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Benchmarks end with minor cuts; FMCG stocks decline

Published on Dec 30, 2022 15:42

The key equity benchmarks ended with minor cuts as the bourses witnessed bouts of volatility on the last trading session on 2022. The Nifty ended tad above the 18,000 level after trading between 18,080.30 and 18,265.25. FMCG, private banks and financials edged lower while PSU banks, realty and metal stocks outperformed.

As per provisional closing data, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, declined 293.14 points or 0.48% to 60,840.74. The Nifty 50 index lost 85.70 points or 0.47% to 18,105.30.

The broader market outperformed the headline indices. The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index rose 0.37% while the S&P BSE Small-Cap index gained 0.76%.

The market breadth strong. On the BSE, 2200 shares rose, and 1289 shares fell. A total of 143 shares were unchanged.

Global stock markets are rounding off a tumultuous and difficult year, as governments and central banks grappled with sky-high inflation arising from the fallout from Russia`s war in Ukraine, and persistent Covid-19 restrictions in China.

Investors remain wary of the prospect of persistently high inflation, monetary policy tightening from central banks and a potentially prolonged period of sluggish economic growth.

Buzzing Index:

The Nifty FMCG index fell 0.76% to 44,171.45. The index has declined 0.94% in two sessions.

Varun Beverages (down 2.55%), Godrej Consumer Products (down 1.35%), Tata Consumer Products (down 1.18%), ITC (down 1.13%) and Marico (down 1.08%) were the top losers.

Among the other losers were Nestle India (down 1.02%), Britannia Industries (down 0.94%), Colgate-Palmolive (India) (down 0.58%), Hindustan Unilever (down 0.27%) and United Spirits (down 0.07%).

On the other hand, Radico Khaitan (up 2.87%), Emami (up 1.42%) and Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care (up 0.92%) moved up.

New Listing:

Shares of Elin Electronics were currently trading at Rs 228.85 on the BSE, representing a discount of 7.35% compared with the issue price of Rs 247.

The scrip was listed at a price of Rs 243, at a discount of 1.65% as compared to the issue price.

So far, the stock has hit a high of 244.75 and a low of 225.60. On the BSE, over 6.75 lakh shares of the company were traded in the counter so far.

The initial public offer (IPO) of Elin Electronics was subscribed 3.09 times. The issue opened for bidding on 20 December 2022 and it closed on 22 December 2022. The price band of

IPO Update:

The initial public offer (IPO) of Sah Polymers received bids for 16,11,150 shares as against 56,10,000 shares on offer, according to stock exchange data at 15:27 IST on Friday (30 December 2022). The issue was subscribed 29%.

The issue opened for bidding on Friday (30 December 2022) and it will close on Wednesday (4 January 2022). The price band of the IPO is fixed at Rs 61-65per share. An investor can bid for a minimum of 230 equity shares and in multiples thereof.

Stocks in Spotlight:

Reliance Industries (RIL) rose 0.18% while Lotus Chocolate Company was locked in 5% upper circuit. Reliance Consumer Products (RCPL), the FMCG arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Retail Ventures (RRVL) will acquire 51% controlling stake in Lotus Chocolate Company, for Rs 74 crore, and make an open offer to acquire upto 26%. RRVL is a subsidiary of RIL.

Separately, RIL informed that Reliance Jio announced the launch of its True 5G services in Indore and Bhopal. With the launch, Reliance Jio has become the first and the only operator in MP to launch 5G services in the city of Indore and Bhopal. Reliance Jio Infocomm is a subsidiary of RIL.

NTPC added 0.06%. The state-run power major said that it declared commercial operation of first part capacity of 10 megawatt (MW) out of 23 MW Solapur Solar PV project at Maharashtra with effect from 00:00 hrs of 30 December 2022.

SBI Cards and Payment Services added 1.31% and Punjab & Sind rallied 4.93%. The NBFC announced that it has partnered with Punjab & Sind Bank to launch co-brand credit cards for the bank`s customers. The company said that the collaboration also marks the introduction of `credit cards` as a new product segment under the bank`s portfolio. Both the partners have rolled out three card variants - PSB SBI Card ELITE, PSB SBI Card PRIME, and PSB SimplySAVE SBI Card, it added.

Eicher Motors fell 1.60%. The company`s board of directors has approved an investment of 50 million euros that translates to a close to 10.35% equity stake in Stark Future S.L. (Stark Future). Stark Future is a European electric motorcycle manufacturer.

Cipla declined 0.95%. The drug major said its wholly-owned UK subsidiary, Cipla (EU), has signed definitive agreements for equity investment of 15 million euros in Ethris GmbH ("Ethris"). Cipla said the investment will facilitate a long-term strategic partnership between the company and Ethris for the development of messenger RNA (mRNA)-based therapies and fast-track Cipla`s participation in the mRNA space, enabling it to provide access to cutting-edge solutions developed by Ethris for the developing countries.

Supreme Petrochem added 2.32%. The company has completed EPS production facility revamp programme/ commissioning trials at its plant situated at Manali New Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, on 28 December 2022. Kalpataru Power Transmission rose 0.94%. The company announced that its board has appointed Shailendra Kumar Tripathi as deputy managing director (MD) of the company, for a period upto 21 October 2025.

Satin Creditcare Network added 0.84%. The company received the second tranche of about Rs 25 crore, against conversion of 41.02 lakh fully convertible warrants from Florintree Ventures LLP (entity belonging to non-promoter group).

H.G. Infra Engineering jumped 6.94%. The company has received a letter of award (LOA) from National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for a project in the state of Haryana on hybrid annuity mode (HAM). The project involves construction of 6-lane greenfield ring road on a section of NH-44. The construction length is 34.5 kms and the construction period is 730 days. The project bid cost is Rs 997.11 crore.

Craftsman Automation surged 7.54%. The company said that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 76% of share capital of DR Axion India (DRAIPL) for Rs 375 crore. The company and DRAIPL both operate in the auto components space and have strengths in complementary areas. This acquisition will help both entities leverage their strengths and build better synergies, said the company.

Skipper slumped 9.97%. The company announced that it has secured fresh new order valuing Rs 2,570 crore from Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL). The contract is for supply and erection of ground based telecom towers, infrastructure as a service provider (IaaSP) for supply, installation of infrastructure Items and subsequent O&M for 5 years, extendable to 5 more years, in the uncovered villages of India under 4G saturation projects.

Global Markets:

Markets in Europe declined across the board while most Asian stocks advanced on Friday after Wall Street rebounded overnight, recovering most losses from the previous session.

Wall Street`s main indices closed higher on Thursday, led by growth stocks in light trading, as US unemployment data signaled the Federal Reserve`s interest rate hikes might be starting to dent labor market strength in its bid to fight inflation.

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