Nifty 50 forms Long White Day; be alert on midcaps
The Nifty 50 soared nearly 150 points on Thursday to close above the crucial level of 9,500. In the process, the index formed a ‘long bullish candle’ or ‘long white day’ kind of pattern on the daily candlestick charts.
Indian share markets continued to witness strong buying momentum in the afternoon trade tracking a firm trend in international markets. Fresh spell of buying by foreign investors and further recovery in the rupee.
At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood higher by 448 points, while the NSE Nifty finished up by 149 points. Meanwhile, the S&P BSE Mid Cap and the S&P BSE Small Cap finished up by 1.4% and 2% respectively.
China stocks rose sharply, as market appeared to have shrugged off Moody’s downgrade of China’s credit rating. The rating cut was followed by criticism from senior government officials in Beijing. Other Asian markets also rose after Fed signaled that interest rates could be raised soon and oil prices rallied ahead of an OPEC meeting. The Shanghai Composite is up 1.43% while Japan’s Nikkei 225 is up 0.98% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is up 0.86%. European markets too are higher today. The CAC 40 is up 0.23% while the FTSE 100 and DAX are up 0.1%.
State oil companies have planned a capex of Rs 870 billion, or US$13 billion, in 2017-18 to develop oil and gas fields, expand refining capacity, and build pipelines.
Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) plans to invest Rs 300 billion, the maximum among all state oil firms. This is slightly higher than the company’s spending of about Rs 280 billion in 2016-17.
GAIL, HPCL, Mangalore Refinery and Numaligarh Refinery have also planned to spend more this year than they did last year, but others will spend less, making the total capex nearly a fifth less than the last fiscal year’s Rs 1.06 trillion.
Also, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is reportedly planning to invest around Rs 200 billion in 2017-18 to augment their marketing and distribution infrastructure, including storage, pipeline and retail outlets. This is lower than the company’s spending of about Rs 220 billion in 2016-17.
The rupee was trading at 64.50 per US dollar.
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