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Sensex crashes 1,624 points; investors lose over R

The benchmark Sensex on Monday crashed 1,624.51 points — its biggest single-day fall — ending below 26,000 on heavy outflows as the rupee sank 82 paise to a fresh two-year low of 66.65.

The index ended the day 5.94 per cent down at 25,741.56 points as jittery investors sold off shares across all sectors including energy, banking, auto, IT, infrastructure and real estate.

The broader NSE Nifty cracked below the 7,900-mark by tanking 490.95 points, or 5.92 per cent, to 7,809 at close.
The total investor wealth, measured in terms of cumulative market value of all listed stocks, plunged nearly Rs. 7 lakh crore.
Amid free fall in stock markets, the rupee crashed to 66.65. The rupee has not seen such a low level in almost two years in opening trade.

As stocks and rupee hit new lows, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said the country is in a better position than many other economies. “I wish to reassure markets that all macro-economic factors are under control. The country has forex reserves of $380 billion to be used,” he said.

Slowing Chinese economy and the devalued Chinese currency Yuan, hit the global financial markets. “It has been a while since we have seen a fall of this magnitude in our equity markets,” said Jayant Manglik, President, Retail Distribution, Religare Securities Ltd. This fall has largely been in reaction to the global markets carnage, “the second effect of which has been a weaker rupee,” Mr. Manglik added.

Global markets have crashed following weeks of reports regarding China’s low economic growth as its consumption story falters. This is in addition to other irritants such as Europe’s woes and a general slowdown in economies across the globe. The US rebound story too is yet incomplete.

Stocks that hit their 52-week low included Aban Offshore, ABG Shipyard, Adani Power, Gail, ICICI Bank, NTPC, ONGC, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, VST Industries, among others

Similarly, other stocks that touched their one-year low were Financial Technologies, HCC, MOIL, Mysore Bank, NHPC, NDMC, Orbit Corporation, PFC, RCom, SAIL, Sobha Developers, Simplex Projects, UCO Bank, Vijaya Bank and Zuari Agro Chemicals, among others.

Meanwhile, Amtek Auto shares were amongst the biggest losers in today’s market slump. The stock continued to witness intense selling pressure and fell over 17 per cent.

Besides, Jet Airways tumbled 12.83 per cent, SKS Microfinance (11.42 per cent), Bank of India (11.71 per cent) and Rajesh Exports (10.76 per cent).

Among major gainers, stocks of Nestle India gained nearly 2 per cent on the bourses. The shares opened at Rs. 6,100.00 and surged 1.76 per cent to an high of Rs. 6,206.70 on BSE.

On the NSE, similar trend was seen as the stock opened at Rs. 6,078 and touched an intra-day high of Rs. 6,208.75, up 1.93 per cent from its previous close.