Equity benchmarks have begun marginally lower, with the Nifty trading just below 10,900.
The Sensex is down 47.42 points or 0.13% at 36347.61, and the Nifty down 13.70 points or 0.13% at 10875.10. The market breadth was narrow as 179 shares advanced, against a decline of 137 shares, while 43 shares were unchanged.
Majority of sectoral indices are trading in the near the flat line, but pain is visible among automobiles, IT and metals. The Midcap index is trading flat.
Coal India, Tata Motors, Indiabulls Housing and IOC were the top gainers, while NTPC, Axis Bank, GAIL and Eicher Motors lost the most.