Sensex erases early gains to end lower by 333 points, posts fourth straight session fall on rupee woes

Selling was more pronounced in FMCG, realty, power, banking, auto, oil & gas, PSU, IT, tech, infrastructure and capital goods stocks that dragged the indices into the negative zone.

Press Trust of India September 03, 2018 16:25:01 IST
Sensex erases early gains to end lower by 333 points, posts fourth straight session fall on rupee woes

Mumbai: The BSE Sensex erased all its early gains to end lower by about 333 points in see-saw trade on Monday, posting fourth straight session fall due to widespread selling in FMCG, realty, power and banks stocks amid the rupee hitting yet another record low.

Weakening global cues, triggered by continuing trade war spats between the US and China, too impacted domestic market sentiment.

The Indian currency collapsed to a new lifetime low of 71.10 in intra-day trade, raising concerns on the macroeconomic front.

Adding to the woes, the country's manufacturing sector activity eased for the second consecutive month in August.

Selling was more pronounced in FMCG, realty, power, banking, auto, oil & gas, PSU, IT, tech, infrastructure and capital goods stocks that dragged the indices into the negative zone.

Sensex erases early gains to end lower by 333 points posts fourth straight session fall on rupee woes

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Major losers were HUL, PowerGrid, ITC, M&M, Maruti Suzuki, ONGC, TCS, Asian Paints, RIL, Hero Motocorp, Tata Steel, Infosys, L&T and Tata Motors, falling up to 4.58 percent.

Banking stocks such as Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank, Yes Bank, SBI and IndusInd Bank fell as much as 2.69 percent today.

The 30-share Sensex had soared over 289 points to hit a high of 38,934.35 in early trade boosted by good first-quarter GDP data and recovery in rupee but gave up its gains completely following late sell-off, which dragged it down to a low of 38,270.01 after data showed that manufacturing PMI has slowed in August.

It finally settled at a one-week low of 38,312.52, showing a hefty loss of 332.55 points, or 0.86 percent. The gauge had lost 251.56 points in the last three sessions.

The broader NSE Nifty closed below the 10,600 mark by plunging by 98.15 points, or 0.84 percent, at 11,582.35 after shuttling between 11,567.40 and 11,751.80.

Both indices recorded the biggest single-day fall since August 2, when the BSE had lost 356.46 points and the NSE Nifty 101.50.

Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 212.81 crore while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net buyers to the tune of Rs 171.92 crore on Friday, as per provisional data.

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