Nifty, Sensex close lower on profit booking, pharma, banking stocks plunge

Nifty, Sensex close lower on profit booking, pharma, banking stocks plunge

Mumbai: Stock markets saw a price correction on the first session of the new derivative series on Friday as the Sensex and the Nifty ran up losses at the close amid muted corporate earnings. Leads from global markets were not supportive either.
The selling took hold at the start of August futures and options (F&O) series in the derivatives segment, traders said.
The NSE index struggled and ended at 10,014.50, down 6.05 points, or 0.06%, from the previous close after hitting a low of 9,944.50. A spell of buying towards the end arrested the slide for the BSE Sensex, which closed lower by 73.42 points, or 0.23%, at 32,309.88.
The index had gained 155.03 points in the previous two sessions and closed at lifetime high of 32,383.30 yesterday.
Both indices, however, registered gains for the week, their fourth straight weekly advance. From the week point of view, the Sensex climbed 280.99 points, or 0.87%, while the Nifty gained 99.25 points, or 1%. It was a record-smashing week for both the indices, which scaled their lifetime highs.
The benchmark Sensex closed lower for the first time in last three trading sessions, hit by losses in pharma, metal, realty, capital goods and banking stocks.
“Soft July derivatives rollover figures amid weak global cues lent a weak bias to opening sentiment, but pullback from the PSU banks steadied the indices. Market is also expecting a rate cut from RBI’s policy meeting next week, with the inflation figures at record low,” said Anand James, Chief Market Strategist, Geojit Financial Services.
Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth a net Rs1,869.92 crore on Thursday while domestic institutions sold worth Rs660.03 crore, according to provisional data. Dr Reddy’s was the biggest drag, which crashed 6.08% after the drug firm’s consolidated net profit for the June quarter plunged.
Lupin and Sun Pharma followed suit. Shares of ICICI Bank too fell 3.60% after the private bank reported a marginal rise in June quarter earnings. Hero MotoCorp, L&T, Axis Bank, Hindustan Unilever (HUL), Coal India, all fell by up to 2.04%.
Reliance Capital rose 8.84% after 15% growth in quarterly consolidated net profit. ITC moved up by 0.90% after the company posted an increase in standalone net profit for April-June. HDFC climbed 3.20%.
The BSE healthcare index took the big knock, falling 1.73%, followed by metal, realty and capital goods. Broader markets managed to keep their head above water with gains. Asian markets ended lower, dragged down by subdued US earnings and a drop in technology shares. European stocks witnessed a subdued trend too.

 

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