Indices log biggest 1-day fall in 9 mths; Sensex sinks 1,939 pts, holds 49K

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Stock market updates: A steep hike in US treasury yields took the global markets by surprise on Friday as investors dumped equities for bonds. That apart, an air strike by the United States in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border, further dented trading sentiment.

US Treasury yields vaulted to their highest levels, of about 1.5 per cent, since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic on expectations of a strong economic expansion and related inflation. Back home, the 10-year goverment bond firmed up to 6.23 per cent on Friday mirrowing similar trends. Effectively, fear of reversal in rate cut cycle, spooked investors who off-loaded equities worth Rs 5 trillion. 

Additionally, the US air strike in retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month, and caution ahead of the release of the gross domestic product (GDP) for the December quarter made investors sit on the fence.

In the intra-day trade, the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex tumbled 2,149 points while the Nifty50 index slumped 629 points. The indices ended near the lowest point of the day, at 49,100 and 14,529 levels, respectively, down 1,939 points and 568 points.

All the 30 constituents on the Sensex index and 50 stocks on the Nifty ended the day in the red. ONGC, JSW Steel, GAIL, M&M, Bajaj Finance, Grasim, and Hero MotoCorp were the top Nifty losers, down up to 8 per cent; Axis Bank, HDFC, Power Grid, ICICI Bank, and HDFC Bank were the top drags on the Sensex. 

In the broader markets, small-cap stocks held their ground relatively better as the S&P BSE SmallCap index settled only 0.7 per cent down. The S&P BSE MidCap index, on the the hand, ended 1.75 per cent lower.

On the sectoral front, banking counters got butchered as yield concerns soured sentiment in the sector. Expectations that banks may have to show yield-induced fall in G-sec value as losses, investors pushed the sell button for banks. The Nifty Bank, and Private bank indices closed 5 per cent down, followed by losses in the Nifty PSU Bank index, down 4.5 per cent.

The Nifty Metal and Auto indices dropped 3 per cent while the Nifty FMCG, IT, and Pharma indices slipped 2 per cent each.

Global markets
Global stocks fell on Friday, with Asian shares down by the most in nine months. MSCI's Emerging Markets equity index suffered its biggest daily drop in nearly 10 months and was 2.7 per cent lower, while European shares opened in the red, with the STOXX 600 down 0.7 per cent.

The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 50 countries, was 0.9 per cent lower and was heading for its worst week in a month.

Asia saw the heaviest selling, with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan sliding more than 3 per cent to a one-month low, its steepest one-day percentage loss since May 2020.


TECH VIEW :: Nagaraj Shetti, Technical Research Analyst, HDFC Securities

Nifty on the weekly chart, formed a reasonable negative candle for the second consecutive week. The weakness after the formation of bearish engulfing type pattern of previous week. The medium term trend of the market remains intact and we observe a larger positive sequence like higher tops and bottoms in Nifty as per weekly timeframe chart. Present, weakness in the market could be in line with the new higher bottom of the sequence. But the higher bottom formation needs to be confirmed.
The weekly 10 period EMA has been offering support for the market since October 2020, as per weekly chart. In the last three occasions Nifty halted its weakness and showed sharp upside bounce from near this support  (in early Nov 20, Later Dec 20 and later Feb 21) or mildly violating the support. Presently, Nifty sliding down towards this support at 14345 and one may look for the opportunity of another upside bounce unfolding from the lows.
Conclusion: The recent upside bounce of the last two sessions has been negated sharply on Friday and the short term trend has turned down. One may expect further slide down towards the next crucial supports of around 14350-14300 levels in the coming few sessions, before showing any possibility of an upside bounce. Upside rise from here could find stiff resistance at 14640.

MARKET CLOSING COMMENT :: Deepak Jasani, Head of Research, HDFC Securities

Indian benchmark equity indices declined the most since May last year as a sell-off in bond markets across the globe sparked a collapse in global equities. The Nifty opened gap down and kept falling through the day and closed almost at the intra day low. At close, the NSE Nifty 50 index shed 568 points to end 3.8% lower at 14,529. For the week, the Nifty closed 3.02% lower, falling for the second consecutive week.
Nifty opened with a downgap and hence has formed a bearish evening star formation on daily charts on Feb 26 as was expected by us on Feb 25. In the process, near term support of 14635 has been breached. Now the Nifty could head towards 14281-14336 band over the next few days with some intermittent bounces. Advance decline ratio keeps tracking the Nifty suggesting that the investors are taking action on the broader stocks based on the Nifty moves. 

MARKET CLOSING COMMENT :: Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services

Domestic markets tumbled in line with global trend triggered by a sharp rise in bond yields. Increasing geopolitical tension between the US and Syria aggravated the selling. Q3 GDP data which is to be released today also added volatility in the Indian market. Although negative, mid and small caps outperformed their larger indices showing investor confidence.  The market will gain momentum as the global market is expected to stabilize supported by maintaining accommodative monetary policy and a growing economy

MARKET CLOSING COMMENT :: Rusmik Oza, Executive Vice President, Head of Fundamental Research, Kotak Securities

What we are seeing in Indian markets is a knee jerk reaction to the rise in global bond yields. In the immediate future Indian markets could also bear the brunt of global correction but as time goes it could recoup and standout for three reasons: 1) India’s V shaped recovery could be stronger than other economies because of the severe lockdown we went through last year, 2) The low base caused due to last year’s lockdown will provide very high earnings growth for the next three quarters & 3) Since Pre-Covid India has added more than ~US$ 100 bn to its forex reserves. Due to the strong accumulation of reserves RBI could be in a better position to handle any currency weakness being caused by rising bond yields and potential FPI outflows. Stable currency, strong economy growth and sharp rise in earnings could help India sustain any global correction due to inflation and rising bond yields

RailTel ends 21% higher against the issue price of Rs 94

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In the intra-day trade, the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex tumbled 2,149 points while the Nifty50 index slumped 629 points. The indices ended near the lowest point of the day, at 49,100 and 14,529 levels, respectively, down 1,939 points and 568 points.
All the 30 constituents on the Sensex index and 50 stocks on the Nifty ended the day in the red. ONGC, JSW Steel, GAIL, M&M, Bajaj Finance, Grasim, and Hero MotoCorp were the top Nifty losers, down up to 8 per cent; Axis Bank, HDFC, Power Grid, ICICI Bank, and HDFC Bank were the top drags on the Sensex. 


Sensex Heatmap at this hour :: All 30 constituents trade in the red

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MARKET VIEW | Hemang Jani, Head of Equity Strategy, Broking & Distribution, MOFSL

Equity markets opened gap down following spike in global bond yields and extended its weakness further as the session progressed. Panic in global bond markets led to sharp rise in yields which spooked investors amid fears of interest rate cycle reversal. Sensex tumbled 1800 points while Nifty tanked 500 points largely led by sharp fall in banking and financial stocks. Nifty Bank and Nifty Financials are down almost 5% against ~3.5% fall for Nifty. However the fall in the broader market is less severe with Nifty Midcap 100 and Nifty Small cap 100 down ~2%. India VIX has spiked 27% to 29 levels. Investors have thus turned to Pharma stocks amidst this market crash which is down just 0.4%. This sector has been in consolidation mode so far 2021YTD as it witnessed profit booking post sharp rally in CY20. It has also got boost from second PLI scheme being approved for the sector. The market correction might continue for some time till inflation fears ease down.

Bitcoin falls over 5% to $44,466, close to lowest in over 2 weeks

Bitcoin fell more than 5 to $44,466 on Friday, losing $2,560.84 from its previous close. Bitcoin, the world's biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, has risen as much as 70% from the start of the year, hitting a record high of $58,354.14.
(Source: Reuters)

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Here's why Nifty Bank index tanked 5% on NSE amid rising bond yields

At 1:33 PM, the Nifty Bank index was trading nearly 5 per cent, or 1,718 points, down on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) compared with a 3 per cent slide in the benchmark Nifty50 index. The Nifty Private Bank and PSU Bank indices, too, were quoting 4.6 per cent and 3.7 per cent lower, respectively. READ MORE

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HDFC Mutual Fund sells 2.73% stake in Just Dial for over Rs 108 crore

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European markets check

European stocks tumbled 1.5 per cent on Friday, led by miners and technology stocks, as a jump in bond yields and concerns of lofty equity valuations hammered demand for riskier assets. The benchmark European stock index was set to record its worst single day fall this month.

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Nava Bharat jumps 7% on Rs 150 crore buyback plan

Dilip Buildcon rises 5%, hits 52-week high on order wins worth Rs 2,241 cr

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Broader marker check :: S&P BSE SmallCap outperforms benchmarks

Top losers on BSE at this hour

Company PRICE(rs) CHG(%)
Bank Of Maha 24.01 -7.05
I O B 17.84 -6.25
Shriram Trans. 1307.65 -5.25
Jindal Saw 78.80 -4.77
RBL Bank 237.15 -4.74
» More on Top Losers


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Investors turn to pharma stocks amid market crash; Nifty Pharma gains 1.5%

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Worried about the market crash? Here's how analysts interpret the fall

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What to expect from Feb auto sales? Here's a take from Emkay Global

Wholesales growth is expected to continue for Tractors, PVs and 2Ws. Channel checks indicate better retail sales yoy in Tractors and PVs, while it is subdued in 2Ws.
- Tractor industry wholesales should grow strongly at more than 25% on better retails and channel filling. Volume growth is expected to be positive across regions. Domestic volumes should grow 28% for MM and 27% for ESC.
- PV industry volumes are likely to remain in the positive territory, with industry growth at over 15%. Domestic volumes should grow at 101% for TTMT and 29% for MM on a low base which resulted from supply issues present in the year-ago comparable period. In comparison, MSIL should see 7% growth. On a mom basis, MM’s volumes should be lower due to supply issues relating to electronic components. Discounts have declined yoy - by up to 2% of vehicle prices.
- Domestic 2W volume performance should be mixed yoy: Volume growth is likely for TVSL at 9%, EIM-RE at 8% and BJAUT at 4%, while volume decline is expected for HMCL at 8%. Volume performance in South, East and West regions has been better than the North region. Retails have declined in the North region due to the weakness in entry-level segment and lower marriage season demand. Executive and premium motorcycles are doing better than entry-level motorcycles. In comparison, exports are expected to be
strong across regions, except for the ASEAN market.
- Domestic CV volumes will be a mixed bag. Domestic CV volumes are expected to grow 22% for AL, 16% for EIM-VECV and 9% for TTMT, while decline 9% for MM due to supply issues. MHCV demand has been improving on strong Tipper/ICV demand and a gradual recovery in replacement demand as well.

India VIX surges nearly 24% to 28.35

> VIX is used to measure the volatility in the market

MARKET VIEW | Ajit Mishra, VP - Research, Religare Broking

The rising bond yields in the US have spooked investors sentiments which has led to a sell off in global markets. Moreover, the geo-political tensions between US and Iran have also weighed on sentiments. Nifty may see a short term trend reversal below 14,600. We thus advise keeping existing long positions hedged.

Heatmap: Only five of the 30 S&P BSE Sensex constituents trade in green

SECTOR WATCH :: Banking stocks worst hit; Nifty Bank, Private Bank indices plunge 4%

Blue-chip stocks weigh on Sensex

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Bear grip tightens! Sensex tumbles nearly 3%

Bond yields, US air strike: What dragged the Sensex 1,300 pts lower today

A rise in commodity prices has fanned inflation risks, pushing bond yields higher. That apart, reports that the United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border further dented global mood.
Going forward, analysts expect the markets to consolidate after a sharp run since March in the backdrop of near-term headwinds. READ MORE

Investors turn to defensives; Nifty Pharma index up 1% in a weak market

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Rising bond yields, commodity prices to cap market upside, say analysts

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LISTING ALERT :: RailTel lists at 11% premium on BSE

Explained: How bond yields impact stock market & what should investors do?

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Nifty Pharma index turns positive

DHFL jumps 5% as co's resolution plan receives no objection from RBI

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Buzzing Stock :: Dilip Buildcon hits 52-week high on Rs 2,241 crore order win

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Financials, RIL among top Sensex drags in opening trade

Sensex Heatmap | Only 2 stocks trade in the green

India VIX surges nearly 11% to 25.30

> VIX is a measure of volatility in the market

Sector Watch :: All sectoral indices on NSE trade in the red

Nifty50 slips below 14,900 at opening tick

OPENING BELL :: Sensex plunges 1,000 points


Sensex Heatmap

Nifty50 slips below 14,900 in pre-open trade

Pre-open session :: Sensex tanks over 500 points

Dilip Builcon declared lowest bidder for Rs 2,241 cr order

Dilip Buildcon has been declared as L-1 bidder for two new HAM projects under Bharatmala Pariyojana, Phase I in the state of Tamil Nadu and Union Territory of Puducherry; order worth Rs 2,241 crore.

RailTel Corporation shares to list on bourses today

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All eyes on Q3 GDP data today

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Rupee check

FIIs turn net buyers while DIIs net sellers

(Source: NSE)

NSE bulk deal data for Thursday

BSE Bulk deals on Thursday

Oil prices fall on rising US dollar, expectations for supply gains

> Oil prices fell on Friday as a collapse in bond prices led to gains in the U.S. dollar and expectations grew that with oil prices back above pre-pandemic levels, more supply is likely to come back to the market.

> U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures dropped 36 cents, or 0.6%, to $63.17 a barrel, giving up all of Thursday's gains. Brent crude futures for April fell 18 cents, or 0.3%, to $66.70 a barrel, following a 16 cent loss on Thursday. 

(Source: Reuters)

SGX Nifty futures signal gap-down start

Nifty futures on Singapore Exchange traded 275 points or 1.81% lower at 14,905

Asian stocks at 1-month low

Asian stocks skidded to one-month lows on Friday as a rout in global bond markets sent yields flying and spooked investors amid fears the heavy losses suffered could trigger distressed selling in other assets. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slid 2.4% to a one-month low, while Japan’s Nikkei shed 2.5%. Chinese blue chips joined the retreat with a drop of 2.5%.

Wall Street tumbles

In the overnight session, Wall Street’s main indices tumbled with the Nasdaq index posting its largest daily percentage fall in four months, as technology-related stocks remained under pressure following a rise in US bond yields. The Dow and the S&P 500 notched their biggest daily decline since late January. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 1.75% lower, the S&P 500 lost 2.45% and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 3.52%.

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