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Sensex falls for third day in a row, ends 243 points down

Mumbai: Markets continued to remain on the backfoot today -- registering the lowest close over a year -- as the BSE Sensex ended lower by 243 points dragged down by a set of global cues,
PTI September 02, 2015 22:49 IST
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Mumbai: Markets continued to remain on the backfoot today -- registering the lowest close over a year -- as the BSE Sensex ended lower by 243 points dragged down by a set of global cues, including unimpressive manufacturing numbers from China, Europe and the US.

Apparently, the government's decision to scrap minimum alternate tax -- which is being hailed as a "bold step" -- was not enough to save the day.

The markets were off to a promising start, but all the gains were gone in a flash after it became clear that the China contagion is spreading with alarming intensity, with the US and Europe throwing up weak factory numbers.

The Asian markets were firmly on a crash course tracking overnight losses on the Wall Street, weighed down by worries of a global growth slowdown.

On Tuesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government has accepted the recommendation of a panel headed by Law Commission Chairman A P Shah and decided to exempt FIIs from MAT claims prior to April 1, 2015.

Lacklustre domestic macros showing a slowing GDP growth for the June quarter and a drop in manufacturing PMI added to the risk-off sentiment.

The BSE Sensex, helped by value-buying in realty, FMCG, IT and technology, scaled the day's high of 25,939.37, before closing down 242.88 points, or 0.95 per cent, at 25,453.56 -- its lowest close since August 8, 2014.

The 50-share benchmark Nifty managed to hold above the 7,710-mark, which ended the day at 7,717, down 68.85 points, or 0.88 per cent.

"Fresh data out of China showing Chinese factory activity contracted in August coupled with uncertainty over Fed's decision on raising interest rates in a meeting later this month are causing jitters across the globe," said Shreyash Devalkar, Fund Manager-Equities, BNP Paribas Mutual Fund.

BHEL bore the brunt of the sell-off, tumbling as much as 5.10 per cent as M&M, ONGC, SBI and Coal India ended in the red.

In the sectoral space, power took the biggest blow, followed by PSU, banking, capital goods, auto and metal.

Meanwhile, foreign investors net sold equities worth Rs 675.32 crore yesterday, provisional data showed.

Asian markets ended mixed as premier indices in China, Japan and Singapore closed lower by up to 1.18 per cent.

Key indices in France, Germany and the UK traded lower by up to 0.37 per cent.

The bear grip was tight as 23 stocks in the Sensex pack ended down.

While BSE mid-cap lost 0.82 per cent, BSE small-cap gained 0.15 per cent.

Veracity Group CEO Pramit Brahmbhatt said: "Overnight US stocks traded weak as lower than expected US manufacturing data disappointed investors."

The market breadth remained negative as 1,394 stocks ended lower, 1,221 stocks advanced while 138 ruled flat.

The total turnover moved up to Rs 2,596.85 crore, from Rs 2,525.57 crore yesterday.

"Increased risks in Chinese economy and expectations of further monetary easing sent pessimistic cues to the global markets and would make investors take a more cautious stance," said Hiren Dhakan, Associate Fund manager, Bonanza Portfolio.