After Market: Rs 2.26 lakh crore gone in a day, 159 stocks turn bearish
Weakness showed up almost everywhere. Asian shares plunged on fears of a flare-up of tension between the US and China after the arrest of a senior executive of Chinese company Huawei at the request of the US.
FII outflow went on unabated as the RBI poured cold water on any hopes of a special liquidity window for NBFCs in its fifth bi-monthly policy meet on Wednesday.
Investors avoided fresh bets and sold across sectors to avoid further casualties ahead of state election results.
The Indian rupee rolled down further even as global crude oil prices traded weak.
Taking a hit of 572 points, or 1.59 per cent, the BSE Sensex shut shop at 35,312, with Sun Pharma (up 1.57 per cent) as the lone gainer. The NSE benchmark Nifty lost 182 points, or 1.69 per cent, to close at 10,601.
BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices fell in sync with Sensex, closing 1.54 per cent and 1.36 per cent down, respectively.
Let's take a look at highlights of Thursday's session.
Rs 2.26 lakh crore gone!
BSE companies lost over Rs 2.26 lakh crore cumulatively on Thursday as the overall market capitalisation of BSE listed firms plunged to Rs 1,39,88,579.68 crore, from Rs 1,42,15,154.67 crore. During the last three sessions, investors have lost about Rs 3.64 lakh crore.
Top losers of the day
Navkar Corporation (down 10.35 per cent), Sharda Cropchem (down 7.67 per cent), NCC (down 7.27 per cent), Muthoot Finance (down 7.10 per cent) and South Indian Bank (down 6.19 per cent) became the top casualties on the BSE. Among the Sensex stocks, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, YES Bank, Adani Ports and Reliance Industries plunged the most, between 2.72 per cent and 4.63 per cent.
Energy top sectoral loser
The energy pack finished the day as the top sectoral loser on the BSE, falling 2.35 per cent. Reliance Industries, ONGC, Indian Oil Corporation, Coal India, BPCL and HPCL contributed the most to the fall of the index.
220 stocks touch 52-week lows
As many as 220 stocks, including Tata Motors, SAIL, NMDC, Amara Raja Batteries, Ashok Leyland, Balkrishna Industries, Bharat Forge, Jindal Steel & Power and IL&FS Transportation Networks, hit 52-week lows on the BSE. However, Franklin Industries, Mishtann Foods, Raghuvansh Agrofarms, Trescon and Adi Rasayan featured among the 26 stocks that defied bearish market sentiment to hit 52-week highs.
251 stocks hit lower circuit
Thursday's selloff saw 251 stocks, including Kwality, IL&FS Transportation Networks, Ruchi Soya Industries, Mercator and Rolta India, hitting lower circuit. Meanwhile, 139 stocks, including Vakrangee, Birla Cable, Adlabs Entertainment, Blue Coast Hotels and Goldstone Technologies hit upper circuit.
159 stocks give bearish signal
Momentum indicator moving average convergence divergence, or MACD, showed bearish crossovers on 159 counters on the BSE. Among the stocks that showed bearish crossovers were ITC, Adani Power, Hindalco, DLF, Allahabad Bank, Escorts, Aurobindo Pharma, Rolta India, Grasim Industries and Apollo Tyres. On the other hand, PTC India, Indag Rubber, Cyient, Talwalkars Lifestyle and Indo Borax were among the 44 stocks that displayed bullish crossovers on BSE.
Overbought and oversold stocks
Punj Lloyd, Arvind, Jindal Stainless, IL&FS Transportation, Esaar (India) and Universal Starch were on the list of the 49 stocks that entered the oversold zone, according to momentum oscillator Relative Strength Index, or RSI. On the other hand, Jaypee Infratech, Minolta Finance, Orient Tradelink, Maestros Electronics and Maharashtra Scooters were among the 29 overbought stocks on BSE.
Bajaj Finserv, Adani Ports below 200-DMA
Bajaj Finserv, Ultratech Cement, Graphite India, Adani Ports, Adani Enterprises, Kotak Mahindra Bank, V-Guard Industries and Exide Industries saw negative breakouts today to trade below their 200-DMA.
Nifty forms a Bearish Marubozu candle
The Nifty breached its 200-DEMA and formed a Bearish Marubozu candle on the daily chart. The index has been making lower highs and lower lows for the last three sessions, and on Thursday broke two crucial supports of 10,777 and 10,650 levels.
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