Mumbai (Maharashtra), Sept. 5 -- : Equity benchmark indices opened higher on Thursday but continued their downward march in the afternoon session to wind up with marginal losses.

The BSE S&P Sensex closed 80 points lower at 36,644 while the Nifty 50 edged lower by 3 points to 10,848.

At the National Stock Exchange, sectoral indices were mixed. Nifty metal gained by 2.6 per cent, auto by 2 per cent and pharma by 1.3 per cent. But realty, FMCG, private bank and IT were in the red.

Among stocks, HDFC and Indiabulls Housing Finance lost by 2.8 per cent and 2.2 per cent respectively. Private lenders ICICI Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank shed 2.2 per cent and 1.2 per cent while FMCG major Hindustan Lever dipped by 0.9 per cent.

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