1. BSE Sensex falls for second day; ITC share price hit over anti-smoking proposals

BSE Sensex falls for second day; ITC share price hit over anti-smoking proposals

BSE Sensex falls for a second straight session, led by declines in ITC on worries the government may ban sale of loose cigarettes.

By: | Mumbai | Updated: January 14, 2015 5:29 PM
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Sensex ends 78.91 pts down at 27,346.82; Nifty closes 21.85 pts lower at 8,277.55. (Reuters)

Indian stock markets today fell for the second straight session with benchmark BSE Sensex dropping nearly 79 points to end at 27,346.82 as ITC shares tanked on worries related to proposed ban on sale of loose cigarettes while metal stocks tracked weak global cues.

Selling was seen in metal, FMCG, healthcare, realty, banking, oil & gas, consumer durables, PSU and power sector stocks. There was, however, some buying in IT, teck, auto, power and capital goods sector stocks which capped the losses.

WPI inflation rose marginally to 0.1 per cent in December but the data was discounted by the participants, traders said.

After yesterday’s over 159-point fall, the 30-share BSE Sensex today opened in positive terrain but slipped into the negative zone to touch the day’s low of 27,203.25. It settled down by 78.91 points, or 0.29 per cent, at 27,346.82.

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Shares of ITC Ltd, having 10.75 per cent weight on the Sensex, tumbled down by 3.29 per cent after government proposed to amend the anti-smoking law and proposed radical changes, including ban on sale of loose cigarettes.

Sentiments were dampened largely in tandem with a weak trend at other Asian stocks after base metal prices slumped as slowing global growth dims the outlook for commodities. This triggered selling in metal space stocks on domestic bourses, said equity brokers.

Sesa Sterlite, Hindalco, Tata Steel, Hindustan Zinc, JSW Steel, SAIL, Jindal Steel and Power, National Aluminium and NMDC fell up to 8 per cent per cent.

Overall, 19 Sensex constituents declined while 11 rose.

The 50-issue NSE Nifty ended 21.85 points, or 0.26 per cent down, at 8,277.55 after shuttling between 8,326.45 and 8,236.65.

Sectorwise, the BSE Metal index suffered the most by tumbling 3.50 per cent, followed by Healthcare index (down 0.90 pc), Realty index (down 0.73 pc), FMCG indes (0.64 pc) Oil & Gas index (0.62 pc), Banking index (0.46 pc) and Consumer Durables index (0.14 pc).

On the other hand, BSE IT, Teck, Auto, Power and Capital Goods indices ended higher.

Meanwhile, foreigners bought shares worth net Rs 235.09 crore yesterday as per provisional data.

Market Outlook by Vinod Nair, Head-Fundamental Research, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services Ltd:

Market is churning between defensive and cyclical stocks, building inline to important global decisions starting mid next week. ECB meet to decide on QE, Grexit on 25th Jan and later FED rate assessment. Only post these outcomes can we expect where market is likely to move.

Sensex, Nifty fall for 2nd day on weak global cues, ITC drops

(Reuters) BSE Sensex fell for a second straight session on Wednesday, led by declines in ITC Ltd  after the government proposed to amend anti-smoking laws, including banning the sale of loose cigarettes.

Sentiment was also hit as metal stocks slumped, tracking falls in commodities after the World Bank cut its global growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016.

However, losses were limited as slower-than-expected inflation in December raised hopes for an early cut in interest rates to help the economy out of its longest phase of sub-par growth since the 1980s.

The benchmark BSE index fell 0.29 percent, while the broader NSE index lost 0.26 percent.

ITC fell 3.4 percent after the health ministry proposed on Tuesday to amend the anti-smoking law, which investors fear may lead to reduced volumes, especially if the sale of loose cigarettes is banned.

Sesa Sterlite slumped 8.1 percent, while Hindalco Industries lost 6.3 percent, after copper futures slumped to more than 5-1/2 year lows.

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