Sensex ends 67 points lower; Nifty settles at 10118

Sensex ends 67 points lower; Nifty settles at 10118

The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 32,814.03 points, closed at 32,802.44 points - down 67.28 points or 0.20 per cent from Monday's close. The markets on Tuesday traded cautious the entire day as has been the case for the last couple of sessions.

Out of 1,975 stocks traded on the NSE, 563 advanced, 941 declined, and 471 remained unchanged today.

Trading was highly volatile throughout the session ahead of RBI's monetary policy review and Gujarat elections later this week.

"Negative global cues and local service sector survey data for November weighed on the market sentiments".

The major losers that dragged down the key indices include Adani Ports, NTPC, Tata Steel, Power Grid, Bajaj Auto, Wipro, Coal India, Hero MotoCorp, HDFC Bank, ONGC, L&T, Dr Reddy's and SBI.

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Globally, Asian stocks closed broadly lower after oil prices fell over 1 percent overnight and Brexit talks did not yield a breakthrough on the withdrawal issues.

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. "It is expected central bank to keep interest rates on hold for a prolonged period starting with its policy meeting on concerns of rising inflation", Dhruv Desai, Director and Chief Operating Officer of Tradebulls, told IANS.

HPCL, BPCL, Infosys, Sun Pharma and UltraTech Cement gained the most on Nifty50.

After a strong start at 32,968.02, the Sensex reclaimed the 33,000-mark to hit a high of 33,008.62 points but profit- booking at higher levels capped the gains.