Sensex ends 73 points lower; pharma, metal stocks drag

Sensex jumps over 100 points in opening crosses 35,400

In currency markets, rupee pulled back after falling to 67.43 against the U.S. dollar.

The BSE Sensex moved up 103 points to 35,319.35, while the wider NSE Nifty finished at 10,741.70, up 23.90 points.

The key Indian equity indices traded on a flat-to-negative note on Thursday afternoon due to weak global cues including high crude oil prices and geopolitical tensions after the U.S. backed out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The Sensex fell 73 points to close at 35,246 while Nifty settled at 10,716, down 25 points.

Indian shares ended lower on Thursday as investors booked profit in recent gainers in the pharma and metal sector.

World stocks hit a three-week high on Thursday, buoyed by gains in energy stocks due to rising oil prices, Reuters reported.

The major gainers on the Sensex were Tata Motors (DVR), up 3.82 per cent at Rs 196.85; Tata Motors, up 2.79 per cent at Rs 341.35; Asian Paints, up 1.53 per cent at Rs 1,224.10; Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), up 1.39 per cent at Rs 3,489.05; and Axis Bank, up 1.36 per cent at Rs 548.60 per share.

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Meanwhile, on a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth Rs 704.03 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 664.92 crore yesterday, provisional data showed.

Pharma, capital goods stocks were among top losers. In the broader market, the BSE Midcap and BSE Smallcap indices underperformed to lose 0.6 per cent and 0.1 per cent, respectively.

However, power declined 0.57%, healthcare 0.47%, infrastructure 0.37%, PSU 0.36%, FMCG 0.26%, auto 0.22% and oil and gas 0.05%.

"Major Asian markets have closed on a mixed note". South Korea's KOSPI rose 0.4 percent and Shanghai edged up 0.3 percent.

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