Six of the 13 major sectoral indexes logged losses with high weightage financials and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) stocks losing over 0.5% each.
Credit card issuer SBI Cards and Payment Services lost as much as 3.73% to a six-month low after reporting a slide in first-quarter profit as elevated credit costs overpowered growth in revenue. The stock was the top loser among financials.
Beer maker United Breweries fell 1.65%, and led the losses on the FMCG index, after posting a 15% slump in June quarter profit, dragged by higher excise duty and expenses.
Metals gained 1.25% on rising expectations of a stimulus package from China to revive its economy and signs of easing inflation in the United States.
“This week, the markets will take further cues from ongoing results season and is likely to consolidate in a narrow range,” said Arvind Singh Nanda, senior vice president at Delhi-head quartered investing banking firm Master Capital Services.
“Any fall close to the 19,500-19,450 levels (on the Nifty) can be seen as an opportunity to build fresh long positions.”
Among the gainers, electricity generator NTPC jumped 3.10% to a more-than-15-year high after reporting a 23% rise in quarterly profit. It was the top Nifty gainer.
Natural gas distributor GAIL rose 4.47% to a near five-year high after UBS double-upgraded the stock to “buy” from “sell”, citing revenue gains due to revision in tariffs.