Sensex plunges 216 points as US-North Korea tensions rattle investors

Our Bureau Agencies Chennai | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on August 09, 2017


Healthcare, auto stocks skid

The Sensex and Nifty ended lower on Wednesday, their third straight session of falls, dragged down by healthcare and financial stocks amid mounting tensions between the United States and North Korea.

The benchmark BSE index closed down by 216.35 points or 0.68 per cent at 31,797.84, its lowest close in over three weeks.The broader NSE index ended lower by 70.5 points or 0.71 per cent at 9,908.05, its lowest close since July 21.

Among BSE sectoral indices, healthcare index plunged 3.73 per cent, followed by auto 1.68 per cent, capital goods 1.1 per cent and infrastructure 1.05 per cent.

Top five Sensex gainers were NTPC (+1.25%), ONGC (+0.98%), Asian Paints (+0.84%), HDFC (+0.63%) and Kotak Bank (+0.52%), while the major losers were Sun Pharma (-5.13%), Adani Ports (-4.12%), Tata Motors (-3.17%), Cipla (-2.83%) and Bajaj Auto (-2.79%).

Asian shares and US stock futures slipped after Pyongyang said it is considering plans to attack Guam, just hours after US President Donald Trump told North Korea that any threat to the United States would be met with “fire and fury.”

Analysts said any fall in domestic equities could be limited. Shares have hit records highs this year on prospects of improving earnings and economic and fiscal reforms from the government.

“Global news flow is weighing heavy on the markets. I don't think there is more than 4-5 pct downside from the levels we've seen recently,” said Gaurang Shah, head investment strategist, Geojit Financial Services .

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries' shares slumped as much as 5 per cent to their lowest in over four years after unit Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's June-quarter profit halved to $54.5 million.

The Nifty Pharma index fell as much as 2.2 per cent to its lowest in over two months. Nifty Bank index was trading 0.5 per cent lower, after falling nearly a percent in the last two sessions.

US stocks

US stocks had closed lower on Tuesday after a late afternoon selling spree as investors fled for safety after US President Donald Trump vowed to respond aggressively to any threats from North Korea.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended down 33.08 points, or 0.15 per cent, at 22,085.34, snapping a 9-day streak of closing records. The S&P 500 lost 5.99 points, or 0.24 per cent, to close at 2,474.92 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 13.31 points, or 0.21 per cent, to 6,370.46.

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Published on August 09, 2017
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