Dec 31, 2004, 04.07 PM IST | Source:

Markets on a year end party: Midcaps rally

The markets ended the year on a positive note. Most of the media, bank, technology, cement, pharma, and auto stocks rallied but metal stocks corrected.


The markets ended the year on a positive note.  The Sensex closed up 80.15 points or 1.23% at 6602.69, and the Nifty closed up 20.70 points or 1% at 2080.50. The turnover was Rs 17,136.48 crore (Rs 171.36 billion).

  • Market breadth is positive
  • Media & banks in demand
  • Metal shares weak
This is the 3rd consecutive year of gains for the Sensex and the Nifty. The Sensex gained 13.1%, the Nifty gained 10.7% and the Midcap 200 index gained a whopping 44.6% this year.

Analysts expect the market to continue their good run in 2005, albeit with a slower speed given the increase in valuations and higher base of corporate earnings.

The market breadth was positive as several small and midcap stocks gained. About 1633 shares advanced, 700 shares declined, and 51 shares remained unchanged.

Several midcap sugar, tea, auto ancillary, textile, and consumer durable stocks flared up. Dwarikesh Sugar closed at Rs 133.55 a premium of 105% to its issue price of Rs 65.

The Bankex outperformed the other indices. It closed up 2.34% at 3721.97 as most of the private as well as the PSU banks flared up on sustained buying interest. The Finance Minister said that higher cap for FDI in banking is likely in the next few days.

Most of the media shares including Balaji Telefilms, Television Eighteen, NDTV, and TV Today flared up.

The BSE IT Index closed up 1.85% at 2621.93 as the frontline as well as second-rung technology stocks gained.

Buying interest was also seen in several of the auto, cement, telecom, and oil stocks. Cement shares firmed up on expectation of increased demand and a rise in cement prices.

Several power and power equipment manufacturing stocks also rallied. Among pharma shares most of the large and midcap pharma stocks gained.

The BSE Metal Index underperformed the other indices. It closed down 0.28% at 6210.37 as most of the steel and aluminium stocks corrected as metal prices were down on the LME as traders booked profits.

The FMCG shares ended mixed. ITC gained but HLL, Colgate, and Nestle closed lower.

The Sensex has touched an intraday high of 6,602.53 amid sustained buying interest. Cement, bank, tech, media, and pharma shares all have flared up. Auto and refinery shares are trading firm.

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Nipa Ladiwalla of UTI Securities says the markets are attractively priced at current levels. UTI Securities is bullish on cement, banking, pharma, FMCG, and on infrastructure related stocks.

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The markets have gained on the back of the strength in the bank, cement, tech, media, consumer durables, and pharma shares. Gains are also seen in auto, refinery and telecom stocks. FMCG and metal shares however, are trading mixed.

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According to Anup Bagchi, COO of ICICI Direct, markets would see a correction if the FII flows, which is the only source of liquidity, ebbs.

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Dwarikesh Sugar has made a stunning debut. It listed at Rs 105.30 on the BSE. It came out with an IPO on November 29, priced at Rs 65, at a premium of Rs 55.

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The markets have bounced back after correcting yesterday. Most of the bank, technology, cement, and oil stocks have gained. Buying interest is also seen in several midcap shares.

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