Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex on Thursday fell by nearly 51 points in morning trade as funds and retail investors booked profits after recent gains, amid a mixed trend in other Asian markets.
    
The 30-share barometer declined by 50.84 points, or 0.25 percent, to 20,162.12. The index had gained 521.29 points in the previous two sessions.
    
Stocks of metal, capital goods, auto, IT and banking sectors were major losers largely on profit-booking. Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty fell by 18.50 points, or 0.30 percent, to 6,128.25.
    
Brokers said selling, mostly of a profit-booking nature, by funds after two sessions of gains amid a mixed trend on other Asian bourses, mainly influenced the trading sentiment.
    
In the Asian region, Japan's Nikkei Index was down 1.42 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index up 0.31 percent in morning trade. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.40 percent to close at new all-time in Wednesday's trade.

(Agencies)

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