Stock Markets were trading flat in the afternoon session on Thursday. BSE Sensex was down by 30 points at 19960 while NSE Nifty was trading with a loss of 11 points. Most of the heavyweight index stocks were trading flat.
Among major gainers in today’s session were PNB (trading 4.8% higher), HCL Tech (trading 3.8% higher), Ambuja Cements (up by 2%) and Aptech (trading with gain of over 11%). HDFC touched 52-week high of Rs 900 in today’s trading session.
Among major losers were Sun Pharma, Ranbaxy Labs, Axis Bank and NMDC. Standard Chartered has expressed positive sentiment about the earnings for fourth quarter from majority of Indian companies.
German car maker BMW’s Indian arm received Rs 650 crore showcause notice from Income Tax department.
Indian markets are expected to remain rangebound for today’s session. Asian markets closed mixed on Thursday.
Indian Stock Markets closed marginally higher on Tuesday. BSE Sensex closed 42 points higher at 19348 and NSE Nifty closed 5 points higher compared to yesterday’s close. Among European stocks, CAC was up by 0.8%. DAX and FTSE were marginally higher.
Jaiprakash Associates was among major gainers in today’s trade. The stock closed above Rs 100 after gaining 4.4%. Tata Power, Reliance and Ranbaxy Labs were among major gainers.
Top losers included Ambuja Cements, Mahindra & Mahindra, Wipro and TCS. The markets are looking at FDI in retail decision as various political parties have kept their cards hidden on the issue.
Rating agency Moody’s has maintained negative outlook for Indian banks. The financial services and banking sector is facing pressure on margins.
USD was trading at 54.68 compared to INR. Euro was strong compared to Indian currency at 71.52. Gold prices were down by 0.44% at Rs 31125 per 10 grams.