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Sensex, Nifty Report Biggest Monthly Decline In Two Years

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Indian equity benchmarks ended lower for the second day, posting its biggest monthly decline in two years, weighed by banking shares.

The S&P BSE Sensex Index closed 0.6 percent lower at 34,150.12. The benchmark fell nearly 5 percent this month, the biggest monthly decline since February 2016. The NSE Nifty 50 Index ended at 10,488.35, down 0.6 percent. The 50-stock index fell 4.9 percent during the month of February, the biggest monthly decline in two years.

The market breadth was tilted in favour of sellers. Fourteen out 19 sectoral gauges compiled by BSE slipped, led by S&P BSE Metal Index’s 1.2 percent decline. On the flipside, S&P BSE Information Technology Index was the top sectoral gainer, up 0.9 percent.

Sensex, Nifty Report Biggest Monthly Decline In Two Years

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  • Punjab National Bank: About 12 lakh shares changed hands in a block deal.
  • Bharat Petroleum: About 22.8 lakh shares changed hands in a single block deal.
  • Jindal Steel: About 17.9 lakh shares changed hands in a block deal.

Buyers and sellers were not known immediately.

Source: Bloomberg