus share offer  
  •  ( 08:21) Crude oil climbs on hopes of easing China-US trade tensions  
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