The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex on Thursday tanked 188 points as traders exited open positions on the last day of the July F&O (futures and options) series and sustained selling in realty and capital goods stocks.
The 30-scrip sensitive index of the BSE, which opened at 16,887.84 points, closed 16,657.42 points (provisional), 1.12% or 188.63 points down from its previous day's close at 16,846.05 points.
The BSE realty index was down 58.37 points, followed by capital goods index, down 196.52 points.
The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange closed 1.23% down at 5,046.90 points.
The main losers were Tata Motors, down 2.98% at Rs.206.60; Tata Power, down 2.70% at Rs. 93.65; SBI, down 2.52% at Rs. 2,018.55; Infosys, down 2.21% at Rs. 2,120; and Wipro, down 2.21% at Rs. 331.50.
The major Sensex gainers were NTPC, up 1.60% at Rs. 152.40; Bajaj Auto, up 0.85% at Rs. 1,575; Sun Pharma, up 0.84% at Rs. 614.95; Gail India, up 0.77% at Rs. 346.70; and Dr Reddy's Lab, up 0.30% at Rs. 1,619.20.