The market continued to trade mildly lower amid volatility. Infosys, Tata Motors, Reliance Industries and select banks continued to put pressure on the market, but buying in HDFC twins, ITC capped losses.
With the situation in the Middle East still fluid, moves were modest and in both directions. While Japan's Nikkei added 0.2%, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.4%.
Meanwhile, in economic data, March wholesale price inflation (WPI) came in at 2.47 per cent on Monday versus 2.48 per cent month-on-month, data showed.
At 13:05 hours, BSE SENSEX was at 34175.55 down by -17.1 points or by -0.05 % and NSE Nifty was at 10481.65 up by 1.05 points or by 0.01 %.
The BSE Sensex touched intraday high of 34178.68 and intraday low of 33899.34. The NSE Nifty touched intraday high of 10482 and intraday low of 10396.35.
The top gainers of the BSE Sensex pack were Asian Paints Ltd. (Rs. 1180.85,+1.55%), Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 1864.00,+1.27%), Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (Rs. 3775.35,+1.23%), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (Rs. 797.15,+1.14%), ITC Ltd. (Rs. 263.55,+1.05%), among others.
The top losers of the BSE Sensex pack were Tata Motors Ltd. (Rs. 193.70,-4.49%), Tata Motors Ltd. (Rs. 340.75,-4.46%), Infosys Ltd. (Rs. 1135.00,-2.91%), Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (Rs. 180.60,-1.04%), Tata Steel Ltd. (Rs. 589.65,-0.95%), among others.
The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was weak. On BSE out of total shares traded 2797, shares advanced were 1118 while 1497 shares declined and 182 were unchanged.