Sensex falls 206 points, Nifty closes below 10,150 on expiry day; Wipro up 4%

3:30 pm Market Closing: Benchmark indices reversed some of gains seen in previous two consecutive sessions, with the Sensex losing 205.71 points to 32,968.68.

The NSE Nifty managed to close above 10,100 levels on expiry of March derivative contracts, falling 62.90 points to 10,121.30.
Tata Steel, Vedanta, ICICI Securities, SBI, Reliance Industries, ITC and Infosys fell 1-3 percent while Wipro, Tech Mahindra and Bosch gained up to 4 percent.
Nifty Midcap fell over a percent.
GSK Consumer, IDBI Bank, Indiabulls Real Estate, Delta Corp, Suzlon ergy, Persistent Systems, Balrampur Chini, Kwality, Fortis Healthcare, Jet Airways, SAIL, NCC and PNB slipped up to 20 percent.
Crompton Consumer, Allahabad Bank and Petronet LNG gained up to 4 percent.
3:19 pm Fiscal Deficit: The government said fiscal deficit for the 11-month period ended February 2018 stood at Rs 7.16 lakh crore.
Total spending during the same period increased to Rs 19.99 lakh crore from Rs 17.5 lakh crore YoY while receipts rose to Rs 12.83 lakh crore from Rs 11.47 lakh crore YoY.
Receipts from divestments during April-February were at Rs 92,493 crore.
3:12 pm CBI clears case against IRB: IRB Infrastructure informed exchanges that it had filed an application for discharge on the ground that the charge sheet filed against Virendra D Mhaiskar, the company, AIIPL and Deepak D Gadgil, is absolutely devoid of substance and there are no grounds to frame the charge.
The said matter was heard at length by the CBI Judge at Pune and upon considering the entire charge sheet, the documents on record and the submissions made by the above parties and the CBI, the learned judge in his order has observed that no case is made out even to frame the charges under any of the sections alleged by CBI.
Hence he has discharged all the above parties and their Application for Discharge has been allowed.
3:09 pm Order Win: MEP Infrastructure Developers in joint venture with LongJian Road & Bridge Company Limited has emerged as a preferred bidder (L1) by National Highways Authority of India for construction of 8 laning of existing 4 lane Vadape to Thane of NH-3 (new NH-848) in Maharashtra to be executed on Hybrid Annuity Mode (HAM).
3:06 pm Persistent's FY19 Outlook: Persistent Systems clarifed that in terms of the outlook for FY 2018-19, it expects a steady growth in both revenue streams - service revenues and IP revenues.
It expects the overall revenue growth to be better than NASSCOM guidance for the industry. IP revenues by nature will have  quarter-on-quarter volatility, it said.
3:04 pm Repayment of Loan: Firstsource Solutions has successfully prepaid its outstanding external commercial borrowing of USD 11.0 million on March 28, 2018.
It had an USD 20 million external commercial borrowing which had an outstanding balance of USD 11 million.
2:58 pm Technical Outlook: Gaurav Ratnaparkhi, Senior Technical Analyst, Sharekhan said the Nifty can resume the larger downtrend.
On the downside, 10,000-9,950 will be the key support area to watch out for below which 9,800 would be the target, he feels.
2:50 pm Market Update: The market extended losses again amid volatility ahead of expiry of March futures & options contracts, tracking global weakness.
The Sensex fell more than 200 points and the Nifty slipped more than 60 points, weighed by banks, metals stocks, and Reliance Industries.
IDBI Bank was down more than 4 percent after it disclosed fraud of USD 119 million.
2:45 pm Market Outlook: “This is not the right time for lump sum investments for those who are neutral or overweight on equities. Even for those who are underweight, I would recommend systematic transfer plans,” Nilesh Shah, MD, Kotak Mahindra AMC told CNBC-TV18 in an interview. He advocated this strategy as the market is likely to be volatile going ahead.
Elaborating on the market’s scenario, he further stated that the downside is likely to be protected based on earnings and economic recovery. The upside could be capped due to political uncertainty, he said.
Additionally, he said there were fears over an upswing in oil prices along with escalating trade war tensions.
So, in this choppy market, it would be prudent to deploy the funds through systematic investment plans (SIPs), he told the channel as there are factors such as risks over monsoon distribution and political uncertainty playing on the market too.
2:35 pm GSPL ups stake in GG: Gujarat State Petronet has further acquired/purchased 1,44,39,414 equity shares of Gujarat Gas-GGL (i.e., 10.49 percent of the fully paid-up equity of Gujarat Gas) from GSPC, by way of an inter-se promoter transfer through a block deal on March 28, 2018 at a price of Rs. 836.25 per share.
Subsequent to the same, GSPL now holds 54.16 percent of the fully paid-up equity share capital of GGL and accordingly in terms of the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 GGL has become subsidiary company of GSPL.
2:25 pm Strategic review of Horlicks: Shares of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare fell 9 percent on Wednesday as parent company to carry out a strategic review of Horlicks.
GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) intent to carry out a strategic review of GSK's Horlicks and its other consumer nutrition products which will include an assessment of its 72.45 percent shareholding in the company.
2:20 PM speaks in RS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi lamented that disruptions in Parliament have unfortunately prevented several members, retiring from the Rajya Sabha, from being able to participate in debates on historic legislations like the triple talaq bill.
Without directly referring to the disruptions which have virtually washed out proceedings through the second leg of the budget session, he said it was
unfortuante that the retiring members "lost an opportunity to leave their legacy" on important issues like triple talaq.
2:15 pm Inflation fears overdone?: Inflation risks are overdone, and the Reserve Bank is expected to go for a rate cut in August, even as it may strike a "balanced tone" in the ensuing policy review meet next month, says a report.
According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML), inflation risks are overdone and March inflation is likely at 4.2 per cent, down from December's 5.2 per cent and well within RBI's 2-6 per cent mandate.
The CPI inflation fell to a 4 month low of 4.44 per cent in February. RBI takes into account retail inflation while formulating monetary policy.
2:01 pm NLC Deal Called-Off: Damodar Valley Corporation has called off a deal with NLC India for acquisition of DVC's power station through JV.
NLC India and Damodar Valley Corporation had earlier signed a joint venture agreement (JVA) for formation of a joint venture company for acquiring DVC' s Raghunathpur thermal power station (2x600MW).
Damodar Valley Corporation informed that it is no more interested in pursuing the above JVA and would like to call off on mutual agreed basis under intimation to Administrative Ministries.
1:50 pm Buzzing: IDBI Bank said fraudulent loans of Rs 772 crore were issued from five of its branches in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, sending its shares lower.
Some of the loans, which were issued during fiscal years 2009-2013 for fish farming businesses, were obtained against fake lease documents of non-existent fish ponds and by inflating the value of collateral, the company said.
The company found major lapses in processing and disbursing the loans by two of its officials. The lender dismissed one of the officials, while the other official had already retired, it said.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has registered cases for two of the five complaints, relating to branches at Basheerbagh and Guntur, the company said.
The bank said it initiated a quality assurance audit, expected to be completed by April.
1:40 pm Acquisition: HGS Population Health LLC, USA, a subsidiary of Hinduja Global Solutions has entered into definitive agreement to acquire CMH Services Subsidiary LLC, USA, operating under the trade name of AxisPoint Health, a leading population health management company.
1:30 pm Market Update: The market remained under pressure ahead of expiry of March futures & options contracts, as European stocks declined following negative lead from Asia and Wall Street.
The Sensex as well as Nifty Bank indices fell over 150 points while the Nifty Midcap is down nearly a percent.
Index heavyweights Reliance Industries, ICICI Bank, Infosys, HDFC and HDFC Bank weighed down the market.
European markets are lower, tracking overnight losses on Wall Street, where heightened concerns about tighter controls on the tech industry hit hard. France CAC, Germany DAX and Britain FTSE declined around 1 percent each.
1:10 pm E-way bill roll out: With just three days left for the e-way bill roll out, the government has asked businesses and transporters to enrol on the dedicated platform as only around 11 lakh entities have registered so far, officials said.
Businesses would be required to present the electronic way (e-way) bill to a GST inspector (if asked) for inter-state transportation of goods worth over Rs 50,000 through road, railways, airways and vessels.
Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said the company handling the backbone of the new indirect tax regime, GST Network, is much better prepared to roll out the new system from April 1.
12:59 pm USFDA observations: Alkem Labs said the US FDA had conducted an inspection at the company's manufacturing facility located at Amaliya, Daman, India from March 19 to March 27, 2018.
Post the inspection, the company has received a Form 483 with thirteen observations.
Further to this, the US FDA had conducted an inspection at the company's manufacturing facility located at St. Louis, USA from March 12 to 16, 2018.
In response to the one Form 483 observation issued by the US FDA, the company has submitted a detailed corrective and preventive action (CAPA) plan to the regulator within the stipulated timelines.
12:50 pm Order Win: Surat Based, Meera Industries (MIL) a twisting, cabling, winding and yarn processing machine manufacturer has bagged an export order of USD 5,75,000 from a reputed yarn manufacturing company from Indonesia.
Meera has won this order for twister / cabler machines for carpet yarn due to its innovative and most optimised cost performance ratio against domestic and overseas manufacturer.
12:42 pm Buzzing: Shares of Kakatiya Cements added 9 percent intraday as Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) revokes closure order on company’s cement plant.
The company has installed online SPM stack monitoring equipment and provided connectivity to CPCB and SPCB servers on February 21, 2018. The CPCB has revoked its closure directions issued in respect of the company's cement plant.
12:35 pm Europe Trade: European markets opened lower, tracking overnight losses on Wall Street, where heightened concerns about tighter controls on the tech industry hit hard.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 was 0.72 percent lower shortly after the opening bell, with all sectors and major bourses in negative territory.
12:30 pm Credit Rating: Hinduja Ventures informed exchanges that SMERA Ratings, a credit rating agency has assigned A+ to company in respect of its credit facilities of Rs 100 crore.
The rating outlook is 'Stable'.
Grant Investrade Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company, has been assigned by SMERA, rating A+ for term loan facilities amounting to Rs 200 crore and IndusInd Media and Communications, a material subsidiary of the Company has been assigned by SMERA, rating A for various bank facilities aggregating to Rs 792.83 crore and A1 for credit facility amounting to Rs 7.17 crore.
12:20 pm Shakti Pumps in focus: Shakti Pumps' R&D unit(s) in Madhya Pradesh is registered with the Department of Scientific & lndustrial Research (DSF) for the purpose of availing customs duty exemption.
12:10 pm Acquisition: Power Grid Corporation said, pursuant to its selection as the successful bidder under tariff based competitive bidding, has acquired WR-NR Power Transmission, the project SPV to establish transmission system for new WR NR 765kV inter regional corridor on build, own operate and maintain (BOOM) basis, from REC Transmission Projects Company Limited.
The transmission system includes establishment of a 765kV D/C Transmission line from Vindhyachal pooling station to Varanasi and traverses the States of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
The transmission system is to be constructed in a period of 40 months.
12:00 am Order Win: The construction arm of Larsen & Toubro has won orders worth Rs 1,521 crore.
Heavy civil infrastructure segment has secured an order worth Rs 1,396 crore from the West Bengal Highway Development Corporation Limited (WBHDCL) for the construction of a six-lane extra-dosed bridge across the river Hooghly besides existing Iswar Gupta Setu at Kalyani, West Bengal.
Smart world communication business unit has bagged an order worth Rs 125 crore from JAPIT (Jharkhand Agency for Promotion of Information
Technology) for the implementation of ‘Jharkhand State Wide Area Network (SWAN) 2.0 –JHARNET 2.0'.
11:55 am Cox & Kings' new hotel: Cox & Kings owned MEININGER Hotels and investor LGIM Real Assets (Legal & General) have signed an agreement for a hotel in Glasgow. The hotel will offer 160 rooms and 590 beds. The opening is scheduled for 2020.
11:50 am Order Win: Steel Strips Wheels said SSWL Alloy wheel Mehsana plant has bagged orders from 6 OEMs till now.
"We expect the plant to reach 75 percent utilisation in FY18-19."
11:45 am Fraud: Ashiana Housing informed exchange that it has recently come across 2 instances wherein fraud (involving misappropriation of funds) has been committed on the company.
While the matter is still under investigation, total value of the fraud, in terms of potential loss to the company is around Rs 50 lakh, it added.
The company is in the process of taking appropriate action in this regard including recovery of money. "These are one off instances and the company has adequate internal controls commensurate with its size and nature of operations. However, company is in the process of further evaluating the internal controls to ascertain scope of improvement," it said.
11:42 am Market Update: The market continued to trade lower with the Sensex falling around 150 points, following negative lead from global stocks.
The Nifty continued to struggle below 10,150 levels ahead of expiry of March derivative contracts, down 47 points.
Other Asian markets like Nikkei, Hang Seng, Shanghai and Kospi declined 1-2 percent as US stocks fell sharply on the back of declines in technology names.
PSU Bank, IT and Auto indices rebounded while Metals, Pharma remained under pressure.
11:36 am Order Win: Cupid has received a new order from United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) to supply male condoms to Nigeria worth Rs 3.79 crore.
“We are excited to receive this valuable order as Nigeria is one of the largest countries in South Africa," Omprakash Garg, CMD, Cupid said.
11:31 am Board Meeting: VST Industries informed BSE that a meeting of the board of directors is scheduled to be held on April 12 to consider and approve the audited financial results for the year ended March 31, 2018 and to recommend declaration of dividend if any, for the financial year ended March 31, 2018.
11:20 am Order Win: Continued focus on water business, as part of its diversification strategy, has resulted in Bharat Heavy Electricals making its maiden entry into purification of lakes by bagging a prestigious order for purification of Telibandha Lake, from Raipur Smart City Limited (RSCL),
including operation & maintenance for five years thereafter.
This is the first ever order of its kind from the Smart Cities segment using Phytorid Technology developed by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) under the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), which is an environment friendly technology.
The order will be executed by BHEL's Project Engineering & Systems Division (PESD), Hyderabad.
11:05 am Rupee Trade: The rupee wiped out early gains, falling 3 paise to 65 against the US dollar.
It opened higher by 10 paise at 64.87 a dollar at the forex market on increased selling of the greenback by exporters amid foreign fund inflows.
Yesterday, the rupee had lost 10 paise and slipped to 64.97 against the US currency, cutting short its three-day upmove on bouts of dollar buying by banks and exporters.
10:55 am PE Investments at all-time high: Private equity investments hit an all-time high of USD 21 billion in 2017, recording a 54 percent jump in value terms over last year, largely driven by big-ticket transactions, says a report.
According to assurance, tax and advisory firm Grant Thornton, the year 2017 was a milestone year for PE investments as 735 transactions were announced worth USD 21 billion.
The significant rise in PE deal values in 2017, despite a 24 per cent decline in number of deals over 2016, signals the revival of big-ticket investments and larger stake acquisitions.
In 2017, there were six investments worth over USD 500 million, compared to only three in 2016.
10:45 am Market Update: The market extended losses on the back of weak global cues, with the Sensex falling 200 points.
The Nifty continued to trade below 10,150 ahead of expiry of March futures & options contracts today, falling 60 points.
All sectoral indices were in the red, with the Nifty Metal, PSU Bank falling over a percent.
Midcaps also traded in line with frontliners, with the Nifty Midcap falling over half a percent.
10:20 am UK-MHRA Inspection: Indoco Remedies share price dropped 10 percent after the UK healthcare regulator issued seven observations to company's Goa plant I.
The drug maker informed exchanges that, United Kingdom - The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (UK-MHRA) inspected drug manufacturing facility (plant I in Goa) during March 14-16, 2018.
Subsequent to the inspection, the UK-MHRA issued observations, which include 3 critical and 4 major, the company said.
Goa Plant I manufactures solid dosages, liquid orals and external preparations.
10:10 am Buzzing: Share of Biocon gained 2.4 percent as it has received marketing authorization approval from the European Commission.
Mylan NV and Biocon announced that their co-developed biosimilar insulin glargine Semglee has received marketing authorization approval from the European Commission following the positive recommendation by the committee of Medicinal products for Human use of European Medicines Agency.
Semglee 100 units/ml 3 mL prefilled disposable pen for people with diabetes, is the first biosimilar from Biocon and Mylan's joint portfolio to be approved in Europe.
Additionally, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Australia has also approved biosimilar insulin Glargine Semglee 100 IU/ mL 3 mL prefilled pen for people with diabetes in Australia.
10:01 am Listing: State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics share price made a weak debut on Dalal Street, falling more than 4 percent from its final issue price of Rs 1,215.
9:55 am Pre-Opening Listing: Hindustan Aeronautics share price settled at Rs 1,152 in pre-opening on the National Stock Exchange, down 5 percent from issue price of Rs 1,215 per share.
9:45 am Market Update: The market remained under pressure on the back of global weakness, with the Sensex falling around 150 points.
The Nifty is trading below the 10,150 levels ahead of expiry of March derivative contracts, down 48 points.
The Nifty Midcap index also traded in line with frontliners, falling half a percent. About two shares declined for every share rising on the BSE.
9:34 am Buzzing: Persistent Systems share price dropped more than 9 percent after the company lowered its revenue and margin growth for last quarter of financial year 2017-18.
The Midcap IT company informed exchanges on Tuesday that it is expecting a decline in IP revenues during Q4 FY18, which will impact revenue and EBIDTA margin for the quarter.
"IP revenues have seasonality and tend to fluctuate on a sequential quarter-on-quarter basis. While we continue to see good overall growth for our IP revenue portfolio, relative quarter-on-quarter decline follows a strong Q3 FY18 (last quarter of calendar year 2017)," the company said in its filing.
It expects the sequential drop in IP revenues to be about USD 8 million for this quarter, but it said overall, the business outlook for the upcoming year (FY 2018-19) remained strong with revenue growth expected to exceed NASSCOM guidance for the industry.
9:27 am Edelweiss maintains Buy on Persistent: Persistent Systems has informed stock exchanges that the company’s Q4FY18 IP revenue is likely to dip by USD 8 millionn.
While a USD 3-4 million fall was anticipated on account of seasonal weakness in the Alliance business, we believe the additional decline is on account of ramp down in one of its IP products. However, we expect the company to recover the lost revenues over the next two quarters. Considering high margins in IP-led business, profitability too is expected to remain under pressure during the quarter.
The slip notwithstanding, management reiterated strong business outlook and does not foresee any structural challenges. We await further clarity before revising our estimates.
Edelweiss maintains Buy with a target price of Rs 1,014 per share.
9:20 am Demerger: Fortis Healthcare (FHL) said its board has approved demerger of its hospitals business, which will be acquired by Manipal Hospitals and TPG Capital, along with the sale of 20 percent stake in diagnostics chain SRL Ltd., in a Rs 3,900-crore deal.
In a late night announcement after a marathon meeting during the day, the healthcare chain said its board has given nod for the demerger of its hospital business into Manipal Hospital Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.
"The Board has also approved sale of its 20 per cent stake in SRL Ltd. to Manipal Hospitals. The resultant entity Manipal Hospitals will be a publicly traded company listed on NSE and BSE. The remaining FHL will be an investment holding company with 36.6 percent stake in SRL," the company said in a statement.
The company further said, "As part of the proposed transaction, Dr Ranjan Pai and TPG will invest Rs 3,900 crore into Manipal Hospitals. The funds will be utilised by Manipal Hospitals to finance the acquisition of 50.9 percent stake in SRL (20.0 percent from FHL and 30.9 percent from other investors for which discussions are currently underway)."
9:15 am Market Update: Benchmark indices opened lower on the day of expiry of March derivative contracts, tracking negative lead from global stocks.
The 30-share BSE Sensex was down 124.15 points at 33,050.24 and the 50-share NSE Nifty fell 56.10 points to 10,128.10.
Tata Steel, Vedanta, SBI and Yes Bank were lowers in early trade.
Nifty Midcap was down 146 points.
Kwality plunged 20 percent, hitting fresh 52-week low. Fortis Healthcare, Persistent Systems, Edelweiss Financial, Delta Corp, Balrampur Chini, Indoco Remedies, Bandhan Bank, Cummins and IDBI Bank fell up to 9 percent.
Tejas Networks, Bodal Chemicals and Biocon gained.
9:12 am Rupee Trade: The Indian rupee opened higher at Rs 64.88 per dollar on Wednesday versus 64.98 yesterday.
Pramit Brahmbhatt of Veracity said, "The rupee is expected to remain in the range of 64.50-65 with a positive bias. Support from the domestic equity market and pressure on US dollar globally may push the USD-INR towards 64.50."
9:10 am Pre-Opening Settlement: The market was lower in pre-opening settlement. The Sensex was down 76.30 points at 33,098.09 and the Nifty fell 40.60 points to 10,143.60.
9:09 am Listing: State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics will list its equity shares on exchanges today. The final issue price is fixed at Rs 1,215 per share.
The Rs 4,229-crore initial public offer of state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics was subscribed 99 percent during March 16-20, 2018, supported by QIB.
9:07 am Stocks in News: TPG-backed Manipal Hospitals buys Fortis Healthcare, to invest Rs 3,900 crore. Fortis Healthcare Board approved the demerger of its hospitals business into Manipal Hospital Enterprises. The Board has also approved sale of its 20 percent stake in SRL to Manipal Hospitals.
Wipro launches tech center in Texas, to raise headcount to 2,000
Govt must reduce stake in public sector banks to check on frauds
L&T Construction bags Rs 4,353 crore orders in the T&D business
Lupin: It has received US FDA nod for generic of Clobex Spray.
State Bank of India: The bank is mulling the possibility of merging SBI Card JV entities with itself.
Dena Bank: Gets shareholders' nod for the issue of shares worth Rs 3,045 crore to the government.
9:03 am Technical Recommendations: Here’s what Guiness Securities has to recommend:
Bajaj Finance Ltd: Buy | Close: 1772.45 | Target: Rs 1960 | Stop loss: Rs 1650 | Return: 10.58%
UPL Ltd: Buy | Close: 736.80 | Target: Rs 800 | Stop loss: Rs 699 | Return: 8.55%
Balkrishna Industries Ltd: Buy | Close: 1095.15 | Target: Rs 1200 | Stop loss: Rs 1050 | Return: 9.59%
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9:00 am Market Check: The market started off last day of the truncated week on a flat note, with the Sensex rising 57.14 points to 33,231.53 and the Nifty falling 0.50 points to 10,183.70 in pre-opening trade.
It is expected to be weak day as global markets are under pressure and even SGX Nifty indicated the weak opening, falling 64 points.
Fortis Healthcare tanks 10 percent after Manipal deal. Kwality fell 20 percent.
Wall Street closed sharply lower Tuesday, with each of the major US indexes suffering their fourth decline in five sessions, fueled by a selloff in the tech sector. Tech stocks, among the best performing sectors of the bull market, have been under pressure recently as concerns about government regulation stemming from their strong growth and privacy questions surrounding Facebook, Reuters reported.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 344.89 points, or 1.43 percent, to 23,857.71, the S&P 500 lost 45.93 points, or 1.73 percent, to 2,612.62 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 211.74 points, or 2.93 percent, to 7,008.81.
Asian stocks posted declines after US stocks fell sharply on the back of declines in technology names. That cut short a rally seen in Europe and Asia's Tuesday session linked to an apparent easing in trade-related tensions, CNBC reported.
The Nikkei 225 fell 2.15 percent in Tokyo, with the stock average reversing most of its gains made in the overnight session. The broader Topix was down 2.04 percent.