The S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty 50 indexes opened lower in trade on Tuesday on the back of weakness in banking and financial services shares after the Reserve Bank of India warned that the banks may see bad loans double despite signs of an improvement in the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, weakness in other Asian markets also added to somber investor sentiment on Dalal Street. The Sensex fell as much as 187 points to hit an intraday low of 49,082.04 and Nifty declined as much as 52 points to hit low of 14,484.75.
As of 9:23 am, the Sensex was down 105 points at 49,164.22 and Nifty declined 24 points to 14,460.
Six of 11 sector gauges compiled by the National Stock Exchange were trading lower led by the Nifty Private Bank index’s 0.6 per cent decline after RBI’s warning on rising bad loans.
The gross non-performing assets of banks may increase from 7.5 per cent in September 2020 to 14.8 per cent under a severe stress scenario. Even under a baseline scenario it may rise to 13.5 per cent by September 2021, RBI said.
“It is assessed that the worst is behind us, though the recovery path remains uncertain,” the council’s Financial Stability Report released by the Reserve Bank of India said.
Nifty Bank, Financial Services, FMCG and IT indexes were also trading with a negative bias.
On the other hand, metal, media and realty stocks were witnessing buying interest.
Mid- and small-cap shares were trading mostly higher as Nifty Midcap 1000 and Nifty Smallcap 100 indexes rose in range of 0.5 per cent.
GAIL India was top Nifty gainer, the stock rose 5.5 per cent to Rs 143 after the company informed exchanges that its board will meet on January 15 to discuss proposal of share buyback.
Tata Steel, JSW Steel, Tata Motors, Eicher Motors, Hindalco, Coal India, Reliance Industries, Grasim India, Indian Oil, Bharti Airtel and Larsen & Toubro were also among the gainers.
On the flipside, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Asia Paints, Titan, Bajaj Auto, Power Grid, Tech Mahindra, Hindustan Unilever, ICICI Bank and Nestle India were among the losers.
The overall market breadth was positive as 1,302 shares were advancing while 869 were declining in the BSE.