Sensex, Nifty turn cautious ahead of IIP, inflation data releases
(Sourced from PTI)
Benchmark equity indices opened on a cautious note today ahead of the release of key macroeconomic numbers amid selling by foreign and domestic investors. The data is to be released later today. The 30-share Sensex was trading 3.66 points, or 0.01%, lower at 36,391.37 in early trade. The index had lost 580 points in the previous three sessions. Read the details here.
NSE Nifty slipped 3.95 points, or 0.04%, to 10,884.85. Major losers were Infosys, TCS, Hero MotoCorp, HCL Tech, Bajaj Finance, Axis Bank, Bajaj Auto, IndusInd Bank, and Maruti, falling up to 2.42%. While the gainers include PowerGrid, Yes Bank, M&M, RIL, Asian Paint, Sun Pharma, Cola India, Vedanta, ONGC, Tata Steel, SBI, L&T, Tata Motors, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank, rising up to 1.76%.
Brokers said investors were cautious ahead of index of industrial production (IIP) data for December and inflation numbers for January to be released later in the day. "Global trade deal and risk of a slowdown in growth continue to give caution, while investors remain focused on CPI inflation and IIP data to get some direction," Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services said.
Heavy selling by foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) also dented investor sentiment, said brokers. On a net basis, FPIs sold shares worth Rs. 125.05 crore, while DIIs offloaded shares worth Rs. 232.55 crore yesterday, provisional data showed. Meanwhile, the rupee maintained its strength for the sixth straight day against the US dollar in opening trade.
Elsewhere in Asia, Japan's Nikkei rallied 2.03%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.20%, Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.72% and Korea's Kospi was up 0.37% in their late morning deals. On Wall Street, the US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.21% down yesterday.