The BSE benchmark Sensex on Tuesday plunged the most in five weeks, shedding 353 points on selling
of bank and interest-sensitive stocks as markets reacted to the RBI's decision to raise interest rates by 50 basis points.
Heavy losses by engineering giant L&T, country's leading banks SBI,ICICI Bank and HDFC, along with Sensex leader
Reliance Industries contributed the most to the fall in the BSE's bellwether index.
The Bombay Stock Exchange's 30-share index, which had started on an upbeat note, tumbled within few minutes of the
RBI announcing a 50 basis points hike in interest rates, well above the market expectations.
The aggressive stance by the central bank to arrest a towering inflation pushed the 30-share Sensex down by 353.07
points at 18,518.22, a level last witnessed on June 20. All its sectoral indices closed in negative zone.
Brokers said markets were expecting a 25 basis points hike and had factored that in the last few sessions. They said
investors, spooked by hike in interest rates by 50 basis points, sold interest-rare sensitive stocks.
Sensex has lost 9.4 per cent in the year so far as high inflation and hardening of rates continues to dent the
corporate earnings and outlook.
Broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty fell by 105.45 points to 5,574.85 after rising to 5,702.25 intra-day.