Market Update – Sensex Plunges 736 Points, Nifty Settles at 21,817; Steep Declines in IT, Pharma, FMCG Sectors

On March 19, 2024, Indian stocks plummeted, with the Sensex and Nifty falling sharply across sectors like Healthcare, IT, and FMCG, reflecting widespread market declines and investor concerns.
Market Update - Sensex Plunges 736 Points, Nifty Settles at 21,817; Steep Declines in IT, Pharma, FMCG Sectors

On March 19, 2024, the Indian stock market faced a sharp decline, reversing its earlier gains. Intense selling drove the BSE Sensex into negative territory for the year, with both the Sensex and Nifty falling below key levels of 72,000 and 21,800.

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The Sensex concluded the day with a loss of 736.37 points, a decline of 1.01%, settling at 72,012.05. Similarly, the Nifty fell by 238.20 points, or 1.08%, ending at 21,817.50. This downturn was broadly experienced across various sectors, with Healthcare, IT, FMCG, Capital Goods, Oil & Gas, and Power sectors experiencing significant declines in the range of 1-2%.

On the Nifty, major losers included TCS, BPCL, Tata Consumer Products, Tata Consumer, and Nestle India. Conversely, stocks such as Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Auto, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Hindalco Industries, and Bharti Airtel managed to register gains. Additionally, in the broader market, both BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices recorded a drop of 1%.

Investor focus was also on individual stock movements, with significant volume spikes in Indus Towers, Exide Industries, and Zee Entertainment. A notable short build-up was observed in Colgate Palmolive, Gujarat Gas, and TCS, while stocks like Bajaj Auto, Jubilant FoodWorks, and TVS Motor Company saw a long build-up. 

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