Stock Market Closes: Sensex and Nifty Extend Losses as HDFC Bank Drags, Pharma Gains

Indian stock market

January 18, 2023

New Delhi, India

Stock Market Highlights

In a third consecutive day of losses, the Indian stock market witnessed a decline as the S&P BSE Sensex slipped 314 points, closing at 71,187 levels, while the Nifty50 ended at 21,462, down 110 points.

Reasons Behind the Decline:

HDFC Bank Continues Slide: HDFC Bank shares remained a significant drag on the market, slipping 3% following an over 8% fall the previous day.

Top Laggards: Besides HDFC Bank, other top laggards included NTPC, Asian Paints, PowerGrid, IndusInd Bank, Titan Company, Maruti Suzuki, Bajaj Finance, JSW Steel, and Nestle India.

Sectoral Performance:

Financial Services and IT Sector Hit: The Nifty Financial Services index and IT index were among the worst sectoral performers, declining by 1% and 0.62%, respectively.

Pharma Shines: In contrast, the Nifty Pharma index gained 1.3%, providing a silver lining amid the market downturn.

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MidCap and SmallCap Movement:

BSE MidCap and SmallCap Indices: While the BSE MidCap index initially dropped over 1.5% intraday, it closed down 0.08%. The BSE SmallCap index ended 0.02% higher, showing relative stability.

Individual Stock Movements:

HDFC Bank Dominates Losses: HDFC Bank continued to dominate market losses. Meanwhile, OFSS recorded a gain of 30% after exceeding earnings expectations.

Earnings Impact: LTIMindtree reported muted earnings, leading to a 10% fall in its stock. ICICI Pru faced a 5% cut due to weak Q3 performance.

Market Breadth and Outlook:

Neutral Market Breadth: The market breadth remained neutral, with an advance-decline ratio at 1:1, indicating an even balance between advancing and declining stocks.

Upcoming Events: Market watchers are keenly anticipating Reliance’s Q3 earnings, expected to be released on Friday.

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While the market faced headwinds with persistent declines led by HDFC Bank, some sectors, notably pharma, managed to outshine. Individual stock movements were influenced by earnings reports and market sentiment. Investors remain vigilant as upcoming events, particularly Reliance’s earnings release, could shape market trends.

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