Sensex down 338 points to 16,339 at close
After the meltdown on Monday, the benchmark Sensex dropped another 338 points, stretching the downward trend for the fourth day in a row, with banking stocks sliding on reports of ICICI Bank reporting a market -to-market loss of 264.34 million dollar.
"Following the sub-prime crisis overseas, ICICI Bank's overseas operations had reported market-to-market (MTM) losses of 264.34 million dollars on account of its exposure to credit derivatives and investments as on January 31, 2008," Minister of State for Finance P K Bansal told Rajya Sahba in a written reply.
The 30-share Sensex on the Bombay Stock Exchange, which had plunged by over 900 points in previous day's trading, dipped further by 337.99 points at 16,339.89.
The key index touched a low of 16,164.57 and a high of 16,754.06 points.
The Sensex, which has been on downward march ever since the budgetary proposals for waiving farm loans were announced, has tumbled by nearly 1,486 points in the past four trading sessions.
The index had its smallest loss of 1.51 points on last Thursday and second biggest of 900 points yesterday.
The National Stock Exchange index Nifty also dropped by 88.75 points at 4,864.25, after dipping to a low of 4812.95 and day's high of 4,976.70 points.