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News Snippets

  • Kapil Sibal leaves Congress, fills nomination for Rajya Sabha with SPs backing
  • RBI bans 5 NBFCs as it cracks down on e-lending platforms
  • Hindustan Motors to tie-up with Peugeot to bring out a redesigned version of the iconic Ambassador
  • GST Council to defer rate rejig due to inflation
  • Centre to sell 29.5% in Hindustan Zinc at an expected price of Rs 38000cr
  • Stocks remain negative on Wednesday: Sensex loses 303 points to 53749 and Nifty 99 to 16025
  • IPL: RCB beat LSG by 14 runs and end their dream run. Rajat Patidar scores a brilliant 112. RCB will take on RR to decide who goes through to the finals
  • Delhi Additional district judge Nikhil Chopra says there is no legal right for people seeking to worship deity inside Qutab Minar, says it survived 800 years without worship so "let it survive like that"
  • Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann sacks state health minister Vijay Singla over corruption charges. Singla was later arrested by the ACB
  • Protestors burn the house of Andhra minister P Viswaroop and MLA Satish Kumar over renaming of Konaseema district as B R Amberdkar Konaseema
  • Gyanvapi: Varanasi district judge decides to first hear the 'maintainability' plea filed by mosque management
  • Delhivery and Venus Pipes shares list at premium of 10% and 8.7% respectively even when market sentiment was down
  • In a bid to cool edible oil prices, Centre allows duty-free imports of 20 lakh tonnes each of crude sunflower oil and crude palm oil per annum this year and next
  • Centre caps sugar exports to ensure availability of stocks in the domestic markets to cool prices
  • Stock markets get the jitters as RBI signals rate hike and government moves in to control inflation: Sensex tumbles by 236 points to 54052 and Nifty goes down by 89 points to 16125
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Coronavirus Spooks Stock Markets Worldwide

By Linus Garg
First publised on 2020-02-28 20:30:02

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Linus tackles things head-on. He takes sides in his analysis and it fits excellently with our editorial policy. No 'maybe's' and 'allegedly' for him, only things in black and white.

In line with the bloodbath on all the stock exchanges across the world, the Indian stock market indices plunged heavily today to send shivers across the spines of investors. The Sensex plunged by 1448 points which are the equivalent of 3.64% while the Nifty slid by 432 points or 3.71%. It meant that in a single day, investor wealth of over Rs 5.5 lakh crore was wiped out. In the last six trading sessions, the Sensex has lost a combined 2872 points.

Across the globe, investors are worried that the rapid spread of Covid-19 to more and newer places means that there will be a huge global economic slowdown and business will suffer. People are worried that since Chinese products will be shunned, those economies that import components from China will be immediately affected. They are also worried that the US and other Western nations, consumers of high-end products from many countries, will postpone orders and it will have a multiplier effect on the slowdown. These fears have allowed the bears to tighten their grip on markets worldwide.

Not that the fears are unfounded. With deaths running into thousands in mainland China and newer cases being reported in countries such as Iran, South Korea and Italy, there is no saying how, and how fast, the virus will spread in the coming days. At least 48 countries have until now reported confirmed cases. Since there is no immediate antidote available for the virus, the response of the authorities in each country is also not predictable. The fight against the virus is going to take up resources and time throwing business activity out of gear. Hence, investors are feeling the jitters and most are selling short to limit their losses. In such a scenario, the immediate outlook is bleak and it will take a while before the market bottoms out.