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Monday’s session largely turned out to be disappointing for Dalal Street, which for four straight sessions in row registered losses on the back of heavy drubbing in select blue chip stocks, like ITC, HUL and Infosys that arrested any kind of uptrend at the start of F&O expiry week. Among the blue-chip stocks, ITC collapsed close to 6% on worries the government may raise taxes on cigarettes aggressively in the upcoming budget in July, Infosys was beaten down by close to 3%. Nevertheless, buying witnessed in last hour of trade minimized some losses on the bourses. By close of trade, while Sensex managed to shut-shop above the crucial 25,000 mark, with loss of over quarter of a percent, Nifty just ended shy off the psychological 7,500 level. However, broader indices outperformed larger peers with fat margins to end with gains of over 0.50%-0.65%. Nevertheless, prevailing positive sentiment after a steep hike in railway passenger and freight fares, which was seen as possibly the first installment of the “tough measures” Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hinted at as necessary to revive the Indian economy, prevented any sharp slide.

On the global front, erasing early gains, Asia pacific shares ended mostly in green. These shares were up in early deals on upbeat news from China’s factory sector which fuelled appetite for riskier assets mainly arrested. HSBC/Markit’s preliminary Chinese manufacturing survey reached a seven-month high of 50.8 for June, exceeding the 49.7 street and a final reading of 49.4 in May. Additionally, European shares fell early on Monday as downbeat readings of euro zone business activity revived worries over the pace of the economic recovery in the single currency bloc. Dampening expectations for a rebound in the euro zone’s second-biggest economy, data compiler Markit said its composite purchasing managers index (PMI) of activity in France’s manufacturing and services sectors slipped deeper into contraction territory in May.

Closer home, majority of the sectoral indices on BSE settled into positive territory despite sluggish session of performance. However, stocks from Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Information Technology and Consumer Durables counters turned out to be exceptions. On the flip side, stocks from PSU, Oil & Gas and Metal counters were the top gainers of the session. Metal shares gained on hopes of better demand after a preliminary HSBC survey showed activity in China’s factory sector expanded in June for the first time in six months as new orders surged. In non-sectoral guage activity, sugar stocks were flavour of the session, with all stocks from Shree Renuka Sugars, Bajaj Hindustan, Balrampur Chini Mills, Triveni Engineering and Industries, Dhampur Sugar Mills and Oudh Sugar Mills registering gains of over 10% in otherwise subdued market after the government announced various measures to help the sector. In a sweet development for the sector, agriculture Minster Ram Vilas Paswan said the import duty on sugar has been increased to 40 per cent from 15 per cent earlier. He also underscored that the government will increase ethanol blending with petrol to 10 per cent from current 5 per cent.

Meanwhile, In a bitter medicine, which was necessitated to set right the faltering finances of the railways that were aggravated by UPA’s mismanagement of the economy, Modi led government approved a steep hike in the train fares and freight rates. With this, fares of all classes would be hiked by 14.20%, while the freight rates would go up by 6.50%, effective from June 25. Of the total, as much as 4.20% of the fare hike is on account of a variable Fuel Adjustment Component (FAC) approved in last year’s rail budget, remaining 10% is a flat hike across all classes. Similarly, freight rates too have 5% flat hike over and above a 1.4% of the FAC.

Further, this decision would help Indian Railways to mop up an additional Rs 8,000 crore in the financial year. In present scenario, Railways’ subsidy to passenger operations had touched Rs 26,000 crore and its ordinary working expenses have been mounting on account of fuel bill and salary.

However, Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda had sought Modii’s approval to roll out the unpopular move barely a couple of weeks before the government’s first rail budget. Gowda had also made a case for the hike to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier this week.

This move besides being unpopular also was tricky one for Sadananda Gowda as the previous government prevented the proposal of this very hike to be rolled out on May 16, the day of the election results that brought in the regime change. The expected mop-up of around Rs 10,000 crore had already been factored in the interim budget passed in Parliament before elections. This was perhaps the reason behind the automatic hike that was taken by the Railways on May 16, but the same had be quickly withdrawn on account of former Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge’s objection.

European markets were trading in red; UK’s FTSE 100 down by 0.21%, Germany’s DAX down by 0.35% and France’s CAC 40 was down by 0.33%.

The Asian markets concluded Friday’s trade mostly in red, with Nikkei ending slightly lower as investors tended to lock in gains from recent surges, despite optimism over the global economy. Moody’s Investors Service stated that the prolonged effects of China’s property market slowdown could hurt economic growth, but reforms to balance the economy will offset the negative impact. China’s gross domestic product growth may slow to 5-6 percent from 7-7.5 percent this year if property sales and building construction both fall by 10%. Indonesia’s outgoing finance minister stated that the next president will need to discard election rhetoric and focus on raising fuel prices and luring foreign investment to address the budget and current- account deficits. Southeast Asia’s biggest economy is struggling to contain a persistent current-account deficit that helped make the rupiah Asia’s worst performer last year, while ballooning fuel subsidy costs have increased the 2014 budget shortfall and forced a reduction in state spending. Japan’s All Industries Activity Index fell to a seasonally adjusted -4.3%, from 1.5% in the preceding month.

Asian Indices Last Trade Change in Points Change in %
Shanghai Composite 2026.67 2.94 0.15
Hang Seng 23194.06 26.33 0.11
Jakarta Composite 4847.70 -16.57 -0.34
KLSE Composite 1885.72 4.24 0.23
Nikkei 225 15349.42 -11.74 -0.08
Straits Times  3258.80 -10.22 -0.31
KOSPI Composite 1968.07 -23.96 -1.20
Taiwan Weighted 9273.79 -43.02 -0.46

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After witnessing drubbing in the last session, Indian equity benchmarks have made a positive start and are trading in fine fettle in early deals on Wednesday buoyed by firm global cues. The S&P 500 closed at a record high for a second straight session on Tuesday, buoyed by the latest round of merger activity and as expectations for rate cuts at the European Central Bank stoked investors’ appetite for equities. The Asian markets were trading mostly in the green at this point of time after China reported industrial profits increased by 10 percent this year through April from the same period in 2013.

Back home, sentiments remained up-beat as investors continued to buy beaten down but fundamentally strong stocks. Select stocks from realty counter were trading higher on a report that government is likely to grant infrastructure tag to low-cost housing segment, which will enable real-estate developers to get finance from banks and for longer tenures. However, some cautiousness crept after Finance Ministry said that it has to be watchful of the Current Account Deficit (CAD) as well as the rupee because global markets are still volatile.

On the sectoral front, capital goods, software and technology witnessed the maximum gain in trade, while metal, power and realty remained the top losers on the BSE sectoral space. The broader indices, however, were outperforming benchmarks, while the market breadth on the BSE was positive; there were 1,270 shares on the gaining side against 566 shares on the losing side while 47 shares remain unchanged.

The BSE Sensex is currently trading at 24601.07, up by 51.56 points or 0.21% after trading in a range of 24643.33 and 24552.76. There were 14 stocks advancing against 16 declines on the index. The broader indices were trading in green; the BSE Mid cap index was up by 0.66% and Small cap index up by 1.19%.

The top gaining sectoral indices on the BSE were, Capital Goods up by 1.65%, IT up by 0.85%, TECK up by 0.79%, Power up by 0.53% and Consumer Durables up by 0.30% while Metal down by 0.97%, Realty down  by 0.39%, PSU down  by 0.29%, Auto  down by 0.11%, and FMCG up by 0.10% were the top losers.

The top gainers on the Sensex were BHEL up by 3.81%, Hero MotoCorp up by 2.46%, Maruti Suzuki up by 1.71%, L&T up by 1.69% and ICICI Bank up by 1.07%. On the flip side, Coal India was down by  3.33%, Hindalco Inds was down by 1.37%, Tata Motors  was down by 1.13% , SSLT was down by 1.03%  and ONGC was down by 0.94%  were the losers on the Sensex.

Meanwhile, According to Petroleum Ministry, under-recoveries on sensitive petroleum products are likely to fall 20 percent from Rs 1,39,869 crore during FY14 to Rs 1,11,000 crore in FY15. The oil ministry highlighted that in the financial year 2015, the oil subsidy burden for new government will be the lowest since 2011-12. The loss on diesel, kerosene and cooking gas (LPG) is expected to be Rs 35,000 crore, Rs 29,000 crore and Rs 47,000 crore in FY15 mainly due to decline in the diesel subsidy and increase in prices owing to the diesel decontrol measures (Rs 9.06 a litre) since January 2013.

The Petroleum Ministry further highlighted that the appreciation in rupee’s value has also helped bring the figure down. The Ministry’s calculations are based on the crude oil prices at $105-108 a barrel and the rupee at about 58/dollar. Presently, public sector companies Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Indian Oil Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation are incurring a daily loss of Rs 318 crore on the sale of diesel, kerosene and cooking gas.

An appreciation in rupee value against the dollar cut Rs 10,000 crore on the under-recovery front. Over the past couple of months, Indian rupee has appreciated and if the current trend continues coupled with new government’s move to keep increasing the diesel prices monthly by 50 paise a litre, the under-recovery on high-speed diesel will be wiped out in six months. Overall under-recoveries will further decline if the new government implements the suggestions of the Kirit Parikh committee, which recommended a Rs 5/litre increase in diesel prices, Rs 250-a-cylinder rise in LPG prices and a Rs 4/litre rise in kerosene prices.

The CNX Nifty is currently trading at 7,332.25 up by 14.25 points or 0.19% after trading in a range of 7,344.75 and 7,317.35. There were 27 stocks advancing against 22 declines while 1 stock remained unchanged on the index.

The top gainers of the Nifty were BHEL up by 3.68%, Ambuja Cement up by 2.52%, ACC up by 2.15%, Hero Moto Co up by 2.00% and Maruti up by 1.85%. On the flip side, Coal India down by 3.41%, DLF down by 1.96%, Kotak Bank down by 1.65%, Asian Paint down by 1.60% and Hindalco down by 1.34% were the top losers on the index.

Asian markets were trading  in green; Shanghai Composite gained 3.21 points or 0.16% to 2,037.78, Hang Seng improved 192.12 points or 0.84% to 23,136.42, Jakarta Composite strengthened by 7.98 points or 0.16% to 4,971.90, KLSE Composite rose 0.59 points or 0.03% to 1,868.16, Nikkei 225 spurted by 50.64 points or 0.35% to 14,687.16, Straits Times increased by 1.26 points or 0.04% to 3,275.32, Seoul Composite jumped 12.61 points or 0.63% to 2,010.24 and Taiwan Weighted was up by 30.00 points or 0.33% to 9,085.29.

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