Mumbai: Snapping a three-day gaining streak, the BSE benchmark Sensex declined by over 27 points in early trade on Friday on emergence of profit-booking amid a mixed trend at Asian markets.

The 30-share barometer declined by 27.52 points, or 0.16 percent, to 17,251.33, as stocks of auto, realty and refinery sectors fell on profit-booking after recent strong gains.

The Sensex rose by almost 176 points in the previous three sessions.

Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty shed 11.65 points, or 0.22 percent, to 5,231.05.

Brokers said besides profit-booking by participants, mixed trend in Asian region also influenced the sentiment.

In the Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up marginally by 0.07 percent, while Japan's Nikkei Index traded lower 0.29 percent in early trade on Friday.


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