November 6, 2018 / 6:35 AM / 8 months ago

Indian shares rise on strong earnings, upbeat large caps

* NSE index up 0.24 pct, BSE index 0.32 pct higher

* Vedanta trading ex-div top drag

By Chris Thomas

Nov 6 (Reuters) - Indian shares rose on Tuesday, boosted by strong quarterly corporate earnings so far and gains in large-cap stocks such as Reliance Industries Ltd and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

The broader NSE index was up 0.24 percent at 10,549.7 as of 0546 GMT, while the benchmark BSE index was 0.32 percent higher at 35,064.11.

Primarily, a good set of corporate fundamentals is driving the buying and the recovery today, said Deven Choksey, founder, KR Choksey Investment Managers. Broader Asian shares were supported by gains on Wall Street although the trading sentiment was tempered ahead of the U.S. midterm elections, the first major electoral test of President Donald Trump’s big tax cuts and hostile trade policies since assuming office.

In India, Jaguar Land Rover-owner Tata Motors Ltd led the gains, rising as much as 5.4 percent to a four-week high after data here from a UK auto trade association showed a surge in Jaguar registrations in October.

GAIL (India) Ltd extended gains into a third session, climbing 2.7 percent to its highest since Oct. 3. The state-run gas utility on Monday posted a 50 percent jump in second-quarter profit, and brokerages raised their target price on the stock.

Oil-to-retail conglomerate Reliance Industries’s stock, up 1.7 percent, was the biggest boost to the NSE index.

Heavyweight IT stocks contributed to the gains, with shares of TCS rising as much as 2.4 percent.

Meanwhile, shares of country’s largest lender State Bank of India, which climbed in the previous session after reporting solid quarterly results, were down 2.3 percent.

Private-sector lender Axis Bank Ltd’s stock fell as much as 3.3 percent.

Miner Vedanta Ltd, which started trading ex-dividend in the session, was the top percentage loser on the index. The stock fell as much as 6.9 percent in its sharpest intraday drop in nearly four weeks.

Shares of Cipla Ltd, India’s second-largest drugmaker by market capitalisation, stretched losses to the fourth straight session, falling as much as 5.3 percent to their lowest since June 5.

The company on Monday reported quarterly profit that missed estimates, and warned of headwinds in the second half of the year. (Reporting by Chris Thomas in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich)

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