Stock Market LIVE: Indices remain flat; HUL, Asian Paints drag; CIL gains

A Fed pledged a tough line on inflation, saying the central bank would stay the course in its fight. This added fuel to the worries of recession among investors. Back in India, traders will also keep an eye on the earnings report.

20 Jan 2023, 10:55:51 AM IST

Hospitality & F&B Sector expectation from this year’s budget

Angadh Arora – CEO, Centre Point Hospitality: Now that the hospitality industry has bounced back to pre covid levels, the top 5 expectations from this year’s union budget are as follows :

1. Uniformity and reduction in the GST rates along with liquor sales also coming into the blanket of GST. Also, allow Input tax credit in GST for stand-alone restaurants and leased properties. Reduction of GST for F&B outlets and conferences in hotels from 18 percent to 12 percent

2. Simplified subsidy structures for encouraging new hospitality projects all over the nation.

3. Specials incentives and guided marketing support to bring in inbound tourism in India specially post-pandemic.

4. During the pandemic a lot of hospitality groups had no choice but to take help of the GECL 1 and 2 loans from the bank as per the subscribed guidelines of the govt however looking into the long run of the pandemic and the run rate at which the industry is recovering, the tenure of the GECL should be extended similar to normal term loans to avoid more defaults and restructuring which is likely to happen if the Guaranteed Emergency Credit Line (GECL) loan tenure is not extended resulting is higher EMIS and negative cash flows.

5. Single window clearances and self-assessment guidelines should be put forward to avoid harassment and penalties.

Sasha Wadhwa, Cloud Kitchen owner of Couche Patisserie: Cloud kitchen companies are hoping for some respite until a certain amount of revenue is recorded. “Any cloud kitchen operation requires the purchase of machines and appliances, which can be subject to machinery endowment schemes under manufacturing assistance from the government, which is not reflected yet, “There also needs to be a defined definition of qualification and definition of a cloud kitchen, which is currently defined under e-commerce food business operators, allowing even last mile delivery operators to operate as cloud kitchens, which is not the case,”

Karan Pardal, Managing Partner of Drifters Cafe & Bar: Multiple operating hour restrictions, capacity restrictions, and a lack of government support for restaurant industry, which employs more than 10 percent of the “young” working class in the country. Specifically, the enhancement of ECLGS, the ABRY relief, and the reinstatement of the input tax credit on GST will provide the impetus for revitalization; it would be incredibly advantageous if restaurants could once again utilize the GST input tax credit.

Roshan Nichani Managing Director of BJN Cloud Kitchens: As a cloud kitchen owner, we would expect some tax relief until a certain revenue hits the sheets so that as business owners, we can show growth reflecting on the performance of the overall industry.

20 Jan 2023, 10:40:08 AM IST

All bank indices shine with the Bank Index trading solidly in green; most stocks gain

Stock Market LIVE: Indices remain flat; HUL, Asian Paints drag; CIL gains

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20 Jan 2023, 10:37:09 AM IST

₹12 to ₹158: Penny stock turns multibagger in one year. Trade ex-split today in 1:10

A long-term investor not just gains from appreciation in stock price but from various other rewards that a listed company announces for its loyal investors. A stock split is one such benefit that a long-term investor enjoys from the rise in the trade volume of the stock post-split. However, in the case of Deep Diamond India shares, the stock has tuned a multibagger in a period of nearly one year as it ascended from around 12 to 158 apiece levels, delivering more than 1200 per cent return to its shareholders.

The small-cap stock is trading ex-split today as the board of directors of the company had fixed 20th January 2023 as the record date for stock sub-division. The company board had announced the stock split in 1:10 ratio which means a shareholder’s stock will multiply by 10 times after stock subdivision. Now, Re 1 rise in the share would mean 10 (Re 1 x 10) for those shareholders of the company who are beneficiaries of this 1:10 stock subdivision. (Read More)

20 Jan 2023, 10:14:10 AM IST

Sun Pharma lags in early trading as it sheds more than a per cent

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20 Jan 2023, 10:12:58 AM IST

IT stock Coforge jumps as Q3 net profit rises on deal wins

Shares of Coforge Ltd jumped over 5% to 4,188 apiece on the BSE in Friday’s opening deals after the Indian IT services provider Coforge Ltd reported a better-than-expected net profit for the third quarter ended December 2022 in which rose 25% helped by deal wins across sectors. The company has also raised FY23 constant currency (CC) revenue growth guidance to 22% from at least 20%.

Coforge’s consolidated profit increased to 228 crore from 184 crore a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected the company to report net income of 221 crore, according to Refinitiv data. The IT company said it won five large deals during the quarter, including one over $50 milllion and two large deals, worth over $30 million in the previous quarter, and highest ever order intake of $345 million. (Read More)

20 Jan 2023, 10:12:34 AM IST

RIL share price lower ahead of Q3 earnings

The share price of Reliance Industries started the day higher at 2481.70 versus the previous day close of 2471.10, but could not sustain the gains and soon turned in the red. The oil-to-retail conglomerate is expected to announce its Q3 earnings today. At the time of writing this copy, the stock was trading at 2,451, or 0.80% lower than the close of January 19. It had hit a low of 2,447 during the day so far.

20 Jan 2023, 09:47:49 AM IST

Pharma index comes under pressure in early trading as it is trading lower with most stock in red

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20 Jan 2023, 09:46:11 AM IST

Google vows to cooperate with India antitrust authority after Android decision

Google said on Friday it will cooperate with India’s antitrust authority after the country’s top court upheld an antitrust order forcing the U.S. firm to change how it markets its popular Android platform.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) ruled in October that Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, exploited its dominant position in Android and told it to remove restrictionson device makers, including those related to pre-installation of apps. It also fined Google $161 million.

On Thursday, Google lost a challenge in the Supreme Court to block the directives, getting seven days to comply.

“We remain committed to our users and partners and will cooperate with the CCI on the way forward,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters.

“We are reviewing the details of yesterday’s decision,” Google said, adding that it would continue pursue its legal challenge to the Android decision. (Reuters)

20 Jan 2023, 09:39:49 AM IST

Oil Heads for Second Weekly Advance as China Outlook Brightens

Oil headed for a second weekly gain as optimism over stronger Chinese demand overshadowed a weaker outlook in other major economies.

West Texas Intermediate rose toward $81 a barrel, putting the US benchmark on course for a gain of just over 1% this week. Chinese consumption has been picking up after the top crude importer abandoned harsh virus restrictions, with signs of increased buying by refiners in the physical market.

Still, weakness elsewhere has limited the rally. European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde vowed policy would remain tight as inflation was still too high. In the US, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Lael Brainard, considered a dove, said Thursday that rates will need to stay elevated for a period.

Crude has been whipsawed in the first three weeks of the new year as investors took stock of the market’s opposing forces, as well as the outlook for Russian flows into 2023 as sanctions are tightened amid the war in Ukraine. Against that backdrop, there are widely divergent outlooks from banks on where crude is headed, with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. arguing Brent could top $100 a barrel, while JPMorgan Chase & Co. is much more cautious. (Bloomberg)

20 Jan 2023, 09:25:18 AM IST

Hindustan Unilever sheds 2% at the start, puts a huge drag on the market

Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) on Thursday beat Street expectations with a 12% rise in quarterly net profit, with the maker of household goods gaining from higher demand for products and easing inflationary pressures. The company’s board also approved increased payout to its European parent Unilever Plc for providing technology, trademark licences and services. This entails paying royalty and central services fees at 3.45% of HUL’s revenue, up from 2.65% in FY22. The new arrangement, which is effective from February, will be in force for a period of five years. Meanwhile, HUL’s standalone net profit climbed to 2,505 crore for the three months ended 31 December, from 2,243 crore a year earlier. A Bloomberg survey of analysts forecast the company to report a profit of 2,488 crore.


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20 Jan 2023, 09:24:06 AM IST

As gold hits new high, experts recommend these two stocks

Following disappointing US data that renewed fear of global economic recession, gold rates today climbed to new life-time high of 56,746 per 10 gm levels in domestic market, breaching its previous record high of 56,588 levels that it made on Thursday deals. As gold rates today climbed to a new high, stock market experts have said that it would have a direct impact on those financial stocks that deals heavily in gold loan.

Stock market experts went on to add that in India there are limited financial institutions that have a bulk business in gold loan. But, Muthoot Finance and Manappuram Finance have huge exposure in gold loan lending. As gold prices are expected to continue uptrend in medium to long term, they recommended positional investors to buy Muthoot Finance and Manappuram Finance stocks. (Read More)

20 Jan 2023, 09:22:23 AM IST

Indices flat at open with HUL and Asian Paints dragging the market

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20 Jan 2023, 09:08:32 AM IST

Wayfair to lay off over 1,000 employees due to sales decline

Layoffs are accelerating across the technology world since 2022. Many companies including Microsoft, Amazon, Twitter, Meta, and Ola have recently fired many employees and slashed the job opportunities. Another such company, Wayfair Inc has also announced a round of job cuts, said a person familiar with the situation on the condition of anonymity, adding that more than 1,000 employees will lose their jobs, according to Bloomberg news. (Read More)

20 Jan 2023, 09:05:16 AM IST

Sensex preopens flat with a little tilt towards green; HUL and Adani Enterprises in focus today

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20 Jan 2023, 08:58:10 AM IST

Geojit Financial Services: Triggers to take Nifty beyond 18200 are not yet visible

Dr V K Vijayakumar, chief investment strategist at Geojit Financial Services: Nifty which is now stuck in a narrow band of 17800-18200 is likely to remain in this range in the absence of major triggers. FIIs turning buyers is a major support at 17800. Triggers to take Nifty beyond 18200 are not yet visible. Large Q3 results from the likes of RIL, ICICI Bank and Kotak have to be closely watched for indications. The strength of HDFC twins and the weakness of ICICI Bank indicate some churn within financials. Data on capex, credit growth and manufacturing and services PMI indicate that the growth rebound in the economy is robust. Capital goods segment has the potential to outperform this year.

20 Jan 2023, 08:47:34 AM IST

Reliance Securities Stock in Focus for Today: IndiGo


IndiGo (CMP 2,123): We have a positive stance on Indigo considering the strong market share position, undisputed leadership, best cost structure, potential in the fastest-growing aviation sector and lower crude prices bringing early turnaround, we reiterate our BUY rating on INDIGO with a Target Price of Rs2,350, valuing the stock at an unrevised EV/EBITDAR multiple of 7.5x FY24E.

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20 Jan 2023, 08:30:52 AM IST

Inflation too high, European Central Bank committed to containing it

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said inflation is too high and reiterated the central bank’s determination to bring it back to 2 per cent.

“Inflation, by all accounts, however you look at it, is way too high. Our determination at the ECB is to bring it back to 2% in a timely manner, and we are taking all the measures that we have to take in order to do that,” Lagarde said speaking at the ongoing five-day World Economic Forum’s annual meeting.

The ECB chief was speaking at a session ‘Finding Europe’s New Growth,’ Thursday (local time).

While saying the central bank had already increased interest rates by 250 basis points, Lagarde said it shall “stay the course” until such time when monetary policy moved into “restrictive territory” for long enough so that the inflation can return to 2 per cent in a timely manner. (ANI)

20 Jan 2023, 08:27:57 AM IST

Stocks to Watch: HUL, Adani Ent, Hindustan Zinc, LTTS, PVR, AU Small Finance Bank, Bhel, Indiamart Intermesh, Jubilant Foodworks, and Sun Pharma

Reliance Industries, JSW Steel, HDFC Life, LTMindtree, Bandhan Bank, Coforge, Union Bank of India, and JSW Energy, will be among the stocks in focus as they declare their December quarter earnings today. (Read More)

20 Jan 2023, 08:24:08 AM IST

India Post Payments Bank looks set to break even in FY23: CEO

India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) is looking to break even by the end of this financial year with gross revenue crossing 500 crore. J. Venkatramu managing director and chief executive, IPPB, said the bank is investing heavily in technology and is focusing on getting small savings customers to the India Post network.

“We have a 3.5 million common customer base, who have various small savings schemes and accounts with India Post. The business model is linked to small savings schemes, with very attractive interest rates, which attracts a lot of people to invest in them. But since digital channels are not available, we are focussing on offering online access. Anybody having an account with our payments bank can move money to various small savings schemes digitally, and need not have to go to a branch to deposit cash. We are trying to digitize the whole journey for small savings.” (Read More)

20 Jan 2023, 08:20:10 AM IST

AU Bank net jumps 30% to ₹393 cr on healthy core income

AU Small Finance Bank on Thursday reported its highest quarterly net profit of 393 crore, a growth of 30 per cent annually, for the October-December period of 2022-23 on improved asset quality and the resultant decline in provisions.

The bank said its gross bad loans declined to 1.81 per cent or 1,019 crore in the reporting quarter from 2.60 per cent or 1,058 crore in December 2021 and net bad loans improved to 0.51 per cent from 1.29 per cent or 285 crore and 520 crore, respectively.

Of the total provision, 127 crore are for the restructured book and 98 crore are for contingency provisions and 41 crore are floating provision. Standard provisions stood at 176 crore or 30 bps of total advances.

Total income of the Jaipur-based company rose 36 per cent to 2,413 crore, driven by a full 41 per cent jump in net interest income at 1,153 crore. The key profitability metric net interest margin which is the difference between the cost of deposit and loan pricing, at 6.2 per cent. (PTI)

20 Jan 2023, 08:19:51 AM IST

Hindustan Unilever Q3 net profit rises 7.9 pc to ₹2,481 crore

FMCG major Hindustan Unilever Ltd on Thursday reported a 7.9 per cent increase in its consolidated net profit at 2,481 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2022.

The company, which had posted a net profit of 2,300 crore in the October-December quarter of the previous fiscal, said its board has approved a new royalty and central services arrangement with Unilever Group that will see an increase in the fees for the same to 3.45 per cent of turnover from 2.65 per cent in FY22.

Its consolidated total income during the quarter under review rose 16.35 per cent to 15,707 crore against 13,499 crore a year ago, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) said in a regulatory filing.

The total expenses stood at 12,225 crore in Q3 against 10,329 crore in the year-ago period, it added.

HUL CEO and Managing Director Sanjiv Mehta said the company has sustained its strong momentum and had yet another quarter of solid all-round performance. (PTI)

20 Jan 2023, 07:57:49 AM IST

Netflix’s Hastings Gives Up CEO Title; Peters Named Co-Chief

Netflix Inc. co-founder Reed Hastings is stepping aside as chief executive officer of the company he’s led for more than two decades, leaving the position to his two longtime associates, Ted Sarandos and Greg Peters.

Sarandos, who was already co-CEO, is the company’s public face in Hollywood while Peters, previously chief operating officer, has overseen its product development and push into advertising. Hastings, 62, will serve as executive chairman of the company.

“Our board has been discussing succession planning for many years (even founders need to evolve!),” Hastings said in a blog post. “The board and I believe it’s the right time to complete my succession.”

Netflix ended the year on a high note. The company added 7.66 million subscribers in the final quarter of 2022, easily topping the 4.5 million average estimate of Wall Street analysts. Revenue, at $7.85 billion, was in line with estimates. Although it earnings, at 12 cents per share, fell well below the same period a year ago, the company forecast that its profit margin and free cash flow would improve in the year ahead.

Netflix jumped about 6% in after-hours trading after the announcement. Shares of Paramount Global, Walt Disney Co. and Warner Bros. Discovery also rose in late trading. (Bloomberg)

20 Jan 2023, 07:56:54 AM IST

Microeconomic stability getting bolstered as inflation coming under control: RBI

The economic outlook of the country is optimistic and as the inflation rate is also falling around the tolerance limit, the macroeconomic stability is getting bolstered, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in its January monthly bulletin. The central bank pointed towards narrowing the current account deficit (CAD) and said that emerging markets are appearing more resilient.

The year 2023 is coming with bigger risk than the previous year stemming from United States monetary policy and the US dollar, an article in RBI bulletin said. (Read More)

20 Jan 2023, 07:55:41 AM IST

Adani Enterprises to list all its businesses over 2026-29

Billionaire Gautam Adani’s flagship Adani Enterprises Ltd, which is set to raise 20,000 crore through a follow-on public offer, expects all its business verticals across roads, airports and industries, to achieve the scale for independent listing between 2026 and 2029.

Adani Enterprises is the incubation platform of the group, having spun off businesses across ports, transmission, renewables and city gas distribution into separate listed entities.

“Once a business meets three tests—the capacity to execute business plans independently; stable capital structure; and organizational capability, meaning the business has the capability to execute the projects it undertakes and can operate the assets in a world class manner—it possibly becomes available for demerger,” Jugeshinder Singh, chief financial officer, Adani Group, said at a press conference on Thursday. (Read More)

20 Jan 2023, 07:47:12 AM IST

Air India’s mega jet deal with Airbus, Boeing held up by engine-cost debate

Air India Ltd.’s order for as many as 500 aircraft from Airbus SE and Boeing Co. is being held up by an impasse with engine makers powering the 737 Max, dragging out what stands to be one of the biggest single purchases in civil aviation history.

CFM International, the General Electric Co. and Safran SA joint venture, is reluctant to offer big discounts on engines and maintenance that typically accompany mega orders, according to people familiar with the negotiations. The deadlock centers on the hourly rates Air India would pay for repairs, said one of the people, asking not to be identified as the deliberations are private. (Read More)

20 Jan 2023, 07:36:51 AM IST

Vedanta to sell Zinc International assets to Hindustan Zinc for USD 2,981 million

Anil Agarwal-promoted Vedanta on Thursday said it will sell Zinc International assets to Hindustan Zinc for a cash consideration of USD 2,981 million.

Vedanta’s board approved the sale of Zinc International assets held by THL Zinc Ventures Ltd (Mauritius) (THLZV), a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of the metals and mining major.

The assets held THLZV through THL Zinc Ltd (Mauritius) comprising shares held in Black Mountain Mining Pty Ltd, South Africa (69.6 per cent) and THL Zinc Namibia Holdings (Pty) Ltd (100 per cent), Namibia, will be sold to the proposed wholly-owned subsidiary (SPV) of Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL) for a cash consideration not exceeding USD 2,981 million, Vedanta said in a filing.

Vedanta holds 64.92 per cent of the equity share capital of HZL.

The proposed transaction will be subject to receipt of necessary regulatory nods. (PTI)

20 Jan 2023, 07:34:14 AM IST

Longer wait for GST tribunals with Council yet to clear proposals

Businesses may have to wait longer for quicker resolution of Goods and Services Tax (GST)-related disputes under the proposed appellate tribunals, as the Finance Bill 2023 is expected to skip crucial amendments needed in this regard.

The plan to set up GST appellate tribunals (GSTAT) across the country missed a crucial opportunity with the federal tax body, the GST Council, not clearing the proposals at its last meeting on 17 December, a person informed about the Centre-state discussions said. (Read More)

20 Jan 2023, 07:33:24 AM IST

Buy or sell: Vaishali Parekh recommends 2 stocks to buy today

Vaishali Parekh of Prabhudas Lilladher has recommended two stocks to buy today, here we list out important details in regard to those day trading stocks:

1] Jubilant Food: Buy at 510, target 535, stop loss 500; and

2] UPL: Buy at 747, target 773, stop loss 738. (Read More)

20 Jan 2023, 07:31:50 AM IST

Sun  Pharma  to  acquire  US firm Concert for $576 mn

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd on Thursday agreed to buy Concert Pharmaceuticals Inc. for $576 million to access the US company’s experimental drugs for treating skin diseases, including patchy hair loss.

Concert Pharmaceuticals has an extensive patent portfolio, including its lead product candidate, deuruxolitinib, a late-stage drug for treating alopecia areata, an autoimmune dermatological disease resulting in patchy hair loss.

The deal will help strengthen Sun Pharma’s dermatology product range in the US. The company said its immediate focus is on submitting a New Drug Application to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the first half of 2023. (Read More)

20 Jan 2023, 07:30:10 AM IST

US Wall Street lose ground on Thursday as recession fears weigh on market

Wall Street’s losses deepened Thursday as worries that the U.S. may be headed for a painful recession kept stock traders in a selling mood.

The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average each fell 0.8%, their third straight drop. The Nasdaq composite lost 1%.

Every major index is on track for a weekly loss after the market kicked off the year with a two-week rally. Analysts expect the broader market to remain unsteady as investors try to get a clearer picture of inflation and the economy’s path ahead.

“It’s very reflective of the conflicting views that investors have with respect to where things are headed here in early 2023,” said Greg Bassuk, CEO at AXS Investments.

Reports showed weakness in several areas of the economy, including the housing industry and manufacturing in the mid-Atlantic region, though they weren’t quite as bad as expected and the job market appears to remain healthy. They follow worse-than-expected readings a day earlier on retail sales, a cornerstone of the economy, and industrial production.

The weaker economic data “has investors a little bit on edge, questioning how much consumer resilience is left in the tank,” said Ross Mayfield, investment strategist at Baird. (AP)

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