However, healthy buying in consumer durables and metal stocks limited the downslide of the key indices.
At 3.30 p.m., the wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed at 10,417.15 points, unchanged from the previous close.
The barometer 30-scrip Sensex of the BSE, which opened at 33,970.35 points, provisionally closed (3.30 p.m.) at 33,940.44 points -- up 60.19 points or 0.18 per cent from its previous session's close.
The Sensex touched a high of 33,981.54 points and a low of 33,750.74 during the intra-day trade.
The BSE market breadth was bearish with 1,516 declines and 1,192 advances.
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