After moving between the day's high of 28,335.23, its highest in 10 weeks, and the low of 28,084.36, the 30-share index closed down 37.07 points, or 0.13 percent, at 28,171.69. The Nifty too fell 11.35 points, or 0.13 percent, to settle at 8,510.80. Despite a solid start, sentiment remained cautious ahead of the earnings season starting this week as the Greek confusion led to selling in the late-afternoon trade.

However, India's strong macro parameters as well as some buying support cushioned the fall. In the Sensex group, Vedanta fell the most, followed by NTPC, while Hero motoCorp, Hindalco, RIL, ONGC, Cipla and ICICI Bank ran up losses, too.

The notable gains came from Coal India, HDFC, Wipro, SBI, Sun Pharma and Dr Reddy's, as Bajaj Auto, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank ended in the positive zone, thus cushioning the fall.

Sectorally, the technology index fell the most, plunging 0.48 percent, followed by IT, power, auto and oil and gas. The broader market outperformed benchmarks as BSE small-cap rose 0.62 percent while BSE mid-cap added 0.52 percent.

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