Nifty down 22 pts as GDP forecast, RBI policy weighs on market
Against the backdrop of sharp industrial slowdown amid lingering uncertainties in the global economy, the Government, in its mid-year economic review, lowered GDP projection for FY13 to 5.7¿5.9 per cent, down sharply from 7.6 per cent estimated earlier, dampening the overall market sentiment.
After a flat opening, the 50-share index mostly traded in a tight range in absence of any supportive cues amid modest selling in select heavyweights.
The directionless market gradually gave away its range bound movement and slipped into negative zone in late morning on cautious approach by investors, who preferred to keep their position light ahead of the tomorrow's RBI policy meet.
FMCG, technology, capital goods and infra shares came under heavy sell-off. On the other hand, rate sensitive stocks like metal, auto, financials and pharma saw heavy buying.
Market players seem divided over possibility of a rate cut. Expectations are high that RBI may cut its key policy rate by 25 bps due to moderation in inflation, traders said.
Inflation declined to a 10-month low of 7.24 per cent in November from 7.45 per cent in October.
The Nifty oscillated between a high of 5,886.05 and a low of 5,850.15 before concluding at 5,857.90, a fall of 21.70 points, or 0.37 per cent, over the last close.
Bharti Airtel, TCS, BPCL, BHEL, HDFC Bank, HDFC, JP Associates, Wipro,
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