The benchmark index of Indian equities on Wednesday closed 30 points down, as information technology (IT) and oil and oil and gas stocks fell.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 21,222.19 points, closed at 21,140.48 points, down 30.20 points or 0.14% from its previous day close at 21,170.68 points.
The Sensex touched a high of 21,244.35 points and a low of 21,133.82 points during the day.
The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed trade 2.35 points or 0.04% up at 6,301.65 points.
In the day's trade, heavy selling pressure was observed in IT, oil and gas and TECk scrips. The S&P BSE IT index was down 59.45 points, while the oil and gas index decreased by 32.72 points and technology, entertainment and media (TECk) index declined by 10.14 points.
However, healthy buying was observed in healthcare, consumer durables and reality stocks. The healthcare index gained by 52.47 points followed by consumer durables index which closed 52 points up, while reality index gained 41.38 points.
The major Sensex gainers were: Bharti Airtel, up 2.16% at Rs.337.60; NTPC, up 0.88% at Rs.138; Sun Pharma, up 0.82% at Rs.527.40; Coal India, up 0.66% at Rs.291.90; and Hero MotoCorp, up 0.54 points at Rs.2,086.05.
The main losers were: Wipro, down 1.13% at Rs.552.75; Tata Power, down 1.09% at Rs.90.35; Tata Consultancy Service (TCS), down 0.79% at Rs.2,153.70; Reliance Industries, down 0.68% at Rs.888.70; and BHEL, down 0.62% at Rs.175.35.
Asian markets were closed on account of New Year.