The Indian markets
on Monday fell along with other global markets
turned cautious after North Korea
tested a nuclear bomb on Sunday and South Korea detected the dictatorship’s preparations for a possible intercontinental ballistic missile launch. The benchmark Sensex
and the Nifty
index fell 0.6 per cent each. Most Asian and European markets, too, fell over 0.5 per cent. Foreign institutional investors
(FIIs) pulled out nearly Rs 874 crore from the domestic market, extending their two-day selling to over Rs 1,600 crore.
The India VIX index, a gauge for market volatility, spiked 13 per cent, indicating more turbulence.
“We have to see what the US
does in response to this act by North Korea
and the consequences thereafter. Market reaction is more knee-jerk as India remains resilient and will be the least affected by the event,” said Gaurang Shah, head investment strategist at Geojit Financial Services.
closed at 31,702.25, with 23 of its 31 components posting losses. The Nifty
ended at 9,912.85, with 40 of its 51 components ending with losses. Among the worst Sensex
performers were Adani Ports, which fell 2.6 per cent, Infosys, which declined two per cent and Hero MotoCorp, which fell 1.8 per cent. Among the gainers, were Coal India which added 3.4 per cent and Sun Pharma, which rose 2.8 per cent.
North Korea’s claimed test of a hydrogen bomb, its first nuclear test since US
President Donald Trump
took office, represents an escalation of risk after Kim Jong-un’s regime fired a missile over northern Japan last week and issued a warning about containing US
forces on Guam. Trump threatened to increase economic sanctions and halt trade with any nation doing business with the North Korean regime, and his defence chief said the US
has “many military options”.
“It seems that the traders’ community across the globe is quite baffled because of the in-and-out nature of the recent geopolitical developments. The nuclear test by North Korea
early in the morning spooked global markets.
This certainly had a rub-off effect on our markets
as we saw Nifty
tumbling more than 120 points from the day’s high. However, a modest recovery in the second half trimmed some portion of losses to conclude a tad above the 9,900 mark,” said Sameet Chava, chief analyst-technical and derivatives, Angel Broking.