Indian equities, the Sensex and the Nifty, fell about 0.4 per cent at the end of the session on Friday on sustained selling by funds and retail investors amid firm European cues.
The 30-share BSE index Sensex was down 95.55 points (0.49 per cent) at 19,484.77 and the 50-share NSE index Nifty was down 35.3 points (0.59 per cent) at 5,903.50.
Volume toppers were NTPC, SBI, Tata Motors, TCS and Mahindra & Mahindra. Top five Sensex gainers were TCS, Wipro, HDFC Bank, BHEL and L&T, while the top five losers were Cipla, Sterlite, Hindalco, Maruti and ONGC.
On the BSE, buying was seen in the stocks of IT, TECk, Capital Goods and Consumer Durables sectors. On the other hand, Metal, PSU, Realty and Auto stocks succumbed to selling pressure.
European stocks were up as trade data from China exceeded estimates and the European Union leaders prepared the first-ever cuts in the bloc’s budget. Asian shares were down.