The BSE Sensex tumbled 912 points the day’s high of 59,203, to a low of 58,291. The BSE index was down 377 points at 58,410. The NSE Nifty had declined 108 points to 17,403.
Index heavweight Reliance has slipped nearly 2 per cent. Bajaj Finserv, Bajaj Finance, Mahindra & Mahindra, Nestle, Bharti Airtel and HDFC were the other major losers.
The broader markets also pared gains. The BSE Midcap index was down 0.1 per cent. The Smallcap index, however, was up 0.6 per cent.
Among sectors, the BSE Energy index plunged 1.5 per cent, and the Telecom index was down nearly a per cent.
“Domestic markets impacted as RBI Governor cautioned depositors for chasing high returns amid greater risk. Traders also showed cautiousness with the reports that the government is unlikely to announce capital infusion for public sector banks (PSBs) in the upcoming Budget. Our research suggests that 58,000 will act as an important support level in the market. We can expect the Sensex to trade in the range of 58,000-59,200,” said Gaurav Garg, head of research, Capitalvia Global Research.
Elsewhere in Asia the markets displayed a mixed trend. Nikkei and Shanghai were up 0.7 per cent each, while, Kospi and Taiwan slipped 0.3 per cent each. Hang Seng was down 0.1 per cent, and Straits Times almost unmoved.
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