Mumbai, Jan 15: Bearish Asian markets, coupled with disappointing macro-data and caution over the third quarter results subdued Indian equity markets during the mid-afternoon trade session on Friday.  This led a barometer index to trade in the red — down 83 points.   Initially, both the bellwether indices opened on a firm note, following higher closing of the US markets on Thursday and value buying at lower levels.   However, both indices soon ceded their initial gains due to bearish Asian markets, lack of fresh triggers and caution over Q3 results.   Besides, the bellwether index receded after Thursday’s macro-economic data showed an acceleration in inflation trends.

The rising wholesale price index (WPI), coupled with a higher annual retail inflation have diminished hopes of a rate cut by the country’s apex bank.   The barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) was trading lower by 83 points or 0.33 percent.  Similarly, the wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was trading in the red — down by 28.40 points or 0.38 percent at 7,508.40 points. (Also Read: Sensex jumps 140 points on value buying, global cues)

The S&P BSE Sensex, which opened at 24,881.76 points, was trading at 24,690.29 points (at 1.55 p.m.) — down 82.68 points or 0.33 percent from the previous day’s close at 24,772.97 points.  The Sensex has so far touched a high of 24,912.64 points and a low of 24,656.76 points during the intra-day trade.   The S&P BSE market breadth favoured the bears — with 1,706 declines and 780 advances.  “Bearish Asian markets, disappointing macro-data and caution over the upcoming Q3 results depressed investors. The general weakness still persists and with lack of fresh triggers markets are moving in a tight range,” Anand James, co-head, technical research desk with Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, told.  “However, our markets’ had a firm opening due to higher closing of the US markets yesterday and healthy Q3 results from an IT major,” James added.