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Sensex crashes over 750 points to close at 38,720, Nifty ends at 11,559

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 08, 2019, 04.07 PM (IST)

Indian markets fell sharply on Monday, disappointed by some Budget proposals in the Union Budget. Weak global markets also hurt sentiment. 

The BSE Sensex fell 792.82 points or 2.01 per cent to end at 38,720.57 and the Nifty50 plunged 252.55 points to 11,558.60.

Equity indices extended losses with panic selling across sectors around noon today after the Union Budget for 2019-20 did not announce any measures to boost the auto sector.

At day’s low, the Sensex fell over 900 points and breached the 39,000 marks, extending its two-day loss to over 1,300 points. The Nifty slumped below 11,600.

Panic selling weighed in after Punjab National Bank reported a fraud of Rs 3,800 crore by Bhushan Power and Steel, saying the company misappropriated bank funds and manipulated books of accounts to raise funds from consortium lender banks.

PNB traded 11 per cent lower at Rs 72.75 per share while State Bank of India was down over 4 per cent at Rs 355.15 apiece. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget last week on Friday, her first after the National Democratic Alliance led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi swung to power after a landslide victory in the general elections.

Heavy selling pressure was seen in auto stocks due to the absence of any conspicuous impetus in the Budget for the beleaguered sector. Hero Motorcorp was down 4.6 per cent, Tata Motors by 3.3 per cent and Maruti Suzuki by 3.2 per cent. Bajaj Finance slipped 5.6 per cent while ONGC suffered by 4.9 per cent.

Traders said the Budget proposals did not contain any concrete proposals to ease liquidity crunch facing the financial markets. Though corporate taxes were cut to 25 per cent, the government raised import tariffs on items such as gold and imposed additional duty on petrol and diesel which could fuel inflation.

However, Yes Bank was up 5.9 per cent. Other which showed gains were Bharti Infratel and IT stocks like HCL Tech, Tata Consultancy Services and Tech Mahindra.

Meanwhile, Asian shares were broadly weaker after tracking Wall Street which fell from record highs last week. Investors turned their attention to the upcoming testimony from US Federal Reserve Chairman after a strong jobs report cast doubt on the pace of interest rate cuts.

(With inputs from ANI)

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At day’s low, the Sensex fell over 900 points and breached the 39,000 marks, extending its two-day loss to over 1,300 points. The Nifty slumped below 11,600.