Mumbai: Amid weak trend in Asian markets and in anticipation of a weak factory output data, the BSE benchmark Sensex on Monday opened 140 points down on continued selling by foreign funds and retail investors.

Led by the fall in auto, realty, metals, IT and banking stocks, the 30-share barometer, which has lost 250 points in the previous four sessions, moved further down by 140.02 points to 19,311.43 level.
 
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty dropped 36.70 points to 5,805.30 points.

According to market experts, the trading sentiment remains bearish on continued selling by funds and retail investors ahead of the industrial production data (IIP) for the month of February, to be released later this morning.

Further, subdued trend on other Asian bourses has also dampened the market sentiment here.


(Agencies)