Sensex snaps 2-week gains

Sensex snaps 2-week gains

Profit booking by investors, capital outflows dampen sentiment

The week saw stock markets witnessing immense volatility amidst selling pressure as the S&P BSE benchmark Sensex snapped its last two-week gains, tumbling by 620 pts following hike in the interest rates by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) coupled with further reduction in its monthly bond purchases by US Federal Reserve.

Profit-booking by wary investors due to expiry of futures and options contract on Thursday and fresh capital outflows also affected the market sentiment. The sentiment further dampened after the rupee slipped past the 63-mark versus dollar. 

Almost all sectors witnessed selling pressure, led mainly by interest rates related stocks from realty, banking and auto segments. Metal and power sectors also suffered losses.

Small-cap and Midcap sectors also dropped on profit- booking from retail investors as these indices fell 2.81 per cent and 2.28 per cent, respectively.

The BSE benchmark, which touched a two-month intra-day low after RBI increased the short-term lending rate by 0.25 per cent, was hit by a sharp 8 per cent drop in Maruti Suzuki India shares after announcing quarterly earnings.

"Indian equity markets were burdened by Fed's decision to trim the bond buying programme by a further $10 billion. This resulted in weak trading in all the markets of the emerging economies and Indian markets too followed suit," Jignesh Chaudhary, Head of Research, Veracity Broking Services said. Contraction in Chinese manufacturing was also among the factors behind drop in Asian markets.

Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) sold net worth Rs 3,215.97 crs during the week as per the figures issued by the Sebi, including the provisional figure of January 31.

Major losers were Maruti Suzuki 7.74 per cent, Axis Bank 7.24 per cent, SSLT 7.03 per cent, HDFC bank 6.68 per cent, ICICI Bank 6.56 per cent, SBI 5.94 per cent, Tata Motors 5.57 per cent, Tata Steel 5.39 per cent, RIL 4.57 per cent,  Coal India 4.03 per cent and NPTC 3.95 per cent.

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