Sensex down 200 points, Nifty tests 11,050 on negative Asian cues
The S&P BSE Midcap and the S&P BSE Smallcap indices underperformed to lose 0.3 per cent and 0.6 per cent, respectively.
The domestic market opened lower on Tuesday tracking negative trend seen in Asian markets, which retreated from record highs after a selloff in Apple shares knocked Wall Street lower.
Back home, sentiment remained cautious as investors await Budget 2018, to be unveiled on Thursday.
At 9:20 am, the S&P BSE Sensex was trading at 36,200, down 82.91 points, while the broader Nifty50 was ruling at11,092, down 37.95 per cent.
In the broader market, the S&P BSE Midcap and the S&P BSE Smallcap indices underperformed to lose 0.3 per cent and 0.6 per cent, respectively.
Market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, remained negative. On the BSE, 1096 stocks declined, 469 stocks advanced, while 55 remained unchanged.
All but one sector (Nifty Auto) were trading in red. Nifty Media (down 1 per cent) and Nifty Metal (down 0.7 per cent) shed the most.
Among individual stocks, Coal India, Zee Entertainment, Tech Mahindra and Asian Paints were the leading losers on Nifty and lost over 1 per cent each on the NSE.
Overseas, Asian markets were trading lower. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.5 per cent after rising to an all-time high the previous day.
Australian stocks shed 0.4 per cent, South Korea’s KOSPI lost 0.1 per cent and Japan’s Nikkei dropped 0.7 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slipped 0.2 per cent and Shanghai was down 0.3 per cent.
On Wall Street, US markets pulled back from record highs on Monday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 indices marking their biggest one-day percentage declines in about five months,