Indian benchmark indices, Sensex and Nifty, turned flat in afternoon trading session. Sensex fell 23 points to 49,127. Nifty pares gains, up just 23 points to 14,661. Top gainers in the afternoon session are Adani Ports, Asian Paints, Tata Consumer  Products and JSW Steel.  On the other hand, Grasim, HCL Tech, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank and Reliance Industries are the top losers fallign up to 1%.

On Monday, Indian Stock markets ended lower as rising coronavirus cases across the country and a partial lockdown in Maharashtra rattled investors sentiment. The BSE Sensex closed 870 points lower at 49,159 and NSE Nifty lost 229 points to 14,637. During the day’s trade, Sensex crashed nearly 1,400 points after India recorded over 1 lakh coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest single-day rise since the pandemic began last year. Out of 30 stocks on BSE, 25 ended in red, barring HCL Technologies, TCS, Infosys, Bharti Airtel and Tech  Mahindra, while Bajaj Finance, IndusInd Bank, State Bank of India, Axis Bank, Bajaj Finserv emerging as top losers, dropping between 4-6 per cent. On the sectoral front, realty and bank stocks were top losers, falling 3.62 per cent and 3.42 per cent, respectively. Bucking the trend, IT and Teck stocks emerged as top gainers, rising 1.96 per cent and 1.67 per cent, respectively.

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