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BIZ-STOCKS-CLOSE - Sensex sheds 144 pts in late sell-off

Contributed by NAMPA / PTI.

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 ...