Sensex falls; rupee strengthens
November 09 2018 10:39 PM
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The Bombay Stock Exchange building in Mumbai. The Sensex closed down 0.22% to 35,159 points yesterday.

Bloomberg, Reuters/Mumbai

Indian equity benchmarks declined on first full trading session of Samvat 2075 paced by losses in Bharti Airtel, Infosys, TCS and Reliance Industries.
The S&P BSE Sensex fell 0.22% or 79 points to 35,159 and the NSE Nifty 50 Index declined 0.12% or 13 points to 10,585.
Nine of 19 sector gauges compiled by the BSE ended lower led by the S&P BSE IT Index’s 1.2% drop. On the other hand, the S&P BSE Healthcare Index was the top gainer, up 1.08%.
Mid- and small-cap shares witnessed buying interest as the S&P BSE MidCap Index rose 0.7% and the S&P BSE SmallCap Index climbed 0.6%.
Software services exporter Infosys was the biggest drag on the NSE index with a drop of 2.4%. Larger rival Tata Consultancy Services fell 1.7%.
Oil-to-retail conglomerate Reliance Industries dropped 1.6%. Private-sector lender Yes Bank rose 5.5% to its best close since mid-October, and was the biggest boost.
Meanwhile yields on 10-year government bond declined nearly 3 basis points while the rupee strengthened against US dollar yesterday due to continued fall in crude oil prices and Reserve Bank of India’s liquidity support via a series of open market operations.
This prompted FIIs to buy nearly $1.26bn in domestic debt over the last nine trading sessions (between October 24 and November 5), according to Bloomberg data.
So far this year, FIIs have offloaded $7.76bn in domestic bonds. The 10-year government bond yield stood at 7.767%, down from its previous close of 7.799%. Bond yields and prices move in opposite directions. Rupee was trading at 72.67 a dollar, up 0.46% from its Tuesday’s close of 73.01. The currency opened at 72.71 a dollar.
RBI had earlier announced Rs36,000 crore OMOs for October and Rs40,000 crore for November. Fall in crude was due to record American production, expanded inventories and waivers granted to some countries for Iranian imports.
Brent crude oil, which crossed $86 a barrel in October for the first time in nearly four years, now trades at a near three-month low, just below $71. The international benchmark has lost nearly 20% in the past one month.
“The recent softness in crude oil prices and thaw in China-US trade issues have helped improve investment sentiment for EMs and the Indian market.
However, India still has to contend with oil prices (the Iran-US sanctions issue is far from settled, in our view) and state elections (three important ones with fairly open outcomes),” said Kotak Institutional Equities.
Overnight, the Fed left interest rates unchanged and stayed on course to hike in December despite recent jitters in financial markets and criticism from President Trump that it’s tightening too fast.
So far this year, the rupee has declined 12.5% while foreign investors have sold $5.65bn in the equity markets.



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