The BSE Sensex trimmed its initial gains and was quoted lower by 12 pts in afternoon trade on fresh selling, mainly in IT and Capital Goods counters, despite buying in Metal and Auto counters. Also, while DLF share price dropped 3 pct, Infosys by 1.89 pct.
The BSE Sensex resumed higher at 21,260.15 and firmed up further to 21,304.70 on initial support on the back of good foreign capital inflows and firm Asian cues.
However, it declined afterwards to 21,123.30 before quoting at 21,182.50 at 1030hrs, showing a loss of 11.08 pts or 0.05 per cent from its last weekend's level.
The NSE Nifty also moved down by 13 points at 13:40 hrs.
Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 295.76 crore on last Friday as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.
Asian stocks climbed in their early trade with Japan's Nikkei 225 Stock Average poised for its biggest annual gain since 1972, as the yen touched a five-year low versus the dollar.
Key benchmark indices in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore were up 0.03 pc to 0.99 pc.