Sensex closes high on GST meet outcome hopes

Sensex closes high on GST meet outcome hopes

Sensex closes high on GST meet outcome hopes

The 30-share index resumed lower at 33,235.75 and hovered between 33,280.55 and 33.135.94 in morning trade.

The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 63.63 points at 33,314.56 and the 50-share NSE Nifty rose 12.80 points to 10,321.80. However, it succumbed to profit-booking in late afternoon trade and slumped to a low of 33,157.68, before ending the session down by 151.95 points or 0.46 per cent at 33,218.81.

Refiners declined as oil prices remained well supported on OPEC-led supply cuts.

In terms of the broader markets, the BSE mid-cap closed lower by 0.09 per cent, whereas the small-cap index closed higher by 0.07 per cent.

Drug firm Lupin was the worst performer in the Sensex pack, crashing 16.84 per cent to close at its 52-week low after the company said it has received warning letter from the United States health regulator for its manufacturing facilities in Goa and Indore.

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Major Sensex losers were: Bharti Airtel, down 3.73 per cent at Rs 495.15; Tata Motors, down 2.92 per cent at Rs 438.70; SBI, down 2.35 per cent at Rs 309.75; Lupin, down 2.09 per cent at Rs 842.55; and ICICI Bank, down 2.05 per cent at Rs 305.80.

However, gains in software exporters such as Infosys, TCS and Wipro on strengthening dollar cushioned the fall. Shares in the company were trading at 425.55 rupees on the National Stock Exchange, down 0.80 per cent versus its issue price of Rs 429.

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) net purchased shares worth Rs 461.47 crore Tuesday, as per provisional data. Japan's Nikkei gained 1.4 percent, reaching a high not seen since January 1992.

European markets were also trading in the positive zone. London's FTSE was down 0.04 per cent.

Among BSE sectoral indices, metal index fell the most by 1.55 per cent, followed by oil & gas 1.3 per cent, PSU 1.21 per cent and realty 0.99 per cent, while IT index was down 0.39 per cent and TECk 0.09 per cent.

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