Sensex down; defensives gain

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 08, 2013 08:45 hrs

The BSE Sensex down 0.16 percent and the NSE Nifty down 0.27 percent.

Larsen & Toubro shares fall 1.5 percent. Citigroup and Barclays downgraded the engineering conglomerate on concerns over order cancellations and weak investment cycle.

Traders say market is consolidating and likely to remain in a narrow range until outcome of industrial output and Infosys earnings due on Friday.

Infosys down 1.9 percent on caution ahead of earnings.

However, defensive stocks up: Index heavyweight ITC Ltd (RIC) gains 2 percent after falling 3.9 percent last month and 2.7 percent so far in January. The cigarette maker surged 42.47 percent last year.

Cipla gains 1.4 percent while Dr Reddy's Laboratories up 1 percent.

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