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Sensex and Nifty Decline Again as IT and Banking Stocks Drag Down

Sensex and Nifty, the benchmark indices of the Indian stock market, declined again on Friday, dragged down by information technology (IT) and banking stocks.

IT stocks were the biggest losers, with Infosys falling over 8%, HCL Tech down 3%, and Wipro and Tech Mahindra declining over 2% each. IT stocks declined due to worries about global growth slowdown and its effect on IT spending.

Banking stocks were also under pressure, with HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank falling over 1% each. Experts linked the drop in banking stocks to worries about increasing interest rates and their effect on asset quality..

The overall decline in the stock market was also due to weak global cues, with European and US markets also trading lower.

What can investors do?

If you are an investor, it is important to stay calm and avoid panic selling. It is also important to remember that the stock market is cyclical and there will be periods of ups and downs.

In the near term, investors should focus on investing in defensive sectors such as consumer staples and healthcare. A slowdown in global growth or rising interest rates is less likely to affect these sectors.

Investors should also avoid investing in risky assets such as small-cap stocks and penny stocks. These stocks are more likely to be volatile and could lead to losses.

Finally, investors should review their portfolios and make sure that they are aligned with their investment goals and risk tolerance.

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