Equity indices failed to hold on to morning gains on Tuesday, with the Sensex falling 236 points amid a sell-off in information technology stocks and weak trends from global markets,
The 30-share BSE benchmark opened higher, but could not carry forward the momentum and declined 236 points, or 0.43 per cent, to settle at 54,052.61. During the day, it hit a low of 53,886.28 and a high of 54,524.37. The broader NSE Nifty dropped 89.55 points, or 0.55 per cent, to end at 16,125.15.
In the Sensex pack, Tech Mahindra, Hindustan Unilever, HCL Technologies, Asian Paints, NTPC, Tata Steel, Infosys, Axis Bank, and Bajaj Finserv were among the biggest laggards. In contrast, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, HDFC, Power Grid Corporation of India, Kotak Mahindra Bank, HDFC Bank, and Nestlé were among the major gainers.
“The Nifty faced selling pressure in the post-noon session once again on Tuesday. It opened flat and rose in the morning. It later came under selling pressure and closed lower for the second consecutive session,” said Deepak Jasani, head of retail research, HDFC Securities.
Asian markets in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo ended lower. Exchanges in Europe were also trading lower in afternoon trade. Stock markets in the US ended higher on Monday.
International oil benchmark Brent crude dipped 0.46 per cent to $112.9 per barrel.
Continuing their selling spree, foreign institutional investors offloaded shares worth a net Rs 1,951.17 crore on Monday, according to stock exchange data.
“There is no distinct trend in this whipsaw market. Daily trading for the near-term is fraught with high risk,” said VK Vijayakumar, chief investment strategist, Geojit Financial Services.
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