Equities tumble nearly 2 pc; Sensex settles below 60k

PTI, Dec 23, 2022, 4:05 PM IST

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Mumbai: Equity benchmarks tumbled nearly 2 percent on Friday in tandem with weak Asian market trends as investors’ sentiment remained muted in view of the COVID-19 surge in some countries.

The 30-share BSE Sensex continued to remain under selling pressure for the fourth day running and slumped 980.93 points or 1.61 percent to settle at 59,845.29. During the day, it tanked 1,060.66 points or 1.74 percent to 59,765.56.

On similar lines, the broader NSE Nifty dropped 320.55 points or 1.77 percent to end at 17,806.80.

From the Sensex pack, Tata Steel plunged nearly 5 percent. Other major laggards were Tata Motors, State Bank of India, Bajaj Finserv, Reliance Industries, Wipro, IndusInd Bank, Larsen & Toubro, and Maruti Suzuki.

Elsewhere in Asia, equity markets in Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong ended in the red.

Equity exchanges in Europe were trading in the positive territory in mid-session deals. The US markets had ended sharply lower on Thursday.

”Markets plunged sharply lower and lost about two percent, in continuation to the prevailing corrective trend,” said Ajit Mishra, VP – Technical Research, Religare Broking Ltd.

International oil benchmark Brent crude climbed 1.89 percent to USD 82.51 per barrel.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) turned buyers as they bought shares worth a net Rs 928.63 crore on Thursday, according to exchange data.

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