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Indices hit fresh intraday low; banking stocks tumble

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The market extended losses and hit fresh intraday low in mid-morning trade. Sentiment was dented due to weak cues from other Asian shares. Metal and PSU banks witnessed major selling pressure. The Nifty briefly slipped below the crucial 12,000 mark.

At 11:22 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was down 120.28 points or 0.29% at 40,681.89. The Nifty 50 index was down 48 points or 0.4% at 12,000.20.

The broader market tumbled. The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index was down 0.67% while the S&P BSE Small-Cap index was down 0.4%.

The market breadth was titled in the favour of sellers. On the BSE, 758 shares rose and 1198 shares fell. A total of 138shares were unchanged. In Nifty 50 index, 12 stocks advanced while 38 stocks declined.

Buzzing Index:

The Nifty Bank index was down 0.58% to 31,687.25. The index has lost 1.36% in last three sessions. Investors were cautious ahead of the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) monetary policy committee (MPC) meet between 3rd and 5th December 2019 to review the interest rates.

Yes Bank (down 3.36%), Federal Bank (down 1.43%), IndusInd Bank (down 1.01%), ICICI Bank (down 0.93%), HDFC Bank (down 0.68%) and AU Small Finance Bank (up 0.68%) were top losers among private lenders.

RBL Bank was down 2.14%. RBL Bank said it has launched the qualified institutional placement issue for subscription on December 2. The Capital Raising Committee of the bank approved the floor price for the QIP being Rs 352.57 per equity share, at a 5.5% discount to Monday's closing price.

Among PSU banks, Punjab National Bank (down 2.66%), Union Bank of India (down 2.24%), Syndicate Bank (down 2.03%), Bank of Baroda (down 1.87%), Canara Bank (down 1.85%), Bank of India (down 1.67%) and Oriental Bank of Commerce (down 1.56%) were top laggards.

Stocks in Spotlight:

Maruti Suzuki India was up 0.88% higher at Rs 7185 after the car major announced a price hike across various models effective from January 2020.

Thomas Cook announced it has signed an agreement with AlixPartners, Thomas Cook UK's appointed Special Managers, to acquire the rights to the Thomas Cook brand in India, Sri Lanka and Mauritius for a one-time payment of GBP 1.5 Million. The move will help Thomas Cook in brand use rights perpetuity and prevent possible new entrants into these markets using the brand name. Shares of Thomas Cook were trading 0.03% lower at Rs 160 on BSE.

Foreign Markets:

Overseas, Asian markets were trading on a negative note after US president Donald Trump decided to reimpose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium from Brazil and Argentina. Investors clung to hopes that Beijing and Washington could reach a compromise in trade talks.

In US, stocks closed lower on Monday as investors worried about the deterioration in US-China trade relations after a bill supporting Hong Kong protesters was signed by President Trump late on Wednesday.

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First Published: Tue, December 03 2019. 11:24 IST