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The week that was: Religare’s sharp upmove; losing streak for Manpasand, Cox & Kings

NEW DELHI: The first trading week post Budget proved poor for equities as foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) turned cautious following the proposal to impose surcharge on higher income tax slabs. This is even as US Fed in a testimony to US Congress revived rate cut hopes. The weak saw kicking start of earnings seasons with IT majors TCS and Infosys and release of factory output and inflation numbers.

The BSE Sensex fell 1.97 per cent to settle the week at 38,736 while Nifty declined 2.18 per cent to 11,553. Sectoral indices such as BSE Consumer durables and the BSE Capital Goods index plunged 8.5 per cent and 5.2 per cent, respectively. Here’s a look at stocks which were in limelight althrough the week:

Religare Enterprises: This stock bucked the weak market trend and surged 43 per cent during the week after the firm agreed to sell its entire stake in non-banking finance company Religare Finvest along with its housing finance unit to Kolkata-based Chatterjee Group. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal is a major relief to the debt-laden company.

Parsvnath Developers: This scrip after surprised the Street with a 49 per cent rally this week after the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) challenging a Delhi HC order, asking it to pay Rs 1,034 crore to the realty firm in relation to a project in the national capital.

GTPL Hathway: This stock rallied 37 per cent for the week after the company said its June quarter consolidated net profit rose 121 per cent on year-on-year (YoY) basis. The company’s June quarter consolidated net profit came at Rs 29.4 crore while consolidated revenue in June quarter jumped 50 per cent YoY to Rs 454.3 crore. Ebitda rose 38 per cent YoY to Rs 115.6 crore for the said quarter.

Cox & Kings: The cash-strapped travel firm is in trouble as Care Ratings downgraded ratings of the company’s long-term facilities and a commercial paper issue totalling Rs 3,445 crore to the status of being in or expected to be in default. The scrip fell 22 per cent this week, taking its losing streak to 13
th session on Friday.

Manpasand Beverages: This scrip plunged 22 per cent for the week after statutory auditor Mehra Goel and Co amid an ongoing investigation by goods and services tax authorities into company. This the second auditor to resign from Manpasand Beverages after Deloitte Haskins and Sells quit in May 2018.

Mindtree: This stock fell 15 per cent this week after the IT firm’s founders Krishnakumar Natarajan,Parthasarathy NS and Rostow Ravanan resigned from the board and executive roles. The founders had vehemently opposed the L&T bid. Cognizant Technology Solutions’ former senior executive Debashis Chatterjee is now among the front-runners to become chief executive of Mindtree.

DHFL: This scrip fell 14.6 per cent last week even as debenture holders of the NBFC agreed to sign an inter-creditor agreement (ICA) after chairman Kapil Wadhawan sought their backing for the plan on Thursday. Following a month-long review period that’s due to end on July 25, DHFL’s lenders and bondholders will have 180 days to agree on a resolution plan under the Reserve Bank of India’s revised stressed assets framework.

Titan Company: Shares of this jewellery maker fell 13.8 per cent this week after the company said revenue in the jewellery division (Tanishq) saw a muted 13 per cent growth in the June quarter, as sharp increase in gold prices dented consumer demand significantly. “Against this background, the company’s growth, particularly in the jewellery segment, was lower than planned even though the gains in market share were sustained,” the firm said in an exchange filing.

KPR Mill: This stock fell 3 per cent for the week after the company the first company to withdraw its Rs 263.31-crore buyback proposal after the government last week imposed an additional tax of 20 per cent in case of repurchase of shares by Indian listed companies. “The increase in the amount of buyback obligation due to the tax proposal in the Finance Bill 2019 was neither contemplated nor prevailing at the time of the consideration and the approvals of the board and shareholders,” it said.

TCS: The scrip fell 2.48 per cent for the week as the IT major company recorded sequentially lower new order bookings in the June quarter following stagnation in the number of clients above the $50-million billing category. Growth in the dollar-denominated revenue, both in reported and constant currency terms, was below expectations.

Source: Economic Times