Market turns volatile; Nifty above 17,700 mark
Published on Apr 08, 2022 13:34
The benchmark indices extended gains in afternoon trade, supported by positive global cues. Metals and FMCG scrips were in demand while pharma stocks corrected. The Nifty traded above 17,700 level.
At 13:30 IST, the barometer index, S&P BSE Sensex rose 222.70 points or 0.38% at 59,257.65. The Nifty 50 index gained 89.70 points or 0.51% at 17,729.25.
The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index added 0.89%. The S&P BSE Small-Cap index rose 0.90%.
The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was strong. On the BSE, shares 2,234 rose and 1,068 shares fell. A total of 135 shares were unchanged.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) kept the policy repo rate unchanged while maintaining its accommodative stance after the conclusion of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting today, 8 April 2022.
RBI kept repo rate unchanged at 4%. Reverse repo rate stands at 3.35%. The Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) rate is at 4.25% The MPC has voted unanimously to maintain accommodative stance. For FY23, real GDP growth for is projected at 7.2% (down from 7.8% estimated in the previous policy) and CPI inflation is seen averaging 5.7% (up from 4.5% estimated in the previous policy).
Gainers & Losers:
Grasim Industries (up 3.96%), JSW Steel (up 3.43%), SBI Life Insurance Company (up 2.69%), Adani Ports & Special Economic Zones (APSEZ) (up 2.50%) and ITC (up 1.93%) were major Nifty gainers.
Cipla (down 2.33%), Maruti Suzuki India (down 1.19%), Tech Mahindra (down 1.14%), NTPC (down 1.04%) and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (down 0.65%) were major Nifty losers.
Stocks in Spotlight:
Infosys rose 0.75%. The IT major and Rolls-Royce inaugurated their joint Aerospace Engineering and Digital Innovation Centre in Bengaluru, Karnataka. This centre has been established to provide research and development (R&D) services integrated with advanced digital capabilities to Rolls-Royce`s engineering and group business services from India. Infosys and RollsRoyce`s collaboration has been reinforced through strategic deals, aimed at yielding mutual benefits to both organisations over the next seven years.
As part of this collaboration, Infosys and Rolls-Royce will combine their aerospace, engineering and digital services capabilities to explore opportunities for driving digital and engineering innovation and associated cost optimisation strategies. By expanding the local talent pool in the country, the two companies will also deliver manufacturing engineering services for the global civil aerospace ecosystem.
Sobha gained 0.02%. Sobha`s total sales volume in Q4 FY22 stood at 1.34 million square feet as compared with 1.33 million square feet recorded in the same period last year, up 0.4% on YoY basis. As compared with Q3 FY22, the company`s sales volume has risen by 1.5%. Total sales value was Rs 1,109.6 crore in Q4 FY22, up 3.5% YoY and up 5.9% QoQ. Sobha`s share in the sales value has increased by 7% to Rs 935.2 crore in Q4 FY22 from Rs 874.2 crore in Q4 FY21. It is higher by 3% as compared with 908.2 crore reported in Q3 FY22. Total average price realisation was Rs 8,265 per square feet as against Rs 8,014 per square feet in Q4 FY21 and Rs 7,920 per square feet in Q3 FY22.
Shares in Europe and Asia advanced on Friday to end a volatile trading week as investors assess the pace of the Federal Reserve`s monetary tightening plans and news from Ukraine. The U.S. Congress has voted to revoke Russia`s trade status and ban oil and gas imports, along with banning all new investment in the country.
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