Markets snap 2-day winning run; Sensex slumps nearly 390 pts on weak global cues – Times of India

MUMBAI: Snapping their two-day winning run, equity benchmarks Sensex and Nifty closed in the negative territory on Thursday, tracking losses in index majors Reliance Industries, ITC and HDFC bank amid a weak trend in global markets.

The 30-share BSE Sensex declined 388.40 points or 0.59 per cent to settle at 65,151.02. During the day, it fell by 493.32 points or 0.75 per cent to 65,046.10.
The NSE Nifty slipped 99.75 points or 0.51 per cent to end at 19,365.25.

“The mounting influence of weak global cues hindered the domestic market’s ability to recoup, resulting in sustained selling pressure. The release of Fed minutes unveiled a divided stance among its members regarding the necessity of additional rate hikes, contrasting the previously anticipated rate pause,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services.
ITC was the biggest loser from the Sensex pack, sliding 2.04 per cent, followed by Power Grid, Reliance Industries, Larsen & Toubro, Nestle, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Bajaj Finance and JSW Steel.
On the other hand, Titan, State Bank of India, Bajaj Finserv, Axis Bank, Tata Steel, Sun Pharma, Tech Mahindra and Bharti Airtel were the gainers.
In the broader market, the BSE smallcap gauge climbed 0.19 per cent, and midcap gained 0.06 per cent.
“As per a study by Goldman Sachs, overseas investors holding in midcaps in India has increased by 175 basis points to 16 per cent of their market capitalisation this year, compared with a drop of 250 basis points over the last five years,” Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research, HDFC Securities, said.
Among the indices, utilities declined 1.03 per cent, FMCG slipped 0.93 per cent, oil & gas (0.77 per cent), capital goods (0.75 per cent), power (0.73 per cent) and metal (0.25 per cent).
Consumer Discretionary, consumer durables and realty were the gainers.
“Global stocks were mostly lower on Thursday after notes from a US Federal Reserve meeting dented hopes interest rate hikes are finished. Fears over China’s sluggish economic recovery did not help matters either,” Jasani said.
In Asian markets, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong ended lower, while Shanghai settled in the green.
European markets were trading lower in the afternoon session. The US markets ended in negative territory on Wednesday.
Global oil benchmark Brent crude climbed 0.36 per cent to USD 83.75 a barrel.
Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) turned buyers on Wednesday as they bought equities worth Rs 722.76 crore, according to exchange data.
“Profit-taking came to the fore amid weak global cues, as rising US bond yields and fall in the currency levels weighed on the equity market sentiment.
“Investors are also worried about further rate hikes coupled with deflation and slowing demand in China, which has been prompting investors to flee equity markets amid choppy trends,” Shrikant Chouhan, Head of Research (Retail), Kotak Securities Ltd, said.