The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark index, Sensex, fell by over 140 points or 0.80 per cent in opening trade today on profit booking and a weak trend on other Asian bourses.
The 30-share index, which had gained nearly 179 points in the previous two sessions, was down 140.87 points, or 0.80 per cent, to 17,417.84 points in opening trade.
Stocks of information technologies, metals and oil and gas sectors were under pressure, pulled the Sensex down.
The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty also declined by 46.55 points, or 0.88 per cent, to 5,231.45.
Marketmen said profit-booking by funds and retail investors and a weak trend in Asian markets, which were down up to 1.46 per cent in today’s morning trade, mainly pulled the benchmark Sensex down.