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Sensex ends below 26K on ECB move; bluechips end in red

By Surabhi Roy
Last updated on: December 04, 2015 17:11 IST

The 30-share Sensex ended at 25,638.11, down by 248.51 points and the Nifty settled at 7,781.90, down by 82.25 points. Among broader markets, BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices slipped between 0.6-1%.

Markets ended lower for third straight day after European Central Bank (ECB)'s stimulus package failed to meet the street expectations.

As expected, the ECB slashed its deposit rate deeper into negative territory and extended its asset buys by six months. However, market participants had hoped for a greater stimulus.  

The 30-share Sensex ended at 25,638.11, down by 248.51 points and the Nifty settled at 7,781.90, down by 82.25 points. Among broader markets, BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices slipped between 0.6-1%.

Commenting on the current market situation, Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL said, “Nifty has breached below the 7,900 mark indicating that the short term trend has turned negative for a while now.

Immediate support for Nifty is seen around the November lows of 7,710.

However investors may still invest in quality stocks from a medium to long-term perspective.”

In the currency front, the rupee was trading at 66.81 against the US dollar as the prospects of a Fed interest rate hike rekindled expressing confidence in the US economy.

Among overseas markets, Asian shares joined a global markets slump on Friday after the European Central Bank's stimulus package fell well short of markets' high expectations, sending the euro rocketing to its biggest one-day surge in nearly seven years. Japan's Nikkei tumbled 2.2% at the close, the biggest daily drop since Sept. 29.

It was down 1.9% for the week, the most in three months.

Back home, rate-sensitive sectors witnessed maximum selling pressure with Banks, Realty and Auto sectors falling between 1-2%.

M&M, HDFC, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors and SBI slumped between 0.5-3%.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is examining a bid worth millions of pounds to buy Britain's Formula One Grand Prix track. Tata Motors dipped over 1%. NTPC was down 2% on Moody’s reports stating a negative outlook for the Indian power sector on the back of challenges like fuel supply risks, cost overruns at private plants and financially weak discoms.

IT companies, which have significant presence in Chennai, also reeled under selling spell. Wipro, Infosys and TCS were down 0.3-1%. Index heavyweight ITC fell over 2%. T

he government has begun preliminary internal discussions to understand the implication

s of the findings of DeGolyer & MacNaughton's final report on the gas dispute between Reliance Industries (RIL) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

Reliance Inds and ONGC were down almost 1%. Shares of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries and Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company (SPARC) rallied by up to 11% after Sun Pharma announced that its subsidiary has received final approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for anti-cancer drug. Coal India may eventually end the ongoing fiscal year with a shortfall of 10 million tonnes (mt) or about two per cent of the marked output. Shares of Coal India gained marginally.

Among other shares, Dabur India dipped 2%, extending its previous day’s 2% fall on the BSE, after the company said that it is expecting its juice sales to dip 10-15% cent in October-December (Q3FY16) quarter due to disruption of supplies from its plant in the Nepal.

Tree House Education & Accessories was locked in upper circuit of 10% at Rs 223, while Zee Learn gained over 3%, after board of these companies has given in-principle approval for exploring consolidation options. Shares of select real estate and infrastructure companies mainly mid-and-small sized rallied by up to 20% on the bourses in an otherwise weak market.

Valecha Engineering, PBA Infrastructure, Ansal Buildwell, Supreme Infrastructure, Parsvnath Developers, Sunil Hitech Engineers, Man Infra Constructions and B L Kashyap & Sons were trading higher between 5-20% on the BSE. With Reuters input

Surabhi Roy in Mumbai
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