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Sensex, Nifty End Marginally Lower

Indian shares fell slightly on Friday, with the S&P BSE Sensex closing lower for a seventh straight session, weighed down by rising oil prices and mixed global cues.

The benchmark 30-share Sensex ended the session down 67.27 points or 0.19 percent at 35,808.95 amid selling in healthcare, auto and financial stocks.

The broader Nifty index dropped 21.65 points or 0.20 percent to 10,724.40.

Small-cap and mid-cap stocks succumbed to heavy selling pressure amid increased risk aversion in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.

JSW Steel lost 5 percent after it moved a step closer to acquiring Bhushan Power & Steel.

Dr Reddy's Laboratories tumbled 4.2 percent after the U.S. drug regulator reiterated issues regarding manufacturing standards at its plant in Bachupally, Telangana. The stock fell as much as 30 percent earlier in the day before closing off its day's lows.

Tata Steel, Hero MotoCorp and Sun Pharma declined 3-4 percent while Infratel, Power Grid Corp, GAIL, NTPC and BPCL climbed 2-4 percent.

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