Mumbai, December 7
Equity benchmarks Sensex and Nifty opened on a choppy note on Wednesday, tracking weakness in index heavyweights Wipro, TCS and Maruti ahead of the RBI monetary policy announcement.
The 30-share index was trading 34.28 points or 0.05 percent lower at 62,592.08 in early deals. Similarly, the Nifty slipped 14.55 points or 0.08 percent to 18,628.20, mirroring sluggish investor sentiment in global markets.
NTPC was the top loser in the Sensex pack, shedding over 1 percent, followed by Kotak Bank, Wipro, TCS, HCL Tech, Maruti and Tech Mahindra.
On the other hand, L&T, Asian Paints, ICICI Bank, Bharti Airtel, HUL and SBI were among the gainers.
In the previous session, the 30-share BSE Sensex fell 208.24 points or 0.33 percent to settle at 62,626.36. The NSE Nifty declined 58.30 points or 0.31 percent to end at 18,642.75.
Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo were trading with losses in mid-session deals, while Hong Kong was in the green.
Stock exchanges in the US ended on a negative note in the overnight session.
Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude gained 0.24 percent to USD 79.54 per barrel.
The Reserve Bank is slated to announce the bi-monthly monetary policy later in the day.
Foreign institutional investors were net sellers in the capital market, as they sold shares worth Rs 635.35 crore on Tuesday, according to stock exchange data.