- Sensex slips below 38,850 mark in intraday trade
- Forty five stocks on Nifty struggle with losses
- Higher taxes for foreign investors, super rich spooking markets: analysts
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Auto and banking shares were among the worst performers in today's session amid broad-based selling pressure.
At 1:12 pm, the Sensex traded 682.03 points - or 1.73 per cent - lower at 38,831.36 while the Nifty was down 217.60 points - or 1.84 per cent - at 11,593.55.
"Higher tax incidence proposed in the Budget for foreign portfolio investors and high net worth individuals is spooking the markets," AK Prabhakar, head of research at IDBI Capital, told NDTV in a telephonic conversation. "The proposal to increase minimum public shareholding for all listed companies in Budget is also impacting the markets negatively," he added.
Experts also said the new tax implications on listed companies are not in favour of investors. "The government has also proposed a 20 per cent tax on buy back of shares by the listed companies. The tax was earlier restricted to unlisted companies and with the introduction to tax share buy back, investors felt that the tax changes are not investor friendly," Naveen Wadhwa of Taxmann told NDTV.
Selling pressure was broad-based as all the sector gauges compiled by National Stock Exchange struggled with losses, led by a 5.5 per cent drop in the Nifty PSU Bank index. The Realty, Auto, Bank, Financial Services, Media and Private Sector Bank gauges also fell between 2 and 3 per cent each.
Mid- and small-cap shares also faced selling pressure with the Nifty Midcap 100 Index and Nifty Smallcap 100 indexes falling 2.55 per cent and 2.27 per cent respectively.
In the Nifty 50 basket, 45 stocks declined, led by Hero MotoCorp which fell 4.8 per cent.
ONGC, Bajaj Finance, Indian Oil, State Bank of India, Larsen & Toubro, Grasim Industries, NTPC, Tata Motors, Bharat Petroleum, Maruti Suzuki, ICICI Bank and Eicher Motors were among the losers, down between 2.77 per cent and 4.64 per cent.
On the flipside, Yes Bank, HCL Technologies, Bharti Infratel, TCS and Tech Mahindra were among prominent gainers.
Market breadth was extremely negative as 1,431 shares declined on the BSE, against 252 that advanced.