Equity benchmark indices swung nearly 1 per cent lower during the afternoon session on July 30 ahead of the expiry day of monthly futures and options contracts. At the closing bell, the BSE S and P Sensex was down by 335 points or 0.88 per cent at 37,736 while the Nifty 50 lost 101 points or 0.9 per cent at 11,102. Most sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the red except for Nifty pharma which gained by 3.1 per cent and IT which crawled up by 0.6 per cent. Nifty bank slipped by 2 per cent, financial service by 1.8 per cent and metal by 1.2 per cent. Among stocks, energy majors were big losers with Bharat Petroleum Corporation down by 8 per cent to Rs 417.80 per share. IndianOil Corporation dipped by 4.1 per cent, ONGC by 2.4 per cent and Power Grid Corporation by 2.3 per cent. Banking scrips too witnessed losses with IndusInd Bank dipping by 5.4 per cent, Axis Bank by 3.4 per cent and State Bank of India by 2.4 per cent while home loan lender lost by 3.6 per cent. Pharma stocks, however, witnessed handsome gains with Dr Reddy's advancing by 4.6 per cent to close at Rs 4,500 per share. Sun Pharma and Cipla were up by 3.7 per cent and 0.8 per cent respectively. Wipro, Infosys, Vedanta, Maruti Suzuki, Britannia and Reliance Industries too traded with a positive bias. Meanwhile, Asian stocks were flat as the US Federal Reserve members voted to leave the target range for short-term rates between 0 and 0.25 per cent to support the country's virus-battered economy. Japan's Nikkei and Hong Kong's Hang Seng were down by 0.26 per cent and 0.69 per cent but South Korea's Kospi moved up by 0.17 per cent.
US Senator Dick Durbin is requesting the Fed probe card networks and issuers, such as Mastercard and Visa. The senator wants an investigation over potentially anticompetitive fees. Durbin's letter hi-lighted that merchants are paying excessive debit card fees during the pandemic. The companies have planned major fee changes for US-based merchants. The Feds are requesting a competition-based investigating into Visa, Mastercard, and major issuers.
Spartan Capital Securities' Peter Cardillo expects the Fed to say it'll do "whatever it takes" to keep adding liquidity to the markets when policymakers meet this week. But he also tells Reuters' Fred Katayama that he thinks there's a good chance the markets will pull back, regardless of the Fed, because "the economy is faltering."
The US Federal Reserve is expected to remain apolitical and stay out of the business of Congress. Even so, President Donald Trump has repeatedly jeered at Fed Chair Jerome Powell, even going so far as to call him 'an enemy of the state.' Nevertheless, Business Powell stuck his neck out in a Congressional hearing this week, calling for more government intervention in the economy.
Investors on Tuesday paused ahead of a Federal Reserve Meeting that could reveal the Fed's view on recent signs of economic recovery. No major policy announcements are expected when the US central bank's meeting wraps up on Wednesday. However, investors will scrutinize its remarks on the health of the economy, which has been reopening slowly after coronavirus-related closures. According to Reuters, the S&P 1500 airlines index declined 8.5% on Tuesday.
Shares jumped on Tuesday as sentiment was lifted by the launch of the U.S. Federal Reserve's corporate bond buying program and concerns about a second wave of global coronavirus infections eased. Ciara Lee reports
Underlining the importance of creating "air bubbles" for resuming international flights amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister of State with independent charge for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri, on July 16 said India is in advanced stage of negotiations with France, US and Germany to resume limited international flights. "We are at a very advance stage of negotiations with at least 3 countries (for air bubble). Air France will be operating 28 flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru to Paris between July 18 to August 01," Puri said.
IAG, the owner of British Airways, said it planned to raise 2.75 billion euros from shareholders to prop up its finances and allow it to survive what could be a longer-than-expected collapse in flying, while KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France-KLM, said on Friday it would cut 1,500 additional jobs. Ciara Lee reports
According to CNN Business, British Airways will retire 31 Boeing 747 jets, four years ahead of schedule. The coronavirus pandemic has wiped out the demand for air travel, and many airlines are cutting the size of their fleets and scrapping older aircraft. British Airways is the world's biggest operator of the 747-400. In a statement on Friday, they said, "It is with great sadness that we can confirm we are proposing to retire our entire 747 fleet with immediate effect.
Equity benchmark indices suffered slight cuts during early hours on Friday following a decline in global peers amid surging coronavirus cases. At 10:15 am, the BSE SandP Sensex was down by 36 points or 0.1 per cent at 36,702 while the Nifty 50 edged lower by 8 points or 0.07 per cent at 10,806. Nifty pharma was up by 1.5 per cent and auto by 0.8 per cent. All sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the red. Among stocks, private lenders IndusInd Bank and Axis Bank slipped by 1.7 and 1.1 per cent respectively while home loan lender HDFC was down by 1.4 per cent. Bharti Infratel dipped by 2.6 per cent, Adani Ports by 2.2 per cent, Tech Mahindra by 1.8 per cent, JSW Steel by 1.4 per cent and Hindalco by 1.2 per cent. Tata Consultancy Services was down by 0.5 per cent to Rs 2,193.05 per share after reporting nearly 14 per cent fall in its net profit at Rs 7,008 crore in the first quarter of the current financial year (Q1 FY21). However, Sun Pharma gained by 2.9 per cent to Rs 496 per share, Dr Reddy's by 1.2 per cent and Cipla by 1.1 per cent. Hero MotoCorp and Tata Motors traded with a positive bias while index heavyweight Reliance Industries was up by 1.1 per cent at Rs 1,844.70 per share. Meanwhile, Asian shares fell as record-breaking new coronavirus cases in several US states raised concerns that new lockdowns could derail an economic recovery. MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan fell by 0.76 per cent while Japanese stocks declined by 0.4 per cent. Shares in China fell by 0.72 per cent, the first decline in more than a week, as investors booked profits on a surge in equities to a five-year high.
Equity benchmark indices were flat during early hours on Thursday as border tensions between India and China continued to simmer while COVID-19 infections surged.At 10:15 am, the BSE SandP Sensex was up by 68 points or 0.2 per cent at 33,576 while the Nifty 50 edged higher by 18 points or 0.19 per cent at 9,900. Sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were mixed amid lacklustre trading. Among stocks, private banks slipped with ICICI Bankdown by 1.1 per cent to Rs 338.10 per share. Kotak Mahindra Bank dipped by 0.9 per cent, Axis Bank by 0.8 per cent and IndusInd Bank by 0.6 per cent. The others which lost were ONGC, Adani Ports, NTPC, Larsen and Toubro and Bajaj Auto. However, those which gained marginally were UPL, Bajaj Finserv, ITC, Vedanta, Britannia and Dr Reddy's. Meanwhile, Asian stocks fell as spiking coronavirus cases in several US states and China pushed back hopes of a quick global economic recovery from the pandemic. MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan lost by 1 per cent. Japan's Nikkei was down by 1.3 p
Equity benchmark indices were subdued during early hours on Wednesday amid escalating border tensions between India and China and surge in COVID-19 cases. At 10:15 am, the BSE SandP Sensex was up by 83 points or 0.25 per cent at 33,689 while the Nifty 50 edged higher by 22 points or 0.22 per cent at 9,936. Sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were mixed with Nifty PSU bank down by 0.9 per cent but realty up by 1 per cent. Among stocks, the gainers included Maruti Suzuki, Tech Mahindra, Wipro, Britannia, Tata Steel and Axis Bank. However, Bharti Infratel, Power Grid Corporation, Mahindra and Mahindra, Hero MotoCorp and State Bank of India were in the negative zone. Meanwhile, Asian share markets took a breather as a resurgence of coronavirus cases challenged market confidence in a rapid economic recovery. Japan's Nikkei eased by 0.7 per cent after jumping almost 5 per cent a day earlier for its biggest daily gain in three months. MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan went flat, having climbed 2.8 per cent the previous day with most markets across the region little changed.
Captain Sir Tom Moore said it is "truly a great honour" to be made honorarycolonel of an Army training college as he visited the military establishmentas part of his new role. The 100-year-old Second World War veteran told juniorsoldiers to take full advantage of the "outstanding" Army Foundation Collegein Harrogate, North Yorkshire, as he was shown around the facility on Monday.
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European Union leaders may not reach a deal on a coronavirus stimulus plan on Sunday (July 19), German Chancellor Angela Merkel said as marathon negotiations ran into a third day. Francis Maguire reports.