Sensex had gained 354.16 points in the previous two sessions. Similarly, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty dipped below 6,000 mark by falling 8.70 points, or 0.14 percent, to 5,998.75. Brokers said selling by funds as well as retail investors after two sessions of gains and a mixed trend in Asian region, as traders nervously await signs of progress in solving a budget stand-off in Washington, mainly attributed to the fall.

In the Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell by 0.83 percent, while Japan's Nikkei Index was up by 0.81 percent in morning trade on Thursday. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.18 percent higher in Wednesday's trade.

(Agencies)

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