Nov 20, 2012, 03.22 PM IST
Indian equity benchmarks erased all its gains, weighed down by further fall in Infosys and State Bank of India that dropped nearly 1.5 percent. Reliance Industries and ONGC too extended losses, losing 0.57 percent each.
Country's largest two-wheeler makers Hero Motocorp and Bajaj Auto dropped 1 percent each. Pharmaceutical majors Sun Pharma, Dr Reddy's Labs and Cipla were down nearly 1 percent.
Cigarette major ITC, private sector lender ICICI Bank, telecom operator Bharti Airtel and engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro slipped 0.3-0.75 percent.
Housing finance company HDFC advanced 2 percent while lender HDFC Bank gained 0.6 percent.
Private power producer Tata Power and software services exporter Wipro were up 1.5 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively.
The Indian rupee, which gained more than 15 paise, fell 1 paise to 55.07 against the US dollar.
The market breadth worsened further; about two shares declined for every one share advancing on the National Stock Exchange.
Indian equities were flat to positive after losing early gains, helped by FMCG, auto, metals, power stocks and HDFC pack. Auto stocks continued to see buying interest ahead of likely good sales numbers in November due to Diwali festival.
Indian equity benchmarks pared early losses due to weakness in India's largest lenders State Bank of India and ICICI Bank that fell 0.4-0.6 percent. However, HDFC pack that called defensives was quite supportive; housing finance company HDFC surged 2 percent and private sector lender HDFC Bank rose 0.8 percent.
The BSE Sensex gained more than 125 points and even the NSE Nifty reclaimed the 5600 level in early trade on Tuesday following positive cues from the US. However, the market immediately trimmed some losses due to profit booking.
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