Stock markets: Benchmark stock indices Sensex and Nifty traded flat in early trade on Friday due to profit-taking in financials and IT shares amid weak global cues. The 30-share BSE Sensex opened lower and fell further by 294 points to hit a low of 65,785.64 in early trade.
The BSE barometer was trading at 65,767.85, down by 17.79 points or 0.03 per cent over the last close, at 9.40 AM. The broader Nifty of the National Stock Exchange was marginally up 1.25 points or 0.01 per cent at 19,498.55. It moved between 19,499.55 and 19,421.60 in early trade.
Among Sensex stocks, Nestle, IndusInd Bank, PowerGrid, ICICI Bank, Bajaj Finance, Kotak bank, HCL Tech, HDFC Bank, Infosys and Tech Mahindra declined due to profit-taking after a record rally. Titan, M&M, Maruti, Reliance, Sun Pharma, NTPC and Tata Steel were among major gainers, providing support to the benchmark index.
How global markets flared
In global markets, stocks in Hong Kong, Japan and Australia declined following overnight losses in US equities as reports suggested the US job market remains much more resilient than expected.
As a sturdy labour market keeps the economy out of a long-feared recession, it could also push the US Federal Reserve to keep interest rates higher for longer in its campaign to defeat high inflation.
“It would be difficult for this rally to sustain since the global market construct is turning unfavourable with major weakness in the developed markets and rising bond yields,” V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services said.
Global oil benchmark Brent crude climbed 0.25 per cent to USD 76.70 a barrel. Defying a weak trend in the global markets, the Sensex climbed 339.60 points or 0.52 per cent to settle at an all-time closing high of 65,785.64 on Thursday. The NSE Nifty rallied 98.80 points or 0.51 per cent to end at a record high of 19,497.30.
Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) continued their buying activity as they bought equities worth Rs 2,641.05 crore on Thursday, according to exchange data.
Indian Rupee falls 8 paise against US dollar
The rupee depreciated 8 paise to 82.68 against the US dollar in early trade on Friday amid a muted trend in domestic equities and rising crude oil prices. However, sustained foreign fund inflows supported the local unit and contained the fall. At the interbank foreign exchange, the domestic unit opened at 82.
68, registering a decline of 8 paise over its last close.
On Thursday, the rupee had settled at 82.60 against the dollar. Forex traders said participants remained bullish on the greenback due to risk-aversion and rising expectations of hawkish monetary policy by the US Federal Reserve. Moreover, rising crude oil prices also weighed on the domestic unit. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.04 per cent to 103.12.
(With PTI projects)
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