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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Opening Bell – Sensex rallies over 150 points

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At 9:15 AM, the S&P BSE Sensex is trading at 25,928, up 163 points, while NSE Nifty is trading at 7,989, up 60 points.

The Indian rupee opened marginally higher by three paise at 68.13/$ against the previous close of 68.16/$.

Asian markets excluding Japan all traded in the green as an earthquake in Japan & threats of a Tsunami break out kept the Japanese index flat to marginally negative. This after oil hit a new 4 week high along with the Dow Jones, Nasdaq & the S&P index rising in tandem. The risk on trade is back in action as globally bullishness resurfaces with Japan & the US indices in new bull markets.

Nifty continues to see foreign selling dominate proceedings with fear being the dominant theme. The perception of sharp slowdown in the economy on the back of demonetization is leading to short term pain with ETF selling exaggerating the visible fall out. For today, expect bounce back from extremely oversold zone as PCR (put call ratio) trading @ 0.7 indicates pessimism at a high with call writing overdone. Banks, energy & IT should lead the pullback with FMCG & Infra being laggards for today.

On the economy front, the Central bank gave lenders an additional 60 days’ time to reclassify a loan in default as bad on their books and start setting aside money to cover it. This is over and above the 90-day period, according to existing guidelines.

India’s domestic air traffic grew 23.2% in October, continuing its over two-year run of double-digit growth on the back of cheap fares and rising connectivity.

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