Nifty slides below 17,650 mark; IT shares tumble
Published on Apr 17, 2023 10:26
The key equity benchmarks extended losses and continued to trade with heavy losses in morning trade. The Nifty traded tad below the 17,650 level. IT stocks witnessed across the board selling.
At 10:28 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was down 715.94 points or 1.18% to 59,715.06. The Nifty 50 index lost 178.95 points or 1% to 17,649.05.
In the broader market, the S&P BSE Mid-Cap index fell 0.01% while the S&P BSE Small-Cap index declined 0.21%.
Zensar Technologies (down 4.57%), Archean Chemical Industries (down 4.18%), KPIT Technologies (down 4%), Sonata Software (down 3.97%), Balaji Amines (down 3.57%) were the top losers in the broader market segment.
HLE Glascoat (up 13.29%), Tanla Platforms (up 7.13%), Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore ( up 6.79%), Rainbow Childrens Medicare (up 3.68%), Gujarat Ambuja Exports (up 3.71%) were the top broader market gainers.
The market breadth was negative. On the BSE, 1407 shares rose and 1838 shares fell. A total of 153 shares were unchanged.
The Nifty IT index slumped 6.28% to 26,564.05. The index has tumbled 8.34% in two sessions.
LTI Mindtree (down 6.86%), Tech Mahindra (down 6.71%), Coforge (down 6.37%) and Persistent Systems (down 6.34%) were the top losers.
Among the other losers were L&T Technology Services (down 5.81%), Mphasis (down 5.16%), HCL Technologies (down 4.71%), Tata Consultancy Services (down 3.02%) and Wipro (down 2.88%).
Infosys slumped 10.77%. The IT major reported 7% decline in consolidated net profit to Rs 6,128 crore on a 2.3% fall in revenues to Rs 37,441 crore in Q4 FY23 over Q3 FY23. On a year-on-year basis, the company`s net profit and revenues are higher by 7.8% and 16%, respectively as compared with Q4 FY22.
The IT giant issued a revenue growth guidance of 4% - 7% in constant currency and operating margin guidance of 20% - 22% for FY24.
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