Stocks halt 4-day winning run, Sensex down 150 pts on weak global markets
Energy, utilities, auto, metal, oil gas, power and realty were the gainers.A total of 1,781 firms declined, while 1,521 advanced and 148 remained unchanged.Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude gained 0.31 per cent to USD 118.3 per barrel ahead of the meeting of the oil cartel OPEC.Markets will react to the US GDP data in early trades and then the focus would shift to the monthly derivatives expiry.
Snapping its four-day winning run, benchmark Sensex declined by over 150 points on Wednesday due to profit booking in IT, FMCG and banking shares following weak global trends and persistent foreign capital outflows.
In a volatile session, the 30-share BSE Sensex settled 150.48 points or 0.28 percent lower at 53,026.97 as 20 of its stocks ended with losses. During the day, it tumbled 564.77 points or 1.06 percent to a low of 52,612.68 ahead of the expiry in the derivatives segment on Thursday.
The broader NSE Nifty declined by 51.10 points or 0.32 percent to 15,799.10 with 34 of its constituents closing in the red.
Among Sensex shares, Hindustan Unilever fell the most by 3.46 percent. IndusInd Bank, Axis Bank, Bajaj Finserv, Wipro, HCL Technologies, Titan, Kotak Mahindra Bank, and Bajaj Finance were the other major losers.
NTPC rose the most by 2.46 percent while Reliance Industries advanced by 1.98 percent.
''Markets traded volatile for yet another session and lost nearly half a percent. Weak global cues were weighing on the sentiment in early trade which triggered a gap-down start however buying in select index majors trimmed the losses as the day progressed,'' Ajit Mishra, VP - Research, Religare Broking Ltd said.
India had to bear the double-whammy effect of a dampening global equity market and rising crude prices as major suppliers like Saudi are unable to boost the output in the short term.
''However, the domestic market was able to recover most of the losses due to the strong movement of index heavyweights, PSUs, metals, and oil & gas stocks before slipping some gains by the end of the day due to volatile global market,'' Nair said.
In the broader market, the BSE midcap gauge dipped 0.70 percent, and smallcap index declined 0.18 percent.
Among the BSE sectoral indices, banks fell by 1.20 percent, while FMCG (1.01 percent), finance (1 percent), teck (0.83 percent), and telecom (0.54 percent) also declined. Energy, utilities, auto, metal, oil & gas, power, and realty were the gainers.
A total of 1,781 firms declined, while 1,521 advanced and 148 remained unchanged.
Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude gained 0.31 percent to USD 118.3 per barrel ahead of the meeting of the oil cartel OPEC.
''Markets will react to the US GDP data in early trades and then the focus would shift to the monthly derivatives expiry. While the Nifty has been hovering around its crucial hurdle of 15,900, the recent decline in the banking index is pointing towards more pain ahead,'' Ajit Mishra said.
European markets were also trading lower in mid-session deals. The US markets also ended lower on Tuesday.
Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital market, as they sold shares worth Rs 1,244.44 crore on Tuesday, as per exchange data.
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