cent to 0.49 per cent while from China, Japan and Singapore eased by up to 0.56 per cent.
However, European markets were trading lower in the afternoon deals as indices in France, UK and Germany declined by 0.51 per cent to 1.41 per cent, as per latest data.
Turning to the local market, 21 scrips out of the Sensex pack ended lower while only 9 counters finished higher.
Major losers from the Sensex pack were Gail India (4.47 pc), Hindalco (2.44 pc), Tata Motors (1.46 pc), SBI (1.34 pc), TCS (1.19 pc), Tata Steel (1.17 pc), Tata Power (1.06 pc), L&T (0.95 pc) and Bharti Airtel (0.94 pc).
However among gainers, Sun Pharma firmed up by 1.55 per cent, followed by NTPC (1.45 pc) and Jindal Steel (0.53 pc).
Among the sectoral indices, the BSE-Realty dropped by 1.98 per cent, followed by BSE-CD (1.93 pc), BSE-FMCG (1.30 pc), BSE-PSU (0.91 pc), BSE-CG (0.86 pc) and BSE-IT (0.80 pc).
The total market breadth continued to remain negative as 1,479 stocks finished lower while 853 ended higher. The total turnover improved to Rs 2,435.10 crore from Rs 2,366.57 crore yesterday.
Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) picked up shares worth a net Rs 842.95 crore yesterday as per provisional data with the stock exchanges.
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