Indian Benchmark Indices Close in Red: Sensex and Nifty Close Below Their Crucial Marks

The Indian equity markets closed Tuesday in red. They have continued to be under pressure resulting from the banking stocks. These stocks are currently being affected by the Vodafone Idea debt issues. Apart from that, the market sentiment is affected globally due to the outbreak of coronavirus. 

The BSE Sensex closed the day at 40,645 points, by losing 1% which amounts to over 400 points. The shares of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited, a Public Sector Undertaking, lost more than 5% to be the biggest loser in the day. The shares of Sun Pharma and Tata Steel lost more than 2% today. 

The shares of Vodafone Idea, who is sailing on troubled waters, dropped more nearly 11% on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on the back of the Supreme Court dismissing its plea which sought some relief from revoking its bank guarantee. Vodafone Idea is in the news of late for the wrong reasons. 

Coming to the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the NSE Nifty 50 dropped below its crucial 12,000 points mark. It fell over 1% to slide below 11,950 points. The NSE Nifty 50 finally closed the day at 11,992 points, down nearly 54 points. It has formed a bearish candle for the third consecutive day.

Also Read: Rupee Shrinks Amidst Panic Over Coronavirus in China

The broader S&P BSE MidCap index dropped 0.60% to end Tuesday 94.43 points. It closed at 15,425 points. The S&P BSE SmallCap index slid as much as 65 points, down by 0.45%. It ended the day at 14,467 points.

Coming to the global front, the US stock futures fell record levels after Apple Inc announced that it is not going to meet its revenue guidance set out for the quarter ending in March, this is majorly due to the coronavirus outbreak which has slowed down production and demand in the Chinese market. 

The MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan collapsed 0.20%. The Japanese Nikkei dropped nearly 0.60%. In the commodities market, oil prices continued their rally. They have touched their highest levels in this month.

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