Closing Bell: Sensex, Nifty tank on F&O expiry, strong dollar; Bharti Infratel, RCom, RIL stocks bleed
The stock market of India had to witness heavy sell-off in the intraday trade due to F&O expiry falling on Thursday and American dollar gaining around 0.21 per cent against Indian rupee. The BSE Sensex crashed 323 points and closed at 38,730 levels while the 50-stock Nifty index dipped 84 points after closing at 11,641 levels. Telecom, metal, banking and energy stock were among the top losing stocks on Thursday intraday trade. Telecom major Bharti Infratel stocks crashed over 8 per cent while Reliance Communications went down over 4 per cent and Sensex heavyweight Reliance Industries or RIL stocks fell over 1 per cent. Nifty Bank index crashed 299 points to 29,561 levels. The US dollar or USD gained 0.21 per cent against the Indian National Rupee or INR.
Speaking on the current market trend Prakash Pandey, Head of Research at Fairwealth Securities said, "The heavy sell-off at the Indian stock market was mainly caused by the F&O expiry falling today. Overall the market is bullish and is trading in the range of 11,500 to 11,780. A stock market investor is advised to adopt buy on dips strategy and try taking buy position at around 11,550 if the Nifty sustains below 11,680 levels. If it opens on higher side tomorrow and sustains above 11,690 then a share market investor is advised to buy at the spot level maintaining stop loss at 11,650 for the target of 12,000."
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Metal stock led the bera run on Dalal Street today. The BSE Metal index went down near 1.9 per cent in the intraday trade. Metal major Jindal Steel & Power crashed 2.64 per cent, Tata Steel stocks dipped 2.89 per cent, Vedanta counter went off 2.26 per cent, JSW Steel stocks went down 2.1 per cent, NDMC counter went southward nera 2 per cent while Hindalco share went down 1.94 per cent and Coal India stocks corrected around 1.34 per cent.
Telecom stocks followed the metal stocks closely as the BSE Telecom index went down near 1.5 per cent. Telecom major Bharti Infratel crashed over 8 per cent while Reliance Communications or RCom stocks dipped 4.74 per cent, OnMobile Global counter went down 2.97 per cent, Vodafone Idea shares corrected around 2 per cent, GTPL Hathway scrip went down near 2.1 per cent while Sterlite Technologies went down 1.16 per cent. Reliance Industries or RIL shares crashed 1.23 per cent from its Wednesday close.
Asian stock market also went through lean patch today as Japanese Nikkei 225 index went up 0.48 per cent while South Korean Kospi went down 0.48 per cent, Hang Seng dipped 0.86 per cent and Shanghai index crashed 2.43 per cent.