Mumbai, Dec 31 (IANS) Key indices of the Indian equities markets witnessed a lacklustre session with negative bias Monday, the last day of 2012, in the absence of buying interest as US lawmakers failed to reach a deal to avert a fiscal crisis.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened in the negative at 19,422.59 points, was trading at 19,431.65 points in the late afternoon session, down 0.07 percent or 13.19 points from its previous close at 19,444.84 points.
The Sensex was largely range-bound. It touched a high of 19,491.58 points and low of 19,409.05 points in the intra-day.
The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange was trading 0.11 percent or 6.25 points down at 5,902.10 points.
There was selling pressure in FMCG, healthcare and capital goods stocks, while investors showed good buying interest in realty, metal and consumer durables scrips.