Indian shares ended down this Thursday on back of heavy selling pressure witnessed in broader markets which pulled the benchmark indexes to its lowest level in eight days. Among index stocks, investors booked profits in rate sensitive shares after recent gains with Tata Motors leading the decline on concerns of JLR sales.
Risk appetite was frail on geopolitical concerns after North Korea threatened a nuclear test on US and after Apple Inc reported below-estimate results in the fourth quarter.
The Bombay Stock Exchange's 30-share index Sensex fell 103 points to end at 19,923.78 while the National Stock Exchange's 50-share Nifty declined 35 points and ended at 6,019.35.
The indexes ended lower since January 16.
In the results calendar, Ashok Leyland, Biocon and Sesa Goa will declare their third quarter performances later today while Maruti Suzuki, Reliance Power and Tata Coffee on January 25.
Globally, Asian shares ended mixed.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.15% to 23,598, Taiwan's Weighted index declined 0.6% to 7,695, Singapore's Straits Times inched up 0.5% to 3,247 while China's Shanghai Composite dropped 0.8% to 2,302 and Japan's Nikkei rose 1.3% to 10,620.
Adding to the concerns was euro-zone woes after preliminary composite purchasing managers' index for France, covering activity in the services and manufacturing sectors combined, came out at 42.7 for the month, down from 44.6 in December.
European markets, however, recovered after a fall of 0.5%. At 1600 IST, France's CAC rose 0.27% to 3,736, Germany's DAX gained 0.06% to 7,712 while UK's FTSE was up 0.24% to 6,212.
Back home, autos, banks, real-estate, power, metals, consumer durables, health care indexes dropped while capital goods, FMCG, IT indexes gained on BSE.
Among key Sensex stocks, Larsen & Toubro gained 1.6%, ONGC ended up 1%, TCS and Wipro gained 1% and 0.6% respectively while HUL & ITC rose nearly 2%