Market Up’s & Down’s from 24 December 2020
The markets have recovered from the decline seen on Monday and closed just shy of their previous lifetime high. On a weekly basis, the indices closed flat.
Among the sectoral indices, the Nifty Bank (+1.7%) and Nifty Pharma (+1.2%) were the top gainers, whereas the Nifty IT (-0.6%) and Media (-0.7%) were the top losers.
Nifty50 13,749 ▲ 148 (+1.0%)
Sensex 46,973▲ 529 (+1.1%)
Here are the top stories of the day.
Top gainers Today’s change
|Tata Motors ▲||3.9%|
|Sun Pharma ▲||3.1%|
|Axis Bank ▲||2.8%|
Top losers Today’s change
|Nestle India ▼||0.8%|
Here are the top stories for the day.
Ambuja and ACC rally on renewal of pact with Holcim
Cement majors Ambuja and ACC have renewed their pact with Holcim for technology and know-how (TKH). The pact has been renewed on existing terms (TKH fees will continue at 1% of net sales) for two years starting January 2021.
The status quo on fees triggered a relief rally in Ambuja (+3.8%) and ACC (+1.9%) as market concerns over higher fees were laid to rest.
Tata Motors maintains JLR guidance amid UK port issues
Shares of Tata Motors (+3.9%) surged after the company stated that Jaguar Land Rover is not affected by issues at ports in the UK. Congestion mounted at ports in the UK as France banned UK freight over fresh Covid concerns.
Further, the company maintains its guidance of improved growth, profitability and cash flow in the second half of the year. The stock has recovered from Monday’s fall of nearly 9% and was the top Nifty50 gainer today.
Whirlpool rises on optimistic commentary
The management of Whirlpool India expcts double-digit growth in Q3 and Q4 of this fiscal. The pent-up demand for home appliances as people are spending more time at home is helping boost sales.
Further, the company has reached out to overseas suppliers (in China and South-East Asia) to set up shop in India so that they can benefit from the incentives provided under the ‘Make in India’ programme. The stock gained 12.7% today.
Aurobindo Pharma inks pact to make vaccine
Aurobindo Pharma has signed an exclusive agreement with the US-based Covaxx to develop, produce and sell its Covid vaccine in India and to UNICEF. Covaxx is currently conducting Phase 1 trials of its vaccine.
Interestingly, this vaccine candidate does not require freezing for distribution. Meanwhile, Aurobindo Pharma will expand its manufacturing capacity to be able to make 48 crore doses by June 2021. Its shares rose 2.3% today.
Divestment plans boost BEML and ITD
The government could take up the strategic sale of two PSUs—BEML and ITDC—over the next few weeks. For FY21, the government has set a target of ₹1.2 lakh crore from divesting its stake in PSUs.
BEML (+7.5%) mainly manufactures rail and metro coaches and mining equipment, whereas ITDC (+12.2%) is primarily in hospitality and runs the Ashok Group of hotels.
The markets lived up to the festive spirits and gained lost ground this week. The situation is similar in major global equity markets. If the Santa rally continues after the long weekend, the Indian indices will be in uncharted territory. Few things will remain constant though; vaccines would reach more people, liquidity (from the new US stimulus package) will boost sentiments, and analysts would start factoring December quarter estimates into the stock prices.