Market struggles on uncertainty, slips 95 points for week

Team Udayavani, Mar 4, 2018, 9:57 AM IST

Mumbai: Equities struggled on uncertainty in a largely lacklustre volatile trading week, the BSE Sensex declined 95.21 points to close at 34,046.94 and the broader Nifty slipped 32.70 points to finish at 10,458.35. The truncated week saw the selling pressure loomed the key indices despite robust quarterly GDP data, which was duly sidelined.

Investors were looking for clear direction as the trading momentum marred by worries on overshooting of fiscal deficit target, hawkish US Fed rate hike views in the midst of revelation of more public-sector bank frauds.

The country’s GDP recorded a five-quarter high growth of 7.2% in the October-December on good showing by key sectors like agriculture, construction and manufacturing. The market got of on strong start lifted by positive global market only to turn volatile for rest all other three sessions with PSU Bank continued to bore brunt on fresh disclosures by scam-hit Punjab National Bank (PNB) along with HealthCare and Metal indices buckling under selling pressure.

The market remained closed on Friday on account of ‘Holi’. The Sensex started the week higher at 34,225.72 and hovered between 34,610.79 and 34,015.79, it closed the week at 34,046.94, showing a modest loss of 95.21 or 0.28%.

The Nifty also resumed the week up at 10,526.55 and traded between 10,631.65 and 10,447.15 before ending the week at 10,458.35, showing a loss of 32.70 points, or 0.31%.

Selling was led by Metal, Banks, HealthCare, PSUs, IT, Teck, FMCG and Power sectors. While Buying witnessed in Auto, Oil&Gas, Capital Goods, Realty and Consumer Durables counters. The Broader midcap saw substantial selling activity, while smallcap shares saw miniscule selling.

Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) and foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold shares worth Rs 3,466.77 crore during the week, as per Sebi’s record including the provisional figure of March 01, 2018.

The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index rose 0.56 points to settle at 16,562.59. The S&P BSE Small-Cap index gained 131.71 points or 0.73% to settle at 18,127.93. Both these indices outperformed the Sensex.

Among sectoral and industry indices, auto rose by 2.02% followed by oil&gas 0.90%, capital goods 0.72%, realty 0.54% consumer durables 0.32% and IPO 0.04%.

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