the benchmark indices as retail investors preferred to stay away. The BSE-Smallcap and BSE-Midcap indices closed down by 14.92 per cent and 8.58 per cent, respectively.
IT, Pharma, FMCG, Auto and Oil&gas sector registered sharp to moderate gains while Realty, Consumer Durable, Power, Metal, Capital Goods and Banking posted losses.
The key market driver Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) bought shares worth over Rs 1.1 lakh crore (nearly USD 20 billion) till December 19. Last year, overseas investors had pumped in Rs 1.28 lakh crore (USD 24.37 billion).
Market experts are of the view that stocks would have surged higher if it was not for recent weak IIP data and price rise, which dashed hopes of rate cuts to accelerate economic growth. Also, the weakness in rupee that slumped from 55 level to 62 versus the US dollar, hit sentiments, they added.
Jignesh Chaudhary, Head of Research, Veracity Broking Services said: "The Indian markets had a pretty exciting year 2013, where they made all-time high and also had seen some deep contraction, volatility and weakness, but luckily survived all the worrying factors that were threatening to pull them down and are poised to create new highs in 2014."
"In 2014, markets will be guided by the outcome of the Lok Sabha election results and positive economic reforms to be introduced by the government to aid growth...expect Sensex to hover in the range of 18,000 to 22,500 levels and Nifty to be between 5,200 and 6,750 levels," he added.
Among BSE sectoral indices, IT shot up by 59.25 per cent, followed by Teck (46.88 pc), Healthcare (21.80 pc), FMCG (9.70 pc), Auto (8.15 pc) and Oil&Gas (3.07 pc).
Laggards include Realty (down 33.38 pc), Consumer Durable (26.33 pc), Power (16.44 pc), Metal (11.66 pc), Banking (10.02 pc) and Capital Goods (7.55 pc).
Auto, IT, Healthcare, Teck and Banking indices logged their all-time highs while Realty registered its historic low.
Capital Goods, Metal and Power recorded their multi-year lows during the year.