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Sun Pharma, Lupin, Cipla, Tata Motors and Dr Reddy's were leading the pack of Nifty gainers. While the main losers on NSE were Hindalco, Powergrid, HDFC and BPCL.
In the 30-shareSensex pack, the main gainers were Sun Pharma, Tata Motors, TCS and Infosys. The losers were Wipro, Powergrid, Tata Steel, Yes Bank and ICICI Bank.
Asian shares also fell today as risk appetite soured on bets that Europe's massive monetary stimulus was nearing an end.
"Last week, we saw strong grubbing in the indexes and mid-cap space after which there was a bounce-back. Now, the markets are back to normal, with some kind of profit-booking post yesterday's gains," said Siddharth Sedani, vice president - head equity advisory at Anand Rathi.
HDFC and Larsen & Toubro Ltd were among the top drag on both indexes, dropping as much as 1.1 per cent each. Oil marketing firms Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd fell, hurt by higher oil prices on Venezuela's supply struggles and ongoing output cuts led by OPEC.
The Nifty pharma index rose as much as 2.9 per cent, but looked set to post a weekly gain, its second in three weeks. Shares of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd closed 8 per cent higher after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued VAI status to the drugmaker's Halol plant.
Dr.Reddy's Laboratories Ltd rose 3.3 per cent. Both stocks led gains on the NSE index.
Shares of Housing finance companies have been correcting on margin concerns due to rising bond yields, according to brokerage firm Jefferies.
The index had gained 559.87 points in the past two sessions after the RBI hiked the policy rate on inflation concerns but maintained its neutral stance and growth outlook.
Meanwhile, on a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth Rs 525.40 crore on Thursday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought equities to the tune of Rs 1,197.89 crore, as per provisional data. (With inputs from Agencies)