The sensex resumed lower at 20,857.01 and hovered in a range of 20,880.03 and 20,811.91 before quoting at 20,858.00 at 1030hrs, showing a decline of 32.82 points or 0.16 percent from its last close.
     
The NSE 50-share Nifty also moved down by 16.10 points or 0.26 percent to 6,187.25 at 1030 hrs. Major losers were ICICI Bank (1.79 pct), ONGC (0.99 pct), Infosys (0.96 pct), Cipla (0.94 pct), HDFC Bank (0.90 pct) and L&T (0.89 pct).
    
Asian shares declined in their early trade as investors adopted a cautious stance ahead of the Fed meeting minutes. Key benchmark indices in Taiwan, China, Japan, Indonesia and South Korea fell by 0.08 pct to 0.58 pct while indices in Hong Kong and Singapore rose 0.05 pct to 0.3 pct.
    
US stocks pulled back on Tuesday as investors showed caution after the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 failed to hold above milestone levels in the prior session.
    
Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 1014.61 crs on Tuesday as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.

(Agencies)

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