August 2, 2018 / 6:55 AM / 3 months ago

Sensex closes 1 percent lower; Reliance, HDFC top drags

A broker reacts while trading at his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

(Reuters) - Indian shares extended losses to close nearly 1 percent lower on Thursday, pulled down by financial and energy stocks, a day after the central bank raised its key policy rates.

The benchmark BSE Sensex extended declines for a second consecutive session, and closed 0.95 percent lower at 37,165.16 after having shed over 1 percent earlier.

The broader NSE Nifty ended 0.89 percent lower at 11,244.7.

Index heavyweights Reliance Industries Ltd and Housing Development Finance Corp lost about 2 percent each. Reliance contributed to around a fifth of the NSE index’s losses.

Reporting by Arnab Paul in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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