👍Indian equities log worst week in eight months as sentiment sours – The Hindu BusinessLine

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Fears of aggressive rate hikes by global central banks and a fall in liquidity are the reasons attributed to the weak sentiment

Both the benchmarks Sensex and Nifty lost over 2.5 per cent each in the week, the worst since June 17, 2022.

Indian shares extended losses to post their worst week in more than eight months on Friday on fears of aggressive interest rate hikes by global central banks and a fall in liquidity.

The Nifty 50 index fell 0.26 per cent to 17,465.80, while the S&P BSE Sensex closed 0.24 per cent lower to 59,463.93, their sixth straight session of loss.

Both benchmarks lost over 2.5 per cent in the week, the worst since June 17, 2022.

“The persistent selling by foreign institutional investors (FIIs) means that liquidity is going away from markets. Without liquidity and positive triggers, markets are not going to rise in a hurry,” said Avinash Gorakshakar, head of research at Profitmart Securities.

FIIs have remained net sellers in Indian equities in 2023 so far, offloading around ₹4,800 crore ($580.56 million) in the first half of February and ₹28,850 crore in January.

Ten of the 13 sectoral indexes declined. Metal stocks tumbled 3 per cent with 13 of the 15 constituents logging losses.

“Metals are under pressure due to a rise in the dollar index as commodities have an inverse proportionality to the dollar,” said Astha Jain, senior research analyst at Hem Securities.

The dollar index, which measures the safe-haven greenback against six peers, hovered near a two-month high of 104.78.

Wall Street equities ended positively, with the S&P 500 snapping a four-session losing streak, even as weekly jobs data heightened chances of the Federal Reserve continuing with its tight monetary policy stance.

Among individual stocks, Adani Enterprises lost over 5 per cent and was the top Nifty 50 loser. “Investors are unwilling to touch Adani group stocks as there is no surety that the companies will bounce back,” Gorakshakar said.

SpiceJet surged over 12 per cent after reporting a nearly five-fold surge in net profit in the December quarter. Paytm jumped nearly 3 per cent on the launch of UPI LITE, which lets users carry out quick transactions of up to ₹200 without a pin.

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