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Share Market LIVE: Sensex trades flat, Nifty reclaims 14,300; ICICI Bank, SBI among top gainers – The Financial Express

SGX Nifty gained on Thursday. (Image: REUTERS)Share Market News Today | Sensex, Nifty, Share Prices LIVE: Domestic equity markets started the day’s trade in the negative. S&P BSE Sensex was down 400 points while the Nifty 50 index tanked below 14,200 on opening, but managed to regain the levels soon. IndusInd Bank, Tech Mahindra and Axis Bank were the top drags. Dr Reddy’s, Sun Pharma, along with HDFC and SBI were among the gainers on the index. Volatility was surging higher while broader markets were in the red. Nifty IT, Nifty Media, Nifty Metal, and Nifty Pharma were among the gainers. Bank Nifty fell 1.14%.As the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc across the country and disrupts businesses, Care Ratings has revised down its forecast for GDP growth to 10.2 per cent in 2021-22 from an earlier projection of 10.7-10.9 per cent. “We have revised our forecast for GDP growth for FY22 as the underlying conditions have changed rapidly in the last 30 days or so. It stands now at 10.2 per cent,” they said. Earlier, on March 24, 2021, the agency had projected GDP growth between 11-11.2 per cent based on GVA (gross value added) growth of 10.2 per cent. This is the third revision to India’s growth made by Care Ratings in one month. As the virus spreads various states have announced lockdown measures in cities or districts, disrupting economic activity. 

Although benchmark indices and the broader markets have recouped losses and were trading flat at this hour, the volatility index was seen surging higher. India VIX once again crossed 23 levels, gaining 5%.

The second COVID-19 wave has proven to be more dangerous with India reporting over 3 lakh cases per day. The market has been witnessing a significant correction on the back of rising cases and re-imposed lockdown-like measures and strict restrictions across states. Axis Securities has revised down its Nifty’s December target by 6 per cent to 16,100 from 17,200 previously. In the wake of COVID-19 challenges, the government has proactively started undertaking measures to open up the immunisation program to cover a broader age group from 18 to 45 year old from May 1, 2021. Analysts at Axis Securities say that this has brought some clarity that the COVID-19 will likely get over in a finite time frame of next 6 months.

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Sensex and Nifty were trading flat with marginal gains on Thursday, rebounding after having opened deep in red. Nifty regained 14,300 while Bank Nifty was up 0.65%.

Nifty IT, Nifty Media, Nifty Metal, and Nifty Pharma are the sectoral indices that are trading with gains on Thursday. Nifty Bank index is down 0.33%.

Indian share markets are expected to see a ‘sharp correction’ soon, as profit booking continues in the coming weeks, Credit Suisse said. “We believe the equity market could see some further profit booking in coming weeks, but we expect this correction to be very sharp and to not last long,” Jitendra Gohil, Head of India Equity Research, and Premal Kamdar, Equity Research Analyst, Credit Suisse, said in a note. Sensex has turned negative year to date, falling 9% from mid-February highs.

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Midcap and smallcap indices were surging higher on Thursday even though the benchmark indices continued to trade with losses.

Sensex and Nifty have turned red for the year till date. Falling sharply from their mid-February highs, Sensex and Nifty have corrected nearly 9% so far. 

“The 14200 levels have been threatened again this morning. If we break today’s low which is around 14130, we should enter a bear phase and head towards 13800-13900. On the upside, the resistance is at 14550. Until we do not get past that, the bias is on the downside,” said Manish Hathiramani, Proprietary Index Trader and Technical Analyst, Deen Dayal Investments.

Gold prices were trading between gains and losses on Thursday in Indian markets. On MCX, gold June futures were trading marginally higher at Rs 48,260 per 10 gram, against the previous close of Rs 48,228. Silver May futures were also trading volatile, down at Rs 70,323 per kg, against the previous close of Rs 70,338 per kg. In the previous session gold had touched an eight week high as sagging dollar and weaker US Treasury yields lifted demand for the safe-haven metal. 

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India VIX moved lower to give up 23 levels as Sensex and Nifty recovered some losses.

“The storm-like resurgence of Covid cases is impacting the economy as well as market sentiments. The localised lockdowns and severe restrictions on movements are sure to take a toll on the expected GDP growth for FY22. There is a downside risk of 1% to GDP growth which may pull down growth from around the expected 10.5% to 9.5%. But these are early days and if the second wave peaks soon and then starts declining, the damage is likely to be marginal. But uncertainty has impacted sentiments and the sustained selling by FIIs in April is a reflection of this concern. Due to the Covid second wave impact, India has been an underperformer in April. But this has the potential to reverse when the Covid graph peaks & declines. There is safety in IT & pharma stocks which will do well irrespective of the disruptions,” said  V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services.

Nifty regained 14,200 after having opened down in the negative territory on Thursday.

Broader markets were down along with the benchmark indices on Thursday morning. Nifty 100, Nifty 200, and Nifty 500 indices were all down more than 0.80%.

The Bank Nifty index was down 1.43% on Thursday morning as benchmark indices tanked. Nifty PSU Bank and Nifty Private Bank were down 1.45% and 1.52%, respectively.

Ultratech Cement, IndusInd Bank, and Axis Bank were the worst-performing stocks on Sensex. While Ultratech Cement was down more than 3%, the two bank stocks were down over 2% each.

Sensex and Nifty began the day’s trade deep in red on Thursday morning. Sensex was down more than 450 points while the Nifty 50 index gave up crucial support zone of 14,200.

Benchmark indices were down in the red despite SGX Nifty hinting at a gap up start. Sensex fell more than 200 points while Nifty is nearing 14,200.

Sensex was now down nearly 200 points while the Nifty index was threatening to give up 14,200 during the pre-open trade.

Sensex and Nifty were trading flat in the pre-open session on Thursday morning. 

Domestic equity markets were staring at a positive opening on Thursday, after falling for two consecutive days. In the previous session, BSE Sensex ended at 47,705, while the broader Nifty 50 index closed at 14,296. Market participants will closely watch the rising COVID-19 cases, on-going vaccination drive, oil prices, rupee movement amid weekly F&O expiry. Meanwhile, global stock markets were seen trading largely positive.

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Petrol and Diesel Rate Today in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad: Prices of Petrol and Diesel remain unchanged today for the seventh day running. Fuel prices were cut on April 15 after having remained unchanged for fifteen consecutive days earlier. Today, the Petrol price in Delhi is Rs 90.40 per litre, while Diesel prices were at Rs 80.73 per litre. Fuel prices remain the highest in Mumbai at Rs 96.83 per litre for Petrol. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) revise the fuel prices on a daily basis in line with benchmark international price and foreign exchange rates.

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SGX Nifty is up 114 points at this hour. Nifty futures surging higher hint at a positive start for domestic stocks markets. Sensex and Nifty have been falling for the last two consecutive trading sessions.

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“The Nifty index has been hovering below 50 days EMA from the last couple of days and also trading below the neckline of Double Top pattern, which suggests more downside move below the levels of 14,200. At present, the Nifty index may find immediate support at 14,000 levels, while on the upside, 14,500 would be the resistance zone,” said Sumeet Bagadia Executive Director Choice Broking.

SGX Nifty was trading 100 points higher on Thursday morning amid positive global cues. 

Assuring the industry of full government support, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday urged the industry to wait and watch for next few days to assess the situation amid the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. Along with the new vaccination guidelines and with the five-fold strategy adopted in handling the Covid cases — test, track, treat, Covid-19 protocols and vaccination — there will be a sense of reassurance, Sitharaman said.

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With economic activities getting affected across the country due to curbs imposed by states amid surge in COVID-19 cases, Care Ratings has revised down its forecast for GDP growth to 10.2 per cent in 2021-22 from earlier projection of 10.7-10.9 per cent.  This is the third revision by the rating agency in the last one month.

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