Markets consolidate as May 16 jitters keep punters in check
It was lackluster session that saw market consolidate further ahead of election results slated to be announced next week.
Both Sensex and Nifty trimmed initial gains towards the end in rangebound trades but ended with gains led by heavyweight financial, oil & gas stocks among others.
Reliance Industries, ICICI bank, Larsen & Toubro, ITC and Tata Motors collectively pulled the benchmark Sensex 130 points higher but losses in HDFC, TCS, Bharti Airtel, Infosys and Axis bank restricted the gains.
The 30-share Sensex ended 63 points higher at 22,508 and the broader 50-unit Nifty added 16 points to close at 6,715 levels.
Market participants are wary of wild swings expected in stocks on May 16 -- the poll results day, and therefore refraining from taking leveraged bets now, say analysts.
Volatility is also expected to set in post exit poll results on May 12-the last day of polling.
“CNX NIFTY has been consolidating in a range of 6650 to 6870 levels for last six weeks, it is finding sustains buying interest at lower band of the trading range but fails to hold higher levels in the absence of follow up buying and lack of participation ahead of Election result 2014.
Nifty spot is hovering near to 6700 zone but no major put unwinding seen at 6700 strike which indicates that 6650 is likely to hold time being.
On upside if it sustains above 6740 then an up move may be seen towards 6800-6825 levels,” said Chandan Taparia -Derivative Analyst at Anand Rathi Financial Services.
Services, the biggest chunk of India's economy, contracted for the tenth month in a row in April, even as the rate of fall decelerated, showed widely-tracked HSBC purchasing managers' index.
PMI rose to 48.5 points in April from 47.5 in March.
The index, however, remained below 50 points, which shows decline in activities. PMI over 50 points denotes expansion. This somewhat weighed on the sentiment capping upside in mid-morning deals.
The market sentiment was however boosted by data showing that foreign funds remained net buyers of Indian shares on Monday.
Foreign institutional investors bought shares worth a net Rs 280 crore on Monday, as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.
Gainers & Losers
Among BSE indices that track stocks of different industrial sectors, BSE Consumer durables surged over 3% followed by oil & gas index which added 1% and BSE Bankex- that track banking stocks- was up 0.5%.
Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Mahindra & Mahindra, Dr Reddys Lab and Maruti Suzuki were the notable gainers for the day.
Bharti Airtel, Tata Power, Wipro, HDFC, Hero MotoCorp and Axis Bank down 1-2%.
The broader markets outperformed the BSE benchmark index, with the mid and smallcap indices gaining 0.3-0.5%.
The market breadth was marginally negative on BSE. 1,383 stocks declined while 1,361 stocks advanced.
Ricoh India rallied 12.5% to Rs 145 after the company's promoter announced delisting offer to the public shareholders of the company.
Alkyl Amines Chemicals has moved higher by 4% to Rs 323 after the company said its board will consider the sub-division of equity shares of face value of Rs 10 a share to a lower denomination.
City Union Bank gained 6% to Rs 61.65 after the Reserve Bank of India allowed foreign institutional investors to purchase up to 35% of the paid-up capital of the bank.
Atul Limited surged 12.5% to Rs 735, extending its previous day’s 19% rally, after reporting an over two-fold jump in standalone net profit at Rs 51.56 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, on back of higher sales. Lalbhai Group agrochemicals firm had profit of Rs 21.44 crore in the same quarter year ago.
Piramal Enterprises added 3% to Rs 572 after the company said its board has recommended a dividend of 2625% or Rs 52.50 per equity share of face value of Rs 2/- for the financial year ended March 31, 2014.
United Bank of India gained 5% to Rs 36.45 after reporting an over ten-fold jump in net profit at Rs 469 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 (Q4), on the back of cash recovery and lower provisioning towards bad loans.
The state-owned bank had reported a profit of Rs 31 crore in the same quarter last year.
Image: The Bull at the Bombay Stock Exchange.