Sensex retreats from record level, drops by 200 points; metal, realty, power, auto, bank stocks fall

Mumbai: After scaling a record high of 36,747.87 in early trade, the benchmark BSE Sensex fell nearly 200 points in afternoon trade after a no-confidence motion against the Modi government was moved in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she would announce the date for a debate on it in "2-3 days".

The BSE 30-share barometer, after hitting a new peak of 36,747.87 points in early trade, dropped by 199.04 points, or 0.54 percent, to 36,320.92 with metal, realty, power, auto and banking stocks falling up to 2.69 percent.

 Sensex retreats from record level, drops by 200 points; metal, realty, power, auto, bank stocks fall

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The gauge had gained 227.91 points to hit a new high of 36,747.87 (intra-day), surpassing its previous record of 36,740.07 reached on 13 July.

The broader NSE Nifty, too, slipped below the psychological 11,000-mark. It dropped by 51.75 points, or 0.47 percent to 10,956.30. In early trade, it touched a high of 11,076.20.

Brokers said apart from profit-booking at record levels by participants, a mixed trend in other Asian markets and unabated foreign fund outflows by foreign funds hurt the trading sentiment.

Fresh weakness in the rupee to weighed on market sentiment, as the domestic unit fell 13 paise to 68.58 against the dollar after a strong opening.

The laggards that dragged the key indices were Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Vedanta, Bharti Airtel, Axis Bank, HUL, M&M, ICICI Bank, NTPC, Maruti Suzuki, Coal India, RIL, Kotak Bank, Infosys and SBI, falling up to 4.84 percent.

Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net of Rs 673.99 crore yesterday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth a net of Rs 840.06 crore, data released by stock exchanges showed.

Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng turned negative and shed 0.32 percent, Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.40 percent, while Japan's Nikkei rose 0.52 percent.

Updated Date: Jul 18, 2018 13:13:59 IST