The benchmark BSE Sensex today edged up by 20.55 points in volatile trade to 27,848.99 as consumer goods gained on hopes that Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would cut interest rates this week but a slump in Sun Pharma restricted index’s gains.
Sentiment remained upbeat after data showed Indian economy expanded 7.3 per cent in 2014-15 and manufacturing activity kicked up in May.
RBI is scheduled to review its policy rates tomorrow.
“In reaction to improved GDP figure, equity markets, after flat start, inched higher in early trades…but cautiousness…ahead of RBI monetary policy review capped upside in index,” said Jayant Manglik, President of Retail Distribution at Religare Securities.
Sun Pharma tumbled 8.99 per cent to close at Rs 878.95 after fourth quarter earnings came below market expectations.
In volatile movements, the 30-share BSE barometer rose to 27,959.43 in early trade on the back of positive GDP numbers for March quarter, but fell on profit-booking to intra-day’s low of 27,737.58. Finally, it ended 20.55 points or 0.07 per cent higher at 27,848.99.
Sensex had gained 321.73 points in Friday’s trade at the beginning of the June series in the derivatives segment.
Brokers said buying by funds and other participants to enlarge their portfolios ahead of the RBI’s policy review due tomorrow buoyed the sentiment.
However, the 50-share NSE Nifty after rising to the day’s high of 8,467.15, reacted to slump in Sun Pharma and slipped into the negative terrain and hit a low of 8,405.40 before settling 0.25 point, down at 8,433.40.
“Markets seemed to keenly wait for the rate cut. Few auto industry monthly sales data failed to cheer the street,” said Gaurav Jain Director of Hem Securities.
Globally, equities finished mixed with Shanghai Composite and Hang Seng indexes rallying by 4.72 and 0.63 per cent, respectively, while European stocks were marginally lower in their early trade.
Foreign portfolio investors bought shares worth Rs 2,284.30 crore, while Domestic institutional investors sold shares worth Rs 2,267.88 crore on Friday as per data.
Among BSE sectoral indices, consumer durable surged by 1.97 per cent, followed by realty 1.61 per cent, consumer goods 1.04 per cent, oil&gas 0.69 per cent and power 0.38 per cent. While healthcare tanked 2.81 per cent.
Of 30-share Sensex pack, 16 ended higher and 13 finished lower, while SBI ended unchanged.
Major index gainers were L&T 3.03 per cent, Reliance 2.76 per cent, HUL 2.31 per cent, Maruti 2.24 per cent, Cipla 1.81 per cent, Tata Power 1.81 per cent, ITC 1.61 per cent, NTPC 1.43 per cent, Infosys 1.15 per cent and BHEL 0.93 per cent.
On the flip side, Sun Pharma plunged by 8.99 per cent, followed by Bharti Airtel 2.12 per cent, Tata Motors 1.96 per cent, ONGC 1.79 per cent and HDFC Bank 1.4 per cent.
Total market breadth remained negative as 1,528 stocks closed lower, 1,210 finished higher and 116 ruled steady. The total turnover rose to Rs 2,699.25 crore from Rs 2,436.33 crore last Friday.
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