The Indian equities ended tad lower in choppy trade on Friday, undermining firm cues from Asian peers, as investors digested the US Federal rates hike, while reports that the Bank of England came close to raise U.K. interest rates also left traders jittery. Most of the Asian markets closed higher as the Bank of Japan maintained status quo in its latest policy review. IT, Teck and pharma stocks witnessed selling pressure amid concerns over earnings outlook. IT bellwether Infosys dipped over 1 per cent after the company announced that Sandeep Dadlani, the head of Americas and global head of manufacturing and retail, has resigned from his post.
The 30-share barometer SENSEX closed at 31056.4, down by 19.33 points or by 0.06 per cent, and the NSE Nifty ended at 9588.05, up by 10 points or by 0.1 per cent.
During the day’s trade, Sensex touched an intraday high of 31182.73 and intraday low of 31017.18, while the NSE Nifty touched intraday high of 9615.85 and intraday low of 9565.5.
The top losers of the BSE Sensex pack were Lupin Ltd. (Rs. 1131.00,-4.40%), Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Rs. 529.15,-2.78%), Wipro Ltd. (Rs. 254.95,-2.24%), Cipla Ltd. (Rs. 537.05,-2.20%), Infosys Ltd. (Rs. 940.50,-1.24%), among others.
On the flip side, Tata Motors Ltd. (Rs. 455.50,+1.57%), ITC Ltd. (Rs. 306.30,+1.46%), Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd. (Rs. 362.65,+0.67%), State Bank of India (Rs. 285.85,+0.63%), NTPC Ltd. (Rs. 160.25,+0.53%), were among the top gainers on the BSE.
Among the sectors, healthcare and IT stocks emerged as top losers, falling as much as 1.52 per cent and 0.83 per cent, respectively.
The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was flat. On BSE out of total shares traded 2994, shares advanced were 1427 while 1400 shares declined and 167 were unchanged.