said: "Market was nervous ahead of RBI policy meet and Nifty closed at 5888. Banking stocks were consolidating."
16 scrips out of the 30-share Sensex pack firmed up while 14 ended with losses. Major losers from the Sensex were Bharti Airtel (3.69 pc), TCS (2.83 pc) HDFC (1.85 pc), BHEL (1.76 pc), HDFC Bank (1.60 pc), Wipro (1.44 pc) and ITC (0.81 pc).
However, Sterlite Industries rose by 4.06 per cent, followed by Hindalco (3.46 pc), Jindal Steel (2.36 pc), Maruti Suzuki (1.70 pc), Tata Power (1.34 pc), Cipla (1.29 pc), Bajaj Auto (1.21 pc), NTPC (1.08 pc) and SBI (1.01 pc).
Among the BSE sectoral indices, BSE-Teck dropped by 1.32 per cent, followed by BSE-IT (1.22 pc) and BSE-FMCG (0.52 pc) among others. BSE-Metal firmed up by 1.76 per cent, BSE-Auto by 0.67 per cent and the BSE-HC 0.43 by per cent.
The total market breadth turned positive as 1,540 stocks finished with gains while 1,350 ended with losses. The total turnover moved up to Rs 2,466.07 crore from the last Friday's level of Rs 2,424.53 crore.
Meanwhile, Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 574.38 crore yesterday as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.