Most of the major sectoral indexes declined with the high-weightage financials and information technology losing 0.6% and 0.4%, respectively.
Auto stocks advanced 0.2% on the back of strong third-quarter earnings from Maruti Suzuki, and ahead of the results from Tata Motors and Bajaj Auto, scheduled to be reported later in the day.
Thirty-seven of the Nifty 50 constituents declined, with Adani Ports and Adani Enterprises among the top losers.
The slide comes after short-seller Hindenburg Research said it holds short positions in the Adani Group companies through U.S.-traded bonds and non-Indian-traded derivative instruments, and flagged risks to the financials of key companies.
“Key listed Adani companies have also taken on substantial debt, including pledging shares of their inflated stock for loans, putting the entire group on precarious financial footing,” Hindenburg said.
Overnight, the S&P Global’s Flash Composite Output index in the U.S. rose to 46.6 in December, official data showed. A reading below 50 indicates a contraction in business activity, signalling the possibility of a near-term recession in the world’s largest economy.
Wall Street equities ended mostly lower with S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite logging losses.
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Rupee edges higher on soft dollar, traders eye inflows
“A tussle between buyers and sellers is likely to continue” as inflows into the market could keep the rupee strong, but RBI’s intervention on the other side could limit gains, said Amit Pabari, managing director at CR Forex. “The currency’s broad range would remain between 80.80 to 82.10.”
These auto & auto ancillary stocks trade higher in a weak market
Price as on 25 Jan, 2023 10:33 AM, Click on company names for their live prices.
Top Sensex drags at this hour
Market LIVE Updates: Sensex tanks over 550 pts
NIFTY BREAKS BELOW 18,000
Back into the neutral region, with positivity fast slipping away, it would require a push above 18200 to usher in momentum, to keep the 18600 view in play. As is, collapse is still not on the cards, unless below 18000, but the ability to float above 18047-18110 initially will be important to nurture positive bias.
– Anand James – Chief Market Strategist at Geojit Financial Services
Most Adani group stocks decline in trade today
Price as on 25 Jan, 2023 09:32 AM, Click on company names for their live prices.
The 18200 Nifty has become a major resistance level which is keeping the Nifty iAn the narrow band of 17800-18200. Now, it appears that a major trigger is necessary to break this range either on the upside or the downside. Two major events of February 1st – the Union Budget and the Fed decision on interest rate – have the potential to break this narrow range. A good budget and positive commentary from the Fed can break the upper band. On the contrary, any negative budget proposal like raising the rate of Long Term Capital Gains Tax or a worse-than- expected hawkish Fed can break the lower end of the range. Let’s wait for the actual outcome.
– Dr. V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services
Top movers in morning trade
Price as on 25 Jan, 2023 09:26 AM, Click on company names for their live prices.
Rupee opens up 0.14% at 81.6100 per U.S. dollar; previous close 81.7200
Opening Bell: Sensex down 150 pts, Nifty below 18,100; CarTrade Tech gains 5%, MOSL falls 5%
Pre-open session: Sensex slips 150 points; Nifty below 18,100
Asian stocks rise to 7-month highs
Asian equities extended their winning run to scale their highest levels in seven months on Wednesday, with South Korean stocks leading the way, and the Australian dollar hit multi-month highs as surging inflation made higher interest rates more likely.
Oil rebounds as China demand recovery optimism supports prices
Crude oil prices rebounded on Wednesday as demand recovery hopes in top importer China following its exit from COVID-19 pandemic curbs provided support after prices dropped in the previous session on concerns about global economic growth.Brent crude futures gained 59 cents, or 0.7%, to $86.72 per barrel by 0214 GMT after falling 2.3% in the previous session. U.S. West Texas Intermediate…