BSE Sensex declines 66 points due to fall in IT shares

Written by PTI | Mumbai | Updated: Jan 18 2014, 01:01am hrs
BSE SensexInvestors are cautious ahead of quarterly earnings from Reliance Industries, Wipro and other blue-chip companies to be announced later in the day.
The BSE Sensex dropped by 66 points in late morning trade today due to selling pressure in IT and tech shares.

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd rose while Oil & Natural Gas Corpn and Oil India declined on reports that a panel of ministers has approved sale of a 10 per cent government stake in IOC to ONGC and OIL India through a block deal on the stock exchanges.

The BSE-30 share index, Sensex, resumed lower at 21,236.65 and hovered in a range of 21,192,36 and 21,270.11 before quoting at 21,199.22 at 1045 hours.

It showed a loss of 65.96 points, or 0.31 per cent, from its last close.

The NSE 50-share index, Nifty, also eased by 7.10 points, or 0.11 per cent, to 6,311.80 at 1045 hours.

IT major Tata Consultancy Services dropped by 4.27 per cent.

Other major losers were HDFC (2.12 per cent), Wipro (1.51 per cent) and HDFC Bank (1.46 per cent).

However, Cipla rose by 1.66 per cent, ONGC (1.39 per cent), Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries (1.14 per cent), Coal India (1.08 per cent), Hindustan Unilever Ltd (1.05 per cent) and Sesa Sterlite Ltd (1.00 per cent).

Asian stocks fell in their early trade as US bank earnings disappointed and investors waited for Chinese economic data due next week.

Key benchmark indices in China, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan were down by 0.15-0.56 per cent while Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.76 per cent.