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Sensex plummets 487 pts to close below 38,000-mark

The Sensex was mainly dragged by Reliance Industries, HDFC, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and SBI, which lost up to 3.35 per cent.

Domestic equity benchmarks extended their losing streak for the sixth straight session on Wednesday, with the BSE Sensex plummeting 487 points and the Nifty cracking below the 11,400 mark as US-China trade tensions weighed on global investor sentiment.

The 30-share BSE index ended 487.50 points, or 1.27 per cent, lower at 37,789.13.

The index hit an intra-day low of 37,743.07 and a high of 38,248.57.

Similarly, the NSE Nifty sank 138.45 points, or 1,20 per cent, to settle at 11,359.45.

During the day, the bourse hit a low of 11,346.95 and a high of 11,479.10.

The Sensex was mainly dragged by Reliance Industries, HDFC, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and SBI, which lost up to 3.35 per cent.

Bajaj Finance, Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto, Sun Pharma, NTPC, IndusInd Bank, Vedanta, M&M, Yes Bank and ONGC were among the other losers, shedding up to 3.22 per cent.

Only Asian Paints, HCL Tech and TCS ended in the green, rising up to 0.60 per cent.

According to traders, domestic equities tracked weakness in global equities amid escalating trade tensions between the US and China.

Markets have been rattled ever since US President Donald Trump on Sunday threatened to hike tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese goods this week.

Energy and financial stocks came under selling pressure amid foreign fund outflows and subdued corporate earnings, experts said.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold shares worth Rs 645.08 crore on Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) purchased equities to the tune of Rs 818.84 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed.

Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

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