BSE Sensex plunges 210 pts today, marks biggest weekly fall in five ahead of RBI, US Fed meets

BSE SensexThe BSE Sensex closed at 20,715.58, down 210.03 points or 1 per cent. AP

Across-the-board selling on BSE Sensex was witnessed today on mounting speculation that the RBI will hike interest rate and the US Fed will trim its economic stimulus next week, which shaved off over 210 points of the index, which posted its biggest weekly loss in five.

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Investor wealth fell by Rs 75,000 crore as overall 1,575 stocks slid out of the 2,610 traded on the BSE. In its fourth straight fall after hitting its lifetime peak on Monday, the BSE Sensex closed at 20,715.58, down 210.03 points or 1 per cent.

ICICI Bank, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) and Tata Power were the biggest losers in the 24 stocks that fell in 30-share index.

In 4 days, Sensex has lost 611 points, eroding almost all the gains logged in the recent state election-fuelled rally.

For the week, the barometer shed 280.95 points, the biggest loss since week ended November 8.

Eleven out of the twelve sectoral indices closed in red.

Banking, capital goods and realty shares were among the worst hit after government data yesterday showed retail inflation soared to a nine-month high of 11.24 per cent and factory output shrank 1.8 per cent.

"While growth is stabilising, it remains soft. However, the main concern for the RBI will be inflation, which may well compel it to raise the policy rate again next week by 25 bps," said HSBC Global Research said.

The 50-share NSE Nifty index fell by 68.65 points, or 1.10 per cent, to 6,168.40 as 43 constituents slipped. Also, SX40 index of MCX-SX shed 117.37 points to end at 12,315.20.

Mirroring the fall in stocks, the rupee fell over 35 paise to 62.19 versus US dollar in late trade today.

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