(ANI): The Indian stock market's benchmark Sensex was trading 472 points down in the afternoon session on Thursday as a surge in inflation and poor industrial output dampened investors' sentiments.
The 30 stock S&P BSE Sensex was trading 471.72 points or 0.82 per cent down at 57,154.19 points at 1.55 pm against its previous day's close at 57,625.91 points.
The Sensex started the day in the red at 57,512.74 points and it slumped to a low of 57,055.75 points in intra-day.
The Sensex had gained 478.59 points or 0.84 per cent on Wednesday.
The broader Nifty 50 of the National Stock Exchange slumped 130.80 points or 0.76 per cent to 16,992.80 points against its previous day's close at 17,123.60 points.
The Nifty had surged by 140.05 points or 0.82 per cent on Wednesday.
Poor performance of the industrial sector and surge in inflation have dampened investors' sentiments.
As per the National Statistical Office (NSO) data released on Wednesday, India's retail inflation surged to 7.41 per cent in September, remaining above the Reserve Bank of India's mandated range of 2-6 per cent for the third straight quarter that would force the central bank to explain to the government the reasons for not being able to control the price rise.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) based inflation rose to 7.41 per cent in September from 7 per cent in the previous month. CPI-based retail inflation stood at 4.35 per cent in September 2021.
Poor performance of industrial production also dampened investors' sentiments. India's industrial production contracted by 0.80 per cent in August against 2.2 per cent growth recorded in the previous month. Industrial production as measured in terms of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) had posted a growth of 13 per cent in August 2021.
IT firm Wipro slumped by around 7 per cent a day after announcing financial results for the second quarter of the current financial year.
Wipro slumped 6.73 per cent to ₹380.30 on the BSE. On Wednesday Wipro announced 9.2 per cent decline in its net profit. The company's net profit fell to ₹2,659 crore for the July-September quarter of the current financial year as against ₹2,930.7 crore recorded in the corresponding period of the last fiscal.
State Bank of India slumped 1.80 per cent to ₹524.35. L&T fell 1.85 per cent to ₹1876.
ICICI Bank, Bajaj Finance, Asian Paints, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Bajaj Finserv and Hindustan Unilever were among the major Sensex losers.
HCL Technologies jumped by more than three per cent after announcing better-than-expected quarterly numbers.
Reliance Industries Limited was trading 0.62 per cent higher at ₹2389.70.