NSE & BSE trade lower in initial trade amid weak global trends

The 30-share BSE benchmark Sensex declined by 203.74 points to 59,296.67 & the broader NSE Nifty dipped by 52.8 points to 17,596.15
NSE & BSE fall
NSE & BSE fall

Mumbai: Equity benchmarks declined in initial trade on Tuesday amid an overall weak trend in the global markets as investors adopted a cautious approach ahead of the Union Budget presentation and interest-rate decision from the Federal Reserve. Also, continuous foreign funds outflow played spoilsport for the markets. The 30-share BSE benchmark Sensex declined by 203.74 points to 59,296.67. The broader NSE Nifty dipped by 52.8 points to 17,596.15.

The Sensex had climbed 169.51 points or 0.29 percent to settle at 59,500.41 on January 30. The Nifty had gained 44.60 points or 0.25 percent to end at 17,648.95. Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) offloaded shares worth Rs 6,792.80 crore on January 30, according to exchange data.

Position of stocks listed in BSE

From the Sensex pack, Tech Mahindra, Larsen & Toubro, Tata Consultancy Services, HCL Technologies, Nestle, Infosys, Bajaj Finance, Asian Paints and Bajaj Finserv were the major laggards.

Power Grid, Mahindra & Mahindra, Maruti, Bharti Airtel, State Bank of India, Reliance Industries, UltraTech Cement and Titan were among the winners.

Performance of markets worldwide

In Asia, equity markets in Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong traded lower.

Markets in the US had ended in the negative territory on Monday.

International oil benchmark Brent crude was marginally higher by 0.02 percent to USD 84.92 per barrel.

"Caution will prevail as traders brace for interest-rate decision from the Federal Reserve, and the Union Budget for 2023-24, both scheduled to be announced on Wednesday. Another major area of concern has been the persisting FII selling. Even as markets rebounded in late trades yesterday, FIIs sold shares worth Rs 6,793 crore in the domestic markets on Monday," said Prashanth Tapse – Research Analyst, Senior VP (Research), Mehta Equities Ltd.

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