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Offloading in overbought stocks pull indices lower

Key indices skid for 2nd day as profit-booking takes hold; Heavy selling in mid-cap and small-cap stocks amid concerns over frothy valuations

Sensex forms long bullish candle

Sensex forms long bullish candle

Selling Across The Board

- Barring telecom, all indices closed in red

- BSE Sensex fell 456.09 pts to 61,259.96

- NSE Nifty dropped 152.15 pts to 18,266.60

- Mcap declined to Rs267.87 lakh cr on BSE

- Hong Kong and Tokyo closed higher

- Shanghai and Seoul moved lower

Mumbai: The BSE Sensex slumped 456 points while the NSE Nifty closed below the 18,300-level on Wednesday as market participants pared exposure to overbought counters for the second straight session.

Midcap and smallcap stocks too saw heavy selling amid concerns over frothy valuations, traders said. The 30-share BSE Sensex ended 456.09 points or 0.74 per cent lower at 61,259.96 points. Similarly, the NSE Nifty dropped 152.15 points or 0.83 per cent to 18,266.60 points.

"Indices corrected quite meaningfully led by the expensive side of the market where valuations had got stretched. Almost all sectoral indices ended in the red, although PSU banks were seen bucking the trend with investors cherry-picking for value in that pocket. The street is taking note of the cost pressures emanating from higher input costs in companies that do not possess the pricing power," said S Ranganathan, head (research) at LKP Securities.

Vinod Nair, head (research) at Geojit Financial Services, adds: "The ongoing market correction is not an overreaction and can sustain in the near-term due to high valuations. However, in the future Indian corporates will benefit from the reforms and China plus one strategy which happened during 2020-21. Alongside, the long-term economy and market trend is intact due to further re-opening of the economy, low-interest cycle and fiscal and private spending. This correction will give leeway for value-buying."

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers in the capital market on Tuesday, as they offloaded shares worth Rs 505.79 crore, according to exchange data.

Investors' notional wealth slips `6.6 trn

In the two-day sell-off, the market capitalisation (mcap) fell Rs 6.6 lakh crore to Rs267.87 lakh cr on BSE. On Wednesday alone, investors' wealth declined by Rs 3.3 lakh crore.

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