Profit-taking in recent outperformers like realty, oil and gas and power sector stocks was seen in volatile trade.
The BSE 30-share barometer resumed at 25,875.75. However, the exchange faced "network-related issues" and at 9.42 am the market was closed. The issue was resolved by 12.15 pm and subsequently equity market was re-opened from 12.45 pm, the BSE said.
Intra-day, the Sensex hit a new historic high of 25,999.08, surpassing previous peak (25,864.53) hit on Wednesday. However, it fell back sharply to a low of 25,793.70 before concluding at 25,823.75, recording a fall of 17.46 points, or 0.07 percent. In the previous four sessions, the Sensex had rallied over 778 points.
The 50-issue Nifty of the NSE declined 10.35 points, or 0.13 percent, to end at 7,714.80. Intra-day, it scaled a new life time high of 7,754.65. In previous four days, it had gained 232 points.
"Benchmark indices slipped particularly in the later half of the session on heavy profit-booking in recent outperformers after normal trading restored", said Manoj Choraria, a Delhi-based stock broker.
Weakness in heavyweights like RIL, ONGC, Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto, Maruti Suzuki, SBI, ICICI Bank, Infosys, Tata Power, NTPC, Hindalco and HUL weighed on the Sensex. Out of 30-share Sensex, 19 ended lower and 11 finished higher.
Sectorally, BSE realty index suffered the most by losing 1.47 percent, followed by Oil and Gas index 1.19 percent, Power index 0.86 percent, Metal index 0.55 percent and Banking index 0.28 percent.
Bucking the trend, Healthcare index ended 1.12 percent higher, Auto Index rose 0.80 percent and Consumer durables index rose 0.59 percent.


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