Sensex was down 161.31 points
Benchmark indices fell for the fourth consecutive session on February 18 but recovered from the intraday lows in the final hour of trade.
At close, the Sensex was down 161.31 points or 0.39% at 40894.38, and the Nifty was down 53.30 points or 0.44% at 11992.50. About 884 shares have advanced, 1570 shares declined, and 152 shares are unchanged.
Zee Entertainment, Coal India, BPCL, GAIL and Eicher Motors were among major gainers on the Nifty, while losers include Bharti Infratel, Yes Bank, Tata Motors, Bharti Airtel and Hindalco Industries.
Except IT, all other sectoral indices ended in the red. BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices down 0.5 percent each.