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Sensex, Nifty maintain uptrend; Axis Bank, MM in red


The News International Team

3:10 pm Market data: The level of investments in domestic shares through participatory notes (P-Notes) declined to Rs 2.5 lakh crore (USD 39 billion) in November after hitting nearly a 7-year high in the preceding month.

According to the data released by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), the total value of P-Note investments in Indian markets (equity, debt and derivatives) dropped to Rs 2,49,210 crore last month from Rs 2,65,675 crore (USD 43 billion) in October.

Investment in October was the highest level since February 2008, when the cumulative value of such investments stood at Rs 3,22,743 crore.

2:50 pm Building muscles in 2015? Talwalkars Better Value Fitness Limited, popularly known as Talwalkars has set out an aggressive gym expansion plan for 2015 with its operations commencing by June.

Company CFO Anant Gawande is confident of beating their 20 percent profit growth guidance by 6-7 percent in the current fiscal backed by Q4 performance being stronger than Q3. In addition, he sees share of value added services advancing to 35 percent from 22-23 percent in 3-4 years.

Being country’s largest chain of health clubs, the company is now set to rollout state of the art club, which is anticipated to generate revenues Q3FY16 onwards, he says in an interview with CNBC-TV18’s Sumaira Abidi and Reema Tendulkar.

Meanwhile, its market share stands at 16 percent of organised market and capex stands at Rs 85 crore for FY15.

2:30 pm Buzzing: Metal stocks like Hindalco and Tata Steel are also up 2-3 percent with the index gaining 2.4 percent. The new found love for metal stocks is because the cabinet is likely to take up Land and Mining ordinances this week which may give Centre few discretionary powers over states.

According to CNBC-TV18 exclusive, the mining ordinance may give the Central government discretionary powers over states incase they take too long to renew or give licences for mining and introduce strong penalties in case of any wrongdoings. The mining ordinance is to do with amendments to MMRDA Act.

Kotak has upgraded Sesa Sterlite to buy from a reduce rating. The brokerage has set a target price of Rs 250 on the stock, stating that Sesa Sterlite is likely to gain most from the coal mining auctions.

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The market gives up some of its gains, but still holding firm. The Sensex is up 165.21 points at 27406.99 and the Nifty up 50.30 points at 8251. About 1682 shares have advanced, 1067 shares declined, and 119 shares are unchanged.

Sesa Sterlite is up 4 percent. Other gainers are Hindalco, Coal India, Tata Steel and Tata Motors. Axis Bank, M&M and ICICI Bank are in red.

As stock market authorities prepare a new framework for risk-based supervision of various
market entities, top exchanges BSE and NSE have extended the deadline for brokers to submit necessary details for putting in place this new model. The two exchanges had earlier asked their members to provide necessary details by December 24 for this risk-based supervision module.

Meanwhile, the economy is expected to grow “much better” in 2015-16 as compared with the current financial year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. The Indian economy grew by 5.3 percent in the September quarter from a year earlier, and is expected to grow 5.5 percent in the current financial year that ends on March 31.


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