Later both the benchmark indices pared their early gains and were trading in the negative territory. The BSE benchmark quoted 76.55 points lower at 65,143.48 and the Nifty traded at 19,376.35, down 20.10 points.
From the Sensex pack, Tata Steel, Axis Bank, JSW Steel, Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, Reliance Industries, UltraTech Cement and NTPC were the major gainers.
Jio Financial Services, Bharti Airtel, ITC, Kotak Mahindra Bank, IndusInd Bank and Mahindra & Mahindra were among the laggards.
In Asian markets, Tokyo and Hong Kong were quoting in the green while Seoul and Shanghai traded lower.
The US markets ended on a mixed note on Tuesday.
“There are no immediate triggers which can take the market sharply up or down. Investors may wait and watch for new data expected this weekend from the US. Since the dollar index and the US bond yields remain high, FIIs will not be strong buyers in the market,” said V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services.
Global oil benchmark Brent crude gained 0.15 per cent to USD 84.16 a barrel.
Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) offloaded equities worth Rs 495.17 crore on Tuesday, according to exchange data.
The BSE benchmark had eked out a marginal gain of 3.94 points or 0.01 per cent to settle at 65,220.03 on Tuesday. The Nifty inched up 2.85 points or 0.01 per cent to settle at 19,396.45.