Sensex ends lower ahead of RBI policy call

People walk past a barricade inside the Reserve Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai. REUTERS

People walk past a barricade inside the Reserve Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai. REUTERS

The benchmark BSE Sensex was down 150 points or 0.46 percent at 32,718 while the broader Nifty index was down 37 points or 0.37 percent at 10,090.75.

At 12.30 PM: Sensex was down by over 110 points or 0.34% to 32,759.48 while the wider Nifty was dpwn by over 31 points or 0.31% to 10,096.40.

"Markets ended with marginal losses on Tuesday after a bounce back from the lows of 10,069 curbed the losses".

Among the sectoral indices on BSE, power and metal indices slipped 1.06 per cent and 0.85 per cent. Telecom, Bankex and oil & gas indices closed higher by 0.83 per cent, 0.38 per cent and 0.16 per cent, respectively. Focus now shifts to RBI's monetary policy meeting after the upbeat GDP (gross domestic product) numbers for the September quarter failed to cheer investors. However, profit booking in banking and auto stocks capped gains. The broader market depicted a mixed trend, with the BSE mid-cap ending up 0.41%, while small-cap index finished 0.03% down. The gauge had tanked 891.50 points in the previous four sessions.

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According to provisional data, foreign funds had bought shares worth Rs 306.11 crore on Friday.

Biggest gainers in the 30-share index were Infosys (2.80%), Hindustan Unilever (1.37%), Housing Development Finance Corporation (1.25%), Tata Motors (1.06%), Tata Steel (1.03%), and Bharti Airtel (0.94%).

Sector-wise, Metal fell by 0.82 per cent, Realty 0.55 per cent, Auto 0.53 per cent, IT 0.51 per cent and FMCG 0.24 per cent.

Major Sensex losers were: Coal India, down 2.09 per cent at Rs 266.55; Maruti Suzuki, down 1.10 per cent at Rs 8,512.90; Asian Paints, down 1.02 per cent at Rs 1,124.50; Sun Pharma, down 0.95 per cent at Rs 520.95; and Reliance Industries, down 0.92 per cent at Rs 901.50.

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