The gauge after opening a tad higher quickly slipped into negative terrain following profit-booking in recent gainers and touched a low of 27,216.40.
However, it staged a comeback temporarily to hit a high of 27,432.07 during mid-session.
 Soon, profit-booking resurfaced which ate into the gains and took the benchmark back to the negative zone, which closed down 58.09 points, or 0.21 percent, at 27,306.83. The index had risen over 585 points in the past three sessions.
The 50-share NSE Nifty ended down 13.40 points, or 0.16 percent, at 8,261.65 after shuttling between 8,294.05 and 8,229.20.
Shares of Hero MotoCorp, the largest motorcycle maker, fell 0.71 percent ahead of earnings to be announced later in the day. Metal company stocks bore the brunt during the session
with Vedanta Ltd, Tata Steel and Hindalco falling up to 6.42 percent.
Other losers which also contributed to the fall include ONGC, Cipla, M&M, RIL, Bajaj Auto and Sun Pharma.
TCS, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Infosys and NTPC bucked the trend, thus cushioning the impact.
Sector-wise, the BSE Metal index suffered the most by losing 1.80 percent, followed by oil & gas, realty, healthcare, PSU and FMCG.
Aided by persistent buying from retail investors, the broader markets outperformed the Sensex with the mid-cap index rising 0.53 percent while small-cap index gained 0.18 percent.


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