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Markets gained during the week after losing ground for the previous two consecutive weeks. BSESENSEX was up 989.85 points or 1.68 per cent to close at 51,793.18 points. NIFTY gained 293.90 points or 1.68 per cent to close at 17,833.35 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 1.60 per cent, 1.67 per cent and 1.73 per centrespectively. BSEMIDCAP was up 1.86 per cent while BSESMALLCAP was up 2.53 per cent.

Indian Rupee gained 22 paisa or 0.28 per cent to close at Rs 79.58. Dow Jones lost on the first two days and then gained on the remaining three days to end the week with gains of 833.27 points or 2.66 per cent to close at 32,151.71 points.

In primary news, there was one listing, one issue which had opened for subscription and also closed and a third which had its roadshow. The issue from Dreamfolks Services Limited listed on Tuesday and fared well on expected lines. Shares which were issued at Rs 326, saw a discovered price of Rs 505 on BSE, a high of Rs 550 and closed at Rs 462.65. By Friday, shares lost some ground and closed lower at Rs 430.80.

The issue from Tamilnad Mercantile Bank had tapped the markets with its fresh issue in a price band of Rs 500-525. The issue was subscribed 2.85 times with QIB portion subscribed 1.62 times, HNI portion was subscribed 2.94 times and Retail portion was subscribed 6.43 times. There were 1.33 lakh applications. Considering the issue, the response from QIB’s could at best be said as tepid.

The issue from Harsha Engineers Limited opens on Wednesday the 14th of September and closes on Friday the 16th of September. The price band is Rs 314-330. The company makes bearing cages as its key product and supplies to leading bearing manufacturers not only in India but also globally. Japanese manufacturers have begun to buy from Harsha and this could be a big boost in revenues going forward.

The company reported revenues of Rs 1,321.48 crore for the year ended March 2022 and a profit after tax of Rs 91.94 crore. The PE at the top end of the band is 27.73 times. The company has undergone a restructuring exercise and has amalgamated all its businesses under one name. This has diluted the equity to some extent and while the basic EPS for the year ended March 22 was 16.06, on a diluted basis it works out to Rs 11.09. The share and the business look attractive.

Coming to the markets in the week ahead, our markets would find strong resistance at the 17,750-800 levels and 59,450-59,550 levels. While we have almost closed at the above levels, we need to break out of them and sustain at higher levels. In case they do manage to break these levels for any reason, the previous tops made at 18,000 and 60,400 would be very strong resistances in the period coming up. Strong support exists at 17,350 and 58,200. If these break then the next level would be 17,000-17,050 and 57,250-57,350. For a clear trend to emerge, 17,000 and 57,250 on the lower side and 18,000 and 59,550 on the upper side need to be decisively broken. Currently we have no news or momentum in the markets to break these levels.

The strategy would be to buy on dips and sell on rallies. One interesting development that has taken place in the last week, was that shorts in the futures were squared off to a large extent and to that effect markets have become hollow. In case there is any bad news and markets take a beating, the fall could become sharper than expected. Trade cautiously.

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GT Mall Which Denied Entry To A Man Wearing Dhoti, Now Sealed For Defaulting On Rs 3.56 Crore Property Tax

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GT Mall Which Denied Entry To A Man Wearing Dhoti, Now Sealed For Defaulting On Rs 3.56 Crore Property Tax

The G.T. World Mall was closed on Thursday by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) due to outstanding property tax payments totaling Rs 3.56 crore. The mall has been in the spotlight since a elderly farmer was denied entry for wearing a dhoti on Tuesday evening.

The mall received a notice from the civic organization Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) directing them to settle the outstanding balance by July 31. Additionally, the city officials issued a warning, stating that if the payment is not received by the deadline, the mall will close even more.

Additionally, the mall’s trade license has been suspended.

A notice on the mall’s entrance stated, “Your trade license is suspended and your property is sealed for non-payment of arrears property tax, as per Section 156 of the BBMP Act 2020, read with a circular dated 06-12-2023.”

Nevertheless, the GT Mall management asserted that, in contrast to the Rs 3.56 crore indicated in the BBMP notice, two years’ worth of property tax, or Rs 1.78 crore, is due. The BBMP also asked mall management to explain why they wouldn’t let the elderly farmer in a dhoti enter the mall.

Dhoti incident at ‘GT Mall’

A video of an old man and his son pleading with GT Mall employees to let them into the shopping center surfaced on July 17. Even though they had reservations for a movie, they were reportedly refused entry because they were wearing dhotis.

Social media users have taken to criticizing and debating the viral video, with many demanding that the management of GT Mall be held accountable for their “disrespect” for the elderly man. On the matter, BJP opposition leaders criticized the Siddaramaiah administration.

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Bank Of Maharashtra Q1 Earnings: Total Business Rises To ₹4,700,000,000,000

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The Bank of Maharashtra’s Q1 earnings were reported on the exchange on July 15.

The bank reported their revenue at Rs 6768.76 crore in Q1 FY25, a 24.9 per cent jump from same quarter previous year, which was reported at Rs 5,417.87 crore. The net profit stood at Rs 1,293.68 in Q1 FY25, which saw a 46.5 per cent jump quarter-on-quarter. The same quarter of the previous year saw a net profit of Rs 882,49 crore.

Between Q1FY24 and Q1FY25, the bank’s total business increased by 13.43 per cent YoY to Rs 4.76 trillion. However, compared to the same quarter previous year, the bank’s total deposits increased by 9.43 per cent YoY to Rs 2.67 trillion.

Gross and net NPA

Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) decreased marginally during the quarter, from 1.88 percent to 1.85 percent, demonstrating the resilience of asset quality (QoQ). At Rs 3,873 crore, gross non-performing assets (NPAs) were as of the last quarter, down from Rs 3,833 crore.

The bank’s meager 0.20 percent net non-performing assets (NPAs) did not alter. Net non-performing assets (NPAs) came in at Rs 415 crore, which is the same as the Rs 409 crore collected in the previous quarter.

Net NPAs for the bank held steady at a pitiful 0.20 percent. Net NPAs were reported at Rs 415 crore, which is the same as the Rs 409 crore figure from the previous quarter.

Net interest margin

The bank recorded net interest income (NII) of Rs 2,799 crore for Q1 FY25, up 20 per cent YoY from Rs 2,340 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Share performance

The Bank of maharashtra’s share was trading around Rs 68.95 per share on Indian bourses, 5.95 per cent jump from the opening of The counter which opened at Rs 65.94 per share today.

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Gold Price Jumps ₹400 To ₹75,050 Per 10 Grams On Jewellers’ Buying

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Gold price on Wednesday jumped by Rs 400 to Rs 75,050 per 10 grams in the national capital on the back of fresh buying from jewellers, according to the All India Sarafa Association.

The precious metal had closed at Rs 74,650 per 10 grams in the previous session.

However, silver prices remained flat at Rs 94,400 per kg.

In sarafa markets, the yellow metal was trading at Rs 75,050 per 10 grams, up by Rs 400 against the previous close, the association said.

Traders said gold prices saw an uptrend due to rise in domestic demand.

In the international markets, spot gold was trading higher at USD 2,380.50 per ounce, up USD 12.60 per ounce.

“Gold prices traded positively. The buying was driven by expectations of weak inflation numbers to be release on Thursday evening in US, which could prompt rate cuts by US Federal Reserve in the September meeting,” Jateen Trivedi, VP Research Analyst, Commodity and Currency at LKP Securities, said.

Additionally, silver prices was also up at USD 31.25 per ounce globally.

“Spot gold closed with a gain of around 0.20 per cent at USD 2,363 per ounce on Tuesday, as the Fed Chair Powell, in his testimony to the US Senate Banking Committee, offered largely a balanced view on the US economy and the Fed’s monetary policy,” Praveen Singh, Associate VP, Fundamental Currencies and Commodities at Sharekhan by BNP Paribas, said.

In his testimony, Fed Chair Powell said that the inflation trend is encouraging; however, the US central bank will need more data to gain confidence in cutting rates.

He (Powell) cautioned that lowering interest rates too little or too late could put the economy and the labour market at risk as inflation is not the only risk the US economy faces now.

“The US Consumer Price Index (June) data will be released on Thursday, which is crucial as traders look for possibility of rate cuts in September,” Singh added.

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