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Markets live: Sensex down 25 points; ITC, Bharti Airtel top losers

  • The rupee was down 2 paise at 61.87 against the dollar at 11.50 am.
  • Brokerage firms maintain ‘buy’ call on ITC stock
  • 11.45 amThe Sensex is down 25.93 points or 0.09 per cent at 28,360.26 while the NSE Nifty is down 4.45 points or 0.05 per cent at 8,471.30.
  • The CBI today filed the case diary and crime files in a sealed cover in a coal blocks allocation case related to Hindalco before a special court, complying with its order. The Hindalco stock is trading up 2.57 per cent at Rs 173.50 on the BSE.
  • 10.45 am: The Sensex is trading down 25.39 points or 0.09 per cent at 28,360.80 while the NSE Nifty is down 3.90 points at 8,471.85.
  • Stocks of auto, bankex, consumer durables, capital goods, realty and FMCG are in the red.
  • Health care and oil and gas sectors are up by up to 0.5 per cent.
  • ITC and Bharti Airtel were the big losers with losses of over 1.5 per cent.
  • Hindustan Unilever and Hindalco were among the gainers.
  • 9.55 am: The Sensex and the Nifty see-sawed between gains and losses. The Sensex is now up 2.18 points at 28,388.37 while the Nifty is down 4.05 points at 8,471.70.
  • Analysts expect trade to be volatile because of the expiry of November derivatives contracts today.
  • The market breadth indicating the overall health of the market is strong. Of the 1,864 scrips traded, 1,099 have advanced, while 707 declined and 58 are unchanged.
  • Top Sensex gainers: HUL (2.17%), Hindalco (1.12%), Infosys (0.99%)., Cipla (0.88%), and NTPC (0.78%).
  • Top Sensex losers: Bharti Airtel (-1.61%), ITC (-1.22%), SSLT (-0.89%), Bajaj Auto (-0.59%), and Tata Motors (-0.58%).
  • Foreign portfolio investors bought shares worth a net Rs 181.46 crore on Wednesday, as per provisional data.
  • Today's stock call: Berger Paints. Investors with a short-term perspective can consider buying the stock of Berger Paints at current levels.
  • 9.30 am: The BSE Sensex moved up 21 points or 0.07 per cent to 28,407.38 while the NSE Nifty was up 3.80 points at 8,479.55.
  • Trading was muted as investors turned cautious ahead of the expiry of derivates contracts today.
  • The rupee strengthened to 61.80 against the dollar in early trade today at the Interbank Foreign Exchange on increased selling of the US currency by exporters and banks amid sustained foreign capital inflows.
  • 9.15 am: The Sensex was up 2.51 points at 28,388.70 while the Nifty was up 4.40 points at 8,480.15.
  • Pre-open trade: The Indian benchmark indices are likely to be volatile as investors roll over positions on expiry of November contracts.
  • On Wednesday, the Nifty ended up 12.65 points or 0.1 per cent at 8,475.75 while the Sensex gained 48.14 points or 0.2 per cent to 28,386.19.
  • Oil stocks will be in focus ahead of an OPEC meeting later today to discuss the impact of the fall in crude oil prices.
  • Asian stocks hit a one-month high on Thursday as investors bet that more central bank stimulus in China and Europe would shore up the global economy, while oil prices tumbled to a four-year low as hopes for output cuts by OPEC faded.
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