Sensex ends marginally down by 78.82 points

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Mumbai, Aug 4: The benchmark index of the Bombay Stock Exchange closed marginally down by 78.82 points at 14,577.87 after an extremely volatile session, mirroring negative cues in the Asian markets. Sensex opened in negative zone at 14,503.51 and swung between red and green on bouts of alternate selling and buying interest in select stocks throughout the day, before ending with a negative gap in late trade.

It touched an intraday high of 14,725.94, gaining 68.25 points from its previous close of 14,656.69 and a day's low of 14,503.51, shedding 153.18 points during the day. Meanwhile, the broader based Nifty index of National Stock Exchange hit a day's high at 4436.10 and a low of 4,362.90 before finally ending at 4,395.35, with a loss of 18.20 points from its previous close of 4,413.55.

Selling pressure was seen in major oil, capital goods, select banking and power and buying in metal, pharma and select technology counters.

However, Mid-Cap and Small-Cap ended with a positive gap, holding market breadth in positive terrain. BSE Midcap and Small Cap indices gained by 1.77pc each to close at 5,742.72 and 7,103.34, respectively.

Barring few, all the sectoral indices closed in green.

Turnover traded in markets was very low at Rs 62,875.87 crore, wich included Rs 13,517.94 crore from NSE Cash Segment, Rs 43,364.62 crore from NSE F &O and Rs 5,993.31 crore from BSE Cash segment.

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