The BSE benchmark Sensex continued to decline for the second consecutive week, tumbling by 374 points to two-month low of 18,309.37 on persistent selling pressure after declaration of domestic economic data amid dashing hopes of a rate cut by the apex bank.

Samajwadi Party’s sudden announcement of candidates for 2014 polls also made investors nervous over the current uncertain political situation.

Traders said investor confidence was also hit after the lukewarm response to the 2G telecom spectrum auction raised concerns over the country’s widening fiscal deficit.

Eurozone debt worries and depreciation of rupee value value above 55-level against dollar also affected the market sentiment.

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) sensitive index moved in a range of 18,750.92 and 18,266.76 before concluding the shortened week at two-month low of 18,309.37, showing a net loss of 374.31 points or 2.00 per cent.

The BSE and NSE were closed for usual trading on November 13 but were opened for Muhurat trading on the same day for 75 minutes in the evening. The market was closed on November 14 for Diwali holiday.

The 50-share Nifty also dropped by 112.20 points or 1.97 per cent to a two-month low of 5,574.05.

Investors also appeared to ignore the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) declining marginally to 7.45 per cent in October.

RBI Governor D Subbarao said Friday that at 7.45 per cent inflation is certainly “quite high”, indicating no key rates cut in the next monetary policy meeting, which also impacted negatively on the market sentiment.

Traders said after headline inflation fell to an 8-month low in October, investors had hoped for a rate cut. However, Subbarao’s comments poured cold water on such hopes, they added.

For the week, the Sensex and the Nifty were down by about 2 per cent also on concerns over the so-called US ‘fiscal cliff’, worries over India’s fiscal deficit and weak macro data, said Dipen Shah, Head of PCG Research, Kotak Securities.

The sentiment remained bearish due to an unexpected 2.5 per cent contraction in September industrial output, marginally high consumer price index at 9.75 per cent and trade deficit widening to an all-time high of $20.96 billion as October exports fell to USD 23.2 billion.

The total market turnver at BSE and NSE declined to Rs 9,614.12 crore and Rs 41,035.15 crore respectively from the last weekend’s level of Rs 11,383.56 crore and Rs 50,308.36 crore.

Among the major indices the BSE—Auto fell by 2.97 per cent followed by the BSE—Metal 2.71 per cent, the BSE—Capital Goods 2.15 per cent, the BSE-FMCG 2.00 per cent and the BSE-IT 1.51 per cent.

However, the BSE-IPO rose by 7.47 per cent and BSE-Consumer Durable 1.49 per cent.

Foreign Insitutional Investors (FIIs) continued their buying spree by investing Rs 984.71 crores including the provisional figure of Novemver 16.

(This article was published on November 17, 2012)
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