Indian markets on Monday closed down marginally. The BSE Sensex closed at 19,409, down 14 points from its previous close. The NSE Nifty ended the day at 5,908.
“After a strong upmove, Nifty is witnessing profit-booking at higher levels. European indices were down and US futures also indicated lower opening, which affected the market mood. Market breadth was slightly negative and volumes were much lower than the last day,” said Nidhi Sarswat, Sr. Research Analyst, Bonanza Portfolio.
On the BSE, stocks of the realty and health care sectors were up about one per cent. The BSE Realty Index was up 1.1 per cent, while the BSE Healthcare index was up 0.9 per cent. The BSE Consumer Durables index was down the most, down 1.5 per cent, followed by the BSE TECk and IT index which were down 0.9 per cent each.
Among the Sensex stocks, the top five gainers were HDFC, Cipla, Wipro, HUL and Tata Steel. The top five laggards were Sterlite Industries, Hindalco, TCS, Tata Power and ITC.