Sensex is down 221.90 points or 0.53 percent at 41307.01

Sensex is down 221.90 points or 0.53 percent at 41307.01

Sensex is down 221.90 points or 0.53 percent at 41307.01 while the Nifty shed 58.30 points or 0.48 percent at 12166.20. Bharti Infratel and Zee Entertainment are the top gainers while Reliance Industries,Kotak Mahindra Bank and State Bank of India are the most active stocks.

The rupee opened at 71.18 per dollar on January 21, lower by 8 paise against the previous day's close of 71.10 on some buying of the greenback by banks and importers. Forex traders said the drop in the rupee was also due to a spurt in crude oil prices following rising tensions in the Middle East and North Africa.