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Sensex plunges 245 pts on political uncertainty, global cues

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The benchmark Sensex tumbled over 245 points in early session today amid uncertainty over government formation in and sustained foreign fund outflows.

The 30-share index was trading lower by 245.23 points, or 0.69 per cent, at 35,298.71.

Yesterday, the gauge had soared more than 400 points intra-day after the BJP emerged as the single largest party in However, it gave up all gains to end modestly lower after the unexpectedly stitched up a post-poll alliance with the JD(S) and staked claim to form the government.

Sectoral indices led by bankex, PSU, and were trading in the red, down by up to 1.90 per cent.

The NSE Nifty fell 72.85 points, or 0.67 per cent, to 10,729.

Brokers said apart from political uncertainty in Karnataka, a weak trend at other Asian bourses following overnight losses at the Wall Street dampened sentiments.

Global markets were stumped after cancelled high-level talks with and threatened to call off the much anticipated summit with the US if it was pushed into unilaterally giving up its nuclear arsenal.

Back home, trade deficit widened to USD 13.7 billion in April, which further affected trading sentiment.

Prominent losers included Hero MotoCorp, ICICI Bank, SBI, Adani Ports, RIL, ONGC, Axis Bank, Bajaj Auto, M&M, Coal India, IndusInd Bank, and Bharti Airtel, falling by up to 3.27 per cent.

Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 518.47 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 531.33 crore yesterday, as per provisional data.

Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.49 per cent while Japan's Nikkei was down by 0.38 per cent in early trade today. The Shanghai Composite Index too inched lower by 0.25 per cent.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.78 per cent lower yesterday.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 10:15 IST