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Sensex, Nifty to move in a range: Thursday closing report

Close above any previous day’s high may reverse the current down pull

With the recent US Federal Reserve's policy statement hinting towards the prospect of interest rates rising sooner than anticipated, it played negatively on the investor’s sentiments globally. Back home, the indices made a weak opening and stayed in the negative for the entire session on Thursday except for a few minutes of efforts to enter the positive zone by the BSE 30-share Sensex.

 

The Sensex opened at 21,798. It moved in a range between 21,705 and 21,853 before closing at 21,740 (down 93 points or 0.42%). The NSE 50-share opened at 6,508 and hit a high of 6,524 and a low of 6,473 before closing at 6,483 (down 41 points or 0.63%). The NSE recorded a volume of 59.07 crore shares. Today’s loss has wiped off past three days of gain.

 

Except for IT (1.69%); Media (0.20%) and Pharma (0.17%) all the other indices on the NSE closed in the negative. The top five losers were Realty (2.63%); PSU Bank (2.23%); Infra (1.68%); Finance (1.65%) and Bank Nifty (1.39%).

 

Of the 50 stocks on the Nifty, 12 ended in the green. The top five gainers were TCS (3.31%); Hindustan Unilever (2.03%); Cipla (1.31%); Wipro (1.27%); Sun Pharma (0.97%) and Infosys (0.96%). The top five losers were DLF (3.91%); BPCL (3.90%); Ambuja Cements (3.64%); Jaiprakash Associates (3.09%) and Power Grid (3.03%).

 

Of the 1,540 companies on the NSE, 581 closed in the green, 877 closed in the red while 82 closed flat.

 

India will provide Rs13.5 billion to farmers affected by heavy rains and hailstorms in two key producing states, a government source said on Thursday.

 

US indices closed in the negative on Wednesday. The US Federal Reserve cut another $10 billion from its economic stimulus programme on Wednesday. Chairwoman Janet Yellen also announced that the Fed has decided to alter its guidance on when interest rates would rise. Previously, the central bank had indicated that rates could rise when the unemployment rate dipped below 6.5% however now the Fed has now dropped the reference. In deciding how long to keep rates low, the committee will look at a "wide range of information," including labour market conditions, inflation expectations and financial markets, she said.

 

Except for KLSE Composite (up 0.04%) and NZSE 50 (up 0.11%) all the other Asian indices closed in the negative. Jakarta Composite (2.54%) was the top loser.

 

China will keep economic growth at a reasonable rate while keeping inflation stable, Premier Li Keqiang reportedly said on Wednesday.

 

On Thursday, the government relaxed rules to allow more foreigners to invest in its stock markets, the latest step to free its financial markets after widening the yuan's trading band at the weekend, taking it closer to turning the yuan into a convertible, global currency. China has lifted a ban on equity financing for listed property developers for the first time in four years, a step that could herald less government intervention in the sector and ease funding concerns as credit grows tight and the economy slows.

 

New Zealand's annual economic growth exceeded 3% for a second straight quarter, buoyed by dairy exports, adding to signs of increasing inflation pressure that may require higher borrowing costs. Gross domestic product increased 3.1% in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, Statistics New Zealand said in Wellington today. That's slower than the revised 3.3% pace in the third quarter. GDP rose 0.9% from the third quarter.

 

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov on Thursday said that Russia isn't planning to cut budget spending in the next three years as it will replace expensive borrowing with extra revenue from exports.

 

European indices were trading in the red while the US indices were trading marginally lower.

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