Benchmark stock indices BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty 50 turned cautious on Wednesday, as investors await key macroeconomic data due later in the day, amid a weak trend in other Asian markets, PTI reports.
Sustained capital outflows and weakening rupee against the US dollar also weighed on sentiments.
The 30-share index slumped 258.09 points, or 0.75%, to 34,088.30. It had lost nearly 100 points in the previous session. All sectoral indices were trading in the negative territory, led by fall in metals, PSU and banking stocks.
The broader NSE Nifty 50 slipped below the 10,500-mark to 10,466.95, down 87.35 points, or 0.82%.
Unwinding of positions in blue-chip stocks by investors ahead of index of industrial production (IIP) numbers for February and December quarter GDP growth numbers, to be released after market hours on Wednesday, weighed on stocks, brokers said.
Meanwhile, Asian stocks fell across the board following a sharp pullback in US equities after US Fed chair Jerome Powell revived worries about a sharp increase in interest rates. A weaker-than-expected economic data from China and Japan also dampened market sentiment.
Shares of Punjab National Bank slumped over 6% and fell to a 20-month low. Gitanjali Gems hit its lower circuit after falling nearly 5% to Rs 21.35.
Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net of Rs 906.86 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 1,046.67 crore on Tuesday, provisional data showed.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 1.43%, China’s Shanghai Composite was down 1.13% while Japan’s Nikkei drifted lower by 0.36%.
The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 1.16% lower on Tuesday.