Stock market updates: Weak global sentiment scarred bulls on Monday as heavy selling in the financial and banking counters outweighed the gains in pharma, IT, and FMCG space. Asian stocks were mixed while European markets bled as a plunge in the Turkish lira sparked talk that capital controls might be needed to stem the rout.
The uncertainty saw Japan’s Nikkei fall 1.6 per cent, partly on speculation Japanese retail investors could face losses on large long positions in the high-yielding lira. However, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.3 per cent, aided by a 0.7 per cent rise in Chinese blue chips.
In Europe, concerns over the currency and prolonged lockdowns in Germany and France pushed stocks lower, with banks and travel shares taking the biggest hit. The pan-European STOXX 600 fell 0.5 per cent. The German DAX was down 0.5 per cent, while France’s CAC 40 fell 0.9 per cent, and the UK’s FTSE 100 dropped 0.8 per cent.
Against this backdrop, Dalal Street saw investors pressing the sell button. The frontline S&P BSE ended the session at 49,771 levels, down 87 points or 0.17 per cent. On the NSE, the Nifty50 closed at 14,736 levels, down 7.6 points or 0.05 per cent. The benchmark, however, staged a smart recovery from their intra-day lows of 49,281 and 14,598, respectively.
On the downside, IndusInd Bank, Power Grid, ICICI Bank, Tata Motors, HDFC Bank, Reliance Industries, and Axis Bank, down up to 4 per cent, were the top laggards on both the indices.
The broader markets, on the contrary, exhibited strength and settled firm. The S&P BSE MidCap and SmallCap indices ended 0.99 per cent and 0.73 per cent higher, respectively.
Those of Vidhi Specialty Food Ingredients hit a new high of Rs 213.55, up 13 per cent on the BSE in the intra-day trade, as buyers lined-up at the counter to buy the stock on expectation of strong demand for its products. The stock has rallied 52 per cent in the past one week as compared to a 1.7 per cent decline in the S&P BSE Sensex. READ MORE
ACC rallied 7 per cent to Rs 1,865, trading close to its record high level of Rs 1,893.80, touched on March 5, 2021. Trading volumes on the counter more-than-doubled with a combined 4.8 million equity shares changing hands on the NSE and BSE till 12:59 pm. In comparison, the S&P BSE Sensex was down 1 per cent at 49,341 points. Shares of Ambuja Cements, meanwhile, gained 4 per cent at Rs 295.35, and were trading near its all-time high level of Rs 298.25, hit on March 5.
Lastly, shares of Intellect Design Arena surged 9 per cent to hit a new high of Rs 733.50 on the BSE in intra-day trade. The stock has rallied 69 per cent thus far in the month of March on expectations of a strong revenue outlook. In comparison, the S&P BSE Sensex has added 1.5 per cent during the same period. READ MORE
In terms of sectoral performance, the Nifty Bank and Private Bank indices slipped 2 per cent each, while that of Auto, Financial Services, and PSU Bank eased up to 1.5 per cent. On the upside, the Nifty Realty, FMCG, IT, Pharma, and Metal indices were up in the range of 0.2 per cent to 2 per cent.