Market benchmark Sensex nosedived by 444 points today -- its biggest single-day drop since the Brexit fallout on June 24 -- to end at nearly two-week low of 28,353.54 and the NSE Nifty went below 8,800-mark, tracking global meltdown due to heightened fears over US interest rate hike.
Moreover, the rupee depreciating by 25 paise to 66.93 against the dollar in opening trade at the forex market also had a bearing on the sentiment.
Investors also turned cautious ahead of macroeconomic data – IIP for July and inflation data for August – scheduled to be released later in the day.
Consequently, the Sensex plunged by 444 points to 28,353.54 with all the sectoral indices led by realty, infrastructure, banking and auto. The gauge had lost 248.03 points in the previous session on Friday.
On similar lines, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty dropped by 151.10 points, or 1.70 per cent to 8,715.60.
Sentiment suffered a jolt following a meltdown in global equities on renewed speculation about a possible US rate hike, dragging down the key indices.
Most of the 30-Sensex constituents led by ICICI Bank, Hero Motocorp, Tata Motors, Axis Bank, Tata Steel, M&M, L&T, SBI, Adani Ports, Bajaj Auto, ONGC, Maruti Suzuki, Asian Paint,HDFC Ltd and HUL were trading in negative zone, falling by up to 3.36 per cent.
In Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng tumbled 2.83 per cent, Japan's Nikkei down 1.51 per cent while Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.06 per cent.