Markets gain as Nov inflation eases
Markets gained on Friday and the BSE Sensex ended its five-day losing streak led by select bank shares after lower-than-expected November inflation rekindled hopes of a rate cut by the central bank going forward.
November inflation rate eased to 7.24% from 7.45% a month earlier, compared to analysts estimate of 7.6% aided by easing annual fuel and manufacturing inflation.
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Market experts, however, believe that the central bank is unlikely to cut interest rates on December 18 monetary policy and will wait for more evidence that inflation is on an easing trend before lowering lending rates by early next year.
The Bombay Stock Exchange's Sensex index gained 88 points or 0.5% to end at 19,317.25 while the National Stock Exchange's Nifty-50 index rose 28 points or 0.5% to end at 5,879.60.
Asian shares ended the last day of week on a mixed note as robust China's manufacturing data raised hopes of growth recovery in world's second-biggest economy, however, looming fiscal cliff concerns in US pushed investors to book profits.
China's Shanghai Composite gained 4.3% to 2,151, Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.7% to 22,606, Singapore's Straits Times gained 0.3% to 3,165 while Japan's Nikkei fell 0.05% to 9,737.
European shares witnessed profit booking after a firm start on the back of upbeat manufacturing data from China. The CAC-40 and FTSE were trading marginally lower while the DAX was trading 0.2% higher.
The MSCI Asia Pacific index outside Japan rose 0.03% to 901.
Back home, banks, real-estate, autos and metal indexes led gains while consumer durables, power and fast moving consumer goods sector led declines on BSE.
Among key Sensex stocks, in the metal space, Sterlite and Hindalco Industries gained nearly 4% each while in technology space, Wipro rose 1% and TCS gained 1.6%. Among automobiles, Tata Motors and Mahindra and Mahindra rose over 1% while SBI and ICICI led in banking arena gaining 3% and 1% each on BSE.
The laggards include, BHEL which fell 1.4%, Bharti Airtel dropped 1.5% while Dr Reddy's and Cipla fell over 1% each in closing deals.
Bharti Airtel, country's biggest mobile-phone operator's arm, Bharti Infratel's initial public offering for up to $830 million was fully covered on Thursday amid lukewarm response from retail and NIIs.
The other notable movers include, fertiliser companies that rallied up to 18% in opening deals after the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), on Thursday, approved a urea investment policy, which is likely to incentives fertilizer companies to set up new plants and expand existing capacity.
Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore (FACT) rallied 16% to Rs 31.95 on the BSE. National Fertilisers, RCF, Chambal Fertilisers and GSFC gained nearly 1% each today.
Tata Motors extended Thursday's gains triggered by its British car unit Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) reporting good November sales. The stock ended up 1%.
ABG Shipyard gained 2% after the company has bagged a repeat order worth Rs 485 crore from the Ministry of Defence for building an additional cadet training vessel for the Indian Navy.
Honeywell Automation India dipped almost 7% iintra-day after its promoter - Honeywell Asia Pacific Inc. - fixed the floor price for the offer-for-sale (OFS) at Rs 2,150, a 10% discount to Thursday’s closing on the BSE.
Geodesic fell 5% for eighth day in a row, and was locked in lower circuit at Rs 29.45 with no buyers on the counter after the company said that lenders have invoked large number of pledge shares held by them.
The BSE mid-cap rose 0.6% while small-cap gained 0.1%.
The overall breadth was negative as 1,470 stocks declined while 1,455 stocks advanced on the BSE.