Benchmark indices BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty on Wednesday fell about 796 points or over 1 per cent to 66,800.84, due to heavy selling in banking and oil stocks in tandem with weak global trends ahead of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision. The rupee, however, rebounded 23 paise to close at 83.09 (provisional) against the US dollar.
Falling for the second day running, the 30-share BSE Sensex tumbled 796 points or 1.18 per cent to settle at 66,800.84. During the day, it tanked 868.7 points or 1.28 per cent to 66,728.14.
The NSE Nifty declined 231.90 points or 1.15 per cent to end below the 20,000 mark at 19,901.40.
US bond yields surging to 16-year high levels and fears of high crude oil prices fueling commodity inflation also hit the investor sentiment, according to analysts.
Vinod Nair, head (research) at Geojit Financial Services, said, “The domestic markets remained under pressure due to rising US bond yields and a stronger greenback. Concerns reigned over upcoming Fed policy, interest rate trajectory and rising oil prices. The Bank Nifty underperformed today due to rising cost of funds and reduction in deposits leading to a moderation in net yield.”
Rupak De, senior technical analyst at LKP Securities, said, “The Nifty has dipped below its previous swing high on the daily chart, indicating a decline in bullish sentiment. Following a period of consolidation, the index experienced a correction, which could be considered as an early indication of a bearish reversal.”
De added that a negative crossover is evident on the daily RSI. In the short term, it is probable that the Nifty will decrease toward the 19700-19630 range. Selling on rallies might remain a favourable strategy as long as the index remains below the 20000 mark.
Fresh foreign fund outflows and caution ahead of a host of interest rate decisions from global central banks also added to the overall bearish trend. Besides the US Fed meeting, the BoE (Bank of England) and the BoJ (Bank of Japan) are also scheduled to meet this week.
Among the Sensex firms, HDFC Bank emerged as the biggest loser, falling 4 per cent. JSW Steel, Reliance Industries, UltraTech Cement, Maruti, Tata Steel, Wipro, Tech Mahindra, Bharti Airtel and Larsen & Toubro were the other major laggards.
Power Grid, Asian Paints, Sun Pharma, Axis Bank, NTPC, ITC and Infosys were among the gainers.
In Asian markets, Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong ended lower while Seoul settled with gains.
European markets were trading in positive territory. The US markets ended in negative territory on Tuesday.
Global oil benchmark Brent crude fell 1.23 per cent to USD 93.18 a barrel even as supply concerns remain due to production cuts announced by Saudi Arabia and Russia.
Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) offloaded equities worth Rs 1,236.51 crore on Monday, according to exchange data. Equity markets were closed on Tuesday on account of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Snapping its 11-day rally, the BSE benchmark fell 241.79 points or 0.36 per cent to settle at 67,596.84 on Monday. The broader Nifty declined 59.05 points or 0.29 per cent to end at 20,133.30.
(With Inputs From PTI)