Indian equity benchmark indices settled in red on Friday amid selling in banking and oil & Gas stocks even as most of the global indices ended on a higher note. The Nifty Bank and Nifty Financial Services stocks took a hit amid concerns that RBI’s new norms on personal loans would hurt lending growth going ahead.
The BSE Sensex ended 188 points or 0.28 per cent down at 65,794.73. The NSE Nifty 50 settled 33 points or 0.17 per cent down at 19,731.80 on Friday.
"The domestic markets ended the week on a positive note, buoyed by global cues and favourable Indian macroeconomic indicators hinting at controlled inflation. Softer-than-expected inflation figures in the US, UK, and at home bolstered investor optimism, fueling hopes for an end to the interest rate cycle. This sentiment propelled gains across the broader market, particularly in small and mid-cap stocks. Confidence in export-oriented sectors like IT and Pharma resurged, anticipating increased spending, while the auto and real estate sectors gained favour during the festival season,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services.
“Towards the week's end, however, banking stocks were impacted by the RBI's decision to raise risk weights for unsecured loans. Despite this, the market is anticipated to maintain its positive momentum in the short term, supported by declining oil prices and moderating US yields," Nair added.
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