Sensex back to losing ways; plunges 563 pts to near 14-month low

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Mumbai: Bears tightened their grip over the Indian market Friday as the benchmark BSE Sensex plummeted by 562.88 points to hit nearly 14-month low of 25,201.90 amid heavy selling in global equities ahead of the US jobs report.

Today’s closing was the lowest level since July 14, 2014 when the index had closed at 25,006.98.

Experts say a strong non-farm payrolls data is expected to allow Federal Reserve to consider a September rate hike.

“The global risk is getting highlighted with the focus mounting on the prospects of a US rate hike soon,” said Vinod Nair Head-Fundamental Research, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial.

On a weekly basis, the Sensex lost 1,190.48 points or 4.51 percent and Nifty fell 346.90 points or 4.33 percent. This is the fourth straight weekly plunge for both the indices.

On the day, the NSE Nifty also cracked the 7,700-level.

Gaurav Jain Director of Hem Securities blamed continued selling pressure by the foreign investors, weakness in rupee and global jitters for the sell-off.

The 30-share index stayed in the negative zone for most part of the day and touched a low of 25,119.06 before ending at 25,201.90, a steep fall of 562.88 points or 2.18 percent.

The gauge had gained 311.22 points in yesterday’s trade.

The broader NSE Nifty also succumbed to all-round selling and slipped below the crucial 7,700-mark to settle the session 167.95 points or 2.15 percent down at 7,655.05.

In broader markets, small-cap and mid-cap indices closed lower by 2.47 percent and 1.90 percent, respectively.

Vedanta was the top Sensex loser, tumbling 4.84 percent, followed by GAIL 4.73 percent.

Out of 30-share Sensex pack, 28 fell, while only Bharti Airtel and Coal India managed to buck the trend.
Sectorally, BSE realty index suffered the most by plunging 3.32 percent, followed by infra 3.24 percent, power 3.03 percent, bankex 2.65 percent, healthcare 2.42 percent and IT 2.34 percent.

Among other Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei fell 2.15 percent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.45 percent, while Chinese financial markets remained closed today.

European markets were also in deep red on anticipations of a strong US jobs data.

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