Sensex drops over 150 points in early trade, Nifty below 14,850



Opening bell: Sensex drops over 150 points, Nifty below 14,850.


Equity benchmark Sensex dropped over 150 points in early commerce on Friday, monitoring losses in index-heavyweights HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Reliance Industries amid largely adverse cues from international markets.

The 30-share BSE index was buying and selling 186.94 points or 0.38 per cent decrease at 49,559.27. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty slipped 44.10 points or 0.30 per cent to 14,829.70.

Bajaj Finance was the highest loser in the Sensex pack, shedding round 2 per cent, adopted by Asian Paints, ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank, HDFC Bank and Reliance Industries.

On the opposite hand, HUL, Sun Pharma, ITC, ONGC, PowerGrid and SBI have been among the many gainers. In the earlier session, Sensex settled 84.45 points or 0.17 per cent increased at 49,746.21, and Nifty superior 54.75 points or 0.37 per cent to 14,873.80.

Foreign institutional traders remained internet patrons in the capital market as they bought shares value Rs 110.85 crore on Thursday, in response to provisional trade knowledge.

“Surging COVID-19 cases have become an area of serious concern. Unless this second wave peaks soon and subsides, economic activity will be impacted and the market assumptions of above 10 per cent GDP growth and above 30 per cent earnings growth will be challenged,” stated VK Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services.

“This big uncertainty will weigh on market sentiments for some time,” he added.

Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul have been buying and selling in the purple in mid-session offers, whereas Tokyo was buying and selling with good points.

Top inventory exchanges on Wall Street ended on a constructive notice in in a single day commerce.

Meanwhile, worldwide oil benchmark Brent crude was buying and selling 0.03 per cent decrease at USD 63.18 per barrel.

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