Sensex crashes 1,448 points as global rout intensifies over coronavirus scare, Nifty plunges 432 points; metal, IT stocks tank

  • After nosediving over 1,525 points during the day, the 30-share BSE barometer ended 1,448.37 points, or 3.64 percent, lower at 38,297.29

  • Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty sank 431.55 points or 3.71 percent to end at 11,201.75

  • Tech Mahindra was the top laggard in the Sensex pack, followed by Tata Steel, Mahindra and Mahindra, HCL Tech, Infosys, SBI and Bajaj Finance

Mumbai: The Sensex logged its second-biggest one-day fall in history on Friday as concerns over the rapidly-spreading coronavirus triggered a manic global sell-off.

World markets sank deeper into the red, posting their worst week since the 2008 financial crisis, on fears that the virus outbreak could tip the global economy into a recession.

The list of countries hit by Covid-19 grew to 57, with New Zealand, Nigeria, Azerbaijan and the Netherlands reporting their first cases.

Continuing its downward spiral for the sixth straight session, the 30-share BSE Sensex ended 1,448.37 points, or 3.64 percent, lower at 38,297.29.

This was the benchmark's second-worst drop in absolute terms after 24 August, 2015, when it had plunged 1,624.51 points.

Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty sank 431.55 points or 3.71 percent to end at 11,201.75.

The carnage in the equity markets wiped out investor wealth worth Rs 5,45,452.52 crore, with the total market capitalisation of BSE-listed companies standing at Rs 1,46,94,571.56 crore.

The m-cap of BSE-listed companies was at Rs 1,52,40,024.08 crore at the end of trading on Thursday.

During the week, Sensex plunged 2,872.83 points or 6.97 percent, and the Nifty tumbled 879.10 or 7.27 percent. In six trading sessions to Friday the market capitalisation of BSE-listed companies saw a massive decline of Rs 11,76,985.88 crore.

 Sensex crashes 1,448 points as global rout intensifies over coronavirus scare, Nifty plunges 432 points; metal, IT stocks tank

Representational image. Reuters.

Barring ITC, all Sensex constituents finished with losses on Friday. Tech Mahindra plunged 8.14 percent, followed by Tata Steel (7.57 percent), Mahindra and Mahindra (7.50 percent), HCL Tech (6.98 percent), Bajaj Finance (6.24 percent) and Infosys (5.95 percent).

All BSE sectoral indices ended in the red, with metal, IT, teck, basic materials, industrials, energy, finance, auto and bankex skidding up to 7.01 percent.

"Increase in new virus cases is diluting investor wealth across the globe. On the domestic front broad-based selling was witnessed with sectors having global exposure like metals & IT being impacted the most.

"Market is yet to quantify the exact economic impact of the on-going virus concerns but further acceleration could pose risk in short to medium term," said Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services.

Further, incessant selling by foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) spooked retail investors, traders said.

According to provisional data available with stock exchanges, so far this week, FPIs have offloaded stocks worth Rs 9,389 crore on a net basis.

Bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo ended up to 3.71 percent lower.

Stock exchanges in Europe plunged up to 4 percent in their morning sessions.

In overnight trade on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1,190.95 points, its largest one-day fall in history.

Brent crude oil futures dropped 3.38 percent to $49.98 per barrel as traders turned jittery about the impact of coronavirus on crude demand, particularly from key consumer China.

On the currency front, the Indian rupee tumbled 55 paise to 72.16 per US dollar (intra-day).

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Updated Date: Feb 28, 2020 18:50:38 IST


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