Sensex dips below 20k-mark, down over 120pts on profit-booking, FMCG, PSU stocks sink
Sensex, which had gained 284 points in last three trading sessions, commenced the day higher at 20,156.86 before ending with a loss of 120.25 points, or 0.60 per cent, at 19,981.57.
Across-the-board selling resulted in all 13 BSE sectoral indices closing lower with losses between 0.47 per cent and 1.98 per cent. Realty, consumer durables, FMCG, PSU and capital goods segments lead the down-slide, said brokers.
Fall in Hindustan Unilever (HUL), ITC, SBI, HDFC Bank, Tata Motors, TCS, GAIL India, L&T, Infosys, ICICI Bank, Bharti Airtel and Hindalco mainly weighed on the 30-share Sensex.
Dealers said profit-booking picked up as benchmark indices in the current calender year had so far gained close to 4 per cent on economic reforms, continued capital inflows, strong corporate earnings and hopes of rate cut on January 29 by RBI.
The broader 50-share S&P CNX Nifty of the NSE also fell back by 33.80 points or 0.56 per cent to 6,048.50 after breaching the 6,100 mark for the first time in two years.
FMCG major Hindustan Unilever Ltd today reported a 15.59 per cent jump in net profit to Rs 871.36 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2012. However, its shares slipped nearly 2.9 per cent.
Trading sentiment was hit as global markets depicted a mixed trend as investors awaited cues from key US corporate earnings to
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