Mumbai, Aug 2 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Thursday closed 33 points lower in volatile trade.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 17,245.68 points, closed 17,224.36 points, 0.19 percent or 33.02 points down from its previous day's close at 17,257.38 points.
It had gained nearly 620 points in the last four sessions.
The BSE oil and gas index was down 78.12 points, followed by banking index, down 42.73 points, and metal index, down 32.23 points.
The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange closed 0.24 percent down at 5,227.75 points.
The main Sensex losers were Tata Motors, down 1.80 percent at Rs.223.20; ONGC, down 1.25 percent at Rs.276.75; Cipla, down 1.13 percent at Rs.349.45; Sterlite Inds, down 1.09 percent at Rs.104.80; and Tata Power, down 1.05 percent at Rs.98.60.
The major Sensex gainers were NTPC, up 3.78 percent at Rs.163.30; BHEL, up 1.25 percent at Rs.223.05; Jindal Steel, up 1.06 percent at Rs.404.15; ITC, up 1 percent at Rs.261.35; and Bajaj Auto, up 0.63 percent at Rs.1,625.15.
Other Asian markets closed mixed. Japan's Nikkei closed 0.13 percent up, while the Shanghai composite index ended 0.57 percent down. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down 0.66 percent.
At closing bell here, European markets were trading in green. France's CAC was up 0.44 percent while Germany's DAX and Britain's FTSE 100 were trading higher, up 0.61 and 0.43 percent, respectively.