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(20/07/2021 17:02)

Post-Session: Sensex falls 354 pts; Nifty ends below 15,700

Indian benchmark indices ended in red on Tuesday for the third consecutive session dragged by the metal, realty and financial names.

Meanwhile, Indian rupee ended near the day's high at 74.61 per dollar, amid selling was seen in the domestic equity market. It opened lower at 74.95 per dollar against previous close of 74.87 and traded in the range of 74.54-74.95.

The 30-share benchmark index ended at 52198.51 down by -354.89 points or by -0.68 % and then NSE Nifty was at 15632.1 down by -120.3 points or by -0.76 %.

Sensex touched intraday high of 52465.03 and intraday low of 52013.51 The NSE Nifty touched intraday high of 15728.45 and intraday low of 15578.55

The top gainers of the BSE Sensex pack were Asian Paints Ltd. (Rs. 3159.20,+6.04%), UltraTech Cement Ltd. (Rs. 7423.20,+1.52%), Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (Rs. 2433.90,+0.97%), Nestle India Ltd. (Rs. 17895.00,+0.82%), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (Rs. 7215.00,+0.68%), among others.

The top losers of the BSE Sensex pack were IndusInd Bank Ltd. (Rs. 982.10,-3.32%), Tata Steel Ltd. (Rs. 1232.70,-2.65%), NTPC Ltd. (Rs. 118.45,-2.39%), Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Rs. 525.85,-2.31%), HCL Technologies Ltd. (Rs. 977.30,-2.29%), among others.

Among the sectors, _FMCG index was at 13586.64 up by -5.92 points or by -0.04%. Agro Tech Foods Ltd. (Rs. 1084.60,+7.06%), Vishwaraj Sugar Industries Ltd. (Rs. 148.75,+1.19%), Marico Ltd. (Rs. 531.50,+1.12%), CCL Products India Ltd. (Rs. 385.00,+1.08%), Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (Rs. 2433.90,+0.97%),.

Realty index was at 3094.05 down by -76.46 points or by -2.41%. Phoenix Mills Ltd. (Rs. 840.20,-3.56%), Brigade Enterprises Ltd. (Rs. 312.50,-3.47%), Indiabulls Real Estate Ltd. (Rs. 154.40,-3.14%), Prestige Estates Projects Ltd. (Rs. 327.25,-2.75%), Oberoi Realty Ltd. (Rs. 693.45,-2.70%),.

The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was weak. On BSE out of total shares traded 3614 , shares advanced were 1272 while 2206 shares declined and 136 were unchanged.