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Sensex tanks 335 pts in early trade; Infosys surges 5.61%

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Mumbai, Oct 10 (PTI) The benchmark BSE Sensex plunged over 335 points in early trade on Friday as funds and retail investors booked profits after Thursday’s gains even as Infosys posted better-than-expected earnings.

A weak trend on other Asian markets following overnight sell-off in the US markets also triggered selling by participants.

The 30-share barometer, which gained 390.49 points in the previous session, fell by 335.90 points, or 1.26 per cent, to 26,301.38, with all the sectoral indices, except IT and Teck, trading in negative zone with losses up to 2.21 per cent.

Similarly, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty moved down by 106.05 points, or 1.33 per cent, to 7,854.50.

Brokers said besides profit-booking by speculators, a weak trend on other Asian bourses, tracking a drop in the US markets on growing concerns about the global economy as the head of the IMF warned that eurozone could slip into recession, influenced sentiments here.

They said, however, rally in Infosys on the back of good second quarter earnings, avoided further dip in the benchmark index.

Infosys’ shares soared 5.61 per cent to Rs 3,850.05 after the company’s consolidated net profit rose by 28.6 per cent to Rs 3,096 crore in July-September 2014 quarter.

Among other Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei was trading 0.98 per cent down, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 1.45 per cent in early trade on friday.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 1.97 per cent lower in Thursday’s trade.

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