India's benchmark index BSE Sensex is down 0.05 percent a day after marking its record closing high, while the broader NSE index is down 0.1 percent on caution ahead of the expiry of October derivatives contracts at the end of the session.
* Still, domestic shares are headed towards their highest monthly close on strong foreign investor flows. The BSE Sensex is up 8.5 percent in October, also heading towards its biggest monthly gain since January 2012.
* Foreign investors were net buyers for a 19th consecutive session on Wednesday, bringing their total buying to nearly 160 billion rupees ($2.61 billion)during that period.
* Dr Reddy's Laboratories shares fell 1.3 percent on profit-taking after hitting a record high of 2,545.15 rupees in early trade.
* Infosys Ltd falls 0.4 percent after the company agreed on Wednesday to pay $34 million to end a U.S. investigation related to the widespread practice by Indian firms of flying workers to client sites in the United States on temporary visas.
* However, Bharti Airtel gains 1.1 percent, adding to Wednesday's 5.5 percent rise after its September-quarter operating margin grew 32 percent.
* Bank of India gains 1.3 percent, while Bank of Baroda Ltd is up 0.5 percent, ahead of their July-September earnings later in the day.
BSE Sensex down 37 points on profit-booking after logging all-time high
(PTI) The BSE Sensex slipped from record closing high by falling over 37 points in early trade today as funds and retail investors preferred to book profits after recent gains amid monthly expiry in the derivatives segment.
BSE Sensex, which gained 463.69 points in the past two sessions, fell by 37.28 points, or 0.18 per cent, to trade at 20,996.69 points. BSE Sensex had closed at an all-time high of 21,033.97 points in yesterday's trade.
Realty, banking, auto, FMCG, IT and capital goods sector stocks were down due to profit-booking.
The NSE Nifty fell by 11.10 points, or 0.18 per cent, to 6,240.60 points.
Brokers said besides profit-booking, cautious approach adopted by participants as today is the last session of the current month expiry in the derivatives segment, and a weak trend in the Asian region, mainly dampened the trading sentiment.
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