Stock market indices decline: Sensex falls nearly 600 points, Nifty below 17,300

09:29 AM Nov 23, 2021 | FPJ Web Desk

The benchmark indices opened lower on November 23. At 09:16 AM, the Sensex was down 568.46 points or 0.97 percent at 57897.43. The broader Nifty was down 150.00 points or 0.86 percent at 17,266.50. About 721 shares have advanced, 1003 shares declined, and 102 shares are unchanged.

Major gainers at the opening bell were Tata Steel, JSW Steel, Grasim Industries, UltraTech Cement and Coal India. Infosys, ICICI Bank, Reliance Industries, Tata Motors and Bajaj Finance were among major losers.


On November 22, Nifty fell for the fourth consecutive session falling the most in terms of points in 7 months. At close, Nifty was down 1.96 percent or 348 points at 17417. Indian markets are the worst performers in the Asian region for the day.


Jasani said, Nifty has extended the downturn, as expected, but the fact that it did not close at its low is some consolation. 17,360 and then 17,190 could be the supports for Nifty while 17613 could be a resistance in the near-term.

US stocks finish mixed on Monday

US stock benchmarks finished mixed on Monday as investors kicked off a holiday-shortened week, with the Dow industrials snapping a three-day losing streak and the Nasdaq Composite posting its biggest daily drop in almost two weeks. Equities gave up earlier gains that followed President Joe Biden’s decision to nominate Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to a second term as head of the US central bank, as widely expected.

The 10-year Treasury note yields 1.625 percent, up 9 basis points from 1.535 percent on Friday as investors continued to process higher inflation and higher rates in the COVID-19 recovery.

US Fed Chair gets second four-year term

Biden opted for the continuation option by appointing Powell to a second four-year term as Fed Chair yesterday. Brainard will take the vice-chair position responsible for overseeing bank regulation - vacated by Quarles ahead of schedule. The move is seen as placating both Reps and Dems as Brainard is expected to be tougher on bank regulation but ultimately Powell will remain in charge. Both confirmations are pending Congress but a rejection of either is unlikely. Powell's next term will commence in Feb 2022.

Markets perceived this as a hawkish shift, with SPX selling off into the close after grinding higher all day. Gains were led by Energy and Financials with 56 percent of the constituents closing in the green. The yield curve bear flattened again as the front end lurched higher - 2Y almost at 60 bps now and 10Y at 1.62 percent. Inflation breakevens fell on the day though and HY spreads compressed too, indicating a small change in the risk off sentiment that was prevalent last week.

China steps up diplomatic pressure on Taiwan

China continued to step up the diplomatic pressure on Taiwan, now targeting corporates it perceives as supporting the independence cause. China's recent military achievement on the hyperglide missile launcher (at 5x the speed of sound) has also left everyone wondering how they pulled it off. On real estate debt, onshore banks are reportedly being encouraged to lend to distressed names in the sector and Kaisa will reportedly pay off its wealth management product obligations this quarter. Equity indices on the mainland were among the highest gainers on the day.

GDP data from Germany, PMI from Europe today

Ahead today, we have Q4 GDP data from Germany and PMI data from Europe. Sentiment is expected to have taken a hit here with the recent spike in Covid cases and the restrictions that followed. Merkel said the current wave was more intense than the prior ones and the ECB has chosen to take heart from the fact that the impact on lives and livelihood is diminishing with each passing wave.”

Elsewhere, there was some optimism for China policy easing, after the People’s Bank of China reportedly cut several phrases about policy restraint in a report.

Russian stocks tumble

Staying on the geopolitical front, Russian stocks tumbled amid U.S. and Europe concerns about a Russia troop buildup on Ukraine border. Russia's rouble slumped to four-month lows on Monday. Ukrainian government bond prices tumbled to their lowest in more than a year, while the Ukrainian currency slipped to seven-week lows against the dollar.

The Central Bank of Paraguay raised its monetary policy interest rate by 125 basis points to 4.0 percent on Monday, hiking the key rate for the second consecutive month in an attempt to curb inflation as the economy recovers from last year's COVID-19 lockdown.

Asian markets decline

Asia’s stock market slipped Tuesday after Treasury yields and the dollar jumped as Jerome Powell’s renomination to head the Federal Reserve fueled bets on quicker policy tightening.

India's GDP likely to grow 8.1% in Q2 FY22: SBI

India's GDP growth is likely to be around 8.1 percent in the second quarter of the current financial year and the range of 9.3-9.6 percent during fiscal 2022, according to an SBI research report.

In the first quarter of FY 22, the economy grew 20.1 percent. For fiscal 2022, RBI has estimated real GDP growth to be at 9.5 percent -- 7.9 percent in Q2, 6.8 percent in Q3, and 6.1 percent in Q4.

''As per SBI's Nowcasting Model, the forecasted GDP growth for Q2 FY22 would be 8.1 percent, with an upward bias. The full year (FY22) GDP growth is now revised upwards to 9.3-9.6 percent from our earlier estimate of 8.5-9 percent,'' the research report, Ecowrap, said.

The projected 8.1 percent growth rate in Q2 FY22 is the highest growth across all economies, it said.

SC orders swift completion of Jaypee Infratech's insolvency proceedings

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered swift completion of Jaypee Infratech’s insolvency proceedings, as it asked the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), Delhi, to decide the matter “preferably within two months”.

“This application is disposed of with a direction to the adjudicating authority (NCLT) to expeditiously dispose of the proceedings concerning the resolution plan of Jaypee Infratech Ltd (JIL), preferably within two months of receipt of this order. Let this order be transmitted to the adjudicating authority through email for information and necessary action,” said the bench of justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar.

MedPlus Health Services, RateGain, 4 other cos get Sebi approval for IPOs

Six companies, including pharmacy retail chain MedPlus Health Services, travel technology services firm RateGain Travel Technologies and microlender Fusion Micro Finance, have received markets regulator Sebi's go ahead to raise funds through IPOs.

The other firms that have received the approval to float their Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) are retail wealth management firm Prudent Corporate Advisory Services, private market intelligence platform Tracxn Technologies and real estate developer Puranik Builders.

These six companies, which filed their preliminary IPO papers with Sebi between August and September, obtained observations letter from the regulator during November 16-18, an update with the markets watchdog showed on Monday.

In Sebi parlance, issuance of observations letter implies its go-ahead for an IPO.

India working on release of oil reserves after US request

India is working on ways to release crude oil from its strategic storages in tandem with other major economies to dampen prices, a top government official said on Monday.

The US had last week made the unusual request to some of the world's largest oil-consuming nations, including China, India and Japan, to consider releasing crude stockpiles in coordinated effort to lower global energy prices.

This after members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies rebuffed repeated requests to speed up their production increases.

''We are working on releasing stocks from our strategic reserves,'' the official, who wished not to be named, said.

Two stocks under F&O ban

Two stocks – Escorts, and Vodafone Idea – are under the F&O ban for November 23.

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