Mkts fall for 5th day, Sensex tanks 147 pts
The Sensex, which had lost 284 points in the last four trading sessions, opened weak and continued to slide lower in line with Asian markets that mirrored a fall in US stocks yesterday on rising concern about the budget debate in the US.
The Bombay Stock Exchange 30-share Sensex remained in the negative terrain throughout before ending at 18,471.37 – a loss of 147.50 points or 0.79 per cent. This was the lowest closing for Sensex since 18,430.85 on October 30.
On similar lines, the National Stock Exchange index lost 35.95 points, or 0.63 per cent to close at 5,631.
The IT sector, which gets a substantial share of revenues from the US, suffered heavy losses with Infosys, Wipro and TCS falling in 1.9-2.2 per cent range.
Metals stocks, which track Asian markets especially China, also lost sheen. Tata Steel, which dropped 2.66 per cent, was the biggest loser in 30-share Sensex. Hindalco and Jindal Steel lost in 1.8-2.3 per cent range.
ITC, Tata Motors, RIL, SBI, ONGC, ICICI Bank and Dr Reddy's Lab also closed with sharp to moderate falls. Overall, 1,632 stocks closed down while 1,197 ended higher across BSE.
Investors also appeared to ignore the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) declining marginally to 7.45
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