Sensex, Nifty fall in early trade on profit-booking

The benchmark Bombay Stockm Exchange (BSE) Sensex rose over 46 points to end at 28,121.89 on continued buying in blue-chip shares and wrapped up its best weekly gain in over two months.

Similarly, the National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty index inched up by 19.65 points, or 0.23 per cent, to close at 8,513.80.

Markets were in a positive mood after Thursday’s massive rally as Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan sprang a surprise by cutting interest rates by 0.25 per cent to boost growth.

The 30-share Sensex, after opening lower on profit booking in recent gainers, dipped below 28,000-mark to touch a low of 27,945.31. However, it gained ground and settled at 28,121.89, a rise of 46.34 points or 0.17 per cent.

For the week, the BSE index gained 663 points. This is its best weekly rise in absolute terms since October 31.

Besides the rate cut, macroeconomic data also supported buying as government data showed that India’s trade deficit declined to 10-month low in December.

“Markets remained in a very narrow range but in bullish mode to adjust for the effect of a interest rate cut on the balance sheets of India Inc,” said Bonanza Portfolio, Associate Fund Manager, Hiren Dhakan.

However, tepid earnings of some firms affected trading.

TCS shares fell after the company posted a marginal 0.1 per cent slide in its net profits in December quarter.

Heavyweight RIL saw some demand ahead of earnings.

Of 30 Sensex constituents, 18 shares ended with gains led by Sun Pharma, Coal India, Hindustan Unilever, M&M, BHEL, Sesa Sterlite, Cipla, L&T, Dr Reddys, Tata Power and HDFC Bank.

Sectorwise, the BSE Consumer Durables index gained the most by rising 1.98 per cent, followed by Healthcare index 1.41 per cent, Power index 1.36 per cent and Capital Goods index 1.23 per cent, among others.

The BSE Mid-cap Index also rose by 0.32 per cent while the Small-cap index fell 0.04 per cent.

Globally, a weak closing at other Asian bourses and a lower opening at European markets following a surprise move by the Swiss central bank to strengthen its currency were the major international cues on Friday.

Foreigners bought shares worth net Rs 1,738.24 crore on Thursday as per provisional data.

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