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Domestic stock markets fluctuated between gains and losses after starting Thursday's session on a mildly positive note, a day after sharp losses in banking stocks pulled the benchmark indices more than half a per cent lower. 

Domestic stock markets fluctuated between gains and losses after starting Thursday's session on a mildly positive note, a day after sharp losses in banking stocks pulled the benchmark indices more than half a per cent lower. 

The S&P BSE Sensex index fell as much as 72.25 points to hit 40,043.81 on the down side in the first few minutes of trade.

The broader NSE Nifty benchmark declined to as low as 11,809.55, down 30.9 points from the previous close.

Equities in other Asian markets moved lower, with MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan last seen trading 0.55 per cent lower, and Japan's Nikkei 225 down 0.24 per cent.