Government to Sell up to 10% Stake in SAIL via OFS; Infosys Q3 Results Beat Consensus

Distribution days: Three

Global stock markets: Dow 30, -0.03%; S&P 500, +0.2%; Nasdaq, +0.4%; Nikkei, +1.5%; Hang Seng, +0.3%; Kospi, +0.1%

Yesterday, Nifty gapped-up at a record high of 14,639 and made a new ATH of 14,653 intraday. However, it quickly succumbed to profit-booking and lost around 220 points. Some buying was seen in the last 90 minutes as Nifty pared its losses to close flat. Broader market indices, Nifty Midcap (-0.6%) and Smallcap (-0.2%) closed lower. Barring Nifty Pharma (-0.9%), Fin Service (-0.6%), and Realty (-0.3%), all the sectoral indices closed higher. Nifty PSU Bank (+3.3%) was the top gainer, followed by Auto (+0.9%).

With leadership broadening and indices above relevant intermediate-term moving averages, we will continue to look for leadership-quality growth names to form entry points. If a pullback/consolidation happens, it will be crucial for Nifty to hold its 21-DMA. It is advised to closely review the existing positions and book profits in stocks that are extended from their moving averages and showing technical weakness. Also, tracking distribution days is crucial as rising in distribution days can halt the uptrend.

Key News

Steel Auth.Of Ida. (Nse): The government will sell up to a 10% stake in the company via offer for sale on January 14-15 and the offer price has been fixed at Rs 64 per share.

Infosys reported Q3 FY21 results today. PAT was up 7.3% q/q to Rs 5,197 crore, while revenue rose 5.5% q/q to Rs 25,927 crore. Margin advanced 10 bps to 25.4%. The company raised FY21 constant currency revenue growth guidance to 4.5–5.0% from 2–3% earlier and margin guidance to 24.0–24.5% from 23–24% earlier.

Wipro (Nse) posted Q3 FY21 earnings today. IT services EBIT was up 17.1% q/q to Rs 3,320.4 crore, while revenue rose 3.8% q/q to Rs 15,333.1 crore. Margin advanced 245bps to 21.7%.

O’Neil Market Condition Report

For the 24 emerging markets tracked by our institutional research team, the market status breakdown is as follows: Confirmed Uptrend, 84%; Rally Attempt, 4%; Uptrend Under Pressure, 12%; Downtrend, 0%.

For the 24 developed markets tracked by our institutional research team, the market status breakdown is as follows: Confirmed Uptrend, 66%; Rally Attempt, 0%; Uptrend Under Pressure, 34%; Downtrend, 0%.

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