However, there were some good news on a weekly basis as both the leading indexes logged their second-straight weekly rise. The BSE Sensex gained 319.49 points or 1.25 per cent while the NSE Nifty went up by 99.10 points or 1.27 percent during the four-day period.

Stock Exchanges will remain shut tomorrow on account of the Christmas holiday. "The market ended flat with not much excitement throughout the day ahead of the long festive weekend," said Gaurav Jain Director Hem Securities.

On the day, the 30-share BSE index settled the session lower by 11.59 points or 0.04 percent down at 25,838.71. The gauge had gained 259.65 points in previous session. Nifty's 50-issue NSE fell by 4.90 points or 0.06 percent to 7,861.05. Intraday, it moved between 7,888.75 and 7,835.50.

Volume remained low as foreign funds and local traders preferred to stay on the sidelines ahead of holiday tomorrow amid absence of any domestic cues, brokers said. Stocks of banking companies faced selling after RBI in its report yesterday raised concerns after loan growth at Indian banks slowed in the six months period through September while bad loans rose, signalling increased risks to lenders.

Shares of ICICI Bank fell the most among Sensex stocks by dropping 1.53 percent followed by Maruti Suzuki at 0.88 percent. Other major losers included ONGC, SBI, HDFC, Dr Reddy's, Axis Bank, RIL, Infosys, HDFC Bank, HUL, Lupin and Tata Steel.

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