Weakness prevailed in early afternoon trade as key benchmark indices were hovering in negative terrain. At 12:21 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, was down 116.98 points or 0.36 percent at 32,752.74. The Nifty 50 index was down 31.05 points or 0.31 percent at 10,096.70. Most telecom shares declined. Most capital goods shares declined.
Key indices were trading lower after hitting fresh intraday low in early trade. The Sensex hit a six-week low and the Nifty hit its lowest intraday level in almost 8 weeks in morning trade.
The Sensex fell 38.81 points, or 0.12 percent at the day's high of 32,830.91 at the onset of trading session. The index fell 187.20 points, or 0.57 percent at the day's low of 32,682.52 in early trade, its lowest level since 24 October 2017. The Nifty fell 8.55 points, or 0.08 percent at the day's high of 10,119.20 at the onset of trading session. The index fell 58.65 points, or 0.58 percent at the day's low of 10,069.10 in early trade, its lowest level since 12 October 2017.
Among secondary barometers, the BSE Mid-Cap index was down 0.13 percent. The decline in this index was lower than the Sensex's decline in percentage terms. The BSE Small-Cap index was down 0.48 percent. The decline in this index was higher than the Sensex's decline in percentage terms.
The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was weak. On BSE, 1,599 shares fell and 847 shares rose. A total of 119 shares were unchanged.
Most telecom shares declined. Reliance Communications (down 4.42 percent), MTNL (down 0.7 percent), Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) (down 0.29 percent) and Idea Cellular (down 0.16 percent), edged lower.
Telecom major Bharti Airtel was up 0.29 percent to Rs 486.20. Telecom tower infrastructure provider Bharti Infratel was down 0.29 percent to Rs 374.65.
Most capital goods shares declined. BEML (down 2.43 percent), Reliance Defence and Engineering (down 2.11 percent), Jindal Saw (down 1.79 percent), Punj Lloyd (down 1.66 percent), Suzlon Energy (down 1.52 percent), Havells India (down 1.4 percent), Bharat Heavy Electricals (down 1.16 percent), ABB India (down 0.57 percent), Siemens (down 0.46 percent), SKF India (down 0.35 percent), Lakshmi Machine Works (down 0.26 percent), Bharat Electronics (down 0.17 percent), GE Power India (down 0.15 percent) and AIA Engineering (down 0.07 percent), edged lower. GE T&D India (up 0.61 percent), Praj Industries (up 1.52 percent) and Thermax (up 1.98 percent), edged higher.
Engineering and construction major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) was down 1.22 percent to Rs 1,203.
On the macro front, data released today, 5 December 2017, showed that the Nikkei India services Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, dipped into negative territory in November. The seasonally adjusted business activity index stood at 48.5 in November, off from 51.7 in October. A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points toward contraction.
Overseas, most Asian shares were trading lower as technology shares mirrored a sell-off in US tech companies.
Activity in China's service sector expanded at a faster pace in November, a private gauge showed Tuesday, the latest indication of strength in the sector following official data released last week. The Caixin China services purchasing managers' index rose to 51.9 in November from 51.2 in October, Caixin Media Co. and research firm Markit said. A reading above 50 indicates an expansion in activity while a level below that points to a contraction.
In US, the Dow closed at a record as investors cheered the weekend passage of the Senate version of a sweeping overhaul of the US tax code. However, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq finished lower as large-capitalization technology stocks took a beating. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.2 percent. The S&P 500 shed 0.1 percent. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 1.1 percent. – Business Standard