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Sensex falls 491 points on monsoon, trade woes; Nifty ends below 11,700

Benchmark indices end at one-month lows, fall for fourth straight session

Samie Modak  |  Mumbai 

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The benchmark ended at one-month lows on Monday, as delayed monsoon and trade tensions between the US and India dampened sentiment. Falling for a fourth day, the ended at 38,960, down 491 points, or 1.25 per cent. The 50-share closed at 11,672, down 151 points, or 1.3 per cent - the most since June 3. Both ended at their lowest levels since May 23.

The late arrival of the monsoon has slowed crop sowing, stoking fears of a negative impact on the economy. The average rainfall in the first half of June is deficient by over 40 per cent. Meanwhile, New Delhi's decision to slap higher retaliatory tariffs on 28 US products triggered concerns that the ties between the nations might impact domestic companies that derive revenues from the world's largest economy.

"Indian are falling due to macro pressure. Liquidity crunch, trade war concerns and high valuations are weighing on sentiment," said Umesh Mehta, head of research, Samco Securities.

Overseas investors sold shares worth Rs 239 crore on Monday, while domestic investors were buyers to the tune of Rs 376 crore, provisional data provided by the stock exchanges showed. Foreign investors have been taking money off the table in the past few trading sessions, weighing on the performance of the market.

Both the and the have come off by over 3 per cent since logging their all-time highs of 40,268 and 12,089, respectively, on June 3.

"The market has been finding it difficult to sustain at elevated levels on the back of muted corporate earnings, slow monsoon season, continuous corporate defaults, and developing concerns of India-US trade disagreements," said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head of research, Centrum Wealth.


Market players said the Street was eyeing Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's first Union Budget, which will be presented on July 5. They said investors were hoping that the government would take steps to shore up economic growth. The growth rate for the January-March quarter was the slowest in five years.

"Now a lot depends on the Union Budget. The will welcome the Budget if it offers any fiscal respite to stimulate the economy, as the monetary policy could not rekindle the economy due to the lack of transmission," said Thunuguntla.

All the 19 sectoral of the BSE ended with losses, with the BSE Metal index dropping the most. All the components, besides three, ended with losses. Tata Steel and Vendata fell the most at 5.7 per cent and 3.3 per cent, respectively. Reliance Industries was the biggest drag on the Sensex, pulling the index down 113 points. The NSE Mid-cap 100 and the NSE Small-cap 100 index fell 1.2 per cent and 1.6 per cent, respectively.

The India VIX, a gauge for market sentiment, shot up 5.4 per cent amid caution.

First Published: Mon, June 17 2019. 23:04 IST