Market Ends On Positive Mode As Earnings Support Key Indices

Better-than-expected earnings by Maruti Suzuki and Hero MotoCorp gave some hope too. The Sensex closed up 79.39 points, or 0.29 per cent, at 27,915.90 after hitting the day’s high of 27,958.13. The broader NSE Nifty, however, ended flat at 8,615.25 - Sakshi Post

Mumbai: The stock market on Thursday moved without a clear direction, but some signs of revival in corporate earnings meant the benchmark Sensex wiped out early losses to end with a paltry gain of 79 points. Investors placed bets to cover their short positions on a day when October derivatives contracts expired, which aided the upmove. Better-than-expected earnings by Maruti Suzuki and Hero MotoCorp gave some hope too. The broader NSE Nifty, however, ended flat at 8,615.25 points.

Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, said: "Short covering on the expiry day and some green shoots day in earnings lifted the market from the day's low. The prolonged concern over bank NPA issues and broad sets of weak earnings has capped the possibility of resurgence in the market direction."

The Sensex closed up 79.39 points, or 0.29 per cent, at 27,915.90 after hitting the day's high of 27,958.13. The 30-share gauge had lost 342.57 points in the past two sessions. At the close, the 50-share NSE Nifty was flat at 8,615.25 after shuttling between 8,624.85 and 8,550.25.

Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services

Short covering on the expiry day and some green shoots day in earnings lifted the market from the day’s low. The prolonged concern over bank NPA issues and broad sets of weak earnings has capped the possibility of resurgence in the market direction.

Moreover, pick-up in rollover of positions by participants to November series too influenced sentiment. The recovery came on top of buying in FMCG, healthcare, banking and oil and gas stocks. Broader markets, however, stayed in the negative terrain, with the mid-cap index and small-cap falling 1.04 and 0.77 per cent, respectively.

Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 1,450.65 crore yesterday, showed provisional data.

Shares of country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki fell 0.21 per cent after the company posted 60.18 per cent growth in net profit at Rs 2,398 crore for the September quarter. Hero MotoCorp fell 3.12 per cent even as the company yesterday reported a 27.74 per cent increase in net profit for the second quarter. Tata group stocks, including Tata Motors and Tata Steel, continued to reel under pressure and fell by up to 1.44 per cent amid concerns about purported disclosure made by ousted group chairman Cyrus Mistry about huge write-down risks at some firms.

Tata Chemicals and Tata Power were down by 1.98 and 1.36 per cent each while Tata Global Beverages fell over 5 per cent. Indian Hotels and Tata Tele were down by up to 9.72 per cent. However, TCS, managed to close in the green, rising marginally by 0.68 per cent.

The BSE FMCG index gained the most by rising 0.55 per cent, followed by healthcare. Auto fell 1.36 per cent, consumer durables 1.01 per cent and IT 0.78 per cent. Most other Asian indices closed lower following worries over oil production. Japan's Nikkei fell 0.32 per cent, Shanghai Composite Index 0.13 per cent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng 0.83 per cent. European stocks too dropped in their early deals with London's FTSE falling 0.24 per cent. Paris CAC was down 0.67 per cent and Germany's DAX fell 0.35 per cent.

Source: PTI


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