Mumbai: The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex declined by 69 points in opening trade on Thursday as the speculators and other participants continued profit-booking.

The 30-share barometer, which has lost over 89 points in the previous two sessions, declined further by 69.21 points or 0.33 per cent to 19,542.99 in the first few minutes of trade on Thursday as auto, IT and banking stocks remained under pressure.

In a similar fashion, the wide-based National Stock Exchange Nifty index slid by 24.35 points, or 0.41 per cent, to 5,874.85 points.

Brokers said continued profit-booking by participants put some pressure on the trading sentiment in the wake of the market rallying by nearly 11 per cent last month, but a better trend on other Asian bourses limited the losses here.

(Agencies)