MARKET WRAP: Sensex up 85 pts, broader mkts underperform; DHFL up 11%

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Domestic markets ended Wednesday’s choppy trading session with gains. Corporate earnings kept indices volatile with buying being witnessed in select public sector banks and information technology (IT) scrips.
The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex added 85 points, or 0.22 per cent, to settle at 39,216 levels with State Bank of India, Tech Mahindra, HCL tech and IndusInd Bank being top gainers. On the contrary, YES Bank, Maruti, ONGC and NTPC were at the lower end of the spectrum.  The broader Nifty50 too gained 25 points, or 0.21 per cent, to close at 11,687 levels.
In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap ended at 14,542 levels, down 22 points, or 0.15 per cent. The S&P BSE SmallCap too ended 10 points, or 0.07 per cent lower at 13,716 levels.
Sectorally, PSU banks were the biggest gainers with the Nifty PSU Bank index closing 1.36 per cent higher. This was followed by gains in FMCG sector (up 0.81 per cent) and IT sector (up 0.53 per cent). The Nifty Auto index was the top laggard with the index settling over 1 per cent lower.
BUZZING STOCKS

Shares of DCB Bank plunged 14 per cent to Rs 205 in Wednesday’s early morning trade on the BSE after the private sector lender reported a sub-par performance in June quarter (Q1FY19) led by decline in loan growth, sequential rise in fresh slippages and non-performing assets (NPAs), and continued pressure on margin. READ MORE

Shares of HDFC Asset Management Company (AMC) hit a record high of Rs 2,129, up 7 per cent intra-day on the BSE on Wednesday, after the company reported a 42 per cent year-on-year (YoY) jump in net profit at Rs 292 crore in the June quarter of fiscal year 2019-20 (Q1FY20). The strong profit growth was led by lower expenses and higher other income, the company’s financial data show.

Written by Anindita Ghosh