The benchmark indices -- Sensex and Nifty -- on Friday ended marginally higher after volatile session tracking mixed domestic cues.
The benchmark indices — Sensex and Nifty — on Friday ended marginally higher after volatile session tracking mixed domestic cues. Sensex swung over 523 points before settling 37.67 points, or 0.10 per cent, higher at 39,058.06, Nifty closed at 11,583.90, up by just 1.30 points or 0.01 per cent. Yes Bank, SBI, ICICI Bank, Sun Pharma, TCS, HCL Tech, Maruti, Bharti Airtel and Infosys were major gainers in trade today. SBI reported a six-fold jump in its consolidated profit for the second quarter ended September of the ongoing fiscal. On the other hand, Tata Motors, Vedanta, HDFC, Kotak Bank, Hero MotoCorp and NTPC were the major laggards.
“We feel banking stocks especially private banking majors have the potential to push the benchmark higher from hereon as other sectoral heavyweights have played their part or reeling under pressure. In absence of any major event, earnings and global cues would continue to dictate the market trend. We suggest limiting leveraged positions and focusing more on risk management,” Ajit Mishra Vice President, Research, Religare Broking.
“Since there is a lot of uncertainty right now, investors should pick stocks with a basket approach. Metals and mining, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, infrastructure are some beaten down sectors which should be considered from a stock picking perspective. These “so called untouchables” are cheaper from a valuation perspective and hence are value buys at this point. Nifty closed the week at 11583, down by 0.66%. Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year to everyone,” Jimeet Modi, Founder & CEO, SAMCO Securities & StockNote.
Meanwhile, the Indian rupee appreciated 12 paise to 70.90 against the US dollar intraday. The brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, slipped 0.18 per cent to $61.56 per barrel.