Sensex tanks over 400 pts in early trade; Nifty drops below 14,750

The 30-share BSE index was trading 403.16 points or 0.82% lower at 48,758.65 in initial deals

Equity benchmark Sensex tumbled over 400 points in early trade on Wednesday, tracking losses in index majors HDFC twins, Reliance Industries and ICICI Bank amid negative cues from global markets.

The 30-share BSE index was trading 403.16 points or 0.82% lower at 48,758.65 in initial deals.

Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty fell 112.80 points or 0.7 to 14,737.95.

HDFC was the top loser in the Sensex pack, shedding over 2%, followed by M&M, HUL, Nestle India, Tech Mahindra and ICICI Bank.

On the other hand, PowerGrid, NTPC, L&T, SBI and ONGC were among the gainers.

In the previous session, Sensex ended 340.60 points or 0.69% lower at 49,161.81, and Nifty slumped 91.60 points or 0.61% to close at 14,850.75.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers in the capital market as they offloaded shares worth ₹336 crore on Tuesday, according to provisional exchange data.

According to V.K. Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services, global markets are now caught between two opposing forces — economic recovery and inflation fears. While the former is positive the latter is negative. Going forward, the market trend will depend on which of the two triumphs over the other.

The year-on-year inflation in the U.S. is expected to come around 3.6%, pushed high mainly by the base effect and therefore may not sustain. But if the month-on-month inflation data shows a surge, the dovish Fed will be forced to take it seriously.

The fact that the market is a bit apprehensive of rising inflation is reflected in the U.S.10-year yield rising above 1.6%, he said.

"So, this space has to be watched. Meanwhile in India Q4 results continue to be good with better than expected performance from mid-small-caps. Market action is likely to be stock specific based on results," he noted.

Further, market participants will also keep an eye on domestic inflation and industrial production data, scheduled to be released later in the day, traders said.

Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul were trading on a negative note in mid-session deals.

On Wall Street, indices ended in the red in overnight sessions.

Meanwhile, international benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.36% lower at $68.30 per barrel.

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