The BSE Sensex and the NSE Nifty50 indexes in India closed in the red on Thursday, as investors around the world remained cautious due to concerns about the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
The Sensex was down 12.17 points, or 0.02 percent, at 57,794.32, while the Nifty was down 9.60 points, or 0.06 percent, at 17,204 at the closing. Around 1711 shares have advanced in value, 1447 shares have declined, and 89 shares have remained steady.
The top Nifty gainers included NTPC, IndusInd Bank, Cipla, HCL Technologies, and Dr Reddy's Laboratories. Bajaj Auto, JSW Steel, Reliance Industries, UPL, and Tata Steel were among the losers. HCL Technologies increased by 2 percent. TCS was up 1.2 percent, and Wipro was up 1.5 percent. Infosys' stock rose 0.5 percent.
Reliance Industries, on the other hand, was a big laggard. On Thursday, the stock fell roughly 2 percent in trading, accounting for a loss of 120 points on the BSE benchmark. Other notable loses included Tata Steel and Maruti. The broader indices ended the day with a mixed bag. The BSE Midcap index was down 0.2 percent, while the Smallcap index was up 0.3 percent. Overall, the breadth was slightly positive.
All other sectors indexes, with the exception of IT and pharma, finished in the red, with the oil & gas, metal, and realty indices each losing 1 percent. The BSE midcap index fell 0.22 percent, while the smallcap index remained unchanged.