After a day’s breather, the BSE Sensex resumed its downward spiral by taking a hit of over 46 points to 28,077 after investors locked-in gains amid weaker opening in European markets and a mixed closing in Asia.
For the week, both indices Sensex and Nifty slipped 75.40 points or 0.26 per cent, and 5.25 points or 0.06 per cent, respectively. The initial trend was upbeat, driven by sustained foreign fund inflows but profit-booking at improved level by participants mainly dampened sentiments, brokers said.
Globally, markets turned cautious after a Federal Reserve policy maker said the US economy is strong enough to warrant an increase in interest rates soon. The rupee weakening by 25 paise to 67.06 (intra-day) against the dollar during the day also had its bearing on trading sentiment.
Shares of State Bank of India surged 4.15 per cent to Rs 258.50 after its board cleared the merger of five associate banks and Bhartiya Mahila Bank with the state-run lender.
State Bank of Tranvancore surged 6.06 per cent to Rs 536.50, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur climbed 1.23 per cent to Rs 681.60, while State Bank of Mysore tumbled 11.21 per cent to Rs 552. In broader markets, the mid-cap index rose 0.52 per cent while small-cap ended 0.45 per cent higher.
Shares of Shipping Corporation of India tumbled 4.92 per cent to Rs 70.60 after the PSU reported a 72.56 per cent decline in net profit to Rs 55.91 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2016.
The 30-share Sensex after opening higher at 28,167.66 continued to advance and hit a high of 28,212.30. However, on profit-booking in bluechips, it slipped into the negative terrain to touch a low of 28,026.12 before settling 46.44 points, or 0.17 per cent, down at 28,077 points. The gauge had gained 118.07 points in yesterday’s session.
The NSE Nifty after choppy movements touched a high of 8,696.60 and a low of 8,647.10, finally terminated 6.35 points, or 0.07 per cent, down at 8,666.90. Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 162.17 crore yesterday, as per provisional data released by the stock exchanges.