Key benchmark indices extended slide and hit fresh intraday low in early afternoon trade. At 12:25 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was down 98.25 points or 0.33% at 29,420.49. The Nifty 50 index was down 24.30 points or 0.27% at 9,102.55. Domestic bourses were weighed by fall in index heavyweights Reliance Industries (RIL) and ICICI Bank.
Earlier, the key benchmark indices had drifted higher in early trade on positive Asian stocks. Key benchmark indices reversed direction in morning trade. Key benchmark indices hovered in negative zone in mid-morning trade.
The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was weak. On the BSE, 1,545 shares declined and 890 shares rose. A total of 147 shares were unchanged.
Auto stocks declined. Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) (down 1.22%), Eicher Motors (down 0.43%), Tata Motors (down 0.84%), TVS Motor Company (down 0.58%), Bajaj Auto (down 0.62%), Maruti Suzuki India (down 0.83%) and Ashok Leyland (down 0.9%) fell. Escorts (up 1.91%), Hero MotoCorp (up 0.22%) rose.
Most realty stocks edged lower. Indiabulls Real Estate (down 1.09%), DLF (down 0.71%), D B Realty (down 1.67%), Unitech (down 0.51%), Prestige Estates Projects (down 0.84%), and Parsvnath Developers (down 1.07%) declined. Housing Development and Infrastructure (up 0.39%), Sobha (up 0.54%), Godrej Properties (up 0.16%) and Oberoi Realty (up 0.14%) rose.
Shares of Avenue Supermarts were trading at Rs 612.70, a premium of 104.92% over the initial public offer price of Rs 299. The stock debuted at Rs 604.40, a premium of 102.14% to the initial public offer (IPO) price. So far the stock hit a high of Rs 615.90 and low of Rs 558.75. On BSE, so far 93.55 lakh shares were traded on the counter.
The issue price was fixed at Rs 299 per share, the top end of the IPO price band of Rs 295 to Rs 299 per share. The IPO of Avenue Supermarts closed with strong response from investors. The IPO received bids for 464.08 crore shares compared with 4.43 crore shares on offer. The IPO was subscribed 104.59 times. The issue opened for bidding on 8 March 2017 and closed on 10 March 2017.
Avenue Supermarts is an emerging national supermarket chain. The company's stores operate under the "D-Mart" brand, registered as a trademark under various classes of products.
NLC India rose 10.87% to Rs 107.60 after the company said its board approved interim dividend of Rs 7.34 a share for the financial year ending 31 March 2017. The NLC India stock offers a dividend yield of 7.56% based on the closing price of Rs 97.05 yesterday, 20 March 2017. The announcement was made after market hours yesterday, 20 March 2017.
Greenply Industries rose 0.36% to Rs 276 as SBI Mutual Fund bought bulk shares of the company on the BSE via bulk deal mechanism yesterday, 20 March 2017. Trade Combines sold 38 lakh shares of Greenply Industries at Rs 275.03 per share in a bulk deal on the BSE on 20 March 2017. SBI Mutual Fund A/C Magnum Midcap Fund Scheme Ninety One bought 28.42 lakh shares at Rs 275 per share. SBI FMCG Fund owned 4.75% stake in Greenply Industries end December 2016.
Overseas, most Asian shares were trading higher on the prospects of a less-hawkish Federal Reserve policy trajectory. The main US stock indexes closed marginally lower yesterday, 20 March 2017 for the third straight day of losses, as investors were reluctant to make big bets without major economic or corporate news.
Expectations that the US Federal Reserve will have to step up rate hikes to counter inflationary pressure from President Donald Trump's stimulus are waning after the Fed dropped no hints of an acceleration in credit tightening last week.
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