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Wide spread selling drags Nifty near 10,700 mark
(17:04, 19 Sep 2019)

The market declined sharply on Thursday, with banking and IT stocks leading the fall. Banks stocks tumbled due of weekly expiry of Bank Nifty index options on NSE. The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, fell 470.41 points or 1.29% to 36,093.47. The Nifty 50 index fell 135.85 points or 1.25% to 10,704.80.

Trading sentiment was affected by continuous selling by foreign portfolio investors and lack of adequate economic stimulus by the government. Slowdown in direct tax collection also triggered selling pressure on bourses.

As per media reports, the government has missed its tax collection target by a wide margin in April-September. As against a steep 17.5% higher tax collection budgeted for the full year, the government could mop up only 4.7% more so far this year, with the direct tax kitty growing to Rs 5.50 lakh crore as of 17 September, up from Rs 5.25 lakh crore a year ago.

Investors eagerly awaited the GST Council meet scheduled on Friday, 20 September 2019.

Globally, the US Federal Reserve on Wednesday cut its overnight rate by 25 basis points to a range of 1.75% to 2%, a move that was widely expected. The Fed, however, appeared divided on further action for the year.

The Bank of Japan (BoJ) kept monetary policy steady on Thursday. In an expected move, the BoJ maintained its short-term interest rate target at -0.1% and a pledge to guide 10-year government bond yields around 0%.

Back home, the Nifty-50 index slipped below 10,800 level in morning trade and extended losses as the session progressed. The index slipped below 10,700 in afternoon trade. Bargain hunting in the final half hour of trade pushed the Nifty above 10,700 mark.

The market breadth favoured the sellers. On the BSE, 722 shares rose and 1790 shares fell. A total of 116 shares remain unchanged.

Broader market tumbled. The S&P BSE Small-Cap index fell 1.15%. The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index fell 1.48%.

In the foreign exchange market, the rupee edged lower against the dollar. The partially convertible rupee was hovering at 71.33, compared with its close of 71.245 during the previous trading session.

In the commodities market, Brent crude for October 2019 settlement was up $1.76 at $65.36 a barrel. The contract fell 95 cents or 1.47% to settle at $63.60 a barrel during the previous trading session.

Overseas, European markets advanced as investors keenly look forward to Bank of England's (BoE) policy meeting, which is expected to hold discussions on interest rates, ahead of Britain's exit from the European Union.

Asian markets closed mixed on Thursday, after the US Federal Reserve signalled a doubt over further easings, while the Bank of Japan also held off from offering more stimulus as some had expected.

U.S. stocks ended mixed Wednesday. The Fed announced it would cut the benchmark federal funds rate a quarter percentage point to a range of 1.75% to 2% on Wednesday, but said in an accompanying statement that sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the committee's symmetric 2% objective are the most likely outcomes.

The Fed also released a survey of Fed Board members and regional Fed bank presidents, which showed that the median respondent believes the Fed funds rate would be at present levels through the end of 2020.

On the domestic equity front, index heavyweight Reliance Industries (RIL) fell 2.24% to Rs 1178.70.

Banks shares slumped. Among private sector lenders, Yes Bank (down 15.52%), RBL Bank (down 4.76%), IndusInd Bank (down 3.59%), ICICI Bank (down 3.16%), Axis Bank (down 1.54%), Federal Bank (down 1.24%), Kotak Mahindra Bank (down 0.65%) and City Union Bank (down 0.53%) declined.

HDFC Bank, however, rose 0.63% to Rs 1100.40. The stock adjusted for stock split today. In July, the bank announced splitting each equity share into two.

Among public sector banks, Allahabad Bank (down 4.42%), Canara Bank (down 3.26%), Bank of India (down 2.46%), IDBI Bank (down 2.34%), State Bank of India (down 2.3%), Bank of Baroda (down 1.51%) and Punjab National Bank (down 1.43%) declined.

IT shares tumbled. Tech Mahindra (down 2.19%), TCS (down 1.69%), Mphasis (down 1.62%), Mindtree (down 1.39%), HCL Technologies (down 1.12%), Wipro (down 1.11%), Infosys (down 0.98%) and Hexaware Technologies (down 0.95%) delcined.

Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE) fell 7.90% to Rs 308.80 on media reports that a Delhi High Court-appointed arbitrator asked Essel Group chairman Subhash Chandra not to sell his unpledged stake in ZEE till next month in an ongoing dispute with Indiabulls Housing Finance over default in repayment of loans worth Rs 200 crore.

Reports further added that promoters of the Essel Group, which owns ZEE, had entered into an agreement with mutual funds, getting time till 30 September to repay debt. This agreement prevented the funds from selling the shares held as collateral.

Nalco rose 0.34% to Rs 44.65 after the company announced a record 115% dividend payout amounting to Rs 1,072.73 crore for 2018-19. National Aluminium Company (Nalco) declared a record dividend payout of Rs 1072.73 crore, an increase from 114% in 2017-18 to 115% in 2018-19, which works out to Rs 5.75 per equity share of Rs 5 each. This is the highest dividend payout since the inception of the company in 1981. Dividend including the applicable dividend distribution tax works out to a payout of 74.65% of the PAT against 98.81% of previous financial year.

Drug major Lupin fell 2.39% to Rs 741.35 after the company received a warning letter from the USFDA for its Mandideep (Unit-1) facility. The company assured that there are no pending approvals on Mandideep facility and thus the warning letter will not have an impact on existing revenues and operations of the facility. Furthermore, the company assured that it is working on resolving the issues raised by USFDA at the earliest.

IIFL Wealth Management hit an upper circuit limit of 5% at Rs 1260 on the BSE after listing on bourses today, 19 September 2019. The stock opened at Rs 1200 per share, which is also its intraday low. The counter clocked volume of 36,000 shares. IIFL Wealth Management, the demerged entity of IIFL Finance (formerly known as IIFL Holdings), is the first standalone wealth management company to list in India. In March 2019, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approved the demerger of the IIFL Group. As per demerger scheme, the owner of seven shares of IIFL Finance were eligible to receive seven shares of IIFL Finance, seven shares of IIFL Securities and one share of IIFL Wealth once the spin-off companies got listed.

Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management fell 1.01% while Reliance Capital fell 8.26%. Reliance Capital clarified that no pledged shares of Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management have been invoked. Furthermore, the company also assured that borrowings covered under the pledged Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management shares are matched by cash amounting to approximate Rs 1600 crore lying in escrow under tripartite agreements signed between the parties.

NMDC declined 3.11% on reports that the company reduced lumps and fine prices by Rs 200 per tonne each. According to media reports, the state-owned iron ore mining company cut price of lumps by Rs 200 per tonne to Rs 2,700 per tonne. It reduced price of fines by Rs 200 per tonne to Rs 2,460 per tonne.

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