Mumbai: Market benchmark Sensex ended a shade lower today after giving up early gains of about 317 points on widespread fag-end selling amid sustained capital outflows by foreign funds and a weak trend in European shares.
However, NSE Nifty managed to eke out a small gain and closed above the crucial 8,100-mark.
Sentiment remained upbeat for the major part of the session after lower inflation data raised hopes of a rate cut by RBI next month, but the index turned lower towards the fag-end as profit-booking emerged.
Sensex started off on a strong footing and advanced to a high of 26,621.40. However, it succumbed to profit-booking at higher levels, falling to 26,239.21, before settling 5.94 points or 0.02 percent lower at 26,298.69.
NSE Nifty, however, managed to close in the positive zone with a small gain of 3.15 points, or 0.04 percent, at 8,111.60 after shuttling between 8,210.05 and 8,089.40.