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Market trades flat; breadth strong

Published on Dec 13, 2023 09:35

The key equity indices traded near the flat line in early trade. The Nifty traded around the 20,900 level. Media, realty and healthcare shares advanced while IT, bank and financial services stocks declined.

At 09:30 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was down 8.49 points or 0.01% to 69,542.54. The Nifty 50 index lost 0.25 points to 20,906.15.

In the broader market, the S&P BSE Mid-Cap index fell 0.42% while the S&P BSE Small-Cap index shed 0.34%.

The market breadth was strong. On the BSE, 1,909 shares rose and 985 shares fell. A total of 86 shares were unchanged.

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth Rs 76.86 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs), were net buyers to the tune of Rs 1,923.32 crore in the Indian equity market on 12 December, provisional data showed.

Stocks in Spotlight

Wipro fell 0.13%. The company announced that it has entered into a new agreement with RSA, one of the world�s leading general insurance companies. Wipro will help accelerate RSA�s migration to the cloud and build a compliant, secure, and scalable IT infrastructure.

Axis Bank declined 1.23%. Private equity major Bain Capital may sell a further stake in the private sector lender via a fresh block deal worth $444 million, as per reports. Entities associated with Bain Capital are looking to sell a 1.1% stake via a block deal in Axis Bank, and the offer floor price is Rs 1,109 per share, as per reports.

Laurus Labs slipped 2.40% after the company�s wholly owned subsidiary, Laurus Synthesis (LSPL) underwent US FDA inspection for the manufacturing facility in Parawada, Anakapalli, near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The inspection was conducted from 4th December 2023 to 12th December 2023. The company has been issued a Form 483 with five observations and it will address the observations within stipulated timelines.

Numbers to Track:

The yield on India`s 10-year benchmark federal paper fell 0.15% to 7.264 as compared with previous close 7.275.

In the foreign exchange market, the rupee edged lower against the dollar. The partially convertible rupee was hovering at 83.3900, compared with its close of 83.3750 during the previous trading session.

MCX Gold futures for 5 February 2024 settlement declined 0.12% to Rs 61,105.

The US Dollar index (DXY), which tracks the greenback`s value against a basket of currencies, was up 0.03% to 103.89.

The United States 10-year bond yield declined 0.19% to 4.199.

In the commodities market, Brent crude for February 2024 settlement fell 20 cents or 0.27% to $73.04 a barrel.

Global Markets:

Asian stocks were trading mixed on Wednesday, as investors assess the quarterly Tankan survey from Japan and ahead of the interest rate decision from the US Federal Reserve. The Tankan survey, compiled by the Bank of Japan quarterly, measures economic conditions in Japan.

US stocks closed at fresh highs of the year on Tuesday, after inflation data did little to alter views for the timing of a rate cut by the Federal Reserve, as investors awaited the central bank`s last policy decision of the year on Wednesday.

The United States Federal Reserve`s (US Fed) two-day monetary policy meeting is being held from December 12-13. And on Wednesday Fed Chair Jerome Powell will announce the central bank`s rate decision in a press conference. Besides the interest rate decision, Powell is also expected to release the central bank`s economic projections for the US. The Federal Reserve will opt to maintain interest rates at the current target of 5.25-5.50%, as per reports.

Later in the week, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BOE), are also due to make policy announcements.

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