Mumbai: Equities came off for the first time in three days on sell-off in auto stocks after some popular car models failed safety crash test and downbeat global cues as strong US data boosted prospects of an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve.
Country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki plunged 0.81 percent to Rs 3,917 after the firm's Celerio and Eeco models failed crash test by safety group Global NCAP. Besides, the parent company, Suzuki, admitting to using improper fuel economy testing methods had a bearing on its shares.
Mahindra & Mahindra succumbed 1.59 percent to Rs 1,320.10 while the overall BSE auto index tanked 1.28 percent.
Shares of state-run Punjab National Bank rose 3.25 percent despite the company posting a record net loss of Rs 5,367.14 crore for the fourth quarter.
"Prospects of higher interest rates in the US increased after latest data showed that US consumer prices rose in April at the fastest pace in three years," said Shreyash Devalkar, Fund Manager ? Equities at BNP Paribas Mutual Fund.
The benchmark BSE Sensex opened lower and stayed in the red and touched a low of 25,503.40 largely in tune with weak global shares. However on emergence of buying in SBI, ONGC and L&T, later it trimmed losses and finally settled 69 points or 0.27 percent lower at 25,704.61.
It had gained 284.04 points in the last two sessions.
The NSE 50-share Nifty also went down by 20.60 points or 0.26 percent to close at 7,870.15.
Shares of associate banks of SBI - State Bank of Mysore and State Bank of Travancore extended their rally for a second day and rose 9.44 percent and 2.37 percent on the proposed merger of its five associate lenders with the parent firm.
In broader markets, the BSE's small-cap index ended 0.22 percent higher while mid-cap shed 0.01 percent.
Global trading sentiment was subdued as Asian markets retreated following overnight sharp sell-off in the US as a better-than-expected data fuelled speculations the Fed could raise interest rates as soon as next month.
Japan's Nikkei ended 0.05 percent lower despite a better- than-forecast economic growth data. Hong Kong's Hang Seng finished 1.45 percent down while Shanghai Index fell 1.27 percent.
Europe was down too with key indexes in France, Germany and the UK taking a hit of up to 0.50 percent.
Back home, out of the 30-share Sensex, 21 scrips fell while ICICI Bank ended steady.
Major losers were Bajaj Auto (1.85 percent), M&M (1.59 percent), Hero MotoCorp (1.47 percent), Tata Motors (1.26 percent), BHEL (1.16 percent), HDFC Bank (1.10 percent), HUL (0.97 percent), Maruti (0.81 percent) and TCS (0.77 percent).
However, ONGC rose 1.83 percent followed by SBI 1.78 percent, L&T 1.24 percent, Lupin 1.18 percent and ITC 0.76 percent.
Among BSE sectoral and industry indices, auto fell by 1.28 percent followed by utilities 0.35 percent, power 0.33 percent, teck 0.31 percent and consumer durables 0.28 percent.
While, realty rose 2.11 percent followed by capital goods 0.64 percent and metal 0.61 percent.
The market breadth turned negative as 1,319 stocks ended lower, 1,228 closed higher while 190 ruled steady.
The total turnover fell to Rs 2,613.94 crore from Rs 2,673.07 crore yesterday.