The 30-share barometer, which gained 463.69 points in the past two sessions, fell by 37.28 points, or 0.18 percent, to trade at 20,996.69 points. The index had closed at an all-time high of 21,033.97 points in Wednesday's trade.

Realty, banking, auto, FMCG, IT and capital goods sector stocks were down due to profit-booking. The National Stock Exchange index Nifty fell by 11.10 points, or 0.18 percent, to 6,240.60 points.

Brokers said besides profit-booking, cautious approach adopted by participants as Thursday is the last session of the current month expiry in the derivatives segment, and a weak trend in the Asian region, mainly dampened the trading sentiment.

In the Asian region, Japan's Nikkei Index was down 0.21 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index shed 0.36 percent in early trade. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.39 percent lower in Wednesday's trade.


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