The 30-share barometer, which gained over 271 points in the previous two sessions, moved down by 21.38 points, or 0.10 percent, to 20,442.68, led by the weakness in realty, metals, FMCG and oil and gas sector stocks.

Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty, moved down by 5.00 points, or 0.08 percent, to 6,068.30. Brokers said besides profit-booking by speculators after recent gains, a mixed trend at the Asian markets, influenced the sentiment.

They said, however, gains in healthcare and IT sector stocks, capped the losses. In the Asian region, Nikkei at the Japan stock market, was trading 0.92 percent higher, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index shed 0.24 percent in morning trade on Tuesday. US markets remained closed on Monday for the annual Presidents' Day holiday.


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