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Sensex rises 150 pts; Dr Reddy’s, Hindalco lead gainers

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The News International Team

03:10 pm Market check

The market is clenching back its gains. The Nifty is above 8700-level. The 50-share index is up 87.35 points or 1 percent at 8714.75. The Sensex is up 241.93 points or 0.8 percent at 28775.90. About 1582 shares have advanced, 1190 shares declined, and 233 shares are unchanged.

Dr Reddy’s Labs, BHEL, Cipla, GAIL and Maruti are up 2-5 percent each while HUL, Bajaj Auto, Bharti Airtel, Coal India and SBI are losers.

02:40pm Interview

Escorts posted a 21.5 percent decline in its third quarter net profit to Rs 35.7 crore impacted by lower revenue and operating income in tractor business. Total income fell 9.8 percent to Rs 1,046.4 crore during October-December quarter from Rs 1,159.6 crore in the year-ago period due to 16.6 percent drop in tractor sales volumes.

Discussing the earnings, Bharat Madan, Group Financial Controller at Escorts, said some cost-cutting exercises in the company have been bearing fruit. He feels a normal monsoon prediction this year will be positive for the industry. However, he does not see major jump in tractor sales in the near-term.

Escorts is bullish on construction. The company is hopeful that a revival in the infrastructure sector will actually push demand. “We are expecting the topline to grow on the construction side definitely,” Madan said.

02:20pm FII View

Dismissing the recent market correction as a “bit of a reality check”, Richard Gibbs of Macquarie said the India economy had several positives going for it and added that foreign investors were now looking for strong leadership in the Union Budget that takes later this month.

In an interview with CNBC-TV18’s Sumaira Abidi, Gibbs said he was not worried by the recent defeat of the BJP and said the central government still had a lot of political capital left with which to push its reforms agenda.

02:00pm Market Check

The market picked up pace in the last half hour as the Nifty climbed over 8650 level again led by gains in select pharma and auto stocks. The broader markets continued to outperform with the BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices rising 0.9 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively.

The Sensex rose 151.14 points to 28685.11 and the Nifty advanced 49.75 points to 8677.15. About 1537 shares have advanced, 1197 shares declined, and 244 shares are unchanged on the BSE.

Geoffrey Dennis of UBS is betting on India and China in 2015. As UBS moves to a more defensive position in Europe due to Grexit fears, he says the most secure EPS forecasts over 2015 are likely to be in India and China.

Global markets traded mixed. Investors remain cautious as concerns over Greece linger after euro zone finance ministers failed to reach a deal with Greece yesterday.

The rupee continued to trade above 62 a dollar and is headed for a fourth consecutive fall against the dollar. Bond yields remained largely unchanged ahead of the January CPI and December IIP data later today.

Dr Reddy’s Labs and Cipla topped the buying list, up over 3 percent followed by Maruti Suzuki with 2.5 percent gains. Hindalco Industries climbed 2 percent after the company maintained its operating performance in Q3. Operating profit jumped 46.7 percent to Rs 923 crore and margin expanded 200 basis points to 10.7 percent in Q3 on yearly basis.

HDFC Bank, L&T, Axis Bank, Hero Motocorp, NTPC, GAIL, BHEL and Tata Power gained more than percent. However, ITC, State Bank of India, HUL, Bharti Airtel, Sun Pharma, Coal India and Tata Steel were down 0.4-1.4 percent.

ONGC lost 1.5 percent on news that the company will have to pay a fuel subsidy of Rs 8,700 crore for the December quarter. CNBC-TV18 learnt that ONGC and oil PSUs may have to pay Rs 10,900 crore in subsidy as the finance ministry has agreed to pay only Rs 5,085 crore subsidy in Q3.

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