BSE Sensex sinks 351 pts to end at 26,837.20 as drought fears loom

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Mumbai | Updated: June 03, 2015 6:12 PM

BSE Sensex cracked the 27,000-mark today by falling 351 points as investors trimmed positions in realty and FMCG stocks

sensex and niftyThe BSE Sensex fell on sustained selling by funds and investors after RBI took a cautious stance on economic recovery coupled with forecast of a deficient monsoon. (PTI)

The benchmark BSE Sensex cracked the 27,000-mark today by falling 351 points as investors trimmed positions in realty and FMCG stocks as hopes of another rate cut this year took a hit on fears of a drought in the country.

Market took further jolt after services sector activity contracted for the first time in 13 months in May, largely due to decline in new order flows amid competitive pressure.

In last two sessions, the Sensex has lost 1,011.79 points.

Market Outlook by Vinod Nair, Head-Fundamental Research, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services
Market is in a backtrack post the disappointment from policy meet. As the policy outlook provides no scope to have further cut in the medium-term, interest sensitive stocks like banks and industrials are consolidating down. Now, trigger is in the hands of Government to provide additional support to the business confidence and outlook.

The Met department has projected monsoon this year to be “deficient”, which has triggered fears of a drought.

The RBI yesterday lowered borrowing costs by 0.25 per cent but linked further reductions to the monsoon.

Reacting to developments, NSE Nifty ended with a loss of 25.25 points at 8,102.10 — its weakest close since December 17.

Market View by Anand James, Co Head Technical Research Desk, Geojit BNP Paribas
Adani enterprises’ massive price difference, post its demerger, caught some traders by surprise, giving additional legs to a downtrend in stocks that was triggered by yesterday’s RBI announcements as well as rain forecasts. Focus is now likely to shift to Greece as well, with first of its debt payments scheduled for 5th of this month.

The Sensex after remaining in positive zone briefly at the outset, slipped into the negative zone and dipped below the 27,000-mark to hit a low of 26,698.26.

It settled 351.18 points or 1.29 per cent lower at 26,837.20.

The 50-scrip Nifty after breaching the key 8,100-mark intra-day to touch a low of 8,094.15 ended at 8,135.10, down 101.35 points or 1.23 per cent.

Market View by Gaurav Jain, Director, Hem Securities
Indian markets continued to witness selling pressure on the back of rupee depreciation, monsoon concerns, continued selling from foreign portfolio investors. Worst hit were real estate and infrastructure stocks especially Unitech, JP Associates on the rumours of debt repayment default. Other FMCG-major Nestle hogged the limelight with a sharp fall on the concern of Maggi-noodle recall.

The biggest selloff was seen in realty stocks, with the BSE realty sector index sinking 5.54 per cent.

Unitech crashed 35.17 per cent and HDIL tanked 6.03 per cent, while DLF stocks fell 2.48 per cent.

Shares of Nestle India saw another session of selling pressure and slumped 9.21 per cent amid growing concerns about safety standards of its popular Maggi noodles.

Interest-sensitive stocks, SBI, ICICI Bank, Yes Bank and Canara Bank bore the brunt for the second straight session.

Globally, Asian markets ended on a mixed note, while European markets were lower in their early trade as investors awaited the outcome of Greek debt talks and the European Central Bank’s monthly interest-rate announcement.

Tata Power shares was the biggest loser by falling 6.13 per cent on the Sensex. Shares of ITC, Vedanta, GAIL, ONGC, BHEL, Hindalco, HUL, Tata Motors, Dr Reddy’s, Sun Pharma and M&M also weighed heavily.

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