Oct. 23--MUMBAI -- The stock market fell 0.95% in afternoon trade on Wednesday led by decline in realty, auto and information technology (IT) stocks.
At 12.13pm, the benchmark 30-share Sensex was trading down 0.95%, or 197.68 points, at 20,667.29 points, while the National Stock Exchange's (NSE's) broader 50-share index Nifty was trading down 0.92%, or 57.35 points, at 6,145.45 points.
The realty index was down 1.78%, followed by auto (1.53%), IT (1.3%) and TECk (1.19%).
The BSE consumer durables index rose 0.17% to be the biggest gainer.
The gainers included Gail India Ltd that rose 4.41% to Rs.348, while State Bank of India rose 2.08% to Rs.1,711.75.
Among the losers, Wipro Ltd shares lost 4.84% to Rs.490, while Tata Motors Ltd lost 2.49% to Rs.370.50.
In the morning trade, the Sensex had opened marginally higher at 20,875.31 against its Tuesday's close of 20,864.97, tracking positive gains in the Asian markets.
Asian stock markets were trading mostly higher after disappointing US jobs data firmly pushed expectations for the tapering of Federal Reserve stimulus into next year.
ACC Ltd, Agro Tech Foods Ltd, Ambuja Cements Ltd, Dish TV India Ltd, Emami Ltd, Escorts Ltd, Exide Industries Ltd, Hero MotoCorp Ltd, Jet Airways (India) Ltd, L&T Finance Holdings Ltd, PI Industries Ltd, Piramal Enterprises Ltd, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, Raymond Ltd, Siti Cable Network Ltd, SKS Microfinance Ltd and the Ramco Cements Ltd are expected to release their earnings for the July-September quarter on Wednesday.