Markets drag for 7th day on Reliance Industries, global cues

Mumbai: Falling for the seventh consecutive session, the BSE Sensex ended 230 points lower Thursday led by losses in index heavyweight Reliance Industries, amid escalating trade tensions between the US and China. The 30-share BSE benchmark closed 230.22 points, or 0.61 pc, down at 37,558.91. The index hit an intra-day low of 37,405.40 and a high of 37,780.46. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty shed 57.65 points, or 0.51 pc, to settle at 11,301.80. During the day, the bourse hit a low of 11,255.05 and a high of 11,357.60.

Reliance Industries was the biggest loser in the Sensex pack, ending 3.41 pc lower. It was followed by Coal India, Asian Paints, NTPC, Kotak Bank, Bharti Airtel, Vedanta, PowerGrid and HDFC twins, which shed up to 2.53 pc. On the other hand, Yes Bank gained the most, spurting 5.94 per cent. Bajaj Finance, Hero MotoCorp, TCS, HUL, Bajaj Auto, HCL Tech, Infosys, SBI, M&M, ICICI Bank and Tata Motors rose up to 1.65 pc. According to traders, investor sentiment remained weak amid rising trade tensions between the US and China. Ahead of the next round of talks aimed at ending the trade war between the world’s two largest economies, China has said it will retaliate if US raises tariffs on Chinese products.

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