Markets: Eerie calm

Markets: Eerie calm

it is not clear when market sentiment can change; as in the past, it can be quite sudden.
At a turn and yet not

At a turn and yet not

RBI could be tempted to cut policy rate to support growth at its bi-monthly review.

BSE Sensex slumps by 165 pts; profit-booking continues for 3rd day

Apr 29 2014, 18:43 IST
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HDFC Bank Ltd fell 1.1 percent, while State Bank of India ended lower 2.1 percent. (Reuters) HDFC Bank Ltd fell 1.1 percent, while State Bank of India ended lower 2.1 percent. (Reuters)
SummaryBSE benchmark Sensex today nosedived by over 165 points to 22,466.19...

, Jindal Steel & Power, Hindustan Unilever and Dabur India, also dampened sentiment.

"There is a rotation of money happening in the earning season. Some profit-taking is underway which is not bad. Market is getting ready for the election results," said Deven Choksey, managing director at K R Choksey Securities.

The benchmark BSE index fell 0.73 percent, or 165.42 points, to 22,466.19, while the broader NSE index dropped 0.68 percent, or 46 points, to 6,715.25.

Both the indexes marked their lowest close since April 16. Caution also prevailed ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day meet starting Tuesday, coming at a time of continued tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine.

Among other bank stocks, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd fell 2.1 percent and IndusInd Bank Ltd ended down 1.7 percent.

Consumer goods maker Hindustan Unilever fell 3.2 percent following disappointment over its January-March sales volume growth.

Other consumer goods stocks also fell, with Dabur India falling 1.3 percent after its January-March earnings failed to beat estimates, and ITC Ltd ending down 0.5 percent.

Sesa Sterlite fell 1.3 percent after the company's January-March profit when adjusted for other income, lagged estimates.

Jindal Steel & Power slumped 7.5 percent after the company said its March-quarter profit fell by 47 percent to 4.03 billion rupees.

Hexaware Technologies shares slumped 10.7 percent after the company's March-quarter profit declined 11.32 percent to 503 million rupees.

Bharti Airtel Ltd fell 0.8 percent on caution ahead of its quarterly earnings later in the day.

However, IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd gained 2.8 percent after the company was selected as the preferred bidder to develop and run a toll road project worth 32 billion rupees ($528.45 million) in the western state of Maharashtra.

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