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Check Out! Top 10 biggest falls in Sensex over the last 10 years

Moneycontrol takes a look at the biggest corrections in the Indian markets in the last 10 years and the reasons behind them.

Sandip Das @Im_Sandip1

The Indian equity market has seen numerous ups and downs in the past decade with some brutal corrections followed by rocketing gains. It was a cat-and-mouse game as the tug of war continued between the bulls and bears.

Interestingly, the Indian market has seen the steepest fall in the past 10 years and the last correction was witnessed this year on February 2.

Moneycontrol takes a look at the biggest corrections in Indian markets over the last 10 years and the reasons behind them.

January 21, 2008

The Sensex benchmark index saw its biggest fall of 1,408 points on this day. It recovered and closed at 17,605.40 after plunging to the day's low of 16,963.96 due to high volatility as investors panicked following weak global cues and fears of a recession in the US.

  • The global investment climate witnessed a sea change as the US economy was going into recession and foreign institutional investors were trying to reroute their funds to stable developed markets.

  • Hedge funds and FIIs were the biggest sellers in Indian markets at the time, making the most of the unprecedented bull run.

  • As there is a big correlation among global markets and the presence of hedge funds across asset classes, along with increased global movement of capital, had increased event-related volatility.

January 22, 2008

The Sensex saw its biggest intraday fall the following day when it hit a low of 15,332, down 2,273 points. However, it recovered losses and closed at a loss of 875 points at 16,730. The Nifty closed at 4,899 losing 310 points. Trading was suspended for one hour at the BSE after the Sensex crashed to a low of 15,576.30 within minutes of opening, crossing the circuit limit of 10 percent.

February 11, 2008

Almost 3 weeks later, the Sensex plunged 4.57 percent intraday as the index shed 796.43 points. The benchmark index tumbled by 833 points, or 4.78 percent and closed at 16,630 points on growing global worries over slowing economic expansion.

Weak global markets and disappointing corporate earnings affected market sentiments.

March 3, 2008

The BSE benchmark Sensex witnessed its second-largest fall ever losing 900.84 points to close at 16,677.88 on frantic selling by funds, triggered by deepening concern over the recession in the US and budget-related concerns.

The markets fell 3.19 percent intraday thereby shedding 549.68 points. This was further aided by the massive loan write-off by state-run banks, announced in the budget which in turn increased the bear hold.

March 17, 2008

The following month, saw the Sensex tanking 3.38 percent or 517.44 points intraday. But the worst was yet to come on that day as the index plunged and closed lower by 6 percent, thereby shedding 951 points and closing below the 15,000-mark.

Gold prices zoomed past all previous records and opened at a new high of around Rs 13,500 in the bullion market on the back of brisk buying.

The valuation at which Bear Stearns changed hands shocked investors as JPMorgan Chase and Co. took over the firm for USD 240 million.

The US Federal Reserve had cut its discount rate by a quarter to 3.25 percent from 3.5 percent and created a lending facility for investment banks at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, which was the first time following the Great Depression.

October 24, 2008

The Sensex plunged 9.09 percent intraday on this day tanking 869.64 points. However, the Index was down by 1070.63 points or 10.96 percent to close at 8,701.07 while the Nifty ended at 2,557.25, down 13.11 percent or 386 points.

The BSE Midcap closed 8.38 percent lower and BSE Smallcap Index ended 7.66 percent down. The main reason for the fall was the Central Bank's policy review meet, wherein it did not reduce rates. The fall was further aided by the confirmation of recession in the UK.

The fall was attributed to RBI's credit policy announcement, FII outflow and the government's stance on FII to reverse short positions.

July 6, 2009

The Sensex tumbled 6.98 percent intraday by around 1054.47 points, as investors went on a selling spree following the government not coming out with any significant positive news on the reforms and divestment fronts when it presented the Union Budget. The Index however closed 869.65 points lower, or 5.8 percent to 14,043.40.

August 24, 2015

The Sensex tanked 3.7 percent intraday on August 24, 2015 and ended over 1,600 points down, the biggest in over seven years, which was led by a crash in global markets. The rupee fell to a 2-year low and plunged by 66 paise to trade below Rs 66 against the dollar in opening trade on sustained capital outflows even as the American currency weakened overseas.

The Chinese stock markets plunged nearly 9 percent and wiped out what was left of the 2015 gains, which in June the same year was more than 50 percent. Brent and US crude oil futures hit fresh 6-and-a-half-year lows as investors continue to worry about weak demand and a slowdown in China economy, amid a global supply surplus.

Overseas investors pulled out nearly Rs 2,000 crore from Indian stock markets since the beginning of August, amid concerns over China's economy coupled with sharp erosion in the value of the rupee.

February 2, 2018

Benchmark indices witnessed the steepest single-day fall in more than a year on Friday as stricter tax rules for stock investments and the easing of fiscal deficit targets unnerved investors.

The selloff in developed bond markets — mainly in the US — accentuated the nervous undertone in equities as investors kept a wary eye on firm oil prices, considered one of the biggest risks to the Indian economy. The Sensex plunged about 840 points, or 2.3 percent to close at 35066.75.

  • Long-term capital gains tax

The move surprised D-Street as most analysts were factoring in a change in the definition of ‘long-term’ to 2 or 3 years from 1 year. An imposition of additional tax over and above this time-frame spooked investors. The government introduced the much-talked about long-term capital gains tax (LTCG) on sale of listed securities on gains of over Rs 1 lakh.

  • Fiscal slippage

The market is also worried about the fiscal slippage issue, largely because of the degree of deviation. The government revised the fiscal deficit target to 3.5 percent of GDP for 2017-18, indicating a deviation from the path of fiscal consolidation because of a spillover impact of the new indirect tax system — Goods and Services Tax.

  • Tax on income from equity mutual funds

In times when flows from mutual funds were one of the highest, the imposition of a fresh tax on income from them could have spooked investors too. They will have to pay 10 percent tax on distributed income from equity oriented mutual funds, as per the Budget proposals announced.
First Published on Feb 26, 2018 07:10 am
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