On Tuesday, August 22, the Indian stock market exhibited a mixed performance as the benchmark indices, the Sensex and the Nifty, ended the day on a relatively flat note. Gains in select heavyweight stocks such as ITC, Larsen & Toubro, and Axis Bank were counterbalanced by losses in shares of HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and TCS. Market sentiment mirrored global trends, with European stocks showing healthy gains while US Treasury yields surged, raising concerns about prolonged elevated interest rates. Despite the fluctuations, experts maintain a positive long-term outlook for the market, albeit with expectations of short-term consolidation.
The trading day commenced with the Sensex opening 56 points higher at 65,272.42 compared to the previous close of 65,216.09. Throughout the day, the index remained mostly in positive territory but within a certain range. However, selling pressure in the final hour of trade resulted in a flat closure, with the Sensex ending just 4 points higher at 65,220. Similarly, the Nifty ended the day at 19,396, marking a marginal gain of 3 points.
Performance of Mid and Small Caps
While the frontline indices saw a subdued performance, mid and small-cap stocks demonstrated strength. The BSE Midcap index closed 0.94% higher, and the Smallcap index registered a gain of 0.89%. This divergence suggests that investors were actively seeking opportunities beyond the well-established large-cap stocks.
Among the sectoral indices, the Nifty Bank closed flat with a negative bias. On the other hand, the Nifty Metal index exhibited a gain of 0.85%, followed by the Nifty FMCG index, which rose by 0.66%, and the Nifty Auto index, which advanced by 0.52%. However, the Nifty PSU Bank index faced a decline of 0.49%, while the Pharma and IT indices slipped by 0.20% and 0.11%, respectively.
Notable Gainers and Losers
Several stocks stood out as notable gainers and losers during the trading session. Adani Enterprises experienced a gain of 2.09%, HDFC Life Insurance Company registered an increase of 1.53%, and ITC saw a rise of 1.47% in the Nifty index, making them the top gainers. On the other hand, around 26 stocks ended in the red in the Nifty index, while 23 managed to close with gains.
Technical Analysis and Future Outlook
The Nifty50 displayed an interesting technical pattern during the trading day. Resistance was observed near the 19,450 level, while support consistently appeared near 19,375. Fresh uptrend is likely only after breaching the 19,450 level, with potential targets in the range of 19,500-19,525. Conversely, a decline below the 19,375 support level could intensify selling pressure, potentially leading the index to the range of 19,325-19,300.
The flat performance of the Sensex and the Nifty on Tuesday reflects a mix of factors influencing the market. While gains in certain heavyweight stocks provided support, losses in others tempered overall returns. Global sentiment, particularly in European markets, played a role in shaping the market’s trajectory. Experts’ positive long-term outlook is underpinned by the potential for growth, even as short-term consolidation remains a possibility.
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