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Equities end in green as liquidity, global cues lift sentiments



Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). (File Photo: IANS)

The Indian equity market closed on a positive note during Wednesday’s trade session on the back of healthy liquidity along with positive global cues.

Accordingly after a gap-up opening, the indices faced volatility due to profit booming till buying picked up again in the latter half of the day’s trade session.

Sector-wise, top gainers were the BSE Telecom, Realty, Bankex and Oil and Gas indices, whereas the top losers included BSE IT, FMCG and Healthcare indices.

Globally, major Asian markets closed on a mixed note.

However, European indices like the FTSE, CAC and DAX ended higher.

The NSE Nifty50 closed at 11,408.40, up by 23.05 points, or 0.2 per cent, from its previous close.

The Sensex closed at 38,614.79, higher by 86.47 points, or 0.22 per cent, from the previous close of 38,528.32.

“Technically, with the Nifty moving higher after breaking out of the recent highs of 11,374 on Tuesday, the uptrend looks set to continue. Short term trend reversal levels remain at 11,291.

“Nifty could not build on the gains made on Aug 18; however a positive close and a good broader market keeps hope alive for bullish traders for tomorrow,” said Deepak Jasani- Head of Retail Research at HDFC Securities.

According to Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services: “Ever present fears regarding the Covid-19 impact on economic recovery brought about volatility in the global markets, despite US markets surging to record highs. Indian indices also exhibited this volatility before closing the day with a positive bias.”

“Banking index again led the gains. The gains in the Indian market, a s in the global markets, have been driven by ample liquidity and the expectation of normalisation of business supported by government measures, in a post Covid-19 scenario. However, investors must continue to remain stock specific and use the accumulation strategy for the time being.”

In addition, Rahul Sharma, Market Strategist & Research Head, Equity99 Advisors said: “Profit-booking in the mid-trading session saw the markets giving up the early gains today.”

“Today’s rally was led by state-owned banks and index heavyweight Reliance Industries. Positive clues in other Asian and European markets aided the rally.”


Apple posts record growth in India in June quarter, says Tim Cook





Riding on the stellar performance for its entire line-up of products, Apple has recorded an incredible growth in India in the June quarter, its CEO Tim Cook has said, setting another record revenue in a country where iPhones and other Apple products fast gained momentum despite the country being hit by the second Covid wave.

In an earnings call after posting a new June quarter revenue record of $81.4 billion globally, up 36 per cent from last year, Cook said late on Tuesday that emerging markets like India has done extremely well.

“We had an incredible quarter for the emerging markets in Q3. We set June quarter records in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Turkey, UAE, Poland, Czech Republic, India, obviously in China as I talked about before. Those results are for the entire line of products that we have,” Cook informed.

“The vast majority of markets we tracked grew double digits, with especially strong growth in emerging markets, including India,” he added.

In the festive quarter (October-December 2020), the company doubled its India smartphone share to 4 per cent, riding on the stellar performance of iPhone 11 and XR.

The strong performance by its iPhone 12 series line-up made sure a record June quarter for the company.

“If you take India for example, we doubled our business last quarter compared to a year ago but our absolute level of business there is still quite low relative to the size of the opportunity,” Cook had said in January this year.

Apple, which has already started manufacturing certain iPhone models in India, has worked out locations for its retail stores in the country as well.

Cook said the company is doing a number of things in India.

“There are several markets I alluded to before. India is one of those where our share is quite low. It did improve from the year ago quarter, our business roughly doubled over that period of time, so we feel very good about the trajectory,” Cook elaborated.

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Google Search, YouTube sales soar to record high in pandemic





Riding on Search and YouTube advertising growth amid the pandemic, Alphabet has posted a record $61.88 billion in revenue for its June quarter.

Google Search reached a record $35.8 billion in revenue (up 68 per cent) while YouTube advertising revenue nearly doubled to $7 billion compared to $3.8 billion from the same quarter last year, the company said late on Tuesday.

“In Q2, there was a rising tide of online activity in many parts of the world, and we’re proud that our services helped so many consumers and businesses. Our long-term investments in AI and Google Cloud are helping us drive significant improvements in everyone’s digital experience,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet.

Google Cloud revenue was $4.63 billion, up from $3.01 billion a year ago. The Google Cloud business witnessed operating losses of $591 million, a solid improvement from $1.43 billion loss last year.

“Our strong second quarter revenues of $61.9 billion reflect elevated consumer online activity and broad-based strength in advertiser spend. Again, we benefited from excellent execution across the board by our teams,” said Ruth Porat, CFO of Google and Alphabet.

Other revenues were $6.6 billion, up 29 per cent, primarily driven by growth in YouTube non-advertising revenues, followed by Hardware, “which benefited from the addition of Fitbit revenues and finally Google Play which lapped the increased level of user engagement that started in Q1 last year due to the pandemic,” Porat added.

The strong growth in Google Workspace revenues was driven by robust growth in both seats and average revenue per seat.

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Sugarcane output per hectare rises in UP





 Uttar Pradesh has scored another high with the sugarcane cultivation.

According to a government spokesman, the average cane production reached 815 quintal per hectare in 2020-21. In the last fiscal year, the average cane production was to the tune of 811 quintal per hectare.

Shamli district in western Uttar Pradersh has topped the chart by producing over 1,004 quintal per hectare of sugarcane, followed by Muzaffarnagar which recorded 923.20 quintal per hectare.

In fact, of the top 10 districts, nine are from the agriculturally rich western UP.

The state has 45 cane producing zones.

Additional chief secretary (cane development) Sanjay Bhoosreddy said that the higher cane production was a result of crop cutting practice which was intensely used in the 2020-21 cane cultivation season.

He maintained that it was also because of the timely payment of cane price and associating farmers with the new cropping techniques which have led to an increase in the sugar cane production.

The high cane production happens to be directly linked to cane price payment which is scheduled to be done by the mills, essentially in the private sector, to the farmers.

The farmer groups, as a matter of fact, are up in arms claiming that around Rs 12,000 crore of cane payment is due for the 2020-21 season.

Cane department officials, however, maintained that it was committed to get the payment of cane prices done on a timely basis.

The state government has been highlighting how it has ensured a payment of over 1.4 lakh crore to the cane growers in the last four years.

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