The markets are expected to remain cautious ahead of the industrial output data for April 2016 scheduled to release today which may offer further cues over the health of the country’s economy. In March 2016, India’s industrial output climbed a miniscule 0.1 per cent, year on year.
At 10:25 AM, the Bombay Stock Exchange bellwether Sensex was at 26730.3 down by 33.16 points or by 0.12 per cent, while the NSE Nifty was at 8198.55 points, trading lower by 5.05 points or by 0.06 per cent.
The BSE Sensex touched an intraday high of 26757.17 and an intraday low of 26683.08 while the NSE Nifty touched an intraday high of 8205.3 and an intraday low of 8179.05.
The top gainers of the BSE Sensex pack were Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (Rs. 125.60,+3.63 per cent), Lupin Ltd. (Rs. 1445.20,+1.21 per cent), NTPC Ltd. (Rs. 152.15,+1.16 per cent), Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd. (Rs. 204.05,+0.99 per cent), Cipla Ltd. (Rs. 484.00,+0.85 per cent), among others.
Meanwhile, Tata Motors Ltd. (Rs. 462.70,-0.86 per cent), Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Rs. 348.55,-0.67 per cent), ITC Ltd. (Rs. 352.00,-0.66 per cent), Infosys Ltd. (Rs. 1179.15,-0.53 per cent), Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 1231.95,-0.52 per cent), were among the top losers on BSE.
The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was strong. On BSE out of total 1983 shares traded, 1278 shares advanced, 607 shares declined while 98 were unchanged.
On the global front, Asian stocks were trading lower today as investors sought protection in safe-haven assets amid growing concerns over the 23rd June referendum that could see Britain exit the European Union. US stocks closed lower yesterday after three days of gains as crude oil futures pulled back from 10-month highs.