Nifty slips below 17,500; breadth remains positive
Published on Mar 31, 2022 12:32
Equity indices traded with small losses in early afternoon trade. At 12:30 IST, the S&P BSE Sensex fell 54.65 points or 0.09% at 58,629.07. The Nifty 50 index fell 8.3 points or 0.04% at 17,489.80.
The broader market outperformed the main indices. The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index added 0.28% while the S&P BSE Small-Cap index rallied 0.58%.
The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was positive. On the BSE, shares 1,720 rose and 1,564 shares fell. A total of 133 shares were unchanged.
Trading turned volatile as March 2022 F&O contracts expire today, 31 March 2022.
India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) stated that its FY23 Economic Outlook released in the month of January 2022, is unlikely to hold in view of the global geo-political situation arising out of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Since the duration of Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to be uncertain, Ind-Ra has created two scenarios with respect to the FY23 economic outlook basis certain assumptions.
The NSE`s India VIX, a gauge of market`s expectation of volatility over the near term, rose 0.7% to 20.755. The Nifty 31 March 2022 futures were trading at 17,487, at a premium of 2 points as compared with the spot at 17,485.
The Nifty Metal index added 0.56% to 6,465.2, resuming its rally after a day`s a pause. The index fell 2.17% in previous trading session.
Vedanta (up 2.7%), Jindal Steel & Power (up 2.47%), NMDC (up 2.32%), JSW Steel (up 1.75%) and Steel Authority of India (up 1.48%) were the top gainers. Among the other gainers were Hindustan Zinc (up 0.71%) and Tata Steel (up 0.68%)
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