Sensex ends over 200 points higher, Nifty above 10,450; auto stocks soar

3:30 pm Market at Close: Benchmark indices ended the session on a strong note, led by gains in auto stocks and midcaps in the broader market. The Nifty is under 30 points away from all-time high figure.

The Sensex closed up 235.06 points or 0.70% at 33836.74, while the Nifty was up 74.40 points or 0.72% at 10463.20. The market breadth was positive as 1,862 shares advanced against a decline of 803 shares, while 160 shares were unchanged.

Maruti Suzuki and Hero MotoCorp were the top gainers, while Infosys, Wipro and HCL Tech were the top losers.

3:15 pm Market Check: A further rise in auto stocks boosted the market ahead, with the Sensex gaining over 200 points, while the Nifty traded above 10,450-mark.

At 15:08 hrs IST, the Sensex is up 223.67 points or 0.67% at 33825.35, while the Nifty is up 70.10 points or 0.67% at 10458.90. The market breadth was positive as 1821 shares advanced against a decline of 713 shares, whereas 154 shares are unchanged.

Maruti, Hero, Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto and Eicher Motors gained the most, while Wipro, Infosys and HCL Tech were the top losers.

2:40 pm Govt to include petroleum products under GST: Speaking in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government wants to bring petroleum and petroleum products under the ambit of GST and is awaiting the states' response on the same.

''Government is in favour of bringing petroleum products under GST. We would like to await consensus of the states and hope states at some stage soner or later agree to the consensus,'' said Jaitley.

At present, different petroleum products are taxed differently across states. Given the huge variance in the value-added tax (VAT) on petroleum products across the states, the petroleum ministry has been advocating for uniformity in taxes.

2:30 pm Market Check: The benchmark indices gained further in the afternoon trade with midcap index is trading at all-time high.

The Sensex was up 187.82 points at 33789.50, and the Nifty was up 56.20 points at 10445. About 1792 shares have advanced, 725 shares declined, and 149 shares are unchanged.

Hero Motocorp, Maruti Suzuki, Bajaj Auto, Tata Motors and M&M are top gainers on the Sensex, while Wipro, Infosys, HDFC, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Sun Pharma are the top losers.

2:10 pm Customs duty: Customers will have to shell out more to buy television sets, microwave, LED lamps and some other electronic items after the government last week hiked import duty on such items to drive up local manufacturing.

According to the government notification, Customs duty on television set has been raised to 20 per cent while on imported smartphones, the duty has been hiked to 15 per cent.

LED lamps will now be charged with a 20 per cent import duty. The tax on import of microwave ovens too has been doubled to 20 per cent.

1:58 pm Buzzing Stock: Shares of Rajesh Exports advanced more than 2 percent intraday Tuesday as it has received order worth Rs 878 crore for its products from UAE.

The said order is to be completed by April 2018.

The company is confident of executing this order well within the timeframe on the back of its expertise, skilled craftsmen, artisans and its exceptionally strong backward integrated infrastructure.

Rajesh Mehta, Chairman of Rajesh Exports said, ''The company has been developing new products and delivering the products on time with the highest quality standards, due to which, the company has been receiving these orders from various global counterparts.''

1:30 pm Market Check: Benchmark indices were marginally off the day's high points, but the Nifty continued o trade above 10,400.

At 13:21 hrs IST, the Sensex was up 73.68 points or 0.22% at 33675.36, while the Nifty was up 23.80 points or 0.23% at 10412.60. The market breadth was positive as 1756 shares advanced against a decline of 713 shares, while 138 shares are unchanged.

1:15 pm IPO update: The initial public offering (IPO) of Astron Paper and Board Mills was over-subscribed 6.86 times on the third day of bidding, stock exchanges data showed.

The IPO to raise Rs 70 crore received bids for 9,60,60,160 shares against the total issue size of 1,40,00,000 shares, data available with the NSE showed.

The issue, which would close on December 20, is in the price band of Rs 45-50.

12:48 pm Budget expectations: Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, has submitted the Budget 2018 proposal to the finance ministry, CNBC-TV18 reported.

According to the proposal, the road ministry wants more than Rs 74,000 crore of budgetary support in the financial year 2019. This is higher than the the support of Rs 64,000 crore it got in financial year 2017-2018.

The 10-12 percent higher budgetary support is sought for allocation toward road safety. The Budget allocated in 2017 for safety works was Rs 5,217 crore. The road ministry aims to halve traffic fatalities by 2020.

12:30 pm Buzzing Stock: Share price of Steel Strips Wheels gained 5 percent intraday Tuesday on the back of export order.

The company has bagged a repeat export order from Europe for its truck wheels plant in Chennai.

The total size of the order is 30,000 wheels to be dispatched from its new truck wheels plant at Chennai from next month onwards.

12:20 pm Market View: Talking on the market, Uday Kotak of Kotak Mahindra Bank said hat although markets have been on a roll for the last few days and weeks, on a more fundamental basis, Indian equity markets need to keep an eye on bond markets, what is happening to interest rates, the Budget and the levels of fiscal deficit.

When asked what would be his three priorities from the Budget, he said one is keep the fiscal discipline, it should not exceed 3.5 percent. Two, would be to get goods and services tax (GST) to work smoothly and three is centralisation of service tax is needed, he said.

According to him, 60 percent of the economy has got decentralised.

12:00 pm Sensex at 40,000 likely?: Jayant Manglik, President, Retail Distribution, Religare Securities said, "Markets have had a phenomenal run in the 2017 and we expect this positivity to continue in 2018 as well. It's true that the corporate earnings growth expectations seem to have already built in some optimism but possibility of surpassing those estimates is high, thanks to firm global setting and various reforms like Make in India, Digital India gaining pace."

Also, the recent changes in the landscape, after the implementation of GST and linkage of Aadhaar with almost all the important financial verticals, would further streamline the direct tax collection, helping government to invest in various initiatives to propel growth. Besides, with the market valuation at around 17x FY19 consensus earnings, the downside too is expected to be limited, he added.

He believes the Sensex and the Nifty have potential to touch 40,000 and 12,300, respectively, in coming year.

11:47 am Market Outlook: "The bull run in the stock markets may not be affected much as the Gujarat elections results have been declared. Less uncertainty provides some relief," Hemang Jani, Head - Advisory, Sharekhan said.

Going ahead, he said, the stock markets will eye the quarter earnings season that begins in early January. A rise in crude oil prices and rate hikes by global central banks, especially the US Federal Reserve may affect markets, he feels.

He said all eyes will also be on the Union budget in February. It remains to be seen whether the government is able to maintain its fiscal deficit targets or not, he added.

11:37 am Confidence Petroleum in focus: Share price of Confidence Petroleum surged nearly 6 percent intraday as it has commissioned two new auto LPG dispensing stations in Tamil Nadu.

The company has commissioned two new auto LPG dispensing stations at Tamil Nadu, located at Dindigul, Survey No. 184 and Tiruchirapalli, Survey No 11/4AQ3.

With the inclusion of these two auto LPG dispensing stations, the company has now total 114 auto LPG dispensing stations in operation across Pan India.

11:25 am Buzzing: Steel Strips Wheels has bagged a repeat export order from Europe for its truck wheels plant in Chennai.

Total order size is 30,000 wheels to be dispatched from its new truck wheels plant at Chennai from next month onwards. Order Size valued close to euro 1.2 million. The stock rallied 5 percent.

11:15 am Order Win: Infrastructure EPC major KEC International has secured new orders of Rs 2,424 crore across all its business units. The stock was up 4 percent.

Its transmission and distribution segment has bagged orders worth Rs 1,636 crore across India, SAARC, Africa and America while its railways division has secured orders of Rs 595 crore.

Cables business has won orders of Rs 115 crore and civil segment has bagged orders of Rs 78 crore for structural / civil works in automobile and tyre segments.

11:05 am Buzzing: Shares of Suzlon Energy advanced 2.5 percent intraday as it has received 252 MW wind power projects from leading Global Utility.

This project is won by the utility through SECI II auction held recently.

The company will execute the entire project on a turnkey basis and will also provide operation and maintenance services.

With this order, Suzlon has secured combined orders of 502 MW across SECI- I and SECI- II auctions.

10:55 am Market Check: Equity benchmarks retained opening gains, backed by positive global cues and as after winning state elections, BJP is ready to form government in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 113.78 points at 33,715.46 and the 50-share NSE Nifty rose 34.40 points to 10,423.20.

About 1,699 shares advanced against 531 declining shares on the BSE.

Nifty Auto (up 1.5 percent) and Metal (1 percent) were biggest gainers among sectoral indices.

10:40 am Management Interview: We are seeing some distress in the rural sector and therefore the farm loan waivers in many states have come. So the plan which the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said about doubling the income of farm sector by 2022 – some action is definitely expected there, Rajnish Kumar, Chairman of State Bank of India (SBI) said in an interview to CNBC-TV18.

Crop insurance has been a positive move for farmers, he added.

Portfolio growth in agriculture book is lower than last year but our efforts to renew the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) is going at the fullest speed and the percentage of renewals is much higher compared to the previous year, said Kumar.

On Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) he mentioned that it is definitely a focused area for the government but it will be a focused area for banks also.

10:25 am Market Outlook: With Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh election results being an event that has passed for the market, the next event is the earnings declarations for the December quarter.

So, what is the Street factoring in? Kashyap Pujara of Axis Capital believes so far earnings growth has been around 7 percent, excluding OMCs.

''Within them, pockets such as engineering, chemicals and auto have done well, while pharma and telecom haven't performed. This growth could be around 10 percent for the current year,'' Pujara told CNBC-TV18 in an interview. The market will also move ahead as the earnings progresses.

10:15 am Rupee Trade: The rupee today climbed a bit to 64.15 against the dollar, up 8 paise as the dust settled on the political landscape in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh and the BJP gets ready to form the next government in both states.

The BJP returns to power for the sixth straight term in Gujarat and unseats the Congress in Himachal Pradesh.

10:05 am Stock view: Share of PSP Projects rose 3 percent intraday as broking firm Spark Capital has initiated buy rating on the stock with a target price of Rs 640

According to firm, the company is likely to benefit from the upcoming industrial & institutional building opportunities in Gujarat.

Also, it expects the conservative order inflow of Rs 1,200-1,500 crore every year for the next 2 years.

9:45 am Buzzing: Shares of JM Financial added 5 percent in morning on the back of fund raising plan.

The company in its meeting held on December 18 has approved to raise Rs 650 crore by way of issue of equity shares or any other instrument or security including fully/partly convertible debentures or global depository receipts or American depository receipts or foreign currency convertible bonds or by way of a composite issue of non-convertible debentures and warrants.

9:40 am Acquisition: Telecom operator Bharti Airtel today said that it has signed an agreement with Millicom International Cellular S.A. to acquire 100 percent stake in its Rwanda operation which operates under the brand name of Tigo Rwanda.

"Bharti Airtel Limited...has entered into a definitive agreement with Millicom International Cellular S.A. (Millicom) under which Airtel Rwanda Limited will acquire 100 percent equity interest in Tigo Rwanda Limited," Bharti Airtel said in a statement.

Under this deal, Tigo's 370 million customers will join the network of Airtel Rwanda. The acquisition will make Airtel Rwanda the second largest operator in the country with revenues of over USD 80 million and a revenue market share of over 40 percent, the statement said.

"The consideration for the transaction is based on approximately 6x EBITDA multiple, payable over two years. The agreement is subject to regulatory and statutory approvals," the statement said.

Airtel at present operates in 15 African countries apart from India and South Asia.

9:35 am Buzzing: Shares of Dr Reddy's Laboratories gained 1 percent in the early trade on the back of settlement with the US government.

The US subsidiary of Dr Reddy's Laboratories has reached a settlement with the US government involving packaging of five blister-packed prescription products.

The company and US Department of Justice agreed to the settlement of the action without any adjudication of any issue of fact or law.

The said case is six years old and in order to avoid any unnecessary costs and the distractions of prolonged litigation, the company has chosen to settle the matter for USD 5 million.

9:29 am Fundraising: Mortgage lender HDFC will raise Rs 2,000 crore by issuing debt securities on private placement basis.

The '7.55 per cent HDFC, 20 February 2019' secured redeemable non-convertible debentures will be issued on a private placement basis, HDFC said in a regulatory filing.

"The object of the issue is to augment the long-term resources of the Corporation. The proceeds of the present issue would be utilised for financing/refinancing the housing finance business requirements of the Corporation," it said.

The issue will open on December 20 and closes the same day.

9:21 am IPOs: Two companies -- ACME Solar Holdings and HG Infra Engineering -- have received Sebi's approval to launch initial public offerings, as per the latest update with markets regulator.

Together, these companies are expected to garner Rs 2,700 crore through initial share-sales.

The two firms had filed their respective draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with the regulator on September 28.

ACME Solar Holdings and HG Infra Engineering received "observations" from Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on December 15 and December 13, respectively, which is necessary for any company to launch public offers.

Going by the preliminary papers, renewable energy firm ACME Solar Holdings plans to raise Rs 2,200 crore through its initial public offer (IPO).

HG Infra Engineering's IPO comprises fresh issue of equity shares worth Rs 300 crore besides an offer of sale 60 lakh scrips by the existing shareholders.

9:15 am Market Check: Equity benchmarks extended previous day's rally on Tuesday opening, with the Sensex rising more than 100 points, following positive global cues.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 112.49 points at 33,714.17 and the 50-share NSE Nifty rose 35.90 points to 10,424.70. About 786 shares advanced against 221 declining shares on the BSE.

Eicher Motors, UPL, Aurobindo Pharma, Vedanta, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, SBI and Yes Bank were early gainers while Bharti Airtel, HDFC, TCS, Wipro and Infosys were losers.

M&M, PI Industries and Titan Company hit fresh record highs.

The Nifty Midcap index gained 0.6 percent and Nifty Bank was up 0.4 percent.

Godawari Power, REC, PFC, Indiabulls Real Estate, PNB, Titan Company, JM Financial and NMDC were up 1-4 percent.

Major Asian indexes were mostly higher after US stocks closed the Monday session at record highs.