Key benchmark indices continued to trade with weakness in morning trade after a gap-down opening triggered by negative Asian stocks. At 10:19 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was down 184.39 points or 0.69% at 26,375.53. The Nifty 50 index was currently off 57.80 points or 0.71% at 8,135.10.
Overseas, Asian markets were trading lower on global uncertainties as investors adopted a wait-and-see mood. Later today, 2 December 2016, the US Labor Department will release its closely watched monthly employment report for November.
Investors are awaiting US payrolls report for confirmation the US economy continues to strengthen, with an eye on an expected hike in benchmark US interest rates by the Federal Reserve at its meeting on 13-14 December. Investors are also concerned about Italy's constitutional referendum on Sunday, 4 December 2016 which could determine whether or not the country will remain in the euro zone.
A sharp decline in technology stocks pulled both the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 indexes into the red yesterday, 1 December 2016 while the Dow managed to notch a record closing high with a lift from bank and energy shares.
Closer home, the breadth indicating the overall health of the market was weak. On BSE, 1,246 shares declined and 673 shares rose. A total of 70 shares were unchanged. The BSE Mid-Cap index was currently off 0.36%. The BSE Small-Cap index was currently off 0.47%. The fall in both these indices was lower than the Sensex's decline in percentage terms.
FMCG stocks fell. Godrej Consumer Products (down 3.32%), GlaxoSmithkline Consumer Healthcare (down 1.39%), Britannia Industries (down 0.04%), Dabur India (down 0.05%), Hindustan Unilever (down 0.81%), Marico (down 1.04%), Nestle India (down 0.65%), Tata Global Beverages (down 0.25%), Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care (down 0.08%) and Bajaj Corp (down 0.04%) declined.
Colgate-Palmolive (India) (up 0.68%) and Jyothy Laboratories (up 0.76%) rose.
Telecom stocks saw mixed trend. Bharti Airtel (down 0.11%), Idea Cellular (down 0.34%), MTNL (down 0.28%) fell. Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) (up 1.13%) and Reliance Communications (up 1.12%) rose.
Shares of Bharti Infratel rose 0.56%. Bharti Infratel is a provider of tower and related infrastructure and is a unit of Bharti Airtel.
Reliance Industries (RIL) rose 0.58%. Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) announced that it has crossed 5 crore subscribers in just 83 days from commencement of services on 5 September 2016. The average rate of addition of 6 lakh subscribers per day is the fastest achieved by any technology company in the world including the likes of Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype, RIL said. The announcement was made at the fag end of market hours yesterday, 1 December 2016. Reliance Jio Infocomm, doing business as Jio, is a LTE mobile network operator in India. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of RIL.
On this occasion, Jio also announced the launch of 'Jio Happy New Year Offer (JNO)', which will be effective from 4 December 2016. All the Jio subscribers will be entitled to certain special benefits under the JNO, which shall comprise of Jio's Data, Voice, Video and the full bouquet of Jio applications and content, absolutely free, up to 31 March 2017.
The benefits will be available to all subscribers signing up for Jio services up to 3 March 2017. The existing Jio Welcome Offer (JWO) users will continue to enjoy the unlimited benefits under JWO up to 31 December 2016, following which they would be automatically signed-up for the JNO as well.
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