Sensex snaps four-day rally, ends 34 pts down
After gaining over 833 points last week, Sensex's biggest weekly gains since last week of November 2011, traders said investors booked profits ahead of the voting on FDI issue.
HDFC Bank, Bharti Airtel, Gail and ONGC were among the top losers in Sensex today while Bhel, SBI, Tata Steel and RIL helped cushion the fall.
Market participants also appeared to ignore Morgan Stanley raising India's growth forecast for FY'13 to 5.4 per cent from 5.1 per cent projected earlier.
Selling was seen in front-line stocks while second-line stocks attracted good buying support.
The Bombay Stock Exchange 30-share barometer initially showed some strength but turned negative soon after. It moved in a narrow range, mostly in negative terrain, to settle at 19,305.32, a fall of 34.58 points or 0.18 per cent.
The broader 50-issue S&P CNX Nifty of the NSE also eased by 8.90 points, or 0.15 per cent, to close at 5,870.95.
Stock markets also did not seem enthused by reports that HSBC India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) – a measure of factory production - registered the fastest pace in five months and stood at 53.7 in November.
Lack of a clear direction from global stocks also did not help domestic market sentiment as Asian stocks
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