Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex fell over 150 points in morning trade on Friday on selling by foreign funds and retail investors ahead of March quarter GDP data release amid a mixed trend in the Asian region.
    
The 30-share barometer fell by 150.27 points, or 0.74 percent, to 20,065.13 with stocks of FMCG, banking, auto and capital goods sectors leading the fall. The index rose 67.76 points in the previous session.
    
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty declined by 49.00 points, or 0.80 percent, to 6,075.05. Trading sentiment turned bearish after participants indulged in selling ahead of the GDP data, to be released later on Friday, brokers said.
    
Besides, weakening rupee which hits one-year low against the dollar and a mixed trend in the Asian region, triggered selling, they said. In the Asian region, the Japan's Nikkei rose 0.86 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.04 percent in morning trade. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.14 percent higher in Thursday's trade.

(Agencies)

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