The BSE benchmark Sensex on Wednesday closed 20 points down on profit-booking in bluechip stocks such as ICICI, L&T and Hindustan Unilever despite firming global trend.
Continuing its losing trend for the fifth consecutive day, the Sensex on Wednesday fell by 20.10 points, or 0.10 per cent, to 19,639.72. The gauge had lost 345 points in last four trading sessions.
However, the Wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty edged up by 2.30 points, or 0.04 per cent, to 5,959.20, after touching the day’s high of 5,990.90.
The downtrend was led by fall in lenders and industrial majors on profit-booking. ICICI Bank dropped by 1.08 per cent to Rs 1,154.85, SBI by 0.60 per cent to Rs 2,351, HDFC Bank by 0.62 per cent to Rs 639.40, Larsen and Toubro by 1.23 per cent to Rs 1,514.60 and BHEL by 1.72 per cent to Rs 208.55.
In 30—BSE index components, 18 stocks declined led by most weighted Reliance Industries by 0.17 per cent to Rs 874.90. However 12 stocks, including Infosys, Maruti Suzuki, DLF, Bharti Airtel and Jindal Steel saved the market from any major fall.
Among the cement companies, Ambuja Cement, Ultratech Cement, Grasim Industries, ACC, Gujarat Sidhi Cement and Madras Cement ended with gains.