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Last Updated : Aug 19, 2015 10:13 AM IST | Source:

Nifty holds 8450, Sensex flat; rupee at 2-yr low, pharma up

The Indian rupee has touched a fresh two-year low in early trade. It has opened lower by 10 paise at 65.40 per dollar on Wednesday against Monday's closing value of 65.32 a dollar. The currency market was shut on Tuesday.

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9:55 am FII view: 
Neelkanth Mishra, Credit Suisse said while aggregate Nifty sales fell 4.3 percent year-on-year in Q1FY16 (up 5 percent excluding oil & metals), EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) decline slowed sharply and operating margins posted a three-year high.

July-September quarter sales should see a bigger boost from USDINR, he added.

He expects further cuts for metals and PSU banks, but currency-driven upgrades to IT and pharma. According to him, the meaningful risks for the market continued to be outside India.

As fiscal headwinds to growth has receded, and government spending (particularly state governments) has picked up, domestic economic momentum is on the mend, he believes.

9:45 am Market check:
The market is still flat with the Nifty holding 8450 level. The 50-share index is down 14.95 points at 8451.60. The Sensex is down 33.91 points at 27797.63. About 1013 shares have advanced, 712 shares declined, and 60 shares are unchanged.

Bharti Airtel, Hindalco, M&M, Coal India and HDFC Bank are losers while pharma stocks are still on buyers' radar.

9:30 am Buzzing: Shares of Cummins fell over 1 percent intraday on Wednesday. Nomura maintains reduce rating on the stock with an unchanged target of Rs 1064 per share. The brokerage says that the recent surge in revenue growth in Cummins India’s power generation segment is not sustainable beyond FY16. Cummins India’s powergen revenues in Q1FY16 benefitted from an uptick in demand in the real estate segment.


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It is a quite start to trade as global markets see sharp cuts. The Sensex is down 10.32 points at 27821.22 and the Nifty is up 0.75 points at 8467.30. About 359 shares have advanced, 207 shares declined, and 34 shares are unchanged.

ONGC, Hero, SBI, Tata Steel and Coal India are major laggards while Dr Reddy's Labs, Cipla, Wipro, Infosys and Sun Pharma are top gainers in the Sensex.

The Indian rupee has touched a fresh two-year low in early trade. It has opened lower by 10 paise at 65.40 per dollar against Monday's closing value of 65.32 a dollar. The currency market was shut on Tuesday.

Ashutosh Raina of HDFC Bank said, "The impact of the Chinese Yuan depreciation is still being felt across global markets. The USD-INR currency pair has been no exception with the pair finally breaching the psychological 65/dollar figure tracking other Asian peers."

The dollar rose, getting a lift from data showing US housing starts neared an eight-year peak, which raised expectations that the Fed will raise interest rates as soon as next month.

China stocks continued their sell-off following a whopping 6 percent plunge in the previous session, underscoring that it won't be an easy return to good times for the country's equity market.

The market plunge yesterday was attributed to traders cutting back on expectations of more stimulus for the economy - on the back of better housing market data – and support for the stock market – after the China Securities Finance Corporation said it would not intervene further in the market unless there was unusual volatility and systemic risk.

Tumble in Chinese shares and weak earnings from Walmart pressured US stocks and copper prices saw six year lows. Investors will look to US inflation data and minutes of last month's Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting on Wednesday, as they seek for further clues as to when the Fed will begin raising interest rates.

Oil prices fell again after a brief rise in the previous session, as the United States enters the lower demand autumn season and Asia's leading economies slow down.

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First Published on Aug 19, 2015 09:15 am
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