Fag-end value buying contained intra-day losses Thursday and the Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex on Thursday closed lower by 63 points amid this month's settlement in the derivatives segment and a weak trend in global markets.
Sensex, which had dipped below the 17K mark intra-day, recovered somewhat and closed at 17,058.61, down 63.01 points or 0.37 per cent as the last 30-minute buying curtailed losses.
The National Stock Exchange 50-issue index Nifty fell 15.90 points, or 0.31 per cent to 5,178.85, after a low of 5,135.95.
The market remained weak for major part of the day as investors off-loaded their pending positions on current month's expiry in the derivative contracts settlement, brokers said.
Besides, falling rupee ignited fears of inflation on account of costly imports and raised concerns the RBI may not cut interest rates at next month's monetary policy meet.
A weak trend in the global markets further influenced the sentiment.
The IT sector led the fall as software exporters worried a weakening trend in overseas markets might hurt their business. Over 80 per cent of the software business comes from the US and European markets.
Infosys fell 1.78 per cent to Rs 2,791 and segment major TCS lost 1.71 per cent to Rs 1,143.25.
The capital goods sector index suffered the most by losing 1.61 per cent to 9,834.68 followed by IT index by 1.17 per cent to 5,951.18.
The major Sensex losers were Reliance Industries, State Bank of India, Larsen and Toubro, Bharti Airtel, BHEL, M&M, Tata Steel, Cipla, HDFC Bank and ICICI.