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Benchmarks trade with modest losses; breadth turns negative

Published on Jan 04, 2023 10:30

The key equity indices traded with moderate losses in the morning trade. The Nifty slipped below the 18,150 mark. Metal shares declined for the second day in a row.

At 10:24 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was down 283.21 points or 0.46% to 61,010.99. The Nifty 50 index lost 87.20 points or 0.48% to 18,145.35.

In the broader market, the S&P BSE Mid-Cap index slipped 0.62% while the S&P BSE Small-Cap index shed 0.35%.

The market breadth was negative. On the BSE, 1,241 shares rose and 1,941 shares fell. A total of 152 shares were unchanged.

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth Rs 628.07 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs), were net buyers to the tune of Rs 350.57 crore in the Indian equity market on 3 January, provisional data showed.

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The Nifty Metal index declined 1.61% to 6,739.80. The index has slipped 2.13% in two trading sessions.

Hindalco Industries (down 3.31%), National Aluminium Company (down 3.31%), Vedanta (down 2.82%), JSW Steel (down 2.51%), Steel Authority of India (down 2.49%), Jindal Stainless (down 2.25%), Welspun Corp (down 2.08%), Jindal Steel & Power (down 2.07%), Tata Steel (down 1.82%) and Hindustan Copper (down 1.76%) declined.

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Avenue Supermarts (DMart) declined 2.02%. The retailer on Tuesday announced that the total number of DMart stores as of 31 December 2022 stood at 306. DMart has reported a standalone revenue of Rs 11,304.58 crore in quarter ended 31 December 2022, up 24.71% from Rs 9,065.02 crore reported in the same period a year ago.

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