Mumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex zoomed past the 39,000 mark, rallying over 1,100 points, in afternoon trade on Monday as investors cheered exit poll results that showed the ruling NDA is likely to win the general elections.
The 30-share index was trading 1,114.42 points, or 2.94 per cent, higher at 39,045.19. In similar movement, the broader NSE Nifty soared 326.80 points, or 2.86 per cent, to 11,733.95.
Top gainers in the Sensex pack include SBI, Yes Bank, Tata Motors, L&T, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, ONGC, Maruti, M&M, Axis Bank, RIL, Hero MotoCorp, HDFC, Vedanta, Asian Paints, Tata Steel and Bajaj Finance, rising up to 7 per cent.
On the other hand, Bajaj Auto and Infosys slipped up to 1 per cent.
Most exit polls Sunday forecast another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with some of them projecting that BJP-led NDA will get more than 300 seats to comfortably cross the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha.The results of the seven-phase polls will come out Thursday.
Sensex celebrates exit poll results of Lok Sabha polls by zooming 1,100 pts:
“The rise in main indices is justified considering the numbers that have come in the exit poll,” said Rusmik Oza, Head of Fundamental Research, Kotak Securities.
Expect Nifty 50 to retest the recent high of 11, 850 before May 23. Break out into a new zone would depend on whether BJP on its own is able to secure more than half the seats, Oza added.
Meanwhile, market regulator Sebi and stock exchanges have beefed up their surveillance mechanism to check any manipulative activities in the market this week in view of the high-octane election related events lined up.
On the currency front, the rupee appreciated by 68 paise to 69.54 against the US dollar. Brent crude, the global benchmark, was trading at 73.22 per barrel, higher by 1.40 per cent.
Zomato acquires UberEats India for nearly Rs 2,500 crore
New Delhi: Zomato on Tuesday announced that it has acquired Uber’s Food Delivery Business in India in an all-stock deal and Uber will have 9.99 per cent stake in the Deepinder Goyal-led food delivery platform.
According to sources close to the deal, it is in the range of over $350 million or nearly Rs 2,500 crore.
Uber Eats in India will discontinue operations and direct restaurants, delivery partners, and users of the Uber Eats apps to the Zomato platform, effective from Tuesday.
“We are proud to have pioneered restaurant discovery and to have created a leading food delivery business across more than 500 cities in India. This acquisition significantly strengthens our position in the category,” said Goyal, Founder and CEO, Zomato.
According to company sources, for the first three quarters of 2019, “our Uber Eats business comprised 3 per cent of our global Eats gross bookings, but was more than 25 per cent of our global Eats Segment Adjusted EBITDA losses”.
Uber started its food delivery service in India around mid-2017, but has not been able to scale up in the face of big players like Zomato and Swiggy.
It currently has nearly 26,000 restuarants listed on its platform from over 40 cities.
The market is piping hot as according to a recent study by business consultancy firm Market Research Future, the online food ordering market in India is likely to grow at over 16 per cent annually to touch $17.02 billion by 2023.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that the Uber Eats team in India has achieved an incredible amount over the last two years.
“India remains an exceptionally important market to Uber and we will continue to invest in growing our local Rides business, which is already the clear category leader,” said Khosrowshahi.
“We have been very impressed by Zomato’s ability to grow rapidly in a capital-efficient manner and we wish them continued success,” he added.
On January 10, Zomato had announced that it has secured $150 million in fresh funding from Ant Financial, a subsidiary of China-based giant Alibaba.
The latest round of funding in Zomato, which currently value the company at $3 billion, is part of $600 million funding round announced by Zomato CEO Goyal at a Delhi event last December.
The deal comes in the wake of merger talks between Zomato and Swiggy, whoch both the companies have denied to date.