Breaking its four-day rising spree, the Sensex ended over 100 points lower on Thursday, led by selling in banking shares as investors stayed on the backfoot ahead of key results. Lacklustre global cues and a weakening rupee added to the wariness of participants, traders said.
The Sensex settled 106.41 points, or 0.29 per cent, down at 36,106.50, while the broader Nifty fell 33.55 points, or 0.31 per cent, to finish at 10,821.60.
The fall was led by banking stocks, with IndusInd Bank, Kotak Bank, Federal Bank, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and SBI declining up to 2.36 per cent.
Other losers included ONGC, Maruti Suzuki, Sun Pharma, HDFC, Hero MotoCorp, ITC and HCL Tech, falling up to 1.31 per cent.
Shares of TCS were little changed, ahead of its quarterly earnings. On the other hand, Tata Motors, NTPC, Infosys, YES Bank, M&M, L&T, Bharti Airtel, and HUL were the top gainers, rising up to 1.34 per cent.
“Earnings will provide some sense of where things stand... Clearly, after four years of lackluster earnings growth at the index level, earnings need to start coming through and investors will be keenly focused on forward commentary in particular,” said Sunil Sharma, Chief Investment Officer of Sanctum Wealth Management.
On the macro front, the rupee depreciated 10 paise to 70.56 against the dollar.
Global markets turned weaker as optimism over the US-China trade talks fizzled out, while oil prices traded above the $60 per barrel mark.
In Asia, Korea’s Kospi fell 0.06 per cent, Japan’s Nikkei dropped 1.29 per cent, and Shanghai Composite Index slipped 0.36 per cent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 0.22 per cent.