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Sensex sinks 311 points to close at 35,498, Nifty drops below 10,700-mark; banking, auto, FMCG stocks major losers

  • FMCG, banking, IT, auto and pharma stocks bore the brunt of heavy selling

  • Top losers in the Sensex pack included TCS, Yes Bank, ITC, Sun Pharma, Reliance, Coal India

  • Broader indices ended lower, with the BSE Midcap and Smallcap losing up to 1.04 percent

Mumbai: Equity benchmarks wilted under selling pressure for the eight straight session on Monday as risk appetite remained subdued amid sustained foreign fund outflows and geopolitical concerns.

The 30-share BSE Sensex tumbled 310.51 points, or 0.87 percent to finish at 35,498.44, while the broader NSE Nifty fell 83.45 points, or 0.78 percent, to 10,640.95.

FMCG, banking, IT, auto and pharma stocks bore the brunt of heavy selling.

Banking shares weakened after Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das said he will meet heads of public and private sector banks this week to discuss the transmission of interest rate cuts to borrowers.

Earlier this month, the Reserve Bank cut the benchmark interest rate by 0.25 percent to 6.25 percent. However, only a handful of banks, including SBI, have reduced their rates, that too by just 0.05 percent.

 Sensex sinks 311 points to close at 35,498, Nifty drops below 10,700-mark; banking, auto, FMCG stocks major losers

Representational image. Reuters.

Top losers in the Sensex pack included TCS, Yes Bank, ITC, Sun Pharma, Reliance, Coal India, Asian Paints, SBI, Maruti, HUL, HCL Tech and ICICI Bank, falling up to 2.91 percent.

However, ONGC, Tata Motors, Axis Bank, Vedanta, NTPC, IndusInd Bank and HDFC gained up to 1.48 percent.

"Market remained on a selling spree as reducing foreign inflows due to fear of escalation of tensions at the border impacted the sentiment.

"Rupee weakened, 10-year yield inched up and rising oil prices are expected to weaken domestic macros. Volatility in the market to continue due to lack of domestic triggers and investors are likely to remain cautious. Global market stands positive supported by hope in US-China trade deals," said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.

Sectorally, BSE bankex, auto, FMCG, healthcare, metal and teck indices declined up to 1.36 percent.

Only telecom and realty ended in the green, gaining up to 0.88 percent.

Broader indices ended lower, with the BSE Midcap and Smallcap losing up to 1.04 percent.

The rupee, meanwhile, depreciated 21 paise to 71.44 against the US dollar (intra-day).

Brent crude futures were trading 0.15 percent higher at $66.35 per barrel.

Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors sold shares worth a net Rs 966.43 crore on Friday, while domestic institutional investors were net buyers to the tune of Rs 853.25 crore, provisional data available with BSE showed.

Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.60 percent, Japan's Nikkei rallied 1.82 percent, Shanghai Composite Index jumped 2.68 percent, while Korea's Kospi ended 0.67 percent higher.

In the Eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX was down 0.27 percent, Paris CAC 40 fell 0.06 percent, and London's FTSE shed 0.27 percent in early deals.

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Updated Date: Feb 18, 2019 16:50:54 IST