November 21, 2019 / 10:45 AM / 2 months ago

Indian shares end lower; BPCL top loser

* Nifty 50 index falls 0.3%, BSE Sensex down 0.2%

* Network18 Media surges as much as 18.5% on Sony stake buy report

Nov 21 (Reuters) - Indian shares ended lower on Thursday, dragged down by public sector stocks, as investors booked profits after the Nifty 50 index hit multi-month high in the previous session.

The NSE Nifty 50 index ended 0.3% lower at 11,968.40, while the S&P BSE Sensex was down 0.2% at 40,578.34.

In the previous session, the Nifty 50 index had hit its highest since June 6 and analysts said the market was consolidating as it tries to surpass previous highs.

The Nifty public sector bank index, energy index and metal index were top losers, falling 1.5% to 2.2%.

Zee Entertainment Enterprises ended up 12.4% and was the top gainer on the Nifty index, while Bharat Petroleum Corp ended down 5.60% and was the top loser.

The government agreed to sell stakes in five state-run companies, including oil refiner Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) , its finance minister said on Wednesday, a move that could help bridge a widening fiscal gap.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Sony Corp is in talks to buy a stake in India’s Network18 Media & Investments Ltd, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, sending shares in billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s TV business as much as 18% higher. (Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V)

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