The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex ended 64 points lower on Wednesday, after paring losses ahead of the expiry of September futures and options contracts on Thursday. Sensex heavyweights Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank and ITC had dragged the index lower by almost 262 points, while buying in SBI, Tata Motors and ONGC gave support. Reliance Industries alone contributed 53.01 points to the drop. Sectorally, oil and gas, FMCG and bank shares declined, while power, capital goods and healthcare stocks advanced. The 30-share index opened higher at 19,947.43 and advanced further to 19,978.49 on initial buying. It dropped to 19,658.74 as investors reduced long positions. The Sensex ended at 19,856.24, a loss of 63.97 points or 0.32%. The 50-share Nifty index on the National Stock Exchange declined 18.6 points, or 0.32%, to 5,873.85.
Omaxe promoters to sell shares to meet Sebi norm
Realty firm Omaxe on Wednesday said its promoters would sell over 1.52 crore shares worth about R220 crore on September 27 through stock exchanges to dilute their stake in order to meet market regulator Sebi’s norms on minimum public shareholding. In a filing to the BSE, Omaxe said promoter companies Constellation Capital, Kautilya Monetary Services and S A Finvest would sell up to 75 lakh, 12.5 lakh and 65 lakh equity shares of the realty firm through Offer For Sale (OFS) route. Total shares offered through OFS stand at 1,52,50,000, representing 8.79% of the total paid-up equity share capital of the company as on date.
NSE gets 50% of retail clients from smaller cities
Indicating broader participation of investors in the capital markets, entities from smaller cities now make up for half of the total retail clients trading on the country’s largest bourse National Stock Exchange(NSE). As per latest data compiled by NSE for fiscal 2012-13, 50% of the total number of retail clients trading on the exchange’s cash market platform come from the cities other than the Tier I and II categories. Besides, 43.7% of the total turnover of trades carried out by retail investors in the cash segment during the fiscal came from cities other than the Tier I and