The Rupee fell to 65.16 against the US dollar that too it’s lowest since March, before regaining over its preceding day’s close of 64.79. The yield on the Ten-year govt bond in intraday trade rose to 6.69%, the highest since May, before closing at 6.67%.
Meantime, the US dollar strength on the US Federal Reserve’s plan tends to shrink its balance sheet. North Korea’s new hydro bomb menace and S&P’s downgrade of China also spoiled investor sentiment towards emerging markets.
FPIs pulled out Rs 1242 crore from domestic stocks on Friday, while domestic investors buying was comparatively muted at Rs 520 crore. The India Volatility Index surged 10%.
On the week ended Friday, there were four falling stocks for each one advancing. The BSE Midcap index declined close to 3%. Real estate, Metals and realty were the worst performing sectors. Among Sensex stocks, Tata Steel plummeted about 5%, after base metal prices chopped down due to China downgrade. SBI and ICICI Bank fell about 2% each.