Late sell-off was seen in pharma, IT, banking, power and capital goods, which pulled down the key indices.
Taking cues from Asian markets that tracked overnight gains in the US, the BSE 30-share index after rallying almost 210 points in early trade ended down 37.67 points, or 0.14 percent, at 26,552.92.
The index had risen 31.44 points in yesterday's choppy session on value-buying in recently-battered stocks.
The 50-issue NSE Nifty found itself at the receiving end of profit-booking and fell to 8,040.20 at the close, a loss of 20.50 points, or 0.25 percent.
ICICI Bank took the heaviest beating as it slumped 2.06 percent. GAIL fell 1.92 per cent after the company yesterday reported a 66.19 percent drop in quarterly profit. Sun Pharma, RIL, Lupin, NTPC, Cipla and Infosys too ended in the red.

Among the 30-Sensex stocks, 19 ended lower. On a sectoral basis, the BSE healthcare index plunged the most by losing 0.79 percent, followed by IT, banking, power and capital goods.


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