Profit-booking in view of political uncertainty about Greece along with plummeting oil prices, pulled down the S&P BSE benchmark sensex by 430 points to finish at 27,458.38 in spite of fag-end buying mainly in IT sectors in view of good results from Infosys.
Steep slide in global crude oil prices stoked fears about deflation even as prospects of Greece dropping the euro weighed on global equity markets.
Heavy foreign capital outflows also affected the market sentiment as foreign portfolio investors sold shares worth a net Rs 2,816.47 crores during the week as per the SEBI’s record including the provisional figure of January 9.
Shares of Metal, Power, Realty and Banking sectors fell sharply on heavy selling pressure.
The 30-share S&P BSE Sensex resumed higher at 27,978.43 and firmed up further to 28,064.49 on initial buying. However, it fell to 26,776.12 on heavy selling pressure before ending the week at 27,458.38, disclosing a loss of 429.52 points or 1.54 per cent.
The CNX 50-share Nifty also dropped by 110.95 points or 1.32 per cent to finish at 8,284.50.
Fresh selling of mid-cap and small-cap shares from retail investors also affected the market sentiment as indices fell by 0.99 pct and 0.97 pct respectively.
Infosys gained 2.99 per cent as the company reported stronger-than-expected Q3 Dec 2014 results as consolidated net profit as per International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) rose 5 pct to Rs 3250 crore.
FMCG major Hindustan Unilever jumped 14.19 per cent.
As many as 21 shares among the 30-share sensex pack ended lower while remaining others finished higher.
Major losers were BHEL (7.55 pct), SSLT (6.60 pct), Icici Bank (5.65 pct), HDFC (5.09 pct), Tata Power (4.26 pct), SBIN (3.79 pct), Axis Bank (3.66 pct), Hero Motocorp (3.38 pct), Hindalco (3.19 pct), ITC (3.14 pct), NTPC (3.01 pct), Bajaj Auto (2.93 pct), Reliance Ind (2.84 pct), Tata Steel (2.74 pct), TCS (2.28 pct) and Larsen (2.23 pct).
However, other gainers were Maruti (3.16 pct), Tata Motor (1.98 pct) and HDFC Bank (1.01 pct).
Among the S&P BSE sectoral indices, Metal fell by 4.37 pct followed by Power 2.60 pct, Realty 2.54 pct, Bankex 2.22 pct and Capital Goods 1.89 pct while FMCG firmed up by 0.75 pct and IT 0.29 pct.
The total turnover at BSE and NSE rose further to Rs 15,597.01 cr and Rs 83,908.67 cr respectively from the last weekend’s level of Rs 11,892.08 cr and Rs 56,194.52 cr respectively.