BSE Sensex today plunged over 330 points in tandem with Indian rupee breaching 64-mark but regained lost ground to a great extent to end only 61 points lower in line with the recovery of the currency from record lows.
While suspected RBI intervention lifted the battered domestic currency from yet another all-time low of 64.11 to trade at 63.5 levels, emergence of value-buying in beaten down shares helped the 30-share benchmark index Sensex rebound.
The Bombay Stock Exchange 30-share barometer resumed lower and dipped below the 18,000 mark for the first time since September 2012 to a low of 17,970.98. However, helped by value-buying it settled the day at 18,246.04, a fall of 61.48 points or 0.34 per cent.
In three days, Sensex has lost over 1,100 points as a depreciating rupee jolted capital markets.
The 50-issue CNX Nifty of the NSE declined further by 13.30 points, 0.25 per cent, to end at nearly 12-month lows of 5,401.45. It had touched an intra-day low of 5,306.35.
Also, SX40 index, the flagship index of MCX-SX, closed at 10829.76 with a loss of 52 points.
Fall in Tata Motors, TCS, HDFC, Sun Pharma, M&M and ONGC mainly contributed to Sensex loss while rise in ICICI Bank, Sterlite, HUL, SBI and Tata Steel capped fall to a major extent.
Consumer durables, auto, pharma and IT shares were at the receiving end while stocks from metal and realty attracted buying interest, brokers said.
"The Indian equity market is passing through an extremely volatile phase, where the broader trend is down. And clearly the selling pressure in the market is due to weak macros, weaker outlook on macros, and the sharp rise in USD/INR," said Milan Bavishi-Head Research, Inventure Growth and Securities.
Factors like concerns over the economic recovery, high inflation and widening current account deficit (CAD) put pressure on the market initially, they added.
Weakness in global markets also impacted domestic markets negatively while capital outflows also hit the sentiment hard.
Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) sold shares worth a net Rs