MUMBAI: The Sensex and the Nifty slipped into the negative zone as investors turned cautious after India’s exports shrank 13.6 per cent in January — 14th month in a row.
At 10.15 a.m., the 30-share BSE index Sensex was down 94.81 points or 0.4 per cent at 23,459.31 and the 50-share NSE index Nifty was down 32.1 points or 0.45 per cent at 7,130.85.
Among BSE sectoral indices, healthcare index fell the most by 0.95 per cent, followed by FMCG 0.85 per cent, metal 0.82 per cent and capital goods 0.77 per cent. On the other hand, power index was up 0.74 per cent, followed by infrastructure 0.64 per cent, oil & gas 0.37 per cent and PSU 0.27 per cent.
Top five Sensex gainers were Adani Ports (+4.92%), NTPC (+3.2%), ONGC (+2.73%), Tata Motors (+1.41%) and Bharti Airtel (+1.33%), while the major losers were Asian Paints (-1.8%), HDFC (-1.23%), HDFC Bank (-1.14%), TCS (-1.04%) and Infosys (-0.94%).
The benchmark BSE Sensex surged by 137 points to 23,691.10 and the NSE Nifty recaptured the 7,200—mark in early trade today amid a firming trend in other Asian markets.
The 30-share index, which had rallied 602.29 points in the previous two sessions, gained 136.98 points or 0.58 per cent at 23,691.10.
The NSE Nifty reclaimed the 7,200-level by surging 41.70 points, or 0.58 per cent, at 7,204.65.
Among other Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei climbed 1.39 per cent while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was trading higher by 1.62 per cent in early trade. Shanghai’s Composite index was also up 2.83 per cent on speculations that China is preparing stimulus measures to boost economy.
The US markets were closed yesterday for the Presidents’ Day holiday.