Equities post third weekly decline on growth worries
While the market recovered sharp losses witnessed earlier in the trade, benchmark indices touched their new 2013 lows. Moreover, broader markets witnessed huge selling pressure as issues related to corporate governance cropped-up.
For the first time in CY13, Indian equities posted negative returns for a brief period of time on Friday as the Sensex dropped to 19,381.15. It, however recovered to end at 19,468.15, down 29.03 points, or 0.15%, from Thursday's close. Market breadth was weak too. On the BSE, 896 stocks advanced on Friday against 1,234 that ended in the red.
The broader Nifty ended 9.55 points, or 0.16%, lower to close at 5,887.40. On a weekly basis, Indian equities posted their third consecutive weekly decline, led by a sharp fall in real estate and capital goods stocks.
Dr Reddy's Laboratories was the biggest loser on Friday. The scrip declined 3.55% after BofA-ML downgraded the stock to ‘neutral’ from ‘buy’ as Q3 earnings late Thursday fell below market expectations.
Other frontline stocks that ended in the red included Bajaj Auto, Tata Steel, Reliance Industries and Infosys — all falling over 1%. Extending last week's fall, BSE Realty index was the biggest loser this week. After falling 2% in the previous week, it dropped another 5%. Shares of capital goods and
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