Sensex sheds 174 points during pre-noon trade

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 19, 2013 06:40 hrs

Mumbai, Aug 19 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets plunged over 174 points or 0.94 percent during pre-noon trade Monday.

Good buying was observed in metal sector only; while selling pressure was seen in auto, banking index (bankex) and healthcare sectors.

The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 18,587.38 points, was trading at 18,423.84 points in the pre-noon session, down 174.34 points or 0.94 percent from last Friday's close at 18,598.18 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 18,587.38 points and a low of 18,303.20 points during trade so far.

The S&P BSE metal index increased by 174 points; however, auto index dipped by 287.10 points, bankex dropped by 222.89 points and healthcare index slipped by 196.78 points.

The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 74.55 points or 1.35 percent down at 5,433.30 points.

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