Domestic markets witnessed some respite minutes after the opening bell as Sensex, Nifty moved higher. However, the benchmarks were still in red.
Among the 30 stocks that make up the BSE Sensex, only Bharti Airtel was trading in the green while the other 29 stocks were down in red.
Sensex gave up 50,000 mark on Friday’s opening bell, while Nifty 50 moved below 14,800 as domestic markets followed weak global cues.
Sensex was seen trading 700 points lower on Friday morning as domestic markets looked to mirror the global sell-off.
“US equities tumbled as the bond sell-off extended further overnight. The US10-yr yields are up a whopping up 17bps to 1.54% highest since February 2020. With discussions amongst the Democrats pointing to as much as US$3 trillion in infrastructure spending and the pandemic continues to normalize, bond traders wasted little time pricing in a hyper-stimulated and inflated return to normalcy. This triggered a massive sectoral dispersion with Technology stocks under the hammer given growing valuation concerns. Tech stocks are susceptible to rising yields because their value rests most heavily on future earnings, which get discounted more negatively when bond yields go up,” said Stephen Innes, Chief Global Market Strategist at Axi.
Erasing gains made in the last few trading session, Nifty moved below 14,900 during the pre-open session on Friday.
Sensex gave up 51,000 mark and Nifty moved below 15,000 in the pre-open session on Friday as domestic markets followed global sell-off.
Shanghai Composite was down 1.58% on Friday morning, Hang Seng was down 2.09%. Nikkei 225 and TOPIX were down 2.39% and 1.92%, respectively. KOSPI and KOSDAQ fell over 2% each.
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Nifty futures on Singapore Exchange are down deep in red on Friday morning. SGX Nifty was down more than 200 points, hinting at a negative start for domestic equity markets.
Wall Street’s main indexes fell on Thursday, with the Nasdaq slipping about 2.5%, as technology-related stocks remained under pressure following a rise in U.S. bond yields. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yields hit a one-year high of 1.48%, prompting investors to lock in profits on some high-flying growth stocks due to concerns over heightened valuations.
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