Sensex drops 690 points on Friday, Nifty ends below 10,800; RIL falls 3%


After opening marginally lower, the domestic equity market saw a sharp decline in the trade on Friday as investors booked profit across-the-board. The S&P BSE Sensex was trading nearly 600 points lower, slipping below the 36,000 mark in late noon deals, while NSE’s Nifty50 slipped below the crucial 10,800 level, down over 150 points.

IOC, UPL, Adani Ports, Maruti Suzuki and Indiabulls Housing were top losers among Nifty50 stocks, which fell 3.5-4.5 percent.

HPCL, BPCL, Coal India and NTPC were only gainers, up 1-2 percent.

About two shares declined for every share rising on the BSE.

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Sensex gains 24 points, Nifty ends at 10,877 led by IT, Pharma


The domestic equity market signed off the first day of December F&O series on a positive note on Friday amid buying in pharmaceutical, information technology (IT) and automobile counters.

The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 36,194, up 24 points, or 0.1 per cent, while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 10,877, up 18 points, or 0.2 per cent.

In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap rose 0.6 per cent to settle at 15,039 levels, while the S&P BSE SmallCap settled 0.5 per cent higher at 14,427 levels.

The rupee traded on a firm note on Friday, rising to 69.59 against the US dollar in intra-day trade on the back of free fall in crude prices and heavy buying by foreign institutional investors (FIIs). The domestic unit on Thursday had breached the 70-mark for the first time since August 27 to end at a three-month high of 69.85 per US dollar.

Reliance Communications (RCom) rose 13 per cent to Rs 14.40 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday after the Supreme Court asked RCom to furnish a corporate guarantee of Rs 14 billion within two days to get the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the government. The corporate guarantee will be issued by Reliance Realty Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RCom.

The Nifty Pharma index rose 2 per cent led by a rise in shares of Biocon and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. The Nifty IT index gained 1.2 per cent led by Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

YES Bank ended 6.3 per cent higher at Rs 170.50 after a TV report said that the private bank’s promotor Rana Kapoor doesn’t have any ownership in Morgan Credits or Yes Capital.

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Sensex pares gains to turn flat, Nifty below 9,950; L&T up 4%


Equity benchmarks ended flat with a positive bias on Friday. L&T, HDFC Bank and ITC helped the market close higher but Infosys and HDFC capped upside.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 24.78 points at 31,687.52 and the 50-share NSE Nifty gained 4.90 points at 9,934.80.

The market breadth turned negative in afternoon trade today as about three shares declined for every share rising on the BSE.

IDBI Bank shares gained a percent as the board of directors has approved divestment of its stake in SIDBI.

Glenmark Pharma shares dropped more than 3 percent after brokerage house Credit Suisse slashed its target price on the stock to Rs 650 from Rs 750 per share.

Bajaj Finance shares fell more than 3 percent in the afternoon as the company raised funds through QIP at a discount to its floor price.

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Sensex snaps 2-day losing streak; Nifty ends week above 10,050; IOC, HPCL zoom


The benchmark indices erased entire losses to settle near day’s high thanks to gains in metal, oil & gas and banking stocks, while the pharma index was the sole sectoral loser. Almost all constituents of the Nifty pharma index, which shed as much as 2.5% intraday, were in red.

The Sensex ended at 32,325, up 87 points, while the Nifty50 closed at 10,066, up 52 points. Both indices settled the week marginally higher.

Metals and oil marketing companies also led support to the market but the correction in Reliance Industries and healthcare stocks capped gains. Equity benchmarks opened lower and remained range bound till recovery in later part of the session.

In the broader market, the BSE Midcap outperformed to gain 0.6%, while the BSE Smallcap index settled little changed.

The breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was negative. On the BSE, 1,388 shares fell and 1,198 shares rose. A total of 172 shares remained unchanged.

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Sensex rises 124 points, Nifty50 ends near lifetime high


In a highly volatile session, the domestic equity market ended on a positive note with BSE Sensex just 40 points shy of its record high level and Nifty50 closing near its all-time high.

Sensex closed 124 points or 0.39 per cent higher at 32,020.89 while Nifty50 closed the day at 9,915.25, up 42 points or 0.42 per cent.

The 30-share pack had opened at 32,035.88 and touched an intraday high and low of 32,062.23 and 31,808.93, respectively, as index heavyweights WiproBSE 6.47 % (up 6.54 per cent) and Reliance (up 3.75 per cent) hogged the limelight.

BSE Midcap index gained 6 points or 0.04 per cent to 15,185.53 as shares of Adani Power, Bajaj Holdings and Bajaj Finserv surged up to 7 per cent.

On the other hand, BSE Small Cap index shed 7 points or 0.05 per cent to end the day at 15,992.63 as shares of Gujarat NRE Coke (down 6.55 per cent), Nucleus (down 6.07 per cent) and Dish Tv (down 5.85 per cent) capped gains.

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Sensex, Nifty post biggest weekly gain in 8 months; Airtel rallies 4.8%


Benchmark indices settled the day on a higher note, extending gains for the fourth day straight, as investors remain optimistic ahead of the Union Budget next week. Better than expected corporate earnings also aided the sentiment.

Nifty, Sensex posted their biggest weekly gains since May 27, led by gains in banking and financial stocks.