Markets end lower amid profit-booking, mixed global cues

The broader NSE Nifty declined 18.65 points or 0.08% to 22,434.65, with 30 components of the 50-share benchmark ending with losses

Published - April 03, 2024 04:21 pm IST - Mumbai

Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building.

Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Equity benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty settled lower for the second straight session on Wednesday due to profit-booking in select banking and auto stocks amid mixed trends from the global markets and outflow of foreign funds.

The 30-share BSE Sensex declined by 27.09 points or 0.04% to settle at 73,876.82. During the day, the index oscillated between the high of 74,151.21 and the low of 73,757.23.

The broader NSE Nifty declined 18.65 points or 0.08% to 22,434.65, with 30 components of the 50-share benchmark ending with losses.

"Nifty remained volatile throughout the day after an initial weak start due to negative global cues," said Rupak De, Senior Technical Analyst, LKP Securities.

He further said that the index may trend towards 22,650. "Support is positioned at 22,350 on the lower end."

Among the Sensex constituents, as many as 16 stocks closed with losses with Nestle India, Kotak Mahindra Bank, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finserve, Titan and JSW Steel being the major laggards.

Index major Reliance, Hindustan Unilever, Maruti and Tata Steel also declined due to selling pressure.

In contrast, NTPC, TCS, Tech Mahindra, Bajaj Finance bucked the trend and ended the day in green.

Axis Bank, Bharti Airtel, Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors also defied the trend.

BSE MidCap rose 0.63 per cent, while smallcap index gained 1.19% and the largecap fell marginally by 0.07%.

Asian markets were trading in negative with Hong Kong's Hang Seng and Japan's Nikkei 225 losing sharply by 1.22% and 0.97%, respectively. China's Shanghai Composite was trading at a loss of 0.18%.

In European markets, CAC 40 of France and DAX of Germany were trading in the green, while London's FTSE 100 was losing.

The U.S. markets ended in red on Tuesday.

Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) offloaded equities worth ₹1,622.69 crore on Tuesday, according to exchange data.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude climbed 0.31% to $88.20 a barrel.

On Tuesday, the BSE benchmark Sensex declined by 110.64 points or 0.15% to settle at 73,903.91. The NSE Nifty closed 8.70 points or 0.04% lower at 22,453.30.

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