the midcap index started flat with a negative bias while the smallcap index was mildly in the green, up 0.06%.
Among the sectoral indices, Health care and auto indices were the only ones to start in the green, up 0.2-0.5%. The ones mainly in the red were Capital Goods, Metal, Consumer Durables, Power, Oil & Gas, IT and Bankex indices down 0.2-0.7%.
The top Sensex gainers in the opening trades were pharma names like Sun Pharma, Cipla and Dr Reddys Lab up 1% each. Tata Motors, HDFC, TCS, Mahindra & Mahindra, ITC, HDFC Bank and Maruti Suzuki up 0.10.7% were the other notable gainers.
Among the ones weighing on the Sensex were ONGC, Tata Steel, Hindalco, Hindustan Unilever and L&T down 1% each. Sterlite, GAIL, BHEL, Infosys, ICICI Bank, Jindal Steel, Bharti Airtel and Wipro down 0.5-0.8% were the other significant losers