Mumbai:  In a cautious approach ahead of the RBI's second quarter monetary policy review on October 30, the BSE benchmark Sensex ended lower by 57 points in the week under review on profit booking mainly in consumer goods, FMCG and realty counters.

Both stock exchanges, BSE and NSE, were closed for trading on October 24 on account of 'Dussehra'.

During the week, the market moved on either side in a narrow range in the backdrop of Q2 results, a broker said.

Selling was seen more in second-line stocks as retail investors preferred to book profits and decided to play safe ahead of the monetary policy review. As a result BSE-Smallcap and BSE-Midcap indices underperformed the 30-share Sensex.

Gains registered by M&M, L&T, ICICI Bank, TCS, HDFC Bank, Gail India, Hero MotoCorp and HDFC were offset by fall in shares of Jindal Steel, ITC, SBI, HUL, Tata Motors, NTPC, Infosys, Wipro, Tata Steel and Hindalco.

Profit-booking ahead of the expiry of Futures & Options (F&O) segment on October 25 too weighed on the market.

FMCG giant ITC tumbled after the Health and Family Welfare Ministry announced it has notified new symbolic health warnings to be shown on tobacco product packs from April 1, 2013. Consumer goods major HUL also dropped on Q2 earnings, which were below market expectations.

However, engineering and construction major L&T, top software services exporter TCS, financial powerhouse ICICI Bank and auto giant M&M attracted good buying support on strong their Q2 earnings.

The BSE moved in a range of 18,812.93 and 18,558.05 before concluding the week at 18,625.34, a fall of 56.97 points or 0.30 percent. Last week, it had gained 7.13 points or 0.04 percent.

(Agencies)

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