Sensex tanks 2,400 points, RIL logs worst fall in 10 years
Mumbai: The mayhem in domestic stock markets deepened with the BSE Sensex falling over 2,400 points and the Nifty50 trading below 10,400 points.
The plunge in the domestic indices was in line with the global markets on persistent fears of economic impact of the coronavirus epidemic.
Stocks of Reliance Industries registered the biggest fall in over 10 years as it fell to Rs 1,094.95 per share. At 1.34 pm, it was trading at Rs 1,100, lower by Rs 170.05 or 13.39 per cent from its previous close. The stock fell most since October 2008.
The benchmark index of BSE Sensex was trading at 35,232.67 points, lower by 2,343.95 points or 6.24 per cent from the previous close of 37,576.62 points.
It had opened at the intra-day high of 36,950.20 and has so far touched a low of 35,109.18.
The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange was trading at 10,314.25 points, lower by 675.20 points or 6.14 per cent from the previous close.
It was a sell-off across sectors, led by financial, metal, energy and IT stocks – weighed on the markets.
Further, crude oil prices also slumped around 30 per cent on Monday as Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OEPC) failed to agree on an output cut deal, eventually causing Saudi Arabia to cut its prices as it is likely to increase its production. Saudi Arabia’s stance has already raised concerns of an all-out price war.
Brent crude futures are currently trading around $34 per barrel.
On Saturday, Saudi Arabia announced massive discounts to its official selling prices for April, and the nation is reportedly preparing to increase its production above the 10 million barrel per day mark, according to reports.
As per analysts, the oil market witnessed the worst price fall on Monday since the 1991 Gulf War.