Indian stock market erased all its early gains yesterday to close in the red at 26,603, in line with subdued global indices, as investors remained tentative ahead of the crucial US Fed policy meet on whether to raise interest rate or not. Index heavyweight Coal India disappointed on the quarterly earnings front, which too soured mood, brokers said.
Retail inflation for November eased to a two-year low of 3.63% and wholesale inflation, falling for the third month, was down at 3.15%. But this was not enough to offset the worries as investors keenly waited for the outcome of the US Fed meeting later in the day.
This is the lowest level since November 2014 when the retail inflation was recorded at 3.23%. The Sensex opened higher at 26,707.91 and hovered in a range of 26,736.34 and 26,547.05 before ending at 26,682.45, down 94.98 points, or 0.36%.
The gauge had gained 182.58 points in Tuesday’s trade. The NSE 50-share Nifty fell by 39.35 points, or 0.48%, to close at 8,182.45. Intra-day, it shuttled between 8,229.40 and 8165.10. Stocks of state-owned Coal India emerged as the top loser among Sensex constituents by plunging 4.42% to Rs 292.25 after the company on Tuesday reported a massive 77% fall in its consolidated net profit at Rs600 crore for the quarter ended September.
Other major losers were ONGC 2.02%, Power Grid 1.78 %, Cipla 1.59%, ICICI Bank 1.55%, Bharti Airtel 1.50%, Hero MotoCorp 1.21%, GAIL 1.08%, L&T 1.05 % and SBI 1.05 %.
The selling in metal, PSU, capital goods and FMCG was offset by buying in IT and realty. Second-line shares small-cap and midcap witnessed some selling and dropped by up to 0.85%.
Key indices saw high intraday volatility throughout the session on alternate bouts of buying and selling. Meanwhile, foreign funds sold shares net worth Rs2,181.03 crore on Tuesday, as per the provisional data.
In the domestic market, 22 scrips ended in the red out of the 30-share Sensex pack while 8 closed in the green. TCS, the country’s leading software exporter, rose 0.32% to Rs2,207.90 after Cyrus Mistry was removed as director with 93.11% shareholders voting for his ouster.
Other gainers were Axis Bank 3.23%, RIL 1.93 %, Infosys 0.91%, M&M 0.51%, Tata Motors 0.48%, Asian Paints 0.34 % and Wipro 0.31 %, cushioning the fall.
Among the BSE sectoral and industries, metal fell by 1.70% followed by PSU 1.65% and capital goods 1% while IT rose 0.63 %, realty 0.50 % and technology 0.36 %.
Meanwhile the rupee closed stronger against the US dollar ahead of a widely expected fed rate hike meeting which concluded yesterday. Traders are also awaiting indication for next year’s interest rate path in the meeting. The rupee closed at 67.45 per US dollar — up 0.14% from its previous close of 67.54. The home currency opened at 67.55 against the US dollar. So far this year, it has fallen 1.9%.
Wholesale inflation eased for the third straight month as it fell to 3.15% in November after subdued demand due to demonetisation led to softening of prices of vegetables and other kitchen staples
The benchmark 10-year government bond yield closed at 6.406%, compared to Tuesday’s close of 6.419%. Bond yields and prices move in opposite directions.
So far this year, foreign institutional investors have bought $4.28bn in equities and sold $6.34bn in debt.
Asian currencies closed mixed. South Korean won was down 0.25%, Malaysian ringgit 0.21%, Thai baht 0.07%, Singapore dollar 0.06%, China renminbi 0.04%. However, Indonesian rupiah was up 0.29%, Taiwan dollar 0.13%, China Offshore 0.07%, Japanese yen 0.05%.
The dollar index, which measures the US currency’s strength against major currencies, was trading at 100.94 — down 0.13% from its previous close of 101.07.
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