Fresh outflows from foreign institutional investors also affected the market sentiment. Stocks of Healthcare, Auto, Realty, and FMCG sectors fell on heavy selling pressure while Metal, IT and PSU counters firmed up on good buying support.
The Sensex dropped below 18,000 level after 11 months as the rupee plunged to an intra-day record low of 65.56 per dollar on Thursday in spite of various steps taken by Reserve Bank of India. However, fag-end buying following assurance given by Finance Minister P Chidambaram that encouragement of growth will remain the government's focus, coupled with positive Chinese data, pushed up the Sensex to a high of 18,587.38.
Fresh measures announced by the RBI to increase the availability of cash in the banking system also gave some relief to the market. Bombay Stock Exchange's 30-share barometer resumed lower at 18,587.38 and dropped further below 18,000 level since September 2012 to 17,759.59 before ending at 18,519.44, disclosing a loss of 78.74 points or 0.42 percent. It has lost 1,630.41 points or 8.09 percent during the five weeks.


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