Markets slide in last hour, key index closes below 10,000-mark (Third Lead)

December 22nd, 2008 - 5:45 pm ICT by IANS  

SensexMumbai, Dec 22 (IANS) Indian equities markets ended trade lower Monday, with a key index shedding 1.58 percent to close below the psychological 10,000-mark.The 30-share Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 10,102.42 points, fell below the 10,000-mark in afternoon trade after gyrating around the opening levels in the earlier sessions. The Sensex closed the day’s trade at 9,940.48 points, about 159.83 points or 1.58 percent lower than its close Friday.

The broader-based 50-share S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) performed similarly with a fall of 1.03 percent or 38.2 points to close at 3,039.3 points.

Broader market indices at the Sensex also dipped with the midcap index falling 0.03 percent and the smallcap index shedding 0.10 percent compared to Friday’s close.

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