Mumbai: Market benchmark BSE Sensex lost 76 points lower on Thursday, tracking weak cues from global equities as US-China impasse continued to weigh on investor sentiment.
After trading on a choppy note through the day, the 30-share index ended 76.47 points, or 0.19 %, to close at 40,575.17. It hit an intra-day low of 40,534.12 and a high of 40,744.85.
Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty closed 30.70 points, or 0.26 %, down at 11,968.40.
Tata Steel was the top loser in the Sensex pack, dropping 3.35 %, followed by Bharti Airtel down 2.52 per cent, Yes Bank 2.43 per cent, ONGC 1.98 per cent and ITC 1.96 %.
On the other hand, HUL finishing as best performer gained 1.15 %, L&T 0.89 %, Bajaj Auto 0.82 % and SBI 0.81 %.
Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul settled in the red amid reports that the US-China trade deal was unlikely to be signed this year.
Further, the US Senate passed legislation supporting Hong Kong protestors, potentially complicating the trade negotiations with China, experts stated
European equities were also trading on a negative note in their respective early deals.
Meanwhile, the Indian rupee appreciated by 18 paise to close at 71.78 against the US dollar in intra-day trade.
Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.51 % to USD 62.08 per barrel.