• July 21, 2024

Markets gain nearly 20% in 2023; fall on final trading day

Pedestrians walk past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building, in Mumbai, on Dec. 11, 2023.
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Equity indices Sensex and Nifty declined on the last trading day of 2023 as investors preferred profit-taking after the recent sharp rally, finishing a record-setting year with benchmarks surging by up to 20%.

After a five-day winning run, selling pressure emerged in energy, banking and IT counters on Friday, which dragged indices lower, traders said.

The 30-share BSE Sensex fell 170.12 points or 0.23% to settle at 72,240.26 after a weak beginning to the trade. During the day, it dropped 327.74 points or 0.45% to 72,082.64.

The wider gauge Nifty declined 47.30 points or 0.22% to settle at 21,731.40. In intra-day trade, the index slipped 101.8 points or 0.46% to 21,676.90.

In 2023, the BSE benchmark jumped 11,399.52 points or 18.73%, and the Nifty climbed 3,626.1 points or 20%.

Among the Sensex firms, State Bank of India, Infosys, Titan, Tech Mahindra, IndusInd Bank, NTPC, ICICI Bank, Power Grid, Reliance Industries and Kotak Mahindra Bank were the major laggards.

On the other hand, Tata Motors, Nestle, Hindustan Unilever, Tata Steel, Bajaj Finance and UltraTech Cement were among the gainers.

“The market witnessed mild profit booking on the last trading day of the year. The euphoria is expected to continue during the start of the next year on account of the exuberance of rate cuts and the drop in bond yields. Oil prices, on the other hand, fell by 10% during the year, which could ease inflationary pressure and support the operating performance of the corporates.

“We feel that though the outlook on broader indexes is moderate in the short to medium term, the large caps will maintain their vibrancy due to strong earnings growth and in anticipation of the continuation of premium valuation,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.

In Asian markets, Tokyo settled lower while Shanghai and Hong Kong ended with gains. Markets were closed in South Korea.

European markets were trading in positive territory. The U.S. markets ended on a mixed note on Thursday.

Rising for the fifth consecutive day, the BSE benchmark jumped 371.95 points, or 0.52%, to settle at an all-time closing high of 72,410.38 on Thursday.

The Nifty climbed 123.95 points, or 0.57%, to settle at a fresh record of 21,778.70.

In the last five trading sessions, the BSE benchmark rallied 1,904.07 points or 2.70%, and the Nifty climbed 628.55 points or 2.97%.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude climbed 0.86% to $77.81 a barrel.

Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) bought equities worth ₹4,358.99 crore on Thursday, according to exchange data.

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