Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex on Tuesday fell by almost 80 points in morning trade due to profit-booking after two sessions of gain.
    
The 30-share barometer fell by 79.98 points, or 0.41 percent, to 19,245.89, led by losses in stocks of banking, power, oil and gas and metal sectors. The index had gained 498.71 points in the previous two sessions.
    
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty shed 25.10 points, or 0.43 percent, to 5,824.95.
    
Brokers said besides profit-booking by speculators after recent gains, a weak trend on the other Asian markets with investors sitting on the sidelines as they await the US Federal Reserve's plans for its stimulus programme, mainly influenced the trading sentiment.
    
In the Asian region, Japan's Nikkei Index fell by 0.70 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index shed 0.74 percent in morning trade on Tuesday. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.73 percent higher on Monday.

(Agencies)

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