Indian equities, the Sensex and the Nifty, were down by about 0.3 per cent at the end of the session today despite firm European cues.
The 30-share BSE index Sensex was down 66.98 points (0.35 per cent) at 18,835.43 and the 50-share NSE index Nifty was down 23.7 points (0.41 per cent) at 5,736.40.
Volume toppers were Tata Motors, SBI, L&T, RIL and Tata Steel. Top five Sensex gainers were Tata Motors, Wipro, Bharti Airtel, SBI and Tata Steel, while the top five losers were GAIL, L&T, Tata Power, ICICI Bank and Dr. Reddy's.
Among BSE sectoral indices, capital goods (down 1.35 per cent), healthcare (0.7 per cent), power (0.68 per cent) and oil & gas (0.5 per cent) sector stocks were the major laggards.
On the other hand, realty (up 2.03 per cent), auto (1.01 per cent), FMCG (0.2 per cent) and consumer durables (0.15 per cent) were the top performers.
Asian shares were down as investors were worried over the fiscal crisis in the United States and the European economy's further deterioration.
European stocks rose as companies from Repsol SA to Swiss Re Ltd posted profit that exceeded analysts’ estimates.