weak in their afternoon deals on lower Asian cues. The CAC was down by 0.31 per cent, the DAX by 0.30 per cent and the FTSE by 0.55 per cent.
Back home, 24 of the 30 Sensex-based scrips closed with losses while others finished with gains.
Hindalco was the top loser from Sensex pack with a fall of 4.38 per cent, followed by Maruti Suzuki (3.43 pc), Tata Motors (3.24 pc), Jindal Steel (3.11 pc), M&M (2.95 pc), SBI (2.25 pc), Tata Steel (2.16 pc) and Bajaj Auto (2.00 pc).
ICICI Bank (1.98 pc), BHEL (1.61 pc), Tata Power (1.58 pc), Sun Pharma (1.35 pc), HDFC Bank (1.20 pc), ONGC (1.08 pc), HUL (1.08 pc) and L&T (1.03 pc) also witnessed losses.
However, RIL rose by 1.72 per cent, followed by Dr Reddy's Lab (1.43 pc) and TCS (1.03 pc) among winners.
Among major losers in sectoral indices, the BSE-Auto dipped by 2.40 per cent, BSE-Metal by 2.10 per cent, BSE Bankex by 1.66 per cent, BSE-Realty by 1.37 per cent, BSE-CG by 1.17 per cent and BSE-PSU by 1.17 per cent.
The total market breadth was sharply negative with 2,001 stocks losing ground against 938 finishing with losses. The total turnover was slightly up at Rs 2,462.41 crore from Rs 2,450.40 crore yesterday.
Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 1,077.54 crore yesterday as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.
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