Sensex, Nifty close down; Realty stocks shine

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Domestic equity markets closed Tuesday’s trading session on a marginally lower note amid profit booking mixed global cues.

The Sensex at the BSE closed 33 points down at 29,485 and the Nifty at the NSE ended five points lower at 9,122.

In the broader markets, BSE Midcap index slumped 0.5 per cent but Smallcap index slipped 0.2 per cent.

Among the BSE sectoral indices, Realty index registered the biggest gain with a jump of 1.4 per cent while Healthcare index became the top loser with a dip of 1.4 per cent.

On Monday, the Nifty50 had closed 33 points down at 9,127 and the Sensex had closed 130 points lower at 29,519.

Top gainers in the Sensex-30 pack: ITC (up 2 per cent), ONGC (up 1.6 per cent), Infosys (up 1.1 per cent), L&T (up 0.7 per cent) and HUL (up 0.6 per cent).

Top losers in the Sensex-30 pack: Dr Reddy’s Labs (down 4.4 per cent), Axis Bank (down 3.3 per cent), Gail (down 1.4 per cent), Marui Suzuki (down 1.4 per cent) and Reliance Industries (down 1.3 per cent).

In the Asian markets, China’s Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.4 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index surged 0.4 per cent, Singapore’s Straits Times Index slipped 0.2 per cent, Korea’s KOSPI index shined 1 per cent and Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index fell 0.3 per cent.

European markets were trading with mixed moves, CAC 40 and DAX indices gained 0.4 per cent and 0.1 per cent respectively while FTSE 100 index slipped 0.1 per cent.

Back home, the Rupee closed 12 paise higher at 65.31 against the US Dollar.