Markets ended on a subdued note is trades today amid profit booking in HDFC Group shares after recent gains.
Investors also remained cautious ahead of foreign direct investment vote in Parliament that will test the Congress-led UPA government's ability to push through key reforms.
The Sensex ended weaker by 34 points at 19,305 and the 50-share Nifty slipped 9 points to close at 5,871 levels.
The Asian markets also ended on a subdued note on concerns that stagnant US budget talks could threaten to derail the world's largest economy.
A closely watched indicator of Chinese manufacturing activity confirmed a swing back to expansion in November but the data proved insufficient to dispel worries over next year's outlook.
Hang Seng was down 262 points at 21,767, Shanghai Composite ended weaker by 20 points at 1,959 and Straits Times slipped 2 points to close at 3,068. While, Nikkei advanced 12 points to end at 9,458.
The European markets inched higher early on Monday, led by commodity companies , on the back of improving manufacturing data from China.
DAX and FTSE were 0.4% each. While, the french CAC40 index was down 34 points at 3,523.
Back home, India's manufacturing sector beat the expectations of economists to grow at its fastest pace in five months in November, boosted by strong export orders and a surge in output, a business survey showed on Monday.
The HSBC manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), which gauges the business activity of India's factories but not its utilities, rose to 53.7 in November from 52.9 in October.
HDFC Bank was the top loser among the Sensex stocks. Shares of India's second largest private sector slipped 2.4% to close at Rs 687 on the account of profit booking as the stock touched its all time high price during the previous week.
Bharti Airtel also slipped 1.6% to close at Rs 331. ONGC, GAIL India, Sun Pharma, Tata Motors, ITC, HDFC, HUL, NTPC, Bajaj Auto, Tata Power, Hero MotoCorp, Infosys, Sterlite Industries and Larsen &