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MARKET WRAP: Sell-off resumes; Nifty ends at 3-yr low; Sensex at 30-mth low

All that happened in the markets today


SI Reporter  | New Delhi 


After a one-day halt, stock market resumed its downward trajectory on Monday following global peers after the US Federal Reserve cut interest rates to near zero on Sunday in another emergency move to help shore up the US economy amid the rapidly spreading global coronavirus pandemic. 

Back home, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), too, is expected to cut rates to fight coronavirus. The central bank is scheduled to hold a press conference at 4 pm today. 

The S&P BSE Sensex today tumbled 2,713 points or nearly 8 per cent to end the session at 31,390 levels. All the 30 constituents of the index ended in the red. IndusInd Bank bled the most - down 17.5 per cent to Rs 663, followed by Tata Steel (down 11 per cent), Axis Bank (down over 10 per cent), and ICICI Bank (down 10 per cent). During the session, the BSE lost Rs 7.5 trillion in market capitalisation. 

NSE's frontline index Nifty tanked 758 points or 7.6 per cent to close at 9,197. YES Bank was the only Nifty stock that ended in the green. The stock advanced 45 per cent to end at Rs 37.05. 
All the sectoral indices ended with deep cuts. Nifty Bank index tumbled 2,087.50 points or over 8 per cent to 23,079 levels while Nifty Metal cracked 9 per cent to 1,734 levels. Volatility index India VIX rallied 16 per cent to 59.74 levels. 

Market breadth was in favour of declines as out of 1,836 companies traded on the BSE, 1,410 declined and 330 advanced while 96 remained unchanged. 

In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap declined 6 per cent to 11,889 levels while the S&P BSE SmallCap index lost 666 points or 5.66 per cent to 11,095.

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Global Markets

Stock were routed and the dollar stumbled on Monday after the Federal Reserve slashed interest rates in an emergency move and its major peers offered cheap US dollars to ease a ruinous logjam in global lending . European shares, too, plunged as the coronavirus pandemic raged through much of Europe, with dramatic monetary easing by global central banks failing to reassure investors about its growing economic damage.

In commodity market, US crude fell below $30 as emergency rate cuts by the US Federal Reserve and its global counterparts failed to tame and China’s factory output plunged at the sharpest pace in 30 years amid the spread of coronavirus. Gold prices, too, jumped in trade before paring gains as some investors sold the metal
for cash amid a sell-off in equities.

(With inputs from Reuters)


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