Sensex at five-week low, Nifty settles at 9,710, down 350 pts for the week


The markets settled at their five-week lows as PSU banks and metal stocks tanked, while escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea continued to drive investors away from risk assets.

The Nifty PSU Bank index dipped nearly 5% after Oriental Bank, Union Bank of India and State Bank of India fell 5% each post disappointing earnings for the June quarter. Meanwhile, volatility index India VIX hit its highest in six months, suggesting market participants expect major volatility on the Nifty over the next thirty days.

Benchmark indices ended the session and the week on a negative note, with indices seeing big cuts in the day’s trade.

The Sensex closed down 317.74 points at 31213.59, while the Nifty ended lower by 109.45 points at 9710.80. The market breadth was negative as 1,003 shares advanced against a decline of 1,525 shares, while 135 shares were unchanged.
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Sensex, Nifty consolidate; midcaps at record high, Tata Steel up


Markets consolidated with midcaps at record high. The Bank Nifty closed at its highest level in the last 17-months high. The Sensex was down 46.44 points or 0.2 percent at 28077 and the Nifty was down 6.35 points at 8666.90. About 1480 shares have advanced, 1237 shares declined, and 182 shares are unchanged.

In stock specific action SBI remained on buyers’ radar gained 4 percent as investors gave a thumbs up to its merger ratio. All SBI associates including State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Travancore and State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur jumped.

BHEL, Tata Steel, HUL and Cipla were other top gainers while Coal India, TCS, Lupin, Sun Pharma and M&M were losers in the Sensex.

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