Falling for sixth straight session, equity benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty crashed over 1 per cent due to a broad-based selloff amid heightened tension in Middle East. In addition to weak cues from global markets, deep losses in auto, financial and energy stocks, and fresh selling by fresh investors added to the market woes.
The BSE Sensex slumped 900.91 points or 1.41 per cent to settle below the 64,000 mark at 63,148.15. The NSE Nifty tanked 264.90 points or 1.39 per cent to 18,857.25.
“In the backdrop of weak global cues, investors shunned local equities at will on the monthly F&O expiry day with benchmark Nifty closing below the crucial 19k mark amid sell-off in frontline banking, automobile and IT stocks. Investors are worried about the simmering West Asia conflict, economic uncertainty and rate hike woes, and hence maintained their bearish stance for the sixth straight session,” said Shrikant Chouhan, Head of Equity Research (Retail), Kotak Securities Ltd.
“Technically, a bearish candle on daily charts and weak intraday formation is indicating further weakness from the current levels. As long as the index is trading below 19000, the weak sentiment is likely to continue till 18800-18725 levels. On the flip side, one relief rally is possible only after the dismissal of 19000 and above the same, the index could move up till 19100-19150,” he added.
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Railtel Corporation of India
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