Sensex, Nifty end six-day fall as banking, auto shares advance

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Benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty ended their six-day losing run on Monday on the back of buying in banking, auto and power stocks amid mixed trends in global equities.

The 30-share BSE Sensex rebounded by 180.22 points or 0.34% to settle at 52,973.84 points in a see-saw trade.

The index opened higher and soared over 634 points to a day’s high of 53,428.28 in the first half of the trade. However, profit booking in IT and select heavyweight counters capped the gains dragging the index down by around 800 points to a low of 52,632.48 points.

The broader NSE Nifty went up by 60.15 points or 0.38% to finish at 15,842.30, logging its first gain in seven sessions. Sensex and Nifty tanked over 5% in the previous six sessions due to heavy selling by FPIs over inflation concerns.

“Autos & banks helped benchmark indices stay in the green as rising inflation and its impact on discretionary spending kept investors worried. The broader markets witnessed keen interest in companies likely to post good numbers during the first quarter of the current fiscal,” S. Ranganathan, head of research at LKP securities said.

Ajit Mishra, vp-research, Religare Broking Ltd. said since markets are closely following global cues, the rebound in the U.S. market is giving hope for some respite on the domestic front as well.

Gains in HDFC twins, Kotak Bank, ICICI Bank and SBI helped indices end their losing streak.

HDFC rose by 1.96% while HDFC Bank by 1.1%. SBI advanced by 2.27%, Kotak Bank by 1.83%, IndusInd Bank by 1.61% and ICICI Bank by 0.85%.

NTPC rose the most by 3.05% among Sensex shares, followed by Bajaj Finance which gained 2.37%. Among auto stocks, Maruti advanced by 2.14% and M&M by 1.57%.

However, losses in IT and select FMCG counters restricted the rally in shares. Ultratech Cement was the biggest loser, declining by 3.01%. Asian Paints dropped 2.15% while ITC declined 1.78%.

IT major TCS dropped 1%, Tech Mahindra by 1.22% and Infosys by 0.94%.

“Continued selling by FIIs as they chase high yield US bonds restricts the Indian market to hold on to its pull-back rally, despite interest from the domestic investors,” Vinod Nair, head of research at Geojit Financial Services said.

Weakness in global equities along with the unfavourable global cues led to heavy selling towards the closing hours, as the investors lacked the confidence to take forward their positions, Mr. Nair added. The investors are currently on a risk deleveraging phase, hunting for safe-haven investments.

Shares of ACC and Ambuja Cements were in huge demand after Gautam Adani’s group clinched a deal to acquire a controlling stake in Holcim Ltd’s businesses in India for $10.5 billion.

ACC shares rallied 3.7% to end at ₹2,192 while Ambuja Cements gained 2.59% to close at ₹368.10.

Adani group companies also posted gains, led by Adani Enterprises which soared 2.53% to ₹2,107.05. Adani Power jumped 4.99%.

Broader markets outperformed the benchmark indices.

BSE MidCap rose by 1.51% to 22,145.10 while BSE SmallCap advanced 1.15% to 25,605.99 points.

Among sectoral indices, BSE Telecom spurted 2.85%, Auto by 2.2%, Utilities by 2.17%, Power by 2.1%, Consumer Discretionary Goods & Services by 1.44%, Finance by 1.45 and Bankex by 1.43%.

On the other hand, BSE IT, Teck and FMCG lost up to 0.58%.

“The recent spate of negative news have prompted investors to cut equity exposure. At one point, benchmark indices were going great guns, but profit-taking once again saw the markets pare most of their early gains to end marginally higher. There are concerns that rising interest rates to quell higher inflation could hurt growth and may result in further correction,” said Shrikant Chouhan, head of equity research (retail), Kotak Securities Ltd.

Markets in Asia ended on a mixed note, with Hong Kong and Tokyo settling in the green, while Seoul and Shanghai were marginally lower.

Equity exchanges in Europe were also quoting on a mixed note in the afternoon session.

Stock exchanges in the U.S. had ended with smart gains on Friday.

Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude declined 0.51% to $111 per barrel.

Continuing their selling spree, foreign institutional investors offloaded shares worth ₹3,780.08 crore on Friday, according to stock exchange data.

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