Sensex, Nifty trip as RBI key rates unchanged

The market benchmark Sensex fell over 97 points and NSE Nifty slipped below the 8,700-mark as investors booked profits after the RBI on Tuesday maintained status quo in its monetary policy review. - Sakshi Post

Mumbai: Snapping three-day rally, the market benchmark Sensex fell over 97 points and NSE Nifty slipped below the 8,700-mark as investors booked profits after the RBI on Tuesday maintained status quo in its monetary policy review. Profit booking along with lower crude oil prices and a weak rupee impacted the domestic equity markets.

Outgoing Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan has left interest rates unchanged in his last monetary policy on inflationary pressures, but said the central bank’s stance remains accommodative.

The disappointment over the RBI decision to maintain its key lending rates during the monetary policy review also dampened sentiments. Consequently, both the key indices provisionally closed the day’s trade in the red, as heavy selling pressure was witnessed in automobiles, healthcare, and oil and gas stocks.

The disappointment over the RBI decision to maintain its key lending rates during the monetary policy review also dampened sentiments. Consequently, both the key indices provisionally closed the day’s trade in the red, as heavy selling pressure was witnessed in automobiles, healthcare, and oil and gas stocks.

The rupee weakening by 14 paise to 66.98 (intra-day) against the US dollar during the day also weighed on the trading sentiment.
The 30-share Sensex declined by 97.41 points or 0.35 per cent to 28,085.16 after shuttling between 28,289.96 and 27,956.77. The gauge had gained over 485 points in the previous three sessions on positive global cues and the passage of long-pending Goods and Services Tax (GST) Constitutional Amendment bill by Parliament.

The wider NSE Nifty broke below the 8,700-mark and hit a low of 8,638.20 before settling 33.10 points or 0.38 per cent to 8,678.25. Intra-day, it touched a high of 8.728.35.

Out of the 30-share Sensex pack, 21 ended lower, while nine led by Coal India, ONGC, SBI, Hindustan Unilever, Axis Bank, Infosys and Dr Reddy’s finished higher and cushioned the fall.

Shreyash Devalkar, Fund Manager Equities, BNP Paribas Mutual Fund, said: “It was a volatile day on the bourses as key benchmark indices reacted to RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan’s last credit policy. Markets, however, traded in the negative zone and closed the day with losses of more than 0.3 per cent.”

Sectoral performance was mixed with media and PSU banking stocks attracting buyer interest and healthcare, FMCG and metal stocks bearing the brunt of the bears, he added.
The RBI left the short-term lending rate or repo rate unchanged at 6.50 per cent, and the cash reserve ratio static at 4 per cent. The central bank also retained the GDP projection at 7.6 per cent.

Lupin Ltd suffered the most among Sensex constituents by falling 5.03 per cent to Rs 1,607.60 despite the company today reporting an increase of 55.12 per cent in its consolidated net profit to Rs 881.95 crore. Other big losers from the index included HDFC Ltd, Power Grid, Hero MotoCorp, M&M, Tata Steel, Bharti Airtel, Bajaj Auto, L&T, GAIL, Sun Pharma, Maruti Suzuki, Cipla, Adani Ports and Asian Paint, falling by up to 1.81 per cent.

Sector-wise, the BSE oil&gas index fell the most by 0.88 per cent, followed by healthcare 0.71 per cent, metal 0.69 per cent, FMCG 0.58 per cent, auto 0.57 per cent, capital goods 0.36 per cent, realty 0.25 per cent and power 0.20 per cet. In line with the trend, the small-cap index shed 0.45 per cent and mid-cap 0.35 per cent.

Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 1,156.19 crore on Monday, according to provisional data released by the stock exchanges.
Towards the global market, other Asian markets closed higher as fresh Chinese data provided signs of improving conditions for the world’s second largest economy.

China’s Shanghai Index rose 0.71 per cent and Japan’s Nikkei advanced 0.69 per cent, but Hong Kong’s Hang Seng closed 0.13 per cent down. European markets were stable at the open after a dip on Wall Street in yesterday’s trade.
Frankfurt’s DAX 30 gained nearly 0.56 per cent, while France Paris CAC 40 rose 0.45 per cent. London’s FTSE rose 0.34 per cent.

Source: PTI


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