Sensex lost over 1,200 points today, Sell-off key factors?

Sensex lost over 1,200 points today, Sell-off key factors?

Sensex lost over 1,200 points today, Sell-off key factors?

Indian stock markets today extended losses as the session progressed with Sensex down over 1,200 points when it slumped to 57,424 at day's low. The Nifty was struggling to hold 17,155 levels amid strong selling pressure in Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Finserv, HDFC and HDFC Bank.  India's bond and forex markets were shut, while the central bank has rescheduled its monetary policy committee meeting by a day to February 8-10, citing a public holiday in Maharashtra.

Among the Sensex stocks, FII favourite stocks such as HDFC, HDFC Bank, Bajaj Finserv and Bajaj Finance were down between 3% and 3.5%. European stock markets were mixed today. U.S. inflation data for January is due on Thursday and strong data could further fuel Federal Reserve's plan to raise interest rates after the U.S. employment report showed nonfarm payrolls jumped by 467,000 jobs last month. 

“The spike in US 10-year bond yield to 1.91% reflects the increasing concerns of high inflation and the Fed being behind the curve. The January jobs report in the US at 4.67 lakh new jobs was way ahead of market expectations. Now it is beyond doubt that the Fed will have to act tough on inflation. If the Fed turns highly hawkish and delivers a 50 bps rate hike in March, that can cause a sharp correction in markets," said VK Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services.

FII selling is impacting the market in the short term, but not in the medium. FIIs have sold equity worth ₹114100 cr since October 2021. But the Nifty now remains where it was in early October 2021. FII selling is causing short-term gyrations but no significant impact in the medium term," he added. 

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