The Reserve Bank's two-day monetary policy review kicked off today. In early trading, both indices were gaining more than half a per cent. In the day's trade, the barometer 30-scrip sensitive index had touched a high of 32,992.45 points and a low of 32,598.12 points.
However, value-buying in several heavyweights towards the fag-end trimmed the losses, with the index finishing at 32,802.44, down 67.28 points or 0.20%. While the Sensex rose 188 points to 33,137, Nifty was up 63 points to 10,229 level.
"On the macro front upcoming RBI policy and Gujarat state election will be an influential factor for investors which is steering the market to consolidate", said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.
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Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth net Rs 1,075.62 crore yesterday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought to the tune of Rs 926.68 crore.
Key Indian equity indices on Thursday surged with appreciable gains led by robust buying in auto, consumer durables and capital goods stocks.
Among the Sensex constituents, telecom giant Bharti Airtel secured podium finish, ratcheting up 6.08%.
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Infratel (-1.7%), Power Grid (-0.8%), NTPC (-0.7%), SBI (-0.5%) and Asian Paints (-0.50%) were the top losers in today's trade.
The Dow and the S&P 500 rose around 0.3 percent each overnight while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added half a percent.
European markets too saw a weak trend.
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In the Eurozone, key indices such as Paris CAC 40 and Frankfurt's DAX Performance Index were up by 0.32% and 0.55% in their early deals.