Muhurat: Samvat 2069 starts in red
Both the benchmark indices lost marginal ground in the 75-minute session that saw the frontline counters fall even as there was considerable demand for the mid- and small-cap shares. Though the Sensex and Nifty along with most sectoral indices ended the session in the red, the broader benchmarks managed to stay in the green.
The 30-share Sensex opened the session with a positive gap of nearly 50 points at 18,729, before profit-booking erased most part of the gains. As the session came to a close, the Sensex had lost 66 points to end at 18,604. The broader S&P CNX Nifty ended the special session at 5,667, down 16.75 points or 0.29%.
Among the index heavyweights, HDFC was the worst performer with a loss of 1.33% at Rs 781.80. Bajaj Auto, Dr Reddy's Labs, HDFC Bank, Tata Motors, Infosys, SBI and Sun Pharma were some of the other Sensex constituents that ended the session in the red.
Meanwhile, Bharti Airtel was the best performer among the Sensex pack, with a gain of 1.02% to close at Rs 282.65. RIL, ONGC, Maruti, Hindalco Industries, Cipla and Coal India also managed to buck the overall negative sentiment and gain marginal ground.
United Spirits, which gained 35% on Monday on news that Diageo will buy a majority stake in the
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