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Market slump continues on worsening global trade war, rupee woes

Globally, sentiments took a hit after US President Donald Trump Monday announced imposition of new tariffs on an additional USD 200 billion worth of imports from China, escalating the trade war with the Asian giant.

PTI Reported by: PTI Mumbai Published on: September 18, 2018 20:51 IST
Market slump continues on worsening global trade war, rupee woes

Market slump continues on worsening global trade war, rupee woes

The BSE benchmark Sensex extended losses for the second session on Tuesday by plummeting 295 points to close at an over one-month low of 37,291 owing to hectic selling in financial and auto stocks amid escalating US-China trade tariff tensions and worsening rupee woes.

The broader NSE Nifty too fell over 98 points to crack below the 11,300-mark.

Besides, rising crude oil prices further dampened investors' mood.

The rupee Tuesday dropped further by 47 paise to close at a historic low of 72.98/99 against the US dollar due to trade war concerns.

Globally, sentiments took a hit after US President Donald Trump Monday announced imposition of new tariffs on an additional USD 200 billion worth of imports from China, escalating the trade war with the Asian giant.

Alleging that China has been unwilling to change its unfair trade practices, Trump said the new additional tariff structure would be effective September 24 from when it would be at 10 per cent until the year end, but would increase to 25 per cent level from January 1.

The 30-share Sensex opened Tuesday on a somewhat better note at 37,660.19 and advanced to touch a high of 37,745.44 but later turned choppy and hit a low of 37,242.85 as selling pressure gathered momentum towards the fag-end, before settling 294.84 points, or 0.78 per cent, down at 37,290.67. This was the lowest closing since August 2 when it had settled at 37,165.16.

The 30-scrip gauge had lost 505.13 points Monday.

The 50-share NSE Nifty Tuesday plunged 98.65 points, or 0.87 per cent, to end at 11,278.90. During the session, it moved between 11,411.45 and 11,268.95.

Domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth Rs 180.36 crore, while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) also offloaded shares to the tune of Rs 106.54 crore Monday, provisional data showed.

"In the near term, we continue to maintain a cautious stance on the markets as volatility and choppiness is likely to remain high led by uncertain global cues, crude oil price movement, depreciating rupee (vs dollar) and muted domestic sentiments. However any further correction at this juncture should be considered as a healthy buying opportunity for investors in quality companies with strong financials and bright outlook," an analyst commented.

SBI emerged as the biggest loser in the Sensex pack with its shares plunging 4.06 per cent, while Tata Motors lost 3.36 per cent on nervous selling after unit Jaguar Land Rover said it will cut output at a UK car plant after warnings on the impact of Brexit and diesel policy.

Other laggards were Bajaj Auto 2.84 per cent, Axis Bank 2.81 per cent, Bharti Airtel 2.31 per cent, ICICI Bank 2.07 per cent, Vedanta 1.94 per cent, NTPC 1.68 per cent, Maruti Suzuki 1.56 per cent, PowerGrid 1.41 per cent, HDFC Ltd 1.20 per cent, L&T 1.16 per cent, IndusInd Bank 1.13 per cent, Kotak Bank 1.11 per cent, Asian Paints 1.08 per cent, Adani Ports 1.02 per cent, Infosys 1.02 per cent and RIL 0.74 per cent.

Hero MotoCorp 0.66 per cent, Sun Pharma 0.60 per cent, Tata Steel 0.52 per cent, Coal India 0.49 per cent, M&M 0.23 per cent and TCS 0.08 per cent also retreated.

Among the winners, HUL was the top performer, climbing 3.87 per cent, followed by Yes Bank at 1.43 per cent.

Wipro also rose 1.02 per cent, ONGC 0.93 per cent and ITC Ltd 0.23 per cent.

The government Monday said state-owned Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank will be merged to create the country's third largest lender.

Reacting to development, shares of Bank of Baroda (BoB) cracked 16.03 per cent and Vijaya Bank fell 5.69 per cent. Dena Bank rallied 19.75 per cent.

Sector-wise, the BSE realty index shed 3.13 per cent, followed by PSU (2.43 per cent), power (2 per cent), telecom (1.75 per cent), bankex (1.68 per cent), utilities (1.68 per cent), metal (1.49 per cent), auto (1.47 per cent), finance (1.42 per cent), capital goods (1.36 per cent), infrastructure (1.36 per cent), oil & gas (1.08 per cent), energy (0.92 per cent), teck (0.82 per cent), healthcare (0.72 per cent) and IT (0.70 per cent).

In the broader markets, the small-cap index fell 1.51 per cent and the mid-cap gauge shed 1.49 per cent.

Elsewhere in Asia, most markets ended higher. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.56 per cent, Shanghai Composite Index up 1.82 per cent and Japan's Nikkei gained 1.41 per cent.

European markets too were trading positive in the early session. Frankfurt's DAX was up 0.54 per cent and Paris CAC 40 too gained 0.60 per cent. London's FTSE too moved up by 0.15 per cent in late morning deals.

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