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Sensex dips 249 points on weak industrial output, global cues

PTI Mumbai | Updated on May 12, 2011 Published on May 12, 2011

Shrugging off easing food prices, the Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex today tumbled over 249 points to about 18,336 on sustained selling by funds on weak global cues amid rising crude oil prices and lower growth in domestic industrial output.

The 30-share BSE index Sensex, which remained range-bound in the last three sessions, fell sharply by 249.17 points to 18,335.79 as front-runners led by metal, capital goods and banking sectors declined.

The gauge touched the day’s low of 18,314.34 points as crude oil rebounded from a three-day low and base metal prices fell at the London Metal Exchange.

Similarly, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty dipped below 5,500 level, losing 78.9 points to 5,486.15 on all-round selling.

Brokers said the trading sentiment remained weak on low industrial production figures and weak global trend because of rising crude oil prices.

The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) growth slowed to 7.3 per cent in March from 15.5 per cent in the same month last year.

Crude oil, on the other hand, gained $1.19 to $99.40 dollar a barrel in the US. Brent North Sea crude for June delivery gained $1.23 to $113.80, spurring concerns of inflationary pressures that could lead to hike in interest rates if the trend continued.

These developments undermined the impact of easing food inflation, which fell to 7.7 per cent for the week ended April 30 from 8.53 per cent in the previous week.

The metals sector index suffered the most by losing 2.99 per cent to 15,180.06 as Sterlite Industries, the largest copper and zinc producer, dropped 4.76 per cent to Rs 168.20, pacing losses in the global metal as other commodity prices declined.

The capital goods sector index was the second worst performer by falling 1.42 per cent to 12,521.07, followed by banking index by 1.39 per cent to 12,429.07 as financial stocks retreated.

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Published on May 12, 2011
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