A benchmark index on Thursday provisionally closed 76 points lower, as traders took a breather after the previous day's rally and booked profits in key scrips.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 18,163.05 points, closed at 18,126.03 points (provisional), 76.38 points or 0.42% down from its previous close at 18,202.41 points.
The Sensex managed to stay above the 18,000-mark, which it breached on Wednesday for the first time in six months.
The 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange closed lower at 5,493.4 points, down 38.55 points or 0.7% from its previous close.
Broader markets also closed flat, with the BSE 500 index ending almost unchanged. But the BSE midcap index rose 0.89% while the BSE smallcap index gained 0.8%.
As per the sectoral indices on the BSE, power, realty and capital goods stocks were on the rise.