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Sensex closes 63 points down; metal, bank stocks fall

At 2.28 pm, Sensex was down 38.33 points at 19448.47. Similarly, Nifty was down 23.40 points at 5907.50 during the same time.

BT Online Bureau | December 7, 2012 | Updated 17:18 IST

The BSE benchmark Sensex closed 63 points down on Thursday, following selling pressure in metal, bank and information technology (IT) stocks.

The Sensex ended the day 62.70 points, or 0.32 per cent, lower at 19,424.10 led by realty and IT stocks. The key index had gained 182 points in last three sessions on hopes that government will secure Parliamentary approval for opening retail trade to foreign investors.

The index touched a high of 19,561.87 points and a low of 19,363.13 points intra-day. The BSE midcap index was down 5.55 points. The smallcap index closed lower by 7.79 points.

The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange was down 9.75 points or 0.16 per cent at 5,921.15 points.

The BSE metal index was down 82.36 points, while the bank index was lower by 74.01 points, followed by the information technology (IT) index, was down 55.84 points, oil and gas index was down by 44.06 points and realty index down 35.97 points.

However, the auto index was up by 55.68 points and consumer durables index was higher by 43.33 points.

Among the gainers were Maruti Suzuki, up 1.94 per cent at Rs 1,510.05; Tata Power, up 0.87 per cent at Rs 109.70; BHEL, up 0.77 per cent at Rs 242.90; Mahindra and Mahindra, up 0.74 per cent at Rs 936.85; and Hindalco Inds, up 0.69 per cent at Rs 123.85.

The major losers were Sterlite Inds, 2.25 per cent lower at Rs 112.85; Tata Steel, down 1.19 points at Rs 394.90; Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), down 1.13 per cent at Rs 1,267.95; Reliance Industries, down 0.89 per cent at Rs 834.20; and Sun Pharma, down 0.85 per cent at Rs 696.05.

Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei was down 0.19 per cent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down 0.26 per cent. However, China's Shanghai Composite Index closed higher by 1.60 per cent.

European markets were flat with Britain's FTSE 100 down 0.08 per cent, while the German DAX was trading lower by 0.08 per cent. The French CAC 40 index was up 0.03 per cent.

With PTI and IANS inputs

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