This came on top of weak global cues after deadly terror attacks in Brussels yesterday. Investors are bracing for a long weekend of holidays as markets will remain closed tomorrow and Friday on account of Holi and Good Friday, respectively.

Telecom, metal, realty and auto segments gained traction. The Sensex resumed lower before trading at 25,185.52 at 1143 hours, a loss of 144.97 points, or 0.57 percent.

The NSE 50-share Nifty also dropped 35.60 points, or 0.46 percent, to quote below the crucial 7,700-level at 7,679.30 at 1143 hours.

The ones that encountered losses include Reliance (1.96 percent), HDFC (1.59 percent), ONGC (1.55 percent) and NTPC (1.17 percent).

However, Bharti Airtel rose 2.33 percent followed by Tata Motors 2.59 percent and Tata Steel 1.11 per cent. Foreign funds continued their buying momentum yesterday as they bought shares worth Rs 1,095.44 crore, exchange data showed.

Overseas, Asian indices were trading lower following lacklustre overnight cues in the US and geopolitical concerns following the deadly terror attacks in Brussels.

Most US stocks fell yesterday as a decline in financial and consumer-staples shares kept the main benchmarks on edge.

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