New Delhi: The gloomy atmosphere enveloped the entire market as the BSE benchmark Sensex drastically dipped to below 16,000 level for the first time after January on Wednesday; down 340 points at 15,988.23.

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The BSE benchmark Sensex dipped below 16,000 level on aggressive selling by foreign funds as weak rupee raised concerns of slowing economic growth.

The Sensex, which had a brief recovery yesterday in last six sessions, fell further to trade 349.90 points, or 2.14 per cent to 15,978.35 at 1215 hrs.

Similarly, the broad-based National Stock Exchange index lost 101.65 points, or 2.05 per cent to 4,841.15 with stocks of auto, metal and power suffering major losses.

Brokers said selling pressure goatherd momentum as the weakening rupee fell to an all-time low of 54.46 against the US dollar.

Traders said said market sentiments were jolted by the fall in Asian markets after the Euro was pegged at a four-month low on news that Greece will go to polls triggering fears it may exit the Eurozone.

Market experts said sentiments turned bearish largely on subdued trend on the other Asian bourses and profit-taking by speculators after previous sessions of gains.


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