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Sensex ends at fresh 18-month low on caution ahead of Q3 earnings

By Surabhi Roy
Last updated on: January 12, 2016 17:53 IST
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The Sensex ended at a fresh 18-month closing low on caution ahead of third quarter earnings while worries over an uptick in December consumer price inflation data for which will be released later on Tuesday also weighed on sentiment.

The S&P BSE Sensex ended 143 points at 24682 after hitting 52-week low of 24,597. The Nifty50 slipped 53 points to settle at 7,510, after hitting 52-week low of 7,488 mark.

Nifty closed at its lowest level since July 14, 2014.

Adds K Subramanyam, Co-Head Equity Advisory, Altamount Capital, “ The correction or sell off could see values further eroding as results season approaches.

"Even IT and pharma sectors are having challenges which could result in volatility.

"However, with budget approaching, banking counters could be kept on radar as some sops for parking funds in banks could see further relaxation as they get ready to increase provisions which could result in dent in bottomline.”

The broader markets ended weak in line with the benchmark indices- BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices slipped between 0.9%-1.05%%.

The market breadth remained dismal with 1,735 shares declining and 941 shares advancing on the BSE.

On macro-economic front, IIP for November 2015 and CPI for December 2015 will be announced today. According to Reuters, consumer inflation probably edged up for the fifth straight month in December, driven by higher food prices.

Besides, foreign portfolio investors sold shares worth a net Rs 1319.24 crore yesterday as per provisional data released by the stock exchanges.

Crude oil fell 3% on Tuesday, heading towards $30 per barrel and levels not seen in over a decade, with analysts scrambling to cut their price forecasts and traders betting on further declines.

Among overseas markets, Asian stocks held near four-year lows and crude oil prices approached a 20% drop in less than two weeks, as investors remained wary of China's volatile financial markets.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gave up early gains to trade 0.2% lower, just shy of its lowest level in four years.

It is down more than 8% since the start of 2016.

It fell 12% last year.

Japan's Nikkei fell 2.7% after a market holiday on Monday, closing at its lowest in nearly a year, while US stock mini futures were in the red pointing to a weak start.

However, China stocks closed higher in choppy trade on Tuesday as the central bank tried to stabilise the yuan after allowing it to sharply depreciate in the first week of the year, sowing confusion in global financial markets over its policy direction.

The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.7% to 3,215.71 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.2% to 3,022.86 points.

Back home, banking shares reeled under pressure with the Nifty Bank index hitting 52-week low on the NSE.

Eight out 12 banks from the Nifty Bank index were trading at their multi-months low on the NSE. The list includes Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, State Bank of India (SBI), Federal Bank, Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank (PNB), Bank of Baroda and Bank of India.

BSE graphShares of Tata Consultancy Services dipped 2% to Rs 2,313 on the NSE, its lowest level in 18 months, ahead of October-December results later today.

Energy stocks witnessed selling pressure after crude oil prices hit near 12 years low on oversupply glut. ONGC, Cairn India and RIL slipped between 0.6%-3% each.

Shares of Nestle India and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, fell more than 1% and touched their respective 52-week lows on the BSE.

Meanwhile, L&T gained nearly 0.5% its construction arm won orders worth Rs 1,247 crore across business verticals. Further, Credit Suisse has upgraded L&T to outperform from neutral.

Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) rose nearly 2%. Automobile companies have reported sales growth of 10.5 per cent in December 2015 in passenger vehicles, helped by new launches and declining fuel prices.

According to data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam), 230,960 units of PVs -- cars, utility vehicles and vans — were sold.

Shares of aviation companies ended higher in an otherwise weak market as weakening crude oil prices would boost margins.

Aviation turbine fuel accounts for nearly 40% of the operating costs for the airlines and lower fuel prices would help improve margins.

Jet Airways, SpiceJet and InterGlobe Aviation gained between 1%-3%. Shares of CMI surged over 18% to Rs 359 after GMO-controlled funds bought more than 10% stake in telecom cables manufacturer for Rs 45 crore through open market transaction.

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