Moneycontrol
Apr 13, 2012 11:45 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Sensex flat; banks up, IT Index tanks 6% post Infy results

The BSE Sensex was completely lacklustre on Friday, even after strong global cues. Disappointing guidance by Infosys for FY13 dampened the sentiment of the market as well as technology sector, but the upside in banks, oil & gas, infrastructure and auto stocks was supporting the market trade moderately higher.


The BSE Sensex was completely lacklustre on Friday, even after strong global cues. Disappointing guidance by Infosys for FY13 dampened the sentiment of the market as well as technology sector, but the upside in banks, oil & gas, infrastructure and auto stocks was supporting the market trade moderately higher.


The BSE benchmark climbed just 32 points to 17,364.24 led by 27 components. Meanwhile, the NSE benchmark was up 16 points at 5,292.90.


Asian markets like Hang Seng, Nikkei and Taiwan Weighted moved up 1.2-1.6%, tracking rally in US and European markets yesterday. Straits Times and Kospi gained 0.6-0.9% while Shanghai rose just 0.2%. The US equity markets rose 1.4% yesterday on the back of better than expected Italy auctions and strong expectations of China's Q1 GDP, which came in at 8.1% versus estimate of 8.3%.


Back home, earnings season kicked off with Infosys numbers for the fourth quarter of FY12. Company met expectations for Q4, but it made investors nervous with its guidance for financial year 2012-13. Second largest software services provider is expecting revenue growth of 8-10% in FY13 while street had expected at 12-14%.


The stock plunged nearly 9% to Rs 2,506.75 a share while its rivals TCS and Wipro were down 3-4%. The BSE IT Index tanked 6%.


However, the BSE Auto, Power, FMCG, Capital Goods, Realty, Bank, Healthcare, Oil & Gas and Metal indices were up 1-1.75%.


Country's largest lenders State Bank of India and ICICI Bank rose nearly 2% ahead of RBI policy, which scheduled to be announced on April 17. Experts feel the RBI may consider rate cut of 25 basis points.


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At 9:19 hours IST: Sensex up 37 pts; Infy falls 9% on weak FY13 guidance


The BSE Sensex started off trade with more than 50 points gap down due to Infosys' disappointing FY13 guidance, but strong global cues helped the market turned positive immediately.


Infosys, software services provider met expectations for fourth quarter of FY12, but it has disappointed the street by its guidance for financial year 2012-13. The company posted net profit of Rs 2,316 crore, a fall of 2.4% QoQ while the revenue growth for FY13 expected to be 8.10% versus expectations of 12-14%. The stock opened with a fall of 11% or Rs 300 while rival TCS dropped 5%. Wipro and HCL Tech fell 2.5%. Tech Mahindra was down 1.5%.


The BSE benchmark was up 37.34 points at 17,369.96 and the NSE benchmark rose 15.4 points to 5,292.25.


However, ITC, Tata Steel, NTPC, IDFC, Coal India, SBI, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Reliance Industries gained.


About two shares advanced for every share falling on the National Stock Exchange.


In the second line shares, MT Educare (listed yesterday) shot up 5%, which had rallied 13% yesterday.


Nagarjuna Oil Refinery surged 5%. Kingfisher and 3i Infotech were up 1.5%. Unitech rose 2%.

DCB gained nearly 2% ahead of Q4 numbers today.

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