Well, inflation numbers came in today, and it came in lower than expected. Markets, which were volatile in trade, were affected by the news of a lower than expected monsoon season, which potentially could have an impact on the economy of India. The Meteorological Department announced that rains would miss its forecast in July and would be lower in September. IT stocks also disappointed in trade today.
On the global scenario, markets ended flat but China declined on earnings worries. Europe has also traded flat in trade today as not much in terms of events happened.
Markets ended near their day lows today. The Sensex closed 110.39 points or 0.64 percent lower at 17103.31 points today. Sensex touched a high of 5246.85 and a low of 5190.45 in trade today. The Nifty index closed lower by 30 points, below the 5200 mark at 5197.25 points which is near its 20-day moving average. Nifty touched a high of 17282.30 and a low of 17079.63 in intraday trade.
Amongst the sectoral indices on the BSE, the IT Index was continued to decline by2.56 percent, the Metal Index declined 2.09 percent, the Realty Index and Power Index declined 1.86 percent and 1 percent respectively.
On the individual stock front, Bank of America Merrill Lynch panned Reliance Industries by stating that the firm could see reduced output by 24 percent for its 2Q12 results as the GRM from its Singapore operations touched USD 5.5 a barrel, a 19 month low. Kingfisher Airlines declined 5 percent to INR 9.85 a share, below its face value of INR 10 on news of the co.’s employees going on a strike for nonpayment of dues. Lupin gained 4 percent to INR 574 a share. United Phosphorous acquired a Netherlands based firm Agrichem. Tata Motors saw a 6 percent rise in vehicle sales on a y/y basis.
Commodities traded mixed during the session with WTI at USD 86.69 down 0.47% and Brent trading at USD 102.42 down 0.02%. In Geopolitical news Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have opened a new pipeline bypassing the Strait of Hormuz. The new pipeline bypassing the strait to carry 6.5m barrels of oil accounting for 40 per cent of the oil that passes through the Strait of Hormuz. Brent trading at USD 102.42 up 0.02%
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(Bloomberg, Business Standard, Economic Times and Moneycontrol)
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