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Tata Motors lost by 3.6 per cent while HCL Technologies slipped by over 1 per cent. Tech Mahindra and Coal India were also in the red.

But investors kept their bets low while awaiting second quarter (July to September) corporate earnings which will start pouring in later this week.

Among stocks, the prominent losers were IndusInd Bank, Coal India, Tata Steel, HCL Technologies, Tata Consultancy Services, Grasim, Cipla and Dr Reddy's.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 slipped by 0.41 per cent as shares of index heavyweight and conglomerate Softbank Group plunged more than 2.5 per cent. Hang Seng index traded largely flat with the Shanghai composite shedding 0.18 per cent.

Metal stocks like Tata Steel, Vedanta and Hindalco too suffered losses of over 2 per cent each. The other prominent losers were ONGC, GAIL, Nestle Indian and Bharti Infratel.

Among stocks, index heavyweight Reliance Industries gained by 2.7 per cent at Rs 1,272.60 per share. IT majors Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services and Tech Mahindra gained between 1.6 and 1.9 per cent each.

At the National Stock Exchange, all sectoral indices except for IT were in the positive zone. Nifty metal gained by 1.8 per cent, auto by 1.7 per cent and PSU bank by 1.2 per cent.

A day earlier, equity benchmark indices continued to gain with the Nifty rising for the fourth consecutive session and closed above the psychological 11,000 mark.

Metal stocks were up with Vedanta gaining 2.8 per cent, Tata Steel by 2.6 per cent and JSW Steel by 2.1 per cent.

Meanwhile, Asian shares jumped to a one-week high following strong gains on the Wall Street overnight amid signs that China is open to a resolution of its trade war with the United States. Investors also hoped that central banks and governments will do more to avert a global growth slowdown.