Sensex above 16,000-mark, realty, FMCG stocks fall
New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Tuesday closed above the 16,000-mark amid rupee volatility and eurozone concern. Realty, FMCG and consumer durable stocks fell on profit-booking by risk-weary investors.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 16,065.37 points closed at 16,020.64 points, up 0.20 percent or 32.24 points from its previous close of 15,988.40 points.
The Sensex touched a high of 16,138.29 points and a low of 15,979.77 in intra-day trade. The BSE midcap index rose 19.23 points while the smallcap index rose 12.79 points.
The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange closed 0.31 percent higher at 4863.30 points.
The Sensex shed 120 points from the day's high amid increased selling in the last hour of trade. Realty, FMCG and consumer durable scrips came under selling pressure.
The BSE realty index declined 1.37 percent, the FMCG index slumped 1.09 percent while consumer durable index fell by 0.67 percent.
The major Sensex losers were Tata Motors, down 3.15 percent at Rs.221.55; Bharti Airtel, down 2.58 percent at Rs.287.05; ITC, down 1.89 percent at Rs.225.85; DLF, down 1.48 percent at Rs.183.25; and Coal India, down 1.09 percent at Rs.316.60.
The Sensex gainers included Larsen and Toubro, up 3.08 percent at Rs.1209.50; NTPC, up 1.98 percent at Rs.146.95; SBI, up 1.66 percent at Rs.2080.25; Hindalco Inds, up 1.60 percent at Rs.117.15; and BHEL, up 1.47 percent at Rs.210.10.
Globally, Germany's DAX lost 1 percent, Athex Composite of Greece slumped 2 percent while the French CAC remained flat.
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