Financials, FMCG, oil stocks drag Nifty below 10400; Sensex loses 150 pts

Mumbai, Mar 15: The market failed to hold on to gains on Thursday as benchmark indices saw selling pressure in late trade and Nifty, Sensex fell half a percent each despite recovery in Asian peers and positive trade in Europe.
All Nifty sectoral indices closed in the red. Banking & financials (except HDFC Bank), oil & gas and FMCG stocks pulled the Nifty below 10,400 levels.
The 50-share NSE index ended down 50.70 points at 10,360.20 amid volatility.
“The Nifty traded in a narrow range today & ultimately formed a bearish Inside bar for the day. It continued to face selling pressure near 10,400-10,500 zone. Multiple Technical parameters are placed in the range, which are restricting the upside,” Gaurav Ratnaparkhi, Senior Technical Analyst, Sharekhan said.
According to him, overall wave structure shows that the distribution phase can continue for few more sessions before the next leg down kicks in.
However if bears manage to break the swing low of 10,336 on closing basis, which means the Inside bar breaks out on the downside, then the index can resume the larger downtrend without further distribution, he said, adding from short term perspective, 10,141 & 10,000 will be the targets on the downside.
The 30-share BSE Sensex was down 150.20 points to close at 33,685.54.
Midcaps were off day’s high in late trade, but still outperformed frontliners throughout the session. The Nifty Midcap index rose 0.4 percent and BSE Smallcap index gained 0.8 percent.
The market breadth was largely in favour of advances with advance-decline ratio of 3:2.
IOC was the biggest loser among Nifty50 stocks, falling 2.8 percent after the stock adjusted for bonus share issue.
HDFC was down 0.8 percent despite its AMC subsidiary filed draft red herring prospectus with the SEBI for initial public offering. ICICI Bank also declined 1.5 percent despite the company said its broking subsidiary ICICI Securities will open initial public offering worth Rs 4,017 crore for subscription next week.
The PSU Bank was biggest loser among sectoral indices, falling 0.7 percent amid banking fraud case. Punjab National Bank, the second largest public sector lender, detected another case of Letter of Undertakings (LoU) fraud worth Rs 9 crore in its Brady House branch in Mumbai, according to CNBC-TV18 quoting sources. The state-owned bank has field complaint with Central Bureau of Investigation against Chandri Papers and Allied Products.
State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank and Bank of Baroda shares fell more than 1 percent.
Reliance Industries, ITC, Yes Bank, HUL, Axis Bank, Tata Steel, GAIL and Tech Mahindra among others were down 1-2 percent whereas HDFC Bank, Asian Paints, Bajaj Finance, M&M and Indiabulls Housing gained 1-2 percent.
Fertiliser stocks like Nagarjuna Fertilizers, NFL, RCF, Zuari Agro, FACT, Coromandel International etc gained up to 10 percent after the government extended urea subsidy till 2020.
Jaiprakash Associates rallied 17 percent as investors cheered the developments around the bid for Jaypee Infratech. Details emerging from Wednesday’s meeting of committee of creditors seem to indicate that Adani Group could be entrusted with the task of completing the unfinished flats of Jaypee Infratech besides ensuring that lenders face minimum haircut. Adani Enterprises and Jaypee Infratech gained nearly 2 percent each.
Allahabad Bank, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, IDBI Bank, Future Retail, Future Enterprises, Mindtree, PTC India Financial, Prabhat Dairy, Eveready Industries, NIIT Technologies, NIIT and Kalyani Steels rallied up to 16 percent. Dish TV, Wockhardt, Tata Coffee and Hexaware fell up to 4 percent.