Mar 11, 2013, 04.44 PM IST
After last week's big rally, key Indian indices ended in the red on Monday. At 15.57 hrs IST, the Sensex was down 37.02 points at 19646.21 and the Nifty ended flat down 3.35 points at 5942.35.
"One should avoid trading the Bank Nifty and the Nifty even for a carry forward position because choppiness could creep into the market tomorrow," recommended technical analyst Sudarshan Sukhani of s2analytics.com
Engineering company Siemens was the top gainer on the Sensex rising more than 5 percent. The stock shot up more than 7 percent to touch an intraday of Rs 571. DLF (2.97%), Tata Power (2.38%), HDFC (2.26%) and Asian Paints (1.93%) were the other gainers.
On the other hand, profit booking was seen in IT, banking, capital good and auto stocks. Hero Motocorp was the top loser on the Sensex, it fell 2.51%. Wipro (1.35%), Bajaj Auto (1.35%), Jindal Steel (1.24%) and TCS (1.05%) were the other losers.
Meanwhile, there was some respite on the macro front, trade deficit narrowed to USD 14.92 billion in February on the back of a 4.3 percent y-o-y jump in exports. Import growth also slowed to 2.6 percent, but crude oil and gold imports continued to remain high. The Indian currency touched 54.44 per USD dollar.
At 13.52 hrs IST, the Sensex is down 14.64 points or 0.07 percent at 19668.59, and the Nifty down 1.70 points or 0.03 percent at 5944.00.
The 50-share NSE Nifty continued to hover around 5950 level since early trade after rising more than 250 points in previous four consecutive sessions.
Equity benchmarks began steady Monday, with realty, and oil and gas shares leading early gainers. The Sensex was up 41 points at 19724 and the Nifty up 13 points at 5958.
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