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March 31, 2023 / 04:29 PM IST

Closing Bell: Nifty ends around 17,350, Sensex gains 1,031 points; all sectors in the green

The BSE midcap and the smallcap indices rose 1 percent each.

  • Closing Bell: Nifty ends around 17,350, Sensex gains 1,031 points; all sectors in the green
    Stock Market Today:
    • 03:24 PM IST

      Jefferies keeps buy rating on SBI Cards & Payment Services, target Rs 900

    • 03:15 PM IST

      Nomura maintains buy rating on Reliance Industries, target Rs 2,850

    • 03:13 PM IST

      Jefferies keeps buy rating on Bharat Electronics, target Rs 125

    • 03:06 PM IST

      Coal India surpasses annual output target for first time in 17 years

    • 03:03 PM IST

      JTL Industries completes amalgamation with Chetan Industries

    • 02:51 PM IST

      DCM Shriram commissions capacity expansion at Bharuch plant

    • 02:50 PM IST

      RVNL emerges as lowest bidder for NHAI project worth Rs 720.67 crore

    • 02:40 PM IST

      CIL Nova Petrochemicals to consider sale of polyster yarn unit

    • 02:36 PM IST

      Jindal Steel appoints Damodar Mittal & Sabyasachi Bandyopadhyay as additional directors

    • 02:35 PM IST

      Shruti Kant Rustagi resigns as CFO of Lumax Industries

    • 02:34 PM IST

      REC board approves sale & transfer of entire shareholding of KPS 1 Transmission to Megha Engineering

    • 01:51 PM IST

      Nifty may move toward 17,600: Santosh Meena

    • 01:39 PM IST

      Nifty Information Technology index up 1 percent supported by Mphasis, Coforge, Infosys

    • 01:34 PM IST

      GR Infraprojects emerges as L-1 bidder for project worth Rs 848 crore, gets LoA for 4 projects worth Rs 3,713 crore

    • 01:31 PM IST

      Nomura maintains buy rating on Lupin, target Rs 856

    • 01:25 PM IST

      Mahindra Lifespace arm transfers 9.24 acres of residential land to Alliance Group

    • 01:13 PM IST

      Gujarat Ambuja Exports increases sorbitol manufacturing capacity to 220 TPD at Sitarganj

    • 01:04 PM IST

      Indices at day's high with Nifty above 17,300, Sensex zooms 800 points

    • 12:50 PM IST

      Kesar Enterprises approves one-time settlement with UCO Bank

    • 12:48 PM IST

      Lupin receives approval from USFDA for Tenofovir Alafenamide Tablets

    • 12:43 PM IST

      Dynacons Systems wins prestigious contracts worth Rs 106 crore

    • 12:20 PM IST

      Dollar eyes quarterly drop as rate rise bets recede

    • 12:03 PM IST

      Indices near day's high, Nifty around 17,300; RIL, ICICI Bank, Infosys positive contributors

    • 11:52 AM IST

      Narayana Hrudayalaya board appoints Naveen Tewari as additional director

    • 11:50 AM IST

      Muthoot Capital completes a securitization transaction of Rs 96.87 crore

    • 11:42 AM IST

      Jindal Saw gets NCLT nod for resolution plan submitted for corporate insolvency process

    • 11:20 AM IST

      Go Digit General Insurance files draft papers for IPO

    • 10:33 AM IST

      Garden Reach Shipbuilders signs contract with Ministry of Defence worth Rs 3,500 crore

    • 10:29 AM IST

      L&T Construction wins orders for its power transmission & distribution business

    • 10:26 AM IST

      Shriram Properties gains after huge block deal; strategic investor likely picks stake

    • 10:22 AM IST

      Nifty Bank index rises 1 percent led by ICICI Bank, Federal Bank, Bandhan Bank

    • 10:17 AM IST

      Shree Renuka Sugars commences commercial production of ethanol from expanded capacity

    • 10:11 AM IST

      Aurobindo Pharma signed voluntary sub-licensing with Medicines Patent Pool for HIV drug development

    • 09:51 AM IST

      Max Ventures Investment Holdings offloads Rs 182 crore shares in Max Financial Services

    • 09:47 AM IST

      Fairbridge Capital picks 4.4% stake in Quess Corp

    • 09:42 AM IST

      Alembic Pharma receives USFDA approval for Brimonidine Tartrate Ophthalmic solution

    • 09:38 AM IST

      Nifty PSU Bank index up 1.2 percent supported by Punjab & Sind Bank, Bank of Baroda, SBI

    • 09:35 AM IST

      Bharat Electronics bags contracts worth Rs 5,498 crore

    • 09:34 AM IST

      Bharat Dynamics signs a contract for Rs 8161 crore with the Ministry of Defence

    • 09:28 AM IST

      Reliance Industries acquires 70% equity share capital of Sintex Industries

    • 09:26 AM IST

      VA Tech Wabag share price gains on order win worth Rs 4,400 crore

    • 09:05 AM IST

      Markets are likely to trade higher in early trades: Prashanth Tapse

    • 08:59 AM IST

      Sotac Pharmaceuticals IPO opens on March 28, to be listed on NSE Emerge Platform

    • 08:54 AM IST

      Nifty could move up to 17,200-17,250: Shrikant Chouhan

    • 08:51 AM IST

      Dollar to log quarterly drop as rate hike bets recede

    • 08:48 AM IST

      Gold jumps on weaker dollar, with eyes on inflation data

    • 08:43 AM IST

      Astral gets of CPVC manufacturing licence from Bureau of Indian Standards

    • 08:38 AM IST

      Resistance for Nifty is placed at 17,207: Jatin Gedia

    • 08:22 AM IST

      Bharti Airtel subsidiary Nxtra Data acquires additional 5.5% stake in Avaada MHAmravati

    • 08:18 AM IST

      Fitch rates Shriram Finance's USD150 million senior secured notes at 'BB'

    • 08:13 AM IST

      VA Tech Wabag with Metito Overseas bags project worth Rs 4,400 crore

    • 08:07 AM IST

      Fed's 2023 GDP projections point to imminent recession: Jeremy Siegel

    • 08:01 AM IST

      4 IPOs to hit Dalal Street on March 31 as FY23 draws to a close

    • 07:46 AM IST

      Oil rises over 1% on Iraqi supply risks, U.S. crude draw

    • 07:40 AM IST

      Wall St gains with tech shares; regional banks fall

    • 07:36 AM IST

      SGX Nifty indicates a flat start for the Indian indices

  • IndexPricesChangeChange%
    Sensex62,622.24-346.89 -0.55%
    Nifty 5018,534.40-99.45 -0.53%
    Nifty Bank44,128.15-308.20 -0.69%
    Nifty 50 18,534.40 -99.45 (-0.53%)
    Wed, May 31, 2023
    Biggest GainerPricesChangeChange%
    Bharti Airtel849.9031.45 +3.84%
    Biggest LoserPricesChangeChange%
    ONGC154.90-3.95 -2.49%
    Best SectorPricesChangeChange%
    Nifty Pharma12678.4073.70 +0.58%
    Worst SectorPricesChangeChange%
    Nifty Energy23875.50-342.70 -1.42%

  • March 31, 2023 / 04:27 PM IST

    Siddhartha Khemka, Head - Retail Research, Motilal Oswal Financial Services

    Domestic indices ended the last day of the month on optimistic note led by rally in global markets and FIIs turning net buyers. Sharp decline in India VIX from recent high of 17 zones to 12.8 levels, too supported the markets. Nifty opened gap up and continuously strengthen throughout the session to close with handsome gains of 279 points (+1.6%) at 17360 levels. All sectors ended in green with Oil & Gas, IT and Realty being major gainers.

    Niche sectors like Sugar and Defence too were in limelight and we expect this momentum to continue. Large order inflows from government to various defence companies lifted the sector, while rally in sugar stock was seen due to increase in refined sugar prices and government’s thrust to double the ethanol blending by 2025. While Nifty ended FY23 on a flat note (-0.6%), Nifty midcap 100 closed with gains of 1%. However, Nifty Smallcap 100 succumbed to the global pressure - down 14% in FY23.

    In FY24, we expect strong earnings growth of around 15% – largely because of improving margins as raw material prices cool-off. This would be further supported by demand revival that had moderated out since Q3FY23. Valuation too has come off substantially from 24x 1-year forward P/E in Oct’21 to 17x currently (v/s 20x long period average), offering moderate margin of safety.

    In the near term, focus will now remain on RBI’s policy meeting next week, where 25-bps rate hike is expected in line with the hikes done by major global central banks. Apart from this, markets will also react to monthly Auto sales number data that will be released over the weekend.

  • March 31, 2023 / 04:25 PM IST

    Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research, HDFC Securities

    Nifty broke out upwards on March 31 aided by positive global cues and year end buying. At close, Nifty was up 1.63% or 279.1 points at 17359.8. Volumes on the NSE were a little higher than recent average. Broad market indices rose less than the Nifty as advance decline ratio rose to 2.28:1. Indian markets outperformed all other Asian markets for the day.

    Global stock markets edged higher Friday, with investors assimilating mixed Chinese activity ahead of the release of key inflation data on both sides of the Atlantic even as the fears of banking crisis waned.

    Morgan Stanley has upgraded India to equal-weight (EW), with the narrowing valuation premiums and a resilient economy.

    Nifty rose smartly on March 31 with an upgap (above the highs of the previous 4 sessions). 17451-17529 could be the resistance for Nifty in the near term, while 17225 could be a support. Nifty rose 2.45% over the week – the largest weekly gains in 9 months. As we enter a new fiscal year, we may see some more gains before pre Q4 results nervousness kicks in.

  • March 31, 2023 / 04:21 PM IST

    Ajit Mishra, VP - Technical Research, Religare Broking

    Markets ended the last session of the financial year on a high note, tracking firm global markets and supportive local cues. After the gap-up start, Nifty extended the positive tone as the session progressed and finally settled at 17,359.75 levels; up by 1.63%. All sectors contributed to the move wherein energy, IT and banking deserve special mention. In line with the trend, the market breadth was also inclined strongly on the advancing side.

    Markets are taking comfort from stability in the global markets and we expect the positive tone to continue. On the index front, Nifty has finally ended a 2-week long consolidation phase (16,800-17,200) and it might take a breather around 17,400 before marching towards 17,600 levels. Amid all positivity, participants shouldn’t go overboard and maintain their focus on stock selection.

  • March 31, 2023 / 04:16 PM IST

    Amol Athawale, Deputy Vice President - Technical Analyst, Kotak Securities

    Markets saw a perfect ending to FY23 as charged bulls went berserk on Dalal Street thus propelling both the benchmark indices to close above the psychological mark. The rally was long overdue as fading worries over the recent turmoil in the US and European banking industry prompted investors to latch upon the beaten down stocks. Also, falling US bond yields and the return of FIIs into the local markets in recent sessions have bolstered the market sentiment.

    Technically, on daily charts the Nifty has formed a higher bottom formation and on weekly charts it has formed a long bullish candle which is broadly positive. In addition, after a long time the index is trading above the 20-day SMA (Simple Moving Average) level which too is indicating further uptrend from the current levels.

    For traders, 20-day SMA or 17,200 would act as a sacrosanct support zone, and above the same the index could rally till the 200-day SMA or 17,450 -17,550. However, below the 20-day SMA, uptrend would be vulnerable.

    Meanwhile, in the Bank Nifty, positive sentiment is likely to continue in the near future and 40,200 could be the key support level. Above which, it could rally till the 50-day SMA or 40,800. Any further upside could lift the Bank Nifty till 41,250.

  • March 31, 2023 / 04:12 PM IST

    Jatin Gedia, Technical Research Analyst, Sharekhan by BNP Paribas

    Nifty witnessed continuation of positive momentum from the previous trading session and closed the day on with handsome gains of ~280 points. On the daily charts we can observe that the Nifty has managed to close above the 20-day moving average (17214) which is a sign of strength.

    The daily momentum indicator has a positive crossover which is a signal. Thus, both price and momentum indicator is suggesting further upside. The index is likely to test the zone of 17480 – 17500 where resistance in the form of the 200-day moving average and the upper end of the falling channel is placed.

    A key observation to note here is that on the monthly chart the Nifty has managed to close above the 20-Month moving average (17351) which is a positive sign. In terms of price pattern, it has formed a Doji pattern indicating a pause after falling for three consecutive months. During April, Nifty is likely to witness a rebound with IT, Energy, Metals, Capital Goods and PSU banks leading from the front.

  • March 31, 2023 / 04:06 PM IST

    Rupak De, Senior Technical Analyst at LKP Securities

    Bulls remained at the helm as the benchmark Nifty closed well above the crucial resistance level of 17250. On the daily chart, the index has moved above the recent consolidation, suggesting a rise in optimism.

    The momentum oscillator RSI has entered a bullish crossover. The trend is likely to remain strong as long as it remains above 17200. On the higher end, the next important level is 17500–17600, where bears will be waiting.

  • March 31, 2023 / 03:59 PM IST

    Dilip Parmar, Research Analyst, HDFC Securities

    The Indian rupee marked the second weekly and best quarterly gains in the last nine quarters following lower trade deficits and lower crude oil prices. The foreign fund inflows and stronger regional currencies also supported the rupee’s recovery.

    Ahead of next week’s RBI monetary policy decision, the rupee is expected to trade between 81.70 to 82.50. Market participants are already pricing in a quarter basis points increase in the interest rate and expecting a pause for the later part of the year.

  • March 31, 2023 / 03:57 PM IST

    Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services

    As the financial year drew to a close, the market witnessed an upward trend marked by bullish moves in the banking and IT sectors driven by robust global cues. Notably, an increased interest from foreign institutional investors due to the moderation in Indian stock valuations also aided. While the US market awaits the release of personal consumption expenditures data, which is considered a crucial indicator for forecasting the Federal Reserve's future actions, domestic investors await the RBI MPC meeting scheduled next week.

  • March 31, 2023 / 03:47 PM IST

    Shrikant Chouhan, Head of Equity Research (Retail), Kotak Securities

    Domestic equity markets ended the week on a strong note. For the week, domestic markets closed in the positive territory. Sensex 30 and Nifty 50 index rose more than 2%. BSE Midcap and BSE Small-cap index gained ~ 1-2%. Most of the sectoral indices reported positive gains during the week. However, BSE Power index saw negative returns during the week.

    Key global equity markets also witnessed a recovery, even though sentiments remained volatile. Euro zone headline inflation slowed to 6.9% in March 2023, down from 8.5% in February 2023.

    Crude oil price rose this week from the lows witnessed earlier this month. Markets will continue to focus on inflation numbers across key economies and related Central Bank actions. Domestic markets will keenly watch out for RBI policy meet scheduled next week. Over the coming weeks, the market will also start focusing on Q4FY23 earnings season.

  • March 31, 2023 / 03:33 PM IST

    Rupee Close:

    Indian rupee ended 15 paise higher at 82.18 per dollar against Wednesday's close of 82.33.

  • March 31, 2023 / 03:30 PM IST

    Market Close

    : benchmark indices ended on a strong note with Nifty above 17,300 amid buying seen across the sectors.

    At close, the Sensex was up 1,031.43 points or 1.78% at 58,991.52, and the Nifty was up 279.10 points or 1.63% at 17,359.80. About 2322 shares advanced, 1145 shares declined, and 108 shares unchanged.

    Top gainers on the Nifty included Reliance Industries, Nestle India, Infosys, ICICI Bank and Tata Motors, while losers included Apollo Hospitals, Adani Ports, Sun Pharma, Asian Paints and Bajaj Finance.

    All the sectoral indices ended in the green with Information Technology index up 2.5 percent, while auto, bank, FMCG, Capital Goods, Realty and Oil & Gas up 1 percent each.

    The BSE midcap and the smallcap indices rose 1 percent each.