Equity benchmarks continued to trade mildly lower in morning, dragged by FMCG, oil marketing companies, technology and select banking & financials stocks. The 30-share BSE Sensex was down 70.53 points at 33,608.71 and the 50-share NSE Nifty declined 30.70 points to 10,359. The broader markets outperformed benchmarks, with the BSE Midcap index rising 0.2 percent and Smallcap up 0.4 percent on positive breadth. About 1,391 shares advanced against 847 declining shares on the BSE.
Profit booking is observed in the indices leading it to trade on a mixed note. Earlier when the markets opened, buying in index heavy-weights like HDFC and Bajaj Auto led to a positive start. Currently, Nifty Media gained 1.5% to lead the sectoral indices wherein Zee Entertainment appreciated over 3%. Sensex was trading at 33,524, up 45 points, while Nifty is trading flat at 10,327. The BSE Mid-cap Index is trading lower by 0.08% at 16,730, whereas BSE Small-cap Index is trading at 17,832, down 0.38%.