Sensex tumbles 247 pts ahead of RBI meet; metal, auto drag

Sensex tumbles 247 pts ahead of RBI meet; metal, auto drag

Sensex tumbles 247 pts ahead of RBI meet; metal, auto drag

A day ahead of Reserve Bank monetary policy meet, Indian shares today hit over two-week lows in late sell-off with the benchmark BSE Sensex tumbling 247 points and the NSE Nifty slipping below the 7,800-mark amid weakness in European markets and mixed Asian cues.

RBI Governor Raghuram is widely expected to announce this year's fourth rate cut tomorrow and expectations for the same have further increased after the US Fed's status quo.

Expectations are also fuelled by retail inflation dropping to 3.66 per cent in August and economy expanding at a slower pace of 7 per cent during the same month.

Vinod Nair Head-Fundamental Research at Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services said, "We are in a wait-and-watch scenario ahead the RBI policy meet. We believe that the market has already considered a rate cut of 25 basis points."

Investors, meanwhile, were spooked by Europe, where shares were in deep red after mining major Glencore slumped to a record low on depressed commodity prices.
Consequently, the BSE metal index fell by more than 2.50 per cent. Besides, auto shares tumbled 1.74 per cent.

Moreover, mixed Asian markets after profits at China's major industrial companies saw their biggest declines in four years last month added to the subdued mood.

After opening higher at 25,922.71, the BSE Sensex advanced to a high of 25,936.89 largely as investors expanded positions following beginning of October series.

However, the barometer succumbed to profit-booking and slipped to a low of 25,593.56 before ending at 25,616.84, a loss of 246.66 points or 0.95 per cent.

This is index's weakest closing level since September 11 at 25,610.21.
On similar lines, the 50-share NSE Nifty dipped below the crucial 7,800-mark and settled down 72.80 points or 0.93 per cent at 7,795.70. It shuttled between 7,893.95 and 7,787.95.

Meanwhile, a data showed that foreign investors sold shares worth Rs 115.10 crore on Thursday. Markets remained closed on Friday for Eid.

Among other Asian markets, Japan ended lower by 1.32 per cent, while Shanghai Composite index settled 0.27 per cent higher. Hong Kong stock exchange remained closed today for a public holiday.

From Europe, Germany's shares fell 1.34 per cent, while equities in France and the UK shed 1.04 per cent and 1.11 per cent, respectively.

Back home, among 30-Sensex constituents, 24 scrips ended lower, while ICICI Bank ended flat.

Major laggards include Tata Motors (6.06 pc), Vedanta 4.40 pc), Sun Pharma (3.42 pc), Infosys (2.91 pc), Coal India (2.81 pc), Tata Steel (2.76 pc), L&T (2.20 pc), Wipro (1.74 pc), Bharti Airtel (1.68 pc) and Hero MotoCorp (1.41 pc).

Bucking the trend, Dr Reddy's rose by 5.37 per cent after it launched the generic version of Astrazeneca's Nexium.

Besides, Lupin rose 2.21 per cent, Hindustan Unilever gained 1.43 per cent, TCS perked up 0.57 per cent and SBI strengthened by 0.17 per cent.

Sectorwise, BSE metal index suffered the most by falling 2.60 per cent, followed by auto 1.74 per cent, capital goods 1.72 per cent, teck 1.37 per cent, IT 1.26 per cent, PSU 0.76 per cent and power 0.58 per cent.

Small-cap and mid-cap indices fell 0.24 per cent and 0.23 per cent on selling pressure from retail investors.

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