Equity markets slip on weak global cues, auto stocks plunge

Posted May 20, 2017

Major gainers in the Sensex pack were ITC 2.82 per cent, HUL 2.04 per cent, Axis Bank 1.83 per cent, SBI 1.72 per cent, Tata Motors 1.08 per cent, Cipla 0.86 per cent, Lupin 0.77 per cent, NTPC 0.60 per cent, Tata Steel 0.53 per cent, Bharti Airtel 0.47 per cent and Adani Ports 0.36 per cent.

According to market observers, investors were also cautious over the ongoing two-day meet of the Good and Services Tax (GST) Council in Srinagar, which will finalise tax slabs on services and commodities in the country.

Shanghai Composite shed 0.06 per cent.

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The NSE index has gained 0.69 percent so far this week, while the BSE index has risen 1.29 percent. BSE mid-cap index falls 1.18 per cent and small-cap index slips 0.85 per cent. The index closed up by 1.21 per cent bucking the overall market trend. Gross non-performing assets as a percentage of total advances are likely to come in at 7.1 per cent compared with 7.2 per cent in the previous quarter.

However, Asian Paints fell 2.43 percent, Gail India 1.48 percent, M&M 1.35 percent, HDFC 1.16 percent, TCS 1.08 percent, Power Grid 1.06 percent, Hero Motoco 0.96 percent and Dr Reddy's 0.83 percent.

"Trading members are requested to note that futures and options contracts (F&O) for five underlying securities shall be available for trading in the equity derivatives segment with effect from May 26, 2017", the BSE said in a circular today. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index and South Korea's Kospi index ended 0.1% higher each.

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Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 360.59 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 897.96 crore yesterday, as per provisional data released by the stock exchanges.

Visaka Industries, Teamlease Services, Siyaram Silk Mills, Sharda Cropchem, State Bank of India, Muthoot Capital Services, Jayaswal Neco Industries, were some of the other stocks that touched their 52-week high on NSE on Friday.

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