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Sensex ends choppy day 234 pts down; Nifty holds 17,150; IT, FMCG weigh

CLOSING BELL: Titan Company, Tech M, Maruti Suzuki, Cipla, IOC, Nestle India, Hero MotoCorp, Eicher Motors, L&T, TCS, Wipro, and Tata Steel were the top laggards

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MARKET LIVE: Sensex down 150 pts, Nifty holds 17,150; IT, FMCG shares weak
CLOSING BELL
Lack of directional cues kept benchmark S&P and Nifty50 range-bound in the negative territory for better part of the day on Friday. However, the indices turned choppy and ended mildly off lows as energy prices, including crude oil futures, eased after the US and European Union signed agreement to share energy needs.

The 30-pack index had touched a low of 57,100 during the day but bounced back mildly to end at 57,362, down 233.5 points or 0.4 per cent. On NSE, the Nifty50 ended at 17,153, down 70 points or 0.4 per cent, climbing off from the day's low of 17,0.76. 

22 of the 30 stocks and 37 of the 50 Nifty50 stocks settled the day in the red. Titan Company, Tech M, Maruti Suzuki, Cipla, IOC, Nestle India, Hero MotoCorp, Eicher Motors, L&T, TCS, Wipro, and Tata Steel were the top laggards, losing upwards of a per cent each.

On the upside, Bajaj Auto, Adani Ports, SBI, Dr Reddy's Labs, JSW Steel, Asian Paints, RIL, and SBI were the major gainers, up between 0.7 per cent and 2 per cent.  

The broader markets, too, closed in the negative zone. The MidCap and SmallCap indices dipped 0.3 per cent each.

Among sectors, the Realty index was the top gainer, up 1.2 per cent. On the flipside, the Consumer Durable index was the worst hit, down over 2 per cent, followed by the IT and FMCG indices, down up to 1 per cent.

Buzzing stocks
Shares of Inox Leisure hit a 52-week high of Rs 497, surging 12 per cent on the in Friday's intra-day trade, supported by heavy volumes. The stock has been able to hold its ground as pandemic-related restrictions eased and strong content line-up, ready to be released over the next few months, improved business outlook. READ MORE

Shares of Indian Hotels Company also gained nearly 8 per cent toto touch an intra-day high of Rs 236 on the BSE on Friday. The surge came ahead of the company's board meeting to decide issue price of qualified institutional placement (QIP), scheduled later today. The stock traded close to its record high level of Rs 230.14 touched on October 14, 2021. READ MORE

On the contrary, shares of Indus Tower slipped 8 per cent to Rs 196.55 on the BSE in Friday's intra-day trade amid heavy volume. The stock of the telecom infrastructure provider traded close to its 52-week low of Rs 194.25 touched on August 5, 2021. The stock had hit a 52-week high of Rs 332.60 on September 28, 2021. READ MORE

Global markets
European were mixed on Friday, as investors continued to monitor the war in Ukraine and assess the outlook for global monetary policy. The pan-European Stoxx 600 hovered 0.2 per cent below the flatline in early trade.

On Wall Street, futures linked to the three main indices were little changed.

Earlier in Asia, Hong Kongs Hang Seng dropped 2.47 per cent, the Shanghai composite was down 1.17 per cent, and the Shenzhen component fell 1.89 per cent after. The CSI 300 dropped 1.8 per cent as investors assessed the impact of a ban announced Sunday by the Australian government on exports of alumina and aluminum ores to Russia.

Japan stocks moved between positive and negative territory, but the Nikkei 225 closed 0.14 per cent up, and the Topix closed flat to 1,981.47.

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