Investors get poorer by Rs7.62 lakh cr

Investors’ wealth eroded by Rs 7.62 lakh crore on Monday as markets witnessed yet another sharp fall, with the Sensex plunging 2,713.41 points as coronavirus scare continued to hit market sentiment.

The market capitalisation of BSE-listed companies dropped by Rs 7,62,290.23crore to Rs 1,21,63,952.59 crore at the close of trade.

The drop in investor wealth was led by extreme weak broader market sentiment, where the Sensex witnessed another sharp fall after staging a strong comeback on Friday. The key index plummeted 2,713.41 points or 7.96 per cent to close at 31,390.07.

“After a short breather on Friday, sell-off resumed in the Indian markets following weak global cues despite the US Federal Reserve’s emergency stimulus,” Ajit Mishra, vice-president (research), Religare Broking Ltd, said.

He added that the broader markets BSE Midcap and Smallcap also ended lower by 5.9 per cent and 5.7 per cent, respectively. “On the sector front, all the indices witnessed heavy selling pressure wherein metals, banks, realty and IT were the top losers.”

The entire BSE 30-share pack closed with losses, led by IndusInd Bank, Tata Steel, HDFC, Axis Bank and ICICI Bank tumbling up to 17.50 per cent.

Market heavyweight Reliance Industries Ltd dropped 8.28 per cent and was instrumental in dragging the markets sharply lower.

On the BSE, 2,047 scrips declined, while 411 advanced and 160 remained unchanged.

A total of 478 companies hit their 52-week low. The equity markets suffered extreme panic selling last week, where the key BSE barometer plunged 3,473.14 points in total.