Indian benchmarks continued to trade in red during the noon trading session following Asian shares that eased on Wednesday amid fears of rising US protectionism as President Donald Trump fired his Secretary of State, regarded as a moderate in his administration, and eyes hefty tariffs on Chinese imports.
At 13:30 hours , the 30-share benchmark index was trading at 33671.47 down by 185.31 points or by 0.55 per cent, while the NSE Nifty was at 10361.7 down by 65.15 points or by 0.62 per cent.
The top gainers of the BSE Sensex pack were YES Bank Ltd. (Rs. 318.60,+1.76%), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (Rs. 8802.00,+0.55%), Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (Rs. 1321.50,+0.28%), among others.
The top losers of the BSE Sensex pack were Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (Rs. 3631.90,-1.88%), Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 180.65,-1.50%), Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd. (Rs. 379.45,-1.38%), Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 1839.00,-1.30%), Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Rs. 421.10,-1.13%), among others
Among the sectors, CDS index was at 21753.79 up by 34.04 points or by 0.16%. Bajaj Electricals Ltd. (Rs. 621.55,+1.69%), PC Jeweller Ltd. (Rs. 368.90,+1.29%), Titan Company Ltd. (Rs. 860.00,+1.23%), Blue Star Ltd. (Rs. 797.05,+0.79%), Symphony Ltd. (Rs. 1792.05,+0.23%),.
On the flip side, Oil&Gas index was at 15431.64 down by -191.97 points or by -1.23%. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 395.75,-2.98%), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 374.90,-2.19%), Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 180.50,-1.58%), Indraprastha Gas Ltd. (Rs. 298.95,-1.48%), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 460.15,-1.11%),.
The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was weak. On BSE out of total shares traded 2750 , shares advanced were 1099 while 1506 shares declined and 145 were unchanged.