Sensex was down 581.28 points

Sensex was down 581.28 points

Benchmark indices ended lower for the fourth consecutive session on March 19 but recovered some lost ground from the intraday low point with Sensex closed over 1,500 points off day's low.

The Sensex was down 581.28 points or 2.01% at 28288.23, while Nifty was down 205.35 points or 2.42% at 8263.45. About 574 shares have advanced, 1791 shares declined, and 153 shares are unchanged.

ITC, Bharti Airtel, Kotak Mahindra Bank, HDFC Bank and Infosys were among major gainers on the Nifty, while losers were Bharti Infratel, Coal India, Zee Entertainment, Yes Bank and ONGC.

All the sectoral indices ended in the red, while BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices fell 3.7 percent and 4.5 percent respectively.