Sensex on Thursday closed 126 points down following selling pressure in consumer durables, capital goods and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) stocks.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 19,403.66 points, closed at 19,229.26 points, down 126.00 points or 0.65% from its previous close at 19,355.26 points.
The index touched a high of 19,421.72 points and low of 19,196.75 points intra-day. The BSE midcap index was down 81.54 points, while the smallcap index lower by 72.00 points.
The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange was down 36.50 points or 0.62% at 5,851.50 points.
The BSE consumer durables index fell 221.00 points; followed by FMCG index, down 161.76 points; capital goods, down 128.72 points; metals, down 121.72 points; and public sector undertakings (PSU), down 53.65 points.
However, the auto index was up by 96.37 points and oil and gas index increased by 6.67 points.
Among the gainers were Tata Motors, up 3.96% at Rs.287.40; Jindal Steel, up 1.76 % at Rs.420.10; Bharti Airtel, up 1.54% at Rs.316.75; Bajaj Auto, up 1.35% at Rs.2083.25; and ICICI Bank, up 0.80% at Rs.1,121.65.
The major losers were ITC, 3.55% lower at Rs.295.00; Sterlite Inds, down 3.27 points at Rs.109.30; Cipla, down 2.14% at Rs.406.50; Hindalco Inds, down 2.03% at Rs.115.90; and Hindustan Unilever, down 1.91% at Rs.519.80.
Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei was up 1.68% while Hong Kong's Hang Seng declined 0.26%. The Shanghai Composite Index also closed lower by 1.02%.
European markets were flat. Britain's FTSE 100 was down 0.26% while the German DAX was trading lower by 0.37%. The French CAC 40 was down 0.16%.