Brokers say bears are wary of going short on the market as more liquidity measures—known in market parlance as helicopter money—could push stock prices higher.
The Sensex continued to struggle around the 28,000 mark to finish lower on Friday even as benchmark indices gained on the week. The weakness in Indian equities was in line with the subdued mood in Asian markets.
The Sensex closed at 28,051.86, down 156.76 points over its previous close, and the Nifty shed 27.80 points to close at 8,638.50. For the week, the Sensex rose 0.9 percent, and the Nifty by 1.1 percent.
About 1221 shares have advanced, 1462 shares declined, and 209 shares are unchanged.