May 18, 2012 12:40 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Sensex tanks 250 pts on broadbased selling; HUL outperforms

The Sensex and the Nifty took heavy knock on Friday due to consistent fall across all the sectors. Rising concerns over Eurozone and disappointing US data dented the sentiment. Even the Indian rupee depreciated by 40 paise to record low of 54.86 a dollar as euro and other Asian currencies too were under pressure.

Sensex tanks 250 pts on broadbased selling; HUL outperforms

The Sensex and the Nifty took heavy knock on Friday due to consistent fall across all the sectors. Rising concerns over Eurozone and disappointing US data dented the sentiment. Even the Indian rupee depreciated by 40 paise to record low of 54.86 a dollar as euro and other Asian currencies too were under pressure.

The market has been falling in last nine out of 13 sessions. The BSE benchmark tumbled 250.52 points or 1.56% to 15,820, weighed down by 29 components. Meanwhile, the NSE benchmark dropped 77.35 points or 1.59% to 4,792.85 (below 4800 level for the first time since January 10, 2012).

Tata Motors, country's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer plunged 5% while top car maker Maruti Suzuki lost 4%.

Engineering and construction major by sales Larsen & Toubro was down nearly 2% and state-owned BHEL fell over 3%.

Private sector lenders ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank dropped 2% and 1.35%, respectively, but State Bank of India stayed flat. Housing finance company HDFC was down 1.5%.

Country's second largest software services exporter Infosys tumbled 2.5% and cigarette major ITC declined 1.35%.

Among metals stocks, Tata Steel, Sterlite Industries, Jindal Steel and Hindalco tanked 2-3%. However, HUL was the only gainer among Sensex 30, rising 0.5%.

About two shares went down for every share advancing on the BSE. The BSE Midcap Index was down 1% and Smallcap was down 0.8%.

Most active stocks on the BSE were AstraZeneca (up 6%) with 89,052 equity shares and Kajaria Ceramic (up 2.6%) with 8,33,357 shares.

In the second line shares, BOC India (on delisting buzz), Fresenius Kabi, Hindustan National Glass and Edelweiss Capital gained 2-5% whereas Supreme Industries, Sterlite Tech, Indiabulls Real, Berger Paints and Manappuram Finance lost 4-5.5%.

Hindustan Media Ventures shot up over 6% ahead of the fourth quarter numbers today.

Aviation stocks rallied. CNBC-TV18 reported quoting top government sources that foreign direct investment in aviation is in final stages of approval. Jet Airways was up 1.7% and Kingfisher Airlines rose 2.8%. SpiceJet surged 4%.

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At 10:16 hours IST: Sensex down over 180 points, Re falls to record low

The BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty showed somewhat recovery, though both were down nearly 1% each. The Indian rupee fell to a record low against the dollar for the third consecutive day on Friday as risk aversion made a strong comeback with Asian stocks showing deep cuts and euro falling to a four-month low.

The BSE benchmark fell 183.64 points or 1.14% to 15,886.84 after hitting an intraday low of 15,838.51. Meanwhile the NSE benchmark was down 56.80 points or 1.17% to 4813.40.

The rupee was last trading at 54.83, breaching its previous all-time low of 54.60 hit on Thursday.

The euro zone crisis and the country's deficit worries are the macro news that is taking the Indian currency lower.

Infosys, India's No. 2 software services exporter lost 2.35% while its rivals Wipro and TCS were flat.

Tata Motors, top commercial vehicle maker tanked 3%; Bajaj Auto, Maruti, Hero Motocorp and M&M were down 1-2%.

Index heavyweights and oil & gas producers Reliance Industries and ONGC moved down just 0.4% and 0.9%, respectively.

Top private sector lenders ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank 1.4% and 0.7%, respectively, but rival State Bank of India rallied 1.44% ahead of fourth quarter numbers today. Analysts on average expect strong numbers from country's largest lender.

Cigarette major ITC and top telecom operator Bharti Airtel declined 1.5%.

However, HUL and Cipla gained 0.3-0.7%.

About three shares declined for every share rising on the National Stock Exchange.

At 9:20 hours IST: Mkt opens 1.3% down on nagging EU woes, weak US data

The BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty began trading with 1.2% gap down on Friday morning in reaction to rising concerns over Spain and Greece in Eurozone, and weak US economic data.

The BSE benchmark slipped below the 16000 level in the opening trade and was trading at 15,882.03, down 188.45 points or 1.17%.

Moody’s cut 16 Spanish bank ratings by 1-3 notches including EU’s largest Banco Santander. Spanish bonds yield was at 6.25% and now market experts feel bond slide could see yields moving to 7%. Fitch downgraded Greece to CCC from B- and sees heightened risk of Greece exiting Euro.

Back home, the NSE benchmark tested 4800 level on opening tick; it fell 61.20 points or 1.26% to 4,809.

Commodity shares took beating due to fall in commodities yesterday. JSPL, Tata Steel, Hindalco, SAIL and Sterlite Industries tanked 2-3%.

Auto stocks too were under pressure; Bajaj Auto, Tata Motors, M&M and Maruti fell 2-3%.

IDFC, ITC, L&T, DLF, BHEL, JP Associates, Ranbaxy Labs and Infosys slipped 1.5-2%. Reliance Industries and HUL were down 1%.

However, ONGC gained 0.5% on falling crude oil prices. SBI rose 0.3% ahead of its healthy numbers in Q4.

The CNX Midcap Index plummeted 93 points or 1.35% to 6,793. About five shares declined for every share rising on the National Stock Exchange.

In the second line shares, Mahindra Satyam shot 4% post excellent performance in profit after tax in Q4. Tech Mahindra gained 3%.

Jaypee Infratech rose 2.5% after good numbers in March quarter.

Jet Airways gained 2% on rising market share. Kingfisher Airlines went up 3.5% as CNBC-TV18 reported quoting top government sources that FDI in aviation is in final stages of approval.

BOC India rallied 4.5% on delising buzz.

However, JSW Ispat and JSW Steel were down 1-3%.

IRB Infra, IVRCL and Punj Lloyd tanked 3-5%.

Delta Corp, Unitech, REC, PFC, Ashok Leyland, VIP, Voltas and Educomp Solutions tumbled 2-4%.

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