Stock Market Wrap: Sensex Extends Losses, Nifty Below 22,100 Amidst Geopolitical Tensions and Rate Cut Fears

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April 18, 2023

New Delhi, India

Stock Market Overview:

The Indian stock market witnessed a downward trajectory for the fourth consecutive day, with the Sensex dropping 455 points and the Nifty falling below the crucial 22,100 mark. Geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and apprehensions about US interest rate cuts dampened investor confidence, leading to a volatile trading session.

Both the indices Sensex and Nifty closed at 72,488.99 down −454.69 

Market Analysis:

Geopolitical Tensions and Rate Cut Fears: The ongoing tensions between Iran and Israel in West Asia have contributed to global market uncertainty. Additionally, concerns about the prospect of US rate cuts amid sticky inflation levels have impacted investor sentiment negatively.

Sectoral Performance: While buying activity was observed in Reliance Industries (RIL) and bank stocks, the broader market struggled to maintain gains. Sectorally, all indices traded on a firm note, indicating mixed performance across sectors.

Key Highlights of the Day:

  1. Quarterly Results: Several companies, including Infosys, HDFC Life, and Bajaj Auto, are set to announce their quarterly results today. This anticipation of corporate earnings added to the market’s volatility.
  2. Vodafone Idea FPO: The subscription for Vodafone Idea’s Follow-On Public Offering (FPO) opened today, drawing investor attention amidst ongoing market fluctuations.
  3. Stock-Specific Movement: Angel One shares rallied 5% following a 31% rise in Q4 profit, while Nestle India recorded its worst day in three years, dropping by 5%.

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Market Action:

  • 52-Week Highs and Lows: Just Dial, Jio Fin, GAIL, and others hit 52-week highs, while no stocks reached 52-week lows.
  • Key Results Today: Infosys, Bajaj Auto, HDFC Life, and ICICI Securities are among the companies scheduled to release their quarterly results.


The Indian stock market witnessed heightened volatility and downward pressure amidst geopolitical uncertainties and apprehensions about US interest rate trends. Investors remain cautious as they navigate through the complex landscape of global events and corporate earnings releases.

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