Noon: Sensex slides 3% down on budget disappointment

Noon: Sensex slides 3% down on budget disappointment
PTI
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First Published: Mon, Feb 16 2009. 01 53 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Feb 16 2009. 01 53 PM IST
Mumbai: Indian shares extended losses to more than 3% on Monday after an interim budget failed to deliver on investor expectations on a stimulus plan for sectors such as autos and construction, while a higher borrowing plan send bond yields higher.
“The interim budget did not contain policy response despite the challenging economic situation,” said Jigar Shah, senior vice-president, Kim Eng Securities.
By 1:20pm, the main BSE stock index was down 3.14% at 9,332.12 points, with 29 of its components declining. The 50-share NSE Nifty index was down 3.11% at 2,856.80.
Banks led the losses after acting Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee proposed an increase in government borrowing, sending bond yields higher. Traders said the budget was populist and aimed to woo voters ahead of general elections due by May.
Mukherjee said the fiscal deficit had risen to 6 percent of gross domestic product in 2008/09 from a planned 2.5%, a rise that could shake investors increasingly wary of emerging markets.
He predicted a deficit of 5.5% of GDP in 2009/10 but implied this could rise as government spending may have to jump later this year to shield the economy from a global slump and stem job losses, as the government tried to woo voters ahead of a general election.
“This is a political budget but does not give much confidence on how it will help revive growth,” said Rupa Rege Nitsure, chief economist at Bank of Baroda.
Top lender State Bank of India fell 5.03% to Rs1,133.95 and rival ICICI Bank dropped 4.25% to Rs415.90.
Bond yields rose with the 2018 bond yield climbing to 6.37% from 6.17% at the previous close on supply worries.
Leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki dropped 2.4% to Rs614.90 and top truck maker Tata Motors was down down 0.8% at Rs136.7.
Energy group Reliance Industries, which has the highest weight in the index, dropped 4.6% to Rs1,327.60.
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