The Indian stock market ended lower for a third successive session, with investors pressing sales, amid cautious trades ahead of quarterly results.
Political concerns and worries about economic slowdown prompted the sell-off.
A weak trend in European markets too contributed to the decline.
The Sensex ended at 18,423 (provsional) down by around 87 points or 0.47%.
The Nifty closed at 5545, down 29.75 points or 0.53%.
FMCG, capital goods and power stocks mostly ended lower.
Bank, realty and IT stocks were subdued almost right through the session.
Select pharma, metal and PSU stocks moved up.
Oil stocks ended on a firm note.
Maruti Suzuki spurted on yen's sharp decline.
Midcap and smallcap stocks were mostly subdued.
The market breadth was even.