Sensex, Nifty snap 3-day winning run; Reliance at lifetime high

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NEW DELHI: Sustained selling in majority of sectors, led by IT, bank and consumer durables, in the light of weak global cues weighed on market sentiment, as benchmarks Nifty and Sensex snapped their 3-day winning streak on Thursday.

Participants’ risk appetite took a hit from negative global sentiment after the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the second time this year and hinted at two more hikes in 2018.

Besides, concerns over widening current account deficit (CAD) at home and data showing lower-than-expected Chinese factory output also hit sentiment.

Also, a government data released on Thursday showed that the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation shot up to a 14-month high of 4.43 per cent in May on increasing fuel prices.

Earlier this week, a data released by the Central Statistics Office on Tuesday revealed that the retail inflation rose to a four-month high in May, led by rising prices of food items.

All these factors dragged Sensex down by 139 points or 0.39 per cent to 35,600 on Thursday. However, Nifty managed to hold the psychologically important level of 10,800. The 50-share index settled 49 points, or 0.45 per cent, down to 10,808.

In the Nifty pack, 20 stocks settled in the green and 30 in the red. The Sensex index saw 14 stocks advancing and 17 declining at the end of today’s session.

“We believe one should remain cautious in the market due to global sentiments, movement of the rupee and crude oil prices. Monetary policy meetings in Europe and Japan would be closely tracked. Citing high volatility in the indices in the near term, we advise traders to strictly hedge their risky leveraged positions. However, investors can continue to focus on fundamentally sound companies on dips,” said Jayant Manglik, President, Religare Broking.

Broader markets ended mixed as BSE Midcap index slipped by 0.08 per cent, while smallcap index edged up by 0.07 per cent.

Sun Pharma, YES Bank and IndusInd Bank led the pack of Sensex gainers.

Sun Pharma rose 2.57 per cent on BSE on Thursday. The drug maker has been rising since its Halol plant in Gujarat got clearance from the USFDA.

On the other side, ICICI Bank, Adani Ports and Tata Consultancy Services remained the top losers in the Sensex index.

Tata Consultancy Services said its board will consider a proposal to buy back shares on Friday, with analysts expecting it to be at that same level as the one in 2017.

A majority of sectors on BSE finished the day in the negative zone. But, pharma index bucked the trend, rising up to 1.47 per cent.

Global stocks were subdued after the US Fed hiked rate for the second time this year and hinted at two more hikes.

Equities across Europe sold off, with investors positioning for a European Central Bank policy shift following a hawkish outlook from the US Federal Reserve, Reuters reported.

Source: Economic Times