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F&O Expiry: Sensex sinks 536 pts; broader mkts outperform; bank stocks up

In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap index ended 0.4 per cen lower while the smallcap counterpart closed down 0.45 per cent.

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SI Reporter  | New Delhi 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Market updates: A volatile session ended deep in the red on Thursday amid expiry of the January series of the Futures and Options (F&O) contracts, and profit-booking on stretched valuations and ahead of the Union Budget announcement next week.

ended lower for the fifth straight day with realty and public sector banks' stocks nursing the most severe losses. At the index level, the benchmark S&P tumbled 891 points in the intra-day deals today but managed to settle 535.6 points, or 1.13 per cent, down at 46,874.36 levels. 

HUL (down 3.6%), (3.4%), HCL Tech (2%), and Bajaj Finserv (2%) were the top losers on the today while gains in Axis Bank (5.5%), SBI (2.7%), and ICICI Bank (1.3%) trimmed losses.

On the NSE, the Nifty50 closed above the 13,800-mark at 13,817.5 level, down 150 points or 1.07 per cent. The index hit an intra-day low of 13,713.

In the broader market, the S&P MidCap index ended 0.4 per cen lower while the smallcap counterpart closed down 0.45 per cent.

Sectorally, Nifty Realty index ended as the top loser on the NSE, down over 2 per cent. However, Nifty Bank and Private Bank index, up around 0.3 per cent each, were the only gainers.

Global markets

Shares wiped out their gains in Europe for the year early on Thursday, soured by a sell-off on Wall Street, no end in sight to pandemic lockdowns and a squeeze in short positions.

The pan-European STOXX benchmark was down 1.8% at 395.77 points, its lowest since December. London, Paris and Frankfurt all fell.

Asian shares slid on Thursday while the safe-haven dollar rallied as Wall Street’s sell-off and delays in coronavirus vaccines provided an excuse to book profits on recent gains.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 2%, Japan’s Nikkei fell 1.5%, its sharpest drop since October, and Chinese blue chips lost 2.7% as liquidity tightened before the Lunar New Year holidays.

South Korea fell 1.7%, led by losses in Samsung after it reported earnings.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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