Domestic stock markets started Monday’s session on a lacklustre note amid volatile trade as Asian peers held near 18-month highs. The S&P BSE Sensex fell as much as 155.69 points to 41,525.85 in early trade before paring some of those losses, and the broader NSE Nifty benchmark slipped to as low as 12,229.30, down 42.5 points from the previous close. Gains in IT, pharma and metal shares were offset by losses in energy stocks.
At 9:56 am, the Sensex traded 17.36 points – or 0.04 per cent – lower at 41,664.18 while the Nifty was up 3.65 points at 12,275.45.
Thirty six stocks on the 50-scrip index traded higher at the time.
Top percentage gainers on the Nifty were UPL, Zee Entertainment, Bharat Petroleum, Vedanta and JSW Steel, up between 1.66 per cent and 2.91 per cent.
On the other hand, top Nifty laggards were Reliance Industries, Coal India, Nestle, HDFC Bank and Power Grid, down between 0.24 per cent and 2.18 per cent.
Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank and HDFC were the top drags on Sensex.