Hit by weak GDP growth estimates, the Sensex on Thursday fell by 59.40 points to close at one-and-a-half month low of 19,580.32, completing six days of losses -- the longest string since November.
The Bombay Stock Exchange [ Images ] (BSE) sensitive index resumed lower at 19,589.44 and hovered in a range of 19,702.56 and 19,540.08 before concluding the day at the calendar year's low of 19,580.32 -- a fall of 59.40 points or 0.30 per cent.
It has now lost 425 points in six sessions. During November 9-16, it had fallen for five straight sessions. The NSE 50-share Nifty today ended lower by 20.40 points, or 0.34 per cent, at 5,938.80.
Shares of consumer durables, realty, power, metal and capital goods declined sharply as these indices declined between 1.12 percent and 3.34 per cent.
"A weaker than expected GDP number at 5 per cent disappointed the market sentiment and led to selling pressure across all major sectors," said Nidhi Sarswat, Senior Research Analyst, Bonanza Portfolio Ltd.
Earlier today, Central Statistics Office said country's economic growth rate this fiscal is estimated to be sharply lower at 5 per cent as against 6.2 per cent last year.
According to the Finance Ministry, CSO's economic growth projection of 5 per cent "is below expectations" and the government will continue efforts to revive the economy.
"Benchmark indices may turn volatile in the coming days amid various economic data points to be announced. The IIP numbers will be announced next week," said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.
Asian stocks, barring Taiwan that ended up, closed mostly lower following mixed cues from Wall Street and ahead of European Central Bank's policy decision later today.
Back home, 18 out of 30 Sensex-based scrips closed down and 12 counters settled higher.
Major losers from the Sensex were SterliteInd (2.92 pc), NTPC (2.72 pc, Cipla (2.61 pc), Gail India [ Get Quote ] (2.29 pc), Bharti Airtel (2.08 pc), Tata Power (1.97 pc), Tata Steel [ Get Quote ] (1.66 pc),
However, M&M rose by 1.26 per cent, followed by TCS (1.20 pc), Tata Motors (0.89 pc) and Infosys (0.56 pc).
Among the sectoral indices, the BSE-CD dipped by 3.34 per cent, followed by BSE-Realty (1.47 pc, BSE-Power (1.39 pc), BSE-Metal (1.16 pc) and BSE-CG (1.12 pc).
The market breadth turned negative with 1,378 shares losing ground as against 799 finishing up. 786 stocks were unchanged.
The total turnover was relatively up at Rs 2,189.41 crore from Rs 2,097.69 crore yesterday.
Foreign institutional investors continued their buying spree by investing a net Rs 1,137.95 crore on Wednesday as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.