The BSE Sensex fell over 100 points in early trade on Thursday on heavy foreign fund outflows amid rising global crude prices and a subdued trend at other Asian bourses and ended with 157.89 points, or 0.44 per cent, down at 35,876.22. The 30-share barometer, which had lost 840 points in the previous five sessions, was trading 120.01 points, or 0.33 per cent, lower at 35,914.10. On similar lines, the NSE Nifty was down 47.60 points, or 0.44 per cent, to end at 10,746.05. Traders said sentiment remained bearish on continued withdrawal of funds by foreign institutional investors and surging crude prices overseas.
Top losers in the Sensex pack include Bharti Airtel, Infosys, Asian Paints, RIL, Coal India, HDFC Bank, HDFC, TCS, ONGC and M&M, falling up to 3.09 per cent.
On the other hand, Yes Bank was the biggest gainer, rallying 30.73 per cent, after the company said that the RBI had not found any divergence in the asset classification and provisioning done by the lender during 2017-18. Other gainers include, Tata Motors, Sun Pharma, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finance, ICICI Bank and Hero MotoCorp, rising up to 3.17 per cent.
Foreign portfolio investors sold shares worth a net Rs 676.63 crore, while domestic institutional investors bought shares worth a net Rs 713.10 crore Wednesday, provisional data showed.
In morning session on Sensex, the laggards that dragged the key indices down were Bharti Airtel, Coal India, NTPC, Kotak Bank, HUL, Bajaj Finance, RIL, PowerGrid, HDFC Bank, Infosys, HCL Tech, Asian Paint, ONGC, TCS, SBI, M&M, HDFC, Tata Steel and IndusInd Bank, falling up to 2.48 per cent.
However, Yes Bank rallied up to 20 per cent after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said it had not found any divergence in the asset classification and provisioning done by the lender during 2017-18.
RBI assesses compliance by banks with extant prudential norms on income recognition, asset classification and provisioning (IRACP) as part of its supervisory processes. Sectorally, oil and gas, realty, PSU, consumer durables, IT and metal indices led the losses, falling up to 1.44 per cent.
Meanwhile, the rupee depreciated 14 paise to 70.94 against the dollar. Brent crude futures were trading higher by 0.46 per cent at USD 63.90 per barrel.
Stocks of state-run oil marketing companies such as IOC, BPCL and HPCL were down by up to 1.50 per cent. A weak trend at other Asian markets too dented domestic trading sentiments, traders added.
Inflation based on wholesale prices fell to a 10-month low of 2.76 per cent in January over the previous month on softening prices of fuel and some food items, according to government data released earlier in the day.
The WPI-based inflation stood at 3.8 per cent in December, 2018, and 3.02 per cent in January 2018.
(With inputs from PTI)