Mumbai: Logging its first drop in eight days, the benchmark Sensex today slipped by 230.86 points to end at 29,231.41 led by profit-booking in bluechips, including RIL.
Traders said the market was in an ‘over-bought’ position following huge positions built up on optimism over the forthcoming Budget and hopes of faster reforms. With the BSE Sensex rising by a hefty 1,234.85 points in past seven days, some money was taken off the table, they added.
Losses in other Sensex counters like Tata Power, ICICI Bank, Bharti Airtel, Infosys, Wipro, HDFC and Maruti Suzuki also weighed on market sentiments. Overall, 23 shares fell.
Shares of Reliance Industries (RIL) today witnessed selling pressure, falling over 3%, after Delhi Police yesterday had detained an RIL staffer in connection with alleged official document theft in the oil ministry.
The BSE Sensex opened lower at 29,446.21 and dropped to the day’s low of 29,178.26 and finally settled with a loss of 230.86 points, or 0.78%, at 29,231.41. Intra-day, the gauge touched a high of 29,462.09 in early trade.
The 50-share NSE Nifty moved down by 61.70 points, or 0.69%, to finish at 8,833.60 after hovering between 8,816.30 and 8,899.95.
Despite today’s fall, both key indices Sensex and Nifty posted a gain on weekly basis.
Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) picked up shares worth a net Rs 1,542.70 crore yesterday, as per provisional data.
Sector-wise, the BSE Oil & Gas index suffered the most by losing 1.79%, followed by IT index by 1.24%.
Teck index (1.21%), Metal index (0.51%), Banking index (0.47%), Capital Goods index (0.22%) and Auto index (0.08%) also reported losses.
Globally, Japan’s Nikkei ended higher and European markets saw little change as euro-area Finance Ministers prepared to meet in Brussels to seek agreement on Greece’s bailout funding.