Sensex tumbles 891 points this week

PTI Mumbai | Updated on August 06, 2011

Fears of possible recession in the US and acute debt problems in the euro zone gripped investors the world over, pulling down the BSE benchmark Sensex by 891 points during the week under review to a 14-month low of 17,305.87.

In addition, the market sentiment remained weak on worries over likely slowdown in corporate earnings due to higher interest rates.

Investors have been selling stocks since the RBI hiked its key interest rates last week for the 11th time since March 2010, to tame stubbornly high inflation.

Worries over global economies going into the slow mode added to investor woes the world over.

Asian stocks tumbled after a meltdown on Wall Street, triggered by concerns that the US economy might slip into recession.

All the 13 sectoral indices recorded major losses with the stocks of IT, metals, realty, financial, oil and gas, and capital goods sector leading the fall.

The 300share BSE index plummeted by 891.33 points or 4.9 per cent to finish the week at 17,305.87, the level last seen on June 10, last year. It is also the biggest weekly point-wise fall since the last week of October 2009, when it had tumbled by 914.53 points or 5.44 per cent.

Similarly, the broad-based NSE 50-issue Nifty plunged 270.75 points or 4.94 per cent to end at 5,211.25 — the level not seen since June 14, 2010, when it had closed at 5,197.70.

Selling by foreign institutional investors also spooked the market. From the 30 share Sensex pack, 28 stocks fell and only two rose during the week.

Auto shares fell on Finance Minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee’s statement that the Government may look at charging higher diesel prices for luxury cars and commercial users to ensure they don’t benefit from a policy designed to help the needy.

Among the major indices, the BSE-Realty fell 7.47 per cent, followed by the BSE-Metal (6.81 per cent), the BSE-IT (6.45 per cent), the BSE-Capital Goods (5.52 per cent), the BSE-Consumer Durables (5.36 per cent), the BSE-Auto (5.09 per cent) and the Bankex (4.94 per cent).

Sterlite Industries slumped 11.35 per cent to Rs 141.75 and was the top loser from the Sensex pack. The stock hit a 52-week low of Rs 138.

Index heavyweight Reliance Industries (RIL) lost 4.36 per cent to Rs 791.65. The stock hit a 52-week low of Rs 778.55 on Friday.

Other losers were Reliance Communications (9.3 per cent), DLF (8.94 per cent), M&M (8.8 per cent), Jaiprakash Associates (8.77 per cent), Jindal Steel (7.56 per cent), ICICI Bank (6.9 per cent), TCS (6.85 per cent), BHEL (6.65 per cent), Infosys (6.37 per cent), Tata Motors (6.11 per cent) and ITC (5.66 per cent).

However, ONGC gained by 2.77 per cent and was the top gainer from the Sensex pack, while Cipla added 0.17 per cent.

Total turnover on the BSE and NSE fell to Rs 13,786.23 cr and Rs 55,270.44 cr, respectively, from the last week-end level Rs 14,429.50 cr and Rs 62,897.84 cr.

Published on August 06, 2011

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