Sensex plunges 690 points, Nifty cracks below 10,800; investors book profits in realty, banking, IT blue chips

Mumbai: Benchmark equity indices witnessed heavy selloff Friday after investors booked profits in realty, banking, IT and auto blue chips amid weak signals from global markets.

The BSE Sensex plunged 689.60 points, or 1.89 percent, to 35,742.07, while the NSE Nifty slipped 197.70 points, or 1.81 percent, to 10,754.

The 30-share index ended the week 527.93 points lower, while the broader Nifty lost 134 points.

The equity market witnessed selling ahead of the weekend, mainly due to fears of lower global economic growth in the coming year, said Joseph Thomas, Head Research- Emkay Wealth Management.

Concerns over the rupee also loomed over IT and tech stocks, analysts said.

The biggest losers of the session include Reliance, Infosys, TCS, ICICI Bank, HDFC twins, ITC, Maruti, L&T, HUL, Axis Bank, Wipro and IndusInd Bank, cracking up to 4 percent.

 Sensex plunges 690 points, Nifty cracks below 10,800; investors book profits in realty, banking, IT blue chips

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On the other hand, NTPC, PowerGrid and Coal India were the only gainers on Sensex, rising up to 1 percent.

BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices too witnessed heavy selling, falling 1.79 percent and 1 percent, respectively.

Investors also took cues from world markets, which tumbled on fears of a potential US government shutdown and rising tension between the US and China.

On a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth Rs 386.44 crore Thursday, and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net buyers to the tune of Rs 87.96 crore, provisional data available with BSE showed.

The rupee, meanwhile, fell 52 paise to 70.22 against the US dollar.

Brent crude, the international benchmark, was trading 0.96 percent lower at 53.83 per barrel in futures trade.

Elsewhere in Asia, Korea's Kospi ended 0.06 percent higher, Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.51 percent; while, Japan's Nikkei plunged 1.11 percent and Shanghai Composite Index slipped 0.79 percent.

In Europe, Frankfurt's DAX fell 0.62 percent and Paris' CAC 40 shed 0.97 percent in their early deals. London's FTSE too slipped 0.31 percent.

Updated Date: Dec 21, 2018 16:13:06 IST