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Market Wrap Podcast, May 12: Here’s all that happened in the markets today

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Fanning inflation across the globe stoked fears in the investor community on Wednesday, keeping indices in the red for the second straight day. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slumped 0.9 per cent while Japan’s Nikkei shedded 1.9 per cent and Taiwan’s index lost over 4 per cent.

On Wall Street, E-mini futures for the S&P 500 stumbled 0.2 per cent while futures for the tech-heavy Nasdaq were down 0.5 per cent.

Data from China on Tuesday showed that consumer price inflation hit a seven-month high in April, and factory gate prices rose at the fastest rate in three and a half years. Meanwhile, in Germany, wholesale price inflation hit a decade high.

Now, ahead of retail inflation data from the US and India, slated to be released later in the day, domestic benchmark indices fell about a per cent. Coupled with positions’ unwinding due to weekly F&O expiry, the BSE barometer of 30-shares dropped 471 points to close at 48,691 levels. In the intra-day trade, the index hit a low of 48,551 levels.

On the NSE, the Nifty50 declined 154 points and gave up 14,700-mark to settle at 14,696 levels. Earlier in the day, the index had touched a low of 14,650.

Tata Motors, PowerGrid, Titan Company, Maruti Suzuki, UPL, Cipla, State Bank of India, and NTPC were the top gainers on the 50-share index today, up between 1 per cent and 3 per cent. On the flipside, Tata Steel, JSW Steel, IndusInd Bank, Hindalco, HUL, SBI Life, and Grasim nursed losses up to 4 per cent.

The broader markets, too, succumbed to profit booking with the BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices falling 0.9 per cent and 0.6 per cent, respectively.

Among key sectoral indices, the Nifty metal index tumbled over 3 per cent, followed by the Nifty Private Bank index, down 1.6 per cent.

On the upside, the Nifty PSU Bank index zoomed 3.3 per cent on possible short covering. Individually, Punjab and Sind Bank, Central Bank of India, UCO Bank, PNB, Union Bank of India, Bank of India and Bank of Baroda soared in the range of 4 per cent to 10 per cent.

According to an Edelweiss Research report, the index has added 20 per cent open interest in the last four trading days, highest in the last 5 months, with stocks like PNB and Canara Bank witnessing highest trading as well as delivery volume this week.

Buzzing stocks

Shares of Godrej Consumer Products soared 25 per cent to Rs 895 in the intra-day trade on Wednesday after the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) major announced that Sudhir Sitapati will take over as its managing director (MD) and CEO in October 2021. Sitapati—who spent over two decades at Hindustan Unilever—is stepping down from the role of executive director of the company’s foods and refreshment (F&R) business.

Shares of Venky’s (India), meanwhile, hit a 52-week high of Rs 2,143 after rallying 20 per cent on the BSE in the intra-day trade on Wednesday after the company reported a standalone net profit of Rs 77.90 crore for the quarter ended March 2021. It had posted a net loss of Rs 96.73 crore in the year-ago quarter. On a sequential basis, however, the net profit was down 27 per cent from Rs 106.50 crore as the company witnessed some negative impact due to outbreak of bird flu.

That apart, Siemens shares surged 10 per cent, hitting a new high of Rs 2,143.20, on the BSE in intra-day trade after the company reported a strong set of numbers for the quarter ended March 2021 with healthy order book position. The stock surpassed its previous high of Rs 2,055, hit on February 24, 2021.

On the earnings front, Asian Paints today reported an 81 per cent YoY jump in net profit at Rs 870 crore for the March quarter as against Rs 480 crore reported in the previous year. It’s revenue increased 43.5 per cent YoY to Rs 6,651.4 crore and margins recorded expansion of 130 basis points.

Voltas, meanwhile, clocked a 50 per cent YoY growth in net profit at Rs 239 crore in Q4FY21 along with a 27 per cent YoY improvement in revenue at Rs 2,652 crore.

Top news at this hour

>> The government on Wednesday approved the Production Linked Incentive scheme for promoting battery storage at an estimated outlay of Rs 18,100 crore. With the objective to promote the ‘Make in India’ initiative, National Programme on Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) Battery Storage is expected to attract investment of Rs 45,000 crore

>> As regards the Covid-19 outbreak, Dr. Balram Bhargava, head of the Indian Council of Medical Research, said today that lockdown restrictions should remain in place in all districts where the rate of infection is above 10% of those tested.

Currently, three-fourths of India’s 718 districts have what is known as a test-positivity rate above 10 per cent, including major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

>> The United Nations has raised India’s growth forecast to 7.5 per cent for calendar year 2021, marking a 0.2 per cent increase from its projection in January, but said the country’s outlook for the year remains highly fragile. It also projected India’s GDP to grow by 10.1 per cent in 2022.

>> Globally, the British economy contracted by a quarterly rate of 1.5 per cent in the first three months of 2021, a relatively modest contraction given that the country was in the midst of a strict lockdown to combat a second wave of the coronavirus.

The Office for National Statistics also said Wednesday that the economy even managed to grow by a monthly rate of 2.1 per cent in March when the country began easing some restrictions.

Note: Markets shall remain closed on Thursday, May 13, on account of Id-Ul-Fitr holiday.

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