Sensex closes 138 points lower, below 20,000 points

The 30-share sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 20,086.89 points, closed at 19,966.22 points (provisional), down 138.64 points or 0.69 percent from its previous close at 20,104.86 points.

At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the 50-share S&P CNX Nifty ended at 5,984.6, down 0.74 percent or 44.9 points.Broader markets were in the red. The BSE midcap closed 0.62 percent down, while the BSE smallcap index ended 0.46 percent lower.Metals and FMCG stocks bore the brunt of the selling pressure. Gains were seen in some IT stocks.

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