Sensex dips below 20k-mark

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Snapping a three-day upsurge, the BSE benchmark Sensex today fell by 120.25 points to close below the 20,000-mark on market participants booking profits at higher levels, amid a mixed overseas trend.

The Sensex, which had gained 284 points in last three trading sessions, commenced the day higher at 20,156.86 before ending with a loss of 120.25 points, or 0.60 per cent at 19,981.57. GAIL, Hindustan Unilever (HUL), Hindalco, SBI and TCS were among major losers in the Sensex pack.

On similar lines, the broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty crossed 6,100 mark level for the first time in two yars before slipping to close 33.80 points lower at 6,048.50.

Selling pressure developed as investors booked profits from the recent upsurge in stocks of auto, power and banking and oil and gas sectors, said brokers.

FMCG major Hindustan Unilever Ltd today reported a 15.59 per cent jump in net profit to Rs 871.36 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2012. However, its shares slipped nearly 2.9 per cent.

Trading sentiment was hit as global markets depicted a mixed trend as investors awaited cues from key US corporate earnings to be released later today.

"European indices were showing mixed trend...Domestic market breadth was negative and profit-selling in lead stocks after recent gains led to pressure," said Rakesh Goyal, Senior Vice President, Bonanza Portfolio.

Overall, in 30-share BSE Sensex, 21 stocks ended lower including Infosys, Hero MotoCorp, Sterlite Industries, Tata Steel and Tata Power.

However, minor gains in Reliance Industries, ONGC and Bajaj Auto and around 1,5 per cent rise each in NTPC and Sun Pharma saved the market from a major fall.

Markets @ 11.30 AM (PTI)

The National Stock Exchange's index Nifty today breached 6,100 level after two years on the back of steady capital inflows amid strong corporate earnings.

The wide-based Nifty rose by 19 points, or 0.31 per cent to trade at 6,101.30 points, a level not seen since January 2011.

However, profit booking emerged at two-year high levels and the sensitive index slipped to trade at 6,098.65 points at 1055 hrs.

Among the NSE-50 stocks, 32 advanced, while 18 declined.

Brokers said steady inflow of capital inflows by foreign funds driven by the government's decision to deregulate diesel prices in a key economic reform measure, and better-than- estimated third quarter earnings by some blue-chip companies, helped Nifty to cross 6,100-level.

Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex was trading up 36.12 points, or 0.18 per cent, at 20.137.94.

Markets @ 09.00 AM (PTI)

The BSE benchmark Sensex today rose by over 25 points in early trade to touch a new two-year high of 20,128.58 on sustained buying by funds on strong third quarter earnings posted by corporates amid a firming trend in the Asian region.

The 30-share index, which had gained nearly 284 points in the previous three sessions, rose by 26.76 points, or 0.13 per cent, to trade at a new two-year high of 20,128.58.

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