Sensex down by 204.76 points

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Mumbai, May 20: The bechmark index of the Bombay Stock Exchange today slipped by 204.76 points to close at 17,230.18 on weak sentiments in the Asian Market.

The Sensex failed to hold on to last week's gains and tumbled by nearly 300 points to a day's low at 17,136.26 from its previous close of 17,434.94 on weak global cues, triggered by the surging oil prices. However, the market breadth was positive. Banking, healthcare and realty stocks pulled down the indices, brokers said. The broader based S&P CNX Nifty index of National Stock Exchange fell 52.75 points or 1.02 per cent at 5,104.95 from its previous close of 5157.70.

The BSE Midcap index ended down by 0.33 pc to 7,106.06, while the Smallcap index rose 0.44 pc to 8,658.61. Both the indices outperformed the Sensex.

The sectoral indices on BSE were mixed today, Consumer durables index rose by 2.70 while bank and realty indices fell nearly two per cent. Overall, the market breadth was positive on BSE with 1,431 shares advancing as compared to 1,292 that declined, while 66 remained unchanged. Among the 30-member Sensex pack, 23 declined while the rest gained.

The NSE's futures&options (F&O) segment turnover was Rs 33,290.93 crore, which was lower than Rs 37,876.68 crore in the previous session.


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