Mumbai, May 31 (IANS) A benchmark index for Indian equities markets was trading 190.89 points down around 12.30 p.m. Thursday, led by selling pressure in auto, bank and capital goods stocks.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened in the negative at 16,224.86 points, was ruling at 16,121.26 points -- 190.89 points or 1.17 percent down from its previous close at 16,312.15 points.
The Sensex touched a high of 16,224.86 points and low of 16,086.06 points in the intra-day trade. This was the second consecutive day that Sensex was down.
The wide-based 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange also was ruling 55.25 points or 1.12 percent lower at 4,895.50 points.
There was a heavy buying pressure on auto, bank and capital goods stocks. Auto index was down 170.83 points, followed by bank index down 150.21 points, and capital goods fell by 137.55 points.
Major Sensex losers included ICICI Bank, down 31.75 points at Rs.785.25; Maruti Suzuki, down 39.90 points at Rs.1,111; Tata Motors, down 7.85 points at Rs.235.50; Reliance Industries (RIL), down 20.45 points at Rs.685.75; and Sterlite Inds, down 2.15 points at Rs.93.10.
Only eight of the 30 Sensex scrips were in positive. These included Hindalco, up 1.75 points at Rs.116.10; NTPC, up 2 points at Rs.147.05; Cipla, up 3.35 points at Rs.309.70; Coal India, up 2.20 points at Rs.321.65; and Tata Power, up 0.50 points at Rs.94.85.