NSE Nifty tops magic 10,000 ... but just for a moment
The historic 10,000 level proved to be short-lived on Tuesday as the Nifty closed with a negative bias and the Sensex lost from its life high after investors went for profit in recent gainers.
The NSE benchmark made history breaching the 10,000 level for the first time by hitting an all-time high of 10,011.30 at the outset, led by stronger-than-expected earnings by blue- chips and continuous buying by foreign funds and domestic institutions.
But a wave of profit-booking dragged the gauge down by 1.85 points, or 0.02 per cent, to settle at 9,964.55.
Steady monsoon progress and smooth GST take-off had helped both the key indices scale historic highs, traders said. The flagship Sensex climbed to a fresh life high of 32,374.30 before closing down 17.60 points, or 0.05 per cent, at 32,228.27.
In the last two trading sessions, the key barometer had gained 341.47 points.
"Market made a historical day by touching 10k supported by better earnings from blue-chips and strong liquidity.
However, profit booking at higher levels pulled the market to mild correction due to psychological effect, muted Q1 results for midcaps and awaiting Fed monetary policy meet," said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.
Participants also looked up to US Federal Reserve policy meeting later on Tuesday. Key indices in the Asian region lay low.
Major losers include Lupin 1.96 per cent, along with Tata Motors, Coal India and Sun Pharma. Asian Paints fell 0.35 per cent after the company on Tuesday reported 20.23 per cent decline in consolidated net profit for the first quarter ended June.
Bharti Airtel surged 1.76 per cent after reports of the government considering giving telecom companies more time to pay for the spectrum they bought, in a bid to ease sectoral stress. Axis Bank too rose 1.94 per cent, TCS up 1.50 per cent and Tata Steel 1.03 per cent.
Domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 668.87 crore while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares to the tune of Rs 366.84 crore on Monday, showed provisional data.
The capital goods index fell the most. Auto, healthcare and FMCG too weighed. Sectoral indices such as metal, realty and banking finished higher.
Broader markets – the midcap and smallcap indices – outperformed.
The rupee on Tuesday weakened further to close 4 paise lower at 64.38 against the US dollar on sustained demand for the American currency from importers.
With the FOMC rate decision fast approaching, overall forex market undertone remained little shaky as currency traders preferred to stay on the sidelines and avoided taking any long positions.
Fresh unwinding by Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) also weighed on the rupee sentiment.
However, a breathtaking record rally in local equities along with subdued dollar overseas trend largely cushioned the fall, a currency trader said.
The rupee opened substantially lower at 64.42 from overnight close of 64.34 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (forex) market.
It remained under pressure throughout the day and swung between 64.35 and 64.42 due to uneven dollar demand and supply before ending at 64.38, showing a loss of 4 paise, 0.06 per cent.