Market recap for 20 January 2021
The Indian markets opened in the green and marched upward throughout the day. The rise was supported by advances in 32 out of the Nifty50 stocks.
Sensex: 49,792 ▲ 393 (+0.8%)
Nifty50: 14,644 ▲ 123 (0.8%)
Except for the Nifty FMCG (-0.1%), which closed almost flat, all sectoral indices traded in the green. The Nifty Auto and Nifty IT indices rose the most, gaining about 2.2% each.
Top gainers Today’s change
|Tata Motor ▲||6.0%|
|Adani Ports ▲||4.4%|
Top losers Today’s change
|Power Grid ▼||2.1%|
|Shree Cement ▼||1.8%|
Here are the top stories of the day.
Metals sales boost Hindustan Zinc’s
The integrated zinc-lead producer, which is a part of the Vedanta Group, reported a 36% YoY jump in Q3 profits, to ₹2,200 crore. During the same period, revenues from operations grew 28% to ₹5,915 crore.
The company said the rise in profits is a result of the increase in sales of metals. Sales of silver rose 66%, zinc by 21% and lead by 25% YoY. Today, the stock saw profit-booking and fell 1.1% after rising over 11% yesterday.
Federal Bank’s asset quality improves
The Kochi-based private bank’s Q3 profits dipped 8% YoY to ₹404 crores. The drop comes primarily due to a two-fold increase in provisioning for bad loans. In contrast, the bank’s total income at ₹3,941 improved 5.4% over the same period last year.
The bank’s gross NPAs declined from 2.9% to 2.7%, while net NPAs too was down to 0.6% against 1.6% last year, indicating an improvement in asset quality. The stock gained 2.5% today.
Adani Green to set up a solar plant in Kutch
Shares of the renewable energy producer were upbeat after the company announced that it has commissioned a 150 MW solar power plant in Kutch, Gujarat, three months ahead of schedule.
This takes the company’s total operational renewable capacity to 3,125 MW, with an additional 11,670 MW capacity under implementation. The company aims to set up 25,000 MW capacity by 2025. The stock was up 2.3% today.
Gateway Distriparks soars
Shares of the logistics service provider were locked in the 20% upper circuit today as its Q3 consolidated net profits nearly doubled to ₹32.6 crore.
Strong operating performance led to the rise in profits even as total income grew by a meagre 4% YoY to ₹316.2 crore. Due to a faster-than-expected recovery in exports and imports, the company witnessed improvement in volumes sequentially every month since the beginning of Q3.
Crude oil gains on weak dollar
Crude oil prices rose over 1% today due to signs of weakness in the US dollar. Further, the new stimulus from the US government is expected to revive growth and boost demand for oil.
Meanwhile, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reduced estimates for oil demand in 2021 amid the extension of lockdowns in some European countries and fresh lockdowns imposed in certain parts of China.
The Indian markets ended the day on a positive note, taking cues from most global equity indices. The Nifty hit a lifetime high and the Sensex is less than one per cent away from the coveted 50,000 mark. The mood, in general, is cheerful, with even gold and silver prices on an upward move. Further, most Q3 results have been in line with or better than street expectations and thus do not give any negative signals.
Meanwhile, index heavyweight Reliance Industries is expected to announce its results on Friday and in the run-up to the results it has already gained nearly 6% this week.
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