Market tremors wipe off investors' wealth by Rs 14.60 lakh cr in five trading sessions

Amid rising West Asia tensions and overvalued Indian stocks, the BSE Sensex declined 522.82 points on its fifth consecutive day of losses, closing at 64,049.06

The Bombay Stock Exchange index fell for the fifth day running (photo: Getty Images)
The Bombay Stock Exchange index fell for the fifth day running (photo: Getty Images)


Equity investors became poorer by Rs 14.60 lakh crore in a five-day market slump amid mounting tensions in West Asia and higher valuations of Indian stocks.

Falling for the fifth day running, the 30-share BSE Sensex tanked 522.82 points, or 0.81 per cent, to settle at 64,049.06. During the day, it dropped 659.72 points, or 1.02 per cent, to 63,912.16.

In five days, the BSE benchmark has plunged 2,379.03 points, or 3.58 per cent. The market capitalisation of BSE-listed companies eroded Rs 14,60,288.82 crore to Rs 3,09,22,136.31 crore in five days.

"Markets extended fall for the fifth straight session as banking, IT stocks led the slump in the backdrop of persisting global turbulence. Higher valuations of Indian stocks have been a concern, and the current global turmoil is allowing investors to reduce their equity exposure," said Shrikant Chouhan, head of research (retail), Kotak Securities Ltd.

Of the Sensex firms, Infosys, Bharti Airtel, NTPC, IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank, Tata Motors, Larsen & Toubro, Bajaj Finance, Tech Mahindra, Titan and Axis Bank were among the major laggards.

Tata Steel, State Bank of India, Maruti, Mahindra & Mahindra, Nestle, and JSW Steel were the gainers.

"It was a sea of red at Dalal Street which was primarily clouded by lingering concerns about corporate India's earnings, which as of date was uninspiring and, most importantly, they could come under heavy pressure from inflation, an economic downturn, and soaring interest rates.

"The negative takeaway was that the bear remained in total control despite WTI oil prices tumbling to $83 a barrel," Prashanth Tapse, senior VP (research), Mehta Equities Ltd, said.

In the broader market, the BSE smallcap gauge declined 0.77 per cent and midcap index fell 0.52 per cent.

Among the indices, tech dropped 1.39 per cent, telecommunication fell 1.29 per cent, utilities 1.25 per cent, IT 1.13 per cent, power 1.09 per cent, financial services 0.83 per cent, realty 0.80 per cent and bankex 0.70 per cent.

Metal emerged as the only gainer. 

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