Sensex on Tuesday nosedived by over 165 points to 22,466.19 on consistent profit-booking across counters, with investors turning cautious amid a slew of negative factors.

The sentiment was also influenced by the two-day monetary policy meet of the US Federal Reserve that will start late today and is expected to trim monthly bond purchases by another $10 billion.

Profit-booking was seen for the third successive day.

In across-the-board profit taking, 11 out of 12 sectoral indices closed in the red with metal, banking, auto and power segments leading the downfall. Consumer durables index managed to settle in the green.

The 30-share barometer was in the negative terrain for most of the day.

In three straight sessions, it has plunged by 410.35 points or 1.79 per cent.

The wide-based 50-issue CNX Nifty also dipped by 46 points (or 0.68 per cent) to 6,715.25.

Investor worries over developments in Ukraine lingered on as the US has already announced some sanctions, and also threatened to impose more economic sanctions on key sectors of Russia’s economy.

On the domestic front, slowdown in capital inflows and announcement of below normal monsoon continued to weigh on minds of investors.

Stock brokers said wary investors are now waiting for the outcome of the Lok Sabha elections and they hope a new stable government will take initiatives on reform measures.

Jignesh Chaudhary, Head Of Research, Veracity Broking Services, said, “Local equities continued to trade weak... Yesterday, FIIs were seen selling in the local markets and posted its lowest net buying in the whole month. Also, the DIIs continued to be net sellers in the equity. Till date for this month DIIs have been the net buyers only for two days in sixteen working days.”

FIIs bought shares worth a net Rs. 77.02 crore yesterday, as per provisional data from stock exchanges.

Tata Steel plunged 4.79 per cent and FMCG major HUL slumped 3.01 per cent.

Hindalco Ind at 2.87 per cent, Tata Power 2.65 per cent, Bajaj Auto 2.20 per cent, SBI 1.90 per cent, Maruti Suzuki 1.85 per cent, Tata Motors 1.76 per cent, SSLT 1.37 per cent, Cipla 1.35 per cent, HDFC Bank 1.30 per cent were among the prominent losers.

Among BSE sectoral indices, Metal fell by 2.69 per cent, followed by Bankex (1.27 per cent), Auto (1.19 per cent), Power (1.11 per cent) and FMCG (0.83 per cent).

The market breadth turned negative as 1,506 stocks ended in the red, 1,281 stocks finished in the green while 123 ruled steady. The total turnover rose to Rs. 2,865.42 crore from Rs. 2,765.58 crore yesterday.

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