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Sensex initiates trade with 60-point gain, Nifty opens at 19,825

Leading Asian indices experienced notable gains, with Japan and South Korea posting increases of at least 0.8%. These positive moves have set MSCI's Asian equity index on a path toward its sixth consecutive day of gains.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 New Delhi Updated on: October 12, 2023 10:17 IST
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Indian domestic equities started the trading session on a positive note but quickly transitioned to flat terrain following muted second-quarter (Q2) results from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The BSE benchmark Sensex initially gained 19.66 points, equivalent to a 0.03% increase, reaching 66,492.71. In parallel, the broader NSE Nifty 50 witnessed an uptick of 25.75 points, signifying a 0.13% rise to 19,837.10.

Morning session sees indices trading flat

As the morning session advanced, the key indices began to trade flat, with the Sensex marginally up by 8.46 points at 66,481.51. The Nifty also exhibited a minor uptick, hovering at 19,816.55, with a gain of 5.20 points.

TCS reports Q2 results, triggers stock decline

Tata Consultancy Services emerged as a significant factor affecting market sentiment during the opening session. TCS stock experienced a dip of approximately 1.50% after the IT services giant announced an 8.7% increase in net profit, amounting to INR 11,342 crore for the quarter ending in September. TCS further unveiled a share buyback program for up to 4.09 crore equity shares, with a total value not exceeding INR 17,000 crore.

Key stocks leading the decline

Notably, TCS, along with other prominent companies including Bharti Airtel, Dr. Reddy's, Tech Mahindra, Nestle India, Bajaj Finance, Cipla, Apollo Hospital, Divis Laboratories, SBI Life, Bajaj Finserv, and Infosys, were among the top contributors to the morning session's market downturn.

Asian markets rally as US shares extend gains

In the broader context of Asian equity markets, stocks commenced trading with enthusiasm. U.S. shares managed to sustain their upward trajectory for the fourth consecutive day, disregarding higher-than-expected wholesale inflation data. 

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