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Sensex closes 339 pts down post demonetization, US polls

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Sensex closes 339 pts down post demonetization, US polls Brokers at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building react as Sensex plunges in reaction to the counting trends of US Presidential elections, in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Mumbai: Markets went off the rails as Sensex crashed 1,689 points and Nifty over 541 points in early session after a surprise Donald Trump win and the government's move to withdraw high value notes, but managed to pull back towards the fag-end to close 339 points lower.

After opening lower at 26,251.39, the BSE benchmark Sensex continued free-fall in line with melting global stocks and cracked the 26,000-mark to touch a low of 25,902.45.

However, value-buying in key bluechips helped the index recover about 1,495 points to touch the Wednesday's high of 27,397.38 before closing the session 338.61 points, or 1.23 per cent down, at 27,252.53.

The NSE Nifty, which dipped below the 8,100-mark, trimmed most of the initial losses and settled 111.55 points, or 1.31 per cent, down at 8,432. Intra-day, the index hit a low of 8,002.25 and high of 8,476.20.

Broader markets also performed weak with the BSE small-cap index falling 2.78 per cent and mid-cap down 2.03 per cent.

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 86.66 crore Tuesday, as per provisional data.

In a surprise move Tuesday, the government banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in a bid to curb black money.

In a stunning result, billionaire businessman Donald Trump Wednesday beat seasoned politician Hillary Clinton in the knife-edge polls, defying the odds to become the 45th US President after starting off as a rank political outsider.

Globally, Japan's Nikkei tumbled 5.36 per cent while Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 2.16 per cent. Shanghai Composite shed 0.62 per cent. Europe was also in red with London-based FTSE index down 0.14 per cent, Paris's CAC fell 1.10 per cent, while Frankfurt's DAX down 1.03 per cent in their early session.

(With inputs from agencies) 

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