Moneycontrol
Mar 01, 2012 02:06 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Nifty drops 1%; SBI, L&T, HDIL, Rel Capital most active

The NSE Nifty skidded 1% on Thursday as a government share sale in Oil and Natural Gas Corp to raise at least USD 2.5 billion drew investors away from the secondary market.

Nifty drops 1%; SBI, L&T, HDIL, Rel Capital most active

The NSE Nifty skidded 1% on Thursday as a government share sale in Oil and Natural Gas Corp to raise at least USD 2.5 billion drew investors away from the secondary market.


Banks extended losses for a second day after economic growth slowed to its weakest pace in almost three years in the December quarter as high interest rates and rising input costs hurt investment and manufacturing.


State Bank of India, the country's largest lender, fell 1%, while rivals ICICI Bank shed 2.3% and HDFC Bank dropped 1.5%.


The BSE benchmark slipped 184.08 points or 1.04% to 17,568.60. Meanwhile the NSE benchmark lost 1.06% or 57 points to 5,328.20.


Leading car maker Maruti Suzuki bucked the trend and rallied 4% after its February sales rose 6.5%.


Ahead of their sales numbers, Hero Motocorp gained 0.75% while Bajaj Auto and M&M fell 1-2%. Tata Motors was down just 0.3%.


ONGC gained as much as 1% after the government commenced a one-day auction to sell a 5% stake in the country's largest oil producer at a floor price of Rs 290 a share. The stock later came off and was down 0.5% to Rs 292.


"ONGC will suck money from the market," said Hitash Dang, vice president at Jaypee Capital.


Foreign funds, which have bought Indian shares worth $7 billion since the end of December, are expected to bid heavily for ONGC shares, traders said.


Top engineering conglomerate L&T fell 2.4%, extended losses to a second day after it missed out on a Rs 160 billion bulk tender by utility NTPC. State-run BHEL, which too missed out on the order, fell 3%.


Index heavyweight Reliance Industries and Infosys were down 1.5%. Realty firm DLF tanked 3.6%.


Most active shares: SBI, Reliance Capital, HDIL, IFCI, L&T, HDIL, Infosys


(With inputs from Reuters)


At 11:45 hours IST: Sensex under pressure; RIL, Infosys, ICICI Bank lose


The market continued to trade lower, weighed down by index heavyweights Reliance, ICICI Bank and Infosys. L&T, BHEL, SBI and Bharti too were under pressure while Maruti accelerated smartly post February sales numbers.


The Sensex rose 122 points to 17,630.78 and the Nifty fell 36 points at 5,349.15. However, the Nifty March futures continued to trade with 48 points premium at 5,394 on reports that traders are betting on the UP election results to be in favour of Congress.


DLF and BHEL topped the selling list, losing 3% each. ICICI Bank, Wipro and Axis Bank tumbled over 2%.


Index heavyweights Infosys and Reliance Industries were down 1.55%; SBI and L&T dropped 1.3%.


HDFC Bank, ITC, Bharti Airtel, M&M, Bajaj Auto and NTPC declined about a percent.


ONGC fell 0.8%. Its auction of equity shares has opened today. Government fixed floor price for bidding at Rs 290 a share and will sell 5% stake via this auction for mopping up more than Rs 12,000 crore.

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