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Mkts crash over 1% as investors book profits

Slipping into bear grip: HDFC Bank was lone gainer among Sensex scrips as indices plunge in post-noon session due to stretching valuations of SMIDs;Latest uptick in crude prices also prompted investors to book profits

Mkts crash over 1% as investors book profits

Mkts crash over 1% as investors book profits 

Selling Across The Board

  • BSE Sensex plunges 930.88 pts or 1.30% to 70,506.31
  • Sensex opened higher and later gained 475.88 pts or 0.66% to hit its all-time high of 71,913.07 and later fell to a low of 70,302.60
  • Nifty fell by 302.95 pts or 1.41% to 21,150.15
  • During the day, Nifty climbed 139.9 pts or 0.65% to its record high of 21,593
  • Barring HDFC Bank, all Sensex-30 scrips ended lower
  • Investors worried over stretching valuations of small-&mid-caps

Mumbai: Benchmark equity indices Sensex and Nifty went into a tailspin after hitting their fresh all-time high levels on Wednesday, closing down by over 1 per cent as investors cashed in on the recent rally.

Erasing all its early gains, the 30-share BSE Sensex crashed 930.88 points or 1.30 per cent to settle at 70,506.31. The index opened higher and later gained 475.88 points or 0.66 per cent to hit its all-time high of 71,913.07. However, across the board selling dragged the barometer down from record highs and it dropped to a low of 70,302.60. The Nifty fell by 302.95 points or 1.41 per cent to 21,150.15. During the day, it climbed 139.9 points or 0.65 per cent to reach its record high of 21,593.

All the 30 Sensex shares, except for HDFC Bank, closed in the red. Tata Steel fell the most by 4.21 per cent. NTPC, Tata Motors, HCL Technologies, Mahindra & Mahindra, State Bank of India, Power Grid, Tech Mahindra, Larsen & Toubro and JSW Steel also declined. HDFC Bank was the only gainer from the pack.

“The domestic market saw a sharp and abrupt sell-off in the second half, despite the positive trend in global peers. This is attributable to profit-booking from the recent sharp rally stretching valuations of mid and small-cap stocks. The recent uptick in crude prices prompted investors to book profits,” said Vinod Nair, head (research) at Geojit Financial Services.

“Markets witnessed a bout of profit-taking and lost nearly one and a half per cent. After the initial uptick, Nifty hovered in a range in the first half however a sharp cut in the heavyweights across sectors completely turned the tone,” said Ajit Mishra, SV-P (technical research), Religare Broking Ltd.

All the indices ended lower, with utilities tumbling 4.65 per cent, telecommunication plummeting 4.36 per cent, power declining by 4.33 per cent, services falling by 4.20 per cent, metal (3.57 per cent), commodities (3.51 per cent), industrials (2.85 per cent), capital goods (2.83 per cent) and consumer discretionary (2.55 per cent). A total of 3,177 stocks declined while 658 advanced and 86 remainded unchanged.

In Asian markets, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong settled in the positive territory while Shanghai ended lower. European markets were trading mostly lower.

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