Benchmark Sensex surrendered much of its early gains on Tuesday on widespread caution ahead of release of GDP data as it ended at over two-week high of 26,394 on sustained buying amid mixed global cues. Auto, telecom, consumer durables, energy, industrials and capital goods stocks firmed up on good buying, while IT, FMCG, banking and metal counters slipped on profit-booking.
This was the third straight session of gains for the 30-share index, which rose 43.84 points or 0.17 per cent to close at 26,394.01, its highest closing since November 11, when it had ended at 26,818.82.
Intra-day, it shuttled between 26,587.07 and 26,354.66.
The gauge has risen by 533.84 points or 2.06 per cent in three days.
The NSE Nifty, after touching a high of 8,197.35, slipped to 8,128.70 before closing 15.25 points, or 0.19 per cent, higher at 8,142.15.
“With bulk of earnings numbers out, markets would now focus on macros, especially with many, including GDP and PMI figures, due for release in the next two days,” said Anand James, Chief Market Strategist, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services
Market is also tracking tomorrow’s OPEC meeting, where producers are likely to discuss output cuts.
Sentiment remained upbeat for the better part of the day after the government yesterday provided yet another opportunity to black money holders to legalise their wealth, brokers said.
The government has proposed to tax at 50 per cent the unaccounted demonetised cash that is disclosed voluntarily till December 30, after which a steep up to 85 per cent tax and penalty will be levied on undisclosed wealth that is discovered by authorities.
Meanwhile, Fitch Ratings today lowered India’s GDP growth forecast for this fiscal to 6.9 per cent from 7.4 per cent, saying there will be “temporary disruptions” to economic activity post demonetisation.
Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 1,436.40 crore yesterday, as per provisional data released by the stock exchanges.
Overseas, Asian stocks closed on a mixed note ahead of key global events scheduled for this week, including tomorrow’s meeting between the world’s largest oil producers and the release of US non-farm payroll report on Friday.
Key Asian indices like China, Singapore and South Korea moved up by 0.01 per cent to 0.18 per cent, while Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan declined by 0.27 per cent to 0.41 per cent.
European shares were trading lower in their afternoon trade with commodities-related stocks coming under renewed selling pressure after a sharp decline in metals and oil prices.
Key indices in France and Germany rose by 0.32 per cent to 0.86 per cent while UK’s FTSE quoted lower by 0.42 per cent.
The rupee recovering from this year’s lowest closing too buoyed sentiment. The currency ended the day at 68.65 against the US dollar, up 11 paise.
In line with the overall trend, BSE Small-cap index ended 0.55 per cent higher, while Mid-cap index rose 0.53 per cent as investors were seen widening their portfolios.
Of the 30-share Sensex pack, 18 scrips ended higher.
Major gainers were Maruti (3.96 per cent), Asian Paints (2.17 per cent), Bharti Airtel (2.11 per cent), Gail (2.07 per cent), Hero MotoCorp (2.05 per cent), M&M (1.88 per cent), Adani Ports (1.51 per cent) and Coal India (1.23 per cent).
However, Axis Bank fell by 1.59 per cent, followed by Sun Pharma (1.05 per cent), ITC (0.99 per cent), TCS (0.83 per cent), Infosys (0.71 per cent), NTPC (0.70 per cent) and Power Grid (0.55 per cent).
Among BSE sectoral indices, auto rose 2.20 per cent, telecom 2.04 per cent, consumer durables 0.93 per cent, industrials 0.58 per cent, energy 0.30 per cent, capital goods 0.26 per cent and realty 0.26 per cent.
However, IT fell 0.51 per cent, followed by FMCG (0.47 per cent), bankex (0.39 per cent) and metal (0.17 per cent).
Market breadth remained positive as 1,570 shares ended higher, 1,028 closed lower while 199 ruled steady.
Total turnover fell to Rs 2,875.88 crore from Rs 3,011.61 crore on Monday.