Shares of companies such as Reliance Industries fell on profit-taking ahead of European Central Bank's policy decision later in the day and monthly U.S. jobs data on Friday.Caution is also likely to prevail as India heads into the five-week long elections starting on Monday.
Some paring of positions after such a strong rally ahead of elections is on expected lines.Nifty fell 0.24 per cent after earlier rising as much as 0.36 per cent to a lifetime high of 6,776.75. The falls marked the index's first fall in 11 sessions.The Sensex fell 0.19 per cent after earlier rising as much as 0.31 per cent to a record high of 22,620.65.
Heavy FII buying has continued to underpin share gains. Overseas investors bought a net Rs. 595 crore worth of shares today, bringing the total since February to nearly $3.5 billion.
State-run banks fell after the benchmark 10-year bond yield rose to as high as 8.9952 percent, the highest level since December 6, triggering worries about potential mark-to-market loss on their bond portfolios.State Bank of India fell 2 per cent, Punjab National Bank ended down 2.1 per cent, while Bank of Baroda lost 2.3 percent.
Reliance Industries Ltd lost 0.6 per cent, while ICICI Bank Ltd ended down 0.8 per cent.IDFC Ltd ended 2.3 per cent down on worries regulatory requirements for banks would weigh on its return ratios after the Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday granted preliminary bank licence to the infrastructure sector lender, sending its shares up as much as 8.8 per cent.
Applicants who failed to win a licence at this stage slumped. L&T Finance Holdings Ltd plunged 9.7 per cent, while LIC Housing Finance Ltd lost 1.3 per cent.