Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Sensex loses almost 250 points on political uncertainty, global cues

Sensex, Nifty close in the red as BJP's lead in the Karnataka election narrows; Congress-JD(S) alliance could govern state Infibeam Incorporation Ltd slips for fifth straight session
Orlando Vargas | 17 May, 2018, 16:45

Indian shares ended lower on Wednesday, as uncertainties around the composition of the next government in the southern state of Karnataka hurt investor sentiment. The NSE 50-share Nifty also lost 58.40 points, or 0.54 per cent, to 10,682.70, after shuttling between 10,777.25 and 10,664.50.

The BSE's Sensex slipped 105.09 points to 35,282.69, while Nifty traded 30.45 points lower at 10,710.65.

Meanwhile, the Nifty was trading lower by 64.90 points or 0.60% at 10,736.95 with 35 components falling.

About 1,186 shares advanced against 945 declining shares on the BSE, while the Dow Jones industrial average closed 62.52-points higher at 24,768.93, according to moneycontrol.

The BSE index which opened with a slump of almost 90 points had extended its losses to more than 200 points in morning trade.

Brokers said apart from political uncertainty in Karnataka, a weak trend at other Asian bourses following overnight losses at the Wall Street dampened sentiments.

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PNB, Syndicate Bank, Bank of Baroda, Century Plyboards, Morepen Labs, Adani Transmission, Reliance Communications and Shakti Pumps fell up to 16 percent.

The equity market was ended on a weaker note as U.S. and Asian shares declined amid rising geopolitical tensions in the Korean peninsula.

The rupee firmed up by 22 paise to 67.58 against the U.S. dollar on increased dollar selling by banks and exporters amid the greenback's weakness against some currencies overseas.

Shares of Nucleus Software Exports Limited (NSE:NUCLEUS) last traded at 398.2, representing a move of -2.66%, or -10.9 per share, on volume of 33,633 shares.

In terms of investments, provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold scrips worth Rs 699.22 crore, while the domestic institutional investors bought stocks worth Rs 229.06 crore.

The Small-Cap index edged up 0.06 per cent.

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