Market bounces back as financial, auto shares rally
(10-Oct-2018, 16:43 Hours IST)  

The market spurted on Wednesday led by rally in financial shares. Gains were triggered by value buying after recent steep fall in share prices. The central bank's decision to inject liquidity into the system through purchase of government bonds also improved sentiment.

The Sensex rose 461.42 points or 1.35% to settle at 34,760.89, its highest closing level since 4 October 2018. The index rose 558.88 points, or 1.63% at the day's high of 34,858.35. The index rose 47.03 points, or 0.14% at the day's low of 34,346.50.

The Nifty 50 index rose 159.05 points or 1.54% to settle at 10,460.10, its highest closing level since 4 October 2018. The index rose 181.30 points, or 1.76% at the day's high of 10,482.35. The index rose 17.20 points, or 0.17% at the day's low of 10,318.25.

Among secondary barometers, the BSE Mid-Cap index rose 4.23%. The BSE Small-Cap index rose 3.67%. Both these indices outperformed the Sensex.

The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was strong. On BSE, 2060 shares rose and 606 shares fell. A total of 135 shares were unchanged.

Among the sectoral indices on BSE, the S&P BSE Realty index (up 4.44%), the S&P BSE Consumer Durables index (up 3.77%), the S&P BSE Finance index (up 3.55%), the S&P BSE Bankex (up 3.53%), the S&P BSE Industrials index (up 3.44%), the S&P BSE Capital Goods index (up 3.40%), the S&P BSE Consumer Discretionary Goods & Services index (up 3.16%), the S&P BSE Auto index (up 2.82%), the S&P BSE Power index (up 2.69%), the S&P BSE Utilities index (up 2.54%), the S&P BSE Basic Materials index (up 2.29%), the S&P BSE Metal index (up 1.88%), the S&P BSE Healthcare index (up 1.80%), the S&P BSE Telecom index (up 1.77%), the S&P BSE Oil & Gas index (up 1.76%), the S&P BSE FMCG index (up 1.66%) and the S&P BSE Sensex index (up 1.35%), outperformed the Sensex. The S&P BSE Energy index (up 1.26%), the S&P BSE Teck index (down 1.07%) and the S&P BSE IT index (down 1.52%), underperformed the Sensex.

National Aluminium Company (Nalco) rose 9.34% after the company said that its board will meet on 12 October 2018 to consider the proposal for buyback of the fully paid-up equity shares of the company.

Shares of the non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) surged after State Bank of India (SBI) reportedly said that it will increase its planned purchase of portfolios from non-banking financial companies.

Among NBFC shares, Shriram Transport Finance Corporation (up 13.18%), Bajaj Finserv (up 10.06%), Edelweiss Financial Services (up 9.99%), Bajaj Finance (up 9.91%), Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services (up 9.79%), Muthoot Finance (up 9.23%), Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company (up 9.19%), Muthoot Capital Services (up 7.75%), Reliance Capital (up 6.85%), LIC Housing Finance (up 6.72%), Manappuram Finance (up 6.7%), IDFC (up 6.55%), IIFL Holdings (up 4.19%) and Indiabulls Housing Finance (up 3.61%), edged higher.

State-run SBI jumped 5.88%. SBI reportedly said it will increase its portfolio purchase of loans from non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) this year as it looks to provide the much needed liquidity to the funds-starved sector, and simultaneously fulfil its priority-sector obligations. The bank is looking for opportunities both in priority and non-priority sectors. The bank had initially planned for a growth of Rs 15,000 crore through portfolio purchase during the current year, which is now being enhanced. As per the bank's internal assessment, there may be an opportunity to buy an additional portfolio in the range of Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 crore.

Among other banks, Axis Bank (up 6.62%), Yes Bank (up 4.44%), ICICI Bank (up 4.18%), Vedanta (up 2.86%) and Kotak Mahindra Bank (up 2.66%), edged higher.

Auto shares were in demand. TVS Motor Company (up 6.80%), Eicher Motors (up 6.42%), Maruti Suzuki India (up 4.77%), Escorts (up 4.08%), Ashok Leyland (up 3.44%), Bajaj Auto (up 1.52%), Hero MotoCorp (up 1.08%) and Mahindra & Mahindra (up 0.03%), edged higher.

Tata Motors rose 2.44%. The group global wholesales in September 2018, including Jaguar Land Rover, were at 1,23,577 units, higher by 6%, as compared to September 2017. Global wholesales of all Tata Motors' commercial vehicles and Tata Daewoo range in September 2018 were at 52,018 units, higher by 25%, over September 2017. Global wholesales of all passenger vehicles in September 2018 were at 71,559 units, lower by 4%, compared to September 2017. Global wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover were 52,987 vehicles (*JLR number for September 2018 includes CJLR volumes of 4,853 units). Jaguar wholesales for the month were 18,876 vehicles, while Land Rover wholesales for the month were 34,111 vehicles. The announcement was made after market hours yesterday, 9 October 2018.

Shares of aviation companies rose after media reports suggested that the government has sought for Election Commission's nod for cutting excise duty on jet fuel. Jet Airways India (up 7.78%), Spicejet (up 4.37%) and Interglobe Aviation (up 2.98%), edged higher.

On the macro front, based on an assessment of prevailing liquidity conditions and also of the durable liquidity needs going forward, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to conduct purchase of the following Government securities under Open Market Operations for an aggregate amount of Rs 12000 crore on 11 October 2018 through multi-security auction using the multiple price method.

In the foreign exchange market, the rupee recovered against the dollar. The partially convertible rupee was hovering at 74.18, compared with its close of 74.39 during the previous trading session.

In the global commodities markets, Brent for December 2018 settlement was up 2 cents at $85.02 a barrel. The contract had risen $1.09 a barrel or 1.30% to settle at $85 a barrel during the previous trading session.

Overseas, European stocks traded lower on Wednesday, as investors monitored the latest political developments in Italy. Overall, stock performances are struggling to make gains amid fears over global economic growth and rising interest rates in the U.S.

Asian shares ended mixed on Wednesday after a mixed finish on Wall Street overnight. US stocks closed mostly lower Tuesday after a volatile session as investors continued to fret over the implication of higher bond yields on equities. The Nasdaq, however, snapped a three-day losing streak in line with a rebound in technology shares.

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he did not like the Federal Reserve's decision to continue hiking interest rates. The US central bank last raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter point in September, while raising its expectations for economic growth for this year and next.

On the US data front, the National Federation of Independent Business small-business optimism index fell 0.9 point in September, falling from a 45-year high to a seasonally adjusted level of 108.8.

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