The markets provisionally closed the day’s trade in the red, as heavy selling pressure was witnessed in capital goods, oil and gas, and banking stocks.
The wider 51-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) edged down by 14.70 points or 0.18 per cent, at 8,323.20 points.
The barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 27,292.20 points, provisionally closed at 27,126.90 points (at 3.30 p.m.) — down 74.59 points or 0.27 per cent from the previous close at 27,201.49 points.
The Sensex touched a high of 27,294.82 points and a low of 27,034.14 points.
The BSE market breadth was tilted in favour of the bears — with 1,539 declines and 1,165 advances.
On Thursday, the benchmark indices closed flat — marginally in the green — after a volatile trading session induced by profit booking.