ALSO READIndices end slightly lower ahead of GDP data; PSU banks, realty stocks fall Sensex ends 141 pts higher, Nifty settles at 10,397 levels; IT stocks rise Indices snap 6-session losing streak, Sensex rises 318 points; banks lead Nifty ends below 10,500, Sensex down nearly 300 pts; PSU bank index dips 2% Sensex pares early gains to end 430 pts lower; Nifty PSU Bank index dips 3%
Nifty Metal index too slips over 1.5% Nifty PSU Bank index slips over 1.5% Sectoral trend Sensex Heatmap Markets at Close The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 33,307, down 44 points while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 10.227, down 16 points Steel stocks under pressure; Tata Steel, JSPL, SAIL down 4% Shares of steel companies were under pressure with Tata Steel, Jindal Steel & Power (JSPL) and Steel Authority of India (SAIL) down more than 4% on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) after US President Donald Trump imposed tariffs of 10% and 25% on imports of steel and aluminium respectively on March 8th. Meanwhile, Tata Steel slipped nearly six-month low at Rs 607, down 4% on the BSE in intra-day trade, extending its past two days 4% decline after the company on Wednesday said that it has emerged as the top bidder for debt-laden Bhushan Steel.
The domestic indices ended largely flat on Friday taking cues from their Asian counterparts.
Among sectoral indices, the Nifty PSU Bank index ended 1.81% lower led by a fall in the shares of Canara Bank, IDBI Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce. The Nifty Metal index too ended 1.81% down due to a fall in shares of Steel Authority of India Limited, Jindal Steel & Power and Tata Steel.
The Reserve Bank may provide four quarters to Punjab National Bank (PNB) for making provisions against the country's biggest ever banking fraud of Rs 127 billion allegedly masterminded by billionaire diamantaire Nirav Modi. The bank has written a letter to the banking sector regulator seeking its opinion on making provisions for the fraud, sources said.
In the global markets, Asian shares rallied and the safe-haven yen eased on Friday after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offered to stop nuclear and missile testing and US President Donald Trump agreed to a meeting that could come before May.
(with wire inputs)