Profit-booking in PSU, oil&gas, consumer durables, metal and banking stocks also added to the rout as the index fell from over two-month highs hit in the previous session.
    
Of the 30-pack Sensex, 15 shares ended with losses, while NTPC ended flat. The rupee depreciating 18 paise to 65.01 against the US dollar (intra-day) also weighed.
    
Shares of Coal India suffered the most by falling 2.40 percent followed by HDFC by 2.09 percent after the company posted a marginal rise in consolidated net profit to Rs 2,106.51 crore for the second quarter ended September 30.
    
Bharti Airtel slipped 1.91 per cent even as its second quarter profit beat estimates.
    
Other losers which contributed to the fall include RIL, Lupin, Axis Bank, ONGC, HDFC Bank, SBI, ITC, ICICI Bank, M&M, L&T and Cipla.
    
However, BHEL, Vedanta, Bajaj Auto, Tata Steel, Hero MotoCorp, HUL, GAIL, Dr Reddy's, Sun Pharma, Tata Motors, Hindalco and Wipro cushioned the fall.
    
Sector-wise, the BSE PSU index suffered the most by losing 0.99 percent, followed by oil&gas 0.95, consumer durables 0.87 percent, metal 0.70 percent, realty 0.69 percent and banking 0.63 percent.

 

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