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Global TWS market to see 33% growth in 2021, Apple set to lead

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The global TWS (True Wireless Stereo Headset) market is expected to grow 33 per cent (year-over-year) in 2021, reaching 310 million units, according to a new report.

Apple will remain a leader selling around 84 million units but still lose share by 4 per cent.

Apple was expected to defend its top position despite its market share decline from 31 percent to 27 percent. China’s Xiaomi was projected to see its presence remain the same as last year at 9 percent.

At third spot, Samsung’s market share in 2021 was estimated to stay unchanged at 7 percent, according to market tracker Counterpoint Research.

Major top brands such as Apple are likely to launch next-generation products, which will boost the TWS market further.

“The most anticipated is a new release from Apple, its first in two years. We expect it to be one of the biggest drivers of TWS market growth from Q4 2021 to the next year. Apple will maintain strong market leadership based on its loyal customer base, although its share will inevitably fall with the intensifying competition,” said Senior Research Analyst Liz Lee in a statement on Wednesday.

As Covid-19 will unlikely ease in a short time despite the spread of vaccination, the pent-up demand for high-end TWS is not expected to explode until late Q3 2021.

“At that point, the market focus will gradually shift to the mid- to high-price segment as vaccinations help consumer sentiment improve. Then, most premium brands will add advanced features and various functions to their new models and create high value addition in the long term,” Lee noted.

Meanwhile, low- to mid-priced brands will further enhance price competitiveness to compete for market share.

In terms of brand performance, there was no big surprise in 2020. Apple continued to dominate but its share declined steadily through the year and fell below one-third of the TWS market.

The market slightly exceeded the initial annual estimate for 2020 to reach 233 million units, mainly driven by the strong performance of low- and mid-price segments, the report mentioned.

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Zomato shares decline 9%, market cap falls below 1L cr

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Shares of online food aggregator Zomato declined 9 per cent intraday on Friday.

Analysts are linking the decline with unsupportive valuations. Over the past one-month period, Zomato shares fell nearly 18 per cent.

Listed in July 2021, Zomato shares are, however, up more than 50 per cent from its IPO issue price of Rs 76. On Friday’s closing, it was at Rs 114 per share.

“The costs have escalated due to the tax imposed on the aggregator, along with the fact that the lockdown is also not currently happening, which also appears to be a weakness,” said Ravi Singhal, Vice Chairman at GCL Securities.

With Friday’s losses, the company’s market capitalisation fell below the 1 lakh crore-mark, NSE data showed.

According to Ravi Singh, Vice President and Head of Research, Share India Securities: “The technical setup in Zomato stock is in bearish formation on intraday and daily which may drag the stock up to Rs 112-110 levels in the near term.

“The valuations of the company are also not supporting the growth. Zomato is facing tough competition from Swiggy in many ways, mainly having a thinner Metro restaurant network and density versus Swiggy. We recommend investors to maintain the sell position in the stock.”

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Decline in equities continue for 4th straight sessions

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The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) and broader 50-scrip Nifty on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) extended their losses from the previous three consecutive sessions and declined on Friday.

At 10.25 a.m., Sensex traded at 58,593 points, down 0.9 per cent from the previous close of 59,464 points. It opened at 59,039 points.

Nifty traded at 17,599 points, down 0.9 per cent from the previous close of 17,757 points. It opened at 17,613 points.

Bajaj Finserv, Tech Mahindra, Coal India, Adani Ports, Bharti Airtel were some of the top losers, NSE data showed.

Top gainers during the early trade were Hindustan Unilever, Tata Consumers, Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp, and Power Grid Corporation.

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The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) and broader 50-scrip Nifty on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) extended their losses from the previous three consecutive sessions and declined on Friday.

At 10.25 a.m., Sensex traded at 58,593 points, down 0.9 per cent from the previous close of 59,464 points. It opened at 59,039 points.

Nifty traded at 17,599 points, down 0.9 per cent from the previous close of 17,757 points. It opened at 17,613 points.

Bajaj Finserv, Tech Mahindra, Coal India, Adani Ports, Bharti Airtel were some of the top losers, NSE data showed.

Top gainers during the early trade were Hindustan Unilever, Tata Consumers, Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp, and Power Grid Corporation.

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