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Equities Soar: Sensex, Nifty close at record highs

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As a bull run continued on the Indian stock market on Tuesday, both Sensex and Nifty50 closed at record levels.

BSE Sensex closed at 43,277.65, higher by 680.22 points, or 1.60 per cent, from the previous close of 42,597.43.

It also recorded an all-time intra-day high of 43,316.44 points.

The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE), settled at its record closing level of 12,631.10, higher by 170.05 points, or 1.36 per cent, from its previous close.

Massive foreign fund inflows on the back of accelerated vaccine development, along with clarity on US Presidential election results and a fast-paced economic recovery, lifted key Indian equity markets to touch new record highs during Tuesday’s intra-trade session.

The buying sentiment got a boost on news that pharmaceutical major Pfizer’s experimental Covid-19 vaccine was more than 90 per cent effective based on initial trial results.

Besides, hopes of a bigger stimulus in the US and healthy domestic Q2 earnings results supported the northward movement.

Closer at home, the positive early leads of the ruling coalition in Bihar in the election counting also generated an overall feel good factor.

Healthy buying was witnessed in banking, finance and capital goods stocks, while IT and healthcare stocks witnessed a sell-off.

“Equity markets scaled new heights as a trial of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE showed more than 90 per cent effectiveness,” said Devarsh Vakil, Deputy Head of Retail Research at HDFC Securities.

“The success of trials lifted confidence for a faster world economic recovery. Stocks that have been beaten down by the severe disruption of the pandemic, such as those tied to travel and leisure, movie theatres, and theme parks, along with some retailers and restaurants led the markets higher.”

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PSBs to get Rs 9k cr from assets of economic offenders, FM assures cases being actively pursued

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State-run banks will get a total of Rs 9,041.5 crore through the sale of assets belonging to economic offenders such as Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, attached or seized by the Enforcement Directorate under the provisions of PMLA.

Taking to Twitter, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said that fugitives and economic offenders will be actively pursued and dues would be recovered by attaching their properties.

“Fugitives & economic offenders will be actively pursued; their properties attached & dues recovered. #PSBs have already recovered Rs 1357 Cr by selling such shares. A total of Rs 9041.5 Cr shall be realised by banks through sale of such attached assets,” she said.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) earlier on Wednesday handed over assets worth Rs 9,371 crore belonging to fugitive businessmen Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi to state-run banks to realise the losses on account of the fraud committed against them.

The ED has booked the three on the basis of the FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The ED statement said that it has attached or seized assets worth Rs 18,170.02 crore which included assets worth Rs 969 crore in foreign countries.

“The quantum of the attached and seized assets represents 80.45 per cent of total bank loss of Rs 22,585.83 crore,” it said, adding that the investigation by the ED has proved that a substantial part of these assets were held in the names of dummy entities, trusts, third persons, relatives of these accused.

“Today, DRT on behalf of SBI led consortium, has sold shares of United Breweries Limited for Rs 5,824.50 crore,” it said, adding that further realisation of Rs 800 crore by sale of shares is expected by June 25.

It also said that due to the cooperation and help extended by the ED, Public Sector Banks have already recovered Rs 1,357 crore by selling the shares earlier.

“Thus, the banks shall be realising total amount of Rs 9,041.5 crore through sale of a part of assets attached/seized by ED under the provisions of PMLA,” the ED said.

“As on date, out of total attached or seized assets of Rs 18,170.02 crore under provisions of PMLA, assets worth Rs 329.67 crore have been confiscated and assets worth Rs 9,041.5 crore, representing 40 per cent of total loss to the bank have been handed over to the Public Sector Banks,” it added.

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SBI may need to raise only up to Rs 9K cr in capital in FY22

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Country’s largest bank State Bank of India may raise only up to Rs 9,000 crore in capital through additional tier I bonds (AT1 bonds) in current financial year (FY22) and could consider additional raising plan only next year to further enhance it’s capital adequacy profile.

Official sources said that the bank is sitting with a sound capital adequacy ratio (CAR) of 13.74 per cent and expects loan growth to touch close to 9 per cent in FY22. This would prevent the bank from raising full quanta of Rs 14,000 crore Tier-I capital raising plan that its board approved early this year.

The SBI Central Board on Monday approved plan to raise up to Rs 14,000 crore in capital through additional tier I bonds (AT1 bonds) by way of issuance of Basel lll compliant debt instrument in rupee and/or US dollar in FY 22.

Sources said that most of the capital raised by the SBI would be used to finance the maturity of AT1 and Tier-II bond coming up this year. The maturity amount works to about Rs 9,000 crore that could be financed through the capital raised by the bank this year.

An SBI executive said that permission for Rs 14,000 crore capital raising plan is an enabling provision and the actual issuance will depend on the market conditions and credit growth in the system.

Sources said that the centre has approved the capital raise plan of the bank, but it could not be verified with the officials. Concurrence of the centre is important as it is promoter of the bank with 57.63 per cent stake as of March 31, 2021.

SBI’s Common Equity Tier I (CETI) was 10.02 per cent in March 2021 higher than regulatory requirement of 7.97 per cent. Its AT-1 level was 1.42 per cent in March 2021, up from 1.23 per cent in March 2020.

With CETI higher than regulatory requirements, SBI is not hard pressed to raise capital and would approach the board and shareholders for requisite approvals as and when need arises.

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Equity indices shed gains post gap-up opening

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The key Indian equity indices pared their initial gains after a gap-up opening to trade on a flat-to-negative note on Wednesday morning.

Selling pressure was witnessed in oil and gas, power and banking stocks.

Around 10.15 a.m., Sensex was trading at 52,555.34, lower by 33.37 points or 0.06 per cent from its previous close of 52,588.71.

It opened at 52,912.35 and has so far touched an intra-day high of 52,912.35 and a low of 52,534.70 points.

The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange was trading at 15,761.25, lower by 11.50 points or 0.07 per cent from its previous close.

Manish Hathiramani, technical analyst with Deen Dayal Investments said: “The Nifty resisted around the 15,900 levels yesterday so we still have to get past that for the markets to start moving up. If we can get past this level with ease, we should be targeting 16,100.”

“A good support lies at 15,400 and as long as that does not break on a closing basis, dips can be utilised to enter long positions. If we fail to cross 15,900, the markets might become range bound in 15,400-15,900.”

The top gainers on the Sensex so far were Maruti Suzuki India, Bajaj Finance and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, while Tech Mahindra, Kotak Mahindra and UltraTech Cement were the major losers so far.

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