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Stock market updates: India VIX ticked up 5 per cent

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SI Reporter  | New Delhi 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Stock market updates: Fresh concerns over coronavirus lockdown in China and European countries weighed on market sentiment, dragging benchmarks 1 per cent lower on Friday. That apart, concerns around the implementation of US President-elect Joe Biden's proposed package tempered global recovery hopes. 

The benchmark S&P Sensex breached below the 49,000-mark during the intra-day trade, and hit a low of 48,795 on the BSE, plunging around 860 points from day's high. The Nifty50, on the other hand, skid 260 points from day's high to hit a low of 14,358. Volatility gauge, India VIX, jumped over 4 per cent today to close at 24 levels.

Sensex ended in the sea of red with 26 of the 30 constituents ending the day in the red. Tech Mahindra (down 4 per cent) was the top loser on the index, followed by losses in ONGC, HCL Tech, Asian Paints, Ultratech Cement, HUL, and NTPC, down between 2 per cent and 3.7 per cent. The index closed at 49,035 levels, down 549.5 points or 1.11 per cent.

Weightage-wise, HDFC, Reliance Industries, Infosys, ICICI Bank, and HUL dragged the index by 300 points.

On NSE, the index slipped below the 14,500-mark and settled at 14,433 levels, down 162 points or 1.11 per cent lower. 

In the broader market, the S&P MidCap and SmallCap indices settled with a cut of 1.25 per cent and 1.06 per cent, respectively.

All the sectoral indices on the closed with a red tick. Nifty IT and Nifty PSU Bank index ended with 2 per cent cuts while Nifty Financial Services, FMCG, Metals, and Private bank were down 1 per cent. Nifty Bank index skid 273 points, or 0.8 per cent, and ended at 32,247

Global markets

Prospects of tighter lockdowns in Germany and France as well as new Covid-19 restrictions in China cut into optimism about a global economic recovery. The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 0.5 per cent. 

The German DAX was down 0.5 per cent and France's CAC 40 fell 0.6 per cent. UK's FTSE 100 also declined 0.6 per cent despite data showing that Britain’s economy recorded a smaller-than-expected contraction in November.

Meanwhile, Asian stocks had initially firmed on Thursday on a report that the stimulus package could be as big as $2 trillion, much more than were expecting. However, shares later erased gains with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan down 0.59 per cent.

Chinese blue-chips shed 0.97 per cent amid worries over rising COVID-19 cases in China, and after the Chinese central bank drained liquidity from the country's banking system, suggesting a tightening bias in monetary policy.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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