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Sensex falls 204 pts to 5-wk low on growth worries

business Updated: Aug 02, 2011 16:54 IST

The BSE benchmark Sensex on Tuesday fell 204 points to a five-week low of 18,109.89 on selling of real estate, banking and IT stocks by funds, jittery over a slowing domestic growth amid nagging concerns over a bumpy US economic recovery.

Sensex, which had gained 117 points on Monday, tumbled 204.44 points to 18,109.89, its lowest since June 23, after the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council lowered the country's economic growth forecast to 8.2 % this fiscal from earlier estimate of 9 %.

Investors sought to book profits to avail of Monday's rally, which along with a weak Asia trend and lower opening in Europe after the US posted weak factory output pulled down the Bombay Stock Exchange's 30-share Sensex.

However, Sensex leader Reliance Industries that perked up by 0.51 %, partly capped the losses.

IT exporters bore the brunt of the uncertainty over the US economic recovery as they get more than 50 % of their revenue from exports to the US and Europe.

IT index tumbled 1.50 % as Infosys --industry bellwether and Sensex's second most weighted scrip-- tumbled 2 % while larger rival TCS slipped 0.26 %. Wipro, the third-biggest Indian software company, slid 2.37 %.

Realty sector index slid the most at 2.09 %, followed by metal index that fell 1.83 %, and banking index at 1.71 %.

Broad-based National Stock Exchange's 50-scrip index Nifty fell 60.25 points to below 5,500 points level at 5,456.55 on decline in IT, banking and interest rate-sensitive sectors stocks.