Weekly review: Sensex slips from lifetime peak; FIIs remain bullish

The NSE 50-share Nifty settled at 6,694.35, a tad lower from the last weekend's level of 6,695.90 after logging a fresh lifetime intra-day high of 6,776.75.

Mumbai: Market scaled fresh lifetime highs, but surrendered most of the gains on profit-booking towards the end of the week on IMF report about slowdown in Indian economy due to"international factors".

Both the bellwether indices, Sensex and Nifty, failed to maintain their all-time highs despite sustained capital inflows.

The Sensex resumed up at 22,423.14 and shot up further to hit an all-time intra-trade high of 22,620.65 on strong buying on the back of persistent foreign capital inflows.

However, the S&P BSE benchmark declined afterwards to end at 22,359.50 on tail-end profit-booking, still showing a gain of 19.53 points, or 0.09 percent.

However, the NSE 50-share Nifty settled at 6,694.35, a tad lower from the last weekend's level of 6,695.90 after logging a fresh lifetime intra-day high of 6,776.75.

Brokers attributed the rally to investor hopes of a stable government after the forthcoming general elections and economy returning to high growth path.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), at its April 1 policy meet, left the short-term lending rate, or repo, unchanged at 8 percent and cash reserve ratio at 4 percent.

Brokers said the RBI's decision was largely in line with investor expectations and failed to have any major immediate effect on the market.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) continued their buying spree, acquiring shares worth a net Rs 5,124.66 crore during the week, including the provisional figure of April 4, as per SEBI data.

Realty, consumer durable, metal, pharma, refinery and IT counters attracted good buying interest while FMCG, banking and capital goods stocks suffered losses.

Bank stocks fell after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) clarified that the option for spreading the mark-to-market losses over the three quarters ended on March 31, 2014 and no further extension was allowed, brokers said.

Jignesh Chaudhary, Research Head, Veracity Broking Services said, "The Indian equity markets achieved new heights in this trading week and also got some corrections on the last trading days. Heavy foreign buying continued to underpin the recent rally with overseas investors buying Indian shares.

"New bank licences were also issued to private players by RBI which also created a rally in the stocks. The Technical Indicators are expecting a correction in the market so CNX Nifty is expected to trade in the range of 6,650 to 6,675 and BSE Sensex to trade in the range of 22,250 to 22,345."

Major gainers were Tata Steel (5.51 percent), Hindalco (5.60 percent), Cipla (4.43 percent), SSLT (3.85 percent), RIL (3.29 percent), M&M (3.08 percent), HDFC (2.50 percent), Tata Motors (2.18 percent), TCS (1.61 percent), Infosys (1.77 percent) and Sun Pharma (1.49 percent).

However, BHEL fell by 7.70 percent, followed by Gail India (4.80 percent), Tata Power (3.53 percent), HDFC Bank (2.66 percent), Axis Bank (2.27 percent) and ICICI Bank (2.26 percent).

Among the S&P BSE sectoral indices, Realty rose by 6.91 percent, followed by CD (5.71 percent), Metal (4.40 percent), HC (3.15 percent), Oil&Gas (1.46 percent), IT (1.19 percent), Auto (1.04 percent) and Teck (1.02 percent) while FMCG dropped by 2.14 percent, Bankex (1.53 percent) and CG (1.19 percent).

Small-cap and Mid-cap indices also rose by 3.80 percent and 2.67 percent, respectively on the back of good demand from retail investors and outperformed the Sensex.

The total market turnover at BSE and NSE was Rs 13,908.50 crore and Rs 74,606.26 crore, respectively from the last weekend's level of Rs 13,922.82 crore and Rs 72,548.61 crore.