Sensex falls to seven-month low on sell-off in global equities amid concerns about slowdown in world economy
Asian shares plunged after tech stocks caused the largest daily decline on Wall Street since 2011 in the previous session, wiping out all its gains for the year
Shares fell nearly 1.5 percent to a seven-month low on Thursday, joining a sell-off in global equities amid concerns about a slowdown in the world economy.
Asian shares plunged after tech stocks caused the largest daily decline on Wall Street since 2011 in the previous session, wiping out all its gains for the year.
Factors ranging from faster rate hikes in the United States to an ongoing Sino-US trade war that threatens to hurt world growth have continued to make investors jittery.
“The overnight drop in markets led to our futures being lower by 100 points, and that’s driving the fall today,” said Sunil Sharma, chief investment officer with Sanctum Wealth Management.
“The fall in the US market is likely a result of fears around slowing economic activity in the United States.”
Investors were also cautious ahead of the expiry of derivatives contracts.
The broader Nifty and the benchmark Sensex fell 1.4 percent each, with losses seen across the board, and heading for the fifth session of decline in six.
Conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd was the biggest drag on both indexes. It declined as much as 2.5 percent to its lowest since 11 July and was headed for a sixth straight session of falls.
Mobile carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd dropped 5.5 percent in its biggest intraday percentage fall in nearly three weeks, ahead of its September-quarter results later in the day.
ICICI Bank Ltd slipped 2.7 percent, while Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd fell 2 percent.
Shares of non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) also took a beating. Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd dropped 8.1 percent, Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd declined 7.5 percent and Repco Home Finance Ltd fell 5.5 percent.
A series of defaults at a major NBFC sparked concerns of a liquidity crunch in the sector, and have soured trading sentiment.
Shares of InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, owner of the country’s largest domestic carrier by market share - IndiGo, fell as much as 3.7 percent, a day after the company posted its first ever quarterly loss since its market debut in 2015.
Market Roundup: BSE touches lifetime high of 61,963, Nifty surges 138 pts; check top winners and losers
Taking its winning streak to the seventh session, equity benchmark Sensex rallied 460 points to finish at a fresh lifetime peak on Monday, tracking heavy buying in banking, IT and metal stocks
BSE Midcap saw a rise of 1.56 percent to end up 408.47 points higher at 26,556.43, while BSE Smallcap rose by 0.59 percent to end up 173.15 points higher at 29,755.41.
Verstappen, who leads Hamilton by six points in the championship race, claimed his ninth pole of 2021 with a time of 1min 32.910sec, just two tenths faster than the British driver.