At 10.40 am, the Sensex was trading down 138.40 points or 0.61% at 22,576.93 with 24 components falling. Meanwhile, the Nifty was trading lower by 38.20 points or 0.56% at 6,758.20 with 32 components falling.
The 30-share benchmark index, BSE Sensex opened with a decline of 73.28 points or 0.32% at 22,642.05, while the broad based NSE Nifty started with a fall of 38.05 points or 0.56%, at 6,758.35.
Housing Development Finance Corporation contributed fall of 33.73 points in the Sensex. It was followed by I T C (14.82 points), Infosys (13.92 points), Larsen & Toubro (13.53 points) and I C I C I Bank (12.94 points).
However, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries contributed rise of 11.49 points in the Sensex. It was followed by Jaiprakash Associates (1.85 points), Reliance Infrastructure (1.79 points), Bharti Airtel (1.47 points) and Tata Motors (1.3 points).
Major gainers in the 30-share index were Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (2.17%), Cipla (0.99%), Dr Reddy`S Laboratories (0.90%), Bharti Airtel (0.27%), Tata Motors (0.17%), and Reliance Industries (0.01%).
On the other hand, Housing Development Finance Corporation (1.92%), Maruti Suzuki India (1.65%), G A I L (India) (1.44%), Hindalco Industries (1.33%), Larsen & Toubro (1.19%), and Mahindra & Mahindra (1.15%) were the major losers in the Sensex.
Mid & Small-cap Space
The BSE Mid and small caps outperformed their larger counterparts gaining 0.59% and 0.59% respectively.
The major gainers in the BSE Midcap were A I A Engineering (3.01%), CORE Education and Technologies (1.12%), Aban Offshore (0.79%), Allahabad Bank (0.42%) and Alstom India (0.42%).
The major gainers in the BSE Smallcap were Trident (3.31%), A2Z Maintenance & Engineering Services (2.48%), Styrolution ABS (India) (1.12%), Aarti Industries (0.4%) and Reliance MediaWorks (0.17%).
Sectors in Limelight
The IT index was at 8,616.09, down by 84.97 points or by 0.98%. The major losers were Tech Mahindra (1.48%), Hexaware Technologies (1.26%), Tata Consultancy Services (1.04%), Infosys (0.89%) and H C L Technologies (0.55%).
The Capital Goods index was at 12,236.45, down by 90.1 points or by 0.73%. The major losers were Alstom T&D India (2.54%), Bharat Electronics (0.84%), A B B India (0.67%), Bharat Heavy Electricals (0.35%) and Lakshmi Machine Works (0.07%).
The Metal index was at 10,311.63, down by 74.21 points or by 0.71%. The major losers were Sesa Sterlite (1.92%), JSW Steel (1.73%), Hindalco Industries (1.33%), Jindal Steel & Power (0.75%) and Coal India (0.6%).
On the other hand, the HC index was at 10,577.98, up by 140.47 points or by 1.35%. The major gainers were Aurobindo Pharma (2.67%), Divis Laboratories (1.59%), Biocon (1.41%), Cipla (0.99%) and Dr Reddy`S Laboratories (0.9%).
Market breadth was negative with 1,078 advances against 881 declines.
Value and Volume Toppers
Adani Enterprises topped the value chart on the BSE with a turnover of Rs. 381.33 million. It was followed by I T C (Rs. 366.40 million), Credit Analysis and Research (Rs. 292.49 million) and Wockhardt (Rs. 266.68 million).
The volume chart was led by Sanghi Industries with trades of over 4.43 million shares. It was followed by Housing Development and Infrastructure (2.06 million), Unitech (1.88 million) and Sterlite Technologies (1.87 million).