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Sensex falls over 200 points; RCom, Avenue Supermarts stocks decline

The Nifty lost further ground on the back of ongoing developments in Karnataka. However, it’s approaching its important support of 10,600 levels. Bank Nifty too slipped further approaching its support of 21-DEMA of 25,800 levels.

On the political front, Hearing Congress-JD(S) plea against Karnataka Governor inviting BJP to form the government, the Supreme Court ordered for a floor test to be conducted tomorrow in Karnataka assembly at 4 PM.

All sectoral indices are in the red barring FMCG, with the PSU Bank and Pharma indices losing 0.90% each.

Shares of Bajaj Finance gained 1.5% after the company’s net profit was higher due to superior asset quality performance, which led to lower provisions.

Shares of Avenue Supermarts slipped over 6%. Promoter Radhakishan Damani will sell up to 1% stake in open market.

Shares of Voltas dropped 7% after poor March quarter numbers. Net profit during the quarter decreased by 2.4% yoy to Rs195.6cr as compared to Rs200.3cr in Q4FY17.

At 1:39 PM, the BSE Sensex was down 219 points at 34,930, and the Nifty was down 59 points at 10,624.

In the broader market, the BSE Midcap was marginally by 0.95%, while the BSE Smallcap was down by 1.03%.

Bajaj Finance (+3.8%), Bajaj Auto (+2.5%), Tech Mahindra (+2.3%), HUL (+1.7%) and ITC (+1.3%) were the top gainers on the NSE.

Bharti Airtel (-2.7%), ICICI Bank (-2.4%), UltraTech (-2.3%), Wipro (-2.2%) and Tata Motors (-1.7%) were the top losers on the NSE.

Out of 2,044 stocks traded on the NSE, 768 advanced, 878 declined and 398 remained unchanged today.