3.47 PM: Sensex ends 272 points lower, Nifty closes below 10,700; auto, metals drag

Market at Close And the bear run continues on D-Street, signaling a possible halt to this Santa rally. The Nify has ended below 10,700, while the Sensex closed with cuts of nearly 300 points.

Barring the IT index, all sectoral indices ended in the red, with auto, banks, consumption, energy and metals have closed lower. In the midcaps space, The Nifty Midcap index ended 0.7 percent lower.

At the close of market hours, the Sensex was down 271.92 points or 0.76% at 35470.15, while the Nifty was lower by 90.50 points or 0.84% at 10663.50. The market breadth was negative as 908 shares advanced, against a decline of 1,638 shares, while 142 shares were unchanged.

Wipro and TCS were the top gainers, while Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto, and JSW Steel lost the most.

The market will be shut on Tuesday on account of Christmas.

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