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GNFC Gains Post Third Quarter Earnings

Shares of the Gujarat-based fertiliser maker rose 3.6 percent to Rs 513 after it announced December quarter earnings.

Key earnings highlights:

  • Net profit up 235 percent at Rs 228 crore versus Rs 68 crore (YoY).
  • Revenue up 39.7 percent at Rs 1,590 crore versus Rs 1,137.5 crore (YoY).
  • EBITDA up 110 percent at Rs 427.4 crore versus Rs 203 crore (YoY).
  • Margin At 26.9 percent versus 17.9 percent (YoY).

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Vakrangee Hits Record High Post Q3 Earnings

Shares of the Mumbai-based software developer rose 1.13 percent to record high of Rs 451.65 after it reported October-December quarter earnings.

Key earnings highlights:

  • Net profit rose 88 percent to Rs 247 crore versus Rs 131.5 crore (YoY).
  • Revenue jumped 84 percent to Rs 1,802.4 crore versus Rs 978.8 crore (YoY)
  • EBIT up 24.5 percent at Rs 357 crore versus Rs 286.7 crore (QoQ).

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Asian Paints Falls Ahead Of Q3 Earnings

Shares of the Mumbai-based paint maker fell 1.58 percent to Rs 1,171 ahead of its October-December quarter earnings.

What to expect in Q3:

  • Consolidated net profit seen up 20.2 percent at Rs 560 crore versus Rs 466 crore (YoY).
  • Consolidated net sales seen up 15.6 percent at Rs 4553 crore versus Rs 3937 crore (YoY).
  • Consolidated EBITDA seen up 14.2 percent at Rs 887 crore versus Rs 776.5 crore (YoY).
  • Consolidated margin seen at 19.5 percent versus 19.7 percent (YoY).

Axis Bank Flat Ahead Of December Quarter Earnings

Shares of India's sixth largest private sector lender by market cap were trading on a flat note ahead of December quarter earnings which will be declred later in the day. The stock was little changed at Rs 591.

What to expect from Axis Bank In Q3:

  • Standalone net profit seen up 41.1 percent at Rs 818 crore versus Rs 579.6 crore (YoY).
  • Standalone NII seen up 8.3 percent at Rs 4,695 crore versus Rs 4,334 crore (YoY).
  • Standalone loan growth seen at 20 percent on account of lower base.

Hindustan Oil Exploration Company Surges On Strong Q3

Shares of the Gujarat-based oil exploration company rose as much as 11.28 percent, the most in over two months, to Rs 147 after it reported strong earnings in October-December quarter.

Key earnings highlights:

  • Revenue up 141 percent at Rs 13.3 crore (YoY).
  • Profit at 206 percent to Rs 12.8 crore versus Rs 4.18 crore (YoY)
  • EBITDA at Rs 12.9 crore from Rs 1.9 crore.
  • EBITDA margin at 97 percent from 34.5 percent.
  • Exceptional item of Rs 4.4 crore.

Hot Money

Jubilant FoodWorks Soars For Second Day; Hits Record High

Shares of the Noida-based operator of pizza chain Domino’s Pizza rose as 6 percent to record high of Rs 2,225 after it surprised the Street with strong earnings on Friday.

Jubilant FoodWorks' profit for the quarter ended December more than tripled fuelled by healthy same-store sales growth of Domino’s Pizza chain.

Net profit rose to Rs 66 crore from 20 crore in the same quarter last year, the company which Domino’s Pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts chains in India said in an exchange filing today. That’s higher than Rs 44 crore profit estimate of analysts tracked by Bloomberg. The top line increased 20.8 percent to Rs 795 crore from the year-ago period.

Telecom Shares Face Selling Pressure

Shares of the telecom companies were facing the heat of selling pressure. The S&P BSE Telecom Index was the top sectoral loser, down 1.16 percent led by losses in Idea Cellular and Bharti Airtel.

Trend Spotting

106 Stocks Hit 52-Week Highs In Today's Session

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J Kumar Infraprojects Gains On Receiving Contract From DMRC

Shares of the Mumbai-based infrastructure construction company rose as much as 7.7 percent to Rs 345 after it won contract from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation worth Rs 57 crore.

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Enam Holdings To BloombergQuint

  • For the past 20 years, Budgets have never had significant impact on markets
  • Not seeing an expansionary budget
  • Not seeing too much maneuvering in taxes this budget
  • Don't have much scope for fiscal tinkering
  • Market hypothesis is just not made on one long term capital gains tax
  • Enough opportunities in large caps also despite rally
  • Seeing strong earnings growth next year
  • Would not say valuations stretched assuming earnings pick up
  • Very bullish on corporate facing banks
  • Not very bullish on NBFC space
  • Stretched valuations, interest rates key factors for not being over bullish on NBFC space
  • Hold a contrarian view on insurance sector
  • Life insurance is over penetrated product in India
  • Better opportunities in financial sector other than insurance

Apollo Micro Systems make Strong Market Debut

Shares of Hyderabad-based maker of electronic components made a strong debut on stock exchanges. The stock surged 74 percent to open at Rs 478 compared against its issue price of Rs 275 per share.

Apollo Micro Systems' Rs 156-crore initial public offer saw huge demand for its shares as its issue was oversubscribed 248 times.

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The F&O Show

Gruh Finance Falls On Profit Booking Post Q3

Shares of the Ahmedabad-based mortgage lender fell as much as 9 percent to Rs 625, on account of profit-booking, after it announced October-December quarter earnings. In the run up to earnings, the stock rose as much as 36 percent within one week to earnings.

Key earnings highlights

  • Net profit rose 28.3 percent to Rs 82.16 crore versus Rs 64.04 crore (YoY)
  • Revenue rose 12.45 percent to Rs 428.47 crore versus Rs 381.02 crore (YoY)

Reliance Industries Surges To Record High Post Q3 Earnings

Shares of the Mukesh Ambani-led firm rose as much as 2.5 percent to record high of Rs 954.65 after it announced October-December quarter earnings which came in-line with consensus analysts’ estimates tracked by Bloomberg. Meanwhile, its telecom arm Reliance Jio clocked profit within 15 months of launch after disrupting the world's second-largest telecom market by triggering a tariff war and driving consolidation.

Key earnings highlights:

Reliance Industries

  • Revenue up 7 percent at Rs 73,256 crore.
  • Net profit up 2 percent at Rs 8,454 crore.
  • EBITDA up 6 percent at Rs 13,744 crore.
  • Margin at 18.8 percent versus 18.9 percent.

Reliance Jio Q3 (QoQ)

  • Revenue up 12 percent to Rs 6,879 crore.
  • EBITDA up 82 percent to Rs 2,627 crore.
  • EBITDA margin at 38.2 percent versus 23.5 percent.
  • Net profit of Rs 504 crore versus net loss of Rs 271 crore.
  • ARPU of Rs 154 versus Rs 156.

ONGC Surges Most In Over Two Years On Buying Stake In HPCL

Shares of the state-run oil exploration company rose as much as 6.32 percent, the most in nearly 29 months, to Rs 605.95, also its highest level in nearly one year, after the company announced on Saturday that it will be acquiring government's 51 percent stake in Hindustan Petroleum for Rs 36,915 crore.

The acquisition is part of a plan to create an oil major that was first outlined by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while presenting the federal budget in February last year. The stake sale will help the government meet more than of half of its asset-disposal plan for the year to March 2018 and is crucial for narrowing its budget gap.

Meanwhile, shares of Hindustan Petroleum were trading 1.8 percent lower at Rs 408.20.

Opening Bell

Indian equity benchmarks rose to record highs led by gains in ONGC, Reliance Industries and HDFC.

The S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.4 percent or 152 points to 35,664 and the NSE Nifty 50 Index gained 0.3 percent or 32 points to 10,926.

Thirteen out of 19 sector gauges compiled by BSE were trading higher led by the S&P BSE Energy index's 1.2 percent gain. On the other hand, the S&P BSE Telecom Index was the top sectoral loser, down 0.6 percent.


Money Market Heads Up!

In focus today will be India's plan to auction Rs 9,475 crore of corporate debt quota to foreigners. With yields still high, market expects a higher cutoff at the auction. Also, the big merger announcement of oil major HPCL with ONGC could impact the markets as it may help improve the government finances.

Yield on the new 10-year bond climbed 4 basis points to 7.29 percent in the last session and till the budget, a range of 7.25-7.35 percent is expected.

In the currency markets, weak Asian indexes may weigh on emerging market currencies. The rupee has been little changed in the last two sessions and a Bloomberg dollar index is trading flat. The rupee may open lower and trade in a range of 63.70-64.20 a dollar in the day.

BQ Heads Up!

Nifty Earnings To Watch

  • Asian Paints
  • Axis Bank

Other Earnings To Watch

  • Dewan Housing Finance
  • GNFC
  • Havells India
  • Justdial
  • Rallis India
  • Sasken Technologies
  • Vakrangee
  • V-Guard Industries
  • Tinplate

Earnings Reaction To Watch

Reliance Industries Q3 (QoQ)

  • Revenue up 7 percent at Rs 73,256 crore.
  • Net profit up 2 percent at Rs 8,454 crore.
  • EBITDA up 6 percent at Rs 13,744 crore.
  • Margin at 18.8 percent versus 18.9 percent.

Reliance Jio Q3 (QoQ)

  • Revenue up 12 percent to Rs 6,879 crore.
  • EBITDA up 82 percent to Rs 2,627 crore.
  • EBITDA margin at 38.2 percent versus 23.5 percent.
  • Net profit of Rs 504 crore versus net loss of Rs 271 crore.
  • ARPU of Rs 154 versus Rs 156.

Wipro Q3 (QoQ)

  • Revenue up 2 percent at Rs 13,669 crore.
  • Net profit down 12 percent at Rs 1,931 crore.
  • EBIT down 13 percent at Rs 1,959.5 crore.
  • Margins at 14.3 percent versus 16.8 percent.
  • Q4 IT services revenue seen in the range of $2.03 billion to $2.07 billion.

HDFC Life Q3 (YoY)

  • Net premium income up 19 percent at Rs 5,420 crore.
  • Net profit up 14.6 percent at Rs 207 crore versus Rs 180.6 crore.

Chennai Petroleum Corp Q3 (QoQ)

  • Revenue up 15 percent at Rs 8,587 crore.
  • Net profit up 22.5 percent at Rs 386 crore.
  • EBITDA up 31 percent at Rs 834 crore.
  • Margin at 9.7 percent versus 8.5 percent.

GNA Axles Q3 (YoY)

  • Revenue up 48 percent at Rs 167 crore.
  • Net profit up 57 percent at Rs 12.7 crore.
  • EBITDA up 37 percent at Rs 26 crore.
  • Margins at 15.6 percent versus 16.9 percent.

DCM Shriram Q3 (YoY)

  • Revenue up 30 percent at Rs 1,783.7 crore.
  • Net profit up 56 percent at Rs 213 crore.
  • EBITDA up 75 percent at Rs 329.8 crore.
  • Margin at 18.5 percent versus 13.8 percent.

Godawari Power Q3 (YoY)

  • Revenue up 57.6 percent at Rs 672 crore.
  • Net Profit at Rs 72 crore versus Rs 10 crore loss.
  • EBITDA up 87.8 percent at Rs 168.62 crore.
  • Margin at 25.1 percent versus 21.1 percent.


  • Revenue up 141 percent at Rs 13.3 crore.
  • Profit at Rs 12.8 crore.
  • EBITDA at Rs 12.9 crore from Rs 1.9 crore.
  • EBITDA margin at 97 percent from 34.5 percent.
  • Exceptional item of Rs 4.4 crore.


  • Income from operations up 37 percent at Rs 51.5 crore.
  • Profit up 25 percent at Rs 25.4 crore.
  • EBITDA up 58 percent at Rs 31.6 crore versus Rs 20 crore.
  • EBITDA margin at 61.4 percent versus 53.3 percent.

Lux Industries Q3 (YoY)

  • Revenues from operations up 28 percent at Rs 296 crore versus Rs 231 crore.
  • Profit up 30 percent at Rs 18.4 crore versus Rs 14.1 crore.
  • EBITDA up 28 percent at Rs 35.7 crore versus Rs 27.9 crore.
  • EBITDA margin at 12.1 percent versus 12.1 percent.

JP Associates Q3 (QoQ)

  • Revenue up 50 percent at Rs 1,109 crore.
  • Net loss at Rs 148 crore versus Rs 186 crore.
  • EBITDA up 269 percent at Rs 140.7 crore.
  • Margin at 12.7 percent versus 5.17 percent.

Stocks To Watch

  • ONGC to buy government’s 51.1 percent stake in HPCL for Rs 36,915 crore at Rs 473.97 per share.
  • Tata Steel to raise Rs 12,800 crore via rights issue.
  • J Kumar Infra gets Rs 57 crore contract from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
  • U.S. Department of Justice imposes $5 million fine on Dr. Reddy's over drugs not being in child-resistant packing.
  • Venus Remedies withdraws QIP issue due to unavoidable circumstances.
  • Bharti Airtel to transfer 25 percent stake in Bharti Telemedia to Nettle Infrastructure.
  • Orchid Pharma says NCLT grants extension of 90 days for insolvency process.
  • IFCI says government considering capital infusion of Rs 100 crore in FY18.
  • Reliance Industries to partly start petcoke gasification unit this quarter.
  • HDFC increases MTN program size to $1.3 billion.
  • DFM Foods launches new product in the domestic market.
  • Pioneer Distilleries says workmen have agreed to call off the strike on January 20.
  • Welspun Enterprises completes acquisition of 49 percent stake in the projects from MBL Group for a total consideration of Rs 2,300 crore.
  • IL& FS Transportation plans to sell Rs 4k crore project to Canada Pension Fund (Financial Express).
  • Vedanta, NCL, Torrent vie for GMR Energy’s plant in Chhatisgarh (Economic Times).
  • ONGC will use proceeds from GAIL, Indian Oil stake sale to buy HPCL (Economic TImes).

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IPO/New Listing Watch

  • Amber Enterprises India subscribed 165 times on final day.
  • Apollo Micro Systems lists today. Issue was subscribed 248 times. Base price Rs 275 per share.

Bulk Deals

Sunteck Realty

  • Fidelity Emerging Markets Funds bought 47.05 lakh shares or 3.2 percent equity at an average of Rs 404.95 each.
  • Sri Gopikrishna Trust sold 39 lakh shares or 2.7 percent equity at an average of Rs 405.8 each.

GSS Infotech

  • Aspire Emerging Fund bought 8 lakh shares or 4.7 percent equity at Rs 33.28 each.

Emco Ltd

  • India Nivesh Capitals bought 4.2 lakh shares or 0.6 percent equity at Rs 20.18 each.

Shah Alloys

  • United India Insurance sold 1.30 lakh shares or 0.7 percent equity at Rs 18.5 each.

F&O Cues

  • Nifty January futures trading at 10,810.8, discount of 6.2 points from a premium of 3.3 points.
  • January Series: Nifty open interest unchanged; Bank Nifty open interest down 1 percent.
  • India VIX ended at 13.9, up 0.7 percent.
  • Max open interest for January series at 11,000 Call (open interest at 62.2 lakh, up 24 percent).
  • Max open interest for January series at 10,500 Put (open interest at 70 lakh, down 12 percent).

Brokerage Radar

IDFC Securities on ONGC-HPCL

  • Lower premium a key positive for ONGC.
  • Price would set fair value benchmark; Positive for the stock.
  • Transaction to spur further consolidation in oil & gas space.
  • Expect IOCL to merge its subsidiary (CPCL), and/or buy government stake in Oil India.
  • Deal is EPS accretive for ONGC but leverage to increase.
  • Long term prospects for ONGC remain robust.
  • ONGC + HPCL to help price hedging objectives, but only partially.
  • Expect ONGC to see some near-term pressure, unless it decides to monetise stake in IOCL.

BOB Capital Markets on ONGC-HPCL

  • Expects deal to be entirely funded through debt.
  • Consolidated debt-to-equity ratio to increase to only 0.4 times versus 0.2 times.
  • Acquisition to give access to 26 percent return on capital employed business.
  • Expect no merger or operational synergies as HPCL will be an independent entity.
  • Acquisition to merely contribute as investment value.
  • Deal valuation well within fundamental parameters.
  • Deal creates a convenient template for other potential public-sector stake divestments.

Motilal Oswal on Reliance Industries

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with price target of Rs 1,069.
  • Petchem drives standalone profitability; RJio turns profitable.
  • Lower throughput impacts refining performance.
  • Robust volume growth and healthy deltas drive profitability.
  • ARPUs to hover at Rs 144 in current quarter, led by recent cut.
  • Expect competitive intensity to remain high over 2-3 quarters.

IDBI Capital on Reliance Industries

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; raised price target to Rs 1,100 from Rs 1,004.
  • Positive surprises continue.
  • December quarter results were better than expectation led by robust performance in petchem, retail and Jio.
  • Petchem profit drove the show; Jio continues to surprise positively.
  • Petcoke gasifiers to start from current quarter; outlook remains positive .

CLSA on Reliance Industries

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; raised price target to Rs 1,125 from Rs 1,080.
  • Big beat on Jio and standalone EBIT with a stellar December quarter from retail.
  • Jio: Neat beat on revenue and operating income.
  • 2018 may turn out to be the year of monetisation.
  • Positives: full utilisation of Off Gas crackers, stabilisation of gasification project, ramp-up of JioPhone and start of broadband.

Credit Suisse on Jubilant Foodworks

  • Maintained ‘Outperform’; raised price target to Rs 2,750 from Rs 2,140.
  • Exceptionally strong on all fronts and expect it to sustain.
  • Jubilant has been seeing a fundamental turnaround.
  • Strong SSSG driven by orders even adjusted for GST.
  • EBITDA margins spike but cost and productivity initiatives have more headroom.
  • Management to refocus on growth in the next financial year.

CLSA on Jubilant Foodworks

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; raised price target to Rs 2,800 from Rs 2,300.
  • Beating the most bullish estimate, SSSG of 17.8 percent is a huge positive.
  • Power of operating leverage played to its best.
  • Management sounded fairly positive in its outlook.
  • Expect earnings to grow at a CAGR of 38 percent over FY18-20.

Macquarie on HDFC Bank

  • Maintained ‘Outperform’; raised price target to Rs 2,676 from Rs 2,589.
  • Reported “boringly” consistent 20 percent YoY net profit growth.
  • Growth momentum strong, led by retail loans.
  • No challenges on divergences visible.
  • Structural shift in credit costs upwards.
  • Bank expects to gain market share from the bond market.
  • HDFC Bank is strong, powerful compounding story with no asset quality issues.
  • Expect strong earnings visibility and consistent high return ratios.

Morgan Stanley on HDFC Bank

  • Maintained ‘Overweight’ with price target of Rs 2,500.
  • Results show strong revenue/PPoP growth.
  • Steady asset quality trends.
  • CASA deposits grew given higher base following the spurt in deposits post demonetisation.

Credit Suisse on HCL Technologies

  • Maintained ‘Outperform’; raised price target to Rs 1,100 from Rs 1,050
  • Strong revenue growth in previous quarter; In-line margins
  • Continuing softness in infra but better outlook in the next financial year.
  • Continuing strength in engineering, and recovery in application services.
  • Good growth in financial services.
  • Expect reasonable growth, steady margins and attractive valuations.
  • Stock is well placed for 2018 as growth should be in line-to-ahead of peers.

Edelweiss on HCL Technologies

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; raised price target to Rs 1,125 from Rs 1,041.
  • Growth led by America, engineering, research and development (ER&D); telecom among key drags.
  • Infrastructure management services down for second consecutive quarter.
  • Investments in IP partnership sustain.
  • Long-term prospects bright; ER&D to drive revenue.
  • See bright prospects in IMS though it has been weak.

Jefferies on ITC

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; raised price target to Rs 320 from Rs 302.
  • December quarter results was a mixed bag.
  • Cigarettes, volumes soft with resilient margins.
  • FMCG showed strong all-round show.
  • Other businesses, hotels take the lead.
  • Expect gradual recovery in ITC cigarette volumes.
  • Expect better recovery in other businesses led by other FMCG.

Deutsche Bank on ITC

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; raised price target to Rs 350 from Rs 325.
  • December quarter was another in-line quarter.
  • Cigarette volume declines 4 percent YoY, but flat QoQ.
  • FMCG-others reported healthy sales growth of 16 percent.
  • High probability of rational tax increase in Feb 2018 is a potential re-rating event.

Nomura on Kotak Mahindra Bank

  • Maintained ‘Neutral’; raised price target to Rs 1,150 from Rs 1,070.
  • Q3FY18 stable quarter with in-line net profit.
  • Bank continues to deliver on extracting cost efficiency.
  • Growth momentum steady; PPOP growth hit by weaker margins.
  • Excellent performance by capital market subsidiaries.
  • Prefer HDFC Bank to Kotak given undemanding valuations.

Macquarie on Kotak Mahindra Bank

  • Maintained ‘Neutral’; raised price target to Rs 1,111 from Rs 1,090.
  • Steady performance for the bank.
  • Subsidiaries post robust performances, especially securities and life insurance businesses.
  • Positive on bank’s business and the quality of management.
  • Valuations leave limited potential for upside.

Edelweiss on Wipro

  • Maintained ‘Hold’; raised price target to Rs 320 from Rs 280.
  • December quarter earnings came below estimates.
  • BFSI strengthening; client-specific issues in utility key drag.
  • Digital ticket size expanding.
  • Wipro’s revenue outlook has improved.
  • Sector in turnaround mode, but Wipro expensive.

Macquarie on Wipro

  • Maintained ‘Neutral’; cut price target to Rs 290 from Rs 300.
  • Mixed bag performance in previous quarter in segments.
  • Results continue to highlight volatility in growth.
  • Still some time away from reaching industry level growth.
  • EBIT Margin steady; Growth remains choppy.

Nomura on HDFC Standard Life

  • Maintained ‘Buy’ with price target of Rs 450.
  • Steady performance; Protection mix surprises.
  • Continues to improve on its leadership in protection business.
  • Embedded Value of Rs 14,400 crore and core RoEV of above 20 percent as of 9MFY17.
  • HDFC Life gained share in current fiscal after a loss in share in previous fiscal.
  • Expect steady performance to continue, given balanced product mix.

Deutsche Bank on ICICI Prudential Life

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; raised price target to Rs 500 from Rs 490.
  • Strong uptick in margins in December quarter; APE growth slow.
  • Strong margin improvement but growth muted due to demonetisation base.
  • Higher margin should be sustained; Focus on increasing protection share.
  • Better placed to benefit from sector tailwinds.

Nomura on ICICI Prudential Life

  • Maintained ‘Buy’; raised price target to Rs 540 from Rs 490.
  • Big surprise on VNB margins.
  • More legroom for margin expansion.
  • ULIPs to remain unaffected by expected regulatory change.
  • Expect current fiscal margins at 14.7 percent and increase our long-term margin expectations to 16-16.5 percent.
  • ICICI Pru Life preferred insurance pick.

Talking Points

Good Morning!

The Singapore-traded SGX Nifty, an early indicator of NSE Nifty 50 Index’s performance in India was little changed at 10,912 as of 8:20 a.m.

Asian equities were mixed, while the dollar and Treasuries halted a recent selloff as investors assess the impact of the U.S. federal government shutdown. The greenback steadied with the House and Senate back in session Sunday amid a spending-bill impasse in Congress.

Here’s what to watch out for this week:

  • Barring any last minute dramatics in Washington, President Donald Trump will join world leaders and senior executives in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Forum.
  • Central banks: Bank of Japan monetary policy decision and briefing on Jan. 23; European Central Bank rate decision on Jan. 25.
  • U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit bill is set to be taken up in the House of Lords.
  • Earnings season is in full swing: Netflix, UBS Group, Halliburton, Novartis, General Electric, Intel, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Starbucks, Hyundai Motor and Fanuc Corp. are among companies posting results.
  • OPEC and partners, including Russia, will meet in Oman to review their strategy.


  • West Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.3 percent to $63.54 a barrel.
  • Gold slipped 0.1 percent to $1,330.74 an ounce.

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