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Sensex zooms 929 pts, Nifty settles above 17600 mark; Bajaj twins rally

Published on Jan 03, 2022 16:54

The market kicked off the calendar year 2022 on a robust note as the Nifty settled above 17,600 mark. The rally was broad based with the mid and small cap indices rising over 1% each. Positive economic data boosted investors sentiment. Barring the pharma and healthcare, all the sectoral indices on the NSE ended in the green. Banks and financial shares were in demand. Auto shares climbed on encouraging monthly sales data.

The barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, jumped 929.40 points or 1.60% at 59,183.22. The Nifty 50 index surged 271.65 points or 1.57% at 17,625.70.

Bajaj Finance (up 3.52%), Bajaj Finserv (up 3.49%), HDFC Bank (up 2.70%), ICICI Bank (up 3.31%), HDFC (up 1.88%) and Reliance Industries (up 1.53%) boosted the indices.

In the broader market, the S&P BSE Mid-Cap index rose 1.10% while the S&P BSE Small-Cap index gained 1.19%.

The market breadth was strong. On the BSE, 2,687 shares rose and 874 shares fell. A total of 137 shares were unchanged.


The GST revenue collected in December 2021 was Rs 1,29,780 crore, or 13% higher than the same month last year, the Finance Ministry said on Saturday, 1 January 2022. Though the collection was lower than Rs 1.31 lakh crore mopped up in November 2021, the December month was the sixth month in a row when revenue from goods sold and services rendered stood at over Rs 1 lakh crore.

Meanwhile, the seasonally adjusted IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers` Index (PMI) stood at 55.5 in December, pointing to a robust improvement in overall operating conditions that was elevated by historical standards. This was despite the headline figure slipping from November`s ten-month high of 57.6. Moreover, the latest quarterly reading was at 56.3, its highest since the final quarter of fiscal year 2020/21.

Further, the central government`s fiscal deficit at the end of November 2021 narrowed down to Rs 6.96 lakh crore ($93.7 billion) or 46.2% of the annual budget target for the FY2021-22 as a result of an improvement in the revenue collection, according to official data released on Friday, 31 December 2021. The deficit figures in the current financial year till November 2021 were better than the previous financial year when it had soared to 135.1% of the estimates mainly on account of a jump in expenditure to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In actual terms, the deficit stood at Rs 6,95,614 crore at the end of November 2021 against the annual estimate of Rs 15.06 lakh crore, according to data released by the Controller General of Accounts (CGA). For the current financial year, the government expects the deficit at 6.8% of GDP or Rs 15,06,812 crore.

COVID-19 Update:

India added 33,750 new cases in the last 24 hours. The country`s active caseload currently stands at 1,45,582, which account for less than 1% of total cases, currently at 0.42%. The recovery rate currently at 98.20%. India reported 10,846 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

The state governments have imposed several COVID-19 restrictions to check the spread of virus, but there is no major lockdown-like situation seen in 2020.

Global Markets:

Most shares in Europe and Asia advanced on Monday. Singapore`s economy grew slightly more than expected in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, preliminary data showed on Monday. Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 5.9% in October-December on a year-on-year basis, the Ministry of Trade and Industry said in a statement.

Buzzing Segment:

The Nifty Auto index rose 1.62% to 11,114.55. The index has risen 3.34% in two sessions.

Maruti Suzuki India rose 1.25%. The car major recorded total sales of 1,53,149 units in December 2021, down 4% as against 1,60,226 units sold in December 2020. On a sequential basis, however, the company`s total sales have improved by 10%. The auto maker had sold 1,39,184 units in November 2021.

Tata Motors rallied 3.13%. The automobile manufacturer said that its sales in the domestic & international market in Q3 FY22 stood at 1,99,633 vehicles, up 26% as against 1,58,218 units in Q3 FY21. The company sold 66,307 vehicles (up 24% Y-o-Y) in the domestic market in the month of December 2021. Total domestic sales were 1,89,531 units in Q3 FY22, up by 26% from 1,50,961 units sold in Q3 FY21.

Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) lost 0.91%. M&M`s overall auto sales for the month of December 2021 stood at 39,157 vehicles, up by 11% from 35,187 vehicles sold in December 2020. The passenger vehicles segment (which includes UVs, Cars and Vans) sold 17,722 vehicles in December 2021. In the commercial vehicles segment, Mahindra sold 15,938 vehicles in December 2021 with growth of 14%. The exports for the month of December 2021 were at 3,017 vehicles.

Hero MotoCorp gained 0.60%. The two-wheel manufacturer sold a total of 3,94,773 units of motorcycles and scooters in December 2021, which is lower by 12% as compared with 4,47,335 units sold in December 2020. However, the company`s total motorcycle and scooter sales have risen by 13% over the month of November 2021 when it had sold 3,49,393 units.

Eicher Motors jumped 4.99%. Eicher Motors` subsidiary, VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV) sold 6,154 units of commercial vehicles in December 2021, registering a growth of 25.8% on a year-on-year (Y-o-Y) basis from 4,892 units in December 2020. VECV, the unlisted subsidiary of Eicher Motors, had sold 4,085 units of commercial vehicles in November 2021.

Meanwhile, its Royal Enfield sales grew 7% to 73,739 units in December 2021 as against 68,995 units sold in the same period last year.

Escorts shed 0.01%. The company said that its Escorts Agri Machinery (EAM) in December 2021 sold 4,695 tractors as against 7,733 tractors sold in December 2020, a drop of 39.3% year-on-year (Y-o-Y). On a sequential basis, Escorts recorded a 34.02% decline in total tractor sales in December 2021 from 7,116 units sold in November 2021.

SML Isuzu surged 7.31%. Total sales grew 38% to 701 units in December 2021 as compared with 509 units sold in December 2020. Sequentially, the company`s total sales surged 33.67% in December 2021 from 2,723 units sold in November 2021.

VST Tillers & Tractor soared 4.08%. The company`s total sales jumped 28.53% to 3,640 units in December 2021 from 2,832 units sold in December 2020. On a sequential basis, total sales jumped 16.25% from 603 units sold in November 2021.

TVS Motor Company rose 0.35%. The company said that it registered sales of 2,50,933 units in December 2021, which is lower by 8% as compared with sales of 2,72,084 units in the month of December 2020. While the total two-wheeler sales fell by 9% to 2,35,392 units, three-wheeler sales rose by 12% to 15,541 units in December 2021 over December 2020.

Ashok Leyland spurted 4.33%. The company`s sequential sales grew 19.4% to 12,518 units in December 2021 from 10,480 units sold in November 2021. Meanwhile, total commercial vehicle (CV) sales fell 2% year on year in December 2021 from 12,760 units sold in December 2020. While the total sales of medium & heavy commercial vehicles (M&HCV) rose 11% to 7,619 units, sales of light commercial vehicles (LCVs) declined 17% to 4,899 units in December 2021 over December 2020.

Bajaj Auto gained 0.96%. The company`s total auto sales in December 2021 stood at 362,470 units, down by 3% from 3,72,532 units sold in December 2020. On a sequential basis, the total auto sales declined by 4.4% as compared with 379,276 units sold in November 2021. The company`s total domestic sales rose 5% to 1,45,979 units while export sales fell 7% to 2,16,491 units in December 2021 as compared with the same period last year.

Steel Strips Wheels (SSWL) slipped 0.33%. The firm said that it had achieved net turnover of Rs 234.54 crore in December 2021 as against Rs 187.59 crore in December 2020, recording a growth of 25.03% Y-o-Y. The company`s gross turnover increased by 24.43% to Rs 285.19 crore in December 2021 from Rs 229.19 crore in December 2020.

Atul Auto added 0.92%. The company recorded a 2.6% decline in total sales to 1,683 units in the month of December 2021 as against 1,728 units in December 2020. The total sales from April - December 2021 rose 1.74% to 11,499 units as compared to 11,302 units in April - December 2020. Sequentially, Atul Auto registered a 25.22% jump in total sales from 1,344 units sold in November 2021.

Stocks in Spotlight:

Avenue Supermarts (DMart) rose 0.92%. The company reported a standalone revenue of Rs 9,065 crore in Q3 December 2021 (Q3FY22), up 21.96% from Rs 7,432.69 crore reported in the same quarter last year. DMart said its total number of stores as of 31 December 2021 stood at 263.

Stove Kraft rose 3.20% after the company announced its plan to enter branded modular kitchen segment with its factory made Ready to Assemble (RTA) kitchen. In a separate announcement, Stove Kraft said that it will foray into the business of manufacturing low voltage switchgear solutions like electrical switches, sockets, distribution boxes, switch boards, M.C.B, bulb holders, etc.

Likhitha Infrastructure rose 5.25% after the company said it received orders worth Rs 250 crore from various city gas distribution companies during October to December 2021.

Olectra Greentech hit an upper circuit of 5% at Rs 839.35 after the company received letter of award for 50 electric buses from one of the State Transport Authorities under FAME-II scheme of Government of India.

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