Equities fall on profit-booking, banks under pressure

Mumbai: Equity indices erased all morning gains on Monday due to selling pressure in banking, financial services, and IT sectors.

At 1:30 pm, the BSE S&P Sensex was 77 points lower at 41,498 while the Nifty 50 slipped by 12 points to 12,234.

Most sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the red with Nifty PSU bank plunging by 1.48 percent. However, Nifty auto gained by 0.71 percent.

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Punjab and Sind Bank dived by 5.5 percent to Rs 21.40 per share while Indian Overseas Bank dropped by 3.6 percent and State Bank of India by 1.1 percent.

Private lenders ICICI Bank and ICICI Bank lost by 1 percent each and Axis Bank by 0.7 percent.

The other prominent losers were Hindalco, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, ONGC, Infosys, HDFC and Hindustan Lever.

However, those which gained were Tata Motors, Sun Pharma, Bharti Airtel, IndusInd Bank, and Eicher Motors.

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