The 30-share index had recovered by over 157 points at the outset and touched a high of 22,575.62 points. Later, it succumbed to profit-booking to settle 13.91 points lower, or 0.06 percent, at 22,403.89 points. (Agencies)
The 50-share Nifty of the National Stock Exchange fell 1.60 points, or 0.02 percent, to end at 6,694.80 after touching the day's high of 6,737.65 points.
"Profit-booking and cautious approach ahead of Lok Sabha election results are evident in the market," Nidhi Saraswat, Senior Research Analyst,Bonanza Portfolio Ltd.
"Almost flat growth in manufacturing PMI in April, as against previous month, also weakened market sentiment," Saraswat added.
Foreign funds were seen trimming their portfolios by booking profits at every rise, brokers said, adding that a subdued opening in the European markets also influenced the sentiment.
Maruti Suzuki and Mahindra & Mahindra fell by up to 1.69 percent at close on poor April sales numbers.
RIL declined by close to 1 percent while Larsen & Toubro dropped the most by 2.50 percent among Sensex scrips. Tata Steel too faced selling pressure and lost 2.46 percent.
Bucking the trend, IT stocks led by Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro met with value buying and closed with sizeable gains, avoiding any major fall in the Sensex.
In 30-share Sensex, 16 stocks ended in negative zone while 14 settled higher.
The capital goods sector index suffered the most by losing 1.78 percent to 11,902.84 followed by metal index by 1.41 percent to 9,840.32. Banking index closed 0.11 percent lower at 14,690.50.
Auto Index lost 0.51 percent to 13,303.39 points, while power index shed 0.32 percent to 1,681.22.
The 30-share index had recovered by over 157 points at the outset and touched a high of 22,575.62 points. Later, it succumbed to profit-booking to settle 13.91 points lower, or 0.06 percent, at 22,403.89 points.