Sensex sheds 218 pts, Nifty50 settles September F&O series at 10,978

Domestic equity market came to a yet another uninspiring end on Thursday, as traders squared off positions on the expiry of September series future and options contract.

A weak rupee and tepid global cues along with firm oil prices caused further pain to investors on Dalal Street.

The BSE benchmark Sensex shut shop at 36,324.17, down 218.10 points, or 0.60 per cent while NSE Nifty settled the day 76.25 points, or 0.69 per cent lower at 10,977.55.

A poor show by bank and auto stocks was the reason behind Sensex’s 200-point fall. YES Bank was the worst performing stock in the 30-share index. It was followed by Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Axis BankNSE -2.80 %, ONGC, Kotak Mahindra BankNSE -2.30 %, HDFC and ICICI BankNSE -2.06 %.

TCS gained the most among Sensex stocks to settle 2.16 per cent up at Rs 2,187.80. Among other index leaders were Coal India, Asian Paints, Power Grid, InfosysNSE 0.97 % and HUL.

Midcaps and ssmallcap stocks underperformed benchmark Sensex and lost nearly 2 per cent.

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