Mumbai: The BSE benchmark index Sensex on Monday fell by nearly 263 points in the morning trade on profit-booking by funds at prevailing higher levels amid a mixed trend in the Asian region.
    
The 30-share barometer fell by 262.61 points, or 1.35 percent, to 19,233.21 in the first few minutes of trading. Sensex had gained over 318 points in the previous two sessions.
    
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty declined by 80.90 points, or 1.38 percent to 5,787.
    
Brokers said that profit-booking by funds at prevailing higher levels amid a mixed trend in Asian region mainly influenced the trading pattern on Monday. In the Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell by 1.98 percent, while Japan's Nikkei Index was up by 1.27 percent in early trade.

(Agencies)

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