Sensex Falls Over 100 Points, Nifty Below 11,700 As Auto Stocks Sink

Sensex Falls Over 100 Points, Nifty Below 11,700 As Auto Stocks Sink

Domestic stock markets started Thursday's session on a lower note amid a selloff in automobile stocks. The S&P BSE Sensex fell as much as  148.56 points to 38,882.99, and the NSE Nifty moved to 11,699.55, down 48.6 points from the previous close. At 9:39 am, the Sensex traded 53.23 points lower at 38,978.32 while the Nifty was down 21.30 points at 11,726.85. 

Top laggards on the 50-scrip index at the time were Tata Motors, Eicher Motors, Hindalco and Maruti Suzuki India, trading between 1.45 per cent and 2.12 per cent lower. 

ICICI Bank, Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) were the biggest drags on the Sensex.

Equities in other Asian markets marked time with two major centres - Japan and China - shut for holidays. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was off 0.1 per cent, trading in a tight band. Trading in Japan will resume next Tuesday while China will be back in action on Monday.

The Federal Reserve kept key interest rates on hold overnight, and said it sees no strong case for moving in either direction.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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