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Sensex touches 30-month low

business Updated: Dec 19, 2011 22:34 IST
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The benchmark Sensex of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) fell 112 points, or 0.7%, to close at 15,379 on Monday after touching 15,202 intra-day, its lowest level in two-and-a-half years, on concerns over slowing industrial growth in the Indian economy and weak trend in global markets due to persisting worries over the euro zone debt crisis. Marketmen said that Asian markets were down also due to regional anxiety in view of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

The index lost 301 points at the day's low of 15,202 in afternoon trade, its lowest level since August 21, 2009.

The Nifty also lost 0.8%, or 39 points, to close at 4,613.

Asian stocks and US index futures, earlier in the day, fell with South Korean shares tumbling as much as 5%, after North Korea announced the death of Kim Jong-il, raising fears of regional instability.

Except FMCG, oil & gas and auto stocks, all the other sectoral indices ended in the red. Among them, capital goods was down 3.5%, bankex 3%, realty 3% and power 1.6%.