In choppy deals, the Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex on Thursday ended lower by nearly 95 points on fag-end selling in heavyweight stocks, especially in banking sector.
The 30-share Sensex, which gained 202 points in the previous day's trading, on Thursday closed with a loss of 95.41 points at 15,695.10.
The index touched the day's high of 15,953.54 and dip to a low of 15,655.20.
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty fell by 14.05 points at 4,733.00, after touching a low of 4,720.90 and a high of 4,799.50 points during the day.
Banking shares suffered the most as the sector's index plunged by 240.66 points at 7,951.60, followed by realty index by 76.36 points at 7216.40.
Healthcare index fell by 41.31 points at 3922.56, teck index by 38.98 points at 3,032.29, information technology by 28.46 points at 3,676.63, auto index by 14.53 points at 4,403.12 and FMCG index by 11.46 points at 2,349.74.
Mid-cap index rose by 89.95 points at 8,l031.06 and small-cap index by 7.45 points at 6478.96.
A major fall in the market barometer was averted as oil and gas index rose by 155.71 points at 10,726.74, metal index by 75.99 points at 13854.95, capital goods index by 36.66 points at 12,899.13 and power index by 12.10 points at 3100.03.