BSE Sensex closes near Dec-low, Bharti Airtel shares jump, HUL slips

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BSE benchmark Sensex closed eight points down on subdued buying by funds ahead of Union Budget. (Reuters) BSE benchmark Sensex closed eight points down on subdued buying by funds ahead of Union Budget. (Reuters)
SummaryBSE benchmark Sensex closed eight points down on subdued buying by funds ahead of Union Budget.

HDFC (1.84 pc), Tata Motors (1.60 pc) and ITC (1.50 pc).

However, Bharti Airtel rose by 4.64 per cent, followed by Wipro (2.43 pc), Sun Pharma (1.96 pc), ICICI Bank (1.22 pc), Infosys (1.06 pc) and M&M (0.95 pc).

Among the sectoral indices, the BSE-FMCG fell by 1.41 per cent, followed by BSE-Auto (0.55 pc) and BSE-Metal (0.53 pc) while the BSE-Realty firmed up by 1.35 per cent, BSE-Teck by 1.33 per cent and BSE-IT by 0.83 per cent.

The market breadth continued to show negative trend as 1,071 scrips ended with losses while 1,037 scrips finished with losses and 886 closed unchanged. The total turnover fell to Rs 1,724.64 crore from Rs 1,957.61 crore yesterday.

Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 1,213.57 crore yesterday, as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.

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