Sensex closes over 100 points lower, Nifty holds 11050; IT, FMCG take a big hit

At the close of market hours, the Sensex closed at 109.79 points or 0.30% lower, while Nifty was down by 13.70 points or 0.12% today.

After a day of relief rally on Tuesday, equity benchmarks have closed on a lower note on Wednesday. However, the key, psychological mark of 11,000 has been held by the Nifty. Investors could also be cautious ahead of US Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rates, which will be declared later in the day.

 

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There was major selling seen among information technology names. The likes of TCS, Infosys and Wipro, among others dragged the index lower and managed to weigh on frontline indices as well. Automobiles, consumer and PSU banks were the other big losers. The Nifty Midcap index closed with marginal gains.

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All eyes are also on the outcome from the FOMC meeting, which will be announced later in the day. “The outcome of the US Fed meeting on Wednesday is expected to result in another hike in benchmark interest rates, raising the federal funds rate by 25 basis points from its current range of 1.75-2 percent to 2-2.25 percent,” Edelweiss Investment Research has said in a note.

At the close of market hours, the Sensex closed 109.79 points or 0.30% lower at 36542.27, while the Nifty was down 13.70 points or 0.12% at 11053.80. The market breadth is negative as 1,266 shares advanced, against a decline of 1,330 shares, while 197 shares were unchanged.

(Source- Moneycontrol.com)