Mumbai, Aug 2 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Thursday closed 35 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 17,221.69 points (provisional), 0.21 percent or 35.69 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 81.34 points, followed by banking index, down 34.95 points, and metal index, down 29.49 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 2.07 percent at Rs.222.60; ONGC, down 1.46 percent at Rs.276.15; Cipla, down 1.26 percent at Rs.349; Sterlite Inds, down 1.18 percent at Rs.104.70; and Tata Power, down 1.05 percent at Rs.98.60.
The major Sensex gainers were NTPC, up 3.84 percent at Rs.163.40; BHEL, up 1.25 percent at Rs.223.05; Bajaj Auto, up 0.94 percent at Rs.1,630; Jindal Steel, up 0.90 percent at Rs.403.50; and Bharti Airtel, up 0.72 percent at Rs.299.70.