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Sensex crashes over 900pts intra-day: 5 factors behind Monday’s market rout

Subdued global sentiment due to mayhem in the global financial sector unleashed bears on Dalal Street on Monday. However, fag-end buying in FMCG and select bank stocks, coupled with reports of proposals to halt Ukraine war, lifted benchmark indices sharply off lows.

The S&P BSE fell 361 points, or 0.62 per cent, to end at 57,629 levels on Monday, while the Nifty50 settled below the 17,000-mark at 16,988, lower by 112 points or 0.65 per cent.

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During the intra-day trade, the Nifty50 had tumbled over 250 points or 1.6 per cent to a low of 16,828 levels, whereas the S&P BSE had crashed over 900 points or 1.5 per cent to hit a low of 57,085 levels.

Meanwhile, broader markets, too, bled in tandem as Midcap 100, and Smallcap 100 indices declined 1 per cent each.

All sectors, except the FMCG, plunged in the sea of red, with the Nifty PSU Bank, and Metal indices declining up to 2 per cent.

Analysts attribute this fallout in domestic equities due to investors’ fear of a domino effect after the collapse of big financial institutions in the US, and Europe.

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“The fears of financial contagion rising from the banking crisis in the US, and Europe appear to be largely contained by the quick response of the governments and central banks. The big learning from the of 2008 is that failure of large financial institutions will lead to systemic issues leading to financial contagion and ultimately to recession. Learning from this crisis, this time there has been a concerted global action – the latest being the buyout of by UBS – to contain the crisis,” said Dr. V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services.

Meanwhile, here are top factors behind Monday’s market fall:

Mayhem in the global financial sector: The collapse of US lenders Bank, Signature Bank, and takeover of by Swiss Bank UBS in Europe left investors worried about contagion effects in the global banking system. This propelled investors to exit risky assets like equities, and park in safe-haven areas.

That apart, investor woes lingered after said that $17.24 billion of its additional tier-1 debt would be written down to zero, on orders of Swiss regulator’s rescue merger with UBS.

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Subdued global sentiment: The banking crisis weakened investors sentiment across the globe. Asia-Pacific markets, for instance, edged lower with Nikkei 225, Hang Seng, the S&P 200, Kospi, and Shanghai Composite indices declining up to 3 per cent.

Equity-futures tied to Wall Street, too, turned negative this noon. Dow Jones Futures, the S&P 500 Futures, and NASDAQ Futures slipped over 1 per cent each. They were about 0.3 per cent higher this morning.

US Fed meeting: The will declare its interest rate decision, following its two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on Wednesday, March 22. While some experts peg a smaller, quarter-point increase, others expect a pause in the rate hike cycle due to the recent banking turmoil.

Currently, the Fed funds rate stands within the range of 4.5-4.75 per cent after the global central banker hiked rates by 75 basis points (bps) for four consecutive times, followed by 50 bps in December, and 25 bps in January.

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Group stocks fallout: Shares of Enterprises, Ports and Special Economic Zone, Adani Power, Adani Transmission, Adani Total Gas, and Adani Wilmar fell up to 5.6 per cent in an overall weak market on Monday’s intra-day trade. The fallout comes on the back of suspended work on a Rs 34,900-crore petrochemical project at Mundra in Gujarat.

Index-heavyweights bleed: The sell-off was intensified by losses across index-heavyweights like Bajaj Twins, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Reliance Industries, Ultratech Cement, Tata Consultancy Services, as shares tumbled up to 5 per cent in Monday’s intra-day trade. In comparison, the S&P BSE crashed over 900 points to hit day’s low of 57,084.

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