The benchmark indices settled marginally lower on Friday weighed by IT bellwether Tata Consultancy Services and select banking and automobile stocks. Mixed global cues and a weaker rupee also weighed on indices. On the macro front, the rupee was trading lower by 21 paise to 70.55 against the US dollar. Brent crude futures were trading 1.10 per cent higher at USD 62.36 per barrel. Asia stocks mostly gained Friday. Stocks in Europe traded slightly higher. Steady global cues in the morning ensured that the market had a positive start. However, there was a decline in majority of indices, led by losses in TCS. This pushed the indices further lower. Surrendering early gains, the benchmark indices Friday dropped as investors booked profits even as global equities rose.
On the corporate front, the share price of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) was down 2 percent on the back of Q3 numbers announced by the company on January 10. Whereas, shares of Himachal Futuristic Communication (HFCL) gained 7 percent as company won orders worth Rs 502 crore.
The 30-share benchmark index closed at 36009.84 down by -96.66 points or by -0.27 per cent and then NSE Nifty was at 10794.95 down by -26.65 points or by -0.25 per cent. The BSE Sensex touched intraday high of 36214.26 and intraday low of 35840.6 The NSE Nifty touched intraday high of 10850.15 and intraday low of 10739.4.
The top gainers of the BSE Sensex were ITC Ltd. (Rs. 295.40,+2.02%), Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 144.70,+0.80%), Vedanta Ltd. (Rs. 196.55,+0.74%), Infosys Ltd. (Rs. 683.70,+0.58%), Axis Bank Ltd. (Rs. 666.50,+0.53%), among others.
The top losers of the BSE Sensex were IndusInd Bank Ltd. (Rs. 1515.40,-3.26%), Tata Motors Ltd. (Rs. 180.30,-2.83%), Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (Rs. 1841.95,-2.45%), Tata Motors Ltd. (Rs. 95.75,-2.35%), YES Bank Ltd. (Rs. 183.95,-1.47%), among others.
Among individual sectors, FMCG index was at 11958.51 up by 63.99 points or by 0.54%. Eveready Industries India Ltd. (Rs. 205.20,+13.06%), KRBL Ltd. (Rs. 325.55,+11.19%), Kohinoor Foods Ltd. (Rs. 36.20,+6.47%), Andrew Yule & Company Ltd. (Rs. 21.85,+3.80%), DFM Foods Ltd. (Rs. 205.00,+3.74%). On the other hand, BSE CGS index was at 18233.78 down by -171.35 points or by -0.93%. Carborundum Universal Ltd. (Rs. 359.50,-2.16%), Sadbhav Engineering Ltd. (Rs. 221.40,-2.04%), Suzlon Energy Ltd. (Rs. 5.34,-1.84%), AIA Engineering Ltd. (Rs. 1660.00,-1.82%), CG Power and Industrial Solutions Ltd. (Rs. 44.70,-1.65%).
The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was weak. On BSE out of total shares traded 2964 , shares advanced were 1278 while 1486 shares declined and 200 were unchanged.