Auto, bank lead Sensex fall; at 17,101

Last Updated: Friday, December 4, 2009 - 16:42

Mumbai: In yet another volatile trade, the
Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex on Friday fell by over 84
points, as funds indulged in profit selling after an
unexpected contraction in the US job data revived their fears
about the fledgling global recovery.

The Sensex, which remained flat from Wednesday after the
massive rally on the first two days of the week, fell by 84.14
points to close at 17,101.54 points as heavy-weight stocks led
by auto and banking counters saw aggressive selling. The key
index moved between 17,291.83 and 17,032.81 points.

The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty 50 too
fell by 22.80 points to 5,108.90 points, after shuttling
between 5,161.80 and 5,081.85 points during the session.

Selling pressure sparked following the Institute for
Supply Management’s index of businesses that make up almost 90
percent of the American economy, sank to 48.7 in November.

Weak global cues further fuelled the bearish sentiment.
Both Asia and Europe had weak openings today, which was
visible in the opening of the local bourses.

Continued selling on the Reliance Industries, ICICI Bank,
SBI, Maruti Suzuki, Hero Honda, Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata
Steel counters capped the day`s gains on the index.

The auto sector index suffered the most by losing 1.47
percent to 7,186.23 points, followed by the banking stocks
which shed 1.18 percent to 10,244.63 points.

The refinery stocks led by Reliance suffered losses and
the segment index turned the third largest loser by declining
0.97 percent to 10,475.35 points today. Reliance is the
heaviest stock on the Sensex wit 13 percent weighting on the
market barometer.

The realty sector index too fell with a 0.71 percent
loss to 3,953.61 points led by DLF, which dropped by 0.89 percent to Rs 380.50.

Among the 30-share Sensex, 17 declined while 13 ended
with moderate gains.

Marketmen said trading sentiment remained bearish as
majority of global markets weakened after the Wall Street fell
yesterday following the unexpected fall in the US jobs data
and a clutch of other economic data from the world`s largest
economy, forcing investors to doubt the sustainability of the
the nascent global recovery.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 86.91 points
(0.83 percent) to 10,365.77 at the market close on Thursday,
while the Nasdaq slid 12.01 points (0.55 percent) to 2,173.02
and the broad-market S&P 500 index dropped 9.23 points (0.83
per cent) to a preliminary 1,100.01.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 4, 2009 - 16:42

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