Most Asian stock markets ended lower with Japanese equities falling as a firm yen further dragged down exporters, while Chinese shares lost ground amid economic worries. Key indices in China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan dropped by 0.54 per cent to 3.22 per cent, while Singapore's Strait Times inched up.
European markets traded mixed, with indices in France and Germany up 0.46 per cent to 0.49 per cent, while UK's FTSE eased by 0.11 per cent.
In the domestic markets, 20 scrips in the Sensex ended lower. The major losers were Hindalco (4.03 pc), HUL (3.71 pc), Sterlite Ind (3.66 pc), Dr Reddy's Lab (3.53 pc), Coal India (3.19 pc), ITC (2.88 pc), ONGC (2.07 pc), Maruti Suzuki (1.81 pc), HDFC Bank (1.74 pc), Bajaj Auto (1.55 pc), Tata Steel (1.46 pc), SBI (1.18 pc) and BHEL (1.16 pc).
Jindal Steel rose 4.89 pc, followed by Tata Motors (2.14 pc) and Sun Pharma (1.91 pc).
Among the sectoral indices, S&P BSE-FMCG dropped 2.67 pc, followed by S&P BSE-PSU 1.80 pc, S&P BSE-Metal 1.80 pc, S&P BSE-Realty 1.65 pc, S&P BSE-Bankex 1.20 pc, S&P BSE-Oil &Gas 1.16 pc and S&P BSE-CD 1.06 pc. The S&P BSE-IT moved up 0.77 pc.
The market breadth remained negative, with 1,400 scrips declining, 830 shares gaining and 151 scrips unchanged. Total turnover dropped to Rs 1,758.93 crore from Friday's Rs 2,100.94 crore.
Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors pumped in Rs 278.04 crore on Friday, according to provisional data with the stock exchanges.