Benchmark indices remained directionless in afternoon trade ahead of expiry of February futures & options contracts on Thursday.
The 30-share BSE Sensex was down 4.17 points at 28657.41 and the 50-share NSE Nifty fell 2.40 points to 8876.80 but the market breadth remained in favour of advances.
About 1489 shares advanced against 1190 declining shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
Reliance Industries continued to support the market, up over 1 percent while Chairman and Managing Director speaking at Reliance Jio press conference.
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