Sensex ends in red after choppy trade; IT, pharma stocks top losers amid unabated foreign fund outflows

Mumbai: The BSE Sensex erased all gains in a highly volatile session Thursday to end 10 points lower as losses in shares of software exporters and pharmaceutical companies offset gains in capital goods, banking and auto counters, amid unabated foreign fund outflows.

The benchmark indices swung between gains and losses, with Sensex gyrating over 376 points both ways on alternate bouts of buying and selling.

The 30-share index opened higher at 34,650.63 points and advanced to 34,679.93 points amid sustained buying by domestic institutional investors (DIIs), better-than-expected corporate earnings and positive global cues.

It, subsequently, slipped into the negative zone to hit a low of 34,303.38 points as participants began booking profits and finally settled 10.08 points, or 0.03 percent, lower at 34,431.97.

The gauge had climbed 550.92 points Wednesday.

Sensex ends in red after choppy trade; IT, pharma stocks top losers amid unabated foreign fund outflows

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Similarly, the NSE Nifty after shuttling between 10,441.90 and 10,341.90, ended 6.15 points, or 0.06 percent down at 10,380.45.

Market commenced the session on a strong footing on easing concerns around the rift between the government and RBI.

However, the emergence of profit-booking at every rise reversed early gains.

The market was range-bound despite a fall in oil prices and strengthening rupee as investors remain focused on quarter earnings, analysts said.

Selling was more pronounced in information technology and pharmaceutical sector stocks amid the recovery in the rupee.

Shares of software services exporters were beaten down by the stronger rupee.

The domestic currency firmed as much as 35 paise at 73.60 against the dollar (intra-day) at the forex market.

Among Sensex constituents, Infosys emerged worst performer by plunging 2.90 percent, Wipro shed 0.47 percent and TCS down 0.15 percent.

Other laggards include Coal India falling 1.90 percent, NTPC 1.85 percent, Sun Pharma 1.31 percent, Asian Paint 0.82 percent, ITC Ltd 0.82 percent, Kotak Bank 0.82 percent, ICICI Bank 0.48 percent, HDFC 0.44 percent, RIL 0.42 percent, HUL 0.40 percent and HDFC Bank 0.03 percent.

Private-sector lender Yes Bank was the top gainer in the Sensex pack by surging 8.35 percent in its biggest daily gain since October 11.

Shares of Larsen and Toubro (L&T) climbed 2.65 percent after the company reported 28.36 percent jump in its consolidated net profit for the quarter ended September, 2018.

Also, Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank, SBI, PowerGrid, Vedanta Ltd, Tata Steel, ONGC, and Adani Ports gained up to 3.51 percent.

Auto stocks, too, were in better shape after companies posted sales numbers for October.

Shares of the country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki, gained 1.52 percent after the company Thursday reported a marginal increase in sales at 1,46,766 units in October.

Stocks of other automakers such as Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto and and Tata Motors too recorded gains of up to 1.22 percent.

M&M, however, ended lower.

The broader markets were in a better form with the small-cap index rising by 0.99 percent, and mid-cap index gaining 0.73 percent.

According to analysts, currently, many stocks are trading at oversold region while turnaround will happen on the basis of change in sector outlook or revival in earnings.

Signs of a turnaround were seen in the mid and small cap which continue to outperform the main indices, they added.

Among sectoral indices, the BSE IT index emerged worst performer by falling 1.78 percent, followed by teck shedding 1.60 percent, FMCG 0.65 percent and healthcare 0.64 percent.

However, capital goods index gained the most by rising 2.34 percent, realty (2.27 percent), metal (1.29 percent), infrastructure (1.227 percent), consumer durables (1.03 percent) and bankex (0.8917 percent), PSU (0.85 percent), power (0.80percent), oil & gas (0.70 percent) and auto (0.05 percent).

In the Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng surged 1.75 percent, Singapore up 1.76 percent, Taiwan gained 0.43 percent, Shanghai Composite Index up 0.13 per cent. However, Japan's Nikkei fell 1.06 per cent and Korea shed 0.26 per cent.

In the Eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX was higher by 0.62 percent, while Paris CAC 40 rose 0.31 percent in their late morning deals. London's FTSE was almost flat.

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Updated Date: Nov 01, 2018 16:36:25 IST

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