Amid weak global cues and profit booking in some sectors, a benchmark index for Indian equities markets closed flat Monday. Heavy selling led to decline in capital goods, bank and consumer durables stocks.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 19,820.56 points, closed at 19,691.42 points -- down 92.66 points or 0.47 percent from its previous close at 19,784.08 points.
The BSE Sensex touched an intra-day high of 19,856.43 points and a low of 19,654.46 points. The BSE midcap index closed higher by 17.38 points, while the smallcap index rosee 41.74 points.
The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed the day's trade flat -- down 27.75 points or 0.46 percent at 5,988.40 points.
Among the sectoral indices, capital goods index was down 163.63 points, followed by bank index, down 91.69 points, and consumer durables index, down 79.16 points.
And those that made gains were the metal index, up 106.50 points, automobile index, up 43.30 points, and automobile index, up 33.29 points.
The major Sensex gainers were Maruti Suzuki, up 2.59 percent higher at Rs.1,584.00; Cipla, up 1.75 percent at Rs.423.30; Tata Steel, up 1.65 percent at Rs.440.55; Hindalco Inds, up 1.32 percent at Rs.134.35; and Sun Pharma, up 1.16 percent at Rs.743.30.
Nineteen of the 30 Sensex scrips closed in the red.
Among the main losers were Larsen and Toubro (L&T), down 2.35 percent at Rs.1,589.45; HDFC, down 1.68 percent at Rs.823.60; HDFC Bank, down 1.64 percent at Rs.668.40; Hindustan Unilever, down 1.55 percent at Rs.525.50; and Tata Power, down 1.18 percent at Rs.108.80.
Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei index was down 0.83 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down 0.01 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index closed higher by 0.37 percent.
The European markets were all in the red. Britain's FTSE 100 was down 0.34 percent while the German DAX was trading lower by 0.59 percent. The French CAC 40 was down 0.65 percent.