The 30-share barometer declined 43.81 points, or 0.17 percent, to 25,241.56, with IT, banking, technology, FMCG, and infrastructure stocks taking a big knock.

The index had gained 608 points in the last two sessions on increasing prospects of a lower policy rate and sustained foreign fund inflows.

Also, the NSE Nifty cracked below the 7,700-mark by falling 31.30 points, or 0.41 percent, at 7,672.95. Brokers said that apart from profit-booking in recent gainers, mixed trend in other Asian bourses influenced sentiment.

In the Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.37 percent while China's Shanghai Composite index was down 0.41 percent in early trade today. Japan's Nikkei rose 2.01 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.12 percent higher in yesterday's trade.

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