Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex on Wednesday closed 76 points down as investors indulged in trimming their positions ahead of the quarterly earnings season.
The Sensex ended with a loss of 75.93 points, or 0.38 percent to 19,666.59. The gauge touched the day's high of 19,824.06.
Similarly, the broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty lost 30.20 points, or 0.50 percent, to 5,971.50, after rising to 6,020.10.
Brokers said bucking a firming global trend, the investor fraternity indulged in reducing their positions before the quarterly earnings season starting with Infosys on Friday.
They said the market moved between gains and losses after a drop in software exporting companies, countering a rise in auto and healthcare sectors.
Nifty pared all its gains of yesterday’s session and once again fell below 6,000 level as investors booked profits in rallies. Also a cautious approach ahead of IIP numbers and Q3 results led to the selling pressure, said Nidhi Sarswat, Senior Research Analyst at Bonanza Portfolio Ltd.
Market is likely to be volatile for this remaining week and may also witness profit-booking on rallies, he added.
In 30-BSE index kitty, 19 shares declined led by software exporters, consumer durables and metal sectors. A recovery in auto, refinery and drug maker sectors capped a major loss.
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd fell by 1.74 percent to Rs 1,275.75 and second most heavy and software exporter Infosys by 0.56 percent to Rs 2,328.20 before its earnings on Friday.
The oil and gas sector led by Reliance Industries and auto stocks were in demand on expectations of a hike in product prices might improve revenues.
Tata Motors Ltd, owner of Jaguar and Land Rover, jumped by 3.98 percent to a record high of Rs 326.65 after Credit Suisse Group raised the target price.
The FMCG sector suffered the most by losing 1.26 percent to 5,810.51 as ITC retreated 1.93 per cent to Rs 279.80 and Hindustan Unilever, the biggest household products maker, shed 0.91 percent to Rs 520.36.
In the metal sector, Tata Steel, the biggest maker of the alloy, fell 2.54 percent to Rs 422.70, while mortgage lender Housing Development Finance Corp, fell by 1.04 percent to Rs 830.90.


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