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Sensex, Nifty end in red; Sun Pharma, ONGC major losers

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The News International Team

03:34 pm Market closing

It is the third consecutive day that market has ended in red as consolidation mode is on. The Nifty once again ended below the 8100-level, down 8 points at 8085.70. The Sensex slipped 61.54 points to 26995.87.

Sun Pharma and ONGC lost around 4 percent each while Coal India, Wipro and M&M were other laggards in the Sensex. SBI, Hero, BHEL, HUL and Tata Power were major gainers.

03:20 pm MF data

Mutual fund (MF) managers raised their exposure in bank stocks to all-time high of over Rs 56,600 crore in August, making it the seventh consecutive monthly rise in capital infusion.

According to the latest data available with Securities and Exchange Board of India, MF investments in bank stocks reached Rs 56,625 crore as on August 31, accounting for 20.10 percent of their total equity assets under management (AUMs) of Rs 2.81 lakh crore.

Since January, MFs have been raising their exposure to banking shares. Software was the second most preferred sector with MFs, with an exposure of Rs 29,668 crore, followed by pharma (Rs 19,394 crore), auto (Rs 17,754 crore) and finance (Rs 15,116 crore).

At current levels, the MF industry has the highest exposure to banking sector since August 2009.

03:00pm Torrent Power in News

Torrent Power is the latest company to enter the list of interested parties for GMR’s Emco plant, reports CNBC-TV18 quoting unnamed sources.

The company is said to have conducted an initial round of inspection at the plant which is one of the assets GMR is trying to monetize to pare it Rs 40,000 crore debt.

GMR is likely to sell its majority stake in the plant which is worth Rs 3,948 crore. GDF Suez, Sembcorp and various other PE players are reported to be interested in the plant.

Both GMR and Torrent Power refrained from commenting on the development.

02:40pm Tata Motors under pressure

Shares of Tata Motors lost ground after its UK subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) reported weak sales growth in August.

JLR sold 30249 units in August, down 11 percent compared to previous month but up 9 percent compared to same month last year. Jaguar sales dropped 16.5 percent M-o-M and 6 percent Y-o-Y to 5074 units while Land Rover sales declined 10.5 percent month-on-month (up 12 percent year-on-year) to 25175 units.

The fall in sales on month-on-month basis was because of production constraints at assembly lines three months prior to XE launch, name plate registration holiday in August-September in Europe and muted demand across few developed markets like US.

In last week, JLR US retail sales fell 14.8 percent Y-o-Y to 5673 units.

02:20pm Interview

Union Bank of India plans to raise Rs 1,386 crore through qualified institutional placement (QIP) by the end of FY15. Speaking to CNBC-TV18 on same, CMD Arun Tiwari says the bank will prefer doing the QIP when market price will be equal to book value as the bank is no hurry to raise funds.

The state-owned bank has already received all the necessary clearances from the Reserve Bank of India and shareholders to raise funds.

Union bank is targeting net interest margin of 2.9 percent by the end of this financial year after improving them to more than 2.5 percent in June quarter. The bank also expects to cut down its gross non-performing assets (NPAs) to below 4 percent in FY15 after rising to 4.27 percent in the quarter gone by.

02:00pm The market continued to consolidate at around 8100 level on the Nifty and 27000 level on the Sensex but the broader markets remained strong with the BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices rising 1-1.5 percent.

The Sensex declined 11.40 points to 27046.01 while the Nifty rose 2.40 points to 8096.50. About 1939 shares have advanced, 1030 shares declined, and 94 shares are unchanged.

Nitin Jain, principal investment manager, Kotak Mahindra (UK) Partner remains constructive on equity markets given the improving global liquidity. In an interview to CNBC-TV18, he says that India Inc’s earnings by the second or third quarter of this financial year should start reflecting this optimism.

Further he adds that earnings growth will be the key driver for Indian stock market from hereon.

Housing finance company HDFC and petrochemical major Reliance Industries led the recovery in the market in last hour of trade, up 1.4 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively.

Top lender State Bank of India jumped 1.7 percent followed by L&T, Infosys, ICICI Bank, HUL, Hero Motocorp, Axis Bank and NTPC with 0.5-1.3 percent.

However, Sun Pharma, ONGC, Coal India and Wipro remained under pressure, falling 1-5 percent.

In the midcap space, GSFC, Abbott India, Westlife Development, EID Parry and GMDC rallied 6-20 percent while Godfrey Phillips, Triveni Turbine, J&K Bank, Jyothy Labs and Hindustan National Glass lost 3-5 percent.

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