per cent amid investor concerns whether its stake-sale deal with Abu-Dhabi based carrier Etihad would materialise.
Globally, Asian stocks closed mixed with upward bias. Japanese shares rose 2.43 per cent on speculation the next Bank of Japan governor will deploy aggressive monetary easing.
Other indices from China, Hong Kong and Singapore ended with gains while from South Korea and Taiwan settled with losses.
European markets were trading higher in late morning session. The CAC was up by 0.66 per cent, the DAX by 1.07 per cent and the FTSE by 1.25 per cent.
Back home, 15 out of the Sensex scrips firmed up while 14 declined. ITC ruled steady.
Other gainers from Sensex pack were Hero Motocorp (1.42 pc), BHEL (1.29 pc), TCS (1.16 pc), Sun Pharma (1.15 pc), Tata Power (0.93 pc) and Wipro (0.89 pc).
Major losers included Cipla (2.68 pc), followed by L&T (2.30 pc), ONGC (2.04 pct, Coal India (1.99 pc), RIL (1.01 pc), Tata Steel (0.96 pc) and NTPC (0.96 pc).
Among the sectoral indices, the BSE-IT rose by 1.86 per cent, followed by BSE-Teck (1.28 pc) and BSE-Auto (0.78 pc) while BSE-Realty dropped by 2.39 per cent, BSE-CG by 1.68 per cent, BSE-Metal by 1.08 per cent, BSE-Oil&Gas 1.05 per cent and BSE-PSU 1.04 per cent.
The total turnover improved to Rs 1,931.32 crore from the Friday's level of Rs 1,724.64 crore. Meanwhile, FIIs bought shares worth a net Rs 280.30 crore last Friday as per provisional data from bourses.