The BSE gauge Sensex crashed over 700 points while the NSE Nifty ended below the 17,000-level on Monday amid escalating Russia Ukraine tensions.

The 30-share Sensex nosedived 1,747.08 points or 3 percent to settle at 56,405.84 and the broader Nifty plummeted 531.95 points or 3.06 percent to 16,842.80.

On the Sensex chart, barring TCS, all shares closed steep to moderate. losses with Tata Steel, HDFC and SBI tumbling over per cent.

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Elsewhere in Asia also, bourses closed in deep red after concerns that Russia may soon invade Ukraine, which scent oil prices soaring. Analysts said that domestic markets opened sharply lower in line with negative Asian bourses as also sharply lower US equities. Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research, HDFC Securities, said, “US stocks closed sharply lower on Friday as heightened concern that Russia may soon invade Ukraine sent oil prices spik- ing and investors to dump risky assets like equities”.

Investors also weighed a sharp drop in consumer sentiment and a pickup in near-term inflation expectations, he added. The US administration has become increasingly outspoken about its concerns that Russia will stage an incident in the coming days that would create a false pretext for an invasion of Ukraine. Global crude oil benchmark Brent futures spiked over 1 percent to USD 95.44 per barrel on Monday.

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