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

Lack of directional cues kept benchmark S&P BSE Sensex and NSE 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 Sensex 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 Sensex 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 BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices dipped 0.3 per cent each.

Among sectors, the Nifty Realty index was the top gainer, up 1.2 per cent. On the flipside, the Nifty Consumer Durable index was the worst hit, down over 2 per cent, followed by the Nifty 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 BSE 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 markets 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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Market view: Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services

After the recent 10% rally, the market has turned sideways with a negative bias due to increase in commodity prices, tightening monetary policy and inflationary pressure. Domestic market is showing strong resilience but to sustain the trend a lot will depend on the outcome of the war & commodity prices. Ease in covid restrictions in India is a boost for sectors like hospitality, multiplex, transportation etc, leading to the outperformance.

3:56 PM

European markets trade mixed

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US equity futures trade flat

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Closing bell: Over 1,300 stocks declined while 707 advanced

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Closing bell: Broader markets subdued; India Vix slips below 2%

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Closing bell: Titan, Tech Mahindra, Maruti top Nifty 50 drags

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Closing bell: Bajaj Auto, Adani Ports, SBI top Nifty 50 gainers

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Closing bell: Nifty Realty top sectoral performer; Godrej Properties surge over 3%

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Closing bell: Realty, metal, media stocks in demand

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Closing bell: 8 out of 30 Sensex stocks close in green

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Closing bell: Sensex closes lower by over 200 points

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Closing bell: Nifty 50 closes in red below 17,200 levels

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Sugar stocks in tandem with market mood

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Mild recovery in paint stocks as Brent crude cools off to $117 a barrel

3:14 PM

Goa carbon soars over 17% as petcoke prices rise

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Entertainment stocks hog limelight; Inox, PVR soaring in trade

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NEWS ALERT: US, EU ink pact to reduce dependence on Russian energy

2:54 PM

Indus Tower tanks 8% on heavy volume; stock nears 52-week low

Indus Towers (formerly Bharti Infratel) is India's leading provider of passive telecom infrastructure and it deploys, owns and manages telecom towers and communication structures, for various mobile operators. READ MORE

2:45 PM

Ukrainian forces advance east of Kyiv as Russian troops fall back

Ukrainian troops are recapturing towns east of the capital Kyiv and Russian forces who had been trying to sieze the city are falling back on their overextended supply lines. Read more

Neighbours try to extinguish the fire of a house, destroyed after a Russian attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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NEWS ALERT :: RBI reviews the impact of geopolitical crises at its Board meeting

>> The Board reviewed the various areas of operation of the Bank and the current economic situation, global and domestic challenges including the overall impact of current global geopolitical crises

>> Further, the Board discussed the Reserve Bank's activities during the current accounting year 2021-22

>> The Board also approved the budget for the accounting year 2022-23

Source: RBI statement

First Published: Mar 25 2022 | 08:10 AM IST

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