The BSE benchmark index Sensex fell by nearly 52 points in early trade today,due to profit-booking by investors amid a mix Asian trend.
The 30-share barometer,which had gained 328 points in the previous two sessions,declined by 51.93 points,or 0.29 per cent,to 17,549.78,with metal,realty,capital goods and IT stocks leading the fall.
Similarly,the wide-based National Stock Exchange Nifty index moved down by 17.80 points,or 0.33 per cent,to 5,347.15.
Brokers said investors were booking profits after a recent two days of gains.
They said a mixed trend in the Asian region also influenced the trading sentiment to some extent.
In the Asian region,the Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.10 per cent,while the Japan’s Nikkei was up 0.16 per cent in early trade this morning. In the US,the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.35 per cent lower in the previous session on Wednesday.