Nifty tad below 17,900; India VIX rises 3.39%
Published on Sep 15, 2022 12:35
The key equity indices continued to trade with moderate losses near the day`s low in the early afternoon trade. The Nifty slipped a tad below the 17,900 mark after hitting the day`s high at 18,096.15 in the early trade. The Nifty Bank index hit an all time high in the early trade today before slipping into the negative terrain. Trading was volatile due to the expiry of weekly index options on the NSE today.
At 12:28 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was down 315.06 points or 0.52% to 60,031.91. The Nifty 50 index declined 104.10 points or 0.58% to 17,899.65.
In the broader market, the S&P BSE Mid-Cap index fell 0.09% while the S&P BSE Small-Cap index shed 0.02%.
The market breadth was negative. On the BSE, 1,566 shares rose and 1,737 shares fell. A total of 149 shares were unchanged.
The NSE`s India VIX, a gauge of the market`s expectation of volatility over the near term, jumped 3.39% to 18.8975. The Nifty 29 September 2022 futures were trading at 17,908.40, at a premium of 8.75 points as compared with the spot at 17,899.65.
The Nifty option chain for the 29 September 2022 expiry showed maximum Call OI of 157.6 lakh contracts at the 18,000 strike price. Maximum Put OI of 100.5 lakh contracts were seen at 17,800 strike price.
Fitch Global Ratings has cut India`s GDP growth forecast expecting a global slowdown and a tighter monetary policy. The ratings agency now expects the Indian economy to grow at 7% in FY23 compared with its earlier projection of 7.8%, according to its report on the global growth outlook. The estimates for FY24 have also been cut to 6.7% against 7.4% earlier.
The Nifty Bank index declined 0.42% to 41,230.85, snapping its five days rising streak. The index advanced 4.94% in past five trading sessions. The index hit an all time high today at 41,840.15 in early trade before slipping into the negative terrain.
Among the components of the Nifty Bank index, IndusInd Bank (down 1.48%), Axis Bank (down 1.34%), Kotak Mahindra Bank (down 1.18%), Bank of Baroda (down 0.71%), HDFC Bank (down 0.66%) AU Small Finance Bank (down 0.31%), State Bank of India (down 0.13%), Punjab National Bank (down 0.12%) and ICICI Bank (down 0.02%) were the top losers.
On the other hand, IDFC First Bank (up 2.36%),Bandhan Bank (up 1.75%) and Federal Bank (up 1.16%) edged higher.
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