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Sensex tanks 249 pts to 1-mth low as Bihar poll weighs

Extending its fall for the second session, the benchmark BSE Sensex fell by another 101 points to trade at 26,451 in early trade Thursday on widespread losses on sustained selling by cautious investors ahead of the Bihar elections result.

business Updated: Nov 05, 2015 18:07 IST
The benchmark BSE Sensex slumped for its second consecutive day to end a a one-month low of 26,304.20 largely over investor caution over the Bihar election outcome.(HT File Photo)

Markets on Thursday slumped for the second consecutive day, with Sensex losing almost 249 points to end at over one-month low of 26,304.20 and the NSE Nifty slipping below 8,000-mark due to continued selling by cautious investors ahead of the Bihar poll outcome.

Besides, the rupee weakened 28 paise against the dollar to 65.77 (intra-day) on sustained capital outflows, which dampened market sentiment.

The benchmarks tracked a mixed closing in Asia and a lower opening in Europe after US Fed Chair Janet Yellen reiterated the possibility of raising interest rates for the first time in almost a decade in December, they added.

Sentiment remained fragile because of caution ahead of Bihar assembly election results as also weaker-than-expected Q2 earnings by some blue-chips.

Exit polls are due later in the day and results will be out on Sunday.

The BSE Sensex after opening a shade higher quickly turned negative and finally settled the day lower 248.72 points, or 0.94%, at 26,304.20 after selling pressure accelerated towards the fag end -- weakest closing since October 1. The gauge had lost 37.67 points in Wednesday’s choppy session.

Among Sensex constituents, Vedanta Ltd suffered the most by plunging 4.66% while Sun Pharma dived 4.28% after its US-listed subsidiary Taro Pharma reported disappointed earnings.

Tata Steel plunged 4.33% ahead of its quarterly earnings later in the day.

Other losers which contributed to the fall in the key indices were BHEL, Bharti Airtel, GAIL, Cipla and Axis Bank.

As many as 23 Sensex stocks fell.

However, Coal India, NTPC, Hero MotoCorp, ITC, M and M and Maruti Suzuki scooped up gains.

The 50-share NSE Nifty broke below the psychological 8,000-mark by tumbling 84.75 points, or 1.05%, to close at 7,955.45 after shuttling between 8,031.20 and 7,944.10.

Meanwhile, FPIs bought shares worth Rs 33.16 crore on Wednesday, as per the provisional data.

Sectorwise, BSE realty index fell the most by dropping 2.63%, followed by healthcare, banking, technology and IT.

In line with the overall trend, small-cap and mid-cap indices also ended in the red with losses of up to 1.59%.

First Published: Nov 05, 2015 11:46 IST