Sensex nosedives 720 pts as rupee falls past 68 vs US dollar

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Mumbai: The S&P BSE benchmark Sensex nosedived nearly 720 points in the closing stages of trade on Tuesday on heavy foreign funds outflow as the rupee plunged below 68-level against the US dollar.
After a higher start, the Sensex plunged by 719.96 points, or 3.81 per cent to 18,166.177 led by fall in Reliance Industries, ITC and HDFC shares. All sectoral indices led by banking and consumer durable were in red.
The broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty dropped by 216.05 points, or 3.89 per cent, to 5,334.70 at 1500 hrs. Brokers said the selling by foreign investors dragged down the rupee below 68 against the dollar. 

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