At 10:15 am, the BSE S&P Sensex was down by 575 points or 1.93 per cent to 29,241 while the Nifty 50 edged lower by 178 points or 2.06 per cent to 8,482.

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Equity benchmark indices were buoyant during early hours on Friday ahead of a media briefing by Reserve Bank...

MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan fluctuated between gains and losses while Japan's Nikkei slumped by 3.2 per cent.

Worst hit shares in the Nifty index at the time were Bajaj Finance, Axis bank, Maruti Suzuki, UltraTech Cement, Shree Cement and ICICI Bank, trading between 9.99 per cent and 13.28 per cent lower.

Among stocks, Bharti Infratel was up by 22.6 per cent to Rs 152.10 per share while ONGC jumped by 17.9 per cent and GAIL by 16.3 per cent.

Among stocks, Tata Consultancy Services ticked up by 11.5 per cent to Rs 1,825 per share while Wipro witnessed a spurt of 11.3 per cent and HCL Technologies rose by 10.4 per cent. Tech Mahindra and Infosys too moved up by 9.3 per cent and 9 per cent respectively.

Sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were mixed with Nifty realty down by 4 per cent, private bank by 3.9 per cent and financial service by 3.5 per cent. But Nifty FMCG gained by 3.2 per cent and pharma by 2.4 per cent.

Yes Bank was down by 13.65 per cent, a day after resuming complete services which were stopped as the Reserve Bank of India placed it under moratorium earlier this month.

In Japan, the Nikkei lost by 1.68 per cent, Shanghai Composite by 1.83 per cent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng by 4.55 per cent and South Korea's Kospi by 4.86 per cent.

The other prominent winners were HCL Technologies, Coal India, Eicher Motors and ONGC. But UPL, Bharti Infratel, Bajaj Finserv and Kotak Mahindra Bank were in the red.