Sensex down by 145.34 points

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Mumbai, Sep 25 (UNI) The 30 scrip sensitive index of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) today reacted down by 145.34 points to end in red at 13,547.18 from its last finish of 13,692.52 on profit booking at higher levels by local operators.

Brokers said markets remained weak throughout the day, though they managed to trim the losses to some extent. They closed lower on the day of F &O expiry for the month of September. Benchmark indices also witnessed some volatility during the session. Midcap and small cap stocks were also caught in the bears grip.

All the sectoral indices on BSE, barring BSE Auto index, were negative. India's third largest software exporter by sales Wipro was the top lower from the Sensex pack.

Heavyweights like Bharti Airtel, Reliance Industries, Infosys, SBI, BHEL, ONGC and Wipro exerted pressure on markets. Selling was seen in technology, telecom, realty, power, metal and oil stocks.

The Sensex crashed by 145.34 points or 1.06 per cent at 13,547.18 at the end of the session. The Sensex recorded the day's high at 13,716.88 and low at 13,430.68 points.

The Nifty index of National Stock Exchange (NSE) also fell 50.70 points or 1.34 pc, to settle lower at 4,110.55. It registered the day's high at 4172.60 and low at 4077.50 points.

S&P CNX Nifty hit a high of 4558 and low of 3799.5 during the September series. S&P CNX Defty hit a high of 3579.25 and low of 2820.95 in the series.

Total turnover crossed the Rs 1 lakh crore mark due to F &O expiry.

It stood at Rs 1,03,047.35 crore. This includes Rs 15,291.03 crore from NSE Cash segment, Rs 82,697.69 crore from NSE F &O and balance Rs 5,058.63 crore from BSE Cash segment.

The market breadth was weak on BSE with 905 shares advancing as compared to 1679 that declined. 81 shares remained unchanged.

BSE clocked a turnover of Rs 5054 crore as against Rs 4,319.28 crore yesterday.

On the global front, Asian markets ended slightly mixed. Shanghai rose 3.64 pc and Kospi 0.38 pc. However, Nikkei fell 0.9 pc, Straits Times -1.35 pc, Taiwan -1.17 pc, Jakarta -0.72 pc and Hang Seng -0.15 pc, which did not impact the Indian bourses, brokers pointed out.


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