Equities end flat-to-negative as last hour sell-off pare gains


"The week gone by saw the Nifty resuming its intermediate downtrend after a minor loss witnessed last week".

The PSU bank sub-index was once again a percent down, but all other sectoral sub-indices were trading in green in the early trading hours today. "Central bank meetings should call for cautiousness, and markets will closely follow developments along U.S. import tariffs". Gold prices slipped on a firmer dollar while crude oil futures rose in Asian trade.

On the currency front, the Indian rupee weakened by 26 paise to close at 65.15 against the United States dollar from its previous close at 64.89.

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"Markets ended marginally lower on Friday after a positive morning session".

"The S&P BSE IT index rose almost 10 per cent compared to a one per cent fall seen in the S&P BSE Sensex so far in the year 2018", Desai told IANS.

Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services, said: "Global trade fears continued to pull the domestic metal index lower while weakening trend in rupee supported IT companies". Axis Bank declined 2.85 per cent, Bank of Baroda 2.12 per cent, ICICI Bank 1.43 per cent, Yes Bank 1.41 per cent, SBI 1.40 per cent and PNB 1.24 per cent.

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"FIIs (foreign institutional investors) are pulling out money given negative cues from both domestic as well on global front". These worries led to key indices giving up their gains and ending in the red.

Provisional figures from the stock exchanges showed that FIIs sold-off scrips worth Rs 280.74 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) purchased scrips worth Rs 131.07 crore during the week.

In the metals pack, SAIL tumbled 6.40 per cent, Jindal Steel 5.24 per cent, Tata Steel 4.66 per cent, Nalco 2.19 per cent, NMDC 1.85 per cent, Vedanta 1.59 per cent and Hindalco 1.26 per cent. On the other hand, Tata Steel, Sun Pharma, YES Bank, TCS and Tata Motors were the losing stocks tanking as much as 1.98%.

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