The 30-share index, which had gained 617.71 points in the previous three sessions, fell by 49.33 points, or 0.23 percent, to 21,277.09 with power, PSU, capital goods, realty, auto and banking sector stocks coming under pressure.

In a similar fashion, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty shed 15.35 points, or 0.24 percent, to 6,348.55. Brokers said besides profit-booking by participants after three sessions of gains, a weak trend at Asian bourses led to the decline in the benchmark Sensex.

Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei was down 0.36 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.20 percent in morning trade. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.03 percent up on Monday.


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