Sensex slips after presentation of Interim Budget

BSE Sensex was at 71,826.36 points, up 74.25 points, as against 273.72 points in morning trade.

New Delhi: Markets pared morning gains after the presentation of Interim Budget on Thursday.

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BSE Sensex was at 71,826.36 points, up 74.25 points, as against 273.72 points in morning trade.

Maruti was up more than 3 per cent, Powergrid is up more than 2 per cent, while Ultratech Cement, and L&T were down more than 1 per cent.

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V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist, Geojit Financial Services said while both the Fed decision and the Budget will influence the market, the focus will be on the Budget. Even though the interim Budget is expected to be largely a vote on account with “no sensational announcements” the PM’s statement that it will be a ‘blueprint of intent’ has aroused expectations that there will be some significant indications of what is likely to come in the full Budget and beyond. This will keep the market focused on the Budget.

The 1.61 per cent sell-off in the S&P 500 on Thursday was in disappointment that rate cut will not happen in March. But the Fed chief’s comment that the economy is doing well with 3.1 per cent GDP growth in 2023, low 3.7 per cent unemployment and consumer price inflation declining to 2.6 per cent augurs well for the market, going forward, he said.

Sectoral and stock-specific moves in response to budget proposals will hog the limelight today. But long-term investors should not be carried by the dramatic moves today and may focus on high quality stocks with good long-term growth prospects, he added.

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