Recording the first drop in nine sessions, the benchmark Sensex today ended 145 points lower at 26,126.75 after selling pressure emerged in bluechips as investors judged recent gains as excessive. The Sensex, which had gained 1,265 points in eight days in which it hit record highs in two straight days, climbed to hit yet another life-time high of 26,300.17 in early trade.
However, the gains proved to be short-lived as FIIs and domestic funds took some profit off the table in recent out-performers. The BSE index closed at 26,126.75, down 145.10 points or 0.55%.
Yesterday, the 30-share bluechip benchmark had ended at its all-time closing high of 26,271.85 and had also hit intra-day high of 26,292.66. The 50-scrip NSE Nifty today after hitting an intra-day record high of 7,840.95 in the opening trade, slipped below the 7,800-mark as selling pressure was witnessed. It finally ended the session 40.15 points, or 0.51% lower at 7,790.45. Yesterday, the gauge concluded at record 7,830.60. The Nifty had gained 376.45 points, or 5.05%, in previous eight sessions.
Traders said the market was in an "over-bought" position and adopted a cautious approach and preferred to lighten some positions. Selling was more pronounced in realty, metal, power, PSU, auto and oil and gas sector stocks, which pulled down the Sensex and Nifty from record highs.
Wipro's scrip tumbled about 4.5% and Infosys shed 0.89%. Wipro's earnings yesterday failed to beat expectations, analysts said. Tata Motors and BHEL were among the biggest Sensex losers. Heavyweights like ICICI Bank and RIL also slipped.
Bucking the trend, stocks of healthcare and FMCG sectors continued their upward journey on sustained buying activity.