Overview of Stock Market Trends and Key Happenings Before March 19 Trading Session

Published March 19, 2024

U.S. tech companies were at the forefront of stock gains as a new week kicked off with several key central banks, including those in the U.S., England, and Japan, scheduled to make important decisions. As per the latest figures that came in just past midnight New York time, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 had climbed by 0.85% and 1.34% respectively, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average saw a more modest rise of 0.36%.

Commodities Update

Turning to commodities, Brent crude experienced a 1.38% increase, trading at $86.52 a barrel. Meanwhile, gold inched up by 0.04%, priced at $2,156.84 an ounce.

Indian Stock Market Movements

In India, stocks bounced back after a single-day dip, with gains driven by major firms such as Tata Steel, Reliance Industries, and Mahindra & Mahindra. The NSE Nifty 50 ended the day up by 32.35 points or 0.15%, closing at 22,055.70, and the S&P BSE Sensex finished up 104.99 points or 0.14%, at 72,748.42.

Foreign portfolio investors sold off Indian equities totaling Rs 2,051.1 crore worth of stocks, while domestic institutional investors picked up Rs 2,260.8 crore worth of shares. The Indian rupee closed slightly weaker against the dollar at Rs 82.91.

Important Corporate Updates

Tata Sons is planning to raise roughly Rs 9,362 crore or $1.13 billion by selling a chunk of TCS shares. L&T Finance has been cleared to raise funds through debentures, and the Adani Group has refuted a Bloomberg report suggesting an expanded U.S. probe into alleged bribery in India. In terms of initial public offerings, Popular Vehicles and Services is set to debut on the stock exchange. Other important updates include a range of insider trades, and firms like IRCTC and IOL Chemicals sharing news on recent business developments and regulatory approvals.

Futures and Options Indications

The Nifty March futures showed a slight upturn by 0.01%, and the Bank Nifty March futures indicated a 0.19% increase. However, open interest for both declined by 1.07% and 1.9%, respectively.

Money Market Update

The Indian rupee weakened slightly to end at Rs 82.91 against the U.S. dollar. This minor fluctuation in currency value plays a significant role in stock market dynamics, particularly for foreign investors and companies with significant export or import operations.

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