Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Equity indices drop from day's highs, Sensex closes below 34k

BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty open higher on Wednesday BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty open higher on Wednesday
Derrick Tucker | 28 December, 2017, 00:55

A total of 143 stocks registered a fresh 52-week high in trade today, while five stocks touched a new 52-week low on the NSE.

The day, after a handsome gain of 184.10 points in the previous session on Friday, the Sensex started nervously paring gains soon after opening, dipped into negative zone and hovered around a flat line for the rest of the trading session but finally closed at life highs mainly because of some fag end buying by investors. The 30-share index crossed the 34,000-mark by jumping 65.07 points or 0.19 % to 34,005.37, said reports.

The Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which had closed at 33,940.30 points on the last trading day of last week (December 22), opened higher at 33,980.76 points. Sensex was down by over 16 points or 0.05% to 33,924.19 while the wider Nifty was down by over 2 points or 0.02% to 10,490.85.

"Markets corrected on Wednesday after two sessions of positive closings".

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Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) net bought shares worth Rs 107.87 crore on Monday while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) took equities to the tune of Rs 371.53 crore.

Mid-cap and small-cap indices continued to be on investors' radar and they ended in the green.

"Stock-specific news on pharma has influenced investors to focus on the sector which is now available at low valuation", he added. The S&P BSE healthcare index rose by 267.20 points.

On the other hand, Wipro (0.58%), Tata Power Company (0.54%), Coal India (0.47%), Bharti Airtel (0.46%), Asian Paints (0.43%), and ICICI Bank (0.33%) were the major losers in the Sensex.

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