Mumbai, Feb 14 (PTI) Benchmark Sensex succumbed to fag-

end profit-booking to end 144 points lower at 34,156 today

after banking stocks tumbled on RBI’s new norms for

recognising stressed assets.

In addition, state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) today

said it has detected some fraudulent transactions worth USD

1.171 billion (about Rs 11,334.4 crore) and the matter has

been referred to law enforcement agencies for recovery.

The benchmark BSE index opened higher at 34,436.98 on

positive domestic and global cues and advanced to hit a high

of 34,473.43.

However, it slipped on profit-booking to touch a low of

34,028.68. It finally ended 144.52 points or 0.42 per cent

down at 34,155.95.

The NSE Nifty settled the day 38.85 points or 0.37 per

cent lower at 10,500.90 after shuttling between 10,590.55 and

10,456.65, intra-day.

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth Rs

814.11 crore on net basis on Monday, while domestic

institutional investors bought shares worth Rs 1,342.70 crore,

provisional data showed.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.