The S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty 50 indexes fell on Thursday weighed down by selling pressure in banking, metal, auto and real estate shares as weekly index future and option contracts expired. The benchmarks staged a gap down opening following weak global cues amid concerns of economic recovery worldwide. The Sensex dropped as much as 377 points and Nifty 50 index briefly dropped below important psychological level of 11,500.
The Sensex fell 323 points to close at 38,980 and Nifty dropped 88 points to close at 11,516.
Eight of 11 sector gauges compiled by the National Stock Exchange ended lower led by the Nifty Realty index’s 1.7 per cent decline. Banking, financial services, FMCG, metal, infrastructure and energy shares also witnessed selling pressure.
On the other hand, select information technology and pharma shares witnessed buying interest.
Mid- and small-cap shares also faced a mild selling pressure as Nifty Midcap 100 index rose 0.25 per cent and Nifty Smallcap 100 index slipped 0.48 per cent.
Among the individual shares, Happiest Minds shares made a blockbuster debut on stock exchanges. The stock got listed at a premium of 111.4 per cent at ₹ 351 on the BSE against the issue price of ₹ 166. Happiest Minds outperformed IRCTC and DMart, which had delivered returns of just a little over 100 per cent on debut.
Hindalco was top Nifty loser, the stock fell 4 per cent to close at ₹ 176. Tata Motors, Shree Cements, Bajaj Finserv, Adani Ports, Bharti Infratel, Power Grid, Larsen & Toubro, Bajaj Finance, ICICI Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank also fell between 1.4-2.5 per cent.
On the flipside, Dr Reddy’s Labs rose 4 per cent after it announced launch of over-the-counter Olopatadine Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution USP, 0.2 per cent and 0.1 per cent in the US market.
HCL Technologies advanced 2 per cent after the IT major announced the expansion of its strategic partnership with Google Cloud.
Zee Entertainment, Infosys, Maruti Suzuki, Hero MotoCorp, Grasim Industries, BPCL and Coal India were also among the notable gainers.
The overall market breadth was negative as 1,574 shares ended lower while 1,153 closed higher on the BSE.