Sensex, Nifty go into tailspin after hitting fresh all-time high levels; tank over 1%

All the 30 Sensex shares, except for HDFC Bank, closed in the red. File

Benchmark equity indices Sensex and Nifty went into a tailspin after hitting their fresh all-time high levels on December 20, closing down by over 1% as investors cashed in on the recent rally.

Erasing all its early gains, the 30-share BSE Sensex crashed 930.88 points or 1.30% to settle at 70,506.31. The index opened higher and later gained 475.88 points or 0.66% to hit its all-time high of 71,913.07. However, selling across the board dragged the barometer down from record highs and it dropped to a low of 70,302.60..

The Nifty fell by 302.95 points or 1.41% to 21,150.15. During the day, it climbed 139.9 points or 0.65% to reach its record high of 21,593.

All the 30 Sensex shares, except for HDFC Bank, closed in the red. Tata Steel fell the most by 4.21%. NTPC, Tata Motors, HCL Technologies, Mahindra & Mahindra, State Bank of India, Power Grid, Tech Mahindra, Larsen & Toubro and JSW Steel also declined.

HDFC Bank was the only gainer from the pack.

In Asian markets, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong settled in the positive territory while Shanghai ended lower. European markets were trading mostly lower. The U.S. markets ended in the green on Tuesday.

“The domestic market saw a sharp and abrupt sell-off in the second half, despite the positive trend in global peers. This is attributable to profit-booking from the recent sharp rally stretching valuations of mid and small-cap stocks. The recent uptick in crude prices prompted investors to book profits,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude jumped 0.76% to $79.83 a barrel.

Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) offloaded equities worth ₹601.52 crore on Dec. 19, according to exchange data.

In the broader market, the BSE smallcap gauge fell 3.42% and midcap index declined 3.12%.

The BSE benchmark climbed 122.10 points or 0.17% to settle at 71,437.19 on Dec. 10. The Nifty went up by 34.45 points or 0.16% to 21,453.10.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *