Despite buying in capital goods and healthcare sectors, the Sensex resumed lower at 21,319.69 and hovered in a range of 21,355.34 and 21,264.71 before quoting at 21,312.77 at 1030 hrs, showing a loss of 24.90 points, or 0.12 percent, from its last close.
L&T rose 3.14 percent after the company reported a strong growth in order inflow in the third quarter of 2013. The NSE 50-share Nifty also eased by 9.80 points, or 0.15 percent, to 6,329.15 at 1030 hrs.
Major losers were M&M (2.30 percent), Wipro (1.98 percent), Bajaj Auto (1.56 percent), ONGC (1.45 percent), TCS (1.35 percent), Tata Steel (1.13 percent) and Hindalco Ind (1.00 percent).
Other gainers were Sun Pharma (2.05 percent), BHEL (1.06 percent), Tata Power (0.98 percent) and Bharti Airtel (0.98 percent).
Asian stocks declined in early trade after a private gauge of China's manufacturing in January unexpectedly contracted.
Key benchmark indices in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong were down 0.1-1.4 percent.
Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 279.45 crore as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.


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