SEO-Friendly Article: “Indian Stock Market Update: Record Highs for Mid-Cap and Small-Cap Stocks Amid Global Economic Concerns”
The Indian stock market showcased its resilience on September 5, 2023, defying negative global cues. The standout performers of the day were the mid-cap and small-cap indices, which reached new all-time highs. Several key sectors, including Media, Realty, IT, and PSU Banks, posted gains during the trading session, while the Bank and Finance indices faced some headwinds.
India’s Services Sector Growth Moderates:
India’s services sector continued its expansion in August, albeit at a slightly slower pace compared to July. According to data from S&P Global, the Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for August registered a reading of 60.1, down from July’s figure of 62.3. This indicates that the services sector in India is still growing, albeit with a slight deceleration.
Key Market Highlights:
- Record-Breaking Performance: Despite adverse global trends, Indian stocks demonstrated their strength. Realty companies led the rally, fueled by increased property registrations. What’s noteworthy is that mid-cap and small-cap stocks, which are more domestically focused, outperformed blue-chip stocks and achieved new all-time highs. The Media and IT sectors also contributed positively to the market’s performance.
- Nifty 50 and Sensex: The Nifty 50 index added 46 points to close at 19,574, while the S&P BSE Sensex gained 150 points, ending the day at 65,780. Among the 15 Nifty sectoral indexes, 11 recorded gains.
- Sectoral Performance: Notable sectors that shone brightly included Media (with a remarkable 2%+ increase), Realty, Pharma, IT, and PSU Banks, all closing with significant gains. On the flip side, sectors like Banking, Auto, and Finance saw marginal losses.
- Top Performers and Laggards: Leading the list of top-performing stocks were Apollo Hospitals and Sun Pharma, followed by ITC, Coal India, and LTIMindtree. In contrast, Ultratech, Dr. Reddy’s, and SBI Life experienced declines of around 1.5% each.
Global Market Concerns:
- China’s Economic Worries: The global market mood was mixed as weaker-than-expected Chinese services data raised concerns about China’s economic growth. China’s services sector recorded its slowest growth in eight months.
- Asian Markets: Japanese stocks achieved their highest levels in a month, but profit-taking and speculation about new share sales affected sentiment. The Nikkei 225 share average closed 0.3% higher, while the broader Topix inched up by 0.17%. Meanwhile, China’s domestic services activity expanded at its slowest pace in eight months in August, leading to a decline in Chinese stocks.
- European Markets: European equities opened lower due to disappointing economic data from China, which highlighted the fragility of the nation’s economic recovery. Stocks with significant exposure to the Chinese market were notably impacted.
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