Midcap, smallcap stocks crash; regulators begin probe

Shares of a host of mid-cap and small-cap companies today crashed in the stock market, plunging as much as 60 percent in some cases, amid panic selling on speculations of sale of pledged shares.
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Feb 25, 2013, 03.45 PM | Source: PTI

Midcap, smallcap stocks crash; regulators begin probe

Shares of a host of mid-cap and small-cap companies today crashed in the stock market, plunging as much as 60 percent in some cases, amid panic selling on speculations of sale of pledged shares.

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Midcap, smallcap stocks crash; regulators begin probe

Shares of a host of mid-cap and small-cap companies today crashed in the stock market, plunging as much as 60 percent in some cases, amid panic selling on speculations of sale of pledged shares.

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Shares of a host of mid-cap and small-cap companies today crashed in the stock market, plunging as much as 60 percent in some cases, amid panic selling on speculations of sale of pledged shares.

Stock exchanges and market regulator Sebi immediately began looking into the matter to probe any possible foul play after a huge sell-off was witnessed in shares of more than a dozen companies towards noon, a senior official said.

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While the problems were initially limited to about 10-12 stocks initially, the panic selling was seen spreading to other companies from the sectors of affected stocks, he added.

As per the stock exchange data, Core Projects was down 62 percent, Welcorp was down 25 percent, while Aanjaneya Lifecare, ABG Shipyard, Flexituff and Gemini Comm were down 20 percent each.

Besides, shares of Orbit Corp, Eros International Media, Opto Circuits, Saamya Biotech, Videocon Industries and Sanraa Media were also down by over 10 percent. Sources said that the mid-cap crash could have been triggered by huge sell orders placed by certain connected entities and the matter was being probed.

The BSE Midcap and Small-cap indices were down 1.33 percent each, although the benchmark Sensex was almost flat with a marginal decline of 0.09 percent at 19,300.45 points.

13:05
The pace at which equity bechmark slipped have stumped market watchers. In mid-afternoon trade, Nifty was threatening to breach 5800 with declines taking over advances decisively. However, the fall was arrested at 12.48 PM, with Nifty trading with a cut of 9 points at 5838 and Sensex falling 28 points at 19285.

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11:50
The Sensex gains 0.27 percent, rebounding after hitting its lowest close since December 24, 2012 on Friday. The Nifty is also up 0.25 percent.

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09:41
At 09.29 AM, the Sensex fell 5.28 points to 19311.73, and the Nifty went down 1.30 points at 5849.00

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