The market started on a slightly listless note and stayed that way right through the session, as investors mostly stayed on the sidelines.
Worries about U.S. fiscal cliff and lack of positive triggers rendered price movements sluggish.
The Sensex ended at 19,418.10 (provisional) with a loss of 26.74 points or 0.14%.
The Nifty closed at 5899.65, down 8.70 points or 0.15%.
Capital goods, FMCG and IT stocks were mostly subdued.
Realty, PSU, power and automobile stocks found support.
Metal, healtchare, bank and oil stocks mostly ended flat.
Midcaps were subdued, while some smallcap stocks posted strong gains.
The market breadth was slightly positive.