The domestic equity benchmarks continued to trade with the modest gains in afternoon trade. The Nifty traded above the 17,050 mark. Consumer durables, media and oil & gas shares advanced while IT and FMCG stocks declined.
At 13:31 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was up 299.83 points or 0.52% to 57,928.78. The Nifty 50 index added 86.40 points or 0.51% to 17,074.80.
In the broader market, the S&P BSE Mid-Cap index rose 0.44% while the S&P BSE Small-Cap index gained 0.51%.
The market breadth was positive. On the BSE, 2,025 shares rose and 1,356 shares fell. A total of 166 shares were unchanged.
Investors look ahead to the outcome of US Federal Reserve's meeting scheduled tomorrow, to see how the central bank will proceed in its fight against inflation in light of the shakeup in the banking sector.
Gainers & Losers:
HDFC Life Insurance Company (up 3.42%), Bajaj Auto (up 3.02%), Reliance Industries (up 2.74%), Titan Company (up 2.32%) and Bajaj Finance (up 2.24%) were the top Nifty gainers.
Power Grid Corporation of India (down 1.89%), Hindustan Unilever (HUL) (down 1.24%), Tech Mahindra (down 1.17%), Britannia Industries (down 1.08%) and HCL Technologies (down 0.74%) were the top Nifty losers.
Stocks in Spotlight:
Larsen and Toubro (L&T) rose 1.04% after the company's hydrocarbon business, L&T Energy Hydrocarbon (LTEH), has secured major orders from an overseas client. As per L&T's classification, the value of the orders lies between Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 7,000 crore.
NTPC added 0.71%. The company said that its wholly owned subsidiary, NTPC Green Energy (NGEL) signed a joint venture agreement with Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) for setting up of renewable energy projects to meet round the clock power requirement of IOCL refineries.
RBL Bank gained 2.77%. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday (20 March 2023) imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 2.27 crore on RBL Bank for non-compliance with certain provisions.
UTI Asset Management Company (UTI AMC) jumped 6.43% after PPFAS Mutual Fund on Monday bought 0.88% stake in the company through a block deal. As per the bulk deal data on the NSE, PPFAS Mutual Fund bought 11,22,643 equity shares, or 0.88% equity, at Rs 636 per share in UTI AMC, aggregating to Rs 71,40,00,948.
Rail Vikas Nigam (RVNL) rose 1.11% after the company announced the formation of a joint venture with Jakson Green for global clean energy engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) projects.
UNO Minda fell 1.81%. The company said that its board has approved the acquisition of 81.69 % stake in Kosei Minda Aluminum Company (KMA) and 49.90% stake in Kosei Minda Mould (KMM) from joint venture partner Kosei, Japan.
Shares in Europe and Asia advanced on Tuesday after Wall Street staged a relief rally overnight on hopes the banking crisis may be easing, following the $3.2 billion takeover of Swiss bank Credit Suisse by rival UBS.
Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is heading to Ukraine, as per reports. Kishida has left India after meeting his counterpart Narendra Modi. The Japanese prime minister is reportedly expected to hold talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy later in the day.
US stocks jumped on Monday after a deal to rescue Credit Suisse and central bank efforts to bolster confidence in the financial system relieved investors.
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting is scheduled for March 21 and 22. The US Fed rate hike decision will be announced on March 22 followed by a press conference. Investors will keep an eye on the actions of the American Central Bank to see how it will proceed in its fight against inflation in light of the shakeup in the banking sector.
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