Mumbai: The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) benchmark Sensex plummeted by over 69 points in opening trade on Monday on weak global cues.

Sensex, which had lost over 232 points in the previous two sessions, added another by 69 points, or 0.37 percent, to 18,307.42 in the first few minutes of trade on Monday.

Stocks of realty, auto, power, tech, IT and metals companies suffered the most on the fresh sell-off.

Likewise, the wide-based National Stock Exchange Nifty index slid by 22.70 points, or 0.41 percent, to 5,494.05.

According to market experts, trading sentiment turned bearish amid a subdued trend on global markets following weak US economic data.

In the Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was trading 1.31 percent lower and Japan's Nikkei shed 0.84 percent on Monday morning. In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.79 percent lower in Friday trade.

(Agencies)