There were signs of anxiety in the
market as the Sensex today slumped 194 points ahead of the
budget — to be presented on Wednesday — to a one-week low of
27,656 and the Nifty slipped below 8,600 after the Economic
Survey projected a lower growth of 6.5 per cent for 2016-17.
The recently introduced immigration restrictions by US
President Donald trump and the new legislation that aims to
rework the H1-B visa programme dealt a blow to IT stocks,
which saw a big fall.
TCS, Wipro and Infosys dropped by up to 4.47 per cent,
dragging down the BSE IT index by 2.96 per cent, followed by
technology that tanked 2.49 per cent.
The Economic Survey for 2016-17, tabled in Parliament by
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today, underscored the need for
more reforms. Its GDP growth forecast for this fiscal is
lower than the 7.1 per cent put out by the Central Statistics
Office earlier this month.
The Sensex closed down 193.60 points, or 0.70 per cent,
at 27,655.96, its lowest closing since January 24 when the
figure was 27,375.58. It had lost 33 points in the previous
The broad-based NSE Nifty, which hit a low of 8,552.40
intra-day, managed to cut down losses and ended lower 71.45
points, or 0.83 per cent, at 8,561.30.
The risk-averse behaviour was on display as participants
took cues from global stocks that remained on the backfoot
following Trump’s controversial crackdown on immigration.
“The Economic Survey failed to impress investors who opted
for keeping their commitments at a low ebb and wait for the
the budget,” said Manoj Choraria, a Delhi-based stock broker.
GAIL, Adani Ports, Sun Pharma, Tata Motors, Coal India,
Lupin, Axis Bank and NTPC were among those that weighed.
Sectoral indices such as oil and gas (1.64 per cent), PSU
(1.39 per cent), healthcare (1.38 per cent), infrastructure
(1.31) per cent and metal (1.01 per cent) all turned weak.
Selling activity also extended to the broader markers,
with the BSE midcap falling 1.10 per cent and the smallcap
1.03 per cent.
According to provisional figures, foreign investors bought
shares worth Rs 607.36 crore yesterday.
There were a few that went up cushioning the fall, which
include ITC, PowerGrid, Bajaj Auto, ONGC and HDFC Bank.
In Asia, most markets were closed today for a public
holiday. Japan’s Nikkei ended lower by 1.69 per cent.
European markets, however, were trading higher as major
indices in France, Germany and the UK moved up.
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