Sensex closes 19 points lower as China markets fall


MUMBAI, OCT 21: The benchmark BSE Sensex today fell 19.17 points to 27,287.66, as Shanghai Composite tumbled over 3 per cent after rising strongly in recent weeks.
Brokers said further weakening of the rupee against the dollar also took its toll.
Resuming higher, the Sensex touched the session’s high of 27,445.24 on the back of sustained capital inflows. But, the index failed to hold onto gains towards and slipped to a low of 27,190.55 before closing at 27,287.66, a fall of 19.17 points.
The 50-share NSE Nifty remained lacklustre too, and lost 9.95 points to close the day at 8,251.70.
Sector-wise, the BSE realty index took the biggest blow, down 1.79%, followed by capital goods, healthcare, banking, oil & gas, PSU and power.
In broader markets, mid-cap and small-cap indices fell up to 0.37% as investors booked profits.
Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) net bought shares worth Rs 523.69 crore on Tuesday, as per provisional data released by the stock exchanges.


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