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The 10 biggest falls in Sensex history

rediff Business Bureau | October 17, 2007

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It was bloodbath at the Indian stock markets on October 17. The Sensex plunged by 1,743 points, the largest fall in a single day ever witnessed in the history of the Indian stock markets. The Sensex hit a low of 17,307.90 points within minutes of opening on Wednesday.

Trading was suspended in the market for an hour. The markets had crashed on the wake of Securities and Exchange Board of India's (Sebi) proposal to tighten the rules for purchase of shares and bonds in Indian companies through the participatory note (PN) route.

The Sensex recovered sharply from the day's low (17,308 points) and touched an intra-day high of 18,841 points - up 1,533 points (8.9%) from the day's low.

The Sensex finally ended with a loss of 336 points (1.8%) at 18,716.

Here are the 10 biggest falls in the Indian stock market history:

May 18, 2006: The Sensex registered a fall of 826 points (6.76 per cent) to close at 11,391, it's biggest ever, following heavy selling by FIIs, retail investors and a weakness in global markets.

April 28, 1992: The Sensex registered a fall of 570 points (12.77 per cent) to close at 3,870, it's second-largest, following the coming to light of the Harshad Mehta securities scam.

May 17, 2004: Another Monday. Sensex dropped by 565 points, its third biggest fall ever, to close at 4,505. With the NDA out of power and the Left parties, part of the UPA coalition government, flexing their muscle, the Sensex witnessed its second-biggest intra-day fall of 842 points, twice attracting suspension of trading. At close, however, it regained some of its lost ground.

May 15, 2006: The market fell by 463 points to 11,822 points.

May 22, 2006: Sensex slumped by 457 points to 10,482.

May 19, 2006: Sensex slumped by 453 points to 10,939.

 April 4, 2000: Sensex slumped by 361 points to 4,691.

May 12, 1992: Indian stock markets plunged 334 points to fall to 3,086.

May 14, 2004: Sensex lost 330 points to fall to 5,070.

May 6, 1992: Losing 327 points, the Sensex fell to 3,561 points.

Also see: The Sensex story: From 1K to 19K

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