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Sensex tumbles 363 pts, Nifty below 11,600 on Trump's trade threat to China

All that happened in the markets today

MARKETS LIVE: Sensex opens 400 pts lower, Nifty Bank, Auto down 1% each

The benchmark indices made a subdued start to the week with metal stocks taking the heaviest hit after US President Donald Trump's comment that he would raise tariffs on $200 billion of goods to 25 per cent on Friday from 10 per cent roiled the global markets.

Trump's action came as a major Chinese delegation is expected to arrive Wednesday in Washington for the latest round of talks to end the trade war between the world's two biggest economies -- a round billed as the last one and possibly leading to a deal to end the conflict. READ MORE HERE

The S&P BSE Sensex ended the day 363 points, or 0.93 per cent, lower at 38,600, with YES Bank, Tata Motors, Bajaj Finance, Tata Steel, and HDFC among the top losers. Only five of the 30 constituents of the BSE were in green.

The broader Nifty50 index was down 114 points, or 0.97 per cent, at 11,598. About 1,146 stocks declined and 588 shares advanced on the National Stock Exchange.

Only Nifty IT index finished the day in the green while all other sectoral indices ended in the red. Nifty Media index and Nifty Metal index were the top losers, down 2.18 per cent and 2.03 per cent, respectively.

Voltality-measuring index, India VIX, also rose sharply to 10.23 per cent on the day.

In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap index dipped 117 points, or 0.79 per cent, at 14,666, while the S&P BSE SmallCap index finished at 14,424, down 124 points, or 0.85 per cent.

BUZZING STOCKS

Cadila Healthcare shares hit a 52-week low of Rs 292, down 4 per cent in early morning trade on Monday after getting 14 observations from US health regulator for its Moraiya plant. However, the stock recovered later in the day to end 1.22 per cent higher at Rs 307.70. READ MORE

Shares of YES Bank slipped 5.3 per cent to Rs 166.30 after rating agency Icra downgraded the bank's tier-I and tier-II bonds and infrastructure debt on deterioration in the credit quality of large ticket borrowers. READ MORE

Goldiam International bucked the day's trend to surge 11.93 per cent to Rs 113.55 after hitting its 52-week high of Rs 117 earlier in the day after investor Ramesh Damani bought more than 1 percentage point stake in the company through open market. READ MORE

NIKKEI SERVICES PMI

India’s services sector expanded at its slowest pace in seven months in April as some businesses postponed decisions and expansion plans until seeing results of the general election currently under way, a private survey showed on Monday.

The Nikkei/IHS Markit Services Purchasing Managers’ Index slipped to 51.0 in April, the lowest since September, down from 52.0 the previous month. It remained above the 50 mark, the threshold separating growth from contraction, for an 11th consecutive month. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

(With inputs from Reuters)