Nifty was down 230.70 points

Nifty was down 230.70 points

Benchmark indices ended lower for the second consecutive session on March 17 with Nifty closed below the psychological level of 9000.

At close, the Sensex was down 810.98 points or 2.58% at 30,579.09, and the Nifty was down 230.70 points or 2.51% at 8,966.70. About 765 shares have advanced, 1624 shares declined, and 152 shares are unchanged.

Yes Bank, Eicher Motors, HUL, Maruti Suzuki and Hero MotoCorp were among major gainers on the Nifty, while losers include Zee Entertainment, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Bharti Infratel and UPL.

Among sectors except FMCG and Pharma, all other indices ended in the red. BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices shed 1-2 percent.