Indian stock markets have opened the day on a strong note on Friday on positive global cues. The BSE Sensex surged 377.48 points to 33,483.30, while the NSE Nifty50 gained 117.75 points to 10,332.50 at 10:45 hours. The markets are risen higher by the banking stocks, which rose by 1.7% on back of Moody’s report on upgrade of Indian Govt bond rating. Punjab National Bank, ICICI Bank, Bank of Baroda, State Bank of India were gaining in the morning hours.
Following companies, among others, will be in focus today during trade based on recent and latest news developments.
FMCG companies’ stocks in focus today as the govt has approved setting up of the proposed National Anti-profiteering Authority under GST to ensure consumers get the advantage of lower taxes under the new indirect tax implementation.
Bank of Baroda: BoB said the Finance Committee of the board will meet next week to consider approving its proposal to raise Rs. 6,000 crore via Qualified Institutional placement or rights issue.
RBI may finally go for a 25 bps rate cut in August if a good monsoon contains core inflation at a moderate 4-5%, as per report of Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML). BofAML had expected a 25 bps rate cut in the Feb 8 policy meet considering the demonetization shock, low inflation, lower fiscal deficit and a stabilizing US dollar. The report noted that the RBI has also cut down inflation risks broadly in proportion to its own forecasts.
The RBI Sixth bimonthly monetary policy review kept its repo rate unchanged at 6.25% in the meeting held today, opting to wait for more clarity on inflation trends and on how a drastic crackdown on black money after demonetization, is impacting economic growth.
Marginal Standing Facility and Bank rate kept unchanged at 6.75%. The Fiscal 2017 GVA (Gross Value Added) seen at 6.9% and the Financial year 2018-GVA seen at 7.4% with rick evenly balanced, while Consumer Price Index (CPI) seen below 5%. Repo rate is the rate at which the central bank of a country provide loadn to commercial banks in case of any shortfall of funds.
Meantime, Sensex is trading at 28228 down by 207 points or 0.38%. Nifty is trading at 8745 down by 23.45 points or 0.27% at 3.00 pm today.