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Sensex, Nifty end flat amid tepid trading session; Adani group stocks slide

CLOSING BELL: The S&P BSE Sensex ended 40 points lower, while the Nifty50 was down 34 points. Shares of Adani Group tumbled up to 7 per cent, with Adani Enterprises leading the fall.

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Stock Market Highlights: The broader indices witnessed selling pressure yet again, even as the key benchmark indices attempted to hold fort. The BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices declined up to 0.8 per cent, whereas the benchmark indices ended on a flat note.

The S&P BSE Sensex jumped to a high of 57,949 in early deals led by strong gains in financial shares. The BSE benchmark, however, erased gains and slipped into red to a low of 57,495 – down 454 points from the day’s high. The Sensex finally ended at 57,614, down 40 points or 0.1 per cent.

The NSE Nifty 50 hit a high and low of 17,062 and 16,914, respectively, before settling 34 points lower at 16,952.

In contrast, the BSE Midcap index was down 0.4 per cent, and the Smallcap index slipped 0.8 per cent.

Among the Sensex 30 stocks, IndusInd Bank advanced over 2 per cent. PowerGrid Corporation, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank were the other prominent gainers. On the other hand, Tech Mahindra shed 3 per cent. Tata Motors, Bharti Airtel, Wipro, ,Bajaj Finserv, HCL Technologies and Bajaj Finance were down 1 – 3 per cent each.

Shares of Adani Group witnessed a fresh round of selling in trades today amid reports the group had not completely repaid its loans taken against the promoters' shares. Adani Enterprises slumped 7 per cent, and Adani Ports dropped over 5.5 per cent. Adani Power, Adani Green, Adani Transmission, Adani Wilmar, NDTV and Adani Total Gas were locked at the 5 per cent lower circuits. READ MORE

That apart, secotrally, the BSE Oil & Gas, Realty, IT and Utilities indices slipped around a per cent each. Whereas, the Metal index was the sole gainer.

4:24 PM

Tech View :: 'Fight between bears and bulls continued in the Bank Nifty index'

The fight between bears and bulls continued in the Bank Nifty index ahead of the monthly expiry. The index is stuck in a broad range between 39,000-40,000 where a significant amount of call and put writing is visible on the monthly expiry. The index, once out of this range, will witness a directional move.

Views by: Kunal Shah, Senior Technical & Derivatives Analyst at LKP Securities.
4:13 PM

Comment :: 'The recent sell-off in the broader indices may deteriorate further'

We expect volatility to remain high due to the scheduled expiry of March month derivatives contracts. On the index front, participants have been trying to defend 16,900 in Nifty for the last three sessions and its breakdown may trigger a sharp reaction on the downside. Needless to say, the recent sell-off in the broader indices may deteriorate further. We thus reiterate our view to limit trade and maintain positions on both sides. 

Views by: Ajit Mishra, VP - Technical Research, Religare Broking
4:03 PM

Comment :: 'Risk appetite for mid=, small-caps falling'

Indian markets continued to stay in the grip of bears as investors remained cautious in expectation of further tightening from the RBI. While global market sentiment has been improving as the fears of broader contagion from the banking turmoil fade. Back home, nifty small and midcap stocks continued to underperform due to fall in investors risk appetite and FY23 tax harvesting.

Views by:  Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services.
3:56 PM

Comment :: '16,910 – 16,970 is make or break zone for Nifty'

Nifty witnessed yet another day of rangebound price action. It consolidated between 16,900 – 17,100 for the third consecutive day. On the hourly chart, Nifty is trading in between 16,910 – 16,970 where the 61.82% and 78.6% Fibonacci retracement levels of the previous rise from 16,828 – 17,207 are placed. We believe that it is a make or break zone and if at all the pullback rally has to resume it is likely to be from hereon. The daily and the hourly momentum indicators have a positive crossover which is a buy signal. Thus, both price and momentum indicator suggest positive price action over the next few trading sessions. On the upside initial targets are placed at 1,7200 and above that it can extend higher to 17,450 – 17,500. The crucial support zone is placed at 16,910 – 16,870.

Views by: Jatin Gedia, Technical Research Analyst, Sharekhan by BNP Paribas.
3:53 PM

Rupee Close :: Rupee ends at 82.19/$ against Monday’s close of 82.37/$


3:49 PM

Kalyan Jewellers sinks 10% amid block deal


3:46 PM

IndusInd Bank ends as top Senesx gainer after BofA Securities sees 50% upside in stock


3:45 PM

Bandhan Bank crashes to 3-year low on heavy volumes


3:44 PM

Adani Group stocks tumble amid repayment concerns; Adani Ent slides 7%


3:41 PM

Broader indices underperform large-cap peers; SmallCap index down 0.7%


3:39 PM

Sectoral trends :: Financials hold gain in a weak market


3:38 PM

Sensex Heatmap :: Only 11 stocks settle in green, IndusInd Bank, Power Grid lead


3:35 PM

CLOSING BELL :: Nifty holds 16,950


3:32 PM

CLOSING BELL :: Sensex ends flat after listless trade


3:22 PM

Adani shares tumble on report group seeking time to pay ACC, Ambuja debt

Shares of Adani Group companies tumbled on Tuesday after a report said the conglomerate was seeking to renegotiate terms of outstanding loans worth $4 billion taken last year to buy cement firms ACC and Ambuja Cements. The group's flagship firm, Adani Enterprises, slid nearly 8% to a near four-week low, while Adani Ports tumbled 9.2%. READ MORE

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First Published: Mar 28 2023 | 8:11 AM IST

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