Sensex Shrugs Off FDI Win in RS, Ends 63 Points Down
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The BSE benchmark Sensex today closed with a 63-point loss even as economic reforms got a shot in the arm with the UPA government winning the FDI vote in Rajya Sabha as well.

The Sensex ended the day 62.70 points, or 0.32 per cent, lower at 19,424.10 led by realty and IT stocks. The key index had gained 182 points in last three sessions on hopes that government will secure Parliamentary approval for opening retail trade to foreign investors.

"The markets, which had touched 20-month highs, were already discounting the government's victory in Rajya Sabha," said Dipen Shah, Head Private Client Group Research, Kotak Securities.

In 30-share index components, 19 stocks declined, including RIL, Infosys, HDFC, TCS and ICICI Bank.

The NSE 50-issue S&P CNX Nifty fell back by 23.50 points or 0.40 per cent at 5,907.40.

At the closing stages of trading, the government won the approval of Parliament to its controversial decision of allowing FDI in multi-brand retail with a motion against it being defeated convincingly in Rajya Sabha.

The government had already won the vote on FDI in Lok Sabha on December 5.

Brokers said the benchmark indices were also weighed down by IT stocks as the sector continued to be under pressure on growth worries.

Auto counters, however, attracted good buying support after Maruti Suzuki rose to one-year high after the company said it will hike the prices of vehicles across all models by up to Rs 20,000 from January.

On a weekly basis, Indian stock markets extended gains for third straight week.

The only concern for the markets comes from currency perspective as USD-Rupee pair has not violated the support of 54 levels despite positive news flow, said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.

Asian stocks ended mixed with upward bias ahead of US jobs data that may provide some more clues about the health of the world's largest economy. Key indices from China, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan ended higher while those from Hong Kong and Japan finished lower.

European stocks were trading mostly flat. France's CAC was up by 0.07 per cent while Germany's DAX was down by 0.09 per cent and the UK's FTSE by 0.09 per cent.

On domestic markets, Kishor P Ostwal, CMD, CNI Research Ltd. Said: "Even though FDI was through in the Rajya Sabha, markets have given up some gains. Profit booking was seen. Nifty's support lies at 5830 and resistance is at 6070."

In Sensex, major losers include Sterlite Ind. (2.25 pc), Tata Steel (1.19 pc), TCS (1.13 pc), Reliance Industries (0.89 pc), Sun Pharma (0.85 pc) and Bajaj Auto (0.82 pc).

However, Maruti Suzuki rose by 1.94 per cent followed by Tata Power (0.87 pc), BHEL (0.77 pc), and M&M (0.74 pc).

Among the sectoral indices, the BSE-Realty fell by 1.68 per cent, followed by BSE-IT (0.98 pc), the BSE-Teck (0.96 pc) and the BSE-Metal (0.77 pc). BSE-Consumer Durable moved up by 0.53 per cent and the BSE-Auto by 0.51 per cent.

Total market breadth turned negative as 1,486 stocks ended lower while 1,436 stocks finished higher. The total turnover declined slightly to Rs 2,908.12 crore from Rs 2,908.37 crore yesterday.

Meanwhile, Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 2,139.80 crore yesterday, as per Sebi data.
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