Sensex drifts lower by 125 points on foreign fund outflows, rising oil prices; sectoral indices trade in negative zone

Mumbai: The BSE Sensex drifted lower by another 125 points in early trade today amid unabated foreign fund outflows and surging global crude oil prices. The rupee depreciating against the US dollar also affected momentum.

Brokers said sentiment remained weak largely on sustained capital outflows by foreign funds and rising global crude oil prices, which went past the $80 per barrel mark.Investors also kept an eye on political developments in Karnataka.

The 30-share index fell by 125.10 points, or 0.35 percent, to 35,024.02 in the opening trade. The gauge has lost 407.59 points in the previous three sessions.

In similar fashion, the NSE Nifty declined by 34.35 points, or 0.32 percent, to 10,648.35.

Sectoral indices led by capital goods, IT, tech, oil and gas, banking and PSU were trading in the negative zone.

Major losers were Wipro, L&T, HDFC Bank, Adani Ports, Infosys, Tata Motors, Asian Paints, Bharti Airtel, ICICI Bank, Maruti Suzuki, Axis Bank, ITC Ltd and Reliance Industries, falling by up to 1.28 percent.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) net sold shares worth Rs 830.94 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought equities to the tune of Rs 428.92 crore yesterday, as per provisional data.

Trend at other Asian markets, however, was better as investors kept a cautious watch on developments in US-China trade negotiations.

Japan's Nikkei advanced 0.25 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.22 per cent in early trade. China's Shanghai Composite index too rose 0.46 percent.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, ended 0.22 percent lower in yesterday's trade.

Rupee weakens

The rupee weakened by 17 paise to 67.87 against the US dollar in early trade at the interbank forex market today on fresh demand for the greenback from importers and banks.

Crude oil's breach of the $80 per barrel-mark in global market and a lower opening of the domestic equity market too weighed on the investor sentiment here.

Dealers attributed the rupee's fall to increased demand for the US currency from importers and foreign fund outflows. However, dollar's weakness against some currencies overseas capped the losses.

Yesterday, the rupee had managed to hold its ground against the US currency, gaining by 10 paise to end at 67.70 per dollar.

Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex fell by 125.10 points, or 0.35 percent, to 35,024.02 in the opening trade today.


Updated Date: May 18, 2018 10:32 AM

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