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F&O expiry: L&T, HDFC twins drag Sensex 173 pts; Nifty settles at 11,671

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SI Reporter  | New Delhi 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Markets
India VIX gained over 3.5 per cent to 24 levels.
The domestic stock market ended nearly 0.5 per cent lower on Thursday, the last day of the futures and options (F&O) contracts for the October series. 

The S&P BSE Sensex ended 173 points, or 0.43 per cent lower at 39,750 levels while NSE's Nifty ended at 11,671, down 59 points, or 0.5 per cent. India VIX gained over 3.5 per cent to 24 levels. 

HDFC Bank, HDFC, and L&T were the major contributors to the Sensex's fall today while Reliance Industries (RIL), and Asian Paints gave the much-needed support. 

In the broader market, the S&P BSE MidCap index ended flat at 14,812 levels while the S&P BSE SmallCap index dropped 0.5 per cent to 14,893 levels. 

On the NSE, barring Nifty IT, all the other sectoral indices ended in the red. 

Global markets

European stocks edged higher on Thursday after strong earnings reports from companies including oil major Royal Dutch Shell and chip equipment supplier ASM, but sentiment remained fragile a day after a broad selloff on lockdown fears.

In Asia, stock fell. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.6 per cent, with the heaviest drops in Australia, down 1.6 per cent, and South Korea, down 1 per cent.

Japan’s Nikkei fell just 0.3 per cent, Chinese blue chips rose 0.5 per cent and the yuan led a gentle bounce in Asian currencies against the greenback.

In commodities, oil prices declined. 

(With inputs from Reuters)

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