The benchmark indices on Wednesday were trading flat tracking weak global cues after Wall Street logged first consecutive sessions of declines in more than a month in anticipation that US Federal Reserve will hike interest rates next week.
At 09:56 am, the S&P BSE Sensex was trading at 28,998, down 1 points, while the broader Nifty50 was ruling at 8,951, up 4 points.
In the broader market, the BSE Smallcap index outperformed the frontline indices to rise 0.2%, while BSE Midcap was little changed.
“Volatility has been the theme lately, but that has stepped up enough to signal a reversal. Just that there has been indecisiveness written all over. This should play out for another day atleast, possibly, before an expansion in trading range evolves. Favoured view expects early dips to be held above 8,940 for a swing higher, but with limited upsides,” said brokerage Geojit Financial Services.
Infosys continued to fall for the second straight day and was the top Sensex loser.
Shares of Wockhardt fell over 3% to Rs 711 after the drug firm said the Health Products Regulatory Authority of Ireland has given nod to the renewal of certificate for its Aurangabad facility.
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Gold steady near lowest in over four weeks
Gold prices were steady on Wednesday ahead of US payrolls data this week, but were not far from over four-week lows hit in the previous session on increased expectations of a US rate hike in March.
Spot gold was mostly unchanged at $1,216.1 per ounce. The yellow metal marked its lowest since February 3 at $1,213.6 an ounce in the previous session.
Asian stocks edged lower on Wednesday. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.1%. Japan’s Nikkei was down 0.5%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.5%, while China’s Shanghai Composite was hovering on the flat line.
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 29.58 points, or 0.1% to 20,924.76, the S&P 500 lost 6.92 points, or 0.3% to 2,368.39 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 15.25 points, or 0.3% to 5,833.93.
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