Amid concerns about the possibility of a partial shutdown of the U.S. government and weakness in Asian and European markets.
Stocks tumbled on the Indian bourses today.
Also, investors were wary of picking up stocks ahead of the current account data.
The Sensex ended at 19,326.91 (provisional) with a loss of 400.36 points or 2.03%.
The Nifty closed at 5721.65, down 111.55 points or 1.91%.
Metal stocks tumbled on weak Chinese economic data.
Bank, capital goods, PSU and realty stocks ended sharply lower.
Oil, power, FMCG and automobile stocks too declined.
IT and healthcare stocks found modest support on weak rupee.
Select consumer durables stocks saw some buying.
Midcap and smallcap stocks outperformed large caps.
The market breadth was weak.