Resuming higher, the Sensex touched the session's high of 27,445.24 on the back of sustained capital inflows and encouraging Q2 earnings by Hero MotoCorp.
However, the index failed to hold onto gains towards the middle of the session and slumped to a low of 27,190.55 before ending at 27,287.66, a fall of 19.17 points, or 0.07 percent. The gauge had lost 58.09 points in the previous volatile session.
The 50-share NSE Nifty remained lacklustre too, which dropped 9.95 points, or 0.12 percent, to close the day at 8,251.70. Intra-day, it shuttled between 8,294.40 and 8,217.15.
Out of the 30-share Sensex pack, 13 closed in the red and 17 finished higher.

Others which lost are BHEL, GAIL, L&T, Sun Pharma, ICICI Bank, Maruti Suzuki, Lupin, Tata Motors and RIL.
Vedanta Ltd, Tata Steel, Hindalco, Bajaj Auto, Bharti Airtel, NTPC, Infosys, Wipro and M&M were some of the bright spots though, which averted any further damage.
Hero MotoCorp rallied 0.54 percent after company posted 1.13 percent rise in standalone net profit at Rs 772.06 crore for the second quarter ended September.
Sector-wise, the BSE realty index took the biggest blow, down 1.79 percent, followed by capital goods, healthcare, banking, oil & gas, PSU and power.
Stock exchanges will remain closed tomorrow on account of Dussehra festival.
Globally, Asian shares closed mixed, with the Shanghai index plunging 3.06 percent, while Japan's Nikkei ended 1.91 percent higher.


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