However, higher global crude oil prices, buoyant Asian markets, appreciation in rupee and largely positive macro-economic data arrested any major falls.
The wider 51-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) edged lower by 31.60 points or 0.38 per cent to 8,192.90 points.
The barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 26,756.66 points, provisionally closed at 26,559.92 points (at 3.30 p.m.) -- down 92.89 points or 0.35 per cent from the previous close at 26,652.81 points.
The Sensex touched a high of 26,769.32 points and a low of 26,540.82 points during the intra-day trade.
The BSE market breadth was skewed in favour of the bears -- with 1,406 declines and 1,149 advances.
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