The Asian Age
Sensex falls 1,708 pts over Covid fears
Market falls 3.5%, investors lose `8.77 L cr
New Delhi: Domestic equity market benchmarks BSE Sensex and Nifty 50 tanked 3.4 per cent on Monday, amid rising Covid-19 cases. BSE Sensex tanked 1,708 points or 3.4 per cent to 47,883, while Nifty 50 index ended at 14,310, down 524 points. Concerns over stricter lockdown to curb the Covid-19 spooked the investor sentiment.
Sensex and Nifty-50 fell close to 3.5 per cent on prolonged lockdown fears, as the second Covid wave became more severe with 1.69 lakh people affected in a single day.
Investors suffered a notional loss of over Rs 8.77 lakh crore, as BSE's market capitalisation dipped to Rs 200,85,806 crore from Rs 209,63,241 crore last Friday.
The Sensex fell 1898 points intra-day to 47693. 44 with the weekend spike in cases making investors jittery, who resorted to profit taking in stocks and sectors that had run up sharply in recent weeks.
The Sensex closed below the 48000-mark, down by 1707.94 points at 47883.38 while the Nifty-50 closed 524.03 points down at 14310.80, after touching an intra-day low of 14248.70
Foreign portfolio investors net sold stocks worth Rs 1,746.43 crore and there was little support coming from the domestic institutions as they were net buyers by just Rs 232.76 crore.
"The rising cases of Covid-19 and a fear of probable lockdown in some parts of the country led to a sell-off in our markets which resulted in a huge under performance compared to the global peers," said Ruchit Jain, analyst-technical and derivatives, Angel Broking.
NSE's India VIX index, an indicator of market volatility in coming days, climbed up 16.22 per cent to 23. Among the sectoral indices the top losers were Nifty Metal (-6.07 per cent), Realty (-7.50 per cent), Bank (-5.10 per cent.)