The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark index, Sensex, registered probably the most negligible change in its history—0.09 points— and ended the day at 19663.64, after poor IIP and exports data washed away handsome gains recorded on Infosys’ earnings.

The 30-share Sensex was up by over 175 points in early trade after the IT giant declared better-than-expected third quarter profits.

Other IT counters attracted buying support with TCS and Wipro up by 6.10 per cent and 3.80 per cent respectively.

However, a 0.1 per cent fall in IIP data for November triggered a bout of profit-booking in markets from mid-session.

The broad-based National Stock Exchange index, Nifty, declined by 17.35 points to end at 5951.30.

Rupee down

The rupee depreciated by 19 paise to close at 54.76 against the dollar on weak industrial production data and a rising trade deficit.—PTI