Sensex opens lower; Nifty below 15,950

Equity benchmarks fell sharply on Thursday due to extremely weak trend in the global markets.

The 30-share BSE benchmark was trading 1,154.78 points lower at 53,053.75. The broader NSE Nifty tumbled 335.65 points to 15,904.65.

At 10:26 am, Sensex was trading 1,017.35 points lower at 53,191.18, whereas Nifty was trading 303.50 points lower at 15,936.80.

From the Sensex firms, Tech Mahindra, Bajaj Finserv, Infosys, Wipro, Tata Steel, HCL Technologies, Bajaj Finance and State Bank of India were the major laggards in early trade. ITC emerged as the only gainer from the 30-share pack.

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