Domestic equity benchmark Sensex ended 134 points lower on Friday, dragged by losses in financial stocks amid mixed global cues. After swinging 564.69 points during the day, the 30-share BSE index settled 134.03 points or 0.34% lower at 38,845.82. The NSE Nifty fell 11.15 points or 0.10% to finish at 11,504.95. HDFC Bank was the top loser in the Sensex pack, shedding over 2%, followed by Kotak Bank, Bajaj Finserv, Maruti, Titan, SBI, HUL, HDFC and Tata Steel.On the other hand, Bharti Airtel, M&M, NTPC, Tech Mahindra, Sun Pharma and PowerGrid were among the gainers. According to traders, despite a positive start, domestic stocks ended on a negative note tracking weakness in financial stocks and foreign fund outflows. Foreign institutional investors sold equities worth ₹ 249.82 crore on a net basis on Thursday, exchange data showed. Meanwhile, bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo ended with gains, while most stock exchanges in Europe were trading with a negative bias. Global oil benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.39% higher at USD 43.47 per barrel. In the forex market, the rupee strengthened by 21 paise to close at 73.45 against the US dollar.
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