The S&P BSE Sensex broke 40,000 levels on the downside on February 26, while the Nifty 50 fell below its 200-day exponential moving average placed around 11,720.
Eventually, market barometer Sensex closed with a loss of 392 points, or 0.97 percent, at 39,888.96 while the Nifty index finished at 11,678.50, down 119 points, or 1.01 percent.
Barring BSE Telecom – which ended with a mild gain of 0.25 percent – all sectoral indices ended in the red, with Realty, Auto and Capital Goods falling over 2 percent each.
Asian shares fell, tracking losses in the US markets overnight. The sharp selloff pushed the yields on safe-haven treasuries to record lows. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average both shed more than 3 percent in their fourth straight session of losses.
Yields on 10-year and 30-year US Treasuries teetered close to record lows and gold rose as worries about the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak boosted safe-haven assets, said a Reuters report.
Chinese shares fell by 0.83 percent, while shares in South Korea, rattled by a sudden rise in virus infections, fell 1.28 percent.
The United States has asked Americans to “begin preparing for coronavirus to spread within the country as outbreaks in Iran, South Korea and Italy escalated and fears that the epidemic would hurt global growth rattled markets, said a Reuters report”.
The report said that ” The World Health Organization says the epidemic has peaked in China, but concern that its spread is accelerating in other countries is likely to keep investors on the edge. The virus that originated in China had spread to about 30 countries”.
The effects of the coronavirus outbreak are likely to reverberate beyond China as most major economies in the region are expected to either slow down significantly, halt or shrink outright in the current quarter, a Reuters poll has found.
The poll said, “Many Asian economies, which were just limping back to growth from the spillover effects of the 18-month long US-China trade dispute, were again dealt a blow by the outbreak, which has shut down businesses and cities”.
Nifty formed a Bearish candle on the daily charts. It slipped below its 200-DMA placed at 11,684 on daily charts.
The index has been falling from February 20. This is the fourth consecutive session when Nifty registered a negative close. The indicator gave a ‘sell’ signal on the daily charts while MACD gave a bearish crossover on February 24 which suggests that the near term trend is likely to be on the downside.