Indian Stock market crashes, plunges below 10,000
Sanjay Jha | October 17, 2008 at 02:13 amby
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In tune with each and every country in Asia and most in Europe, India's stockmarket index, the BSE Sensex fell below 10,000, lowest in the last two years.
Melting stock prices today pulled down the Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex below the 10,000 points level for the first time in over two years, as funds remained aggressive sellers.
The 30-share index, which opened higher by 205 points, tumbled by 582.76 points to 9,998.73 in pre-close trading, a level last seen in June 2006.
The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty, which gained 66.65 points at the initial stage, plunged by 196.35 points, or 6 per cent at 3,072.95 points at the same time.
All the sectoral indices, led by realty sector were ruling in the red with steep falls, dragging the Sensex down.
With negative economic news flowing continuously across the global markets, bears geared themselves for fresh spell of selling. Despite Europe opening on firm note following a rally in the US markets, it failed to lift investor sentiments as persistent selling by foreign investors is a major concern for the markets.
World economies are deteriorating, unemployment is rising and corporate worldwide are posting weak results, sketching an extremely gloomy picture of the global economy. "Investors are extremely worried as the future looks uncertain and present wobbly," said a dealer with a large broking firm.
CLSA has reduced India's GDP growth outlook to 6.5 per cent in view of considerable decline in the IIP data for last couple of months.
Authorities across the world are trying their best to restore confidence in the global markets by infusing money and cutting interest rates. However, players are so uncomfortable that they are taking each opportunity to pile up cash on concerns the credit expansion will fail to stem the crisis and may not avert the approaching recession.
The depth of the current financial crisis is unknown partly because most financial institutions don't disclose they are in trouble until after the fact, a Purdue University expert says. "The question we don't know is how deep the recession will be and low long it will last," says Sugato Chakravarty, a professor and head of the Department of Consumer Sciences and Retailing.
The global credit crisis is intensifying, and enough damage has been done to the global economy which ensures the next couple of quarters will be much weaker. The pendulum has swung sharply to the downside risks to growth rather than inflation.
US industrial output fell 6 percent in the third quarter, the most since 1991, and a factory index for the Philadelphia region hit an 18-year low this month. Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index tumbled 3.2 per cent on Thursday as the demand for the commodities declined.