Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 74.59 crore yesterday as per the provisional data issued by stock exchanges. The Sensex resumed higher at 26,854.90 and hovered in a range of 26,861.29 and 26,765.87 before quoting at 26,776.99 at 1000hrs, showing a loss of 39.57 points or 0.15 per cent from its last close. The NSE 50-share Nifty also moved down by 13.20 points, or 0.16 per cent, to 8,028.80 at 1000hrs. Major losers were ONGC (1.26 pct), Tata Motors (1.00 pct), HDFC (0.84 pct), SSLT (0.79 pct), Axis Bank (0.56 pct) and Gail (0.53 pct).
However, Dr Reddy Lab rose by 1.74 pct, Sunpharma 1.64 pct, Wipro 1.11 pct, Hindalco 0.67 pct and BHEL 0.57 pct. Asian stocks declined in their early trade ahead of the start of a Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting today. Key benchmark indices in Singapore, Taiwan and Japan fell by 0.1 pct to 0.56 pct, while indices in China and South Korea rose 0.08 pct to 0.39 pct. US stocks closed mostly lower yesterday with losses led by technology and small-cap stocks as investors continued to unload riskier position ahead of this week's pivotal Federal Reserve policy meeting.