Nov 19, 2012, 01.49 PM IST
The 50-share NSE Nifty was hovering in a narrow range of 5550-5580 owing to lack of global and local cues. Traders may be waiting for the winter Parliament session that will begin on November 22, 2012.
The BSE benchmark was down 9 points to 18,300.33 and the NSE benchmark went down 12 points to 5,562.15 while the broader markets were down over 0.5 percent.
Index heavyweights: Private oil & gas producer Reliance Industries, housing finance company HDFC, software services exporter TCS and FMCG major Hindustan Unilever gained 1 percent each.
Engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro declined 0.5 percent. Country's largest lenders State Bank of India, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank were down 0.1-0.4 percent.
Car maker Maruti Suzuki extended gains to 3.16 percent while utility vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra rose over 1 percent. Two-wheeler majors Hero Motocorp and Bajaj Auto went up 0.6 percent.
Cigarette major ITC and top telecom operator Bharti Airtel were up 1 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.
Most active shares on exchanges were United Spirits, L&T Finance, Tata Coffee, SBI, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Industries.
The BSE Sensex opened flat to positive on Monday after a fall in six consecutive trading sessions, helped by technology, banks and telecom stocks. Asian markets continued to trade mixed amid hopes for solution to US fiscal crisis.
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