Mumbai, July 18: Domestic political uncertainty in the wake of a no-confidence motion against the central government dragged the equity indices lower on Wednesday.
According to market observers, profit booking in mid-and-small-cap stocks also subdued the equity indices.
Index-wise, the broader Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed at 10,980.45 points — lower by 27.60 points or 0.25 per cent — from its previous close.
The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), which opened at 36,722.41 points, closed at 36,373.44 points — lower by 146.52 points or 0.40 per cent — from its previous session’s close of 36,519.96 points.
The barometer index fell after it touched a fresh all-time high of 36,747.87 points. The index had dipped to a low of 36,320.92 points during the intra-day trade.
On Tuesday — the previous trade session — both the indices had made gains on the back of a slide in global crude oil prices along with expectations of fund infusion into public sector banks.