Sensex sinks 872 points as global markets reel; ITC, Nestle buck trend



PTI

Mumbai, August 22

The Sensex dived 872 points while the Nifty finished below the 17,500-mark on Monday, in tandem with a sell-off in world stocks on renewed concerns over global growth and hawkish stance of central banks.

Declining for the second consecutive session, the 30-share BSE Sensex tumbled 872.28 points or 1.46 per cent to close at 58,773.87. 

Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty declined 267.75 points or 1.51 per cent to 17,490.70.

Barring ITC and Nestle India, all Sensex components posted losses.

Tata Steel was the top laggard, skidding 4.50 per cent, followed by Asian Paints, Wipro, Sun Pharma, Larsen & Toubro, Bajaj Finance, UltraTech Cement and Bajaj Finserv.

“Global markets were weak as dollar index strengthened over hawkish statements made by US Fed Chairman. On the other hand, China’s property market continued to be in trouble, which forced China to cut policy rates yet again,” said Siddhartha Khemka, Head – Retail Research, Motilal Oswal Financial Services Ltd.

Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services, said consolidation was triggered in the market in anticipation of tighter monetary policy by the US Fed and worries over a slowdown in global economic activity. 

“The current risk reward is not favouring investors as the Nifty50 is now trading at a premium valuation of 21.5x P/E (1-year forward basis), above the long-term average. Rising dollar index and higher US 10-year bond yield act as the near-term headwinds for the market,” he added.

In the broader market, the BSE midcap gauge fell by 1.80 per cent and the smallcap index declined 1.17 per cent.

All the BSE sectoral indices ended lower, with metal falling 2.69 per cent, followed by realty (2.47 per cent), basic materials (2.44 per cent), consumer discretionary goods & services (2.01 per cent), finance (1.88 per cent) and bank (1.88 per cent).

Elsewhere in Asia, markets in Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong ended lower, while Shanghai settled in the green.

Bourses in Europe were trading in the negative zone during mid-session deals. Wall Street had ended lower on Friday.

Meanwhile, the international oil benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.95 per cent lower at USD 95.80 per barrel.

The rupee recovered early losses to close flat at 79.84 (provisional) against the US dollar amid a strong greenback overseas.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 1,110.90 crore on Friday, according to exchange data.





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