Cyprus bailout pulls Sensex down 134 pts, RBI policy awaited
The Bombay Stock Exchange 30-share barometer resumed sharply lower and moved in a narrow range in negative terrain throughout the day to settle at 19,293.20, a fall of 134.36 points or 0.69 percent. Last Friday, it fell by 142.88 points.
Shares from metal, PSU, auto, realty and refinery sectors suffered the most while defensive stocks from FMCG and pharma segments attracted some buying support.
The NSE 50-issue CNX Nifty also dropped by 37.35 points or 0.64 percent to more-than one-week closing low of 5,835.25.
"The Cyprus issue created an initial panic in the Indian markets, which opened gap-down. For rest of the day, markets did recover a bit but remained on tenterhooks," said Nagji K Rita, Chairman & MD, Inventure Growth & Securities.
On March 16, Cyprus got Euro 10 billion package from lenders but planned to impose a one-time levy on money held in island's bank accounts as a part of a sovereign bailout. Business-friendly Cyprus has treaties on double taxation with many nations, making it attractive for investors.
Brokers also said funds turned cautious and investors offloaded part of their positions before the Reserve Bank of India policy meeting tomorrow. ICICI Bank dropped by 1.50 per cent, SBI by 0.58 per cent and HDFC Ltd
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