Sensex, Nifty sluggish; SBI down 2%, auto stocks rise

bear-marketThe market is sluggish with the Nifty hovering around 7950. The 50-share index is up 28.25 points or 0.4 percent at 7957.35 and the Sensex is up 56.65 points or 0.2 percent at 25821.79. About 1048 shares have advanced, 1346 shares declined, and 169 shares are unchanged.

Auto stocks are rising with Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp and Maruti leading the pack. HUL and Adani Ports are other gainers in the Sensex. Among losers are BHEL, SBI, L&T, GAIL and NTPC.

The rupee slipped from its initial recovery, dropping 7 paise to Rs 68.23 in late morning deals following bouts of dollar demand from importers despite higher domestic equities.

Overseas, the US dollar took a breather against basket currencies in early Asian trade, as investors consolidated the gains built on expectations of increased fiscal spending and higher inflation under a Trump administration.

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