Mirroring global weakness, the Sensex on Tuesday took its first hit in seven sessions by falling 112 points ahead of key central bank announcements, including US Fed’s June minutes.
In the process, the barometer came off its 8-month high, which was achieved yesterday.
The expansion of the much-publicised Union Cabinet failed to move investors in a big way.
A private PMI survey showed that the service sector activity, fell to 50.3 in June, from 51 in May, the lowest for the index in seven months and the second-lowest in a year.
The rupee lost some of its sheen against the dollar as it ended lower.
All this threw a spanner in the works as profit-booking in recent gainers picked up.
The 30-share barometer closed at 27,166.87, a loss of 111.89 points, or 0.41%. The index had risen over 881 points in the past six sessions.
The 50-share NSE Nifty too slipped from its 10-month high by settling lower by 34.75 points, or 0.42 per cent, at 8,335.95.
“The market capped the winning streak after investors locked in profits as the market was in an overbought position,” said Manoj Choraria, a Delhi-based NSE stock broker.
Of the 30-share Sensex pack, 19 ended with losses and 11 turned higher.
Besides, participants reduced their bets as stock markets will be shut tomorrow on account of Id-Ul-Fitr.
A weak trend in Asia with an eye on a brewing crisis in Italy’s banking industry too dampened sentiment here.
GAIL sank the most, plunging 2.45%. Power Grid was down 2.36%. Others that weighed on the index include Bharti Airtel, Hero MotoCorp, Tata Motors, NTPC, Asian Paint, Bajaj Auto, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Infosys, ONGC, ITC Ltd, M&M and TCS Ltd, falling by up to 2.16%.
Coal India, HDFC, Tata Steel, Wipro, L&T, RIL and Adani Ports turned green, thus cushioning the fall.
The BSE auto index took the biggest beating, down 1.09%, followed by power realty, technology, IT, oil and gas banking and consumer durables.
Fertiliser stocks, including Coromandel International, Zuari Global and National Fertilizer, saw some selling pressure, falling as much as 11.59%, following the government’s decision yesterday to cut retail prices of non-urea fertilisers.
In tandem with the overall trend, the small-cap index declined 0.11% and mid-cap 0.08%.
Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) net bought shares worth Rs 182.28 crore on Monday, as per provisional data.
Globally, Japan’s Nikkei was down 0.67 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 1.46% while Shanghai Composite was up 0.60%.
European stocks extended yesterday’s losses amid indications that the region’s economic growth lacks momentum. London’s FTSE fell 0.22 point, Paris 58.52 points and Frankfurt 134.39 points in their early sessions.