Sensex Down 150 pts, Nifty Below 18,100; TVS Motor Up 3%

Last Updated: January 25, 2023, 15:57 IST

Sensex Down 150 pts, Nifty Below 18,100; TVS Motor Up 3%

A man looks at a screen across a road displaying the Sensex on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai. (File photo/Reuters)

Markets will likely see a volatile session on Wednesday as the monthly F&O expiry for January derivatives contracts will keep investors occupied.

Sensex Today: Benchmark indices ended lower on January 25. Equity markets succumbed to severe selling pressure on Wednesday led by losses in financial stocks and the monthly F&O expiry that weakened investor sentiment.

The BSE Sensex slumped 774 points (1.3 per cent) to close at 60,205 after it recovered from its intra day low of 60,081. The NSE Nifty lost 226 points to close at 17,892.

Across the two indices, IndusInd Bank, HDFC twins, SBI, Adani Ports, Tech M, Axis Bank and Ultratech Cement were the top drags, slipping 1-4 per cent.

On the other hand, Bajaj Auto, Maruti, HUL, Britannia, Tata Steel, and Hindalco firmly defied the weak trend and ended with gains of up to 1 per cent.

Within sectors, the Nifty PSB index tanked 3.6 per cent followed by bank, financial indices. Auto, metals and FMCG pockets closed nearly flat with fractional cuts.

In the broader market, the BSE midcap index cracked 1.5 per cent while smallcap index lost around 1 per cent. ACC, Adani Power, Motilal Oswal, Vodafone Idea, Concor and Aurobindo Pharma led midcap losses, sinking up to 7 per cent.

Dr. V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services, said: “The 18200 Nifty has become a major resistance level which is keeping the Nifty iAn the narrow band of 17800-18200. Now, it appears that a major trigger is necessary to break this range either on the upside or the downside. Two major events of February 1st – the Union Budget and the Fed decision on interest rate – have the potential to break this narrow range. A good budget and positive commentary from the Fed can break the upper band. On the contrary, any negative budget proposal like raising the rate of Long Term Capital Gains Tax or a worse-than- expected hawkish Fed can break the lower end of the range. Let’s wait for the actual outcome.”

Global Cues

Asian equities extended their winning run to scale their highest levels in seven months on Wednesday, with South Korean stocks leading the way, and the Australian dollar hit multi-month highs as surging inflation made higher interest rates more likely.

The S&P 500 ended nominally lower on Tuesday at the close of a rocky session marked by a raft of mixed earnings and a technical malfunction at the opening bell.

Crude oil prices rebounded on Wednesday as demand recovery hopes in top importer China following its exit from COVID-19 pandemic curbs provided support after prices dropped in the previous session on concerns about global economic growth.Brent crude futures gained 59 cents, or 0.7%, to $86.72 per barrel by 0214 GMT after falling 2.3% in the previous session. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose 46 cents, or 0.6%, to $80.59 per barrel, having dropped 1.8% on Tuesday.

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