Sensex retreats from record level


After scaling a record high of 36,747.87 in early trade, the benchmark BSE Sensex fell nearly 200 points in afternoon trade after a no-confidence motion against the Modi government was moved in the Lok Sabha today.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she would announce the date for a debate on it in “2-3 days”.

The BSE 30-share barometer, after hitting a new peak of 36,747.87 points in early trade, dropped by 199.04 points, or 0.54 per cent, to 36,320.92 with metal, realty, power, auto and banking stocks falling up to 2.69 per cent.

The gauge had gained 227.91 points to hit a new high of of 36,747.87 (intra-day), surpassing its previous record of 36,740.07 reached on July 13.

The broader NSE Nifty, too, slipped below the psychological 11,000-mark. It dropped by 51.75 points, or 0.47 per cent to 10,956.30. In early trade, it touched a high of 11,076.20.

Brokers said apart from profit-booking at record levels by participants, a mixed trend in other Asian markets and unabated foreign fund outflows by foreign funds hurt the trading sentiment.

Fresh weakness in the rupee to weighed on market sentiment, as the domestic unit fell 13 paise to 68.58 against the dollar after a strong opening.

The laggards that dragged the key indices were Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Vedanta, Bharti Airtel, Axis Bank, HUL, M&M, ICICI Bank, NTPC, Maruti Suzuki, Coal India, RIL, Kotak Bank,Infosys and SBI, falling up to 4.84 per cent.