Mumbai: The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex added 62 points after a choppy session Tuesday ahead of the two-day US Federal Reserve meeting that is expected to determine the timing and extent of stimulus tapering.
IT stocks were in demand as the rupee weakened against the dollar, as were metal, FMCG and auto shares. Investors were also cautious about the RBI's mid-quarter monetary policy review later this week.
The 30-share Sensex traded between 19,635.44 and 19,819.10 before settling at 19,804.03, a rise of 61.56 points or 0.31 percent.
The broader, 50-share Nifty index on the National Stock Exchange edged up 9.65 points, or 0.17 percent, to 5,850.20. The SX40 index on the MCX Stock Exchange ended at 11,722.64, up 7.19 points or 0.06 percent.
"Investors were showing indecision and caution ahead of US Federal Reserve meeting," said Rakesh Goyal, senior vice president at Bonanza Portfolio Ltd. "Also, profit-booking at higher levels was seen in select index heavyweights."
The policy meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) starting today may decide on cutbacks in its bond-purchase programme, which has kept global markets flush with liquidity.
Investors are also waiting for new Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan's maiden monetary policy review on September 20 amid concern that options for a rate cut are limited after wholesale price inflation rose to a six-month high of 6.1 percent in August from 5.79 percent in July.
The Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council Chairman C Rangarajan said inflation and the foreign exchange market are expected to weigh on the RBI's policy decisions.
IT stocks rose as the rupee weakened against the dollar after closing at 62.83 yesterday. Software exporting companies such as TCS, Wipro and Infosys benefit from a weak rupee, which boosts revenue when the dollars they earn are converted into the local currency.
Barring Singapore, Asian stock markets ended lower ahead of the Federal Reserve policy meeting. European stocks too traded lower in the morning.
Foreign institutional investors bought a net Rs 313.80 crore of local shares yesterday, according to data from the Securities and Exchange Board of India.
On the Sensex, 18 shares gained, led by Wipro (5.41 percent), Dr Reddy's Laboratories (3.69 percent), TCS (2.38 percent) and Sesa Goa (1.89 percent).
Sun Pharma dropped by 3.22 percent, followed by ONGC 2.3 percent, NTPC 1.75 percent, Hero MotoCorp 1.21 percent and Tata Steel 1.2 percent.
Among the sectoral indices, S&P BSE-IT rose 2.15 percent followed by S&P BSE-Teck 1.7 percent, S&P BSE-Metal 0.84 percent, S&P BSE-Auto 0.73 percent and S&P BSE-FMCG 0.68 percent.
The sectors that declined were S&P BSE-Realty, which dropped 0.87 percent, S&P BSE-Power 0.83 percent, S&P BSE-Bankex 0.8 percent and S&P BSE-Consumer Durables 0.75 percent.
The market breath remained negative as 1,249 stocks ended with losses, 1,093 shares finished with gains and 143 were unchanged. Total turnover dropped to Rs 1,452.79 crore from Rs 1,990.61 crore yesterday.
First Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 18:31