The BSE Sensex today retreated from record high levels by losing over 188 points due to profit booking in bluechips following disappointing quarterly earnings amid a weak global trend.
The 30-share index had climbed to all-time high of 22,939.31 at the outset. However, later weak quarterly earnings by bluechips fueled profit booking, pulling the barometer down by 188.47 points, or 0.82 per cent, to close at 22,688.07 points.
The wide-based Nifty of the NSE Nifty hit an intra-day record high of 6,869.85 before ending lower by 58.05 points, or 0.85 per cent to 6,782.75.
Maruti Suzuki India, which reported 35 per cent drop in Q4 earnings, declined by 1.35 per cent. ICICI Bank dropped by 2.29 per cent even as the bank posted 9 per cent growth in profits for the last quarter.
Among other major losers, ITC fell the most by 2.76 per cent, RIL by 2.01 per cent and Larsen& Toubro by 1.96 per cent. Hindustan Unilever, NTPC, ONGC and Sun Pharma also declined.
Brokers said market participants indulged in booking profits at existing higher levels driven by disappointing quarter earnings by auto major Maruti Suzuki and Biocon.
They said a weak trend in the Asian region and lower opening in Europe on rising tension between Russia and the US over Ukraine further influenced the trading sentiment.
In 30-BSE index components, 21 stocks declined and nine ended higher.
The Oil and Gas sector index suffered the most by losing 2.11 per cent to 9,605.77 followed by FMCG index by 2.02 per cent to 6,837.11. Capital Goods index lost 1.34 per cent to 12,589.52 and Power index by 1.06 per cent to 1,741.18.
Dipen Shah, Head- Private Client Group Research, Kotak Securities: Markets ended weak on Friday likely on profit booking. There were stock specific movements based on quarterly results. Some of the cement and bank stocks were the major losers of the day. For the week, markets were flat. While most of the domestic sectors did well, IT continued to under-perform despite the slight depreciation of the rupee. Over the past two weeks, markets are consolidating on the gains made over the past 2-3 months. Markets are expected to consolidate around the current levels till the outcome of the elections. However, ove cannot rule out volatility in the markets after this sharp rise.
Sensex retreats from records on profit-booking, global trend
(Reuters) BSE Sensex closed lower